Capitalizing on summer

Summer Institute is returning for 2021!

Gorgeous warm days draw old and young alike to enjoy nature and the outdoors. Summer Institute, with a variety of activities for children, is a great way for kids to enjoy the outdoors while learning something new and exciting.

Last summer, we offered programs for young nature lovers, including Summer Stories, Nose to Nose with Nature, and EXPLORE!

Our partnership with the library was suspended for 2020 due to the novel coronavirus restrictions—but will resume in 2021:

The Institute partners with the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library and the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library in their Summer Reading Programs. Kids who attend an Institute summer program receive a SECRET CODE to unlock points at the libraries! Prizes awarded to participants! Visit the library websites or call them for more information about their Summer Reading Programs. Alexander Hamilton library:  (717) 762-3335 and Blue Ridge Summit library: (717) 794-2240.

Call (717) 762-0373 or contact us by email at for more information about Summer Institute programs.

Summer Institute: Children’s Summer Stories

2021 Story time is back!

Preschoolers and up

Underwriting support provided by John and Deb Beck

Children gather under a tree to listen to stories and enjoy related hands-on activities. Free admission. (If inclement weather, call 717-762-0373 to confirm.)

This year, Summer Stories will be on Thursdays, June 24 to July 29, from 11 a.m. to noon at Red Run Park in Rouzerville, Pa.

The theme for the 2021 Summer Stories is “Camping.”
Kathy Helfrick and Jane Glenn will read a new story each week, with related crafts for kids.

Summer Institute: Nose To Nose With Nature

Stay tuned for an announcement about 2021 Nose to Nose programs.

For children completing grades K through 3

Underwriting support provided by Stephen and Maxine Beck

Explore nature’s best spots with The Institute’s environmental instructors. Check out those weird, wild, wonderful creatures and plants that help make our life on earth possible. Tools, stories, secret missions, music, and games will add to the fun and adventure. Bring old sneakers for wading. Cost is $4 per child for members of The Institute, and $5 per child for non-members, per session.
Attend one or more. Pre-registration not required. *Member discount for memberships of $25 or more.