WAYNESBORO – An owl walk along the hiking trails of Renfrew Park in Waynesboro will be held on Thursday, November 5, at 6:00 p.m. This fall excursion, led by Renfrew Institute staff member and naturalist, Lori Schlosser, is geared toward families and children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.

The activity is free (donations accepted), but registration is required and limited to 60. Spaces fill up quickly for this popular excursion, so anyone wishing to join the walk should register soon. For more information or to register, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or email to: info@renfrewinstitute.org.

Just before the walk, Schlosser will present a brief introduction to owls and a preview of various owl calls at Renfrew’s visitors center.

Following the introduction, Schlosser will lead the group along trails in the park. During several stops, the group will pause to sit and call various owls, including the great horned owl, the barred owl and the screech owl.

Schlosser said patience is required when trying to call owls. “If the calls are too loud, you can scare them off,” she said. Participants must sit quietly for short periods of time to watch for owl flight and listen for owl reply calls.

After the program, Schlosser hopes participants will attempt to call owls on their own. “They could go to places on their own, maybe in their backyard or along a road at the edge of a woods.”

Those attending should dress appropriately for the weather, as the walk may last up to an hour. Flashlights are permitted; however, participants will be asked to turn them off during the walk to allow their eyes to adjust to the darkness.

Underwriting support for this program provided by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., and by Renfrew Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

For more information, visit www.renfrewinstitute.org. Parking is available in Renfrew’s lower lot.