An owl walk along the hiking trails of Renfrew Park in Waynesboro is scheduled for Thursday, February 8, at 6:00 p.m. This winter excursion, led by Renfrew Institute staff member and naturalist, Lori Schlosser, is for participants aged 15 and up.

The activity is free (donations accepted), but registration is required and limited to 60. Spaces are filling for this popular event, so anyone wishing to join the walk should register as soon as possible. For more information or to register, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or email to:

Just before the walk, Schlosser will present a brief introduction to owls and a preview of various owl calls at Renfrew’s visitors center. Schlosser will then lead the group along trails in the park. During several stops, the group will pause and call various owls, including the great horned owl, the barred owl and the screech owl.

Several owls have recently been spotted in the park, but patience is required when trying to call them. “If the calls are too loud, you can scare them off,” Schlosser said. Participants must stand quietly for short periods of time to watch for owl flight and listen for owl reply calls.

Participants 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.

This program is underwritten in part by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company, with additional support from Renfrew Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Alma W. Oyer; APX Enclosures, Inc.; The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin; and The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation. Facility support is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

For more information, visit Parking is available near the visitor center, or in Renfrew’s lower lot. |