New Adventures to EXPLORE in May for Kids, K-5, @ Pine Hill Recreation Area

New Adventures to EXPLORE in May for Kids, K-5, @ Pine Hill Recreation Area

The Institue invites children, grades K-5, to welcome spring and discover leaf animals, insects, and nature journaling.

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 4 to 5 p.m.
Signs of Spring
Grades: K–5; Cost: $5 member,
$6 non-member.
Location: Pine Hill Recreation Area
The group will go on a hike—a spring scavenger hunt looking for animal tracks, feathers, flowers, butterflies and more. Activities including listening to a nature story and planting a flower to take home.

Thursday, May 13, 2021, 4 to 5 p.m.
Leaf Animals
Grades: K–5; Cost: $5 member, $6 non-member.
Location: Pine Hill Recreation Area
Students will collect leaves and glue them on paper to create “leaf animals” of their choice, then take a hike, discovering interesting items in nature, including trees that are especially important for producing caterpillars or beautiful moths and butterflies. Kids will
learn about “leaf miners,” critters who live inside leaves.

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 4 to 5 p.m.
Going on a Bug Hunt
Grades: K–5; Cost: $5 member, $6 non-member.
Location: Pine Hill Recreation Area
The instructor will take the group on a guided bug/insect hunt—turning over logs, looking under leaves etc. Students will also use “bug box magnifiers” and hand-held lenses to inspect their finds up close.

Thursday, May 27, 2021, 4 to 5 p.m.
Nature Journaling
Grades: K–5; Cost: $5 member, $6 non-member.
Location: Pine Hill Recreation Area
Students will learn how to make their own “cut and fold” nature journal out of paper. They will decorate the cover with their choice of ink stamps and their own drawings. They will also take a hike to find a special spot to sit in the woods where they can draw or write— or both—in their journals, using colored pencils.

More details at
• Pre-registration and payment in advance are required. Call or email to register. •
717-762-0373 •

Thank you to these Institute sponsors:: The Anderson Family Fund, in memory of Vida Mae Anderson • Bruce and Pam Rowland
Additional support from Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts
Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation;
Alma W. Oyer; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family:
Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin.
Facility support courtesy of Washington Township, 12684, Mentzer Gap Road, Waynesboro PA. Nearly 175 acres to walk, enjoy and explore for all ages!

Cumberland Valley School of Music Presents Music in the Meadow

Cumberland Valley School of Music Presents Music in the Meadow

On June 5, Cumberland Valley School of Music is taking the music and food to DuCar Farm, 123 Kauffman Road East in Chambersburg, for Music in the Meadow. The “chef” needed a break from the traditional Chef’s Walk so he and his chef buddies are headed to the county! Much like the traditional Chefs Walk, admission includes food and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic samples will be provided and full-sized pours will be available for purchase. Vendors are Mrs. Gibbles, Mikies Ice Cream, Edwards Kettle Corn, Gearhouse Brewing Company, plus more! A great line-up of performers are planned, including Soleil, Scott Matlock, Jerry Rigged, and Don’t Look Down. Event is noon to 3 PM; bring a lawn chair and enjoy a beautiful afternoon. Tickets are limited. Before May 1: $35 and May 1 or later are $40. Tickets for ages 6-20 are $20, and children 5 and under are FREE. Get tickets here! 

Questions, please contact:: Email –  or Call – (717) 261-1220 x3

Monterey Pass Battlefield & Museum – May 15-16

Monterey Pass Battlefield & Museum – May 15-16

Join Monterey Pass Battlefield on May 15-16 for Infantry and Artillery demonstrations daily by the 2nd Maryland Artillery and 2nd Maryland Infantry Co. D, who maintain the traditions of the “Independent Greys” * of the Civil War. Modern day Independent Greys are “living history campaigners” who teach about Confederate Marylanders’ roles in the Civil War. They strive to re-create the best impressions of Marylanders possible based on research and documentation. In addition, we’ll be joined by John Galie, resident Monterey Pass battlefield guide, who will conduct walking tours of the battlefield.

The name “Independent Greys” was used by several Maryland Militia infantry companies that formed a battalion within the 53rd Maryland Militia Regiment from 1859-1861. Shortly after the Baltimore Riot on April 19, 1861, it was clear Maryland would not secede. Most “53rd” members being pro “South”, the unit dissolved. Many went to Virginia to serve. Over 25,000 Marylanders served in the Confederate Army and found themselves serving in Virginia Regiments since Maryland, as a state, never seceded. Some of these units were known as Independent Greys. The 2nd MD Artillery, also known as the Baltimore Light Artillery, served in the Army of Northern VA primarily with Cavalry units until the end of the war.

Weekend Schedule

Artillery Demos:
Daily 10am & 2pm

Infantry Reenactments:
Sat 9:30am & 2:30pm
Sun 9:30am & 1:30pm

Camp Life Open to Visit:
Sat 9:30am – 5pm
Sun 9:30am – 2pm

Guided Walking Tours:
Sat 11am & 3pm
Sun 11am Sun

Living History Weekend – Artillery Reenactors

America250PA & #PAProud

America250PA & #PAProud

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South Mountain Mini Grant Program

South Mountain Mini Grant Program

The 2021 South Mountain Mini-Grant Program is now open! The grant program catalyzes on-the-ground projects that protect and promote the South Mountain region in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York Couties. Submit your short pre-application form by Friday, May 28, 2021. Only those who pre-apply may submit a final application. For more information and to download the application, please click here.

Funding for South Mountain Mini-Grants is provided by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through the Pennsylvania Environmental Stewardship Fund. Grants are awarded through the South Mountain Partnership, with assistance from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Our mini-grants leverage a return of more than double and fund community-driven projects that provide lasting improvements and benefits to Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York counties.