WAYNESBORO—Geologist Jeri Jones presents a quick-paced and informative program on the local underground world during a program on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the visitors center at Renfrew Park. Admission is free.

Sponsored by Renfrew Institute in partnership with the Franklin County Rock and Mineral Club, the program, “Local Dirt on What You Need to Know,” combines fun with education and continues the popular “Renfrew Rocks!” annual geology series.

“Are rumors true about volcanoes and glaciers in ancient South Mountain? What about reports of strange bug-like fossils in the rocks near Waynesboro?” said Jones. “And local people talk about caves that spread for miles underneath Waynesboro and points north. Do they really?”

Jones’ PowerPoint program will address these rumors and reports, and uncover the truth about them. The program also explores the geologic history of the area, and questions are invited.

“For the first time ever,” Jones said, “people can email geologic questions to me at jonesgeo@comcast.net, and I’ll feature those questions in the program.” Audience questions are welcome, too, and door prizes will be awarded.

Members of the Franklin County Rock and Mineral Club will have a display and some rock specimen giveaways during the program.

A geologist for more than 30 years, Jones has conducted extensive research on Pennsylvania mining practices, authored several publications, and narrated a 3-part video series on regional geology known as “TimeWalk.”

An adjunct professor at York College, Jones presents geologic programs at Harrisburg Area Community College and teaches an earth and space science course at Messiah College. Jones received the Digman Award for Excellence in Geologic Education by the Eastern Chapter of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

Parking is available behind the visitors center. For more information, email the institute at info@renfrewinstitute.org or call 717-762-0373.

Jones will also lead a geology field trip, “Unearthing the Mysteries of the Crust,” on Sat., May 9, and a special caving excursion on Sat., May 16 to Carnegie Cave near Shippensburg. Details are available on the institute’s website: www.renfrewinstitute.org.

This program is underwritten in part by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, 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.