7th Annual Shippensburg Bloom Festival

Saturday June 11th, 2022 * 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Shippensburg Firefighters Activities Center Parking Lot
33 W. Orange St. Shippensburg, PA
Rain or Shine
Unique Vendors & Crafts * Activities & Inflatables
Plants and Flowers * Food
The Coy Public Library of Shippensburg’s Duck Derby
Explore the shops of Downtown Shippensburg
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Winter EXPLORE! For the Birds, The Institute in Waynesboro

Tuesday February 1, 2022 * 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Winter fun for kids is on tap in February with a new EXPLORE! program series from The Institute.
Designed for kids in grades K to 5, the programs will run on Tuesdays, February 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Pine Hill Recreation Area near Waynesboro, Pa.
All program activities are outside. Taught by Institute educators, each program includes educational activities related to the season. 
Register for one session OR the full series of four programs!
See the flier with the whole series of four programs here.
Email us at info@natureandcultureinstitute.org to register for this program.
Activities include listening to a storybook about birds, plus learning about the structure of a bird’s body and how to identify several winter bird species.
On a guided hike, students will learn some bird calls and look for birds. They will also make an edible plant bouquet for the birds.
Instructor: Pam Rowland
Grades: K–5
Cost: $5-member, $6 non-member.
Limit: 15.
Location:Pine Hill Recreation Area
COVID protocols in accordance with CDC and PA DOH guidelines will be followed.
Masks are not required for outdoor activities but are recommended when appropriate distancing (3 feet) is not possible. 

Icefest 2022, Chambersburg PA

January 27th – January 30th, 2022
The Largest Ice Festival In Pennsylvania! 20th Anniversary
Pull out your favorite scarf and mittens, bundle the kids up and be sure to grab your camera; you won’t want to miss the faces of those that sit upon the giant ice throne for the first time or stand beside their favorite sculpture. 
You can also catch a glimpse of the carvers from DiMartino Ice sculpting right in front of your eyes! 
Skilled in their art form, these carvers have trained for many years and can turn a plain block of ice into just about anything.
It’s amazing to watch.
A huge variety of events are scheduled throughout the four-day festival giving you a chance to explore the best of Chambersburg and experience our vibrant Downtown culture for yourself.
Be sure to visit your favorite art galleries, restaurants and boutique stores while enjoying all that Icefest has to offer.
There is so much to see and do, so be sure to check out our schedule of events.

Winter Solstice Celebration, The Institute

Sunday December 19th, 2021 * 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Red Run Park
The Institute is hosting their second annual Winter Solstice Celebration.
The winter solstice is the longest night—or the shortest day—of the year, and falls on December 21 this year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Since ancient times, people all over the world have recognized this important astronomical occurrence and celebrated the “return of the sun” in a variety of ways.
After the solstice, the days get gradually longer. 
The Institute’s solstice event is a family-friendly celebration of the season, and features winter folktale storyteller Bruce Rowland (at 4:30), hands-on solstice activities for children including making garlands of popcorn and berries and edible ornaments for animals, live music, fire-pit warming stations, and hot chocolate stations (hot chocolate courtesy of Martin’s Foods of Waynesboro).
Members of the Tri-State Astronomers club will be on hand with telescopes to safely observe the solstice sun.
After sunset, there will be opportunities to view the celestial features of the winter sky.
Shop with our Vendors:
Artesano Bake Goods: cookies, holiday snack mix and whoopie pies
Four Sons Farm: handcrafted wool creations
The Native Niche: bird food bundles, outdoor winter decorations, and natural “solstice crowns” of winter foliage
The event is free!
For questions, email us at info@natureandcultureinstitute.org. The entire event is outdoors, so dress accordingly.