Thursdays October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, and November 2nd, 2023 * 9:30 AM -11:00 AM Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, Pa. This autumn, we have five new sessions, with each one a full 90 minutes of educational FUN | Registration for the FULL SERIES is required. Taught by Institute educators, age-appropriate program activities make learning fun, and include exploring the outdoors, hikes, theme-related and nature stories, crafts, rhymes, songs, finger plays, nature games, and puppets. Children must be accompanied by a parent. For kids ages 2.5 years through 5. Pre-registration for full series required. NOTE: Fee pending confirmation. Series Fee (includes all five sessions): $40/child Institute member; $50 general public. Prepayment required and confirms your registration. Saturday September 30th, 2023 * 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Join us for the 44th Annual Mercersburg Town Fest – a celebration of community, autumn, and all things fun! Mark your calendars for the festivities on September 30th in downtown Mercersburg. There will be delicious food, live music, arts and crafts, games, and much more! Bring your family and friends for an unforgettable day! October 9th,2022 * 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Our series of StoryWalk® Sunday adventures for kids continues in October. The story posted on the StoryWalk® trail at Pine Hill Park changes monthly, and a special story event accompanies each one on the second Sunday of each month. This month’s StoryWalk® Sunday is the perfect way to welcome the many splendors of fall. Kids will join a guided walk along the story trail as they read the book, then make a special craft project to take home. The featured storybook for October is “ The Pumpkin Fair, by Eve Bunting with illustrations by Eileen Christelow ” . With bouncy rhymes and delightful watercolor-and-ink illustrations, this story explores a lively and colorful pumpkin fair, where pumpkins of every size are on display. There are all kinds of pumpkin-inspired foods—and even a marching band in pumpkin suits! The event is FREE, but pre-registration is required by October 6. Children in grades K–5 may be dropped off and picked up at 3 p.m Pine Hill Recreation Area All families are welcome, but activities are geared for preschool and elementary age kids. Stay tuned for future StoryWalk® Sundays! Current Covid safety guidelines are being followed.
Thursdays October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 2022 * 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM The Institute Presents All New Fall EXPLORE! Programs for Kids EXPLORE! programs are a series of outdoor adventure programs. The Institute is offering a series of four outdoor adventure programs this fall. Designed for kids in grades K to 5, the EXPLORE! programs will run on four consecutive Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20 & 27, after school from 4 to 5 p.m. at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, Pa. Taught by Institute educators, each program includes educational activities related to the season. All program activities are outside. Sign up for any or all of the individual sessions. Fee: Single Session: $7 Institute member/$9 general public. Details on individual programs coming soon! Saturday October 15th, 2022 * 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Bring the family out for some fall fun in the park! Pumpkin carving, autumn crafts, horse-drawn hayrides, apple cider press & much more. If you are a vendor interested in selling food or crafts, go to our website at to download the forms cowansgap.org