Beginner Birder Workshop, Caledonia State Park

Beginner Birder Workshop, Caledonia State Park

Saturday June 4th, 2022 * 7:45 AM – 12:00 PM
All Families Adults Teens, and children age 6 or older are welcome.
Activities include; Bird Walks, Kid’s Corner, Nature Walk, Birding Bingo Scavenger Hunt, and refreshments.
“Birding Buddies” will help participants identify birds.
Register Early by Contacting Dave Cooney at 717.264.2116 or
Meet at the first parking lot beyond the Visitors’ Center in Caledonia State Park.
Bring binoculars and field guide if you have them.  A few loaners will be available.
StoryWalk® Sundays-May 2022, The Institute

StoryWalk® Sundays-May 2022, The Institute

Sunday May 8th, 2022 * 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Our series of StoryWalk® Sunday adventures for kids continues in May.
The story posted on the StoryWalk® trail at Pine Hill Park will change monthly, and plans call for a special event to accompany each one on the second Sunday of each month.
May’s StoryWalk® Sunday is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day!
Kids will join a guided walk along the story trail as they read the book, then make a special craft project to take home—and enjoy a campfire and yummy s’mores!
May’s storybook is “My Busy Green Garden” by Terry Pierce, a perfect choice as the season of gardens begins.
This charming book is a lyrical tribute to the bugs, bees, and birds that make a garden such a busy place.
More garden visitors appear on with each page, and all the while the “surprise”―a chrysalis―changes unnoticed until, on the last page, a butterfly emerges and flies away across the garden’s well-tended borders.
A lovely and lively portrait of backyard nature, which is also a gentle meditation on the rewards of paying attention.
Richly colored illustrations by Carol Schwartz bring the story to life. A chipmunk hides on every page to divert and engage young readers.
The event is FREE, but pre-registration is required by May 2. To register, email to: or call 717-762-0373. Limited to 20 children. 
Children in grades K–5 may be dropped off and picked up at 3 p.m. All families are welcome, but activities are geared for preschool and elementary age kids.
The book for June is “And Then Summer Comes” by Tom Brenner.    
Current Covid safety guidelines are being followed.


SOAR (“Studying Ornithology Around the Region”) bird walks
IMPORTANT: Locations rotate year-round among several parks in the region, with Waynesboro’s Antietam Meadow Park as “home base.”
See monthly schedule for 2022, below.
(If in doubt about the weather— check The Institute’s Facebook page)
First and third Saturdays ONLY – Start time: 8:00 a.m. 
January: Antietam Meadow Park (meet in parking lot)
February: Carroll Valley Community Park – 5685 Fairfield Rd, Carroll Valley—across Fairfield Rd (PA 116) from Liberty Mountain Ski Resort. Meet in front of Borough Bldg/Library
March: Caledonia State Park (meet at park office)
April: Pine Hill Recreation Area (meet in parking lot)
May: Conococheague Institute (meet at visitor center)
June: Gettysburg National Battlefield (meet at Virginia monument) [To be confirmed]
July: Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve (meet in parking lot)
August: Antietam Meadow Park (meet in parking lot)
September: Caledonia State Park (meet at park office)
October: Renfrew Park (meet in lower parking lot off Welty Rd.)
November: Conococheague Institute (meet at visitor center)
December: Antietam Meadow Park (meet in parking lot)
First and third Saturday spring, summer, fall and winter bird walks find birding enthusiasts Sharon and Larry Williams of Waynesboro leading the walks along the hiking trails at varying locations throughout the area.
Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Just show up—no reservations required!
For more information call 717-762-0373 or email us at
Winter EXPLORE! For the Birds, The Institute in Waynesboro

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 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. 
Spring WonderWalk Series for Preschool 2021

Spring WonderWalk Series for Preschool 2021

Tuesday April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th * 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Pine Hill Recreation Area • Waynesboro, Pa.
Spring adventures in the park! Songs, rhymes, and traveling down the StoryWalk trail together, plus hiking on Fox Crossing Trail and Scout Trail, learning about
birds, spring flowers, signs of spring, and seasons!
Ages 2.5 to 5 years. Pre-registration for full series required. (Children must be accompanied by a parent.)
Series Fee: $20/child Institute member; $24 non-member. Prepayment is required and confirms your registration.
To register Email: