WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER & FALL “SOAR” Bird Walks, The Institute

WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER & FALL “SOAR” Bird Walks, The Institute

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.”
The monthly schedule for the first six months of 2023 is below.
Check back for additional locations.
 (If in doubt about the weather—check The Institute’s Facebook page)
First and third Saturdays ONLY
Start time: 8:00 AM 
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)
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
FALL FUN! Maze, Hayride, Jump Pad PYO Pumpkin, Country Creek Produce

FALL FUN! Maze, Hayride, Jump Pad PYO Pumpkin, Country Creek Produce

Now through November 2nd, 2022
The Best Place for Fall Fun is at Country Creek!!
Celebrating 10 years!!
Weekend admission includes ‘Community Supported Agriculture’ themed Corn Maze, Hay Pyramid sponsored by Mann Plumbing & Heating, Jump Pads sponsored by The Pineapple Group, Zip Lines, Mountain Slides, Rat Racers, Swingers, Duck Races, Live Animal Petting Zoo, Football Toss, Corn Hole, Hayride to Pumpkin Patch to PYO (pumpkins sold separately).
Plus, photo opportunities, and special attractions/activities announced during weekends!
Be sure to follow our Facebook page or Instagram for the latest updates and announcements.
You can spend hours at the farm with lots of activities for all ages!
HOURS: Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sundays starting Sept 25th -Oct 30 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Extended Hours for Night Maze 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM: Fridays & Sat. Oct 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
WEEKEND General Admission: $12/ person
Night Maze Friday and Saturdays in October 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM: $13/person
WEEKEND FUN PACK (Friday 6:00 PM thru Sunday when open) – DO it ALL for $15/person (Includes all the below activities PLUS 1 FUN tickets for either 1 pumpkin cannon shot or barrel train ride or Ferris wheel ride.
Note: Barrel ride closes at Dusk and for riders 2 – 10 yrs old. *Ferris wheel pending!!
Age 2 and under are FREE
SEASONAL PASSES AVAILABLE $30/ person. Come as many times as you wish!
Pumpkin Cannon, Barrel Train Tickets tickets sold separately and only operate on weekends.
We love pets, but ask you leave your furry ones at home.
A concession stand with grilled food (cash only) is available featuring our Fresh cut fries with potatoes off the farm, and our Famous Apple Cider Donuts, just to name a few!
Last admissions will be taken 1 hour before closing time.
Pumpkin Patch and Pick Your Own Pumpkins sold separately by the pound .54 cents/lb.
Fall Furnace Fest – Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Fall Furnace Fest – Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Saturday October 15th, 2022 * 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM & Sunday October 16th, 2022 * 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park will host its annual fall festival.
The Pine Grove Furnace State Park festival is a fun, two-day family-oriented event with food and craft vendors, entertainment, free hayrides, pumpkin carving, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl appearances, scarecrow making, beekeeping, broom making, apple cider making, candle dipping, kids activities, Birds of Prey, and historical demonstrations, including charcoal making and blacksmithing.
Saturday night will feature the annual pumpkin parade followed by the Legend of the Hairy Hand. There is no charge to enter the Park or the Festival, and most activities are free!
The famous Hairy Hand and Pumpkin Float is Saturday evening, October 15.
The pumpkin parade is at 6:15 PM, followed by the Hairy Hand Legend at 6:45 PM on Fuller Lake beach.
The legend will be told, and the raft of glowing pumpkins will be set afloat on the lake to keep the hairy hand away. 
Pine Grove Furnace State Park is located at 1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners. 
The rain or shine event is held in the Furnace Stack and Fuller Lake Day Use Areas
Garden Harvest Day – Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

Garden Harvest Day – Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

Sunday October 2nd, 2022 * 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Celebrate Nature and Art in the Fall at Kings Gap during Garden Harvest Day on Sunday, October 2, 2022. From Noon to 5 PM, the Friends of Kings Gap will have a variety of activities for all ages.
Activities include hayrides, pumpkin painting, face painting, pumpkin bowling, mum walk, eco-art, food trucks, nature storytime, apple cider press, chicken corn soup, and more.
There will also be handmade crafts from local artisans, including paintings, wooden bowls, dried flower wreaths, and more.
A nominal fee for some activities and “make and take” items will be charged, but parking and admission are free.
In addition, do not forget cash for food trucks and craft vendors.
Be sure to visit the mansion for the opening of the first Kings Gap Mansion Art Gallery featuring a wide variety of nature art from 14 local artists.
The gallery opens on Garden Harvest Day and continues throughout October.
The mansion will also be decorated with flowers generously donated by Roots Cut Flower Farm.
Garden Harvest Day will be held at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, 500 Kings Gap Road, Carlisle.
All activities will be held in the mansion area.