Owl Walk for Age 15 & Up, The Institute

Owl Walk for Age 15 & Up, The Institute

Thursday February 2nd, 2023 * 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Naturalist Dave Graff conducts a winter walk to areas of Pine Hill Park likely to attract owls. 
The activity is free (donations accepted), but registration is required and limited to 16.
Spaces fill up quickly for this popular event, so anyone wishing to join the walk should register soon.
To register, call 717-762-0373 or email to info@natureandcultureinstitute.org
You can also register online, Here
Graff will first present a brief introduction to owls.
He will then lead the group along trails in the park.
During several stops, the group will pause and listen for various owls, including the great horned owl, the barred owl and the screech owl.
Patience is required when trying to find owls.
Participants must stand quietly for short periods of time to watch for owl flight and listen for owl calls.
“Owls may or may not be present,” Graff said, “so the group will also investigate how the park changes after dark.
U/V lights will be used to look at trees, leaves, and insects to see how their appearances change under different light.”
The activity is free.
Space is limited to 16 participants, and registration is required.
Pine HIll Recreation Area
12684 Mentzer Gap Rd
Waynesboro, PA 17268
StoryWalk® Sundays, The Institute

StoryWalk® Sundays, The Institute

Sunday April 3rd, 2022 * 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Our series of StoryWalk® Sunday adventures for kids continues in April.
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. For April, we are holding StoryWalk® Sunday on the first Sunday.
Kids will enjoy a guided walk along the story trail as they read the book, then make a special craft project to take home—and warm up with a campfire and yummy s’mores!
April’s storybook is “Our Big Home” by Linda Glaser, a perfect choice for Earth Month.
Glaser’s beautiful poem is a wonderful way to gently lead children toward the understanding of caring for our environment—our home is our planet, Earth. In a lyrical, child-oriented style, the book presents the idea that our ‘big home’ is shared not only with all people but with all plants and animals as well—we share the air, the water, the soil, and other elements that affect and sustain all of us who live on Earth.
Elisa Kleven’s vibrant illustrations enhance the concept as she takes young readers to an African plain, a Caribbean Island, a South American mountain, and around the world to see people and animals reveling in the beauty and abundance of our shared home.
The event is FREE, but pre-registration is required by April 1. To register, email to: info@natureandcultureinstitute.org 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.
Stay tuned for the May book title to be announced. 
Current Covid safety guidelines are being followed.
Creatures of the Night: Owl Walk for Age 15 & Up, The Institute

Creatures of the Night: Owl Walk for Age 15 & Up, The Institute

Thursday February 3rd, 2022 * 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Naturalist Lori Schlosser conducts a winter walk to areas of Pine Hill Park likely to attract owls. A pre-walk information session teaches about the nocturnal creatures and methods to locate them.
The activity is free (donations accepted), but registration is required and limited to 60. Spaces fill up quickly for this popular event, so anyone wishing to join the walk should register soon. To register, call 717-762-0373 or email to info@natureandcultureinstitute.org
Just before the walk, Schlosser will present a brief introduction to owls and a preview of various owl calls. Schlosser will then lead the group along trails in the park. During several stops, the group will pause and call various owls, including the great horned owl, the barred owl and the screech owl.
Patience is required when trying to call owls. “If the calls are too loud, you can scare them off,” Schlosser said. Participants must stand quietly for short periods of time to watch for owl flight and listen for owl reply calls.
Schlosser hopes participants will attempt to call owls on their own once they have learned how. “They could go to places on their own, maybe in their backyard or along a road at the edge of a woods.” 
Those attending should dress appropriately for the weather, as the walk may last up to an hour. Flashlights are permitted; however, participants will be asked to turn them off during the walk to allow their eyes to adjust to the darkness.
This walk is limited to ages 15 and up. Dress warmly and bring flashlights. Limit 60. Free, but pre-registration is required.
Snow/rain date TBA if needed.
For more information or to register, call 717-762-0373 or email to info@natureandcultureinstitute.org