Geology Field Trip: A Geologic Drive Around the Neighborhood, The Institute

Geology Field Trip: A Geologic Drive Around the Neighborhood, The Institute

Saturday April 9th, 2022 * 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
A Geologic Drive Around the Neighborhood 
Geologist Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services will lead a field trip, “A Geologic Drive Around the Neighborhood” on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by The Institute, the carpool-style field trip is open to those age 15 and up.
Exploring the geology of the Waynesboro–Taneytown area, the trip includes several stops where attendees will see the different rock types that make up the Great Valley on the west, South Mountain, and what lies just to the east of the mountain.
During the trip, Jones will point out the evidence of major geologic events from ancient times.
“Millions of years ago, South Mountain was an arm of the rifting apart of a supercontinent known as Rodinia,” Jones said. “Volcanic activity both under the ocean and on the continent were common. Finally the volcanism stopped and the building of a continental shelf began.” 
Much later in geologic time, Jones said, our continent collided with a chain of younger volcanic islands and the African continent; the collision severely altered the bedrock.
Finally, when the supercontinent broke apart during the Age of Dinosaurs, the area east of South Mountain was a rift valley similar to today’s Red Sea area.
The group will stop at sites in Pennsylvania and nearby Maryland.
“In addition to the roadcuts (mostly on rural roads), we will visit Pen Mar Park and the Raven Rock Boulder Field, known locally as Devil’s Racecourse,” Jones said.
An award-winning geologist for more than 30 years, Jones has conducted extensive research on Pennsylvania mining practices, authored several publications, and narrated a 3-part video series on regional geology known as “TimeWalk.” He has been on the faculties of several regional colleges.
The trip will be via carpool, no transportation provided. Space is limited to ten vehicles, and pre-registration is required. The meeting point will be provided upon registration. Cost is $30 for members of The Institute, and $35 for the general public. Those joining the trip should wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a bag lunch, snacks and beverages. Those interested in rock collecting should bring a hammer.
For more information or to register, call (717) 762-0373 or email to:
Summer Explore, Fairy Houses – The Institute

Summer Explore, Fairy Houses – The Institute

Wednesdays June 23rd – Wednesday July 28th * 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The Institute is offering a series of six new outdoor adventure programs in June & July.
Designed for kids in grades K to 5, the EXPLORE! at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, Pa.
All program activities are outside. Each week will feature a different theme.
Taught by Institute educators, every program includes educational activities related to the season and theme.
The theme for July 14 is Fairy Houses.
Fairy houses can be made with nature’s treasures.
After listening to the book, “Fairy Houses” by Tracy Kane, kids will take a hike in the woods, collecting treasures from nature along the way—leaves, rocks, sticks, vines and more—to build a fairy house in the woods.
Fairy houses can be created in any season in any outdoor setting.
Grades: K–5
Cost: $5 member, $6 non-member.
Pre-registration is required. Email us to sign up for these summer adventures! Email to:
March Geology Series: Rocks and Minerals

March Geology Series: Rocks and Minerals

Thursday March 4th, 2021 * 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free program, presented online via Zoom.
Hosted by geologist Jeri Jones, with geoscientist Brittany Martin.
The program will show which physical properties to use for identifying minerals, and what to look for when you are trying to identify a rock.
An audience participation segment is included.
All participants will receive mineral and rock identification charts via email prior to the program.
To register for this free program, send an email to You will receive the Zoom meeting link once it has been created.