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: info@NatureAndCultureInstitute.org.
Protecting & Preserving Franklin County Golf Tournament, Penn National

Protecting & Preserving Franklin County Golf Tournament, Penn National

Thursday October 28th * 9:00 AM – Course opens at 7:30 AM
Tee up for a good cause–protecting and preserving Franklin County PA!
Join the citizen-action group StopTransource PA, for a golf fundraiser at the Founder’s Course of Penn National Golf Course with beautiful views of South Mountain in Franklin County PA.
Help StopTransource PA as they come together again to raise the remaining funds to pay off legal costs to oppose the unwarranted Transource energy project at the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC). The PUC did not approve the project and removed Transource PA’s utility license!
Fee is $100 per golfer; bring a friend and enjoy the award-winning golf course that presidents played again and again.
Select here to get the registration form for single golfer, a two-person team, or a foursome.
The Transource project did not bring energy to those without.
The project was about market efficiency–a project that might allow the purchase of cheaper power–no guarantees.
The 13-story powerlines would have spanned nearly 30 miles of prime farmland in Franklin County PA for the possibility of pennies-cheaper power in the DC market and using a no-more efficient or safe power delivery system.
It is easy to see why Franklin County citizens, agriculture, tourism, economic development, and real estate opposed the project as did County of Franklin because it simply did not make sense!
Bring your clubs and tee up for a great cause–protecting and preserving Franklin County PA. Donations gladly accepted, too!
Friends of South Mountain Partnership Launched to Provide Membership, Financial and Capacity Building Support

Friends of South Mountain Partnership Launched to Provide Membership, Financial and Capacity Building Support

The South Mountain Partnership (SMP) is excited to announce a new collaboration with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC). SMP is launching the Friends of South Mountain Partnership – a Project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, fiscal sponsor, that allows for membership and tax deductible donations to further the cause of the partnership.

The SMP is a regional, landscape-scale conservation project in south-central Pennsylvania launched in 2006 to envision and secure a sustainable future for the South Mountain landscape. TFEC was established in 1920 as The Greater Harrisburg Foundation as an organization “to support community members seeking to create long-lasting, meaningful impact.” TFEC handles donated assets and creates permanent funds, investment, and grantmaking for the benefit of local nonprofits in the region, and inspires giving by partnering with donors to achieve their charitable goals, and strengthens our local communities by investing in them now, and for future generations.

Janet Pollard, Executive Director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and a member of the SMP Leadership Committee said that “The Foundation For Enhancing Communities opens a new door for the South Mountain Partnership by bringing more exposure to its work and vastly increasing the Partnership’s relationship-building capacity through the Friends Group, while growing recognition throughout southcentral PA.”

“I am thrilled to launch the Friends of the South Mountain Partnership for many reasons, one of which is financial,” said SMP Director, Katie Hess. “To ensure the partnership is a resilient and powerful force for good in our region, our Friends group will start by offering memberships and securing tax deductible donations from interested individuals and businesses, and will soon launch a corporate sponsorship program. Our first and only consistent source of funding since 2006 has come from competitive grants submitted for the Commonwealth’s Environmental Stewardship Fund through Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. However, that special fund is consistently threatened for redistribution into Pennsylvania’s general fund during annual budget negotiations. Residents in our region deserve more investment, not less, and we will continue to help attract sustainable investment to the region.”

“Another reason is embodied by our tag line of ‘one million people, one future.’ The future quality of life and wealth of our children and communities depends on the work that we do right now to conserve our landscape resources, create vibrant communities, share a common sense of place, and collaborate on well-planned growth and sustainable economic development. We will continue to come together to build community and investments that are based on this region’s natural strengths and carried out in sustainable ways.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Friends of the South Mountain Partnership and how you can provide tax free support to the organization, please visit https://southmountainpartnership.org/friends-of-south-mountain.

Ghost Pit Joins Stories on Mountain Tour – August 24

Ghost Pit Joins Stories on Mountain Tour – August 24

Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to explore South Mountain in Stories of the Mountain Tour on August 24, 9 AM to 4:30 PM. South Mountain holds centuries of history and lore. The mountain forests fed the iron ore industry, sheltered escaping enslaved, saw the strife of Civil War and was reborn through Pennsylvania’s conservation movement. Life on the mountain is the story of small communities across America. Learn the secret, tangled routes of the Underground Railroad, visit a general store museum, hear the eerie story of the silvery lady of Pond Bank., and join the Ghost Pit (Paranormal Investigation Team) for a lunchtime investigation of Penn National Inn.

The tour begins at Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, 9 AM, where participants will view “Road to Freedom,” a video about the Underground Railroad of South Mountain, the iron ore industry, and the beginnings of the conservation movement of Pennsylvania.  Stops include Caledonia State Park and Thaddeus Steven’s Blacksmith Shop and Preserving Our Heritage Museum, housed in a one-room schoolhouse with a relocated 1930 – 1950 general store. Learn about the South Mountain Restoration Center, where fresh air gave hope to thousands of tuberculosis patients. Discover the South Mountain connection to John Brown and his raiders.

Lunch is at Penn National Golf Course and Community, where the views of the mountain are breathtaking. After lunch, the Ghost PIT will invite tour participants to help investigate the “old inn,” on the Penn National property. Step back to 1812 and visit the Royer farmhouse at Renfrew Park and hear the story of the Renfrew Sisters, Daniel Royer, and the Nicodemus family. Continue up the mountain to Monterey Pass Battlefield where 10,000 Union and Confederate troops fought along the mountain ridge in a blinding thunderstorm during the late hours of July 4 and early hours of July 5, 1863, part of the retreat from Gettysburg.

Single tickets are $30/ person or two tickets for $50. Bring a friend and save!  Tour fee includes lunch at Founder’s Grille and all admission fees. Tickets can be purchased online here or by contacting the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060.

Stories of the Mountain Spring into History Tour on April 13

Stories of the Mountain Spring into History Tour on April 13

This event is rescheduled and updated from April 13.

Your invited to explore South Mountain in Stories of the Mountain Spring into History Tour on August 24, 9 AM to 4:30 PM. South Mountain holds centuries of history and lore. The mountain forests fed the iron ore industry, sheltered escaping enslaved, saw the strife of Civil War and was reborn through Pennsylvania’s conservation movement. Life on the mountain is the story of small communities across America. Visit a general store museum, a site where John Brown taught Sunday school, learn how Pennsylvania led the conservation movement, and hear eerie stories of the silvery lady of Pond Bank.

The tour departs Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center at 9 AM and begins with a comparison of two Franklin County iron ore works—Caledonia Ironworks and Mont Alto Ironworks. Learn about the ore process, layout of the ironworks, and the people who worked at the furnace. Stop at Preserving Our Heritage Museum, housed in a one-room schoolhouse, and visit a relocated 1930 – 1950 general store. Travel across the South Mountain and see the landscape that gave fresh air and hope to thousands of tuberculosis patients. Visit the new home of the Mont Alto Historical Society. Step back to 1812 and visit the Royer farmhouse at Renfrew Park. Continue up the mountain to Monterey Pass Battlefield where 10,000 Union and Confederate troops fought along the mountain ridge in a blinding thunderstorm during the late hours of July 4 and early hours of July 5, 1863, part of the retreat from Gettysburg.

Single tickets are $30/ person or two tickets for $50. Bring a friend and save!  Sign up here.. Tour fee includes lunch at Founder’s Grille with a pristine view of South Mountain. Parking information provided here.