Grove Family Library, Batty Talk and a Spooky Walk – Caledonia State Park

Grove Family Library, Batty Talk and a Spooky Walk – Caledonia State Park

Friday October 28th, 2022 * 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Visit the Caledonia State Park Office and learn some fun and interesting facts about these amazing pollinators.
Participate in bat activities and crafts.
Danielle Klein, Founder/Executive Director of The ButterBee Foundation will be sharing her extensive knowledge about bats.
Also Enjoy a self-guided StoryWalk on Whispering Pine Nature Trail and read a great story for Halloween.
Sunset will be at 6:13 PM.
Bring a flashlight if you plan on walking the trail after that time.
Pre-Registration encouraged but not required.

 

Pumpkins & Pippins Fall Festival

Pumpkins & Pippins Fall Festival

Saturday October 15th, 2022 * 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Support The Institute by bringing your family to a fall celebration of Pumpkins & Pippins!
Our second annual Pumpkins and Pippins fall festival will be held at Pine Hill Recreation Area, Waynesboro.
12684 Mentzer Gap Rd. Waynesboro, PA 
Rain location is the Waynesboro Area Middle School.
A fundraiser for The Institute, the festival includes a full slate of activities and fun for all ages, including a ‘kid zone’ with yard games, a StoryWalk® hike & activity, a photo stand and more.
Pony rides for kids from Serendipity Horse Meadows Farm provide a fun, memorable experience during the festival.
In addition, craft vendors offer a variety of wares.
“We also have a pie walk, a pumpkin patch, and a decorated pumpkin contest,” said Jessica Watson, the Institute’s assistant director and event organizer. “We invite everyone to support The Institute by bringing your family to a fall celebration of Pumpkins & Pippins.”
A star attraction is the ever-popular trebuchet pumpkin launcher, which will run throughout the day sending pumpkins flying through the sky.
Trebuchets are giant catapult devices that originated in medieval times.
“The Institute’s trebuchet was built by volunteers who researched the devices thoroughly to create an authentic working model,” Watson said. “Our trebuchet hurls pumpkins, and it’s great fun to watch how far they fly.”
For the DECORATED PUMPKIN CONTEST (click here for details!), pumpkins may be painted or carved—or both.
Contest entry is free.
Votes from those in attendance determine the winner, who receives a $100 prize.
Live music is a festival mainstay.
The bluegrass band, Marv Ashby and High Octane, will be the featured entertainment.
Based in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., the band is known for dynamic traditional and contemporary bluegrass.
Those attending can buy lunch from Summer Creek BBQ food truck.
A bake sale offers a variety of homemade goodies for dessert.
Pumpkins, apples and cider will be available for purchase.
Admission is $10 per car, cash only.
Storywalk Sunday, The Institute

Storywalk Sunday, The Institute

Sunday May 8thk 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 “In a Garden” by Tim McCanna, a perfect choice as the season of flowers begins.
Author Tim McCanna celebrates gardens, nature, and all sorts of critters in this delightful and vibrant picture book.
The book asks, “How does a garden grow?” Follow along from seed to sprout to bud to flower as a garden blooms.
Worms, ladybugs, millipedes, and more help a garden grow each season.
With lyrical rhyming text and stunning illustrations by Aimée Sicuro, this charming picture book is informative and fun to read aloud.
The event is FREE, but pre-registration is required by May 2. 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.
The book for June is “And Then Summer Comes” by Tom Brenner.    
Current Covid safety guidelines are being followed.
“Love Bird” Downtown Window StoryWalk, Waynesboro, PA

“Love Bird” Downtown Window StoryWalk, Waynesboro, PA

Saturday February 26th, 2022 * 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Join us at Wee Scott Book Shoppe (4 E. Main St. Waynesboro, PA) to begin February’s StoryWalk.
This month feature the book “Love Bird” by Shelleen Weaver!
You can meet Shelleen and have your very own copy of the book signed!
Crafts will also be available for kids.

 

The Institute and Partners Mount a StoryWalk® Trail

The Institute and Partners Mount a StoryWalk® Trail

A new StoryWalk® children’s story trail is open at Pine Hill Recreation Area off Mentzer Gap Road in Waynesboro. The park is open during daylight hours, and visiting the StoryWalk® is free. It will remain in place through February. The StoryWalk® is presented by The Institute in partnership with Washington Township, Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library and the Waynesboro Area School District (WASD).

With pages of a children’s book mounted on signs along a park trail, a StoryWalk® is a fun way for visitors to enjoy being outdoors in a family-friendly activity, reading an adventure as they walk along the trail. 

The StoryWalk® trail, at the top of the park (just past the Dunlap Family Skate Park) is about 500 ft. long, easily accessible and wheelchair friendly.

“StoryWalks® are very popular nation-wide and we are excited to bring this one to our local community,” said Melodie Anderson-Smith, an education director for The Institute. “Sincere thanks to the township and all the partners for helping us make this happen.”

The story featured is “In the Snow: Who’s Been Here?” by Lindsay Barrett George. Two children and their dog explore the winter woods, searching for signs of animal life and clues to their activities, answering the question, “Who’s been here?”

This fun, active and safe way of reading a storybook together inspired the project’s partners. 

“I am excited that we were able to join forces as community partners and give families an additional resource that supports adventures outdoors, family time, and encourages learning!” said Erica Nemzek, WASD early learning coordinator.

“It has been a tough year for the library so I was excited to be a part of this project,” said Bailey Roberts, children’s librarian for the Alexander Hamilton library. “I personally wanted to be involved because I am new to the library, and I want to get to know the community. I hope this is something the library can be a part of in the future.”

The 174-acre Pine Hill Recreation Area is owned and operated by Washington Township. Jeff Geesaman, township manager, was happy to support the StoryWalk® project. 

“Pine Hill seems to be one of the best-kept secret treasures of Washington Township,” Geesaman said. “We are excited about The Institute and their programs, such as the StoryWalk®, not only at Pine Hill but in some of our other township parks. These activities help educate folks on what has been provided for their outdoor recreational enjoyment.”

The trail is open year-round, and plans call for a new book to be installed every month or two.

Participants should practice social distancing, giving others six feet of space, and follow official Covid-19 safety guidelines while in the park.

The StoryWalk®  is sponsored by Kathy Helfrick and Jane Glenn, with additional support from The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Washington Township.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

PHOTO CUTLINE:

Representatives of Washington Township, Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, the Waynesboro Area School District (WASD), and The Institute and their WaterStriders stream study group installed a series of signs to create a StoryWalk® at Pine Hill Recreation Area.

Front row: Pam Rowland, Melodie Anderson-Smith, Erica Nemzek, Bailey Roberts.

Back row: Sophia Schowalter, Jeff Schowalter, Isabella Schowalter, Vernon Ashway, Jack Hubbard, Jeff Geesaman, Ava Magras, Grayson Magras, Chad Reichard.