Wonders of Weaving

Wonders of Weaving

Join The Institute for four Tuesdays during July 13 to August 3at Pine Hill Recreation Kids in Grades 4 & Up. Limit 8. Pre-registration required. The $40 Institute member; $45 non-member plus a material fee of $18, includes skein of yarn, dyes & ribbon for drawstring bag.The class is instructed by Beth Skroban.
Students will learn the the wonders of weaving and the beauty of color!
• Learn to hand-paint yarn, then weave that yarn, using a rigid heddle loom, into a small drawstring bag.
• Students will also weave a potholder, and make a tapestry wall hanging from a cardboard loom.
• COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Signed waivers required for registration.

The Institute appreciates additional support by Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; Alma W. Oyer; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin, and
facility support courtesy of Washington Township. Details at www.natureandculture.org. To register, visit here.

The Institute Offers “Bloomin’ Walks”

The Institute Offers “Bloomin’ Walks”

The Institute is offering two early summer “Bloomin’ Walks” to view blossoming mountain laurel and rhododendron. The walks are on Saturdays, June 12 and 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Part of The Institute’s Naturalist Discovery Series, the walks are led by Institute naturalist, Dr. Doris Goldman. Hikers will explore trails in Michaux Forest and in Happel’s Meadow. 

On June 12, we’ll mark National Get Outside Day with a hike along the Appalachian Trail in Michaux Forest,” said Goldman. “We will see blooming mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), which is the state flower of Pennsylvania. 

The blossoms look like folded origami flowers.”

The June 26 hike, Celebrate the Summer Solstice, is on the John Birely Memorial Trail at Happel’s Meadow, where blooming rosebay or great rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum) can be found. The clusters of flowers are a hummingbird favorite. 

“This walk is quite shady and mossy, and always cooler than in the valley or most of the drier areas in the mountains,” Goldman said. 

The walks are free, but pre-registration is required. Register via email at info@natureandcultureinstitute.org. Rendezvous point for the hike and more details will be sent upon registration.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed, and signed waivers are required for registration.

This program is sponsored by 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.; The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin.

More information is available at www.natureandcultureinstitute.org.

New Spring 2021 Hours @ Conococheague Institute

New Spring 2021 Hours @ Conococheague Institute

With the warmer weather and new staff, Conococheague Institute (CI) has new spring hours to give visitors more opportunity to learn and explore the site. Grounds and trails are open from dawn to dusk daily. The Visitors Center and Gift Shop are open Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM. When visiting the site, please park at the Welsh Barrens Visitor Center and look for the Welcome Board to orientate visitors to the site.

Historic programming is offered in the cabin & gardens on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 AM  to 5 PM. The CI Library and genealogy resources are by appointment, between 9 AM and 5 PM. Additional tours and education programs are also available by appointment, between 9 AM and 5 PM

On Fridays and Saturdays, experience CI Historic Warden and CI volunteers living life as  18th century frontier life in the cabin and gardens. With Spring in the air, the focus right now is on the Garden cultivation, but there is always something new to experience.

Also upcoming at CI is the Free Tree Planting experience. Click here to register. CI is collaborating with The Institute on Homeschool Days on April 29 and May 27. Individuals and groups of up to 60 are welcome. Please contact CI mwedd@ci.org to book. Bookings include one nature and one history program. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy between sessions.

The Institute Offers Job Postings

The Institute Offers Job Postings

The Institute, located in Waynesboro PA, is searching for three environmental educators—Early Childhood Environmental Educator, Environmental Educator, Environmental Educator/Watershed Science Coordinator. The positions have different areas of focus.

The Early Childhood Environmental Educator is responsible for delivering established programs of TheInstitute at the preschool– 4th grade levels and developing creative new programs into the future. The primary role of this position is to work outdoors with preschool and primary age groups. Download the full job description here.

The Environmental Educator is responsible for delivering established programs of The Institute at the K–12 grade levels and developing creative new programs into the future. The primary role of this position is to work outdoors with school groups and the general public. Download the full job description here.

The Environmental Educator/Watershed Science Coordinator is responsible for delivering established programs of The Institute at the K– 12 grade levels and developing creative new programs into the future. As watershed science coordinator, the educator will also work with The Institute’s WaterStriders students, college interns and local watershed organizations. Download the full job description here.

The early childhood educator must work in cooperation with co-teachers, administrators, volunteers, interns, and all other personnel of The Institute. The Institute is an equal opportunity employer. The Institute celebrates diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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.