Victory Garden: Closing Your Garden for the Winter, Penn State Extension

Victory Garden: Closing Your Garden for the Winter, Penn State Extension

Tuesday September 19th, 2023 * 6:00 PM
Get ready to winterize your garden with the Penn State Master Gardeners of Franklin County!
Join us at the Victory Gardens for some expert tips and tricks on how to keep your garden thriving all winter long!
Join Penn State Master Gardeners in Franklin County for an informal workshop at their Victory Garden Demonstration Garden.
During the fifth and final workshop, you will learn all about getting your home garden ready for the winter months, including preparing your beds, using compost, planting cover crops, and how to clean and store your tools.
The workshop will feature short talks by Master Gardeners, followed by a Q&A session and a guided tour around the victory garden.
The workshop will be held outdoors, and attendees should dress appropriately. I
n the event of steady rain or severe weather, the workshop will be postponed to Tuesday, September 26 (6:00 PM-8:00 PM).
The Demonstration Garden is located across the street from the Extension Office.
Space is limited – preregistration is recommended, Click Here
Penn State Extension Franklin County | 181 Franklin Farm Lane Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17202

Comet Party—View The Green Comet!, The Institute

Attention all stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts!
The Institute and the TriState Astronomers (TSA) invite you to a Comet Party to view “The Green Comet” through the telescopes of the TSA at Pine Hill Recreation Area on two consecutive evenings—Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4 between 7:30 and 10 p.m.
The program is part of The Institute’s Naturalist Discovery Series.
In early February, comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)—nicknamed The Green Comet—will be around 26 million miles from Earth.
That is the closest it has come to our planet in the last 50,000 years!
The last time C/2022 E3 (ZTF) paid a visit was at the start of the Upper Paleolithic age, when homo sapiens first started moving out of Africa and into Asia and Eurasia.
You can bring your own telescopes and binoculars for the viewing experience, and/or use our big telescopes.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness the beauty of a comet up close.
This green-looking comet might also be visible without the need of a telescope or binoculars.
In addition to the comet, we will be looking at stars and features of the winter sky.
Participation is free and everyone is welcome.
The comet party can only happen if the sky is mostly clear.
Watch our website for updates if weather is questionable.

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
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

Winter Explore Series: The Institute

Tuesday, January 24, 4 to 5 p.m.
Winter Fun and Fort Building 
Tuesday, January 31, 4 to 5 p.m.
Let’s Go on a Hiking Adventure!
Tuesday, February 7, 4 to 5 p.m.
Where’s My Worm? How birds survive in the winter.
Tuesday, February 14, 4 to 5 p.m.
I (Heart) Pine Cones: Discover the Pines at Pine Hill
Pine Hill Recreation Area, 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd, Waynesboro, Pa.
For kids in grades K–5.
Students will go on a guided “wondering walk” through the forest, and learn how humans keep warm in the winter.
Students work together with others to gather a variety of natural materials like branches and leaves, and build a lean-to structure or fort, requiring collaborative creativity and teamwork.
This program introduces STEM concepts through problem solving.
Cost: $6 for Institute members; $7 general public.
Register on The Institute’s website:
For more information, call 717-762-0373 or email to
Website link:

52nd Annual Christmas Parade, Downtown Chambersburg

Saturday November 19th, 2022 * 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
52nd Annual Christmas Parade will kick off the festive Holiday season in Historic Downtown Chambersburg.
Join us for the bands, floats, cars and the cheer of the season!
Santa will be lighting the tree and this year it returns to the fountain!
Event applications can be found, HERE