Area families are invited to attend The Institute’s first StoryWalk® Sunday of the new year on Sunday, Jan. 14 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Pine Hill Recreation Area. 

Kids join a guided walk and activities along the story trail as they read a story book, then make a special craft project to take home. And with colder weather, everyone will warm up around a campfire and enjoy s’mores!

The book for January is Winter is Here by award-winning author Kevin Henkes. 

“We at The Institute love to savor the season, and this book celebrates the sights, sounds and smells of winter—snow falls, animals burrow, and children prepare for the wonders winter brings,” said Pam Rowland, Institute director of education.

The child-friendly text introduces basic concepts of language and the unique beauty of the winter season, and colorful illustrations by Laura Dronzek capture the wonders of winter.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required by Jan. 11. Register online at: 

For more information, email or call 717-762-0373. Limited to 20 children. 

All families are welcome, but activities are geared for preschool and elementary age kids.

Institute story walks are supported by lead sponsor, Julia S. Dawson. Other sponsors include Kathy Helfrick, with additional support from The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Marge Kiersz; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Washington Township. 

Pine Hill’s StoryWalk® trail, an Institute project, was funded in part by WellSpan Summit Endowment, Marge Kiersz and Rouzerville Business Association, with in-kind support from Washington Township, Hopewell Manufacturing, Waynesboro Area School District “Be the Village,” and Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library.

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.