Building connections to the past and to the natural world

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Raising Monarchs
Saving the iconic butterfly
Free program May 26
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Calling all Kids!!
Youth Fest Swings with
Biodiversity Boogie!

Sunday, May 29
Color flyer here!
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Spring Bird Walks

Saturdays in April & May
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Registration is OPEN
for the 2016
Salamander Scramble!
Registration Form here!
Pledge Form here.
Race news here>>
See 2015 Scramble Photos!

See BAY SUPPER 2015 photos!

Check out the FUN video
of the 2013 Bay Supper

by Andrew Gehman!


MORE VIDEOS! We have Event Videos created by Andrew Gehman! See the Youth Fest 2013 video here, and watch our Earth Celebration Day video here.

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Earth Day Network!

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We’re glad you’re here.

Welcome to the Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies. Located in the beautiful ridge and valley region of south central Pennsylvania, Renfrew Institute helps people of all ages to connect with the natural world and with the rich cultural heritage of our region.

The programs which have evolved at Renfrew are rooted in nurturing by learning, caring, and giving.

Martha Dudley Keller,
former Institute president

For school-aged children, Renfrew Institute provides a full range of environmental and cultural education within a beautiful setting. Our hands-on, experiential learning programs create meaningful encounters with nature and with history. Using the natural park areas and historic buildings on the property, our professional instructors ensure authentic learning and long-standing memories for students.

If you are an adult or teen you can enjoy Renfrew Institute too! Among the many experiences offered, you can:
• wade into the Antietam Creek and learn about its connection to the Chesapeake Bay, only two hours away;
• fish if you wish, or join our water-monitoring team;
• marvel at the beauty of the flax plant with its sky-blue flowers in May and rattling seedpods in July. Flax was the “cloth of the farm” for the early German settlers who made their homes here;
• try your hand at a heritage craft and take home a new family treasure.
• come along to view the night sky, listen for owls, or explore the geology of our mountains and valleys;
• celebrate the Earth during Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art in April, or let your spirits soar at our annual Kite Fly.
• jump into an array of workshops and entertainment opportunities at the Youth Festival.
• and when August rolls around, laze on the lawn and listen to world-class jazz on a Sunday afternoon.

Explore our website to find out more about what Renfrew Institute has to offer. Then come for a visit. We would love to meet you and share our stories about the natural wonders of our park and the people who walked this land and farmed its fields long ago. And please contact us if you have questions about our programs and events.