Capitalizing on summer

Those gorgeous warm days and the beauty of Renfrew Park draw old and young alike to enjoy nature and a step back in time. Summer Institute, with a variety of activities for children, is a great way for kids to enjoy the park while learning something new and exciting.

For 2017, Summer Institute offers programs for young nature lovers through grade 6, including Summer Stories, Nose to Nose with Nature, Down a Garden Path and Take a Hike. Check out the Summer Institute flyer here. Check out the Summer Institute flyer here.

NEW this year, Renfrew Institute is partnering with the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library’s Summer Reading Program. Kids who attend a Renfrew Institute summer program receive a SECRET CODE to unlock points at the library! Prizes awarded to participants! Visit the library’s website or call them at (717) 762-3335 for more information about their Summer Reading Program.

Call (717) 762-0373 or contact us by email at info@renfrewinstitute.org for more information about Summer Institute programs.

Summer Institute: Children’s Summer Stories at Renfrew

Tuesdays, June 20–July 21 • 11:00 a.m.

Preschoolers and up

Underwriting support provided by John and Deb Beck

Children gather under the tree near the Visitor’s Center to listen to stories and enjoy related hands-on activities. Free admission. (If inclement weather, call 717-762-0373 to confirm.)

Summer Institute: Mornings In The Park: Nose To Nose With Nature

Wednesdays, June 21 to July 26 • 9:30–11 a.m.

For children completing grades K through 3

Underwriting support provided by Stephen and Maxine Beck

Explore nature’s best spots with Renfrew Institute’s environmental instructors. Check out those weird, wild, wonderful creatures and plants that help make our life on earth possible. Tools, stories, secret missions, music, and games will add to the fun and adventure. Bring old sneakers for wading. Cost is $4 per child for members of Renfrew Institute, and $5 per child for non-members, per session. Attend one or more. Pre-registration not required. Meet at Visitors Center. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register. *Member discount for memberships of $25 or more.

Summer Institute: Take a Hike

Thursday, June 22 • 9:00–11:00 a.m. (One session only!)

For children completing grades 4–6

Discover park trails and hidden wonders! Come hike the trails of Renfrew. Learn about the natural world around you as you explore some of the less-travelled areas of the park. We’ll hike trails called Great Blue Heron, Edmajoda, Salty Grimes and more, stopping along the way for nature related activities. Limit: 20. Fee: Renfrew Institute members $4 per child/ Non-members $5. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register.­

Summer Institute: Down a Garden Path

Monday, July 10 • 9:30–11:00 a.m. (One session only!)

For children completing grades K through 3

Underwriting support by Max Creager, in memory of Nancy Hess Creager

Step into the four-square garden with Renfrew Institute garden expert, Doris Goldman. Join in the fun as we harvest, plant seeds and discover ladybugs and other garden critters. Take home your own mini-garden and a garden craft, and learn to “make rain” with watering bells. We’ll water, dig, pick and play! Wear shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Cost is $4 per child for members of Renfrew Institute, and $5 per child for non-members. Pre-registration not required. Meet at Visitors Center. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register.