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Renfrew Institute

(717) 762-0373

January 2019

Fraktur Workshop

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Donna Selfridge Spangler will lead a workshop to teach the historic art of the fraktur, a Pennsylvania German tradition to decorate documents such as birth or marriage certificates. Using pens, ink and watercolors, and their choice of laid or woven paper, both used during the time period of fraktur, participants will learn basic fraktur lettering and what the designs symbolize as they create their own fraktur. Workshop Fee: $25 for RI members, $30/non-member. Ages 15 and up, limited to 10. About the instructor,…

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Project SNOWStorm and Project OwlNet

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Free

Steve Huy with a snowy owl. (©ALLEN SKLAR) Owls are in the spotlight during a program on Project SNOWStorm and Project OwlNet. As reports of increasing numbers of snowy owl sightings emerged across Pennsylvania and other northern states in the winter of 2013–14, a team of researchers gathered to learn more about these owls, calling their effort Project SNOWstorm. Steve Huy is a co-founder of Project SNOWstorm, and co-director of Project Owlnet, a long term study of saw-whet owls based at…

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February 2019

SUMMER, FALL & WINTER “SOAR” Bird Walks

February 2 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
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First and Third Saturdays
Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Free

SOAR (“Studying Ornithology At Renfrew”) is now virtually year-round! First and third Saturday summer, fall and winter bird walks began on June 16! Birding enthusiasts Sharon and Larry Williams of Waynesboro will lead the walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park throughout the summer, and continue in the fall and winter this year. Walks begin at Renfrew’s lower parking lot off Welty Road. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public.…

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Creatures of the Night: Adult Owl Walk

February 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Meet at Visitors Center, Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, 17268 United States
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Snow date To Be Announced. Updates on the website in case of bad weather. This winter excursion, led by former Renfrew Institute staff member and naturalist, Lori Schlosser, is for participants aged 15 and up. The activity is free (donations accepted), but registration is required and limited to 60. Spaces fill up quickly for this popular event, so anyone wishing to join the walk should register soon. For more information or to register, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or email…

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SUMMER, FALL & WINTER “SOAR” Bird Walks

February 16 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
First & Third Saturdays
Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Free

SOAR (“Studying Ornithology At Renfrew”) is now virtually year-round! First and third Saturday summer, fall and winter bird walks began on June 16! Birding enthusiasts Sharon and Larry Williams of Waynesboro will lead the walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park throughout the summer, and continue in the fall and winter this year. Walks begin at Renfrew’s lower parking lot off Welty Road. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public.…

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Astronomy Program: Exploring Beyond Pluto

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Free

Presented in partnership with Tri-State Astronomers. Dr. Lawrence Marschall, Professor of Physics Emeritus, Gettysburg College, discusses the New Horizons spacecraft’s rendezvous on New Year’s Day 2019 with 2014 MU69, the most distant object in our solar system ever visited by a spacecraft. 2014 MU69 lies beyond Pluto, in a region of our solar system called the Kuiper Belt, and almost nothing is known about it. See the first glimpses of this previously unexplored region of space. Night sky viewing after…

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March 2019

SUMMER, FALL & WINTER “SOAR” Bird Walks

March 2 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
First and Third Saturdays
Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Free

SOAR (“Studying Ornithology At Renfrew”) is now virtually year-round! First and third Saturday summer, fall and winter bird walks began on June 16! Birding enthusiasts Sharon and Larry Williams of Waynesboro will lead the walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park throughout the summer, and continue in the fall and winter this year. Walks begin at Renfrew’s lower parking lot off Welty Road. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public.…

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Pennsylvania Foods: Foraging Over Time

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Free

First program in the 3-part lecture series, Penn’s Woods Over Time. Presented by Dr. David Foster, Professor of Biology & Environmental Science, Messiah College (photo). See, taste and experience how native people used the plants of Pennsylvania forests for food, fiber and medicine. A local author and forager, Dr. Foster has more than 20 years experience in our forests and will take us through a sensory journey of these memorable plants, and discuss their ecology today. Dr. Foster’s two books…

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Telescope Clinic—Learn How to Use Your Telescope!

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Free

Dan Kaminsky of the Tri-State Astronomers checks out a telescope. Presented in partnership with Tri-State Astronomers. This “telescope clinic” is designed to help you learn how to maximize your use of a telescope. If you have a telescope and you’re not sure what to do next, bring it to the telescope clinic for some guidance. Registration is required to reserve consultation time. Free. For more information, call 717-762-0373 or email to info@renfrewinstitute.org. See our 2019 Adult-Teen Education flier for more…

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Pennsylvania Forests Over Time

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Second program in the 3-part lecture series, Penn’s Woods Over Time. Presented by Dr. Beth Brantley, Associate Teaching Professor of Forestry, Mont Alto Campus PSU. Pennsylvania forests are continuously changing. This program will review historical influences on species composition, the current status of various plant communities, and trends that may extend into our future. Dr. Brantley will focus on the special trees of the South Mountain area in this presentation. Check out our flier for details on the Penn's Woods…

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SUMMER, FALL & WINTER “SOAR” Bird Walks

March 16 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
First & Third Saturdays
Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Free

SOAR (“Studying Ornithology At Renfrew”) is now virtually year-round! First and third Saturday summer, fall and winter bird walks began on June 16! Birding enthusiasts Sharon and Larry Williams of Waynesboro will lead the walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park throughout the summer, and continue in the fall and winter this year. Walks begin at Renfrew’s lower parking lot off Welty Road. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public.…

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Dinosaurs in Pennsylvania

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Free

Final program in the 3-part lecture series, Penn’s Woods Over Time. Presented by Dr. Steve Jasinski, Curator of Paleontology and Geology, State Museum of Pennsylvania. Was Tyrannosaurus rex roaming Pennsylvanian forests 65 million years ago? Find out when Dr. Jasinski discusses dinosaurs in Pennsylvania. The program explores what we already know about dinosaurs in Pennsylvania, and how we have been able to determine our present level of knowledge. He will also talk about what we can, and hope to, determine…

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April 2019

Renfrew Rocks! Gold and Fossils Under Your Feet

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Free

Geologist Jeri Jones In partnership with the Franklin Co. Rock & Mineral Club, geologist Jeri Jones presents a fun and educational program. There have been many reports of gold found in southeastern Pennsylvania and Maryland, where commercial mines operated into the 1940s. Also, learn how fossils are formed and how to find them. Jones will also be selling his new kids’ geology book of Pennsylvania.  For more information, call 717-762-0373 or email to info@renfrewinstitute.org. Check out our 2019 Adult-Teen Education flier…

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“SOAR” Spring Weekly Bird Walks

April 6 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until April 6, 2019

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until May 25, 2019

Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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Free

Jack Olszewski leads weekly spring bird walks. “SOAR” stands for “Studying Ornithology At Renfrew” Naturalist Jack Olzewski will lead weekly bird walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park. Walks begin at Renfrew’s lower parking lot off Welty Road. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Note—Off-site Birding Field Trips: A couple of off-site birding trips may be arranged with walkers during Saturday morning sessions. For more information,…

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“SOAR” Spring Weekly Bird Walks

April 13 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until April 6, 2019

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until May 25, 2019

Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Jack Olszewski leads weekly spring bird walks. “SOAR” stands for “Studying Ornithology At Renfrew” Naturalist Jack Olzewski will lead weekly bird walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park. Walks begin at Renfrew’s lower parking lot off Welty Road. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Note—Off-site Birding Field Trips: A couple of off-site birding trips may be arranged with walkers during Saturday morning sessions. For more information,…

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“SOAR” Spring Weekly Bird Walks

April 20 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until April 6, 2019

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until May 25, 2019

Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Jack Olszewski leads weekly spring bird walks. “SOAR” stands for “Studying Ornithology At Renfrew” Naturalist Jack Olzewski will lead weekly bird walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park. Walks begin at Renfrew’s lower parking lot off Welty Road. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Note—Off-site Birding Field Trips: A couple of off-site birding trips may be arranged with walkers during Saturday morning sessions. For more information,…

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“SOAR” Spring Weekly Bird Walks

April 27 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until April 6, 2019

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until May 25, 2019

Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Jack Olszewski leads weekly spring bird walks. “SOAR” stands for “Studying Ornithology At Renfrew” Naturalist Jack Olzewski will lead weekly bird walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park. Walks begin at Renfrew’s lower parking lot off Welty Road. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Note—Off-site Birding Field Trips: A couple of off-site birding trips may be arranged with walkers during Saturday morning sessions. For more information,…

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May 2019

“SOAR” Spring Weekly Bird Walks

May 4 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until April 6, 2019

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until May 25, 2019

Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Jack Olszewski leads weekly spring bird walks. “SOAR” stands for “Studying Ornithology At Renfrew” Naturalist Jack Olzewski will lead weekly bird walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park. Walks begin at Renfrew’s lower parking lot off Welty Road. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Note—Off-site Birding Field Trips: A couple of off-site birding trips may be arranged with walkers during Saturday morning sessions. For more information,…

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“SOAR” Spring Weekly Bird Walks

May 11 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until April 6, 2019

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until May 25, 2019

Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Jack Olszewski leads weekly spring bird walks. “SOAR” stands for “Studying Ornithology At Renfrew” Naturalist Jack Olzewski will lead weekly bird walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park. Walks begin at Renfrew’s lower parking lot off Welty Road. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Note—Off-site Birding Field Trips: A couple of off-site birding trips may be arranged with walkers during Saturday morning sessions. For more information,…

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“SOAR” Spring Weekly Bird Walks

May 18 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until April 6, 2019

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until May 25, 2019

Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Jack Olszewski leads weekly spring bird walks. “SOAR” stands for “Studying Ornithology At Renfrew” Naturalist Jack Olzewski will lead weekly bird walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park. Walks begin at Renfrew’s lower parking lot off Welty Road. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Note—Off-site Birding Field Trips: A couple of off-site birding trips may be arranged with walkers during Saturday morning sessions. For more information,…

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“SOAR” Spring Weekly Bird Walks

May 25 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until April 6, 2019

An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Saturday, repeating until May 25, 2019

Renfrew Park, 1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Jack Olszewski leads weekly spring bird walks. “SOAR” stands for “Studying Ornithology At Renfrew” Naturalist Jack Olzewski will lead weekly bird walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park. Walks begin at Renfrew’s lower parking lot off Welty Road. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Note—Off-site Birding Field Trips: A couple of off-site birding trips may be arranged with walkers during Saturday morning sessions. For more information,…

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