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.

During Summer 2019, we are offering programs for young nature lovers, including Summer Stories, Nose to Nose with Nature, and Down a Garden Path.

Renfrew Institute partners with the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library and the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library in their Summer Reading Programs. Kids who attend a Renfrew Institute summer program receive a SECRET CODE to unlock points at the libraries! Prizes awarded to participants! Visit the library websites or call them for more information about their Summer Reading Programs. Alexander Hamilton library:  (717) 762-3335 and Blue Ridge Summit library: (717) 794-2240.

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

Check out the Summer Institute brochure with all the details!

Summer Institute: Children’s Summer Stories at Renfrew

Tuesdays, June 18–July 23, 2019 • 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.)

This year, the theme for the Stories sessions is Oceans!

See our Summer Stories Event Page here.

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

Wednesdays, June 19 to July 24, 2019 • 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.

See our Nose to Nose Event Page here.

Summer Institute: Down a Garden Path

Thursday, July 18, 2018 • 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.

See our Down a Garden Path Event Page here.