Capitalizing on summer

Planning is underway for Summer Institute 2022! Information on this page from last year gives an idea what to expect for this summer. 

Gorgeous warm days draw old and young alike to enjoy nature and the outdoors. Summer Institute, with a variety of activities for children, is a great way for kids to enjoy the outdoors while learning something new and exciting.

For 2022, plans call for EXPLORE!, Summer Stories, Wee Wonders and an archaeology workshop. See information below—more details are coming soon!

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

Summer Institute: Children’s Summer Stories

2022 Story time is back!

Preschoolers and up

Underwriting support provided by John and Deb Beck

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

Wednesdays in June and July: June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, and July 27.
Time: 11 a.m.

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The theme for the 2022 Summer Stories is “Summer Fun” and that’s what kids can expect to have when they attend these story sessions.
Kathy Helfrick and Jane Glenn will read a new story each week, with related crafts for kids.

Summer Institute: EXPLORE!

Explore! programs are a series of outdoor adventure programs, designed for kids in grades K to 5.

For summer 2022, Explore! will be held at Pine Hill Recreation Area on these dates:

Thursdays in June and July: June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, and ending July 27.
Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

All program activities are outside. Taught by Institute educators, each program includes educational activities related to the season.

Summer Institute: Wee Wonders

Wee Wonders programs are a series of outdoor adventure programs, designed for our youngest budding naturalists, age 2 and a half to 5.

For summer 2022, these are the dates:

Tuesdays in June: June 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.

Check back for detailed program descriptions and location.

Taught by Institute educators, age-appropriate program activities make learning fun, and include exploring the outdoors, hikes, nature stories, rhymes, finger plays, nature games, and puppets.

Summer Institute: Archaeology Workshop

Exploring the secrets of a 200-year-old homestead and how its environment influenced early settlers is the focus of this program, offered by The Institute in partnership with Little Antietam Creek, Inc. (LACI) as part of a series of Discover programs for students in grades 5–12 (ages 10 to 17).

Students will join Institute educators and LACI archaeologists to “dig into the past” at the historic Stoner Farm, an active, working archaeological site in Waynesboro.

Students will learn the why, what, and how of archaeology, including how artifacts are processed and what they can tell us about how the Stoners lived. Hands-on activities include digging and working with artifacts, testing the properties of limestone and soil, looking for new dig sites using remote sensing, and learning how limestone is cut and mortar is made. 

Check back for more details, plus date, time and location.