Winter Family Hike on Appalachian Trail Feb. 25

WAYNESBORO, PA–The Institute invites area families on a free, guided winter hike along the Appalachian Trail on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. as part of their Naturalist Discovery Series of programs. Led by an Institute naturalist, hikers will explore some of the wonders to be found in the woods and along the […]

Blippi is coming to Luhrs

SHIPPENSBURG, PA—Blippi is coming to Shippensburg for the ultimate curiosity adventure in Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m., at the Luhrs Performing Arts Center. So, come on, dance, sing, and learn with Blippi and special guest Meekah as they discover what makes different cities unique and special. Will there […]

Ice, Ice, Baby!

PENNSYLVANIA/MARYLAND — If you’ve got cabin fever, but don’t mind the cold, you’ve got several opportunities to get out and about with the grandkids—or just for a date night—at several area ice festivals. IceFest – Chambersburg, Pennsylvania – Jan. 25-28, 2024 Start the weekend watching carvers from DiMartino Ice as they turn blocks of ice […]

The Institute Presents Five Winter EXPLORE! Programs for Kids

WAYNESBORO, PA — Winter fun for kids is on tap with a new EXPLORE! programseries from The Institute. Designed for kids in grades K to 5, the programs will run on all five Thursdays in February: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Pine Hill Recreation Area. All program activities are […]

The Institute sets upcoming programs and events

WAYNESBORO, PA–The Institute has scheduled a variety of upcoming programs for families: Wee Wonders Nature Series for Preschool—Fall 2023 Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, and November 2 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Pine Hill Recreation Area, 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd, Waynesboro, Pa. The Institute’s outdoor learning program for kids ages 2.5 years through 5. […]

Halloween’s a good time for Hersheypark

HERSHEY—Hersheypark has some new tricks up its sleeves this year with the annual Halloween season and Dark Nights immersive haunt experience. This year’s event will include with more days and hours, a new fifth haunted house, enhanced scares and exclusive food over seven weekends from Sept. 15 through Oct. 29, 2023.  New this season, every Hersheypark Halloween ticket now […]

Lesher’s annual sunflower field is near full bloom

CHAMBERSBURG, PA – If you live in Central Pennsylvania and love sunflowers, you need to check out the field at Lesher’s Poultry Farm. According to Lesher’s Sunflower Watch social media page, their sunflower field should be in full bloom within the next week. The field is located at 1461 Swamp Fox Road, Chambersburg, U-Pick sunflowers […]

Free sunflowers!

If you are near Waynesboro and want some late-summer sunshine, check out the rows of sunflowers in bloom in the pollinator and wildlife habitat at Church of the Apostles,UCC, 336 Barnett Ave. Waynesboro, PA in the Wayne Heights development. The inside rows are in bloom and available for free cutting. The church asks that you […]

Like jazz? Check this out!

WAYNESBORO–The Institute’s 32nd Jazz Festival is scheduled for Sunday, August 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Wharf, a park-like property at 10141 Wharf Road in Waynesboro, Pa. The concert is offered free to the public. Rain location is Waynesboro Area Middle School.  This year’s concert presents the Donald Harrison Quartet, featuring Big Chief […]

The Institute in Waynesboro sets Youth Festival on May 21

WAYNESBORO, PA — The Institute’s 34th annual Youth Festival is on Sunday, May 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, Pa. The event is free and open to the public; donations appreciated. An outdoor event geared for kids of all ages, Youth Fest features a variety of activities, demonstrations, […]