Learning opportunities for adults & teens

Here are programs that satisfy our curiosities, open doors to new skills, invite us to explore and help us live more sustainably. Designed for adults and teens (age 15 and up), these lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips take participants into exciting realms of learning. Environmental and cultural history topics are offered each year. Some are old favorites and some are brand new to our line-up!

Creatures of the Night: Family Owl Walk 2016

Thursday in November, TBA • 6:00 p.m.
Meet at Visitors Center, Renfrew Park

Naturalist Lori Schlosser will conduct this outdoor walk to areas of Renfrew Park most likely to attract owls, including Screech, Barred, and Great Horned owls. A brief pre-walk information session will help participants learn more about these nocturnal creatures and the methods used to locate them. The walk is is geared toward families and children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Dress warmly and bring flashlights. This event is free (donations accepted). Enrollment is limited to 50 and pre-registration is required; register by calling (717) 762-0373 or via email at info@renfrewinstitute.org.

Special Astronomy Program 2017: News From Pluto

Thursday in January or February, TBA • 7 p.m.
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park

Presented in partnership with Tri-State Astronomers
Underwriting support providedlast year in part by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

Dr. Lawrence Marschall, Professor of Physics Emeritus, Gettysburg College, presents a program on an aspect of astronomy. Always entertaining and informative, past programs have featured Pluto, comets, and many other astronomically fascinating topics. Star viewing after the program, weather permitting. Free.

Creatures of the Night: Adult Owl Walk 2017

Thursday in February, TBA • 6:30 p.m.
Meet at Visitors Center, Renfrew Park

Underwriting support provided last year by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

Naturalist Lori Schlosser conducts these popular outdoor walks to areas of Renfrew Park most likely to attract owls, including Screech, Barred, and Great Horned owls. A brief pre-walk information session will help participants learn more about these nocturnal creatures and the methods used to locate them. Ages 15 and up. Dress warmly and bring flashlights. This event is free (donations accepted). Enrollment is limited to 50 and pre-registration is required; register by calling (717) 762-0373 or via email at info@renfrewinstitute.org.

Annual Lecture Series 2017—Topic of environmental interest, TBA

Early spring or late winter, dates TBA • 7 p.m.

Locations vary with program, check out the flyer, available soon

Underwriting support provided last year by Charles & Undine Warner

Renfrew Institute’s Annual Lecture Series spotlights various cultural and environmental aspects of our community with three presentations. Check back in late fall 2016 for information on the topic and speakers for the 2017 series.

Musical Instrument Workshop 2017: Details TBA NEW! Gift Certificates Available for Workshops

See sample here!

Date and time TBA

Underwriting support provided last year by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

Past instrument workshops have included handcrafting a clay ocarina and creating a bamboo rainstick. Stay tuned to see what the 2017 workshop has in store! Pre-registration required. Ages 15 & up. To register call 717-762-0373 or email info@renfrewinstitute.org.

Chair Caning Workshop TBA if scheduled again for 2017

Dates & times TBA – Visitors Center, Renfrew Park

Underwriting support provided last year by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

Local craftsman, Merri Tabor, will guide participants in the caning of a beautiful finished stool—or participants may bring an item from home for caning. Merri has been providing caning and rushing services in her husband’s furniture restoration shop (Golden Eagle Cabinet Shop) for more than 35 years. Pre-registration required. Ages 15 and up. Limit 10. Basic Workshop Fee: $25 for members of Renfrew Institute, $30/non-member.
Participants may bring their own furniture piece to cane instead of buying the stool, so materials fees will vary per participant: $65 Stool: high quality, hand-crafted and finished except for cane seat; $25 Caning kit: includes all tools needed, cane and booklet; $17 Cane only, for those with their own tools.

We hope these options will be helpful and encourage all levels of participation. Merri will work with each participant individually as well as with the whole group for basic instruction. To register call 717-762-0373 or email info@renfrewinstitute.org.

Renfrew Rocks! Geology Program 2017

Thursday in Spring 2017, TBA • 7 p.m.
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park

Underwriting support provided last year by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

Geologist Jeri Jones brings a quick-paced and informative program on fascinating aspects of the local underground world. Enjoy a PowerPoint tour of some of these sites. Jones will explain their importance, origin and meaning. This free program will also be helpful to those attending the May geology field trip, led by Jones.

Special Joint Program with Antietam Watershed Association—Topic for 2017 TBA

Thursday in April TBA • 7 p.m.
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park

Presented in partnership with Antietam Watershed Association

Underwriting support providedlast year by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

Visitors Center, Renfrew Park, Waynesboro PA

An adult/teen educational program of local or regional environmental interest, co-sponsored by AWA and Renfrew Institute. Speaker and topic will be announced early in 2017. Free.

Renfrew Rocks! Family Geology Field Trip 2017: Topic & destination TBA

Saturday in May 2017, TBA • 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at Visitors Center, Renfrew Park

Underwriting support provided last year by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

Stops vary each year, with a focus on the geologic history and topography of our region. Field trippers will travel to areas that may include coal mines, quarries and other sites of geological interest. Geared for families, the trip includes collecting fossils, minerals and rocks along with some nifty geologic sites. Great opportunity to fulfill Boy Scout requirements or homeschooler project. Transportation by bus only, provided. Pre-registration required. Fee: TBA. Renfrew Institute member discount: $5 per seat (adult or child). Bring bag lunch. Check back early in 2017 for details.

“SOAR” Bird Walks (“Studying Ornithology At Renfrew”) 2017

Saturdays in April & May, 2017 • 7:30 to 10 a.m.

Underwriting support provided last year by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

Naturalist Jack Olzewski will lead 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. See calendar entry in chronological order, below.
SOAR has a Facebook page, too—check it out!

Nature or Cultural Program, Topic TBA

Thursday in May, 2017 TBA • 7 p.m.
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park

Underwriting support provided in part by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

Renfrew Institute’s Adult/Teen Education Committee creates a full slate of activities, including a special-interest program in May on an aspect of nature, the environment, or of cultural interest. Check back early in 2017 for details. Free.

Off-Site Birding Field Trips to Gettysburg Battlefield 2017

Two Saturdays in June, TBA • 7:30 a.m. to approx. 10 a.m.
Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Virginia Memorial on Confederate Avenue, on the Gettysburg battlefield

Underwriting support provided last year by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

Naturalist Jack Olszewski leads off-site birding trips to Gettysburg battlefield. Some of the species Olszewski has spotted at Gettysburg include the American kestrel, pileated woodpecker, bluebird, meadowlark, indigo bunting, and red-tail hawk, along with robins, orioles, cardinals and others. Bring binoculars, bird identification books and cameras, and wear comfortable shoes for walking. Also suggested, water and snacks, or lunch. RSVPs are appreciated to plan for number of attendees expected. For more information or directions, call Jack at 301-241-3846, or Renfrew Institute at 717-762-0373. Free and open to the public.

PAST PROGRAMS, ON HOLD FOR 2016:

Fly Fishing Workshop—Check back for future dates

Date & Time TBA
Visitor Center & Antietam Creek

Presented in partnership with Antietam Fly Anglers

This is an occasional workshop offered by the Institute. Learn about equipment, casting techniques and the “secrets” of fly-fishing. Led by instructors from Antietam Fly Anglers, this workshop launches you into this popular sport. Instruction is primarily on dry land, but may include time at the stream within Renfrew Park. Practice rods and other equipment loaned by Antietam Fly Anglers for the workshop. Fee applies. Pre-registration required. To register, call 717-762-0373 or email us at info@renfrewinstitute.org. Ages 15 and up. Younger participants (ages 10–15) will be considered if coming with an adult registrant.

All About Telescopes: Advisory Session

Date TBA • 7 p.m.
Meet at Visitors Center, Renfrew Park

Presented in partnership with Tri-State Astronomers
Underwriting support provided last year by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

In partnership with the Tri-State Astronomers, the Institute presents a telescope information and advisory session for those in the market for a telescope. The event is held indoors, and is free. Registration is not required. Event coordinator, Andy Smetzer said, “If anyone is wondering what kind of telescope to buy, our club members will share expert opinions and advice on telescopes.” Participants may park in Renfrew’s lower lot off Welty Road, or behind the visitors center (access using service lane off Route 16).

Telescope Clinic—Learn How to Use Your Telescope!

Date TBA • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park

Presented in partnership with Tri-State Astronomers
Underwriting support provided last year by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

This “telescope clinic” is designed to help you learn how to maximize your use of a telescope. A telescope isn’t much fun if you don’t know how to use it—if you have a telescope and you’re not sure what to do next, bring it to the telescope clinic for some guidance. Free, but registration is required to reserve consultation time. For more information or to book your time slot, call 717-762-0373 or email us at info@renfrewinstitute.org.

Scherenschnitte Workshop: Intricate Paper Cutting
Gift Certificates Available for Workshops  
See sample here!

Date and Time TBA
Visitors Center, Renfrew Park

Underwriting support provided in the past by Marge Kiersz; Lucinda D. Potter, CPA; and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company

Scherenschnitte is the traditional German folk craft of paper-cutting. Artist Bill Hammann will demonstrate cutting techniques and participants will create a work of art to take home. Ages 15 & up. Limit 15. Workshop fee: $25 for members of Renfrew Institute, $30/non-members. Supplies provided if needed for materials fee of $12. Pre-registration required. To register call 717-762-0373 or email us at info@renfrewinstitute.org.

For more detailed information and a complete description of school programs and fees, contact Renfrew Institute by phone at (717) 762-0373 or by email at info@renfrewinstitute.org. Flyers for these programs are available upon request.

three people with ocarinas
Tom McFarland with Melodie Anderson-Smith, left and Mary Mahr show off several handcrafted ocarinas.
group of people in tunnel
Geologist Jeri Jones explains the significance of stone characteristics in a tunnel during a field trip.
woman with owl on arm
Naturalist Lori Schlosser guides owl walks in fall and winter.