The Institute at Renfrew is launching a “baker’s dozen” of 13 new programs for adults, teens and kids, all starting in September.

The programs fall into three categories, Naturalist Discovery Series and Common Threads, for adults, families, and teens age 15 and up, and EXPLORE!, a variety of programs designed for youth.

With safety measures in place, the programs are offered in various locations within Waynesboro’s Renfrew Park. Participants will be required to register in advance, sign a waiver, and agree to abide by safety protocols.

Program fees reflect a discount for members of the Institute at Renfrew. Materials fees when applicable are not optional.

To register, call The Institute at 717-762-0373 or email us at info@instituteatrenfrew.org

Naturalist Discovery Series: Nature ID on the Go with your Smartphone!
Saturday, September 12, 9–10:30 a.m.
Age: Adults & teens age 15 & up; Cost: $12 for member; $15 for non-member; Limit: 20.
Technology meets nature! Learn about the use of nature identification apps on the smartphone. With step-by-step guidance, participants learn how to make and record observations in nature and share to a database with over 48 million observations. Must have a smartphone connected to the internet.
Learn more about this program HERE!

EXPLORE! Art and Nature, 2-Day Series
Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 14 & 15, 4–5:30 p.m. [offered again Sept. 28–29]
Grades: K–5; Cost: $24 member, $30 non-member; Materials fee: $6; Limit: 10.
Kids observe nature in the park and forest, and create guided art projects based on nature. They will create a wax-resist wall hanging on fabric with oil pastels and liquid watercolor paint, and make line drawings based on patterns seen in nature, while exploring the use of natural items as paintbrushes. Class is outdoors, so participants should dress for the weather. Fee includes both days.
Learn more about this program HERE.

EXPLORE! Knitting Class for Grade 5 & Up
Six classes: Thursdays, Sept. 17–Oct. 22, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Age: grade 5 & up; Cost: $55 member, $60  non-member; Materials fee: $22.00; Limit: 8.
Students learn the basics of knitting such as casting on, knit stitch, binding off, and i-cord edging, by working on a simple knitted headband, perfect to wear outside on chilly days.
Learn more about this program HERE.

EXPLORE! Knitting Class for Middle/High School
Six classes: Thursdays, Sept. 17–Oct. 22, 3–5:00 p.m.
Age: middle/high school students; Cost: $55 member, $60 non-member; Materials fee: $22.00; Limit: 8.
Students learn the basics of knitting such as casting on, knit stitch, binding off, and i-cord edging, by working on a simple knitted headband, perfect to wear outside on chilly days.
Learn more about this program HERE.

EXPLORE! Textiles Crafts
Three classes: Wednesdays, Sept.16–30, 1–3 p.m.
Age: grades: 3–5; Cost: $42 member, $45 non-member; Materials fee: $15; Limit: 10.
Students are engaged in a variety of textile activities from hand-painting yarn, making pom-poms, weaving on a potholder loom, and creating a small tapestry wall hanging from their hand painted yarn.
Learn more about this program HERE.

EXPLORE! Garden Adventures
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9:30–11 am. [offered again Sept. 24]
Grades: K–5; Cost: $10 member; $12 non-member; Limit: 15.
A hands-on opportunity to learn about plants including digging in the dirt and seeing how food is grown in the historic four-square garden at Renfrew Park. Kids get a close-up look at various garden plants, explore the ways humans depend on plants, and help tend the garden by preparing soil, planting seeds and watering vegetables.
Learn more about this program HERE.

EXPLORE! Bugging Out!
Thursday, Sept.17, 4–5:30 p.m.
Grades: K-5; Cost: $10 member, $12 non-member; Limit: 15.
In the early fall, insects are everywhere! Kids use their senses of sight and hearing to search out various “critters” in different habitats, learning about and viewing a wide variety of insects with bug boxes and magnifying glasses.
Learn more about this program HERE.

EXPLORE! Amphibian Hunt
Monday, Sept. 21, 4–5:30 p.m.
Grades: 3–5; Cost: $10 for member, $15 for non-member; Limit: 15.
What makes an amphibian unique? Why are they important? Where can we find amphibians? All this and more will be answered on a guided hike and talk through Renfrew Park as kids discover what amphibians may be living in our backyard!
Learn more about this program HERE.

EXPLORE! Beginning Birders
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9:30–11 a.m.
Grades: K-5; Cost: $10 member, $12 non-member; Limit: 15.
Students learn about the many adaptations found in birds, and learn what makes a bird, a bird. Activities include walking park trails to search for winged creatures, learning to recognize common species by appearance and individual calls, and using a field guide to identify birds in their native habitats.
Learn more about this program HERE.

EXPLORE! Garden Adventures
Thursday, Sept. 24, 4–5:30 p.m.
Grades: K–5; Cost: $10 member; $12 non-member; Limit: 15.
A hands-on opportunity to learn about plants including digging in the dirt and seeing how food is grown in the historic four-square garden at Renfrew Park. Kids get a close-up look at various garden plants, explore the ways humans depend on plants, and help tend the garden by preparing soil, planting seeds and watering vegetables.
Learn more about this program HERE.

Naturalist Discovery Series: Blacklight Bug Discovery
Friday, September 25, 7:30–9 p.m.
Age: Families with children, 6 years and up; Cost: $10 adults/$5 children (members of Institute at Renfrew); $12 adults/$6 children (non-members); Limit: 25.
Discover nocturnal insects at Renfrew Park! An introduction to insects not normally seen during the daytime, and their special attributes allowing them to live at night. The group will examine insects they can catch up-close. Bring flashlights, and a blanket or chairs to sit on. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Learn more about this program HERE.

EXPLORE! Art and Nature 2-Day Series
Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 28 & 29, 4–5:30 p.m.
Grades: K–5; Cost: $24 member, $30 non-member; Materials fee: $6; Limit: 10.
Kids observe nature in the park and forest, and create guided art projects based on nature. They will create a wax-resist wall hanging on fabric with oil pastels and liquid watercolor paint, and make line drawings based on patterns seen in nature, while exploring the use of natural items as paintbrushes. Class is outdoors, so participants should dress for the weather. Fee includes both days.
Learn more about this program HERE.

Common Threads…Textile Traditions and Handicrafts: Flax to Linen
Saturday, September 26, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Age: Adults & teens age 15 & up; Cost: $45 member; $50 non-member
Materials fee: $5.00; Limit: 10.
Participants learn how the flax plant is transformed into beautiful linen cloth. The program covers the history of flax and how it contributed to our culture. Participants visit Renfrew’s flax patch and use antique tools to process flax into linen, including spinning on a drop spindle, and creating a woven bookmark using the thread they spun.
Learn more about this program HERE.