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.

Last summer, we offered programs for young nature lovers, including Summer Stories, Nose to Nose with Nature, and Down a Garden Path.

After much uncertainty, Summer Institute will return in 2020!
New, small-group programs for kids, Nose to Nose and More….EXPLORE! are planned for August. See details here:

Session #1: EXPLORE Nature Discovery AUGUST 17, 18 & 19
Session #2: EXPLORE Terrific Trees, AUGUST 20 & 21

And here is the flier for these two programs. 

Our partnership with the library was suspended for 2020 due to the novel coronavirus restrictions—but will resume in 2021:

The Institute at Renfrew partners with the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library and the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library in their Summer Reading Programs. Kids who attend an Institute at Renfrew 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@instituteatrenfrew.org for more information about Summer Institute programs.

Summer Institute: Children’s Summer Stories at Renfrew

2020 Stories have gone virtual! Check out recorded stories on our YouTube channel to share with your little ones! 

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.)

The 2020 theme for the Stories sessions is to be announced.

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

Due to the situation with Covid-19, 2020 Summer Institute was modified to include three small-group sessions, see above. 

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.

Summer Institute: Down a Garden Path

Due to the situation with Covid-19, 2020 Summer Institute was modified to include three small-group sessions, see above. 

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.