Park at Governor Dick

Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick Environmental Center

                             Mt Gretna Pa          717-964-3808   


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Spring Ephemerals - Sunday, April 23, 2 p.m.
In case you've missed our previous spring ephemerals walks or in case you want to look again at the beauty in the forest, we'll be taking an easy-paced walk to see what's blooming on this day.  Bring your own wildflower field guide if you have one.  We'll also have some on hand.

Wednesday Wings and Things - Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a woodland wander to explore the spring activity of birds, plants, insects, and other creatures we may find.  At an easy pace we'll really look at and listen to what's going on around us.  If you keep a nature journal, this is a good walk for you. 

Toddlers in Tow - Friday, April 28, 10 a.m.
Children ages 2 to 5 should bring an adult with them for this fun time of exploring the woods and learning about the natural world.

Early Bird Walk - Saturday, April 29, 8:00 a.m.

The early bird gets the worm and the early birder sees the good birds!  Well, let's hope so as we get an early start.  We'll walk quietly through the woods to listen for birds and hopefully get good looks at them.  This is for beginning bird watchers as well as for those who have been birding for a lifetime.  If you have binoculars and a field guide, bring them along.

Introduction to Bouldering Class - Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You've seen them in the park, those folks with big, usually black square "mattresses" on their backs.  They are the rock climbers carrying crash pads, and today is your chance to learn about the very popular sport of bouldering.  You'll learn about equipment and technique and be able to climb a few of our interesting boulders.  RAIN DATE MAY 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Senior Walkabout-Flower Power! - Sunday, April 30, 1:30 p.m.
This walk for hikers over the age of 50 is easy-paced (we still do hills though) and 2 to 4 miles in length.  On this hike we'll stop to admire the flowers along the way.  They bloom for such a short time and we don't want to miss the show!


Homeschool Field Day - Wednesday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

We'll celebrate the forest as we learn to identify trees and appreciate their beauty.  There will be activities in science, art, and writing as we look closely at nature's wonders and delve into the mysteries of the forest.  For children ages 6 to 14.  First child, $10.  Second child, $5.

Children ages 3 to 5 welcome to attend for $2.50 each.

Fitness Hike - Sunday, May 7, 9 a.m.
Fast-paced four to six miles will strengthen your cardiovascular system and get your muscles in shape.

Music on the Porch - Sunday, May 7, 1 to 4 p.m.

Come on out for our bluegrass and old county-style music jam.  Bring your stringed instrument and join in!  Bring a lawn chair.  This program is handicapped accessible.

Wednesday Wings & Things - Wednesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m.
This nature study walk will sharpen your observation skills and your appreciation of the wild world around you.  We'll look at birds, insects, flowers, and anything else that we find.  This is an easy-paced walk and if you keep a nature journal, bring it along for your notes and sketches.

2nd Saturday Volunteer Work Day - Saturday, May 13, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
We always have a "to do" list here and we could never get those tasks done without our faithful volunteers.  Thank you in advance for coming out to help us check things off that list!  If you haven't signed up to be a volunteer, today is a good day to do it.

Feathers & Flora - Saturday, May 13, 1:00 p.m.
Warblers and other migrant birds are here to nest or still passing through.  Flowers are blooming, too, and so we'll take a walk to see what's out there.  Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them.

Mother's Day Bouquet Wildflower Walk - Sunday, May 14, 2:00 p.m.
No, we won't pick the flowers but we'll identify what they are and observe their differences, differences in appearance and habitat.  Bring a field guide if you have one or a camera if you want to record the blooms we find.

Planning Ahead.....
Hike to Health - Saturday, June 17, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  RAIN DATE June 24
It's almost summer and what a better way to start the busy outdoor season than with a bunch of activities. In partnership with WellSpan Good Samaritan we will offer programs to learn about geocaching, bouldering, yoga, and more.  You'll be able to get your blood pressure checked and get informed about good nutrition.  Go to for more information.


Board Meetings


7:15 pm

January 12, 2017

February 16, 2017

March 16, 2017

April 20, 2017

May 11, 2017

June 22, 2017

July 20, 2017

August 17, 2017

September 21, 2017

October 12, 2017

November 16, 2017

December - No Meeting

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