Park at Governor Dick

Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick Environmental Center

                             Mt Gretna Pa          717-964-3808   

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Insect Safari - Saturday, August 11, 1:00 p.m.  (rain will cancel)
Insects bring out the "EEWWWW!" in a lot of folks, but a closer look at the "EW Crew" will have you admiring them and appreciating the help they offer to our environment and to us.  We will catch and release as many as we can find, learning about their defenses, what they eat, their habitat, and how they survive the winter season.  No fee.

Volunteer Work Morning - August 18, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
We'll be working on trails today.  All the rain and storms have taken a toll on them and some trails need to be trimmed open.  Our goal is to have enough volunteers for this day to get all 15 miles taken care of.

Nature Journaling: Drawing Close to Nature - Saturday, August 18, 1:30 p.m.

This is a great way to slow down and see nature's wonders all around us.  $5 per person.  You may bring your own notebook; we'll have pencils and color for you to use.  A journal is available for purchase for $5.

Backyard Biologists:  Mission:  Decomposition! - Saturday, August 25, 1:00 p.m.

​ Backyard biologists this afternoon will explore and observe decomposing things and search for decomposers.  They'll learn why all that rot is very important to an ecosystem.  We'll make a simple field journal and make drawings of our discoveries.  $5 per child.

Golden Eagle Hikers - Sunday, August 26, 1:30 p.m.

This hike for folks over age 50 will cover about 3 miles, including going through the meadow at the Tower to look at butterflies.  There will be hills and rocks.  Bring water.


Fitness Hike - Sunday, September 2, 9:00 a.m.

​Come out for a faster-paced 4 to 5 miles in the beautiful morning woods.  Your heart will thank you!

Music on the Porch - Sunday, September 2, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The bluegrass music jam tradition continues.  Bring a lawn chair (weather permitting) and your stringed instrument.  If you don't play, then sing along!  Bad weather will move this jam indoors.

Intro to Bouldering Class - Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you've been curious about the sport of bouldering and would like to learn about equipment and how to begin climbing or if you'd like to sharpen your climbing skills a bit, register early for this class.  Class size is limited.  No equipment is necessary and children are welcome with an accompanying adult.

Volunteer Work Morning - Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Nature Journaling - Saturday, September 15, 1:30 p.m.

No art experience is needed for this journaling program, just a desire to observe and record what you are seeing.  It's a way of slowing down and truly seeing nature.  The cost is $5 and journals are available for purchase for an additional $5.  Feel free to bring your own notebook or journal.

Mark your calendars!   Walk in Penn's Woods - Sunday, October 7, 2:00 p.m.  

The statewide Walk in Penn's Woods is a day to walk in and celebrate Pennsylvania's beautiful and varied forested lands.  In 2017 there were 64 walks held in 46 counties with 1,000 people participating.  The goal is to have a walk take place in every Pennsylvania county!  We'll cover about two miles, learning tree identification and some history of the Furnace Hills, climbing the Tower to view the forest.

November Nocturne - Saturday, November 3, 6:00 p.m.

Don't miss this!   Some of you may remember Nocturnes from past years, the bonfire, the whoopie pies, climbing the Tower at night, and fun, educational programs.  We will hold this event in cooperation with WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital of Lebanon so watch for a new twist to an "old" favorite.  ***Fires are prohibited in Governor Dick Park.  We must get special permission from the West Cornwall Township supervisors to have the fire.


Board Meetings


7:15 pm

January 18, 2018

February 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

April 19, 2018

May 10, 2018

June 21, 2018

July 19, 2018

August 16, 2018

September 13, 2018

October 25, 2018

November 15, 2018

December - No Meeting

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