Park at Governor Dick

Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick Environmental Center

                             Mt Gretna Pa          717-964-3808   


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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Summer Story Forest - Friday, July 21, 10:30 a.m.

We'll read a book and connect it with a fun walk in the woods, learning about the woodland environment and its inhabitants as we go. $5 per child.

Backyard Biologists: A Walk With Butterflies - Saturday, July 22, 1:00
Be on the lookout for butterflies!  We'll investigate their life cycle and color preferences, and try to catch (and release) a few.  $5 per child.

Senior Walkabout - Sunday, July 23, 1:30 p.m.

Calling all hikers over the age of 50!  We'll meet at the Environmental Center for a 2- to 4-mile walk in the summer woods.  We go at an easy pace, but there will be some uphill hiking.  We're going past the meadow near the tower to see if we can find butterflies and to see what flowers are blooming there.  Be sure to bring water.

Summer Story Forest - Friday, July 28, 10:30 a.m.

This "book and hike" is for children ages 2 to 10, but all ages are welcome.  We'll read a story and explore the woods, learning about the forest as we go.  $5 per child.

The Shapes and Colors of Nature - Saturday, July 29, 10:30 a.m.

Shapes and colors are everywhere, even out in the forest!  This walk for preschool and early elementary-aged children will sharpen their focus on the different shades of the same colors and on the many shapes that nature takes.

Junior Walkabout - Sunday, July 30, 2:00 p.m.

Whenever we take a walk outdoors, there are things we must remember to stay safe and "found."  We'll talk about the 10 essentials and lost-proofing as we take a hike.  There will also be an introduction to using a compass and a map.  Children of all ages are encouraged to come! $5 per child.


Summer Story Forest - Friday, August 4, 10:30 a.m.

This is a "book and hike" for children ages 2 to 10.  We'll read a story and explore the woods, learning about the forest as we go.  $5 per child.

Fitness Hike - Sunday, August 6, 8:00 a.m.

Fast-paced four to six miles.

Music on the Porch - Sunday, August 6, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Bring your lawn chair to enjoy the outdoors as you sing along to your favorite bluegrass tunes.  You are welcome to bring your stringed instrument, too.

2nd Saturday Volunteer Work Day - Saturday, August 12, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Damsels & Dragons, Flies That Is! - Saturday, August 12, 10:00 a.m.

Dragonfly and damselfly expert and enthusiast Tony "Doc" Schoch will be sharing his knowledge of this fascinating insect beginning with an indoor introduction.  Afterward, there is an optional carpool to a local pond (one-half mile from the Environmental Center) where we will look for dragons and damsels.

Wonderful Water! - Wednesday, August 16, 1:00 p.m.

We will celebrate Pennsylvania's abundance of clean water with this get-wet family program.  We'll explore the properties of water, learn about watersheds and the importance of wetlands, and play some water games.  We'll even create our own rainbow!  Wear clothes that can get wet and/or muddy.

Backyard Biologists:  A Log's Life - Saturday, August 26, 1:00 p.m.

It's so sad when a tree dies in the forest, but it's a very necessary part of forest LIFE and you'll learn why.  We'll examine logs topside and underside to see who benefits when a tree topples.

Senior Walkabout - Sunday, August 27, 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy good company on this walk for folks over the age of 50.  We will cover 2 to 4 miles at a gentle pace and there may be some uphill walking, but we'll catch our breath at the top.  Be sure to bring water.