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All events free and open to the public.


2018 Season

Unknown Founders: Women Who Built the Appalachian Trail

Date: May 31, 2018
Location: Gardners - Appalachian Trail Museum; 6:30pm

In coordination with the Appalachian Trail Museum. While Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery are widely recognized as the “founding fathers” of the Appalachain Trail, the women who contributed to the Trail project are mostly unknown – until now. Three women – Jean Stephenson, Ruth Blackburn and Margaret Drummond – will join the ranks of MacKaye and Avery as A.T. “giants” who carried their vision and work forward to preserve the trail we all know and love today. Presentation by Gwen Loose, Vice-President of the Appalachian Trail Museum.

Save the Bounty of our Counties: Preserving Produce with the Gleaning Project of South Central PA

Date: August 16, 2018
Location: Gettysburg - Adams County Arts Council; 6:00pm

In collaboration with the Gleaning Project of South Central PA. Help The Gleaning Project process and preserve excess produce gleaned from local farms. Keep your hands busy while learning about the work this non-profit collaborative community solution is doing in South Central PA to reduce food loss on farms and improve regional food security. All preserved produce will be distributed to food insecure community members through our South Central Community Action Programs Produce Stand.

Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches: Inspiring Photographs & Writings of Tim Palmer

Date: September 17, 2018
Location: Orndorff Theatre, Ceddia Union Building (CUB), Shippensburg University; 7:00pm

Join award winning author and photographer Tim Palmer who will present a slide show based on his 2018 book, Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches, published by Penn State University Press. With stunning photographs taken throughout the range of the Eastern Hemlock and American Beech, the author shows the irreplaceable beauty of these magnificent trees, and he explains the invasion of exotic insects and pathogens that are tragically decimating one of the most beloved forest types in eastern America. Still hopeful, Palmer writes, “The efforts to protect and restore these forests provide guidance, motivation, and inspiration to better care for our forests everywhere.” This program is part of a partnership between South Mountain Partnership and Shippensburg University.

The Cradle of Conservation: Hike at the Historic Pennsylvania State Forest Academy

Date: September 29, 2018
Location: Mont Alto - Penn State Mont Alto; 10:00am

Perhaps the most historic of the Commonwealth's campuses, the Mont Alto Forestry Academy, now known as Penn State Mont Alto, has been a leader of the sustainability movement by educating the nation's first foresters who would later crusade for improving the barren hills caused by charcoal production timbering, timber logging, and forest fires. From 1870 to 1900, Pennsylvania led the nation in timber logging, leading to erosion, flooding, and wild fires which greatly limited the forest's ability to regenerate itself. "Founded to save the trees," Penn State Mont Alto was the second forestry academy established in the nation and was founded by the Father of Forestry, Joseph T. Rothrock, as a response to traditional logging practices that has turned millions of acres across the state into unproductive barrens. Join Craig Houghton, Professor of Forestry and Forestry Program Coordinator, on an easy hike through campus to learn how this campus helped to save Pennsylvania's trees and forests. In collaboration with Penn State Mont Alto.

The Economic Value of Protected Open Space: Cumberland County's Return on Environment Report

Date: October 2, 2018
Location: Cumberland County Planning Department, 310 Allen Road,Carlisle; 6:30pm

The Cumberland County Return on Environment report, compiled by the Kittatinny Coalition, demonstrates how open space is greatly contributing to the health of the local economy, as well as to a lower cost of living and improved quality of life for citizens. In coordination with Cumberland County Planning, Audubon Pennsylvania, and the Kittatinny Ridge Coalition.

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