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Speakers Series

Building on our past to create a legacy for our future – connecting our environmental and social history to today’s issues.

The South Mountain Speakers Series, as a revival of the historic Michaux Lectures, strives to educate and engage the public on contemporary conservation topics and challenges to create a citizenry that values and supports the preservation of the rich natural, cultural, agricultural, and recreational resources of the South Mountain region. The Speakers Series consists of 4 to 6 lecture events over the course of the year.

Read on for a description of the events and link to sign up! The walks are informative but also very fun- a great way to meet new friends or connect with current ones. The whole family is invited!

Walk and Talk at the Conewago Creek | Friday, November 4 at 3PM

Explore portions of a 58-acre property that contains 1/2 mile of the Fly Fishing Only Catch and Release Section at Conewago Creek near Biglerville. This area is protected and managed in part to allow angler access and passive recreational use in perpetuity. This is a great partnership story with many collaborative partners, several who will be attending the walk. The walk will be led by members of the Adams County Trout Unlimited.

Click here to save your spot to attend!

Walk and Talk with a Michaux Ranger | Sunday, November 13 at 12PM

Join us Sunday November 13th at noon to continue conversations on “Tending Change in the Michaux” a newsletter series SMP published jointly with Michaux State Forest. Walk and enjoy the forest while also hearing about the greatest opportunities and challenges to protecting it, and join in on the discussion yourself. This hike will be led by Ranger Scott Greevy and is sure to be a fun time!

Click here to save your spot to attend!

 

Sept 9th @ 4PM: Walk with a Doc and the South Mountain Trolley Greenway

Join us Sept 9th at 4pm for our first fall Walk and Talk!
 
Dr. Beth Cohen will lead this hike in partnership with the South Mountain Trolley Greenway …. We know getting outside is important for our physical and mental health, but come along to learn even more about the overlap of benefits from outdoor recreation and personal health. Members of the of the South Mountain Trolley Greenway will be along to tell us more about the area and the planning for this trail. SMP Staff and committee members will also be on hand to catch up.
 
Approximately 1.5 miles of easy walking. Dress for the weather, we will plan to walk rain or shine!
 

 

 

 

 

Walk with a Doc in Letort Spring Garden Preserve-

Oct 22 4:30-5:30PM at Letort Spring Garden Preserve

Dr. Navitha Ramesh will lead this hike and discuss lung health with the group…. We know getting outside is important for our physical and mental health but come along to learn even more about the intersection of benefit from outdoor recreation and personal health. Members of the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, stewards of this trail, will be along to tell us more about the area and restoration projects at work. SMP Staff and committee members will also be on hand to catch up.

Approximately 1.5 miles of easy walking. Dress for the weather, we will plan to walk rain or shine!

Rhyolite in Michaux, South Mountain’s First Industry- FULL 

Friday October 8th, 2021 4-6PM

Join our partner the Friends of Michaux as we take a hike to learn more about the rich Native American archaeology resources of Michaux and their storied past. Recent looting has put these resources at risk, hear how Friends of Michaux is hoping to protect this place.

Approximately 3 miles of easy hiking with some hills. Dress for the weather, we will plan to walk rain or shine!

Pine Grove Furnace History along the Railroad Line- FULL

Friday, September 24, 2021 4-6PM

Join Andre Weltman, chairman of the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park, to learn about ironmaking, the South Mountain Railroad, and other historical uses of the Pine Grove Iron Works property. We will follow the railroad’s path from the blast furnace past Fuller Lake to the area of an iron company amusement park and later Girl Scout camp.

Approximately 2 miles of easy walking, mostly on the State Park’s “Biker-Hiker” path. Portions are paved, but we will walk on a gravel rail-trail and we will cross a sandy beach. Dress for the weather, we will plan to walk rain or shine!

 

 

Have an event or topic idea for a future Speakers Series event? Be sure to nominate it here.

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