The Institute’s Wee Wonder Series for Preschoolers is Underway

With his mother Kettie Leighty, Jonah Leighty examines an earthworm during a Wee Wonders program last month. A new series of Wee Wonder programs is scheduled for July at Pine Hill Recreation Area. PROVIDED PHOTO

The Institute is offering a trio of outdoor nature programs for preschoolers in July, part of their ongoing Summer Institute programming.

Designed for children ages 2.5 to 5, the Wee Wonder programs will run on Tuesdays in July, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at Pine Hill Recreation Area. 

Taught by Institute educators, age-appropriate program activities include exploring the outdoors, hikes, nature stories, rhymes, finger plays, nature games, and puppets.

Pre-registration for the full series and payment in advance are required.The fee for all four programs is $21 for members of The Institute, and $24 for the general public, per child. Limited to 12 children. To register, email The Institute at [email protected] or call 717-762-0373.

“Our 2022 Summer Institute has several offerings for kids of all ages, including Summer Stories, Explore! programs, a Discover archaeology workshop, and an all-new Art in the Park art camp,” said Pam Rowland, Institute director of education. 

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Wee Wonder programs are sponsored by Diana Dale, in memory of Mary Ann Payne. Also supported in part by Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; Alma W. Oyer; APX Enclosures, Inc.; the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin, and an anonymous donor, in honor of the life and work of Eunice Statler. Facility support courtesy of Washington Township.

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