Renfrew Institute

November 1st, 2013

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Science & History tours at the Renfrew Institute

Friday, Nov. 1st 2013 at 9:30am-2:15pm

1010 E. Main St. Waynesboro, PA 17268

Cost is $5 per student per Program; so for morning and afternoon it would be $10 per student.

FSC Smith will be collecting the site fee ahead of time to pay in one lump sum. Please submit payments to P.O. Box 283 Avonmore, PA 15618.

Please have payments in the mail to me no later than Friday, 10/25/13.

Programs are limited to 30 students per group.

The programs will break for lunch at the site around 11:30am and start back up at


Programs at the Institute Kindergarten to 3rd grade

Morning-Marvin Visits Earth
A puppet from outer space needs help. First graders follow the stars to find the four needs of life which the puppet, Marvin, must learn. Through hands-on activities children explore living and non-living things and learn the importance of soil, water, air and sunlight. They earn four colored stars which are added to individual student necklaces. Each star represents one of the “needs of life.” The necklaces go home with the students to help them recall the details of their learning adventure.

The Pennsylvania German Garden
Students are introduced to the four-square garden and its importance in the lives of the Pennsylvania Germans of the 1800s. They also learn the significance of the four-square garden design. Hands-on activities involve students in seasonal garden tasks (planting, watering, sorting, harvesting). Concepts in historic preservation, farmstead culture, folklore, plant biology, natural history, ecology, and environmental awareness are included. Instructors dressed in period clothing help students compare and contrast life in the 1800s with modern life today.

Programs at the Institute 4th grade and up

Morning-Discovering Wetlands
Upper elementary students define and explore the wetland communities of Renfrew Park. They learn the three major types of wetlands and examine the plants, animals, soils, energy flow and water chemistry of these special ecosystems. Hands-on activities involve soil sampling, water testing for pH, plant study, and macroinvertebrate investigation. Students use watershed models to see how wetlands act as sponges and filters. They learn why wetlands are valuable to humans ecologically, aesthetically, and economically. They discuss problems that threaten the survival and well-being of wetland ecosystems throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.


The Royer Legacy
Students are taken into the Royer home (mansion house) where they learn how the Renfrew property became a gift to the community of Waynesboro. They enjoy a tour of the house and also participate in hands-on activities that demonstrate the behind-the-scenes work involved in museum operation.

In the second segment, students take a walking tour of the Royer farm (Renfrew property) with an Institute instructor. The guide helps students pull together pieces of their past Renfrew experience into a deeper understanding of the Royer/Renfrew farmstead—past, present, and future.

Purpose of Outing: Educational

Learning Objectives:

-Students K-3 will learn the needs of life on Earth & through hands on activities discover the importance of soil, water, air and light

-Students K-3 will discover the importance of the 4 square garden design and its meaning to Pennsylvania farmers.

-Students 4-up will learn the 3 major wetlands and discover the plants, soil and ecosystems of those environments

-Students 4-up will discover the past of Royer/Renfrew farmstead and how the property became a gift to the area.

Students may log 150 minutes for Science and 120 minutes for History on the OLS.


9 to 9:30am - Welcomes and sign ins

9:30am to 11:30am - Program specific tour for the morning

11:30am to 12:15pm - Lunch and chat time

12:15p to 2:15pm - Afternoon specific tour for age groups

2:15pm - Sign outs and good byes

Lunch time ( what to bring )

Please bring along a pack lunch and drink to enjoy during the break in between the morning and afternoon programs. Please remember to try and avoid nut products at the outings.

Please dress accordingly for outside activities and weather.

Reminder for all PA Virtual Events

1: In consideration of our students with serious allergies, please refrain from bringing nut (food) products and balloons.

2: As always, to limit the spread of possible flu, please do not attend a PAVCS event if you have had a fever within 24 hours of the event.

3: For safety: All students need to be accompanied by a parent or learning coach. All students must wear shoes/sneakers for the entire school event and please refrain from bringing pets.

4: If there is a possibility of severe weather, please check Blackboard the day of the event in case the event is cancelled due to weather.

5: All PAVCS events are tobacco free.