The Institute at Renfrew, Inc.

Educate Inspire Unite

aka The Institute   |   Waynesboro, PA   |  www.natureandcultureinstitute.org

Mission

The mission of The Institute at Renfrew is to guide the people of the Cumberland Valley region to become stewards of their natural and cultural worlds. In order to achieve its mission, The Institute provides environmental and cultural education to elementary and secondary school children, supports and conducts research about natural and cultural history, provides opportunities for adults to learn about the nature and culture of the region and the world beyond and presents programs that inform and entertain the community.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Tracy Holliday

Assistant Director

Jessica Watson

Main address

P.O. Box 971

Waynesboro, PA 17268 USA

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EIN

25-1611914

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Environmental and cultural education series for children; Community Learning for people of all ages

The Institute's student series is a place-based experiential program roster designed for students from pre-K through grade seven. Programs feature educator authored curriculum, delivered by a paid professional staff. Environmental programs range from sensory based early childhood experiences (pre-school/kindergarten) to an advanced science program in wetlands ecology and hydrology/forest ecology at grades 6 and 7. Cultural studies include local history and lore. Place-based learning delivered in parks and historic areas throughout the area helps children develop a relationship with local natural and cultural resources.
The Institute's Community Learning series engages people of all ages with presentations and field excursions in areas including geology, astronomy, guided hikes, bird walks, gardening, and a rotating series based on topics in natural and cultural history.
Free Family Festivals - Kite Fly, Earth Day, Youth Fest, Shakespeare, Jazz Fest, Winter Solstice Celebration

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

After school program in which middle and high school students meet monthly to perform stream water quality assessments, study watershed issues and take field excursions related to their study. Students learn water testing protocol and collect and record data that is added to a the Antietam Watershed Association longitudinal study of stream water quality headquartered at The Institute.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Donor Relations Professionals 2011

Chamber of Commerce 2011

Goals & Strategy

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The Institute at Renfrew seeks to engage school students and citizens at large in an effort to educate, entertain and inspire. The organization's focus areas include environmental education and historic preservation. Activities are developed around helping people develop a relationship with the regional natural and cultural history in a way that invites curiosity, exploration and a quest for understanding.

Our school program series offers experiences that serve as seeds for stewardship behavior, inspired by place based learning over seven years of elementary school participation. Adults are engaged through lectures, workshops, field excursions and citizen science programs in ways that contribute to individual knowledge as well as community knowledge of the natural world.

A longitudinal stream water quality monitoring program headquartered at Renfrew Institute, now in its 13th year, serves as a snapshot of stream health in the East and West branches of the Antietam Creek, a part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Additionally, citizen scientists have informally recorded local bird sightings and wild plant observations. Conversations are currently underway to formalize a citizen scientist phenology project in a partnership between Renfrew Institute and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

On the history side, a group of 20 volunteers staff an historic garden work corps that maintains a traditional historic PA German Garden on the site of Renfrew Museum and Park. The garden is used as a teaching hub, and also serves the visiting public as a destination to learn about the Pennsylvania German inhabitants of this region. Excess produce from the garden is shared with the local Human Services office and the Methodist Church based Lunch Place.

The Institute values partnerships and efforts to engage the public in ways that invite action.

Financials

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The Institute at Renfrew, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

James E. Fleagle

Contracts Engineer (Retired) Fives Landis Corp.

Term: 2018 - 2024


Board co-chair

Caroline Royer

Business Manager, Greencastle Antrim School Dist.

Term: 2018 - 2024

Renee Preso

F&M Trust Co., Regional Market Manager

Matt Baker

Johnson Controls, Senior Safety Engineer

Tom Beck

Beck Manufacturing, Retired

Andy Everetts

M&T Bank, Relationship Manager

Jay Healy

West Penn Power, Mamager Operations Services

John Keller

Keller, Keller and Beck, Atty.

Catherine Myers

Waynesboro Area School District, Educator

Debbie Pflager

Waynesboro Area School District Data Supervisor, Retired

Caroline Royer

Greencastle-Antrim School District, Business Administrator

Maxine Beck

Waynesboro Area School District, Eduator, Retired

Sean McFarland

Manager, Washington Towneship Municipal Authroity

Kim Shockey

Banking professional, retired

Jason Piatt

Atty./Managing Dir. Piatt Law PLLC

Arlene Unger

Realtor

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No