Renfrew Institute briefs

March 16, 2011

Geology professor continues 'Renfrew Rocks!' programs

Jeri Jones, geology professor and consultant, continues his annual "Renfrew Rocks!" series of programs on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the visitors center at Renfrew Park.

Admission is free and open to everyone age 12 and up.

The program is sponsored by Renfrew Institute in partnership with the Franklin County Rock and Mineral Club. Jones will also lead a geology field trip on Saturday, May 7, with details to be announced later.

"So, You Want to Be a Geologist?" explores the many facets of what a geologist does. "This will be one of the most 'down-to-earth' programs you've ever attended," said Jones, of Jones Geological Services in Spring Grove, Pa.

Topics include how to identify local minerals, rocks and fossils and to locate an earthquake epicenter, and will touch on local geology. The program is interactive and audience participation is encouraged, with rock specimens for attendees to examine and a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate the talk.

Prizes will be awarded to all participants for their efforts. Jones encourages those attending to bring their own "mystery rocks," which he will identify before or after the program.

A geologist for more than 25 years, Jones has conducted extensive research on Pennsylvania mining practices, authored several publications, and narrated a 3-part video series on regional geology known as "TimeWalk." He was an adjunct professor at York College for 12 years and presents geologic programs at the Harrisburg Area Community College, Gettysburg Campus.

Seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 717-762-0373 or e-mail

Volunteers wanted to help maintain four-square garden


Renfrew Institute is hoping to recruit a corps of volunteers to help maintain their newly-relocated Pennsylvania German four-square garden in Waynesboro's Renfrew Park.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of garden tasks-some beginning now, in March and April.

Garden work includes weeding, watering and harvesting produce, most of which will be distributed to local food outreach organizations. Garden helpers will be able to pick some produce for personal use, and will be treated to a "harvest dinner," enjoying the fruits of their labor in a relaxed social setting.

Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a garden volunteer may

call the institute at 717-762-0373 or email at:

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