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2016 Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute
2016 Ironmaster's Challenge
June Speaker Series Event
Upcoming Partner Events
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CPC Partners with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Host the July 11th-16th  Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute
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Calling All Young Environmental Leaders:

CPC is accepting applications for the 2016 Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute (GLLI)--an innovative summer conservation leadership program for ages 13-15 (in rising 8th, 9th, and 10th grades). This program provides students with opportunities to become immersed in the natural resources of the South Mountain Landscape while learning about its key role and impact as part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Students will bring back important lessons about their watershed as well as leadership and volunteer service from our program partners--the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources/Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the Cumberland County Conservation District. The program is housed at the Ironmaster's Mansion Youth Hostel at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

The GLLI program is generously supported by grants from the Chris Thorpe Foundation, the Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation, and the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park. In-kind support is provided by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

2016 Features: Service Project and Field Excursion to the Bay

For the first time, students will participate in a service learning day on a property soon to be acquired and protected by the CPC at the headwaters of the Letort Spring Run. Activities include removing invasive species, planting native wetland plants, and water quality monitoring. The program will culminate in a 2-day field trip to the Phillip Merrill Environmental Center south of Annapolis, MD, hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, with the goal of understanding how impacts on PA headwater streams relate to the health of Chesapeake Bay.

2016 GLLI Staff Educators:

Lynn Reinhart, Environmental Science teacher, Masters in Science Education, K-12 Environmental Certification, Recipient of the Thomas W. Holtzman Jr. Outstanding Educational Leadership Award.

We are excited to announce Lynn Reinhart as an addition to the GLLI staff this year. Lynn offers over 26 years of teaching experience from Shippensburg Middle School, Penn Manor school district, and the Muddy Run Environmental Center. In her classes, Lynn helps her students to understand how their actions have a direct impact on the health of the environment. She accomplishes this through inquiry based activities in the classroom and during a Wetlands and Watershed field study she designed as part of the 7th grade curriculum.

Greg Perry, Certified Earth and Space Science Teacher with a Masters in Geo-Environmental Science.

Greg Perry will be serving as the co-lead educator of the GLLI Team for the third year in a row. Specializing in Earth Science and Geo-environmental Science, he has been teaching 8th Grade Earth Science at Big Spring Middle School for over 10 years.  In the classroom, he engages his students through inquiry lessons and higher level thinking while being sensitive to their needs. Greg is especially interested in engaging students in the outdoors and in conservation issues.

Cost and Scholarships:

The program tuition cost is $350, however, several scholarship opportunities are available through the Chris Thorpe Foundation, Appalachian Audubon, the Cumberland County Conservation District, and the Adams County Conservation District.  Students are encouraged to apply to the program as soon as possible as scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis after applications are reviewed. Please contact Anna Yelk at ayelk@centralpaconservancy.org or call (717) 241-4360 with questions.  You can also visit the Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute website.

Application Process:
Applications must be submitted online by June 10, 2016 on the program website,


Ironmaster's Challenge 2016: A Great Success! 

On Sunday, April 24 th  2016, the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy hosted its 7 th  Annual Ironmaster's Challenge, collaborating once again with the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club and the Radio Club of York. 

The event consisted of a 50k Ultra and 15k Challenge for trail runners and hikers of all ages. Participants traversed the beautiful woodlands of Pine Grove Furnace Sate Park and Michaux State Forest, starting and ending at the Ironmaster's Mansion. The conditions for a long run were perfect, sunny and 68 degrees. Participants had to conquer rock scrambles and grueling ascents, but were eventually rewarded with a finish-line picnic celebration at the Ironmaster's Mansion sponsored by  Jim's Farmer's Market in Chambersburg, Sheetz, Filson Water,  Roy Pitz Brewing Company,  The Boiling Springs Tavern, and other local establishments. 

The event was a great success with 151 finishers for the 50k with Jesse Johnson finishing first overall in 4 hours, 48 minutes and 48 seconds and 351 finishers for the 15k with Gabriel Foust finishing first overall in 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 22 seconds.

To look at the results for the 50 k Click Here
To look at the results for the 15 k Click Here

The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy is very grateful to all of its sponsors, participants, and volunteers, who together made it possible to raise $34,000 before expenses to support CPC's annual programs and operations. It is our biggest fundraiser of the year and allows the organization to pursue its core mission of protecting our region's natural resources through land acquisitions, conservation easements, education, and outreach. We would like to extend our gratitude to the following key sponsors: F&M Trust ,   Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park ,  Pepper Hamilton LLP Waggoner, Frutiger, and Daub ,   West Shore Family Dentistry , Boles Metzger ,   Edwin L. Heim Company , and   Select Medical

Additional Photos from the event may be viewed HERE.

Thursday, June 30th: South Mountain Partnership Hosts Speaker Series Event, The Letort: A Limestone Legacy
Thursday, June 30th, Cumberland County Historical Society, 6 pm
21 North Pitt St., Carlisle, PA 17013

In collaboration with CPC and the Cumberland County Historical Society, the South Mountain Partnership presents a speakers panel about the cultural history and environmental legacy of the Letort Spring Run.

Historian and Letort Spring Run landowner, Lorraine Luciano, will discuss the history and cultural legacy of the Bonnybrook area at the Letort headwaters, and Candie Wilderman, Professor Emeritus at Dickinson College and founder of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, will summarize the results of years of water quality monitoring data as well as the special ecological features of the stream and wetlands. Anna Yelk, CPC's executive director, will review a book that was published by the CPC and the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide to raise awareness of the stream and its surrounding wetland meadows, with proceeds supporting CPC's acquisition, restoration, and stewardship of the 34-acre former watercress farm.

Upcoming Partner Events this Spring

Saturday, May 14, and Saturday, June 11, 2016:
Mt. Holly Marsh Preserve Work Day-Invasive Plant Removal 
Mt. Holly Springs, PA in Cumberland County, 9 am 
Volunteers will assist with removing Japanese Barberry from the forest understory.
To sign-up, contact Molly Anderson, PA Volunteer Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy, (717) 418-9518 or molly_anderson@tnc.org.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016:
South Central PA Walking Summit: Promoting Walkable Communities
Hosted by: PA State Alliance of YMCAs
East Shore YMCA, 701 North Front St., 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. 
Registration is free: contact David John at (717) 805-1300 or david.john.jr123@gmail.com   

Saturday, May 21, 2016:
Hammonds and Buzzards Rocks Graffiti Clean-up Day, Michaux State Forest
Hosted by: PA Parks and Forests Foundation
Please volunteer to help remove graffiti from our state forest. If you are able to donate, the clean-up effort is in need of the following supplies:
30 pair of latex gloves; 30 pair of safety glasses; 20 garden sprayers; 20, 3-5 inch paint brushes; 10 scrub brushes on poles. 
Contact: Amanda Trimmer, atrimmer@paparksandforests.org
Saturday, May 21, 2016:
Plant Fest
Hosted by: Penn State Extension Cumberland County Master Gardeners
Cumberland County Service Center, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle, PA; 8 am-1 pm  
Native plants will be available for purchase at this event.

Saturday June 11, 2016:
Iron Run Half Marathon and 5K Charcoal Challenge at Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Hosted by: Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Iron Run Half Marathon (Sign-up) and Charcoal Challenge 5K (Sign-up)
Friends of Pine Grove Facebook Page and for Event Brochure, click here.

Saturday, June 18, 2016:
2016 Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Festival, 10 am-4 pm
This family-friendly festival celebrates our unique natural heritage and features learning about the Appalachian Trail and other outdoor opportunities in Central PA. There will be entertainment, exhibits, presentations, and vendors. CPC is hosting a booth together with The Nature Conservancy-PA Office. Please stop by and visit!
Central Pennsylvania Conservancy is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax exempt organization as provided by IRS regulations. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free (within PA) 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.