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Partnership Welcome & Update
The South Mountain Partnership works best as a network of people and organizations working toward common goals.

Our common goal? Making the future of our region better.
Spring is a time of renewal and new things coming to life. At the South Mountain Partnership we are hard at work too, working with partners on new and exciting projects, as well as continuing to build on time-tested events and activities. How can you help this work? By joining the Friends of South Mountain Partnership. The Friends group allows us to accept federally tax deductible donations, initiate a corporate sponsorship program, and fund administrative support for our trademark annual events. Learn more here.
Register Now: Spring Partnership Meeting
May 14, 2021
9:00 to 11:00 am
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One more sponsorship is still available! If you would like to help, click here.
The agenda theme for the meeting is solar energy development. We will facilitate a dialogue around the challenges of solar energy development and how it can be done in a way that supports our region’s unique sense of place and quality of life, does not inhibit future sustainable economic development, and stewards our farmland, historic places, and natural and recreation assets – goals that we think are shared by many residents, communities, businesses, and organizations.

Twice annually (Spring and Fall), the Partnership holds a Partnership-wide meeting in which all partners and interested parties are invited to come together and build relationships and collaborations.

Partnership meetings are a chance to:

  • Connect or reconnect with the Partnership, learning more about the initiative and on-going projects;
  • Build and strengthen a network amongst organizations working throughout the region;
  • Spark conversation and collaboration across political and sectorial boundaries;
  • Help partners understand opportunities to engage in the on-going work of the Partnership;
  • and allow partners to help define the direction of the Partnership.

Join us on May 14th!

New: Connect Through the Directory
Make it is easy to connect with other partners throughout the South Mountain landscape.

You asked for a way to easily contact others who attend Partnership meetings and events. Our first step in this is to produce a Partnership Directory for you. Get a custom listing in our regional directory and discover how easy it is to connect with other partners throughout the South Mountain landscape in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York counties.
Mini-Grant Program Now Open
Social Media & Partner News Roundup
Most Popular Social Media Posts
The following are some of the most recent popular posts from our Facebook page,
followed by partner-submitted news we thought you might find useful.

Follow us for the latest news, upcoming events, and more!
Video Series Launch: Discovering PA's Forest Heritage - Conservation Pioneers
The Pennsylvania Forestry Association, in cooperation with the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, is launching a “Discovering PA’s Forest Heritage” series. This second video in the series describes the lives and work of Pennsylvania Conservation Pioneers who are included on the marquee display at the Forest Heritage Discovery Center in Caledonia State Park, which is open to the public through the summer months.

These forestry pioneers include:
  • Dr. Joseph Rothrock, the father of forestry in Pennsylvania
  • Mira Lloyd Dock, a leader in city beautification and first woman member of the Forestry Commission
  • Gifford Pinchot, the first head of the U.S. Forest service and twice governor of Pennsylvania
  • Maurice Goddard, a pioneering forestry educator and leader in creating many of Pennsylvania’s state parks

Their stories will inspire you to get outside, take a walk, and appreciate all of Penn's Woods!
Local Water Sojourn
The Conodoguinet Sojourn is a group canoe and/or kayak trip that includes educational events and activities intended to raise awareness about watershed issues. To be held May 21 - 23, it is an opportunity to take a break from your routines, see the stream in a new way, spend time in the great outdoors, and have some fun on the water, while learning a bit about history, earth science, the environmental value of the stream.

The Sojourn is organized by the Middle Spring Watershed Association and made possible in part through the 2021 Pennsylvania River Sojourn Grant program, administered by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) in partnership with the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources. Sojourns are not only a fun outdoor activity but are also an effective tool for raising awareness about our rivers and the issues affecting them, educating and enhancing community involvement about natural and cultural resources, and promoting and encouraging watershed stewardship.
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Trainings, Workshops & Learning Opportunities
Due to the COVID-19 and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), please visit individual partner organization's websites to confirm event details prior to the event. Stay healthy!
Calendar of Events
May 1
Volunteer Work Day at Kings Gap EEC
Volunteers will spend a morning helping to work on various park projects. Learn more here.

May 3
Family Field Trips at Kings Gap EEC
Families of Elementary students currently learning at home can join for a field trip enrichment. Learn about birds and science as a family. Learn more here.

May 5
Adams County Food Policy Council Meeting
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. New members are always welcome to join! Learn more here.

May 18
Preservation Roundtable
The Cumberland County Historical Society hosts roundtable discussions on community preservation issues. Learn more here.