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Volunteers Needed at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve!

Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

Strawberry Hill protects the Swamp Creek Watershed and connects our community with the natural world through environmental education and land stewardship at our preserve in the South Mountain Region.

We are seeking your Help!
We hope by calling on our members and supporters, like you, we will improve our governance, enhance our operations, and increase the resources we have available for achieving our mission.

General Board Member


Treasurer Responsibilities

Interested in serving on the board?
Call 717-642-5840 for information.

Volunteer – Join a Committee

Strawberry Hill has a number of committees making decisions and helping deliver our activities. While some committees may last for years, others will only exist for a matter of weeks or months, depending on the requirements of the task/program.

(click here for a detailed committee list)


We value the opinions of our supporters…
help guide the future of the Preserve!

Strawberry Hill’s Membership Benefits Include:

Reduced rates for classes, workshops, and programs
In-home and/or electronic delivery of newsletters and program guides
Campus wide Wi-Fi Access
Catch & Release Fishing Activity Books/Library Access

Pavilion Rental for private functions Opportunity to host birthday parties or company retreats

Membership Levels:

College Student/Senior (age 65+) $25

All of the above benefits
Individual $35
All of the above benefits
Couple $50 (2 related persons)
All of the Individual Benefits plus items listed below:
· One Free Weekend/Weeknight Program per year (2 people)
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Choosing the right summer “Adventure Camp” for your child


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Today, there are camps to meet every interest, price range, and schedule. Knowing your options, as well as your child’s personality, will help you identify a camp your child will benefit from most.

When you are choosing a day camp, your options are limited to places close to home. But you’ll still likely have a choice. Most camps are much more than games, crafts, and sing-alongs: top camps provide lifelong memories, learning experiences, and life skills for your child.

When selecting a camp, consider your child’s interests. Include them in the process so they identify with the camp. This step will benefit him or her most.

This summer Strawberry Hill and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County are cooperating to provide an opportunity for children to have a true adventure exploring the outdoors, science, and nature. And, because the educational programs offered during camp meet Pennsylvania’s and the federal academic standards for science and ecology, the Adventure Camp is endorsed by both Gettysburg Area and Fairfield Area School Districts.

So how do you choose?

-          Good camps expect to hear from you. Strawberry Hill and the YWCA have dedicated staff for our children’s programs who can answer any question from how your child will be will be cared for, what activities are available, and what will they learn. There is detailed information at the YWCA and on Strawberry Hill’s website: www.StrawberryHill.org.

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Dogs and Humans: An Old Friendship

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Sometimes the only “person” I can stand to be around is a dog. Dogs understand me in those moments when I don’t want to talk or when I just want to sit on a hillside and stare at the sky. I like to imagine that I am one of the first humans, I have befriended a wolf and we have an intra-species connection. The reality is that I’m a modern human and my wolf pack is a Labrador and a Boston terrier. They may walk heel nicely on a leash and listen to my commands just like I’ve trained them to do but if given the opportunity they will immediately run to the nearest dead animal and roll in it. That’s what we love about them; dogs enjoy living with us but their wild instincts are just beneath the surface. “They are a wild and tame; from nature but can join our culture,” Marion Schwartz.

The reason it feels so natural to walk with a dog, sleep beside a dog or sit and stare at the sky with a dog is because humans and dogs have been doing these things for a long time; 20,000-30,000 years to be exact. One popular belief is that a now extinct wolf-type canid (the ancestor of all current dog breeds) was drawn to human encampments by the animal carcasses that were being discarded. They may have also enjoyed the food and the protection they received by staying nearer to the human groups. Eventually the… Continue reading

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Summer Camp

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Endorsed by Gettysburg Area School District
and Fairfield Area School District

Visit our Adventure Camp webpage for more information and to register!