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Summer Adventure Camp Registration OPEN!

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Endorsed by Gettysburg Area School District
and Fairfield Area School District


Since 1986, Strawberry Hill’s summer adventure camps have encouraged children to connect to nature, to conserve and protect the environment, and to become stewards of the earth. Strawberry Hill’s summer camps are unique in their focus on the natural world.

To gain an appreciation for and understanding of healthy natural systems, campers are immersed in a hands-on experience with age-appropriate, fun, outdoor activities. If your child loves animals and plants, enjoys being outdoors, and is intrigued by the natural world, then Adventure Camp is the place to be!

Strawberry Hill and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County are pleased to open registration for 2015 Adventure Camp. Adventure Camp will run Monday – Friday, June 15 – August 7.

Please visit our Adventure Camp webpage for more information and to register!

Hound Hike!


Join us this Sunday, April 26, for a Hound Hike at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve. There will be a demonstration by J & S Dog Training Group on basic obedience, home protection and tracking from 2-3pm. A guided hike on the beautiful Strawberry Hill trails will be from 3-4pm ($2 donation for hike is appreciated). Bring your dog or come alone. All are welcome!

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… Continue reading

Summer Employment Available

The following positions are currently available for summer 2015. Interested persons should submit cover letter, resume, and completed application to:

Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
1537 Mount Hope Road
Fairfield, PA 17320

 Download the application: Strawberry_Hill_Employment_Application


Environmental Education Intern (Summer)  (posted 4/3/15)

Internships are available for summer 2015! Gain professional experience with a 609-acre non-profit preserve and environmental education center.  Environmental Education Interns work with Adventure Camp, Strawberry Hill’s environmental education day camp.  EE Interns are also responsible for an independent project during their internship. Potential projects include assisting in the management of the 600 acre forest and trail system; conducting research on the flora, fauna, and watershed; and developing and delivering educational programs related to environmental, cultural arts, and other areas of recreation programming

EE Interns must be available for all eight weeks of Adventure Camp (June 15 – August 7), and for camp staff training May 30 – June 5.

Summer EE internships are 40 hours/week for 12 weeks. Intern compensation includes on-site housing and a stipend, plus free admission to programs to enhance skill set. Wilderness First Aid training & certification (valid for two years) opportunity is included as a benefit of employment.

Adult and Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and AED Certification required prior to May 30 (a course will be available at Strawberry Hill on May 29). Valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a license required. A criminal background check is required for all staff working with youth.

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