Thursday, May 19th
Tour de Farm: Preserved/Sustainable Farms & the Bounty they Produce
9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cheryl Burns, Capital RC&D
South Central Pennsylvania is home to many resourceful and innovative agricultural producers that are actively engaged in conservation and preservation. These producers understand the benefit of actively providing for future agricultural enterprise through their activities and should be recognized.
This tour will highlight a cross-section of producers who are either active in formal farmland preservation or are engaging in efforts to provide preservation and conservation through access and education. The multi-county tour will encompass urban and rural settings, conventional and organic, demonstrate various farm businesses using preserved land, and illustrate the impact that agricultural enterprises have within a community.
This tour will also include lunch at the Green Room Restaurant in Carlisle, which has made a practice of incorporating local and organic foods into the menu.
Please dress accordingly for being outdoors. Limited seating available.
Friday, May 20th
FIELD TRIP 1
Explore the Capital Area Green Belt
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Tim Poole, Green Diamond Trails
In December of 1902, Mira Dock delivered an historic speech to the Harrisburg Board of Trade advocating for the City Beautiful Movement. One of the main goals of the movement was to create an “Emerald Necklace” of parks and open spaces around Harrisburg. Significant lands were protected including the Susquehanna Riverfront and other stream corridors, as clean water was another key facet of the movement. Portions of what we now call the Greenbelt enjoyed great success, although the loop was never completed. In the mid-1900s, the Greenbelt fell into disrepair with suburbanization and hard financial times. Hurricane Agnes dealt the fatal blow in 1972 when no resources were available for repairs.
In 1990 the Capital Area Greenbelt Association formed to revive and complete the original vision. Have we succeeded? Take this tour and find out! You will see both historic and modern-day achievements including Harrisburg’s world-class Riverfront, remnants of the Phoenix Iron Works, the Cameron and Paxtang Parkways, preserved since the early 1900s as links in the Emerald Necklace, urban oases like Reservoir and Wildwood Parks, and much more. Learn what we’ve accomplished and how, here about future plans from our recently-completed strategic plan, and perhaps even lend your expertise to some on-going challenges. Description. Please dress accordingly for being outdoors. Limited seating available.
FIELD TRIP 2
Sojourn Adventure on the Susquehanna
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Brook Lenker, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
Enjoy a six-mile kayaking trip on the Susquehanna River - Mother river to the Chesapeake Bay. The trip launches from historic Fort Hunter Park and ends at Harrisburg’s City Island. See Pennsylvania’s largest multi-species wading bird rookery at Wade Island. Visit a water trail campsite, part of Pennsylvania’s first formal water trail. Experience the idyllic passageways through the Sheets Island archipelago, a state Natural Area, and paddle past scenic Riverfront Park - part of the venerable Capital Area Greenbelt. Lunch, kayaks, paddles, and life jackets provided. Wear comfortable clothes (shorts if it is hot) and shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops). Bring a fleece pullover and/or a windbreaker in case it gets cool. Sunscreen is recommended. Lunch is provded. Lunch is provided. Please bring your own water bottle. Limited seating available. Participants should have some basic kayaking experience.