Camp Hill, PA –The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF), the only non-profit whose mission is Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests, is holding Geology Day and Plein Air Day at Hammonds Rocks, Michaux State Forest on Saturday April 15 beginning at 10am. Events are free and open to all ages.
Volunteers have worked very hard to remove more than 6,500 square feet of destructive graffiti at Hammonds Rocks, restoring the natural beauty of the pre-Cambrian Weverton Formation. PPFF is inviting local artists, geology enthusiasts, and the public to Geology Day (10 AM-12:30 PM) and Plein Air Day (1 PM-3 PM) on April 15th, at Hammonds Rocks to enjoy and learn about this geoheritage site.
Join Dr. Sean Cornell on a geology walk during Geology Day, or step back in time with Dr. Andre Weltman, with an historical interpretation of the area during its heyday of the iron era. Roll up your sleeves and test out a variety of learning stations, including a water table demonstrating sediment transport, samples of rocks and minerals from the region, and a geologic microscope. Shippensburg University geology students will be on hand to distribute a self-guided geological brochure of the region.
“We cannot begin to thank the state forest staff and the many volunteers who have worked hard to restore the beauty of Hammonds Rock” said Marci Mowery, President of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. “The geology day and plein air art event provide a means for families to enjoy this area once again, and perhaps learn a bit about the importance of the unique geologic history of Hammonds”
In the afternoon of April 15th, artists of all genre are invited to the Plein Air Day, from 1-3 PM. PPFF invites local artists to bring their easel, paints, and canvas; journal and pen; or perhaps camera to capture the beauty of Hammonds Rocks and Michaux State Forest. The public is invited to observe artists in action.
Please note that Hammonds Rocks is a forested area and public restrooms are not available.
Contact Amanda Trimmer, [email protected], (717)236-7644 for more information.

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