Special opportunities to give

These events are real crowd-pleasers, and they raise critical funding for Buttonwood Nature Center’s educational programs. What a great way to enjoy yourself while helping us fulfill our mission to the community!

Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale and Rain Barrel Fundraiser (during Earth Celebration Day)

Saturday, April 27, 2024 

Underwriting support provided by lead sponsors Drs. Jerzy Kornilow O.D. & Alison Ridenour, O.D., Antietam EYE Associates, with additional support by Hadley Farms Bakery, Inc

The 2024 Earth Celebration Day at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, Pa. will feature a return of earth-friendly exhibitors as well as fundraising opportunities like hand painted bird houses, each one uniquely and beautifully painted by students in the Waynesboro Area Senior High School’s Community Art program.
Hand-painted bird houses will be auctioned off, and our Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale returns, too. Rent a table and convert your cast-offs to cash!

Sporting Clays Shoot Fundraiser

Friday, May 10, 2024 

Event sponsors in 2023 included: Lead sponsors, The Eagles Club of Waynesboro and The Owls Club of Waynesboro. Station sponsors: Farrar’s Firearms, Hunters Den, and Gettysburg Trading Post.

This is our second annual Sporting Clays shoot at Orvis Hill Country’s beautiful site in Fairfield, Pa. The event includes morning refreshments, safety instructions, ear and eye protection gear, 15 outdoor shooting stations with 100 clay targets, water and snacks, and a catered lunch. This event is a chance to get outside, test your sportsman skills, and have fun while supporting Buttonwood Nature Center. Must be 18 to participate.


Chesapeake Bay Supper 2024—our 27th Anniversary event!

Friday, June 28, 2024

Underwriting support provided last year by “Blue Crab” Lead Sponsor, Blue Ridge Risk Partners on behalf of Craig, Friedly, Potter and Moore Insurance; “Landlubber” Sponsor: FirstEnergy Foundation; and by Clam Shucker Sponsor: Melissa Graham and family in memory of Steve Graham.

Here’s an event that’s definitely all it’s cracked up to be! Members, friends, and families come together at Waynesboro Country Club to support Buttonwood Nature Center, home of The Institute with a fabulous evening of food, fun, and frolic. Bid it up during the silent and live auctions. Great items! Bay Supper TO GO is back this year, too!

Sponsorships are available.

Reservations are required.

See all the details and register on the Bay Supper Event Page HERE.

Salamander Scramble —17th Annual Scramble!

Thursday, July 4, 2024

The 2023 Lead Sponsor was Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home. Other sponsors included Arlene Unger, ReMax Associates and Covenant Family Dentistry.

In conjunction with Waynesboro’s Fourth of July Jubilee, the Firecracker 5K Run is ON, and so is the Scramble! Scramblers can run, walk—or scramble—to support Buttonwood Nature Center, home of The Institute. A virtual option is still in place—you can also Scramble from anywhere you choose!

More details and online registration coming in spring.

Sponsorship opportunities available for this event!

Put on your running/walking shoes and join us as we “scramble” along the streets of Waynesboro during the annual Fourth of July Firecracker 5K Race. We call our “sub-event” the Salamander Scramble, with team members securing funding pledges from friends, family, and co-workers. “Salamanders” head to the finish line on behalf of Buttonwood!

Check back for registration details or find the July 4 Scramble on our Calendar of Events. Race fees and free T-shirt provided.

Pippins N’ Pumpkins

Saturday, October 19, 2024 (Date to be confirmed)

Event sponsors in 2023 included Lead Sponsor, Arlene Unger, RE/MAX Results. Also sponsored by Rouzerville Business Association (Pony Rides); Owl’s Club of Waynesboro (Pie Walk); Linda Barkdoll, Ronnie Martin Realty; Dave Shockey Auto Body

Our fourth annual fall festival includes a full slate of activities and fun for all ages, including a ‘kid zone’ with yard games, a StoryWalk® hike & activity, live music, pony rides for kids, craft vendors, a pie walk, a pumpkin patch, and a decorated pumpkin contest. A star attraction is the ever-popular trebuchet pumpkin launcher, which will run throughout the day sending pumpkins flying through the sky.