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Looking for a field trip option for your home school group?  Come to the outdoor classroom at Refreshing Mountain! Our Home School Days provide a variety of outdoor adventures and activities designed to provide fun and educational experiences for your students.

Upcoming Homeschool Days-

The Spring 2017 schedule is here and registration is open!

Date(s): May 1 and 5

Cost: $20 per student or $60 family cap.  Payment is due at time of registration.  See FAQ’s for details on cancellation.

Registration: Register online using the Register Now button below.  Space is limited to 20 students per age group.  Waiting list is available.

Sleepover the night before for just $99*! Call us to book at 717-738-1490.

May 1 and 5, 2017 Homeschool Day Schedule-

1st-2nd Graders 3rd-4th Graders 5th-6th Graders 7th-12th Graders
10:00 AM Arrive and Check-In
10:30 AM Farm Animals & Horses Field Games Giant Swing Reptiles & Amphibians
11:30 AM Team Scavenger Hunt Farm Animals & Horses Reptiles & Amphibians Giant Swing
12:30 PM Packed Lunch
1:30 PM Physical Challenge Course Reptiles & Amphibians Flying V Archery
2:30 PM Reptiles & Amphibians Sling Shots GPS Nature Hunt Flying V
3:30 PM Depart

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Homeschool Day Activities

Nature Science Programs

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Horse Rides & Farm Animal Experience

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GPS Nature Hunt

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Giant Swing

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Sling Shots

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2 Ziplines – Flying V RUN

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Sleepover field trips are the best!

Stay in our cabin for just $99*.

Call to Book Your Stay 717-738-1490.

*Price valid night prior to Homeschool Day for up to 6 persons. Taxes apply.



Payment is due at time of registration.  Payments are non-refundable if cancelled less than  48 hours before the event. If someone on the waitlist takes your place money can then be refunded.

If registration is full you will be contacted and put on the waitlist. If it does not work out for you to attend, you will receive a full refund.

Yes. Parents/Guardians must remain on the Refreshing Mountain grounds throughout the day. A chaperone schedule will be given upon arrival.

Lunch is NOT provided for this event.  There are picnic tables and pavilion space for you to eat your bag lunch. The camp store will be opened for light food items, drinks, snacks, and souvenirs if you would like to purchase some items.

Yes, there is no cost for parking and we have ample space for busses as well as passenger vehicles.

This is a “light rain or shine event”.  We will cancel if there is a storm or other severe weather.  If Refreshing Mountain cancels any part of your event for a safety-related reason, you will receive a FULL REFUND.

Yes, our activities are designed to include a broad range of physical and mental abilities.  We don’t want to exclude anyone.  At the same time, there are aspects of our topography and certain safety requirements of some of our elements that can pose a challenge to guests with limited mobility and/or over 250 lbs.  We do have options that can be explored for special accommodation and we welcome a conversation about any particular needs your guests may have.  Please give us a call at 717-738-1490.

Yes, every participant must sign a Release Form.  If the participant is under age 18, a parent/guardian MUST sign the form.  Therefore, for school groups it is necessary to process the Release Forms prior to the event.  The group organizer is responsible to collect the signed Release Forms and bring them along on the day of the event.

Signed Release Forms must be received in our office before we will begin your event.

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Storm Repair Update

Refreshing Mountain Storm Repair Update

March 21 (9:20 AM):

Happy Spring! We sure are feeling it up here, with the warm temperatures and renewed life all around.

  • Activities Status:
    • As of Monday our Challenge Adventure Zipline passed all necessary inspections and tests and is officially back up and running! Thanks to Treetop Quest and our crew, these ziplines are back to their prime condition- just under 4 weeks after they were damaged.
    • We anticipate the Aerial Excursion Zipline to be available come March 31. Stay posted!

To check our Zipline Tour availability and make a reservation, click here!

March 16 (4:40 PM):

Despite the 17 inches of fresh powder, we are working on our ziplines and giant swing.

  • Activities Status: Today they were able to reset guide cables on our Giant Swing. We are performing the necessary inspections, tests, and expect to have this activity open by early next week.

March 10 (8:00 AM):

We received three inches of snow and expect another few inches in the upcoming week but that's not stopping our crew!

  • Activities Status: New poles arrived and our crews are hard at work setting anchors for the guidelines that stabilize the zipline poles on the closed courses. We are ahead of schedule!
  • Zipline Bookings: Speaking of schedules are open online and booking is live, click here!

March 7 (10:40 AM):

The rain has slowed and crews are hard at work.

  • Activities Status: Our zipline builder and inspector gave the go ahead to open our Flying V and High Ropes course! Schedules are open online and booking is live, click here!
  • Forest Recovery: The past week we have been trimming branches from downed trees and prepping them for loggers to come in and remove. At this point conservative estimates are 50-60 trees have been recovered and more to address as we get past the initial border of our forest lines.

March 6 (12:00 PM):

This past weekend we hosted 200+ people with our overnight retreats. The weather was cold, but we accomplished more work and are excited about the progress.

  • Facility status: Thanks to Meadow Valley Electric (MVE) Group our solar panels have been inspected and repaired and are up and running.
  • Activities status: Today we have an inspector from our zipline builder, Climbworks, here to inspect and evaluate our ziplines. We should have a projection of when our zipline tours will reopen in the next few days.

We expect more great news, stay posted!

March 1 (4:00 PM):

The rain impeded us from completing some of our outdoor projects today, but none the less much was accomplished.

  • Parking status: Cleared all parking areas of downed trees and limbs.
  • Activity status: We restored our sling shot and archery areas and ensured the nature center critters and farm animals will be ready this weekend. In addition the climbing tower and climbing wall will be fully operational as well!

Feb 28 (4:00PM):

  • Communication status: Minutes ago our communication lines were restored. Email and phone lines are now operational. We can now begin returning your calls!
  • Building status: All damaged roofs have been weatherproofed and are scheduled for permanent repair.
  • Activity status: We will have pedal carts and teambuilding in full operation this weekend, with more to come!

Our staff along with contractors have been working tirelessly campus wide to clear debris and begin repairs. We are extremely grateful for our neighbors who have given their time and energy. We are extremely thankful for how God continues to provide. We look forward to the days to come and our retreats this weekend!

Feb 27 (4:00 PM):

Around 3:30 on Saturday February 25th, a major wind storm hit Northern Lancaster County and significantly impacted Refreshing Mountain. We sustained damage to several buildings as well as our Ziplines / adventure activities. Nevertheless, we are so thankful to God that no one was hurt during the storm. Also, we are grateful that so many people in the community are helping with cleanup and repair. Our Retreat Center ( lodging, meals, Recreation) is still open and ready to host the many groups scheduled over the next few weeks. But our Ziplines and other adventure activities are temporarily closed as we inspect, assess, and repair. We hope to have everything back up and running within the next few weeks.

Click here to read our press release regarding the storm and repair efforts

Check out our Facebook feeds for regular updates.