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Refreshing Mountain Staff Bio for Mark Layton

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Mark Layton is the Nature Program Coordinator here at Refreshing Mountain, though he originally got his start at Refreshing Mountain when he was 16 years old, working in the housekeeping department. That same summer he was given the chance to work in the activities department and immediately loved it. Through that opportunity he realized how…

Join Us For Homeschool Days at Refreshing Mountain!

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Educating a group of kids in a homeschool environment has the potential to become a bit monotonous. Brighten up their day by scheduling a field trip to Refreshing Mountain’s outdoor classroom! Our Homeschool Days give your group the chance to enjoy all sorts of exciting and educational activities in a stunning outdoor setting. The change…

News Release: New Live Animal Display Brings Even More Adventure to Lancaster County

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – A newly constructed Wildlife Center at Refreshing Mountain in Lancaster County, PA features more than 20 new live animal displays. These brand new animal displays include exotic and native reptiles and amphibians, as well as, exhibits from PA woodlands including furs, nests, eggs, antlers, skulls, and more. During a visit to…

Nature Education and Adventure Education Field Trips at Refreshing Mountain

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School field trips at Refreshing Mountain offer an exciting adventure, engaging students in the unique nature based education program. With 80 acres of beautiful woodlands, students can participate in Earth Sciences, Peer-to-Peer development or Adventure Education activities.  Developed by professional educators and led by trained instructors, school field trip programs at Refreshing Mountain provide education,…

Top Student Benefits of an Educational Field Trip at Refreshing Mountain

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Textbooks, worksheets, lectures, reports, and projects are the mainstays of the school year. Teachers and students alike work through this daily grind, day after day. School field trips allow a much-needed break from the daily routine and a host of other benefits to students. By getting them out of the classroom and into the world, school field trips…

Team Building Activities for School Field Trips

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For an exhilarating, unique, and successful way to supplement your traditional indoor classroom activities with a completely-different curriculum that includes team building activities and encourages independent decision-making (all while in the great outdoors) consider a school field trip to Refreshing Mountain. Refreshing Mountain is a retreat and outdoor adventure center with an 80-acre property in Lancaster,…

Why Choose Lancaster, PA for Your Next School Field Trip Destination?

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School is back and you may be looking at planning for the 2015-16 school year. A great way for children to learn, explore and have fun, is to schedule some great school field trips. Lancaster, PA has a variety of options from building team skills to learning more about the world around us. You don’t have to travel far to provide…

Introducing Nature Programs at Refreshing Mountain

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Refreshing Mountain is blessed with a beautiful property complete with woods, a pond and open areas.  It was only a matter of time before Nature Studies would join the other activity options offered to retreats, school groups, and families. The focus of the new nature program is hands on learning and good stewardship of God’s creation. Both kids…

School Field Trip Planning Guide

  Along with the arrival of spring, March through June signals the start of field trip season for many schools. After being cooped-up in the classroom during the cold, wet dreary winter months, teachers are anxious to get students out into the real world exploring and learning. While a day on the town sounds like…