Educational Programs

The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art offers several exciting educational opportunities year-round for children and adults. We offer programming to public, private and homeschool groups, boy and girl scouts, senior and adult centers, and numerous others. We always encourage groups to visit the Center to experience all that our physical location has to offer, but we understand that isn’t possible for all groups – we can also pack up our lessons and come to your school or facility!

We offer several well-developed and popular programs but can also work with your group and customize your program to ensure you get the most out of your experience. All programs are led by the NSCNA Education Department staff or experienced volunteers, all of whom are experienced teachers who are passionate about what they do. Please see our downloadable Education Program Catalog for more information about our program offerings.

Hosting an educational event? We are also able to travel with educational displays and activities for boothed events. Please contact the Center at (717) 692-3699 or email our Director of Educational Programming, Emily Rosmus, at for more information.

Please allow at least four weeks’ notice in scheduling for all program reservations.

Summer Camps

Join us as we discover our world together!

At the Ned Smith Center’s acclaimed Summer Camps, campers will not only experience authentic connections with nature, but with each other as well! We offer a wide variety of summer camp options for kids ranging from 4 to 16 years old.



Camp Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Full payment is due upon registration; please inquire about scholarship opportunities. Registration opens on March 1st, 2024 for members and March 8th, 2024 for non-members.


Discovery Series

Join us at the Center for our Discovery Series programming targeted to families and adults. We host a wide variety of events from art workshops, to citizen science programs, to hands-on nature experiences. We always appreciate pre-registration, as certain events may be attendance dependent and others fill up so fast, you’ll be glad you reserved your spot early!


 If you have questions about any Discovery Series Events during this time, please call the Ned Smith Center at 717-692-3699.

Youth Art Contest

The Ned Smith Center is proud to present our annual Youth Art Contest! Each year, students from across the world participate in this contest designed to inspire the next generation of wildlife artists. We encourage participants to gain inspiration from Ned Smith himself as they design their artwork around the current year's theme. The theme does change annually, and each theme will have its own set of rules, so please read carefully so your artwork is not disqualified. Plagiarism is the act passing off someone else’s work or ideas as your own. Should an entrant use a piece of existing art (including photographs) as a reference for their submission, a printed picture of the reference or web address link should be provided to give due credit to the original artist.

Artists will be divided by grade into four categories: grades 1-3, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, and grades 10-12. Prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention. One piece will be awarded Best in Show. Winners will be announced at the end of July at the Center’s annual Nature and Arts Festival and prize packages sent out shortly thereafter.


 Prizes provided by Blick Art Materials

ned talks & Live Stream

NED Talks is an informative, educational and fun exploration into nature and the arts in and around the Ned Smith Center. Join NSCNA educators Emily Rosmus and Erin Conway as they dive head first into the discovery and exploration of the world around us! NED Talks is posted regularly on our official YouTube page!


Thanks to the Coleman family's support, we can get a literal inside look at the nesting behavior of some of the birds which call the Ned Smith Center lands their home. Check in on the livestream to hopefully get a peak of an Eastern Bluebird building its nest, a Carolina Wren poking its head in to have a look around, or an Eastern Phoebe bringing back some delectable insects to its babies! We try to keep an eye on things, but if you see anything exciting let us know at