South Mountain Science Summit


About the Event

The summit will feature presentations of important research conducted here in the South Mountain Landscape and will also help define regional research priorities for the next grant cycle. This is also intended to be a gathering where students, faculty, land managers, planners and land use professionals can meet, network, and envision the future of science and research in South Mountain country.

The program will include a welcome from DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams-Dunn and will feature a full afternoon of presentations and discussions on a variety of important environmental, geoscience, and historical/archaeological topics. Following the presentations, a cash reception will be held in the Cidery’s tasting room, with food truck options provided.

This event is generously sponsored by Big Hill Ciderworks.

If you have questions about the summit, please contact Joe Baker, the SMRP’s Science Coordinator at


Attendees will hear a welcome from DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn as well as presentations from professionals in the field and representatives from these academic institutions and organizations.

– Harrisburg University
– Shippensburg University
– Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DNCR), Bureau of Forestry
– Dickinson College
– DCNR Cultural Resources
– Central PA Conservancy

Event Details


Friday, April 29, 2022


12:30-6:00 PM


Big Hill Ciderworks (338 Georgetown Road, Gardners, PA 17324) 


 FREE, registration required

Registration Deadline:

Friday, April 22, 202 or until registration cap has been reached (150 attendees)


11:30 AM-12:30 PM


12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Welcome, Secretary Dunn, Session 1
– Water Quality and Unplanned Mountain Bike Trails: A Report from Mountain Creek and Tom’s Run (HBG U)
– On the Rocks: Recent Research on Native American Metarhyolite Quarrying (Shippensburg University)
– Geochemistry and Organic Loading at Ebberts Spring (Shippensburg University)
– Mapping Historic Charcoal Hearths and Colliers Huts on South Mountain (Mike Emmanuel)

2:30 PM-3:00 PM


3:00 PM-4:30 PM

Session 2 (2 or 3 20-minute presentations, roundtable/panel discussion/Q&A)
– South Mountain’s Timber Rattlesnakes: Facts, Public Perceptions, and Recent Research (DCNR/BOF)
– Research, Management, and Preservation at Historic Camp Michaux (Dickinson College, DCNR Cultural Resources)
– Restoration and Conservation Issues at the Letort Preserve (Central PA Conservancy)
– Discussion: Priorities, Issues, and Future Research in South Mountain Country

4:30 PM-6:30 PM



Registration for This Event is Now Closed.