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Shockey Family Foundation donates to nature education center

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The Paul K. and Anna E. Shockey Family Foundation has donated $110,000 in support of The Institute’s capital campaign to create a new nature center near Waynesboro. 

The Institute purchased a 40-acre rural property in Washington Township with plans to transform the property into a nature education center and living classroom for both students and the greater Waynesboro community.

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The late Paul K. and Anna E. Shockey created their family foundation, and over the years have supported many worthy community causes. Paul Shockey was a co-founder of JLG Industries and Anna Shockey was a nurse.

Ken and Bonnie Shockey of the Paul K. and Anna E. Shockey Family Foundation donated $110,000 toward The Institute’s capital campaign to create a new nature center near Waynesboro. Pictured are Bonnie and Ken Shockey, seated, with Institute executive director Tracy Holliday and board president Jim Fleagle.

Today their son, Ken Shockey of Greencastle, and his wife, Bonnie, and their family continue the tradition of community support. 

“It has been a privilege to watch the progress at The Institute’s new nature and educational center, which provides for the study of climate, water resources, plants, and animals,” Ken Shockey said. “It is a hands-on educational site for students, teachers and our community. We were happy to be asked to help The Institute.” 

“We’re incredibly grateful to the Shockey Family Foundation for their early leadership gift, which was crucial in building the foundation of the campaign,” said Tracy Holliday, Institute executive director.

A nonprofit organization, The Institute provides programming in environmental education and cultural history for area school children, plus a variety of workshops, lectures and programs for all ages. In addition, the organization hosts several free community events annually including a Jazz Festival, Youth Festival, Earth Celebration Day and Winter Solstice Celebration.

A 1-acre pond on The Institute’s new property near Waynesboro is home to a variety of wildlife, including this great blue heron. Plans call for a new nature and arts center and living classroom.

The Institute has raised $2.5 million toward its $3 million goal. Work on the property will be done in phases, with an initial focus on establishing an administrative headquarters and welcome center for the public. At the same time, a new bridge will be built for buses and other large vehicles, along with grounds and infrastructure improvements. 

Small-scale activities are already underway on the outdoor campus at the property, which will be fully open to the public upon completion of the bridge. 

For more information, visit www.NatureAndCultureInstitute.org, or contact The Institute at 717-762-0373 or info@natureandcultureinstitute.org.