Without nature parks, city dwellers would only experience nature through carefully constructed simulations, creating a new market for realistically chirping cricket-bots and mole-imitating people. Explore the great outdoors without going underground with today’s Groupon to the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg. Choose between the following options:
• For $15, you get admission for two (up to a $10 value) to the Olewine Gallery and $25 worth of merchandise from the gift shop (up to a $35 total value).
• For $15, you get a saw-whet owl adoption, including a frameable certificate (a $30 value). Proceeds go to the Ned Smith Center's saw-whet owl program.
The Ned Smith Center spearheads conservation efforts for Pennsylvania wildlife and hosts exhibits of nature-inspired art in its gallery space, set on 500 acres of wilderness with 12 miles of hiking trails. Through August 13, pairs of visitors to Olewine Gallery meander the Pennsylvania wilderness through the eyes of center founder Ned Smith, whose rarely displayed field journals, sketches, drawings, and bird-inspired interpretive dances are showcased in the current exhibit, Gone for the Day: Ned Smith and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. After emerging from the gallery, browse through the gift shop to capture nature’s untamable beauty in the form of a book ($15.26–$44.95) or a commemorative patch ($6.50).
Alternatively, opt to adopt a saw-whet owl and make a monetary contribution to the Ned Smith Center’s saw-whet owl program, which funds research and preservation efforts for Pennsylvania’s smallest owl. Owl adopters are awarded a frameable certificate, as well as the warm and fuzzy feeling of protecting a wild bird of prey without having to adapt to its sleep schedule.