In-Depth Sessions

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In-depth sessions add a nice twist to your traditional professional development opportunities. Some will take place on-site at the Hershey Lodge, while others will be off-site with transportation provided.  Since these sessions are a part of your professional development, they are reserved for registered attendees. In other words, you must be registered for the conference to purchase an in-depth ticket.  Spouse/guest tickets are not allowed unless that person is registered for the conference, as well.  Each session has a minimum guarantee and a maximum allowed. If your session does not meet its minimum by August 1, it may be cancelled. If so, we will notify you with alternate options. If you are paying by check (rather than pay by credit card online), your spot in the in-depth sessions will NOT be guaranteed until payment is received. All In-Depth Sessions will be ticketed events, and you must have a ticket for a specific activity to be admitted.

Ticket sales for in-depth sessions are final and non-refundable.

Buses will depart the Hershey Lodge at 1:30 PM and return by 5:30 PM, except for the Everything in the Kitchen Sink tour which will return at 7:15 PM.

ON/OFF-SITE DESCRIPTION & PRICING

Off-Site

Track: Community Vitality, Entrepreneurship, Nutrition
Price: $55

Before & After Milton S. Hershey
This session will include stops at the Hershey Story Museum and Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society Museum and will give attendees a broader understanding of how Milton Hershey transformed the landscape of the town that bears his name. Participants will have the chance to sample warm drinking chocolates and take in HSM's many exhibits and features. The Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society Museum is home to over 50,000 artifacts and photos intent on preserving the history and architectural legacy of these two communities. During your tour and visit you'll learn about the early settlers of Derry Township and the community of Hershey before Milton H's arrival and what's transpired since he was at the head of Hershey Chocolates.

Off-site

Track: Community Health & Wellness, Nutrition & Food Security
Price: $55

Penn State College of Medicine Public Health Research
Public health is defined as the science of protecting the safety and improving the health of communities through education, policy-making and research for disease and injury prevention. Faculty and Staff at the Penn State College of Medicine are currently working on a number of projects that touch upon all facets of public health. This interactive session will explore the work being done in three project areas -- The Translation of Despair and Healthcare, The REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Program, and The Hershey Community Garden. This latter segment will involve walking outdoors into the expansive garden area.

Off-Site

Track: Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security
Price: $55

Celebrating Nature's Bounty
This session will include stops at Finchbaugh's Orchard & Farm and the Moondance Winery, Cider Harvest & Tap Room. Finchbaugh's Orchard & Farm has been offering educational programs for both adults and children for years that include a guided walking tour, fun ag/nutrition lesson and a tasty seasonal snack (which you will experience yourself). They also have a corn maze, offer PYO and wagon rides, and operate a charming retail store. The Moondance Winery, Cider Harvest & Tap Room is housed in a spectacular French-style Chateau overlooking the Susquehanna River. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample some of their award winning wines, ciders and brews and tour their production facilities (included in in-depth session ticket price). 

Off-site

Track: Community Vitality, Entrepreneurship
Price: $55

Using Historical Preservation to Revive Neighborhoods
First stop in Harrisburg is a guided tour of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, the grandest state capitol in America, long admired as a “palace of art.” See House and Senate chambers, Supreme Court chamber, and Capitol Rotunda. Next, participants will take a scenic route down Old Front Street, past historic mansions, “Governors’ Row,” and vistas of the Susquehanna River, stopping for a guided tour of the John Harris Mansion, 18th-century Colonial home of the founder of Harrisburg, today one of the leading house museums in Pennsylvania. The last stop will be free time in Historic Midtown. Attractions within a 2-block radius that may be explored, free of charge, (with map provided) include: Midtown Scholar Bookstore and coffeehouse, one of America’s top bookstores, Susquehanna Art Museum and gift shop, The Millworks, featuring 30 in-house artist studios, gift shop, and restaurant, Historic Harrisburg Resource Center, history exhibits in old bank building, A stroll down Broad Street, two blocks to Riverfront Park and Sunken Gardens, past picturesque restored rowhomes in the Old Midtown Historic District. This in-depth will utilize the bus between the different stops, but walking may be required among the different locations, so wear comfortable shoes.

Off-site

 

 

Track: Diversity, Food & Nutrition, Clothing & Textiles

Price: $55

Experience Amish Life at the Plain & Fancy Farm
Take in a nine-room Amish country homestead and one room schoolhouse, and shop at their charming country store.  Participants will learn more about the Amish way of life during this unique look at how they live, work and worship. Your guide will explain Amish customs, dress, and adapting to life without electricity. It’s the county’s only designated “Heritage Site” Amish house tour. Sit at authentic Amish desks and learn how eight grades are taught in one room by one teacher! Shop their 5,000 square foot store for authentic Amish-made bonnets, dresses, wooden toys, dolls and crafts.

Off-site

 SOLD OUT

Track: Community Vitality, Entrepreneurship, Food & Nutrition
Price: $55 SOLD OUT


Lititz -- the Coolest Small Town in America
Surrounded by rolling farmland and a rich cultural/historical heritage, you'll first tour the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery (founded in 1861) where you'll get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting using a play-dough mixture, followed by on your own stops at the Appalachian Brewery (which is housed in a 100 year-old refurbished building) and Wilbur Chocolates (which has been in business longer than Hershey Chocolates) -- both are within easy walking distance of the Pretzel Bakery. Lititz is also home to Linden Hall, the oldest all-girls boarding school in the country, which was founded by the Moravians in 1746. An abundance of retail shops, eateries and bookstores in a five-block area makes for a wonderful small town ambiance and close-knit community feeling.

Off-Site - Returns at 7:15 PM

 

Track: Diversity, Entrepreneurship, Food & Nutrition; Clothing & Textiles
Price: $55

Everything --- and the Kitchen Sink!
This in-depth will start with a stop at the Lancaster History Museum which houses various collections that give you a glimpse into the rich cultural history of the area as well as the Louise Arnold Tanger Aboretum. You will take part in a 45-minute long white glove "turning" of six vintage quilts with a museum curator. No visit to Lancaster country is complete without a stop at Kitchen Kettle Village -- a three generation family business with over 40 unique shops, restaurants & lodging in an historic PA Dutch Village setting. Attendees will participate in a Whoopie Pie Making Experience before heading off to watch Amish and Mennonite ladies "put up" jams and relishes in the canning kitchen; you can also take advantage of the opportunity to add on kitchen, cheese or quilt "chats" (for a small fee). If time permits, head over to the Old Country Store across the street where you'll find ample offerings of quilts, fabric, local crafts and wares including baked goods, kettle corn, fudge, candles and more! NOTE:  this in-depth returns to the Lodge around 7:15 pm!

On-site

CANCELLED

 

Track: Community Vitality, Leadership
Price: $45

Working Smarter Not Harder:  Needs Assessments for Modern Times in the Changing Landscape of Urban, Suburban and Rural Environments
Many times, Extension educators are called upon to help community organizations develop strategic plans or help them determine how effective their marketing or program outreach is being received by target audiences. During this interactive session, participants will learn how to better design, implement and analyze a community needs assessment; better understand the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process; get feedback from experts that have been through this procedure; and have questions answered during a short panel discussion. 

On-site

 

Track: Life Span Development (Aging, Child & Human Development) 
Price: $45

Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Evidence-informed Programs, Trauma-informed Efforts and Community Collaborations
This session will explore what Pennsylvania is doing to battle the opioid and heroin epidemic from both a statewide perspective and local efforts. It will address research being done on the link between trauma and SUD (substance abuse disorder), the proposed efforts to become trauma-informed communities, the evidence-based strategies that PA/PSU supports, and the data behind them as well as the importance of community mobilization to prevention success. Strategies shared may be replicated or help augment efforts being taken to address this crisis across the country. Click here for more details on this session.

On-site

Track: Community Health & Wellness, Sustainable Living, Community Vitality
Price: $45

Creating a Culture of Health One Community Coalition at a Time!
Well Connected Communities is an effort to cultivate wellness across the country. America's Cooperative Extension System, including 13 land-grant universities across the country, in partnership with National 4-H Council, is equipping volunteer leaders to help their neighbors be healthier at every stage of life. This initiative is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The focus of this session will be to share best practices and lessons learned around the community health coalition work. A panel of agents involved in this work will share their experiences as well as a summary of Extension system learning's, including barriers and benefits. Opportunities for other land-grant universities to become involved will also be shared.

On-Site

Track: Nutrition, 4-H Youth Development
Price: $45

Teen Cuisine -- a Cooking and Nutrition Education Curriculum for Grades 6-12
Teen Cuisine is designed to teach youth (grades 6-12) important life skills to promote optimal health. The curriculum addresses key concepts about nutrition, food preparation/cooking, food safety, and physical activity by using approaches and strategies that enhance learning and behavior change among teens. Food demonstrations will be included. Information on purchasing the curriculum will also be provided to attendees. 

On-Site

Track: Financial Management
Price: $45

Prepare for Retirement: Counting Down to Your Retirement Day
Preparing for retirement is a process that ideally starts decades before the retirement date arrives. Whether your retirement is decades away or just around the corner, this session will cover key topics that should be considered as you plan for the big day and another phase of life. This session will increase participants’ awareness on key considerations, financial and non-financial, related to planning for retirement. This information will also be valuable for those educators that teach about retirement planning.

 

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