May 31, 2022

Featured photo of Scripture Rocks Park

Scripture Rocks Park

Jefferson County History Center
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Active since 2022
Pennsylvania, US
JCH101

Log Description

JCHS Scripture Rocks Heritage Park 

ADA Accessible Native Plant – Pollinator Pond Habitat & Education Center  

JCHS is designated by the Jefferson County Commissioners and PA Historical and Museum Commission as the county’s official historical society. JCHS operates the Jefferson County History Center (Museum), two archives buildings and the JCHS Heritage Rocks Park. [Local name for the Park, “Scripture Rocks,” is derived from folklore, so we kept that name, too, on our social media and Park signage].  

We developed an all-volunteer-built historic cultural heritage and natural resource park as our first “outdoor museum,” which opened June 2016. The free park i covers 4.6 wooded acres with 1.5 miles of hiking trails. In addition to self-guided tours, we offer monthly guided tours, educational programs on the Park’s cultural heritage/rock art site of 60+ engraved rocks from the early 1900s, ecology and natural history, including a program on the Park’s Native American Rockshelter.  

The park has hosted 39,000+ local, regional and worldwide visitors to date and has received 9 prestigious local, state and national museum organization awards. The latest award from PA Museums April 2022 is for our new ADA accessible Native Plant – Pollinator Pond Habitat
and Educational Staging Center.  

Our most recent project was envisioned in 4 Phases from 2019-2022: Envisioning our planting plan, turning a required drainage pond (that never drains) into an oasis, developing the interpretive panels, signage and educational materials and finding funding not only for these, but also for the ADA Accessible Education Area next to the Pollinator
Pond Habitat. When Covid-19 hit early 2020, we spent most of the year at the Park on this project.  We are now in our final spring-summer planting!  May 2021 saw our first educational program hosting the Brookville Area School District 4th grade. We enlisted presenters who are experts in their field (including Staff, Board members and area professionals) to present Pollinator-Pond Ecology, Cultural Heritage, Forestry, Native American Rockshelter, and Special Activities.  May 2022 was our 2nd year hosting 4th graders.  

We added the Chronolog this year to document the changes in plant growth Spring through Fall.

About Jefferson County History Center

 JCHS Heritage Rocks Park 

ADA Accessible Native Plant – Pollinator Pond Habitat
& Education Center  

JCHS is designated by the Jefferson County Commissioners and PA Historical and Museum Commission as the county’s official historical society. JCHS operates the Jefferson County History Center (Museum), two archives buildings and the JCHS Heritage Park. [Local name "Scripture Rocks” is derived from folklore, so we kept that name, too, on our marketing materials and signage].  

We developed an all-volunteer-built historic cultural heritage and natural resource park as out first “outdoor museum,” which opened
June 2016. The free park is 2 miles from the History Center, and covers 4.6 wooded acres with 1.5 miles of hiking trails. We offer monthly guided tours on the Park’s cultural heritage/rock art site of 60+ engraved rocks from the early 1900s, and Environmental Education
programs. 

The park has hosted 39,000+ local, regional and worldwide visitors to date and has received 9 prestigious local, state and national museum organization awards. The latest award from PA Museums April 2022 is for our new ADA accessible Native Plant – Pollinator Pond Habitat and Educational Staging Center.  

This most recent project was envisioned in 4 Phases from 2019-2022:
Visualizing our planting plan, turning a required drainage pond (that never drains) into a pollinator’s oasis, developing the interpretive panels, signage and educational materials and finding funding for the ADA Accessible Education Area next to the Pollinator Pond Habitat. We are now in Phase IV with a final spring planting!  

May 2021 was our first Pollinator Ecology program hosting the Brookville Area School District 4th grade. We enlisted presenters who are experts in their field (including Staff, Board members and area professionals) to present Pollinator-Pond Ecology, and also Cultural Heritage, Forestry (past lumbering and current conservation), Native American Rockshelter, and Build a Bird Feeder Activity. May 2022 will be our 2nd year hosting 4th graders.    

We addded the Chronolog this year to document changes in the Pollinator habitat early spring - fall.

Location

Coordinates: 41.16139 , -79.0502