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Now entering its fifth year, Get Outdoors (GO) Lancaster! continues to encourage Lancaster County children and families to read and be physically active during the summer months. A special THANK YOU goes out to the GREAT work from Ephrata Public Library over the past years as they were the signature partner for this project in the Ephrata area. Their efforts have allowed us to expand the partnership to include additional libraries in Lancaster County, bringing this opportunity to more families as part of the Northern Lancaster HUB. This summer WellSpan Health, Ephrata Public Library, Adamstown Public Library, and Eastern Lancaster County Library are excited to partner in encouraging you to GO and Explore the Universe! Learners of all ages and backgrounds are actively exploring the universe for themselves. It is like a massive jig-saw puzzle, where we like learning how all the pieces fit together. With the overall size of the universe and the many questions still unanswered, it sparks our curiosity. Curiosity brings excitement into your life, boosts achievement, strengthens relationships and helps us lead happier lives. Don’t be afraid to ask, “Why?” as you explore this summer’s program.

This summer, GO Lancaster! teaches you about the universe with “space-tacular” facts while you search for fifteen “launch pads” – wooden marker posts with a unique etching attached – that have been hidden in various local and state parks. Take this book, as your sky map, along with the rubbing sheet you received at Ephrata Public Library, Adamstown Public Library, and Eastern Lancaster County Library and GO & Explore the Universe!

When you find the launch pad, use a crayon or pencil to rub the unique etching onto your rubbing sheet. It proves you found it and is your key to winning some great prizes! See the Rewards and Prizes page for details. Also, don’t forget to check out this website for additional information including recommended library books, takeoff tips, outdoor safety tips, and more.

In addition to “launch pads,” you can Explore the Universe! by visiting these Libraries and checking out a few books about astronomy, the science that studies space and the physical universe. Reading this summer will grow your reading and learning abilities! Come visit Ephrata Public Library, Adamstown Public Library, or Eastern Lancaster County Library to get your summer reading club materials, and start earning points toward great prizes!

Now, get outdoors, have fun, and explore the universe!

Proudly sponsored by:

WellSpan Health logoYork County Libraries logoYork Water Company logoELANCO LibraryNorthern Lancaster HUB


The GO Lancaster! Task Force would like to thank the following municipalities and organizations for allowing GO and Explore the Universe! launch pads to be located at their respective sites:

Akron Borough

Adamstown Borough

Ephrata Township

West Cocalico Township

Denver Borough

East Cocalico Township

Caernarvon Township

Terre Hill Borough

The Historic Ephrata Cloister

Pennsylvania Game Commission

Rails to Trails Conservancy

Reamstown Memorial Park Association

Lastly, thanks for joining us for another summer of exploring parks and trails throughout the Lancaster County. We hope that you and your family found new locations to visit throughout the year and learned about different launch pads. The world is a big place, so we encourage you to GO and Explore the Universe!


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