Greencastle-Antrim School District


In 1966 the Greencastle-Antrim School District purchased the Stover - Winger Farm for $55,000 with the intention of constructing new schools on the same campus as the existing Greencastle-Antrim High School.  The farm included a farmhouse, spring, barn, and second house all in desperate need of repair.  The 58.651 parcel of land was known as Tayamenta Sachta, a name given by former resident Colonel Benjamin Winger's daughters.  It was a Indian name meaning never-ending waters or hills, or living waters as it was explained. 

During that same year, construction began on the existing Greencastle-Antrim Middle School beside the high school on this parcel of land.  Originally, the intention was to sell the portion of the property where the farmhouse, barn, and spring were located.  However, the district's physical education and recreation director, Fred C. Kaley, saw value in the property and proposed that the district use it as a center for ecological studies.  Superintendent William P. Conrad and business manager, Eldon Coldsmith, supported Mr. Kaley's tireless efforts to retain the historical piece of property. Ultimately, Mr. Kaley and his supporters were able to convince the board of school directors to keep the land. 

In 1966, Mr. Fred C. Kaley became the district's first director of the Winger Farm Outdoor Education Center, also called the Greencastle-Antrim School Farm.  Mr. Kaley, Mr. Conrad, and other school and community members began work to renovate the historical farm house, barn, and spring so that students could use the center for learningTayamentasachta, a Center for Environmental Studies was officially named in 1970.  In addition to his renovation efforts, Mr. Kaley worked feverishly promoting Tayamentasachta throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland in an effort to invite students and instructors from outside of Greencastle to visit the outdoor education facility and to raise funds to help with renovations and program development for the newly established environmental center

In 1976, Mr. Charles White was hired to assist Mr. Kaley in designing lessons and activities enabling students to live a harmonious lifestyle with planet Earth using Tayamentasachta as their teaching environment.  Mr. White took over as the director in 1978 upon Mr. Kaley's untimely death and continued Mr. Kaley's legacy of outreach, renovation, and program development.  Under Mr. White's direction, many new structures were added to the grounds for school and community use, and educational programs were designed and published for students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade.  In 2010, Mr. White retired after nearly 35 years of service to the district and Tayamentasachta.  Today, the center operates under the direction of Mrs. Kerri Barnes.