Community groups come together to clean up rock dinosaur graffiti on June 11th.

While it may sound like a mix of fantasy – Elephant Snot and Dinosaur Rock – these are the main ingredients for an upcoming coalition-led cleanup of one of the unique geological features in the Province of Lebanon.

Dinosaur rock is a Diabas Formation in State Game Lands 145, an outcrop of molten rock that spurted into Triassic sedimentary rock about 200 million years ago and held in place while the rest of the formation melted, leaving the unique feature at its peak 15 feet above the forest floor. The rock got its name from the dinosaur profile, which can be seen with north-south exposures.

What else to watch today – graffiti, a lot of it. Although the hike from Horseshoe Trail to Dinosaur Rock has 4 out of 5 stars on AllTrails, the reviews are full of references to the signs currently on the rocks:

The graffiti in Dino rocks is like a subway car in the hood. Not worth the time to see this vandalism in the woods

The rock itself is like a playground for a child. It is huge and colorful with graffiti. If you are interested in children chanting foul language, skip it.

Campbelltown resident Pat Cripps noticed the mutilations and began developing a plan to take care of them.

“How do you start something like that? You go in and you go see it, and you say, ‘Oh my God, that hasn’t been what I’ve seen in years,'” said Krebs.

Courtney Rayman, executive director of the Lebanon Valley Conservancy, said Krebs has begun its investigation into finding a solution with the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission. Krebs is in contact with the commission’s local land manager through the office of Representative Frank Ryan.

“It’s kind of a community organization and she saw this situation and she didn’t like it, and she started making phone calls,” Rayman said.

“If I can’t find a Conservancy organization willing to take on this project, it won’t,” Krebs said.

The Game Committee does not have the same resources to tackle graffiti, but it was able to provide the official permit needed to hold the cleanup event, in addition to the aforementioned “Elephant Snot”, a special solution for removing graffiti from porous surfaces. The formula is highly effective for removing graffiti and retails for about $100 per gallon.

It takes a village, and Reimann and Krebs have organized a veritable coalition to help them with the June 11 cleanup event, which will run from about 9:30 a.m. until the job is done.

Lowe’s Lebanon team will dispatch a team of volunteers, with Lowe’s employee JV Bennet serving as site coordinator. Lowe’s will also donate other supplies needed for the cleanup effort, including brushes, gloves and buckets.

Local climbers will also assist in the effort, in particular helping to safely clear the higher parts of the diapas formation. Southern Central Pennsylvania Climbers and the Eastern Pennsylvania Climbers Alliance are among those who have been in contact with the organizers.

In total, Reimann expects there will be at least 20 volunteers on site to clean up, though she notes it will be a busy weekend in Lebanon County, where Spinstock, Old Annville Day and Tour de Lebanon Valley are scheduled for 11 June.

The Campbelltown Community Alliance and the City of South Londonderry Historical Society are also involved.

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Organizing this event was a really team effort, Riemann said. “All these groups, these organizations in Lebanon, who just want to improve the country,” she said of the scope in the participants.

Another view of the dinosaur rock. (Courtney Rayman)

Even county commissioners have contributed to the effort by directing $1,350 in hotel tax money to the cleanup drive. This money will be used to secure the Lawn Fire Company’s running water to the site for the event.

Audrey Wells, CEO of Clarence Shock Memorial Park, will also help provide volunteers, tool storage space, and an Elephant Snot ahead of the event.

Pizza 322 will donate five pies to this event.

“A lot of people are glad we’re going to try,” Krebs said.

For more information, contact the Lebanon Valley Conservancy via email at [email protected] or by calling (717) 273-6400.


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