Family Nature Series

Township of Spring

Parks and Recreation Department

Recreation Program COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

Updated 4-15-21

To protect the health and safety of our program participants, staff and instructors, the following guidelines have been developed and will be implemented in all Department programs:

  1. Department staff, instructors and participants will wear a face mask or covering.
  2. Department staff will perform a self-screen before arriving at the program site. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be sent home.
  3. Participant limits as established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the PA Department of Health will be followed and enforced.
  4. Social distancing will be accommodated and enforced.
  5. Disposable masks, hand sanitizer and gloves will be available for all participants, staff and instructors.
  6. Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will be encouraged through signage and verbal reminders.
  7. Equipment will be sanitized prior to the start of the program/session and at the end of the program/session by Department staff.
  8. The sharing of equipment and supplies will be discouraged. If sharing is unavoidable, the equipment and supplies will be sanitized by Department staff between users.
  9. Participant supplies will be pre-packaged and sealed in plastic bags and labeled with the participant’s name. Participants will take everything in their bag and anything they create during the program home with them at the end of the day.
  10. Program participants will be required to “check-in” with Department staff upon arrival at the program site.
    1. Program participants will be “screened” by Department Staff:
      i. “No-Touch” temperatures will be taken by Department staff and anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be sent home.
      ii. A “COVID-19 Active Screening Questionnaire” will be completed by each participant or parent/legal guardian of participants under the age of 18.
    2. For Youth Programs where only the child is participating, parents are not permitted to exit their car or come into the program area. Department staff will escort the children to and from the “drop off area”.
  11. Participants will be encouraged to stay home if they are not feeling well. The Department will refund registration fees for those who miss a program/session due to illness.
  12. Any staff, instructor or participant exhibiting or reporting COVID symptoms will be sent home to contact their physician and cannot return without written permission from said physician.

 

 


Family Nature Series
Learn, Grow and Explore

These programs are open to adults and families with and without children.
All programs are FREE
Due to COVID-19 regulations, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Each person planning to attend these programs MUST be individually pre-registered.
All children under 18 must have a parent or guardian pre-registered to attend with them.


 

Wings Over Blue Marsh Lake Hawk Watch – #2031

Date:  Saturday, October 2, 2021
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: State Hill Boat Launch Overlook, 530 Brownsville Rd., Sinking Spring, PA
Ages: 3+
Registration deadline:  October 1, 2021

Are you interested in bird watching? Join Naturalist Katrina Knight to watch for the hawks, falcons and eagles that soar over Blue Marsh Lake’s scenic overlook. Learn interesting facts about raptors and their travels as we watch them soar by. Bring binoculars. Registration deadline: 9/29/21

 

Wee Ones with Teddy Bear Evening Wildlife Stroll – #2032

Date:  Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Shiloh Hills Park Parking lot
Ages: 2+
Registration deadline:  October 1, 2021

Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or other stuffed animal to explore the beauty of Fall! With their stuffed animal friend, children will look for wildlife (puppets) and learn what wildlife does to get ready for cold winters. Join Naturalist Kathy Grim to discover so much more about wildlife! Registration deadline: October 5, 2021

 

Wilderness Survival Skills – #2033

Date:  Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time:1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Shiloh Hills Park Environmental Center
Ages:10+
Registration deadline:  October 7, 2021

What would you do if you were stranded in the wilderness with no immediate hope of being found? Join Naturalist Kathy Grim for this survival and basic camping skills workshop and learn simple ways to survive in the wild. Registration deadline: 10/9/21

 

Halloween Bird Watch in the Cemetary – #2034
Date:  Saturday, October 9, 2021
New Time:  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Location:  Pleasant View Cemetary, 650  Fritztown Rd., Sinking Spring
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  2+
Registration deadline:  September 29, 2021

Join the adventure and get in the Halloween spirit in this slightly spooky bird watch. We will meander among the trees and gravestones as we look for resident birds as well as those just migrating through.  Learn more about birds with Naturalist Katrina Knight in this evening cemetery stroll. Bring binoculars. Registration deadline: 9/29/21


Wildlife CSI – #2035

Date:  Saturday, October 16, 2021
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park Pavilion
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  6+
Registration deadline:  October 13, 2021

Sometimes it’s difficult to see wildlife in fields and forests but we can learn to recognize the signs that they are there! Children will learn about and search for animal tracks, scat, examine owl pellets animal pelts, bones and shells plus so much more! Registration required by 10/13/21.

Leaf Safari – Nature Walk and Crafts – #2052
Date:  Sunday, October 24, 2021
Time:  1:00 – 2:30 p.m
Location: Shiloh Hills  Park Environmental Center
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  6+
Registration deadline:  October 13, 2021

Sometimes it’s difficult to see wildlife in fields and forests but we can learn to recognize the signs that they are there! Children will learn about and search for animal tracks, scat, examine owl pellets animal pelts, bones and shells plus so much more! Registration required by 10/13/21.

Halloween Howl Nature Walk – #2036

Date:  Friday, October 29, 2021
Time:  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Squirrel Run Nature Trail, Blue Marsh Lake
Cost:  FREE
Ages: 6+
Registration deadline:  October 27, 2021

What goes bump in the night! Come find out on this spooky (but not too spooky) and fun nature walk. We’ll listen, look for and discuss wildlife that comes out at night, listen to wildlife tales, learn to use our night eyes to keep an eye out for owls. Come have a howl of a time! Bring a flashlight. Registration deadline: 10/27/21

 

Winter Naps – Wildlife Adventures! – #2037

Date:  Saturday, October 30, 2021
Time:  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  3+
Registration deadline:  November 3, 2021

Stroll the trail and learn about the animal adventures of late fall. We will explore what animals do to prepare for cold winter months and food shortages. Children will learn about hibernation, who hibernates and who doesn’t. We will also learn about winter torpor and which animal is famous for it. Registration deadline: 11/3/21

 

Astronomy – #2038

Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Time:  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park – State Hill Road Parking Lot
Cost:  FREE
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline:  November 10, 2021

Nights are clearer; skies are darker; late fall is the perfect time for viewing the planets, stars and possibly a distant galaxy or star cluster. Bring family, friends and your curiosity and join the BCAAS to view the night sky through their telescopes. Rain/cloud date: 11/13/20. Registration required by 11/13/21.

 

Moon Glow Owl Prowl and Nature Walk – #2039

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Time:  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: State Hill Rd. Boat Launch, 599 Brownville Rd., Sinking Spring
Cost:  FREE
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline:  November 10, 2021

HOO, HOO, WHO’s that calling? Join us to listen and look for those mysterious birds of the night on Squirrel Run Nature Trail at Blue Marsh Lake. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Registration deadline: 11/17/21


2850 Windmill Road
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
Phone: 610-678-5399
Fax: 610-678-4571

Email: parksandrec@springtwpberks.org
Office Hours
Mon. –  Fri. 8:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Holidays