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.


Wee Ones Discover Spring Nature Walk – #1937

Date:  Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shiloh Hills Park – Parking Lot
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  1+
Registration deadline:  May 4, 2021

Keep a sharp eye out in this early autumn Wildlife Expedition with Naturalist Kathy Grim. Children will search for a variety of wildlife (puppets) that live in local fields and forests. We’ll enjoy Kathy’s humorous wildlife tales and learn interesting wildlife facts.

 

Evening Bird Watch Ramble – #1996

Date:  Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Time:  6:30 p..m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park Parking Lot
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  5+
Registration deadline:  May 21, 2021

Spend a lovely spring evening looking for the interesting birds that may be here for the season or just passing through. Naturalist Katrina Knight will lead us on this wandering birding adventure. Perfect for beginner and experienced bird watchers. Bring binoculars. Registration required by 5/21/21.

 

Summer Morning Bird Watch Ramble – #1997

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location:  Union Canal Connector Trail,
Swiftwater Lane, Leesport
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  5+
Registration deadline:  June 9, 2021

Birding at its busiest! Spend a bright summer morning looking for parent birds sitting on nests, feeding their young, or catch sight of a young bird stretching its wings! Naturalist Katrina Knight will lead us on this baby-bird adventure. Perfect for beginner and experienced bird watchers. Bring binoculars.
Registration required by 6/9/21

Nature Journaling for Kids – #2000

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park Pavilion
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  4+
Registration deadline:  June 11, 2021

Nature journaling is an artful way to help children learn to see what is around them. It’s a calming activity that teaches science, art, writing, research and observation skills. Join children’s author and educator Annette Garber to discover skillful observation and develop a love for nature. Notebooks provided. Registration required by 6/11/21.

 

Wee Ones Discover Summer Nature Walk – #2001

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m..
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park – Parking Lot
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  1+
Registration deadline:  June 14, 2021

Keep a sharp eye out in this summer time Wildlife Expedition with Naturalist Kathy Grim. Children will search for a variety of wildlife (puppets) that live in local fields and forests. We’ll enjoy Kathy’s humorous wildlife tales and learn interesting wildlife facts. Ages 1+ Registration deadline: 6/14/21.

Astronomy 

Location:  Caoosing Meadows Park State Hill Road Parking Lot
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  5+

Session #1 – #1998
Date:  Friday, June 18, 2021
Time:  9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Registration deadline:  June 16, 2021

Session #2 – #1999
Date:  Friday, August 13, 2021
Time:  8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Registration deadline:  August 11, 2021

Here’s your opportunity to be out with the moon, planets, stars and possibly a galaxy or two! Join the BCAAS at this awe-inspiring astronomy program for a close-up look at the night sky through BCAAS telescopes. Rain/cloud dates: 6/19/21. Registration required by 6/16/21.

Creek Creature Exploration
Get into the creek and find out what’s under that rock!  Join Berks Conservation District Educator Kent Himelright to learn about and search for creek creatures, examine creek health and explore ways to protect creek habitat. Wear water-wading shoes.

Creek Creature Exploration Session I (#2002), June 24, and Creek Creature Exploration – Session II (#2003), July 22, are exactly the same camp with exactly the same fun activities. Please choose the week that fits well into your summer schedule – Session I or Session II.

Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park Pavilion
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  4+

Session #1 – #2002
Date:  Thursday, June 24, 2021
Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Registration deadline:  June 21, 2021

 

Session #2 – #2003
Date:  Thursday, July 22, 2021
Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Regisstration deadline:  July 19, 2021

Get into the creek and find out what’s under that rock!  Join Berks Conservation District Educator Kent Himelright to learn about and search for creek creatures, examine creek health and explore ways to protect creek habitat. Wear water-wading shoes.

Creek Creature Exploration Session I (#2002), June 24, and Creek Creature Exploration – Session II (#2003), July 22, are exactly the same camp with exactly the same fun activities. Please choose the week that fits well into your summer schedule – Session I or Session II.

 

Wilderness Survival Skills and Camping 101 – #2004

Date:  Thursday, July 8, 2021
Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park Pavilion
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  10+
Registration deadline:  July 2, 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: 7/2/21.

 

Incredible Insect Investigation – #2005

Date:  Sunday, August 1, 2021
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park Environmental Center
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  4+
Registration deadline:  July 28, 2021

Search for and learn about insects and bugs of all sorts (including a spider or two) with Entomologist, Robert Hopkins. Come prepared to explore the world of the many multi-legged creatures that live in our backyards, fields and forests. Equipment provided. Registration required by 7/28/21.

 

Wild About Wildlife – #2006

Date:  Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Time:  6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park Pavilion
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  1+
Registration deadline:  August 13, 2021

Join Naturalist Kathy Grim for a wild about wildlife time! Listen to engaging wildlife tales, Native American lore, examine animal bones, antlers, pelts, turtle shells and more. Stay to make a wild about wildlife craft. Registration required by 8/13/21.

 

Moonlight Owl Prowl and Nature Walk


Young owls will be on the move – join Naturalist Kathy Grim to listen and look for the intriguing owls that prowl the night skies. Kathy will share interesting nature facts and Native American lore in this nearly full moon for Session I; new moon for Session II. Bring a flashlight.
Location:  Squirrel Run Nature Trail, State Hill Boat Launch, Blue Marsh Lake.

Cost:  FREE
Ages:  6+

Session #1 – #2007

Date:  Friday, August 20, 2021
Time:  8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Registration deadline:  August 18, 2021

Session #2 – #2008
Date:  Friday, September 10, 2021
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Registration deadline:  September 8, 2021

Young owls will be on the move – join Naturalist Kathy Grim to listen and look for the intriguing owls that prowl the night skies. Kathy will share interesting nature facts and Native American lore in this nearly full moon for Session I; new moon for Session II. Bring a flashlight.

Story Time in Nature with Children’s Author Annette Garber – #2009

Date:  Sunday, September 12, 2021
Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park Pavilion
Cost:  FREE
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline:  September 8, 2021

Join children’s author, educator and nature lover, Annette Darity Garber, as she reads her newest book, “Carry” and invites children to explore how they can participate in earth care. A craft will follow the reading and participants will have the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of “Carry” to take home! Registration required by 9/8/21.

 


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