Family Nature Series

Learn, Grow and Explore

These programs are open to adults and families with and without children.
Pre-registration is required for all programs and each person planning to attend
these programs MUST be individually pre-registered.
All participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian pre-registered to attend with them.
If you have registered for a program and need to cancel, please phone or email the
Parks and Recreation Office as soon as possible so we can fill your spot. Thank you.

Salamander Celebration – #2406
Spring is here and salamanders and other amphibians are on the move! Join Naturalist Kathy Grim to celebrate salamanders, find out why they are on the move and where they are going. Be prepared for a muddy expedition to learn about salamanders, frogs and toads.

Date: Friday, April 19
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Shiloh Hills Park
Cost: Free Ages: 4+
Register by April 17

Earth Day Nature Walk at Nolde – #2407
Join us at Nolde Forest to celebrate Earth Day. Naturalist Kathy Grim will lead us on forest trails in search of spring’s wildflowers, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, trees and more as we celebrate Earth Day and spring! Be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces.

Date: Sunday, April 21
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Nolde Forest Environmental Center
Cost: Free Ages: 4+
Register by April 19

Spring Bird Walk – #2408
Join us for a lovely morning stroll along the Union Canal Connector Trail to look for the lively birds of spring. Join Naturalists Peter and Jane Wolfe on this birding adventure. Perfect for beginner and experienced bird watchers. Bring your binoculars.

Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Location: Union Canal Connector Trail
Cost: Free Ages: 4+
Register by April 25

A Deep Dive Into Creek Critters – #2409
We’re diving deep into this creek critter study. Join Naturalist Kathy Grim to learn what’s happening in the creek and who lives there. We’ll search the creek for critters and discover the importance of water quality, not just for critters but for everyone.

Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park
Cost: Free Ages: 5+
Register by April 30

Resident Registration opens May 1, 2024 at 8:00 a.m.
Non-Resident Registration opens May 8th, 2024 at 8:00 a.m.

Creek Creature Exploration

Choose one of these opportunities to get into the creek and find what may be lurking under those rocks! Join Educator Kent Himelright of the Berks County Conservation District to learn about and search for macroinvertebrate creek creatures and explore ways to protect creek habitat. Wear water-wading shoes.

Session #1 – #2441
Date: Thursday, June 6
Time:  6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park
Cost: FREE Ages:  3+
Register by June 3

Session #2 – #2442
Date: Thursday, July 18
Time:  6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park
Cost: FREE      Ages:  3+
Register by July 15

Wee Ones Discover Trees! – #2443

Crafts, stories, mystery and more await in this exploration of trees. Children will discover the uniqueness and importance of trees. From wildlife, to fruit, to nuts, to paper, to oxygen, to so much more, children will investigate the mysteries of trees with Naturalist Kathy Grim.

Date: Friday June 7 Time:  7:00 – 8:00 pm
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park
Cost: FREE Ages:  2+
Register by June 5

We All Need Trees! – #2444

A deeper look at trees and their importance to wildlife, insects, birds and us! Seeds to trees – we’ll explore trees that are young and old as well as discover what’s under that log! Science, crafts and more with Naturalist Kathy Grim – we all need trees!

Date: Saturday, June 15 Time:  10:00 – 11:30 am
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park
Cost: FREE Ages:  4+
Register by June 13

Full Moon Walk – Summer Solstice Celebration! – #2447

A Summer Solstice Celebration with owl calls, frog songs, katydids singing, sparkling fireflies and moon glow. Join us for this nighttime expedition! We’ll locate significant stars and constellations and learn how our eyes see in the dark. Be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces in dark conditions. Bring a flashlight.

Date: Thursday, June 20 Time:  8:30 – 9:30 pm
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park
Cost: FREE Ages:  4+
Register by July 18

Summer Evening Bird Walk – #2445

Spending time outdoors is good for your body and soul. Join Naturalists Peter and Jane Wolfe for this summer evening stroll listening and looking for lively birds. Connect with nature, learn about birds and develop your skills as a true birder! Bring binoculars; be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces.

Date: Tuesday, June 25 Time:  6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park
Cost: FREE Ages:  4+
Register by June 24

Crepuscular Animals – Wildlife at Dusk – #2446

Discover the wildlife of twilight! Join Naturalist Kathy Grim to learn about the animals that inhabit evening hours and what makes them so unique! Explore how many crepuscular animals we can find! Be prepared to walk on uneven trail surfaces in dark conditions. Bring a flashlight.

Date: Friday, July 12 Time:  8:00 – 9:00 pm
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park
Cost: FREE Ages:  4+
Register by July 10

Storytime in Nature With Author Annette Garber – #2448

Join children’s author Annette Garber for a storytime adventure in nature. Annette will read her delightful story, Carry – an insightful tale that invites children to care for the earth and learn the power of working together. Fun craft and the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Carry!

Date: Tuesday, July 23 Time:  7:00 – 8:00 pm
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park
Cost: FREE Ages: 3+
Register by July 19

 

Wee Ones Discover Twilight Nature Walk – #2449

Evening is its own special time – but why? Join Naturalist Kathy Grim as she discusses wildlife at twilight. Children will join in the search for the unique animals (wildlife puppets) that are best seen at twilight. Be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces. Strollers for little walkers are welcome.

Date: Friday, July 26 Time:  7:30 – 8:30 pm
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park – Parking Lot
Cost: FREE Ages: 1+
Register by July 24

Wildlife Detectives – #2450

This is your child’s opportunity to connect with and explore nature – join Naturalist Kathy Grim to investigate many wildlife mysteries. We’ll hunt for creature clues, examine flora and fauna, increase observation skills and learn to be a nature detective!

Date: Saturday, July 27 Time:  10:00 – 11:30 am
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park
Cost: FREE Ages: 5+
Register by July 25

Oh Deer! – #2451

All animals need food, water, shelter and space – but what does that mean? Join Naturalist Kathy Grim for this fun and fascinating interactive program to explore habitat. We’ll go on a habitat hunt and we’ll learn about clever wildlife survival adaptations in the environment. Craft included.

Date: Thursday, August 1 Time:  7:00 – 8:30 am
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park
Cost: FREE  Ages: 4+
Register by July 30

It’s A Bird’s Life – #2452

Do dinosaurs still exist today? Come out to discover what happened to the dinosaurs and learn about one of the dinosaur’s closest living relatives – birds! We’ll examine owl pellets and more in this interactive and fun dinosaur and bird exploration program with Naturalist Kathy Grim. Craft included.

Date: Saturday, August 3 Time:  10:00 – 11:30 am
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park
Cost: FREE Ages: 5+
Register by August 1

Wonderful Wiggly Worms! – #2453

It’s a worm’s life and where would we be without these wonderful wigglers? We’ll uncover important worm facts, make worm art and learn to look at worms in a whole new way! Naturalist Kathy Grim will lead us to discover the wild world of worms. Mud may be involved. Craft included.

Date: Tuesday, August 6 Time:  7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park
Cost: FREE Ages: 4+
Register by August 5

Little Brown Bats: Rescue and Release #2454

Bat populations are rapidly declining. What does that mean for us and how can you help? Join Stephanie Stronsick, PA Bat Rescue, for this vital and informative program about our favorite flying mammals. Weather permitting, experience the thrill of seeing newly rehabilitated bats released into the night sky!

Date: Thursday, August 15 Time:  7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park Environmental Center Pavilion
Cost: FREE  Ages: 4+
Register by August 13

 


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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

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