Family Nature Series

Township of Spring

Parks and Recreation Department

Recreation Program COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

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 and instructors 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 encouraged.
  5. Disposable masks and gloves will be available for participants.
  6. Hand sanitizer will be available for all participants, staff and instructors.
  7. Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will be encouraged through signage and verbal reminders.
  8. Equipment will be sanitized prior to the start of the program/session and at the end of the program/session by Department staff.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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. “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”.
  12. 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.

Family Nature Series
Learn, Grow and Explore

These programs are open to adults and families with and without children.
All programs are FREE
Each person planning to attend these programs MUST be pre-registered.
All children under 18 must have a parent or guardian pre-registered.

Wee Ones Discover Fall Nature Walk – #1875
Date:  Thursday, September 24, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Eyes of the Eagle Sensory Trail, Blue March
Ages: 2+
Registration deadline:  September 23, 2020

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. Registration required.

Wings Over Blue Marsh Lake – #1876
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
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, 2020

Join Naturalist Katrina Knight to watch for the hawks, falcons and eagles that soar over Blue Marsh Lake’s scenic overlook situated above State Hill Boat Launch. We’ll learn interesting facts about raptors and their travels as we watch them soar by. Bring binoculars. Rain date: 10/4/20. Registration required.

Nature Journaling for Kids – #1877

Date:  Sunday, October 4, 2020
Time:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  Caoosing Meadows Park pavilion
Cost:  FREE
Ages:  4+
Registration deadline:  October 1, 2020

Nature journaling is an artful way to help children learn to see what is around them. It is 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. Journals provided. Registration required.

Wildlife CSI – #1878

Date:  Saturday, October 10, 2020
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location:  Cacoosing Meadows Park pavilion
Ages: 6+
Registration deadline:  October 8, 2020

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, poop (scat), examine owl pellets and more! We will learn about about wildlife behavior and diet as well as scat and track identification.

Autumn Leaf Tree ID Stroll – #1879

Date:  Sunday, October 11, 2020
Time:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Squirrel Run Nature Tail, Blue Marsh Lake
Ages: 6+
Registration deadline:  October 9, 2020

Why do leaves change color in the fall? Join us to find out why! We’ll learn about trees, their colorful leaves, and how to identify common, and perhaps not so common, Pennsylvania trees. Leaf guides will be provided. Registration required.

Bird Watch Ramble – #1880
Date:  Sunday, October 18, 2020
Time: 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Union Canal Connector Trail, Swiftwater Lane, Leesport
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline:  October 15, 2020

Autumn is the perfect time to listen to, look for, and learn about birds! Enjoy a beautiful morning stroll along the Union Canal Connector Trail with Naturalist Katrina Knight to discover the world of birding. Perfect for beginner and experienced bird watchers. Bring binoculars. Registration required

Moon Glow Magic – #1881
Thank you for your interest – This program is full!
Date: Friday, October 23, 2020
Time: 6 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park = State Hill Road parking lot
Ages: 4+

Venture out to view the moon – learn how it was formed, about its phases, its crators, lunar eclipses, plus more. Take the time to enjoy moon glow as well as take in the view of Saturn and Jupiter through BCAAS telescopes. Rain/cloud date: 10/24/20. Registration required.

Halloween Howl Nature Walk – #1882

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Squirrel Run Nature Tail, Blue Marsh Lake
Ages: 6+
Registration deadline:  October 29, 2020

What goes bump in the night! Come find out on this spooky and fun nature walk. We’ll listen, look for, and discuss wildlife that comes out at night including owls! We’ll listen to wildlife tales, look for glowing night eyes and have a howl of a time! Bring a flashlight. Registration required.

First Sunday Family Hikes at Nolde Forest

Location:Nolde Forest State Park
Ages: 3+
Join Naturalist Kathy Grim on these family oriented short hikes on the trails at Nolde Forest. We’ll take in the changing autumn to winter views. Kathy will discuss wildlife, trees, leaves and more. Walk through the mansion and learn about its history at the Open House. Enjoy the nature inspired playground. Registration is required by the Friday before each hike.

Session #1 – #1883

Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020
Time: 1 – 2:00 p.m..
Registration deadline:  October 30, 2020

Session #2 – #1884

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Time: 1 – 2:00 p.m..
Registration deadline:  December 4, 2020

Session #3 – #1885

Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Time: 1 – 2:00 p.m..
Registration deadline:  January 1, 2021

Wild About Wildlife on Zoom – #1886
Date:  Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time:  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Online
Ages: 1+
Registration deadline:  November 11, 2020

Join Naturalist Kathy Grim for a wildlife story time and meet some of Kathy’s wildlife friends. Kathy will read an engaging wildlife story then introduce a few of her wildlife puppet friends. All registrants will receive the Zoom link. Registration required.


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

Office Hours
Mon – Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Holidays