Family Nature Series

Family Nature Series
Learn, Grow and Explore

These programs are open to adults and families with and without children.
Pre-registratioon 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.


Camping 101 – #2138
Date: May 20,  2022
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park, Large Pavilioon
Cost: FREE
Ages:8+
Registration deadline: May 18, 2022

Camping is perfect for family togetherness, exploring the outdoors and learning about nature. Park Ranger and Naturalist Kathy Grim will demonstrate the ins and outs of memorable camping adventures. Learn camp site selection, fire starting, meal preparation, protecting provisions and more.

 

Little Brown Bat Rescue & Release – #2139
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2022
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Location:  Shiloh Hills Park Environmental Educational Center
Cost: FREE
Ages:3+
Registration deadline: May 18 2022

Bat populations are rapidly declining. What does that mean for humans and how can you help? Join Stephanie Stronsick of PA Bat Rescue for this informative and vital program about our favorite flying mammals. Weather permitting, we will see newly rehabbed bats released into the night sky.

 

Astronomy
Two opportunities to be out with the moon, planets, stars and possibly a galaxy or two! Join the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society at the awe-inspiring astronomy program for a close-up look at the night sky through BCAAS telescopes.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park State Hill Road parking lot
Cost: FREE
Ages: 3+

Session 1 – #2140
Date: Friday, June 3, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: June 1, 2022

 

Session 2 – #2141
Date: Friday, August 5, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: August 3, 2022

 

 

Wee Ones Discover Summer #2142
Date:Thursday, June 9, 2022
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location Shiloh Hills Park parking lot
Cost: FREE
Ages: 1+
Registration deadline: June 7, 2022

Keep a sharp eye out in this summertime wildlife expedition with Naturalis 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.


Nature Journaling for Kids – # 2143
Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Time:7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park Pavilion
Cost: FREE
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline: June 10, 2022

Nature journaling is an artful way to help children discover the natural world around them. It’s a calming activity that teaches science, art, writing and observation skills. Join children’s author and educator Annette Garber to explore skillful observation and develop a love for nature. Notebooks provided.


Solar Exploration – #2144

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park – State Hill Road parking lot
Cost: FREE
Ages: 3+
Registration deadline:June 14, 2022

Our ever-active sun will be in focus when we explore the explosive world of sunspots and solar flares – where they come from, why they are there and how they may effect us. Come out to witness solar energy in action with Educator Barb Geigle from Berks County Amateur Astrological Society. Sun filters provided.

 

Summer Morning Bird Walk – #2145
Date: Saturday, June 18,  2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Union Canal Connector Trail, 200 Swiftwater Lane, Leesport, PA
Cost: FREE
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline: June 15, 2022

Spend a summer morning with the possibility of seeing parent birds caring for their young or possibly catch sight of a young bird stretching its wings! Naturalists Peter and Jane Wolf will lead this baby-bird adventure. Perfect for beginner and experienced birders. Bring binoculars and be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces.

Creek Creature Exploration

Two opportunities to get into the creek and find what may be lurking under those rocks! Join Kent Himelright (Berks County Conservation District educator) to learn about and search for creek creatures, examine creek health and explore ways to protect creek habitat. Wear water-wading shoes.

Session 1 – #2146
Date: Thursday – June 23, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Ages:3+
Registration deadline: June 21, 2022

 

 

Session 2 – #2147
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Ages:3+
Registration deadline: July 19, 2022

 

 

Incredible Insect Investigation – #2148
Date: Thursday, July 7, 2022
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shiloh Hills Park Environmental Educational Center
Cost: FREE
Ages: 3+
Registration deadline:July 5, 2022

 

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.


Whoo Goes There Night Walk – # 2149
Date: Friday, July 8, 2022
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Blue Marsh Lake Squirrel Run Nature Trail
Cost: FREE
Ages: 5+
Registration deadline: July 6, 2022

 

Learn about owls and other nocturnal animals; listen to katydids singing, hear frog songs and watch fireflies sparkle. We will locate significant stars and constellations and learn how our eyes see in the dark. Be prepared for uneven walking surfaces in dark conditions. Bring a flashlight.

 

Evening Bird Watch- #2150
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Union Canal Connector Trail, 200 Swiftwater Lane, Leesport, PA
Cost: FREE
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline: July 8, 2022

Spend a quiet evening looking for the delightful birds who are here long term or just for the season. Bird watching increases your awareness so join naturalists Perter and Jane Wolfe who will lead this engaging birding adventure. For beginner and experienced bird watchers. Bring binoculars and be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces.

 

Wild About Wildlife  – # 2151
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Time: 7:00 – 8:30  p.m.
Location: Cacoosing Meadows Park , Large pavilion
Cost: FREE
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline: July 22, 2022

 

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!

 

Wee Ones Teddy Bear Walk – #2152
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2022
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shiloh Hills Park parking lot
Cost: FREE
Ages: 2+
Registration deadline: August 2, 2022

Children are invited to bring a stuffed animal friend to help explore the beauty of summer! With stuffed animal friends carefully hidden along the trail, children learn about nature as they look for their furry friends. Naturalist Kathy Grim will lead this wildlife adventure. Ages 2+.

 

Wings Over Blue Marsh Lake – #2153
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: State Hill Boat Launch Overlook, 530 Brownsville Rd., Sinking Spring
Cost: FREE
Ages: 4+
Registration deadline: September 16, 2022

 

Spend and inspiring morning with Naturalists Peter and Jane Wolfe as we watch the hawks, falcons and eagles that soar over Blue Marsh Lake’s scenic overlook. Learn interesting facts about raptors and their travels as they soar by our lofty lookout. Bring binoculars.

 


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