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Saturday, February 255:30 p.m.
Learn about PA's native owls, their calls, and fun facts on how they've evolved into one of our animals of the night! A hike into the woods of Antietam Lake Park will follow a discussion and show & tell about our outstanding owls. For adults and children 5+. Wear appropriate footwear, dress warmly and bring a headlamp, flashlight or lantern. Registration Required.
Contact Jennifer A. Brooks, Environmental Educator to register: 484-509-2667, ext. 3 jbrooks@countyofberks.com
 
2/25/2017 5:30 PM2/25/2017 7:30 PMSaturday, February 25, 2017 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
  
Saturday, March 31st 11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Join Environmental Educator, Jennifer Brooks, and partake in an egg hunt adventure like no other! This non-traditional, non-competitive egg hunt will delight children and parents alike! Children will venture into the forest to hunt for and collect different types of decorated eggs that resemble hawks, owls, and other native birds hidden amongst the trees and leaves in the beautiful forest at Angora Fruit Farms. We will learn about native nesting birds, and their eggs prior to the hunt! After children return with their eggs and match them to the correct nest, a prize will be given to all so that everyone leaves with a great big smile!
 
Fee: $5 per child, adults FREE! Pre-registration is required. Space is limited!
 
Contact Jennifer at 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register. For children ages 3 - 10
3/31/2018 11:00 AM3/31/2018 1:00 PMSaturday, March 31, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  
Monday, Sept. 246:30 p.m.
Join park staff and volunteers to learn and explore the history of this not as well-known section of Antietam Lake Park.  Make sure to wear sturdy walking shoes.  Please call ahead to register 610374-8839. 
 
 
 
9/24/2018 6:30 PMMonday, September 24, 2018 06:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, October 1410:00 am
Dogs need to get exercise just as much as we do. Join our park staff as they lead a hike designed for you and your dogs. Hike will be about 1 hour and cover some of the easier and scenic trails at Antietam Lake Park. Dogs must be good around other dogs, and be on a leash. Please bring along water and a bowl for your dog, as well. 610-374-8839 for more information.
 
FEE: As a fee, we are requesting that you bring along something from the following list as a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County: Dog or cat food, washcloths, towels, blankets, and kitty litter
10/14/2018 10:00 AM10/14/2018 11:00 AMSunday, October 14, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Sunday, August 27th6:00 p.m.
The Ringgold Band is back and will hopefully not get rained out of this concert.  The Band finishes out our series with some familiar classics, symphonic overtures, show tunes, solos, and marches at the Berks County Heritage Center starting at 6:00 pm, and there is a $5 parking fee per car. 
 
 
8/27/2017 6:00 PM8/27/2017 9:00 PMSunday, August 27, 2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Friday, May 6th6:30-7:30 p.m.
Curious about wild ginger? Are dandelions really a weed? "Porcupine Pat" McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District shares plant folklore and will identify the many different spring wildflowers along the trail. Medicinal and edible plants will be emphasized. This and more will be shared in an informative program geared for teens and adults.
5/11/2016 6:30 PMWednesday, May 11, 2016 06:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Friday, July 15th5:00 p.m.
If you haven't tried the newest watersport "Paddleboarding", then come out to Blue Marsh for a demo. Trained professionals from 3-D Outdoor Rentals will teach you the basics such as how to maintain your balance while standing on the board and how to properly and efficiently use the paddles. No experience required; spaces limited to first time participants only. A safe and fun workshop for the whole family.
Program is split into four sessions: 5:00, 5:45, 6:30 or 7:15 pm Registration required by July 11th at 610-374-2944, ext. 2611.
7/15/2016 5:00 PMFriday, July 15, 2016 05:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, Oct. 142:00 p.m.
One of the media the Pennsylvania Dutch used to create their everyday tools and utensils was clay. Utilizing a decorating process known as slipware, potters often ornamented their utilitarian and commemorative pieces with wise and witty sayings both in decorative Fraktur script and motifs, as well as everyday German script. In this illustrated powerpoint talk, we shall take a look at the scripts and motifs; the potters who made the redware; the materials they used; and how the pious and contrasting often very bawdy proverbs they used reflect the Pennsylvania Dutchman’s spiritual aspirations nurtured by a very human heart.
10/14/2018 2:00 PMSunday, October 14, 2018 02:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Tuesdays, March 6-April 107-9:00 p.m.
This is a 6-week class for Beginners only. Fee to cover costs of materials will be $30, payable on or before the first class. Included in the fee is Club Membership for 2018. Pre-registration by 3/1/18. Call Jack Tucker at 610-777-0652 jart3@verizon.net or Rich Schappell at 610-926-3076 richa@epix.net to register.
3/6/2018 7:00 PM3/6/2018 9:00 PMTuesday, March 06, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sunday, Sept. 25th2:00 p.m.
History has changed in Shoemakersville since its founding in 1765 by brothers Henry and Charles Shoemaker. However, history has a way of being forgotten or even disappearing. Come and experience a PowerPoint program about Shoemakersville presented by Heritage Center volunteer Robert Noecker.
9/25/2016 2:00 PMSunday, September 25, 2016 02:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, February 20th 4-6:00 p.m.
Bring appropriate footwear to join us for a wonderful combination program. Staff from the Parks & Recreation Dept. and Blue Marsh Lake will lead you on a cross-country trek in snowshoes or skis on one of the many trails at Blue Marsh Lake. There will be snowshoes from Buckman's Ski Shop to rent or bring your own. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather. Call 610-374-2944, ect. 2611 to register by 2/16/16.
2/20/2016 4:00 PMSaturday, February 20, 2016 04:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, April 16th8:00 am.
Enjoy the beauties of spring with naturalist Katrina Knight from the Baird Ornithological Club. Beginners are welcome! Be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring binoculars to spot spring warblers and other beautiful birds of spring.
4/16/2016 8:00 AMSaturday, April 16, 2016 08:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday,May 21st1:00 p.m.
Learn tips and techniques for photographing flowers in spectacular detail from Kerry Grim and Neven Dries, Blue Mountain Wildlife, Inc. members and exceptional photographers. We'll walk the scenic Cabela's Wetlands Trail selecting subjects to photograph, practicing focus, aperture, shutter speed and lighting. Rain Date: 5/22. $5 donation per person. Registration Required- Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611. Registration Deadline: May 16th.
5/21/2016 1:00 PMSaturday, May 21, 2016 01:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Friday, August 19th6:30 p.m.
Join us for a hike at the Beidler House/Allegheny Aqueduct. Learn about the importance of the Aqueduct and Schuylkill River, as well as the Beidler Hosue and Mill. Hiking skill level - easy. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along water.
8/19/2016 6:30 PMFriday, August 19, 2016 06:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, Sept. 1612 p.m.-4 p.m.
This basket is unique and craftily woven. Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
Cost $22. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Sept. 9th. Call 610 374-8839.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
 
9/16/2018 12:00 PMSunday, September 16, 2018 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, Dec. 1510:00 am
Celebrate the holidays with handmade gifts from the heart!  This program is a drop-off program designed to give children the time to create masterpiece gifts for loved ones from natural materials for the holidays.  Craft supplies are provided.
Cost: $5.00  Pre-registration is required, contact Jennifer Brooks, jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667 ext 3.
12/15/2018 10:00 AMSaturday, December 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, Sept. 8th10:00 a.m.
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. This month's topic: Pin Cushions
9/8/2018 10:00 AM9/8/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, September 08, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Saturday, June 11th11:00 a.m.-4:00p.m.
Join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and 40 plus organizations for a day of outdoor fun in the sun. You can try your luck at catching a catfish in the fish pond, learn how to fly fish, get your face painted, and visit numerous displays and presentations. Learn about the many recreation opportunities in the area, and how to stay safe when on land or in the water. There will also be a scavenger hunt that you can complete that will be entered into prize drawings; and fun activities for all ages.
 
Admission to the park is free that day.
6/11/2016 11:00 AMSaturday, June 11, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, August 1912-4:00 pm
Just in time to make tis basket to use while picking peaches in the orchard! Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
Cost $30. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Aug. 12th. Call 610 374-8839.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
 
8/19/2018 12:00 PM8/19/2018 4:00 PMSunday, August 19, 2018 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Friday, July 15th6:30p.m.
Join park staff for a hike and history lesson in one. Please make sure to wear good hiking/walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Easy hiking skill level - all ages welcome!
7/15/2016 6:30 PMFriday, July 15, 2016 06:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Friday, August 12th5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Come out to Blue Marsh Lake and enjoy one of the fastest growing water sports in the world: Paddle boarding. Trained professionals from 3-D Outdoor Rentals will teach participants the basics of paddle boarding; such as how to maintain your balance while standing on the board and how to properly and efficiently use the paddles to move. No experience required. Spaces limited to first-time participants only. A safe and fun workshop for the whole family!
 
Program size is limited to 25 people, and split into four sessions: 5:00, 5:45, 6:30 or 7:15 pm.
Registration required and pre-payment required by 8/5; call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to sign-up.
 
8/12/2016 5:00 PMFriday, August 12, 2016 05:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, May 22nd5:30 p.m.
Spend a spirited evening with well-known "ghost host" Charles J. Adams, III. We will start at the mysterious 18th century Beidler House and grist mill where many spirits reside, including Mr. Conrad Beidler, the builder of the house. Next we are off to quirky Naomi Hotel where a tavern has existed since the late 18th century. A favorite canal stop, playful spirits make mischief here. Finally we'll head up to the beautiful Ridgewood Farm Winery where a tragic ghostly tale of anger and jealousy lingers.
 
Limited to 30 people - Cost: $24. Must be over 21. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Payment deadline 5/18/2016.
5/22/2016 5:30 PMSunday, May 22, 2016 05:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, June 4th1-3:00 pm
Join us for an informative walk on the trails of Shiloh Hills Park in Spring Twp. to celebrate National Trails Day! Bring binoculars to view wildlife or planes in the sky from the Mid-Atlantic WWII weekend. We'll have trail maps from around Berks County and nearby counties. Staff from Cabela's will be on-hand to share tips and equipment when day-hiking or for longer trips. This is a free program presented by Spring Twp., U.S.A.C.E Blue Marsh Lake and Berks County Parks & Recreation Dept. Please call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 for additoinal details.
6/4/2016 1:00 PMSaturday, June 04, 2016 01:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, August 122:00 pm
At one time, 51 covered bridges had provided a safe and economical way to cross the waterways of Berks County. Today there are 5 remaining. In this PowerPoint program presented by local author and Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of PA historian Fred Moll, we will take a trip back in time to view bridges past and present, learn about toll bridges, why they were covered and why they were painted red. Co sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.
8/12/2018 2:00 PM8/12/2018 3:00 PMSunday, August 12, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, Sept. 22:00 pm
Learn about the basics of Geocaching and how you too can participate in this world-wide treasure hunting game.  We’ll explain the basics of GPS navigation and discover special geocaches hidden around the Mansion area.  Come prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. If you do not own a handheld GPS, don’t worry; we will have some to share- (call for details if using your own GPS).  Free program, fun for all ages! 
Register by Aug 27th to 610-374-2944.
9/2/2018 2:00 PM9/2/2018 4:00 PMSunday, September 02, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Tuesday, Dec. 116:00 pm
New to ice fishing?  Learn the basic skills with the PFBC, like rigging and using a tip-up, working a jigging rod, selecting bait and lures and using an auger to bore your fishing hole. Also included in the program is information about basic ice safety and how to determine adequate ice thickness for fishing.  Participants will make and take an ice awl with them, after the program.  Cost  TBA.  Call 610-374-2944 by November 26 to register. 
12/11/2018 6:00 PM12/11/2018 7:00 PMTuesday, December 11, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
  
Sunday, Sept. 22:00 p.m.
Steve Runkle and his wife will present an illustrated lecture which will chronicle two hikes in the Canadian Rockies at Lake Louise and a canoe excursion on Moraine Lake. The areas’ spectacular alpine scenery, lush vegetation and abundant wildlife, and history will be shown.
 
9/2/2018 2:00 PM9/2/2018 3:00 PMSunday, September 02, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, October 30th2:00 p.m.
Before any Indian conference or Treaty would begin, a preliminary ceremony would take place to have the participants in the right frame of mind and spirit. Usually a three-day period, and then the business could start. Join French and Indian War and Revolutionary War re-enactor, Lynn Otto for this presentation of an interesting aspect of our early history. FREE Program-Seating is limited - must register to attend by calling 610-374-8839.
10/30/2016 2:00 PM10/30/2016 4:00 PMSunday, October 30, 2016 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Tuesday, June 19th6:00-8:00 p.m.
Learn how to take fantastic nature photos from an expert!  Bring your Digital SLR or film camera and learn how to use simple settings to best capture the character of the subject and surrounding scenery.  Learn what to look for when taking pictures and then professional photographer & instructor, Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature.  Free program for all ages. 
(Rain Date: Wednesday, June 20th)  Call 610-374-2944 to register by June 11th.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
6/19/2018 6:00 PMTuesday, June 19, 2018 06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, July 16th1:00-4:00 p.m.
Are you ready to try something new, or to hone your paddling skills in a kayak or canoe? Join members of the Keystone Canoe Club of Berks County in an informative land and flat water session trying out different style boats. This is your chance to learn some of the basics: paddle strokes, getting in and out safely, boat control, clothing and gear, etc. Ages: 10 to adult. Children ages 10-12 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: $10.00 which includes ACA event insurance.  Workshop limited to 25 participants.  Pre-registration with payment required to 610-374-2944, ext 2611 by July 11th.
7/16/2016 1:00 PMSaturday, July 16, 2016 01:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Wednesday June 15th6:00 p.m.
Join textile expert Kay Leisey as we learn to needle felt and create a robin. All supplies provided.
Cost: $10. Registration and pre-payment required (to instructor) Call 610-374-8839. Deadlline 6/8
6/15/2016 6:00 PMWednesday, June 15, 2016 06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, August 21st1:00 p.m.
Monarch butterflies make the most incredible journey to Mexico every fall. Come and discover the strength and perseverance of these tiny insects by helping our staff tag real monarch butterflies for research before their journey south. Geared towards families with children 5+. FREE-Pre-registgration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
8/21/2016 6:00 PMSunday, August 21, 2016 06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Wednesday, August 24th6:00 p.m.
Join Rachel Liskey as she shows us how to use sculpey to create magnets, ornaments, etc. Please bring along old cookie cutters to use as patterns. All other supplies will be provided. Limited to 15 students.

Cost: $10. Registration and pre-payment required by 8/12. Payable to instructor. Call 610-374-8839.
8/24/2016 6:00 PMWednesday, August 24, 2016 06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Friday, June 17th6:30 p.m.
Join park staff for a hike and history lesson in one! Please make sure to wear good hiking/walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Easy hiking skill level-all ages welcome!
6/17/2016 6:30 PMFriday, June 17, 2016 06:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, July 292:00 p.m.
As his Swedish father in 17th century Philadelphia, Mouns Jones was a licensed Indian Trader, particularly in the newly settled area of the Manatawny/Monocacy Creeks. Like Conrad Weiser, he spoke the native’s language, and Jones traded actively with them. He was also a contributor to the treaties enacted during Penn’s era. Join historian Larry Ward as he presents newly found information about Mouns Jones, the first European to settle in the Berks County area. There will also be discussion of the various treaties enacted during the Penn era, prior to 1767 and the start of the French and Indian War.
7/29/2018 2:00 PM7/29/2018 3:00 PMSunday, July 29, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, Oct. 282:00 p.m.
As early as 1749 the French were placing themselves in Western Pennsylvania and contending for the Ohio Country. Historian Lynn Otto will discuss how the British and Native Americans, along with the French, helped ignite the spark that flared into a War for Empire, all starting in Pennsylvania and continuing through 1758.  FREE PROGRAM
10/28/2018 2:00 PMSunday, October 28, 2018 02:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Friday, August 177:00 p.m.
Dr. Karen Campbell, professor of Biology at Albright College returns to present this ever-popular slide lecture on bats from around the world and gives us an update on our own Little Brown Bats of the Red Bridge.
 
Co Sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.
8/17/2018 7:00 PM8/17/2018 8:30 PMFriday, August 17, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
  
Sunday, July 292:00 p.m.
This slide program will present the culture and environment of Indians living in Montana and South Dakota. Cultural items of these people will also be presented by Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
7/29/2018 2:00 PM7/29/2018 3:00 PMSunday, July 29, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, December 1010:00 a.m.
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc.This month's topic: Quilts.
12/10/2016 10:00 AM12/10/2016 12:00 PMSaturday, December 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Friday, August 24th7:00 p.m.
Have you ever kayaked under the stars, and watched the moon rise over the lake?  We’ll paddle part of the lake looking for wildlife and watch the night sky light up the water.  Dress up your boat with glow-sticks for our color-fun contest!  Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com.  The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited to 25 people.  Program presented by a partnership with Blue Marsh Outdoors, U.S.A.C.E. Blue Marsh Lake, Township of Spring Parks & Recreation, and Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.
Pre-registration is required to 610-374-2944 by August 13th. 
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

8/24/2018 7:00 PM8/24/2018 9:00 PMFriday, August 24, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Saturday, June 11th1:00 p.m.
Bring your mountain bike, helmet and the whole family to bike the trails at Blue Marsh Lake, riding over the dam to the State Hill Boat area and back. Take part in this internationally recognized outdoor event sponsored by the Berks Area Mountain Biking Association and enjoy all that nature has to offer.
This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 for more information and to register. Deadline: June 6th
6/11/2016 1:00 PMSaturday, June 11, 2016 01:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, October 61:00 p.m.
Bring your children along for a fun-filled family day of mountain biking on Mount Penn's best trails! You can help pass your passion for pedaling on to those that matter the most: your kids. Take part in this internationally recognized outdoor event sponsored by the Berks Area Mountain Biking Association and enjoy the early fall scenery and sights along the Mt. Penn trails. Bring our mountain bike and helmet.
 
FREE - Registration required by Sept. 26. Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to register.
10/6/2018 1:00 PM10/6/2018 3:00 PMSaturday, October 06, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, April 22nd 1:00 pm
Join us for a walk on the trails to learn about and see all the wildflowers growing in the park. Dr. Susan Munch will lead the hike. Call 610-374-8839 for more info.
4/22/2018 1:00 PM4/22/2018 3:00 PMSunday, April 22, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, July 17th2:00 p.m.
A British officer, Lt. Col. Musgrave, goes back in time to the 18th century, a time that helped shape the American dream. This presentation by historian Joseph McDevitt and his wife Dolores, also includes women from that period who are not as well know, but whose contributions gave a decidedly woman's perspective. Step back into our country's "revolutionary time"! FREE program - Seating is limited. Call 610-374-8839 to register.
7/17/2016 2:00 PMSunday, July 17, 2016 02:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, April 30th10-11:00 a.m.
For you and your dog(s). All dogs must be good around other dogs and must be leashed. Please bring water for your dog. Fee: Bring a donation of pet supply items such as: dog/ct food, washcloths, towels, blankets, and kitty litter for the Animal Rescue League or Humane Society of Berks County. Call 610-374-8839 for more information.
4/30/2016 10:00 PMSaturday, April 30, 2016 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, December 17th5:30-7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the longest night of the year with family and friends around a blazing bonfire. Wander down our candlelit walk to the main event at our cottage in the woods. Listen as a storyteller shares tales around the fire, meet King Winter, take a short hike on darkened trails, and warm up with snacks. Dress warmly, bring a flashlight.
 
$5 per car.- Best suited for families with children ages 3-12.-
Pre-registration required.Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com
12/17/2016 5:30 PM12/17/2016 7:30 PMSaturday, December 17, 2016 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
  
Sunday, August 14th2:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how snakes climb trees? Or what a turtle shell is actually made of? Join Phil Witman educator and reptile extraordinaire, as he presents us with an up-close encounter of some of the local reptiles that call Pennsylvania home. All ages welcome!
8/14/2016 2:00 PMSunday, August 14, 2016 02:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, August 27th10:00 a.m.
Marcia Houston will start with a short lecture on the history of natural dyes. We will get to know a few of the early dye plants and people like Thomas Jefferson and Eliza Lucas Pinkiney, who tried to bring them to the colonies for production. John Bartram and is son William offered plants native to America for sale to use as dyestuffs. We will also look at the processing and use of natural dyes by local weavers and woolen mills. There will be examples of dyed wool, dyestuff and mordents, and an opportunity to dye wool outside with local native plants.
 
$5 - Registration with payment (payable to instructor) deadline: 8/19. Call 610-374-8839.
8/27/2016 10:00 AMSaturday, August 27, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Mon.,Tue.,Wed., June 4-69:30-11:30 am
Pre-school Summer Camp - Step into the garden and investigate the world through the plants and animals that call our veggie patch home.  Geared towards children ages 3-5, with accompanying adult. 
 Registration and payment required. $30.00 per child. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3, or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.​
 
6/4/2018 9:30 AM6/4/2018 11:30 AMMonday, June 04, 2018 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  
Tuesday, March 13th  1-3:00 pm
Geared towards homeschool students in grades 1-4.
Cost: $7/per child. Registration and payment required. Call 484-509-2667 ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com for more info and to register.
3/13/2018 1:00 PM3/13/2018 3:00 PMTuesday, March 13, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, Sept. 43:00p.m.
Steve Runkle, a volunteer with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, will present an illustrated lecture exploring the causes of the Native American Rebellion led by the Ottawa Chief Pontiac against the English colonies during 1763-1764.
9/4/2016 3:00 PMSunday, September 04, 2016 03:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, August 28th2:00 p.m.
Retired Social Studies teacher John Rausch joins us today with over 35 items you don't see or use much, if at all, anymore. This will be a hands-on interactive talk that will be sure to make you appreciate the conveniences we have today.
Co Sponsor - Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.
8/28/2016 2:00 PMSunday, August 28, 2016 02:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, August 11th10:00 a.m.
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. This month’s topic: Simple Sewing Tips
8/11/2018 10:00 AM8/11/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, August 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Thursday, June 912:15-12:45 p.m.
Bring your lunch and learn something new! This month's topic: a PowerPoint tour of the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department's programs and facilities.
6/9/2016 12:15 PMThursday, June 09, 2016 12:15 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, October 911:00 am
Orienteering is an outdoor navigation sport, where participants use a topographical map and compass to find waypoints along a plotted course. It's a sport for any age; beginners are always welcome and we provide instruction at all events. Join members of the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association, for a day in the woods. Map fee day of event. Registration required by Oct. 3rd. Please call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to register.
10/9/2016 11:00 AM10/9/2016 1:00 PMSunday, October 09, 2016 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  
Sunday, October 9th2:00 pm.
Rodney Loose, an FBI agent who was assigned to the New York office during the 9/11 attacks will share his experiences about working at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, and the weeks that followed.
10/9/2016 2:00 PM10/9/2016 4:00 PMSunday, October 09, 2016 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Friday, June 24th4 pm
Bring your own kayak or canoe and join us as we meander our way along the lower portion of the Tulpehocken Creek from the Blue Marsh Lake Stilling Basin to below the Berks Leisure Area. Water safety, local history, features of the creek and other water trails around the area will be covered before we launch. Participants must provide their own boat, life jacket and transportation. Event limited to 20 people. (Previous paddling experience suggested, and ACA insurance recommended) Pre-registration required to 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 by June 17th.
6/24/2016 4:00 PMFriday, June 24, 2016 04:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, July 142:00 pm
Which could be called the "nectar of the gods?" Is it the ancient fermented honey and water with berries called mead, or the divine wine found from earliest times, or even the hardy grainy beers made in Colonial households. All three libations hold mysterious and ancient lore and traditions surrounding them. Join crafters from Stonekeep Meadery, Hidden River Brewery, and Ridgewood Winery as they explain their craft. Then on to Ridgewood Winery for tastings. FREE PROGRAM.  Must be over 21.(Limited to 35) Call 610 374-8839. Registration deadline: June 30.
 
7/14/2018 2:00 PM7/14/2018 4:00 PMSaturday, July 14, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Saturday, April 1410:00 a.m.
Join us in our monthly gathering for an old-fashioned sewing circle. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it's sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. This month's topic: YoYos
4/14/2018 10:00 AM4/14/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, April 14, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Saturday, July 1410 am
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. 
Topic: History of American Flag Making
7/14/2018 10:00 AMSaturday, July 14, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Wednesday, Oct. 245:30 p.m.
Join us for a hike at the Angora Fruit Farm. We will hike some of the many trails at Antietam Lake Park. Hiking skill level - moderate. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along water. We will meet at the Angora Fruit Farm parking lot.
10/24/2018 5:30 PMWednesday, October 24, 2018 05:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, June 17th12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Happy Father’s Day! Bring your whole family out to join members of the Berks Fly Tyers Club to learn fly tying, casting techniques and information about equipment. For all ages
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
6/17/2018 12:00 PMSunday, June 17, 2018 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, June 31:00 p.m.
Join us for double dose of outdoor recreation along the Tulpehocken creek.  This year we’re meeting at the Berks County Heritage Center and biking along the Union Canal trail to Blue Marsh Lake’s Stilling Basin parking area; where we’ll trade our bikes for kayaks.  Then we’ll cool off with a float down the Tully back to the Heritage Center.  Bring your own kayak and bike; or reserve a kayak through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com.  The trip is for people with some paddling experience, and is limited to 20 people.  ACA event insurance is recommended.  Program presented by a partnership with Blue Marsh Outdoors, U.S.A.C.E. Blue Marsh Lake, Township of Spring Parks & Recreation, and Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. 
Pre-registration is required to 610-374-2944 by May 14th.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
6/3/2018 1:00 PMSunday, June 03, 2018 01:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Wednesday, June 22nd10:00 a.m.
Ever wonder what makes something grow a certain way or why foods react to other foods? Ever wonder about the stars in the night sky? Try your hand at science experiments and join us to answer your questions. Program is suitable for students ages 7-12. Class is limited to 20 students.
 
$5.00- Registration required and pre-payment required by June 15th; call 610-374-8839 to sign up.
6/22/2016 10:00 AMWednesday, June 22, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, June 19th2:00 p.m.
Want to learn more about canoeing and kayaking? Mitch Zimmer, Penn State Professor, will do a program on the Secrets of Canoeing. He will talk about what to bring and how to prepare for a canoeing trip. Bill McNaull, author of the book "My Travels by Canoe" will talk about waterways in PA and what to look out for when canoeing. Question and answer period will follow. - co-sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks and Rec.
6/19/2016 2:00 PMSunday, June 19, 2016 02:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, May 20-Postponed to June 31-4:00 pm
Join us for double dose of outdoor recreation along the Tulpehocken creek.  This year we’re meeting at the Berks County Heritage Center and biking along the Union Canal trail to Blue Marsh Lake’s Stilling Basin parking area; where we’ll trade our bikes for kayaks.  Then we’ll cool off with a float down the Tully back to the Heritage Center.  Bring your own kayak and bike; or reserve a kayak through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com.  The trip is for people with some paddling experience, and is limited to 20 people.  ACA event insurance is recommended.  Program presented by a partnership with Blue Marsh Outdoors, U.S.A.C.E. Blue Marsh Lake, Township of Spring Parks & Recreation, and Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. 
Pre-registration is required to 610-374-2944 by May 14th.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
 
5/20/2018 1:00 PM5/20/2018 4:00 PMSunday, May 20, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Saturday, Sept. 108:00 p.m.
The Members of the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society will present a short program; then invite you to gaze into the night sky to view planets and star constellations. Bring your own telescope if you have one, a flashlight and chairs to enjoy summer night starwatching.
9/10/2016 8:00 PMSaturday, September 10, 2016 08:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Thursday, August 29:30 am -1:30  pm
Come spend a day with us exploring both pond and stream ecosystems for plants and animals that are specially adapted to the aquatic environment. We will compare the critters and plants that call these 2 watery environments home. Prepare to get wet. Rain date: 8/3
This program is designed for children grades K-3.
Pre-registration required.  Cost $15.00.
 
8/2/2018 9:30 AM8/2/2018 1:30 PMThursday, August 02, 2018 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  
Tuesday, July 197:00 pm
Experience an evening of peace and serenity on Blue Marsh Lake under the full moon. Navigate the lake, look for wildlife and watch the night sky light up the water. Water safety, local history and features of the area will be covered before we launch. Participants must provide their own boat, life jacket and boat running lights. Event limited to 20 people. (Previous paddling experience suggested) Pre-registration required to 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 by July 11th. Rain date: Wednesday, July 20th .
7/19/2016 7:00 PMTuesday, July 19, 2016 07:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, Sept. 152:00 p.m.
The free presentation is titled “The Red Cross & YOU!” which introduces our history, our services, what people need to do now to be prepared (we call this being Red Cross Ready) and we discuss volunteer opportunities too.  We will also inform folks of our Home Fire Campaign “Sound the Alarm!” which is going door-to-door, neighborhood-by-neighborhood installing free smoke alarms (open to all home owners) and sharing life-saving fire safety tip information.  Attendees are also eligible for these free alarms & information.
9/15/2018 2:00 PMSaturday, September 15, 2018 02:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, Sept. 2411:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Learn about the indigenous peoples who were living in our area before European settlement. The Lenape people were the first environmentalists, living sustainably off the land and ensuring their future by their thoughtful everyday practices. Tour a 'Three Sisters Garden', make natural cordage, and watch flint knapping firsthand. Geared towards families with children 5+.
FREE. Pre-registration required - Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
9/24/2016 11:00 AMSaturday, September 24, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Thursday, June 289:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Learn about stones under your shoes and why the earth keeps rockin’ and rollin’! Rain Date: 6/29
This program is designed for children grades K-3.
Pre-registration required.  Cost $15.00.
6/28/2018 9:30 AMThursday, June 28, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, Oct. 2812:00 - 4:00 p.m.
This basket has many colored reed to weave with and is handy to hold anything, not just combs! Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
Cost $25. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Oct. 21st. Call 610 374-8839.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
10/28/2018 12:00 PMSunday, October 28, 2018 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Thursday, August 18th6:30-7:30 p.m.
PowWow is said to be a collection of European magic spells, recipes, and folk remedies. Join "Porcupine Pat" McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District to learn about the history of this practice. For teens and adults.
 
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation 
8/18/2016 6:30 PMThursday, August 18, 2016 06:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Friday, Sept. 147:30 pm
Member's of the Berks County Amateur Astronmical Society will present a short program; then invite you to gaze into the night sky to view planets and star constellations. Bring your own telescope if you have one, a flashlight and chairs to enjoy summer night starwatching. (rain date: 9/15)
9/14/2018 7:30 PMFriday, September 14, 2018 07:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, July 16th7:30 p.m.
Join us as we learn about our friendly native bat population at the Angora Fruit Farm by taking part in a PA Game Commission wildlife study Bat Count. We'll learn about our tiny nocturnal guests and help the state understand how healthy the population is during this time of year. Bring your flashlights! Geared towards families with children 5+.  FREE -Pre-registration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
7/16/2016 7:30 PMSaturday, July 16, 2016 07:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, Sept. 302:00 pm
Join us for this unique opportunity to be introduced to spiders found in the east and the unique adaptations of our eight-legged friends. Presented by Ken Lebo, visitors will learn how to identify spiders by their eyes, shape and webs, as well as discover the ways in which spiders catch their prey.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
 
9/30/2018 2:00 PMSunday, September 30, 2018 02:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Thursday, June 236:30-7:30 pm
The practice of mindfulness can bring many benefits to your emotional and physical health. "Porcupine Pat" McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District will help us to become happy and healthy. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Beginners welcome!
Co sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.
6/23/2016 6:30 PMThursday, June 23, 2016 06:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday, July 242:00 p.m.
Join Ken Lebo, Mengel History Society member, as he presents his 15 years of research in a colorfully illustrated lecture that will explain the many different species, how they can be identified, and show the great variety of colors and patterns that make them a fascinating family to study.
7/24/2016 2:00 PMSunday, July 24, 2016 02:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Thursday, July 219:30 am-1:30 p.m.
Summer has the sweetest smell and the most delicious foods! Find out how those sweet smelling buds are helped along in their quest to look 'a-peeling'. Bees, butterflies, bugs, and more! Rain Date: 7/21. Children grades K-3. $15 per child. Pre-registration required - Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
7/21/2016 9:30 AMThursday, July 21, 2016 09:30 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, August 20th12:00-3:00 p.m.
Cabela's is proud to offer this industry-leading course for people interested in learning how to fly fish. The program will begin with a two-hour Introduction to Fly Fishing course that will cover equipment, basic entomology, basic casting and knot tying. The program will conclude with a one-hour Introduction to Fly Casting course, where participants will receive hands-on training on the fundamentals of fly casting, including overhead techniques and roll casting. Members of the Berks Fly Tyers will also be on hand to demonstrate the art of fly tying under the pavilion. Class size is limited to 15; call 610-374-2944, Ext 2611 to register by Aug., 12th.
8/20/2016 12:00 PMSaturday, August 20, 2016 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, August 410:00 a.m.
Orienteering is a navigational sport, using just a map and compass to find your way around ‘a course’ point by point in unfamiliar terrain.  Join Ed Scott, of the Delaware Orienteering Association as he explains this sport which is widely popular in Europe, often described as a thinking man’s game combined with a 5k.  After some instruction, participants will put their skills to the test on a beginner-level course around the park.  Free program, and great for all ages!  Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. 
8/4/2018 10:00 AM8/4/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, August 04, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Saturday, October 810:00 a.m.
Join us in our monthly gathering for an old-fashioned sewing circle. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. This month’s topic: How to read a clothing pattern.
10/13/2018 10:00 AM10/13/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Sunday, August 52:00 pm
Writer and poet Jennifer Hetrick will share poetry, images and details of her 3-year poetry project that shares the story and memories of Berks County manufacturing workers.
8/5/2018 2:00 PM8/5/2018 3:00 PMSunday, August 05, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Friday, Oct. 125:30-7:30 p.m.
Join us for an evening lantern tour of the Gruber Wagon Works, recognized as the finest example of rural manufacturing in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. See the Wagon Works in a “new light” and learn about the wagon making process in this 19th century factory. Tours will leave on the half hour. Group size limited to 12. Cost: $5. Please call to register and select a tour time.
 
10/12/2018 5:30 PM10/12/2018 7:30 PMFriday, October 12, 2018 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
  
Thursday, October 185:00-6:30pm
Bring a pumpkin to carve and donate it to the Halloween Hike and Hayride.  Also bring your carving tools and a drink, and we’ll provide pizza!  All donated pumpkins will line the trail for the hike on the 20th .  All ages welcome.
 
This event is free, however pre-registration is required because space is limited! 484-509-2667, ext 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com
10/18/2018 5:00 PM10/18/2018 6:30 PMThursday, October 18, 2018 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
  
Saturday, May 26th 10:00 am
Saddle up yer bike, and bring it to our park, where kids ages 4-12 will learn safe and responsible biking.  Members of Berks Area Mountain Biking Association (BAMBA) will lead kids through stations on bike-fit and a safety check, helmet fitting, basic bike maintenance and a bike-safe obstacle course.  Prizes will be awarded, and lunch provided for participants in the picnic area.  Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
For more information and to pre-register, call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 or email John Pacharis with BAMBA to jp1974@ptd.net.
 
5/24/2018 10:00 AMThursday, May 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, October 226:15-9 p.m.
Experience the wonder of the night while hiking through the beautiful Angora Fruit Farm orchards, meeting nocturnal animals along the way. Guides will lead families along a pumpkin-lit path where children will meet and talk with local "animals" of the night. Families can then enjoy a hayride, or a treat while sitting by a campfire. This program fills quickly! Hikes leave every 15 minutes. $5 per person - Pre-registration required. – 484-509-2667 ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com-All ages welcome! Children may wear their costumes.
10/20/2018 6:15 PM10/20/2018 9:00 PMSaturday, October 20, 2018 06:15 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Saturday, August 410 am
Explore the aquatic critters of the Tulpehocken Creek. Find out who lives in the creek while conducting a macro invertebrate study. For families with children 3 years and older.
 
Free. Pre-registration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
8/4/2018 10:00 AM8/4/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, August 04, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Tues, Wed, Thur., July 17, 18, 199:00 am-12:30 pm
July 17th –  Exploring Cultures of the Past Join us as we learn about archeology digs and understanding the importance about people of the past, and Native American cultures, games, and cooking.  Explore the Deppen Cemetery and discover the people buried there, and how you can create your own family tree. 
July 18th – Canal Life, games and art of the past  What was it like to live in the time that canals were in operation?  Learn about the many jobs that children had on the canal boats and how canals were built.  Explore some of the many games that were played in the past, and get a chance to make your own jump rope.  Then try your hand at an art project that was used to decorate chests.
July 19th – Growing up on a farm Learn about what it was like to grow up on a farm.  What were some of the daily chores?  Get a chance to plow, and create bees wax candles.  Then join us as we explore the Gruber Wagon works to learn the science and technology behind how wagons were built. 
- 3 1/2 days $45- Call 610-374-8839 to register. Deadline: 7/10. For ages 6-12.
7/17/2018 9:00 AM7/19/2018 12:30 PMTuesday, July 17, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  
Thursday, October 1312:15-12:45pm
Bring a lunch and learn about the Angora Fruit Farm and Environmental Education Programs.
10/13/2016 12:15 PM10/13/2016 12:45 PMThursday, October 13, 2016 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
  
Friday,  February 10th6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join us as we look to the skies to discover the first full moon and lunar eclipse of 2017. Investigate the science of a lunar eclipse, hike with education staff and warm up by a campfire with cocoa and marshmallows. All ages are welcome! $5 per family.
Pre-registration and payment required. Call 484-509-2667 ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com to register.
2/10/2017 6:00 PM2/10/2017 8:00 PMFriday, February 10, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  
​Friday, May 206:30 p.m.
Join park staff and volunteer Gary Shugar to learn about the history of Antietam Lake. Hike will be about 1 hour. Please wear sturdy walking shoes. We will be meeting at Angora Fruit Farm to start this hike.
5/20/2016 6:30 PMFriday, May 20, 2016 06:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, Jan. 14th1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bring your DSLR or film camera and learn tips on how to shoot great winter-time photos outdoors. The program will start with a brief slide presentation; then professional photographer & instructor, Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature. This is a free program for all ages. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather. Please call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 and register by Feb. 8th
1/14/2017 1:00 PM1/14/2017 3:00 PMSaturday, January 14, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, January 28th1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bring snowshoes or cross-country skis and join us for this combination program for beginners. We will show you the basics of each. We'll be using the big field by the Herigage Center to ski or snowshoe in a nice open flat area. Or, try a small hill or get onto the Union Canal Trail. We will have some snowshoes available to borrow or you can rent equipment from Buchman's Ski Shop in Muhlenberg. In case of no snow, we'll hike along the trail for some winter activity and scenery. Please register by Jan. 18 at 610-374-2944, ext. 2611.
1/28/2017 1:00 PM1/28/2017 3:00 PMSaturday, January 28, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, January 28th1:00 p.m.
Hike into the forest at Antietam Lake Park and learn to identify species of trees without their leaves. Dress warm and be prepared to hike. Geared towards adults.
 
Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register.
1/28/2017 1:00 PM1/28/2017 3:00 PMSaturday, January 28, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, February 11th6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join us and Spring Twp. as we enjoy the sunset and moonrise during an early evening hike. Weather permitting you'll be able to develop your skiing and snowshoeing technique. Please call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to register.
2/11/2017 6:00 PM2/11/2017 8:00 PMSaturday, February 11, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Tuesday, February 13th1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$7-Geared towards homeschool students in grades 1-4. These are drop-off programs.
 
Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 for more info and to register.
2/13/2018 1:00 PM2/13/2018 3:00 PMTuesday, February 13, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, Feburary 25th1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join us as we experience an American tradition: Maple Sugaring! Explore maple sugaring from start to finish as we tap trees, boil the sap, and taste the final product. $3.00 per person. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. 610-374-2944, Ext 2611 to register. POSTER
 
2/25/2017 1:00 PM2/25/2017 3:00 PMSaturday, February 25, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, December 30, 1899 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, March 4th1-3:00 p.m.
​Join us as we experience an American tradition: Maple Sugaring! Explore maple sugaring from start to finish as we tap trees, boil the sap, and taste the final product.  $3.00 per person. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.  Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.comPOSTER
 
3/4/2017 1:00 PM3/4/2017 3:00 PMSaturday, March 04, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Tuesday, June 121-3:00 p.m.
Splash, splish, let’s find us a fish!  Fish are fascinating, and the more we learn, the more we understand how important they are to their underwater world! 
Pre-registration required, $7 per registered child per program.
To register, contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com, or 484-509-2667 ext 3.
 
6/12/2018 1:00 PM6/12/2018 3:00 PMTuesday, June 12, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, March 18th10-11:30 a.m.
Learn Grow as we Go Children are given a brief intriduction to gardening and its benefits, while assisting staff in preparing their garden beds for spring. This is the first program in a series.(March through August) $45 per registered child. Geared towards children from ages 6-10.  earn Grow as we Go Children are given a brief intriduction to gardening and its benefits, while assisting staff in preparing their garden beds for spring. This is the first program in a series.(March through August) $45 per registered child. Geared towards children from ages 6-10.  Pre-registration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3
 
3/18/2017 10:00 AM3/18/2017 11:30 AMSaturday, March 18, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  
Tuesday, May 81-3:00 pm
Just because they’re covered in scales, doesn’t mean they aren’t cute.  Come show our cold blooded friends some love!  Learn about and interact with our ‘guest visitors’. 
Pre-registration required, $7 per registered child per program.
To register, contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com, or 484-509-2667 ext 3.
 
 
 
 
5/8/2018 1:00 PM5/8/2018 3:00 PMTuesday, May 08, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, April 21st 6:30 pm
Angora Fruit Farm boasts many species of frogs, toads, and salamanders which live or breed in the parks diverse aquatic and wetland habitats. Join us as we don our boots and headlamps in hopes of witnessing the natural phenomenon of their migration. A short program on the identification and life cycle of local amphibians will be given prior to the hike. Hope for rain and dress appropriately.
Free! Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3.
4/21/2018 6:30 PM4/21/2018 8:30 PMSaturday, April 21, 2018 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
  
Sunday, April 151:00 pm
Join us for a walk on the trails to learn about and see all the wildflowers growing in the park.
 
4/15/2018 1:00 PM4/15/2018 3:00 PMSunday, April 15, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Tuesdays, April 17 - June 56:30-8:00 pm
Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by April 12th. Call 610-374-8839 to register.
4/17/2018 6:30 PM4/17/2018 8:00 PMTuesday, April 17, 2018 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Thursday, May 46:30-7:30 pm

Curious about Wild Ginger? Are dandelions really a weed? "Porcupine Pat" McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District shares plant folklore and will identify many different spring wildflowers along the Union Canal trail. Medicinal and edible plants will be emphasized. This and more will be shared in an informative program geared for teens and adults.

5/4/2017 6:30 PM5/4/2017 7:30 PMThursday, May 04, 2017 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
  
Sunday, May 72:00 pm

Join park's staff as we explore two trails that go right thru Berks County. Learn some basics of what to bring when out backpacking on these types of trails. Co-Sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.

5/7/2017 2:00 PM5/7/2017 3:00 PMSunday, May 07, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, May 131:00 pm

Ever wonder what the sun looks like.  Join the Berks County Astronomical Society for a glimpse at the sun through their specially designed telescope lenses. There will also be a lecture by Barb Geigel regarding the upcoming Solar Eclipse!

5/13/2017 1:00 PM5/13/2017 3:00 PMSaturday, May 13, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, May 208:00 am

Enjoy the beauties of spring with naturalist Katrina Knight from the Baird Ornithological Club. Beginners are welcome! Be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring binoculars to spot spring warblers and other beautiful birds of spring and early summer. (raindate: 5/21)

5/20/2017 8:00 AM5/20/2017 9:30 AMSaturday, May 20, 2017 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
  
Tuesday, April 10th 1-3:00 pm
Geared for homeschool students in grades 1-4. Cost: $7. Registration with payment; Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com for more info and to register.
4/10/2018 1:00 PM4/10/2018 3:00 PMTuesday, April 10, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, August 52:00 pm

Historic Poole Forge, near Churchtown, Lancaster County, played an important part in Pennsylvania’s early iron industry, providing forged iron to Hopewell Furnace NHS and Joanna Furnace. Join Dawn Rise Ekdahl, executive director of Poole Forge, as we learn about Poole Forge, and how the beautiful iron master’s house, tenant houses, and surrounding park were restored and became a popular gathering place for the whole community.

8/5/2018 2:00 PM8/5/2018 3:00 PMSunday, August 05, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, May 201-5 pm

​Join our volunteers to learn about the operation and unique story of this single family grist mill, built in 1888 by Nicklos Melcher.

5/20/2018 1:00 PM5/20/2018 5:00 PMSunday, May 20, 2018 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  
Sunday, May 211-4 pm

Join us for double dose of outdoor recreation along the Tulpehocken creek.  We’ll start with a 4-mile paddle down the creek to the Red Bridge Picnic Area; where we’ll trade our kayaks for bikes, to pedal back to our starting point by the Union Canal Trail.  Bring your own kayak, bike and transportation; or reserve a kayak through 3D Outdoor Rental, 610-488-1900 or www.3doutdoorrentals.com.    The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited to 20 boaters.

Pre-registration with payment required by May 14th. Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register, or for more information
 
Co-sponsored:  by Spring Township Parks & Recreation
 
5/21/2017 1:00 PM5/21/2017 4:00 PMSunday, May 21, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Saturday, May 19 - postponed to May 2610:00 am
Saddle up yer bike, and bring it to our park, where kids ages 4-12 will learn safe and responsible biking.  Members of Berks Area Mountain Biking Association (BAMBA) will lead kids through stations on bike-fit and a safety check, helmet fitting, basic bike maintenance and a bike-safe obstacle course.  Prizes will be awarded, and lunch provided for participants in the picnic area.  Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
For more information and to pre-register, call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 or email John Pacharis with BAMBA to jp1974@ptd.net.
 
5/19/2018 10:00 AM5/19/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, May 19, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Sunday, May 286-8 pm

Start off the holiday weekend with Berks County’s popular Ringgold Band for an entertaining and patriotic concert.  Formed in 1852 amid the area’s rolling hills and farms; the Ringgold Band is proud to be one of America's first community bands. Their diverse concert program will include familiar classics, challenging new works, as well as symphonic overtures, show tunes, solos and a myriad of marches.  www.ringgoldband.com 

Cost: $5 per car. Rain Date: Sunday, June 4th
5/28/2017 6:00 PM5/28/2017 8:00 PMSunday, May 28, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Saturday, June 39 am-12 pm

Come see the newly renovated Bingaman House, our “Nature Center” in this open house to observe National Trails Day.  Ever wonder what the area that we now call Antietam Lake Park was like in the late 1800’s and 1900’s?  Learn and explore the history of the Bingaman Nature Center and Antietam Lake Park.   A guided hike on nearby trails will be available.  Trail maps and information on trails around Berks County and beyond will also be available.

 Please call 610-374-8839 for additional details.  

Co-sponsored:  by Spring Township Parks & Recreation.

6/3/2017 9:00 AM6/3/2017 12:00 PMSaturday, June 03, 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Sunday, June 42:00 pm

Glenn Wenrich, noted canal historian and parks volunteer will explain the importance of canals in history around the world and in Pennsylvania. He will share information on anthracite canals, and discuss the difference between the Union Canal and Schuylkill Navigation System.

6/4/2017 2:00 PM6/4/2017 4:00 PMSunday, June 04, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Saturday, August 262:00 pm

Late summer into autumn would have been the busiest time of year for the Colonial housewife. She and all her help would be intent on preserving the homestead's harvest to sustain the family and workers through the months ahead. Join historian and Colonial hearth cook Courtney McKay Stevens for a glimpse into life in and around Beidler house at this time of year. 

8/26/2018 2:00 PM8/26/2018 3:00 PMSunday, August 26, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Tuesday, June 61-3:00 pm

A hands-on stream class that introduces the topic of macro invertebrate identification.  Students also address water quality issues by taking part in chemical testing to determine the health of a stream.  Geared for homeschool students in grades 1-4.

Cost: $7. Registration with payment; Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
 
6/6/2017 1:00 PM6/6/2017 3:00 PMTuesday, June 06, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Wed-Fri., June 7-99:30-11:30 am
Take flight and discover the world of flying animals.  Birds, Bats, Butterflies, and more!  at Angora Fruit Farm and Bingaman Nature Center.
For children ages 3-5, (adults must accompany child) $30 per registered child-484-509-2667, ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
6/7/2017 9:30 AM6/9/2017 11:30 AMWednesday, June 07, 2017 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  
Saturday, June 1010:00 am

​An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc Do you enjoy knitting or wish to learn?  Bring a knitting project to work on and join us for “Knit in Public Day”.

6/10/2017 10:00 AM6/10/2017 12:00 PMSaturday, June 10, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Saturday, June 910am-3:30pm

Join us at Blue Marsh Lake with over 35 organizations for a day of outdoor fun!    Check out the Penn Star 4 helicopter or take in a wildlife presentation by the Red Creek Wildlife Center.  Bring your mountain bike and go on a guided ride with the BAMBA, or try your luck at catching a catfish in the fish pond.  Visit the numerous displays, and meet Smokey Bear or Bobber the Water Safety Dog mascots.  Play the GO Day Scavenger Hunt and have the opportunity to win a free prize.  Lots of fun activities for all ages!    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

6/9/2018 10:00 AM6/9/2018 3:30 PMSaturday, June 09, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM
  
Sunday, June 112:00 pm

There is a world of nature in our backyard! Carol DeWolf, Director, Schuylkill Highlands, will present a power point program discussing the Partnership’s work to protect the natural and cultural resources of this area.  Conservation efforts within the communities will show water quality improvements and ecological diversity.

6/11/2017 2:00 PM6/11/2017 4:00 PMSunday, June 11, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Sunday, June 116-8 pm

Rescheduled from 2016.  Under the direction of conductor Will Rapp, the orchestra presents “America The Beautiful: A Salute to Our Country.”  The cornerstone work for this concert will feature guest soloist Jill Haley and her “National Park Landscapes Suite,” a collection of 4 pieces written to celebrate the National Parks centennial anniversary.  Members of the Hamburg Area High School Band and Orchestra will be performing alongside members of the Reading Pops Orchestra in the side-by-side portion of the concert. The Reading Pops Orchestra will also present a variety of selections paying tribute to American Music, including marches and Broadway favorites. www.readingpops.com  FREE concert.

6/11/2017 6:00 PM6/11/2017 8:00 PMSunday, June 11, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Wednesday, June 1412:15-1:00

This lunch and learn program will explore the history of the Bingaman Nature Center and Antietam Lake Park.  Bring along your lunch and join us for a program followed by a short walk around the park.  

6/14/2017 12:15 PM6/14/2017 1:00 PMWednesday, June 14, 2017 12:15 PM - 01:00 PM
  
Thursday, May 36:30-7:30 pm

Curious about Wild Ginger?  Are dandelions really a weed? “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District shares plant folklore and will identify the many different seasonal wildflowers along Union Canal trail.  Medicinal and edible plants will be emphasized.  This and more will be shared in an informative program geared for people of all ages. 

5/3/2018 6:30 PM5/3/2018 7:30 PMThursday, May 03, 2018 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
  
Sunday,   June 1812-4 pm

Happy Father’s Day! Members of the Berks Fly Tyers Club will be on hand to share equipment and fly tying techniques for fisherman of all ages. Join us and learn how to cast!      

 Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

 
6/18/2017 12:00 AM6/18/2017 12:00 AMSunday, June 18, 2017 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday,   June 181:00 pm

Bring your own boat and paddle with us down the creek from the Blue Marsh Lake Stilling Basin to below the Berks Leisure Area.  Water safety, local history, features of the creek and other water trails around the area will be covered before we launch. Participants must provide their own boat, life jacket and transportation.  Event limited to 20 participants with paddling experience.  ACA insurance recommended.

Pre-registration required by June 12.
Call:  610-374-2944 ext. 2611.
6/18/2017 1:00 PM6/18/2017 3:00 PMSunday, June 18, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Mon.-Fri., June 18-229:30-12:30 pm

Get up close and personal with the wonders of water!  Explore a creek, gaze into a pond, and wade into wetlands to discover the plants and animals that call these places home!  Geared towards children grades K- 3rd.

$75 per registered child, pre-registration is required.  To register, contact Jennifer Brooks, jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667 ext 3.
6/19/2018 9:30 AM6/22/2018 12:30 PMTuesday, June 19, 2018 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  
Thursday, June 215:30-8:30 pm

Join us as we celebrate the longest day of the year with these activities:

5:30-8:00 – Grandpop Bubbles –Bubble Fest-Make the largest bubbles of your life
6:30-7:30 – Join Porcupine Pat on aa Yoga & Mindfulness Walk along the Union Canal Trail
7-8:30 – Music by Drew & the Blue
6:00 & 7:30 Deppen Cemetery Walks with Gary Shugar
Berks Astronomy Club, Campfire & Crafts - $2.00 donation requested.
6/21/2018 5:30 PM6/21/2018 8:30 PMThursday, June 21, 2018 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
  
Wednesday, June 216:30-7:30 pm

“Porcupine Pat” McKinney will lead this walk taking the time to explain mindfulness or a means to manage stress. Participants will be shown standing yoga postures as we walk the Heritage Center grounds. Wear comfortable clothes.

Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
 
6/21/2017 6:30 PM6/21/2017 7:30 PMWednesday, June 21, 2017 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
  
Fri.,Sat.,Sun., June 23-257:00 pm
Love is in the air and mischief abounds. Join us on Midsummer for one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies filled with song, laughter and fairies.
6/23/2017 7:00 PM6/25/2017 8:30 PMFriday, June 23, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
  
Sat. & Sun., June 24 & 254:00 pm

Take a ragtag group of actors, a wandering friar, and add a young William Shakespeare to the mix, and you have one whirlwind, interactive evening for the young and the young at heart. Young "Billy" takes us through the ideas of plays he'd like to write one day: some funny, some sad, and some full of awesome swordfights! A light-hearted, engaging introduction to Shakespeare's plays, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard III.

6/24/2017 4:00 PM6/25/2017 5:30 PMSaturday, June 24, 2017 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
  
Sunday,   June 251:00 pm

Many people think only of allergies when they hear the word pollen. But pollination is an essential part of a healthy ecosystem. Pollinators play a significant role in the production of over 150 food crops in the United States.  Join Environmental Education staff as we embark on a hands-on journey into the world of some of the more common pollinators, bees and butterflies.  Nature’s superheroes indeed!   Special pollinator guests will be sure to tag along!     

FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com
6/25/2017 1:00 PM6/25/2017 3:00 PMSunday, June 25, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Mon.-Fri., July 24-289-11 am

Run by the Holistic Skateshop.  Are you a beginner who is eager to learn or do you know the basics but want to learn some new skills?  Spin your wheels and learn advanced street skating/riding techniques and ramp maneuvers.  Participants must provide their own board/bike and helmet – some loaners available.

Cost $10 per camper. Registration with payment due 6/16. To register call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 or visit www.countyofberks.com
 for a registration form.
 
7/24/2017 9:00 AM7/28/2017 11:00 AMMonday, July 24, 2017 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Tuesday, June 276:30 pm
Back by popular demand!  Bring your Digital SLR or film camera and learn how to use simple settings to best capture the character of the subject and surrounding scenery.  Learn what to look for when taking pictures and then professional photographer & instructor, Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature.  Free program for all ages.  (Rain Date: Thursday, June 29th)
Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register by June 19th.

6/27/2017 6:30 PM6/27/2017 8:00 PMTuesday, June 27, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Saturday, June 309 am-12:30 pm
Join us to explore STEM at the Berks County Heritage Center.  Learn how the Wertz’s Red Bridge was built, than take a turn at building your own mini bridge.  Discover how and why the Union Canal and other Canals built.  Get a chance to try an experiment that was originally created by Ben Franklin.  Than join us by the creek to learn a little about what it takes for something to rot, and why certain objects will never rot away.  
This program is designed for children Ages 7-12 and their families.
Please call to register by  June 22nd .  Cost $5.00 per family.

6/30/2018 9:00 AM6/30/2018 12:30 PMSaturday, June 30, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  
Thursday, June 299:30 am-1:30 pm
Science is all around us.  Join us as we do some simple experiments, and projects to learn about the science behind the place we call home.   How does water pollution affect us?  How we can power things with solar power?  Learn how a volcano works, and get a chance to create your own wind turbine.  
Limited to 20. Cost $5. Ages 7-12. Registration and deadline for payment June 21st. Call 610 374-8839.

6/29/2017 12:00 AM6/29/2017 12:00 AMThursday, June 29, 2017 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Friday,   June 307:30 pm
Join us as we take a look at our state insect the firefly.  Gather round a glowing fire to learn about our glowing friends.  With nets in hand, we will venture through an open field to view bioluminescence in action. 
FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com

6/30/2017 7:30 PM6/30/2017 9:30 PMFriday, June 30, 2017 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
  
Thursday,  July 199:30 am-1:30 pm
Ewwww! That’s gross! Take a peek into what makes the slimy, stinky, and otherwise gross things in nature work.
Raindate: 7/20.
This program is designed for children grades K-3.
Pre-registration required.  Cost $15.00.
7/19/2018 9:30 AM7/19/2018 1:30 PMThursday, July 19, 2018 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  
Thursday,  July 66-7:30 pm
Interactive!  Engaging!  Fun for the whole family!  Grammy winning  artist, Steve Pullara is a Philly-based, New Jersey-born singer-songwriter-artist whose musical roots are rich with family inspiration and cultural traditions.  Children and parents alike find his performances engaging, entertaining and often quite hilarious.   www.coolbeansmusic.com    FREE.

7/6/2017 6:00 PM7/6/2017 7:30 PMThursday, July 06, 2017 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
  
Saturday, March 10th 10 am-12 pm
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. Topic: Quilting
3/10/2018 10:00 AM3/10/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Saturday,  July 810:00 am
Orienteering is a navigational sport, using just a map and compass to find your way around ‘a course’ point by point in unfamiliar terrain.  Join Ed Scott, of the Delaware Orienteering Association as he explains this sport which is widely popular in Europe, often described as a thinking man’s game combined with a 5k.  Free program, and great for all ages!  After some instruction, participants will put their skills to the test on a beginner-level course around the park.  Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. 
Pre-registration required by July 3rd to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

7/8/2017 10:00 AM7/8/2017 11:30 AMSaturday, July 08, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  
Sunday,   July 92:00 pm
The small town of Leesport was settled in 1840, and the Leesport Area Historical Society started sharing the history of their town in 2003. Dexter Mengel, Secretary of the LAHS will present a power point program highlighting the 1930’s print shop, Leesport artifacts and Sunners softball team.

7/9/2017 2:00 PM7/9/2017 4:00 PMSunday, July 09, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Sunday,  July 96-8:00 pm
This basket is so cute. Who knew basket material can create sunflowers? Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
Cost $30. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by July 5th. Call 610 374-8839.

7/9/2017 12:00 PM7/9/2017 4:00 PMSunday, July 09, 2017 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Sunday,   July 96-8:00 pm
Calling all parrotheads!  This night of Jimmy Buffett music will feel like one big beach party!  The Landsharks play all styles of music including, Rock, Rock 'N Roll, Top 40, Dance Music, Party Music, and music from just about all styles from all time periods.  www.landsharksband.com   Cost: $5.00 per car

7/9/2017 6:00 PM7/9/2017 8:00 PMSunday, July 09, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Tuesday,   July 116:30 pm
Bring your electronic device (I-pod, Pad, Cell or Smartphone) and explore the park with us, learning how to shoot great photos outdoors.  The evening will start with a brief slide presentation on what to look for when taking pictures; then professional photographer & instructor, Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature.  Learn fun things you can do with your images after the walk, and share them online in our Facebook “Capture the Moment” Photo Contest. 
Call 610-374-2944 to register by July 3rd.
(Rain Date: Thursday, July 13th)

7/11/2017 6:30 PM7/11/2017 8:30 PMTuesday, July 11, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
  
Friday, July 276:30 pm
Join us for a hike at Beidler House/Allegheny Aqueduct.  Learn about the importance of the Aqueduct and Schuylkill River, as well as the Beidler House and Mill.  Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.  Hiking skill level: easy
Free –Limited to 30. Registration required by July 26th 
Call 610-374-8839.

7/27/2018 6:30 PM7/27/2018 8:30 PMFriday, July 27, 2018 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
  
Tues.-Thurs., July 10-129:30 am-1:00 pm
Let nature inspire as we learn about the world around us and use that knowledge to create masterpieces of art.
This program is designed for children ages 7-11.    $50 per registered child, pre-registration required.
 To register, contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667 ext 3.
 
7/10/2018 9:30 AM7/12/2018 1:00 PMTuesday, July 10, 2018 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
  
Saturday,  July 151-4:00 pm
Are you ready to try something new, or to hone your paddling skills in a kayak or canoe?  Join members of the Keystone Canoe Club of Berks County for an informative land and flat water session trying out different styles of boats.  This is your chance to learn some of the basics: paddle strokes, getting in and out safely, boat control, clothing and gear, etc.  Ages: 10 to adult.  Children ages 10-12 MUST be accompanied by an adult. 
Cost: $10.00 per person.  Pre-registration with payment required to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 by July 10th.
Workshop limited to 25 participants.

​Co-Sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.

 

7/15/2017 1:00 PM7/15/2017 4:00 PMSaturday, July 15, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Sunday,    July 162:00 pm
The Lancaster Spinners and Weavers Guild will do a wool processing, spinning, and weaving presentation. Many of them are master weavers and will bring various sized looms to demonstrate as well.

7/16/2017 2:00 PM7/16/2017 4:00 PMSunday, July 16, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Sunday,    July 162:00 pm
Paul L. Miller, Pres. of the Sinking Spring Area Historical Society will bake us on an illustrated tour of Spring Twp. using vintage historical photographs. We will see villages, mills, hotels, schoolhouses, churches and early businesses.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

7/16/2017 2:00 PM7/16/2017 4:00 PMSunday, July 16, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Tues.-Thurs., July 18-209:00 am-12:00 pm
July 18th  Canal Life and Irish American History
Learn what life was like for families who lived and worked on the canals.  Why did so many Irish Immigrants come here and help to build the canals.  Learn how to create a family tree and find out what your story is. 
July 19th – Art and Games of the past.
Create your own petroglyph, and learn how to do pin striping on a wagon.  Try your hand at making a bean bag and playing old fashioned games.
July 20th – All about the farm.
Both animals and plants were important on the farm.  Learn about some of the many farm animals (chicken, sheep and cows) that were important to farms.  Fruits, vegetables and grains were also grown on farms.  Learn how these foods are stored, prepared and ground into cornmeal.    

$30 per student- Call 610-374-8839​ to register by 7/11.

7/18/2017 9:00 AM7/20/2017 12:00 PMTuesday, July 18, 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Thursday,  July 209:30 am-1:30 pm
Come spend a day with us exploring both pond and steam ecosystems for plants and animals that are specially adapted to the aquatic environment. We will compare the critters and plants that call these two watery environments their home. Prepare to get wet! For children who have completed K-3rd grade 
Cost $15. Registration required -  Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3  (Rain Date: 7/21)

 

7/20/2017 9:30 AM7/20/2017 1:30 PMThursday, July 20, 2017 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  
Saturday,  July 2210:00 am
Find out what interesting aquatic critters live in the Tulpehocken Creek with Environmental Educator Jennifer Brooks.  For families with children 3 years and older. 
FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com

7/22/2017 10:00 AM7/22/2017 12:00 PMSaturday, July 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Saturday,  July 225:00 pm
Call to schedule a 45 min. demo, space limited
If you haven’t tried the newest watersport “Paddleboarding”, then come out to Blue Marsh Lake for a demo.  Trained professionals from 3-D Outdoor Rentals will teach you the basics such as how to maintain your balance while standing on the board and how to properly and efficiently use the paddles.  No experience required; spaces limited to first time participants only.  A safe and fun workshop for the whole family! 
Program split into four sessions: 5:00, 5:45, 6:30 or 7:15 pm.  Registration req. by July 17th; call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

7/22/2017 5:00 PM7/22/2017 8:00 PMSaturday, July 22, 2017 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Sunday  July 231:00 pm
Explore the variety and importance of “bugs” including Insects, Crustaceans and Arachnids.  We will investigate live and mounted specimens, and discuss how bugs can even be a tasty snack, “bon appetite”.  Get up close (as you care too) with the world of bugs and discover that  creepy can be cool!
FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com

7/23/2017 1:00 PM7/23/2017 3:00 PMSunday, July 23, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday,  May 62:00 pm
This presentation examines a new departure in the study of dress in early (c1600-1900) Pennsylvania, focusing on the rationale behind individual and collective clothing practices. The study investigates the internal and external influences which impacted upon early inhabitants' ways of dressing, their societal attitudes and social demeanor. It compares the influences on attire and finery in early society with the European context and examines the influences caused by world-wide dominant events, ideas and social groups, and their effect on societal and cultural attitudes. The paper examines clothing as a symbolic indicator of status which influenced the class distinction in early Pennsylvanian society. It will also investigate the sociological aspects, such as social standing and structure, function and position of fashion and finery in Pennsylvanian socio-economical history. The study will also examine the influences and effects of  provincial and cosmopolitan factors, the impacts of the media, tradition, practice, climatic conditions, civic and civil affairs as well as the efficient use of the clothing resources and materials utilized.

5/6/2018 2:00 PM5/6/2018 3:00 PMSunday, May 06, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Thursday,  July 279:30 am-1:30 pm
Bugle the beetle, call a cricket, or summon a stick bug!  Don your finest safari gear and take a walk on the wild side! The insect world may be small, but there’s flurry of fun happening right under our noses! For children who have completed K-3rd grade 
Cost $15. Registration required -  Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3  (Rain Date: 7/28)

7/27/2017 9:30 AM7/27/2017 1:30 PMThursday, July 27, 2017 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  
Thursday,  July 276-8:00 pm
Formerly of the band Shame, Peter Errich is a local singer/songwriter who has been writing, recording and performing original music since 1996.  Peter will be sharing music from his first solo album “The Lost and Found”.  www.petererrich.com    Cost: $5.00 per car. 

7/27/2017 12:00 AM7/27/2017 12:00 AMThursday, July 27, 2017 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Friday,   July 287:00 pm
Campfires aren’t just for roasting marshmallows!  Join the Environmental Education staff as we gather around a warm evening fire to learn about the creatures living it up when the sun goes down.  Identify the sounds coming from the shadows, discover the flying creatures keeping bugs at bay, and learn to love our crepuscular critters.  FREE!
FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com

7/28/2017 7:00 PM7/28/2017 9:00 PMFriday, July 28, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Saturday,  July 2910-11:00 am
Join us for story time on Mildred the House Boat. This kids program will explore what life was like on the canals. Listen to a story, play with some old time toys, and create an old fashioned toy to take home.
Free.  Space limited- Pre-registration required.
Call: 610-374-8839.

7/29/2017 10:00 AM7/29/2017 11:00 AMSaturday, July 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Tuesday,  Aug. 17:00 pm
Did you always want to learn to juggle?  Join the Berks Jugglers group at Gring’s Mill for a beginner class on Juggling. 
Free – Pre-registration requested by calling 610-374-8839.

8/1/2017 7:00 PM8/1/2017 9:00 PMTuesday, August 01, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sunday,   Aug. 62:00 pm
Park volunteer and historian Mike Brady will present a slide program about what it takes to fix old tombstones.  He will share the knowledge he gained for many years,  in the repairing of stones.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

8/6/2017 2:00 PM8/6/2017 4:00 PMSunday, August 06, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Aug. 62:00 pm
Presenter Captain David R. Kohler shares the history of Irish contributions to the 1820s construction of the Schuylkill Navigation Canal System and the thriving, surrounding community.

8/6/2017 2:00 PM8/6/2017 4:00 PMSunday, August 06, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Friday,  Aug. 118:00 pm
Bring blankets or chairs, snacks and enjoy a family-friendly movie favorite on the BIG SCREEN in the park. "SING"  610-374-2944, ext. 2611. (Rain Date- Saturday, August 12th)

8/11/2017 8:00 PM8/11/2017 10:00 PMFriday, August 11, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  
Saturday,  February 10th10 am-12 pm
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. Topic: Valentines
2/10/2018 10:00 AM2/10/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, February 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Aug. 131:00 pm
Bring your kayak or canoe for a paddle on a calm back area of the lake, heading over to explore the Spring Creek Cove.  We will start and end at the Peacock Road Access.  Water safety, history, and features of the lake will be covered before boats are in the water.  The trip is for experienced paddlers, limited to 20 boats.  Bring your own boat and life jacket. 
Pre-registration required by August 7th
Please call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register.

8/13/2017 1:00 PM8/13/2017 3:00 PMSunday, August 13, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Friday, Sept. 217:00 pm
Most people think of pollination as an example of cooperation between plants and animals, but even though plants and the animals that pollinate them may be completely dependent on each other, they have different goals. There are many and diverse strategies employed by both sides in the eons old relationship between flowers and the insects and other animals that visit them for sustenance. Mike Slater will present a photographic exploration of the diversity of relationships between pollinating animals, especially insects, and the plants they rely on. Saying “it’s complicated” is an understatement!
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

9/21/2018 7:00 PM9/21/2018 8:30 PMFriday, September 21, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
  
Saturday,  May 2010 am-2 pm
Discover just how much fun fishing can be when you do it together at a PFBC Family Fishing Program.  Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting the hook, and taking a fish off the hook. You and your family will have the opportunity to fish – no fishing license required.  All equipment provided.  The “catch???” Adults must bring a child and children must bring an adult.  You’ll be learning and fishing together.
Free program.  Participants need to register before the event at www.fishandboat.com, select the Family Fishing Program on May 20 to register from the Calendar of Events.  For information or directions, call 610-374-2944.

5/20/2017 10:00 AM5/20/2017 2:00 PMSaturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  
Friday,  Aug. 172:00 pm
On August 17th 1875 at about 2:00 pm Mrs. Bissinger along with her children jumped into lock # 49.  Join us for a hike as we explore the history surrounding this tragic event.  Please wear sturdy walking shoes.  Hiking skill level: easy.   

8/17/2018 2:00 PM8/17/2018 4:00 PMFriday, August 17, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Friday,  Aug. 187:00 pm
Dr. Karen Campbell, professor of Biology at Albright College returns to present an illustrated lecture on bats from around the world as well as an update on the little brown bats that live here in the Red Bridge.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

8/18/2017 7:00 PM8/18/2017 9:00 PMFriday, August 18, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Sept. 299 am-12 pm
Tatting- “knot” a lost art! Karen Wattai, a self-taught tatter and member of the Lace Lovers of Lebanon, has years of experience teaching this versatile art form. A comparison of threads, needles and shuttle tatting will be discussed as students learn to make rings and chains resulting in a tatted bookmark. Kit includes medium size tatting needle, threads, and pattern. Bring scissors.
Cost: $10. Registration with payment (payable to instructor) by Sept. 22. Call 610-374-8839.

9/29/2018 9:00 AM9/29/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, September 29, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Saturday,   Aug 1910:00 am
Learn about the basics of Geocaching and how you too can participate in this world-wide treasure hunting game. We’ll explain the basics of GPS navigation and discover special geocaches hidden around the Mansion area.  Come prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. If you do not own a handheld GPS, don’t worry; we will have some to share- (call for more information if using your own GPS). 
Free program. Fun for all ages!  Register by August 14th to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.

8/19/2017 10:00 AM8/19/2017 12:00 PMSaturday, August 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Aug. 2012-4:00 pm
This wall hanging basket will make you feel like it’s spring no matter the weather outside! Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
Cost $25. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Aug. 15th. Call 610 374-8839.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

8/20/2017 12:00 PM8/20/2017 4:00 PMSunday, August 20, 2017 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Wednesday,  Aug. 2312:15-12:45 pm
This lunch and learn program will explore the history of Gring’s Mill Park.  Bring along your lunch and join us for a program at the Gring’s Mill barn followed by a short walk.

8/23/2017 12:15 PM8/23/2017 12:45 PMWednesday, August 23, 2017 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
  
Thursday,  Aug. 246-8:00 pm
Let “America ’s Most Exciting Show Band”, Rick K. & The Allnighters, take you on a high speed, cross country, tour of rock’s greatest hits!  Your tour guide, Rick K. will lead you through the Fabulous Fifties, get groovy with the 60’s Explosion, then hustle you into the Disco Nights of the 1970’s. The road trip hits high gear with a head on collision into the classic top forty, pop rock of the 1980's & 90's. Your tour heads for home with high octane hits of the new millennium. 
   www.rickkandtheallnighters.com       Cost: $5.00 per car.

8/24/2017 6:00 PM8/24/2017 8:00 PMThursday, August 24, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Saturday, Sept. 226:30-7:30 pm
Pow-Wow is said to be a collection of European magic spells, recipes and folk remedies of a type familiar to students of folklore. Learn the history of this practice and discuss techniques with “Porcupine Pat” McKinney from the Schuylkill Conservation District.                                                                  
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

9/22/2018 10:00 AM9/22/2018 11:00 AMSaturday, September 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Aug. 2612-3:00 pm
Cabela's is proud to offer this industry-leading course for people interested in learning how to fly fish. The program will begin with a two-hour Introduction to Fly Fishing course that will cover equipment, basic entomology, basic casting and knot tying. The program will conclude with a one-hour Introduction to Fly Casting course, where participants will receive hands-on training on the fundamentals of fly casting, including overhead techniques and roll casting. 
Class size is limited to 15; call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register by August 21st.

8/26/2017 12:00 PM8/26/2017 3:00 PMSaturday, August 26, 2017 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Aug. 272:00 pm
Join Susan Speros, historic preservationist, for a discussion on dating, interpreting, and preserving your historic house, and a look at local cultural building traditions.
 

8/27/2017 2:00 PM8/27/2017 4:00 PMSunday, August 27, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Sept. 33:00 pm
River Basin volunteer,  Steve Runkle gives an overview of the region’s canals and their engineering and construction, boats and their operation, life of canal families, and recreation on the canals.  He utilizes the best canal photographs from the PA Canal Society in Easton and the Erie Canal museum in NY.

9/3/2017 3:00 PM9/3/2017 5:00 PMSunday, September 03, 2017 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  
Wednesday,  Sept. 67:00 pm
Join us for a night under the stars and moon on Blue Marsh Lake.  We’ll paddle part of the lake looking for wildlife and watch the night sky light up the water.  Water safety, local history and features of the area will be covered before we launch. Participants must provide their own boat, life jacket and lights.  Dress up your boat with glow-sticks for our color-fun contest.  Trip is limited to 25 boats, and previous paddling experience required. 
Pre-register to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 by September 1st.  Rain date: Thursday, September 7th.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

9/6/2017 7:00 PM9/6/2017 9:00 PMWednesday, September 06, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Saturday,  June 910 am - 2 pm
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc . Topic: National Knit in Public Day
6/9/2018 10:00 AM6/9/2018 2:00 PMSaturday, June 09, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Sept. 911 am-2 pm
Learn about the Lenape people who were living in our area before European settlement.  Tour a “Three Sisters Garden”, make natural cordage and watch flint knapping in action.  For families with children 5 and over.
FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com

9/9/2017 11:00 AM9/9/2017 2:00 PMSaturday, September 09, 2017 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Sept. 102:00 pm
Nature is all around us...join us as we use things found in nature to create leaf rubbings, and make animals out of pinecones and other seedpods.

Cost: $3.00. Registration Required by Sept. 6. Call:  610-374-8839.

9/10/2017 2:00 PM9/10/2017 4:00 PMSunday, September 10, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Wednesday,  Sept. 196:00 pm
Join crafty lady Kay Leisey to learn about penny rugs while creating this attractive autumn piece.
Cost $10. Registration and deadline for payment to Kay Leisey by Sept. 17th. Call 610 374-8839.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

9/19/2018 6:00 PM9/19/2018 8:00 PMWednesday, September 19, 2018 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Thursday,  Sept. 1410-11:00 am
The first in our series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
 
For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
 

9/14/2017 10:00 AM9/14/2017 11:00 AMThursday, September 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Sept. 1610:00 am
Learn about the basics of Geocaching and how you too can participate in this world-wide treasure hunting game. We’ll explain the basics of GPS navigation and go on a hike to find real caches hidden around Antietam Lake Park.  Come prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. If you do not own a handheld GPS, don’t worry; we will have some to share- or you can use your smartphone (call for more information if using your own GPS or phone).
Free program that is fun for all ages!  Pre-registration required by September 8th to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.

9/16/2017 10:00 AM9/16/2017 12:00 AMSaturday, September 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Sept. 1610:00 am
Monarch butterflies journey to Mexico every fall.  Discover the strength and perseverance of these tiny insects by helping our Park staff tag real monarch butterflies for research before their journey south. 
Pre-registration required as space is limited. 484-509-2667, ext. 3

9/16/2017 10:00 AM9/16/2017 12:00 AMSaturday, September 16, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Sunday,  Sept. 1712-4:00 pm
A variety of dyed reed will make this a most colorful basket. Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
Cost $30. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Sept. 12th. Call 610 374-8839.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

9/17/2017 12:00 PM9/17/2017 4:00 PMSunday, September 17, 2017 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Sept. 171-4:00 pm
Join our Park Ranger to learn the basics of backpacking and why preparation is key to any successful hike.  Learn how to properly plan for your adventure, including logistical aspects from equipment needed, to food and transportation.  East Ridge Outfitters of West Reading will have some different styles of backpacks to show and demonstrate, as well as essentials you should have in your pack for any trip.  Create a backpacking checklist, and learn how to properly pack your backpack.  Then we will use our skills on a moderate hike around the trails of Antietam Lake Park.  Wear good hiking shoes, and bring along water for this rain or shine workshop.
Free program, but pre-registration is required by September 11th to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.

9/17/2017 1:00 PM9/17/2017 4:00 PMSunday, September 17, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Wednesday,  May 910-11:00 am
Join us as we read a story about Gristmills.  Learn how and why a Gristmill was important and get a chance to grind your own corn.
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5/9/2018 10:00 AM5/9/2018 11:00 AMWednesday, May 09, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Friday,  May 188:00 pm
Join the Berks County Astronomical Society for a glimpse at the night sky.  Program starts inside followed by a chance to look through telescopes at the stars in the sky. 

5/18/2018 8:30 PM5/18/2018 10:00 PMFriday, May 18, 2018 08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Sept. 242:00 pm
In the 1800s charcoal was very important as a fuel for the iron furnaces in the area.   Collier Rick Brouse will discuss the importance of charcoal, how it is made, and why it was used. 
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

9/24/2017 2:00 PM9/24/2017 5:00 PMSunday, September 24, 2017 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  
Friday,   Sept. 297:00 pm
Members of the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society will present a short program; then invite you to gaze into the night sky to view planets and star constellations.  Bring your own telescope if you have one, a flashlight and chairs to enjoy a summer night starwatching.  Cloud/Rain date: Saturday, 9/30

9/29/2017 7:00 PM9/29/2017 10:00 PMFriday, September 29, 2017 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Oct. 71:00 pm
Bring your children along for a fun filled family day of mountain biking on Mount Penn’s best trails!  You can help pass your passion for pedaling on to those that matter the most: your kids.  Take part in this internationally recognized outdoor event sponsored by the Berks Area Mountain Biking Association and enjoy the early fall scenery and sights along the Mt. Penn trails.  Bring your mountain bike and helmet.  
FREE.  Pre-registration required.
Call:  610-374-2944 ext. 2611 by September 29th.

10/7/2017 1:00 PM10/7/2017 4:00 PMSaturday, October 07, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Sunday,   Oct. 145:13 pm
Spend a spooky Autumn evening with Charles J. Adams III.  Visit the mysterious 18th century Beidler House, then on to Ridgewood Farm and Winery where a tragic ghostly tale of anger and jealousy lingers. Must be over 21. Cost $20. (Limited to 30). Register and payment at:  ridgewoodwinery.com   Registration Deadline October 11.

10/14/2018 5:15 PM10/14/2018 7:00 PMSunday, October 14, 2018 05:15 PM - 07:00 PM
  
Saturday, Oct. 201:00 pm
Bring the whole family on this hike led by Parks staff to identify native trees, learn about the historic and current uses of these trees and complete a fall leaf project.  FREE Registration requested. Call 610-374-8839.      
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

10/20/2018 1:00 PM10/20/2018 2:30 PMSaturday, October 20, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
  
Thursday,  January 11th 10-11:00 am
Series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
 
For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
1/11/2018 10:00 AM1/11/2018 11:00 AMThursday, January 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Friday,   Oct. 136:00 pm

​Become​ a detective in this interactive dinner mystery. Each participant is assigned a role to play in this fictional, yet historically-based murder mystery. Set in the late 19th century at the Turnkey Inn. On a dark evening, the innkeeper is found murdered. During dinner, discover who has the motive to commit this crime.

10/13/2017 6:00 PM10/13/2017 12:00 AMFriday, October 13, 2017 06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Oct. 1410:00 am
Join Environmental Education staff and get outdoors to take a gander at the fall leaves as we stroll on the trails at Antietam Lake Park.
FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com

10/14/2017 10:00 AM10/14/2017 12:00 AMSaturday, October 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Oct. 1410 am- 12 pm

An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc . Topic: stitch on gingham.​

10/14/2017 10:00 AM10/14/2017 12:00 PMSaturday, October 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Oct. 145:30-8:30 pm
Evening lantern tour of this National Historic Landmark and the finest example of rural U.S. manufacturing. Tours leave every half hour.
Groups limited to 12. Cost: $5/person. Call to register and
select tour time at 610-374-8839.

10/14/2017 5:30 PM10/14/2017 8:30 PMSaturday, October 14, 2017 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
  
Sunday,   Oct. 152:00 pm
Living along and owning a section of the Schuylkill Navigation for 45 years, it is only natural that Parks volunteers Vernie and Bob Noecker began to wonder about the families whose lives revolved around “Canaling”. Wondering leads to questioning, which leads to researching. They will share the stories they have pieced together about this fascinating linear community.

10/15/2017 2:00 PM10/15/2017 5:00 PMSunday, October 15, 2017 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  
Thursday,  Oct. 195-6:30 pm
Bring a pumpkin to carve and donate it to the Halloween Hike and Hayride.  Also bring your carving tools and a drink, and we’ll provide pizza!  All donated pumpkins will line the trail for the hike on the 22nd.  All ages welcome.
FREE.  Pre-registration required - Call 484-509-2667 ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com

10/19/2017 5:00 PM10/19/2017 6:30 PMThursday, October 19, 2017 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
  
Saturday,  Oct. 216:15-9:00 pm

Experience the wonder of the night through the beautiful Angora Fruit Farm orchards, meeting nocturnal animals along the way. Guides will lead families along a pumpkin-lit path where children will meet and talk with "local" animals of the night. Families can then enjoy a hayride or a treat while sitting by a campfire. Hikes leave every 15 minutes. Costumes optional. For all ages

​$5/person. Registration with payment; pelase call 484-509-2667, ect. 3 or email: jbrooks@countyofberks.com

10/21/2017 6:15 PM10/21/2017 9:00 PMSaturday, October 21, 2017 06:15 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Oct. 2212-4:00 pm
No other stocking will look like this one hanging on your mantel this holiday season. Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
Cost $30. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Oct. 17th. Call 610 374-8839.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

10/22/2017 12:00 PM10/22/2017 4:00 PMSunday, October 22, 2017 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Oct. 2810-11:00 am
Dogs need to get exercise just as much as we do.  Join park staff as they lead a hike designed for you and your dogs. Hike will be about 1 hour and cover some of the easier and scenic trails at Antietam Lake Park.  Dogs must be good around other dogs, and be on a leash.  Please bring along water and a bowl for your dog as well.  Fee:  As a fee we are requesting that you bring along something from the following list as a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County:  dog or cat food, washcloths, towels, blankets and kitty litter.

10/28/2017 10:00 AM10/28/2017 11:00 AMSaturday, October 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Sunday,   Oct. 292:00 pm
A Whimmey Diddle Gee Haw, Dancing Dandy, Tumbling Tom, Flying Fred, Shut the Box, Ball n’ Cup . . . these and more will set the stage for today’s program sure to be a hit for all ages!. “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District and Heritage Center staff will present a show and tell, including the history of toys and hands-on playing.

10/29/2017 2:00 PM10/29/2017 4:00 PMSunday, October 29, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Sunday,  Oct. 292:00 pm
Presented by historian and French and Indian War, and Rev. War re-enactor Lynn Otto, this is the story of the Indian town of Shamokin in the early to mid 18th century in Pennsylvania.
 

10/29/2017 2:00 PM10/29/2017 5:00 PMSunday, October 29, 2017 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Nov. 410:30 am
This program will explain what orienteering is, along with a brief history of the sport.  Participants will learn how to read a topographical map, along with course markings and different course levels.  Tips and techniques will be shared that will be useful in trying your skills on a Beginner’s Level  “White” Course.  This program is part of a national orienteering event weekend.
Map fee of $12 per individual or group (youth discount available). 
Pre-registration required by October 18th to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.

11/4/2017 10:30 AM11/4/2017 1:00 PMSaturday, November 04, 2017 10:30 AM - 01:00 PM
  
Sunday, January 21st 1-3:00 pm
If you're looking for a way to stay fit in the winter months, join us to learn all about Cross-Country Skiing. Not only is kicking and gliding on two skis an incredible aerobic challenge that works your running muscles, but it also builds your arm, back and core strength.  Call  610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register by 1/15/18.

1/21/2018 1:30 PM1/21/2018 3:00 PMSunday, January 21, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Thursday,  Nov. 910-11:00 am
The third in our series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.

11/9/2017 10:00 AM11/9/2017 11:00 AMThursday, November 09, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Nov. 1010 am-12 pm

An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc Topic: Simple Placemats

11/10/2018 10:00 AM11/10/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, November 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Dec. 810am-12pm

An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc Topic: Quilting

12/8/2018 10:00 AM12/8/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, December 08, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Saturday,  Dec. 91-6:00 pm

Experience a colonial era German Christmas featuring musicians, German holiday delicacies and decorations of traditional fresh greens.​

12/9/2017 1:00 PM12/9/2017 6:00 PMSaturday, December 09, 2017 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
  
Thursday,  Dec. 1410-11am
The fourth in our series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.

12/14/2017 10:00 AM12/14/2017 11:00 AMThursday, December 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Saturday,  Dec. 165:30-7:30 pm

Celebrate the longest night of the year with family and friends around a blazing campfire. Wander down our candlelit path into the Enchanted Forest filled with fairies, trolls and winter creatures preparing for Jack Frosts' icy glare. Warm up with snacks, make a winter craft for our feathered friends, learn about the winter sky and listen to music around a fire. Bring a flashlight. Best suited for families with children ages 3-12.

Cost: $5 per car. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or email: jbrooks@countyofberks.com

12/16/2017 5:30 PM12/16/2017 7:30 PMSaturday, December 16, 2017 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
  
Tuesday, Oct. 106:30-8:00 pm
​Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by August 29th. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Poster
 
 
10/10/2017 6:30 PM10/10/2017 8:00 PMTuesday, October 10, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Tuesday, Oct. 176:30-8:00 pm
​Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by August 29th. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Poster
 
 
10/17/2017 6:30 PM10/17/2017 8:00 PMTuesday, October 17, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Tuesday, Oct. 246:30-8:00 pm
​Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by August 29th. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Poster
 
 
10/24/2017 6:30 PM10/24/2017 8:00 PMTuesday, October 24, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Tuesday, Oct. 316:30-8:00 pm
​Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by August 29th. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Poster
 
 
10/31/2017 6:30 PM10/31/2017 8:00 PMTuesday, October 31, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Thursday, Dec. 6th 6-9:00 pm

Mike Miskie

12/6/2018 6:00 PM12/6/2018 9:00 PMThursday, December 06, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sat., Dec. 1st6-9:00 pm
Sit back and relax as the Mount Laurel Brass takes
you on a Christmas musical journey featuring classical,
sacred hymns, children’s songs, carols and
contemporary Christmas music in various styles from
around the globe. (6:30-8:30pm)
 
12/1/2018 6:00 PM12/1/2018 9:00 PMSaturday, December 01, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Fri., Dec. 76-9:00 pm

Reading Choral Society -is a subset of the full Choral Society that takes on small ensemble projects and outreach performances in the community. They have prepared a selection of Christmas carols - some familiar and some unusual choices.​ (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/7/2018 6:00 PM12/7/2018 9:00 PMFriday, December 07, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sun., Dec. 96-9:00 pm

The Belle Tones (6:30-8:30)

12/9/2018 6:00 PM12/9/2018 9:00 PMSunday, December 09, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Fri., Dec. 216-9:00 pm
The Williams Duo

12/21/2018 6:00 PM12/21/2018 9:00 PMFriday, December 21, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sat., Dec. 226-9:00 pm
Dave Kline & A Mountain Folk Christmas w/ Special Guests

12/22/2018 6:00 PM12/22/2018 9:00 PMSaturday, December 22, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Fri., Dec. 146:30-7:15 pm

Pretzel City Chorus

12/14/2018 6:30 PM12/14/2018 7:15 PMFriday, December 14, 2018 06:30 PM - 07:15 PM
  
Thurs., Dec. 136-9:00 pm
Berks Holiday TUBAdors is a low brass ensemble
comprised of local musicians who also play in various
Brass groups, Concert Bands and other musical
organizations throughout the Greater Berks and
beyond area.  The Holiday repertoire includes familiar
holiday music,traditional and non-traditional carols as
well as a variety of “sing-along” pieces encouraging
audience participation.

12/13/2018 6:00 PM12/13/2018 9:00 PMThursday, December 13, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sun., Dec. 26-9:00 pm
Polished Brass quintet performs a wide variety of brass
music, ranging from the classics to contemporary. 
Through the years, these five brass players, originally
from the Pottstown Band, have played in various
locations even at an art show!  With their vast
experience and unique approach this show promises to
put you in the mood for holiday fun. (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/2/2018 6:00 PM12/2/2018 9:00 PMSunday, December 02, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Fri., Dec. 147:30-9:00 pm

Thomas Shugar, presents a "Holiday Blend Program" - a diversified variety of classical guitar music from around the world, blended with his own arrangements of timeless Christmas Classics.

12/14/2018 7:30 PM12/14/2018 9:00 PMFriday, December 14, 2018 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sun., Dec. 9th1-4:00 pm

1-4 pm:  Kid’s Holiday Workshop & Santa's Sing-A-Long  Kids can make crafts to decorate your home, and Christmas tree.  Visit with Santa for a treat, or check out to the model train display.  Free admission!

12/9/2018 1:00 PM12/9/2018 4:00 PMSunday, December 09, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Sun., Dec., 30th6-9:00 pm

Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble

12/30/2018 6:00 PM12/30/2018 9:00 PMSunday, December 30, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sat., Dec. 16th6-9:00 pm

6 pm- “Who is the Belsnickel?” – Join Keith Brintzenhoff to learn about this PA Dutch Santa Claus, who is a mean and cranky old guy.  Keith will portray the character, just like they did it in the good old days, spoken in PA Dutch (with English translation.)  If you’ve been ‘gut’, he may have a treat for you.  But if you’ve been ‘schlecht’, beware the switch!

 Shows at 6:45 & 7:45 pm- Songs & Stories of Christmas with
Matt Dodd is a lively, fun show featuring Christmas songs both new
and old for kids and grown-ups alike. Matthew sings the songs we all
know and love, sometimes with funny alternate verses, many of which
he makes up as he goes along.   He will also tell us the stories behind
such songs as Silent Night and Good King Wenceslas.  Plus he tells
stories of holiday customs around the world, and he personalizes
famous songs by adding verses using names of folks in the audience. 
 It's a sing-along, laugh-along heart-warming Christmas time! 
www.songsandstories.homestead.com
12/16/2017 6:00 PM12/16/2017 9:00 PMSaturday, December 16, 2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sun., Dec. 21-4:00 pm

Free- Kids Holiday Movies & Crafts

12/2/2018 1:00 PM12/2/2018 4:00 PMSunday, December 02, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  
Thurs., Dec. 276-9:00 pm

Maggie Spike with Tom Montgomery 

12/27/2018 6:00 PM12/27/2018 9:00 PMThursday, December 27, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Thurs., Dec. 206-9:00 pm

“Celtic Seasonings” with Ken Gehret & Irish Mist performs a full spectrum of Celtic music including traditional, modern, original, and seasonal favorites to inspire you just in time for the holidays.  www.kengehret.com (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/20/2018 6:00 PM12/20/2018 9:00 PMThursday, December 20, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sat., Dec. 86-9:00 pm

Brass Menagerie invites you to enjoy an evening of traditional and "less traditional" seasonal brass music.  Playing together for over 15 years, the Brass Menagerie offers a night of music that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!  (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/8/2018 6:00 PM12/8/2018 9:00 PMSaturday, December 08, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sun., Dec. 23rd6-9:00 pm

Harp & Soul- features Nichole Rohrbach on the harp and Noelle Bryant on the cello.  The unique blend of the rich tones of the cello with the percussive sounds of the harp will help you ease into the holiday spirit.  www.harpnsouln.com  (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/23/2018 6:00 PM12/23/2018 9:00 PMSunday, December 23, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Fri., Dec.28th6-9:00 pm

Peter Errich & Todd Zarzecki

12/28/2018 6:00 PM12/28/2018 9:00 PMFriday, December 28, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sat., Dec. 296-9:00 pm

”Good-Time Family Fun, Music & Comedy" w/ Ray Owen- shows at 6:30 and 7:30

12/29/2018 6:00 PM12/29/2018 9:00 PMSaturday, December 29, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sat., Dec. 15th6-9:00 pm

Christmas Traditions in America w/ Roy Justice 

12/15/2018 6:00 PM12/15/2018 9:00 PMSaturday, December 15, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sun., Dec. 166-9:00 pm

Jurkiewicz Family Strings- Join us for an evening of some elegant chamber music featuring Mercedes Jurkiewicz, a cello player in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and her three musical children. (6:30-8:30 pm)

12/16/2018 6:00 PM12/16/2018 9:00 PMSunday, December 16, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Sunday, January 28th 1-3:00 pm
No reason to be suffering from cabin fever, as winter is a great time to explore the forests. After a brief introduction to snowshoeing by County and State Parks staff we will put our newly learned skills to use by exploring some of the trails in Nolde by snowshoe. You can bring your own pair of snowshoes or borrow a pair from Nolde. And if there is no snow, we will take a short hike. Please remember to dress for the weather. Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register by 1/24/18.
 
Co-sponsored with Nolde Forest EEC.
1/28/2018 1:00 PM1/28/2018 3:00 PMSunday, January 28, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, February 3rd1-3:00 pm
Bring your DSLR or film camera and learn tips on how to shoot great winter-time photos outdoors. The program will start with a slide presentation and cold weather tips and techniques. Then professional photographer & instructor, Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature. This is a free program for all ages and Cocoa and warm treats will be available. Please remember to dress for the weather. Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to register by 1/29/18
2/3/2018 1:00 PM2/3/2018 3:00 PMSaturday, February 03, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, February 17th6:00 pm
Discover the feathered friends who make February their time to find love. Learn about PA’s native owls, their calls, and fun facts about how they’ve evolved into one of our animals of the night! A hike into the woods will follow a short discussion and show & tell about our outstanding owls. Geared towards families with children 5+. Please wear sturdy footwear, warm clothing, and bring a flashlight.
 
FREE – Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register
2/17/2018 6:00 PM2/17/2018 7:30 PMSaturday, February 17, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
  
Saturday, February 24th1-3:00 pm
Join us as we experience an American tradition, maple sugaring! Explore maple sugaring from start to finish as we tap trees, boil the sap, and taste the final product. $3.00 - Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register. (snow date: 2/25)
2/24/2018 1:00 PM2/24/2018 3:00 PMSaturday, February 24, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, March 3rd1-3:00 pm
Join us as we experience an American tradition, maple sugaring! Explore maple sugaring from start to finish as we tap trees, boil the sap, and taste the final product. $3.00 - Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register.
3/3/2018 1:00 PM3/3/2018 3:00 PMSaturday, March 03, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, March 4th 1:00 pm
Bring along your favorite blanket or quilt and join us for story time at The Beidler House. We will be reading the book The Quilt Makers Journey. Learn what it takes to make a quilt and why they were so important. Than get a chance to design your own quilt square.  Ages 4-6.
 
Call 610-374-8839 to register.
3/4/2018 1:00 PM3/4/2018 2:00 PMSunday, March 04, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  
Saturday, March 24th12-3:00 pm
Join Berks County Parks Staff, along with our wonderful volunteers, for a day of family fun at this year’s EGGstravaganza. This event will feature the Easter Bunny with special treats for children. There will also be children’s crafts and activities, egg decorating, and much, much more. Most activities are free of charge.Please note that this is not an egg hunt. Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 for more information.
3/24/2018 12:00 PM3/24/2018 3:00 PMSaturday, March 24, 2018 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, January 14th1-3:00 pm
Looking for an activity that will take you outdoors to enjoy a snowy winter? Come to Cabela’s in Hamburg for an introduction to snowshoeing. We will take a look at types of snowshoes, as well as trekking poles, footwear, and clothing that will keep you comfortable. After our indoor session, we will relocate to the Kernsville Dam Recreation Area to put our newly learned skills to use. If there is no snow we will go for a short hike.Please pre-register by 1/10/18 by calling 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.
 
Co-sponsored with Cabela’s and Blue Mountain Wildlife
1/14/2018 1:00 PM1/14/2018 3:00 PMSunday, January 14, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, April 28th12-5:00 pm
Bring a picnic lunch, and spend a day in the park! Health and wellness information will be shared, along with fun games for all ages. Bring a store-bought kite or kids can make one in our Sled-Kite Workshop tent. See professional kite flying and stunts. Vote for your favorite in the Law Enforcement Vehicle Competition! This event is presented by the YMCA of Reading & Berks County and the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. Together our kids will “Get Active & Take Flight!” Free Admission and Parking. For more information on the local initiative, visit our Facebook page: Berks County YMCA Health Kids Day. Rain date: April 29th (Big Vision Sports Complex). Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 for more information.
4/28/2018 12:00 PM4/28/2018 5:00 PMSaturday, April 28, 2018 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  
Thursday, February 8th10-11:00 am
Series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
 
For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
2/8/2018 10:00 AM2/8/2018 11:00 AMThursday, February 08, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Thursday, March 8th 10-11:00 am
Series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
 
For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
3/8/2018 10:00 AM3/8/2018 11:00 AMThursday, March 08, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Thursday, April 12th10-11:00 am
Series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
 
For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
4/12/2018 10:00 AM4/12/2018 11:00 AMThursday, April 12, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Saturday, April 218-10:00 am
4/21/2018 8:00 AM4/21/2018 10:00 AMSaturday, April 21, 2018 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  
Saturday, May 59:30-11:30 am

Most people want to hold on to items with sentimental value, even flowers! Elaine Meinhart will lead each of you in creating your own flower press to be used to complete a beautiful piece of art with the flowers you press. All supplies provided.  Allow 2 hours. 

Part II- June 23rd.  In this class you will create basic piece of art from your pressed flowers.
Supplies: small thin sharp pointed 4 inch scissors.  Allow 2 hours for this class.
Cost : $10.  Registration and deadline for payment to Elaine Meinhart by May 1st. Call 610-374-8839.  Class limited to 12
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
5/5/2018 9:30 AM5/5/2018 11:30 AMSaturday, May 05, 2018 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  
Saturday, May 1210-11:00 am
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie. In our era of technology, it is fun to take a step back and renew these opportunities. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc.  Topic: Putting in a casing.

5/12/2018 10:00 AM5/12/2018 11:00 AMSaturday, May 12, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Saturday May 127:00 am

Join us for an early morning walk along the Cabela’s Wetlands Trail looking for birds attracted to the wetlands and other wildlife abundant to the area.  The Kernsville Dam Recreation Area is one of the best locations in the County for birders, and this is a peak time for migrant songbirds.  Dress for the weather, and for a leisurely walk about 1-mile in length.  Bring binoculars, or borrow a pair from us.  Depending on the weather, we should see 35 or more species of birds!

5/12/2018 7:00 AM5/12/2018 9:00 AMSaturday, May 12, 2018 07:00 AM - 09:00 AM
  
Saturday, May 121:00 pm

This program will emphasize the importance of Canoeing and Kayaking Water Safety.  The program will start out as a power point program about how to be safe on the water, followed by a chance to try on different styles of lifejackets and practice your skills a using a throw bag.  

Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
5/12/2018 1:00 PM5/12/2018 2:00 PMSaturday, May 12, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  
Sunday, May 132:00 pm

Paul Druzba tells the history of this very popular Reading-area park, from its beginnings in 1896 to its demise in 1950. We’ll look at the changing face of Carsonia over the years, changing with the desires of its visitors, from a quiet refuge from the city, to a place filled with fun and thrills

5/13/2018 2:00 PM5/13/2018 3:00 PMSunday, May 13, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Saturday, June 210:00 am

It wasn’t always so easy to snap a photo! Learn a basic technique to making an image on paper using a lidded coffee can and photo sensitive paper. We’ll take a stroll through wooded paths to find that perfect shot, then bring our ‘cameras’ back to see what develops!

Ages 12-adult - To register, call 484-509-2667, ext. 3. – Cost: $10.00
6/2/2018 10:00 AM6/2/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, June 02, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Sunday, May 1911:00 am

Orienteering is a competitive international sport that combines racing with navigation, although some people prefer walking instead of running.  Learn how to use a topographical map and compass to find waypoints along a plotted course.  It's a sport for any age; beginners are always welcome and instruction is provided at all events. Join members of the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association, for a day in the woods.  Map fee day of event. 

Registration required by May 7th, please call 610-374-2944.
5/20/2018 11:00 AM5/20/2018 12:30 PMSunday, May 20, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  
Sunday, May 205:13 pm

Spend an evening with "ghost host" Charles J. Adams III. Said to be two of the most haunted sites in Berks County, are the mysterious 18th century Beidler House, and Ridgewood Farm Winery where a tragic ghostly tale of anger and jealously lingers.

Must be over 21. Cost $20. (Limited to 30). Register with payment: 610 374-8839. Deadline: May 17.
5/20/2018 5:15 PM5/20/2018 6:30 PMSunday, May 20, 2018 05:15 PM - 06:30 PM
  
Saturday, June 210 am-2 pm

Join us guided hikes along the Union Canal Connector Trail, and around Blue Marsh Lake for National Trails Day.  Bring binoculars to view wildlife, or planes in the sky from the Mid-Atlantic WWII weekend.  We’ll have trail maps from around Berks County and nearby counties. Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

6/2/2018 10:00 AM6/2/2018 2:00 PMSaturday, June 02, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  
Sunday, June 39:00 am

Join us for a late spring hike to identify common non-native invasive plants like garlic mustard, multiflora rose, various honeysuckles, oriental bittersweet and more.  We will also look at the ‘Tree-of-Heaven’ and its relationship to the spotted lanternfly.  We’ll meet in the Memorial parking lot for a moderate hike and learn how you can help keep our forests and wetlands healthy and clean.  Wear a sturdy pair of shoes and bring a pair of work gloves so we can tackle some of the intruders we find.  In case of heavy rain, the hike will be canceled.  Program sponsored by the Blue Mountain Wildlife Inc. in partnership with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.

6/3/2018 9:00 AM6/3/2018 10:00 AMSunday, June 03, 2018 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  
Sunday, June 32:00 pm

Linda Manwiller comes by her interest in outhouses honestly. Her grandparent’s home never had running water, so the outhouse and the chamber pot were part of their way of life. A longtime member of the Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society, join her as she shares this informative and comedic presentation.

6/3/2018 2:00 PM6/3/2018 3:00 PMSunday, June 03, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, June 102:00 pm

Betty Sustello from the Berks County Genealogical Society will explain how to get started on your genealogy.  She will talk about gathering information and good places to start looking. Bring along a pen and notebook.

Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
6/10/2018 2:00 PM6/10/2018 3:00 PMSunday, June 10, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, June 101:00 pm

Join us as we dive beak-first into the wonderful world of raptors!  Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will introduce us to the topic while in the company of some of their beautiful  live rescue raptors.

Free.  Pre-registration required.  Contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667 ext. 3.
 
6/10/2018 1:00 PM6/10/2018 2:00 PMSunday, June 10, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  
Wednesday, June 1310-11:00 am

Join us as we learn and explore what it was like to work in a woodshop such as the one in the Gruber Wagon Works.  This month’s story will be Old McDonald had a woodshop

6/13/2018 10:00 AM6/13/2018 11:00 AMWednesday, June 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Friday, June 155-8:00 pm

Get back to your roots- in the Parks!  Learn how to become a locavore, try something new, or pick up your veggie favorites at one of our two Pop-Up Market times.  Talk with your friendly neighborhood farmers to trace a direct line from the farm to your fork, and then take in the atmosphere with live music and local artisans.

6/15/2018 5:00 PM6/15/2018 8:00 PMFriday, June 15, 2018 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Saturday, June 1610 am-12 pm

Encaustic is a mixed media painting process that uses bee’s wax to create a piece of art work. Create layers, find natural objects around the park to include in your piece, and learn just why a honey bee’s wax is the perfect stuff for crafting. Learn a little about our friend the honey bee and how much work it takes to make the wax we’ll be using.

Ages 14-adult – To register, call 484-509-2667, ext. 3. – Cost: $20.00
6/16/2018 10:00 AM6/16/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, June 16, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Sunday, June 242:00 pm

Paul Miller will present this new program that will feature some of the 800 vintage images depicting historic farms, mills, hotels, and businesses in this area affected by the Blue Marsh dam project. Books will be available.

6/24/2018 2:00 PM6/24/2018 3:00 PMSunday, June 24, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Thursday, June 286:30 pm

Join us as we explore the history along the Union Canal Towpath and Walking trail. Please make sure to wear sturdy walking shoes.   Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

6/28/2018 6:30 PMThursday, June 28, 2018 06:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Friday, June 297:30 pm

Join Environmental Education staff as we take a look at our state insect- the firefly.  Gather around a glowing fire to learn about our glowing friends.  With nets in hand, we will venture through an open field to view bioluminescence in action.  No need to bring your own net. 

Free, pre-registration is required. Contact Jennifer Brooks, jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667 ext 3.
6/29/2018 7:30 PMFriday, June 29, 2018 07:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  
Saturday, June 3010:00 am

Come learn about Geocaching while hiking!  Start off with a brief introduction about what geocaching is and how it works, then head out on the trail to apply your new skills!  Our trek will take us over across the top of the dam along the trail to the Spillway and onward to the Water Rd loop following the Tulpehocken Creek back to the Stilling Basin.  The hike will be easy to moderate and approximately 3.5 miles.  For all ages!  Bring your smartphone, or use one of our loaner GPS units.  Park in the Visitor Center Lot and meet in the Conference Center.

6/30/2018 10:00 AM6/30/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, June 30, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Sunday, July 12:00 pm

Rita Floriani long time member of the club, will present this illustrated lecture.  Founded in 1916, this hiking club became an Appalachian Trail maintenance group as they built and maintained 102 miles of the trail along the top of the Blue Mountain.  Armchair hikers will meet the clubs’ early environmentalists and visit the places club members hiked in the 1920s and 1930s, as well as a view of the beauty of the flora and fauna along the trail today.  

7/1/2018 2:00 PM7/1/2018 3:00 PMSunday, July 01, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Sunday, July 82:00 pm

Noted local naturalist Richard Bonnet will present 13 sets of PA wildlife that are either hard to find like SNIPE blending in close or Hellbenders; or common wildlife like Flicker or Snappers, doing something we don’t normally observe, like mating. 

Each set contains a different species and ends with a  video that will better describe the still shots presented.
 90% of what we will see was photographed in Berks County.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
7/8/2018 2:00 PM7/8/2018 3:00 PMSunday, July 08, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Wednesday, July 1110-11:00 am

Join us as we learn and explore why covered bridges were built.  This month’s story will be: The Great Bridge Building Contest.  Please call the Berks County Heritage Center at 610-374-8839 to register. 

 
7/11/2018 10:00 AM7/11/2018 11:00 AMWednesday, July 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Sunday, July 152:00 pm

Berks County now boasts a group of volunteers dedicated to improving the health of our streams and rivers.  The Penn State Master Watershed Steward program offers training to men and women with an interest in the environment and a desire to make a difference in their community.  Our Tulpehocken Creek is the largest watershed in the area; after the program, we’ll walk down to the creek to look at initiatives by the County to improve its water quality.  Learn about other projects these volunteers are doing in our area, and what it takes to be a Master Watershed Steward.

7/15/2018 2:00 PM7/15/2018 3:00 PMSunday, July 15, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Friday, July 207:15 pm

Come out to the parks on a beautiful summer evening to witness the wonder of our night time friends, bats.  Pa Bat Rescue’s Stephanie Stronsick will guide us through bat fact and fiction, and what we can do to help these important species in our own backyards.

FREE, pre-registration is required. Contact Jennifer Brooks, jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667 ext 3.
7/20/2018 7:15 PM7/20/2018 8:30 PMFriday, July 20, 2018 07:15 PM - 08:30 PM
  
Saturday, July 219:00 am-1:00 pm

Discover just how much fun fishing can be when you do it together at a PFBC Family Fishing Program.  Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting the hook, and taking a fish off the hook. You and your family will have the opportunity to fish – no fishing license required.  All equipment provided.  The “catch???” Adults must bring a child and children must bring an adult.  You’ll be learning and fishing together.

Free program.  Participants need to register before the event at www.fishandboat.com, select the Family Fishing program on July 21 to register from the Calendar of Events.  For information or directions, call 610-374-2944.
7/21/2018 9:00 AM7/21/2018 1:00 PMSaturday, July 21, 2018 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  
Thursday, July 269:30 am-1:30 pm

Join  environmental education staff as we learn about the beautiful bugs around us and debunk some crazy myths!

Rain date: 7/27
This program is designed for children grades K-3.
Pre-registration required.  Cost $15.00.
7/26/2018 9:30 AM7/26/2018 1:30 PMThursday, July 26, 2018 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  
Tuesday, April 101-3:00 pm

​Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 for details

4/10/2018 1:00 PM4/10/2018 3:00 PMTuesday, April 10, 2018 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Friday, July 274-6:00 pm

Join us for a paddle around a peaceful bay area of the lake; we will start and end at the Peacock Road Access.  After the trip, you are welcome to Blue Marsh Outdoors for BBQ, a campfire and socializing.  Water safety, history, and features of the lake will be covered before boats are in the water.  Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com.  The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited to 20 people.  Program presented by a partnership with Blue Marsh Outdoors, U.S.A.C.E. Blue Marsh Lake, Township of Spring Parks & Recreation, and Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.

Pre-registration is required to 610-374-2944 by July 16th.
Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
7/27/2018 4:00 PM7/27/2018 6:00 PMFriday, July 27, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
  
Saturday, July 281:00 pm

Join Evan Corondi from the Berks County Conservation District along with Parks Environmental Education staff as we head out on a hands-on adventure to learn more about this invasive pest and what you can do in your own backyard.  Wear appropriate footwear  FREE

7/28/2018 1:00 PM7/28/2018 2:00 PMSaturday, July 28, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  
Wednesday, August 810-11:00 am

Join us as we learn and explore all about canals.  This month’s story will be: The Cow who Fell in the Canal. 

8/8/2018 10:00 AM8/8/2018 11:00 AMWednesday, August 08, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Saturday, August 259:30-11:30 am

In the early to mid-1800s, craftsmen decorated their furniture with colorful patterns using pigment dissolved in vinegar and different tools. We will create a variety of vinegar paint patterns on practice boards and a lidded tin. All supplies are provided. You may bring your own tools such as combs, feathers, paint brushes and sponges to create patterns. 

Cost:$10.00 Registration and payment by August 17th, class limited to 20 people. Call 610-374-8839
8/25/2018 9:30 AM8/25/2018 11:30 AMSaturday, August 25, 2018 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  
Saturday, August 262-3:30 pm

Join naturalist and butterfly expert, Karl Gardner, for a butterfly walk along the Connector Trail.  Karl will start out by showing everyone some caterpillars.  After looking at some of the caterpillars you will find it hard to believe that they actually turn into such colorful butterflies!  All participants will receive a butterfly checklist, and he will have some extra nets if you want to try your skills at catching these quick moving insects.  We will use viewing jars to see the butterflies up close and personal.  If you have binoculars and a camera bring them along as they may become handy during this adventure. 

8/26/2018 2:00 PM8/26/2018 3:30 PMSunday, August 26, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  
Saturday, Sept. 810 am-12 pm

If you can’t beat them, wear them instead! Get the scoop on invasives, know what to look for, how to combat them, and how they can be used to create something beautiful. Cast leaves and plant parts safely in resin to make jewelry components for necklaces and earrings. No experience with jewelry making necessary! Come to learn and walk away with a way to combat those pesky invasive plants!

Ages 14-adult - To register, call 484-509-2667, ext. 3. – Cost: $10.00
9/8/2018 10:00 AM9/8/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, September 08, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Sunday, Sept. 92:00 pm

Join park volunteer Beth Shugar and Becky Hughes for a program about the history of quilting.  Learn about how quilts were pieced together and what fabrics and materials were used.  Quilts and quilt squares will be on display to look at. 

9/9/2018 2:00 PM9/9/2018 3:00 PMSunday, September 09, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  
Tuesday, Sept. 115:30 pm

Antietam Lake Park offers some natural beauty for the budding photographer.  Our hike will start at the Seidel Road parking area, and we will head towards the lake and the beautiful seven-step dam where we’ll learn some tips and techniques in capturing great landscape and waterfall shots. 

Pre-registration is required and class size is limited- call 610-374-2944 to register.  Participants must be able to hike a moderate distance on uneven ground, while carrying their camera equipment.  Rain date: Thursday, 9/20.
9/11/2018 5:30 PM9/11/2018 7:00 PMTuesday, September 11, 2018 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
  
Saturday, Sept. 1510:00 am

Blandon author Dori Hoch will lead a  Story Walk to share her newest book The Bunny Brothers: Lost in the Woods. During the walk, the children will not only hear and see the pages from the book  but will actively participate by moving from  sign to sign to reenact the Bunny Brothers' saga of getting lost in the woods and finding their way back home again.         

FREE, pre-registration is required.  Contact Jennifer Brooks, jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667 ext 3.
9/15/2018 10:00 AM9/15/2018 11:00 AMSaturday, September 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Saturday, Sept. 297:00 pm

Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy will stand on ‘twelve skunk skins’ to tell stories about Rainbow Crow, How a Cicada tricked a Coyote, a race between a rabbit and a turtle, and other stories told around an American Indian campfire.  Stories are for all ages from young to young at heart.  In case of rain, the program will be canceled.  Program sponsored by the Blue Mountain Wildlife Inc. in partnership with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.

9/29/2018 7:00 PM9/29/2018 8:00 PMSaturday, September 29, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  
Saturday, Oct. 1310 am-12 pm

Learn this easy printmaking technique that creates one-of-a-kind works of art! Draw inspiration from the woods as we gather materials to include in our masterpieces, learning about the flora and fauna of Antietam Lake Park. We’ll gather to experiment with inks and paints to create our piece, then use a simple printing press to make the magic happen. No experience necessary – come out and enjoy creating in the parks!

Ages 12-adult - To register, call 484-509-2667, ext. 3. – Cost: $10.00
10/13/2018 10:00 AM10/13/2018 12:00 PMSaturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  
Friday, Oct. 266:00 pm

Become a detective in this interactive dinner mystery.  Each participant is assigned a role to play in this fictional, yet historically-based murder mystery.  Set in the late 19th century at the Turnkey Inn (next to a train station by the new Lebanon Valley Railroad along the Union Canal).  On a dark evening, the Turnkey’s innkeeper is found murdered.  During dinner, discover who has motive to commit this crime and clear your character’s name. 

Cost: $25/person (limited to 22); includes four course meal and interactive mystery. 
Registration with payment deadline October 5.  Call 610-374-2944.
10/26/2018 6:00 PM10/26/2018 9:00 PMFriday, October 26, 2018 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  
Saturday, Oct. 2710:00 am

Get outside to enjoy Antietam Lake Park’s beautiful Fall foliage.  Wear appropriate footwear.

FREE – Register: -484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com
10/27/2018 10:00 AM10/27/2018 11:00 AMSaturday, October 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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