2016 Interpretive Programs

We offer a series of programs and workshops starting in February through December.  These programs are free unless otherwise indicated.  For more information, or to register for a workshop, please call the Berks County Heritage Center at 610-374-8839.


 Interpretive Programs

Friday, May 6th
Flower Power                               6:30-7:30 p.m.                                              Heritage Center
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.
Saturday, May14th
Sewing Circle                                            10:00 a.m.                                               Heritage Center
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie.  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: Fabric YoYo's. 
Sunday, May 15th
Melcher's Grist Mill Open House                 1:00p.m.-5:00 p.m.                                  Heritage Center
Join our volunteers to learn about the operation and unique story of the Melcher Grist Mill, built by Nicklos Melcher in 1888.


Thursday, May 19  
Homeschool Program Series                                   1-2:30p.m.                                  Angora Fruit Farm
Programs are designed to address PA Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology as well as STEM Education requirements. With a little addition, the mysteries of objects around us unfold. Fibonacci, an early mathematician discovered a sequence of numbers that apply to the numbers of seeds in a sunflower, branches on a tree, and many other examples from nature. 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 to register.

Saturday,May 21st    Spring Flower Macro Photography     1:00 p.m.            Kernsville Dam Rec. Area-Monument Parking Lot
 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.
Sunday, May 22nd
                 Spirits Along the Schuylkill                        5:13 p.m.                                                     Beidler House
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.


Sunday, May 22nd
Pendora Park      2:00 p.m.                                              Heritage Center
Pendora Park, created by local electrician Arthur V. Arrowsmith in 1907, had a short life, but the east Reading community continued to preserve the area as a place for children to play. Local author and historian, Paul A. Druzba, will take us back via a PowerPoint program sharing the history and developments to the present day.

Saturday, June 4th
Exploring the Trails of Berks County  10:00a.m.                                                        10:00a.m.                                                 Shiloh Hills, 303 Sage Dr., Sinking Spring
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.


Wed., Thurs., Fri., June 8-10
Puddle Jumpers Preschool Summer Camp, Wet & Wild                  5:00 p.m.          Angora Fruit Farm
Water is amazing and what lives there is cool. Come discover what lives in our stream and our "pool"! Examine critters in the water and give fishing a whirl. Be prepared to get wet as we play and learn. Let the magic unfurl. Children ages 3-5, with an accompanying adult. 

Registration and payment required. $30.00 per child. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3, or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.​

Thursday, June 9
Lunch and Learn            12:15-12:45 p.m.       Heritage Center
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.


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