Welcome to the County of Berks
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, or at the number indicated.

 

 Interpretive Programs List of Events ‭[2]‬

 
  • Step Into Snow Fun & How to Dress
    Schedule:
    Sunday, January 19
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:

    ​Cabela's & SRT, Bartrum Section

    Details:

    Looking for an activity that will take you outdoors to enjoy a snowy winter? Join park staff for an introduction to snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, and the footwear and clothing to keep you comfortable during these activities. After the indoor session, we will put our newly learned skills to use, and if there is no snow we will go for a short hike. Please pre-register by calling 610-374-2944, ext 2611.

  • Going Green in the Kitchen
    Schedule:
    Saturday, January 25
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:

    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606

    Details:

    Create a one of a kind, reusable ceramic dish or berry bowl and beeswax wrap to use while you learn how to reduce your environmental impact in the kitchen.  All materials provided, $10 per registered participant.  Geared towards adults.

    To register contact lgauker@countyofberks.com, or call 484-509-2667 to register.o register contact lgauker@countyofberks.com, or call 484-509-2667 to register.

  • Sewing Circle-Valentine's Day
    Schedule:
    Saturday, February 8
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​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: Valentine's Day

  • Roots to Wings: Mother Nature's Valentine's Tea Party
    Schedule:
    Thursday, February 13
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:

    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606

    Details:

    ​Encourage your child's curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hand-on activities, games and stories fill this 1-hour program for ages 3-5. Examine mounted specimens, eggs, nests, bones and more. A craft related to the topic completes each lesson. $5.00 Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com for more information, or call 484-509-2667.

  • Winter Nature Photography
    Schedule:
    Saturday, February 15
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​​Bring your camera and learn how to shoot great winter nature photos. The program will start indoors with a presentation on cold weather tops and techniques. Then Valerie Hoffman, professional photographer and instructor will lead us on an exploratory walk around the park. This is a free program for people of all ages. Please dress for the weather. Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to pre-register by 2/7.
  • Homeschool Series-Life of the Lenape
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, February 18
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location:

    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606

    Details:

    ​Programs are designed to address PA Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology, as well as STEM Education requirements. Geared towards homeschool students in grades 1-4. This is not a drop-off program-parent participation is required. $8.00  Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com for more information, or call 484-509-2667.

  • Animal Adventure Hour
    Schedule:
    Saturday, February 22
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    ​​Join EE staff as we explore amazing animal adaptations by visiting with our live animal ambassadors in the Bingaman Nature Center. The Nature Center will be open from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm with the program starting at 10:00
  • Owl Prowl
    Schedule:
    Saturday, February 29
    Time:
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Location:

    ​Bingaman Nature Center

    Details:

    ​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 have 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. The event is geared toward families with children ages 5+. Please wear sturdy footwear, warm clothes, and bring a flashlight. This event is FREE, but you must call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register beforehand.

  • From Tree to Table: Maple Sugaring
    Schedule:
    Saturday, February 29
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Details:
    ​Learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees then watch the process ot turning sap into liquid gold while tasting the fruits of our labor. Be ready for a short hike and chilly weather. Snow Date 3/1
    Registration and payment required. $3.00 per person. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3, or jbrooks@countyofberks.com.​
  • Leap Day Hike
    Schedule:
    Saturday, February 29
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Details:

    ​February 29 only occurs once every four years, so celebrate with the County Parks by joining us for a hike on some of the trails at Antietam Lake.  And you are certainly welcome to bring along your dogs, though they are required to be on a leash.  Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • Beginning Fly Tying Workshop
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, March 3
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Classes will be held on Tuesday Nights 7:00 to 9:00 PM  March 3rd  through April 7th, 2020 (6 classes)
    Classes will be held at the Berks County Heritage Center 1102 Red Bridge Rd., Reading PA 19605
    Fee, to cover cost of materials will be $30.00 payable on or before first class. (Included in the fee is Club Membership for 2020.)
    Pre-registration suggested by 2/28/20 -Class Size Limited.A limited number of tying tools and equipment are available for beginner’s classes or bring your own if you have them.
    For further information, or to register, contact: Bill Quigg, Berks Fly Tyers 610-750-1097-  OR Rich Schappell, Berks Fly Tyers  610-926-3076   -  richa@epix.net

  • Union Canal Trail-History Hike
    Schedule:
    Saturday, March 7
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    Join us for a hike along the Union Canal Towpath to learn more about this history of the Berks County Parks and the Canals that ran along the Tulpehocken Creek.  Please wear sturdy walking shoes.  Hiking Level: Easy.  For more information call: 610-374-8839.

  • From Tree to Table:Maple Sugaring 101
    Schedule:
    Saturday, March 7
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    Learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees, then watch the process of turning sap into liquid gold while tasting the fruits of our labor.  Be ready for a short hike and chilly weather.  $300 per person, pre-registration required.

     (Snow date: 3/8.  Call 610-374-2944 to register)
  • Homeschool Series-Letterboxing
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, March 10
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location:

    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606

    Details:

    Programs are designed to address PA Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology, as well as STEM Education requirements. Geared towards homeschool students in grades 1-4. This is not a drop-off program-parent participation is required. $8.00  Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com for more information, or call 484-509-2667.

  • History Storytimes-Preschoolers
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, March 11
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join us on the second Wednesday of each month, for a special Storytime for preschool children exploring the rich history of our area.This month will be about canals and the "Erie Canal Pirates"!

  • Roots to Wings: Terrific Turtles
    Schedule:
    Thursday, March 12
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:

    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606

    Details:

    ​Encourage your child's curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hand-on activities, games and stories fill this 1-hour program for ages 3-5. Examine mounted specimens, eggs, nests, bones and more. A craft related to the topic completes each lesson. $5.00 Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com for more information, or call 484-509-2667.

  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, March 14
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​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: Different types of Potholders.
  • Paws On the Path
    Schedule:
    Sunday, March 15
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Details:

    ​Join us for a walk with your dog(s). All dogs must be good around other dogs and must be leashed at all times. Please bring water for your dog. The only fee is that you bring a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. Call 610-374-8839 for more information.

  • Mason Bee Program
    Schedule:
    Saturday, March 21
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:

    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606

    Details:

    ​Mason bees are the cute and fuzzy cousin to our honeybee friends, but did you know that they can pollinate with some real pizzazz?  Invite these native pollinators to your backyard by building a simple mason bee house and providing them with the nesting space they need while learning how Mason bees and their native cousins play a valuable role in our environment.  Geared towards families with children ages 5+, $5 per participant.  Pre-registration required, contact lgauker@countyofberks.com, or 484-509-2667 to register.

  • Woodcrafting for Wildlife-Bluebird Boxes
    Schedule:
    Sunday, March 29
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:

    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606

    Details:

    Join woodworker extraordinaire Ed Burger as we explore the finer points to enticing beautiful Bluebirds to your backyard.  Learn the benefits of attracting wildlife, and why providing proper nesting spaces for birds can be a boon for your flowers, veggie gardens, and more!  Roll up your sleeves and complete a bluebird box of your own to take home!  Pre-registration is required and secures your kit.  Please notify us of how many kits you’d like to reserve, $15 per kit.  Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com, or 484-706-0020 to register.

     

  • Museum Day Live
    Schedule:
    Saturday, April 4
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​The Gruber Wagon Works and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center will open their doors free of charge for the 15th Annual Museum Day hosted by the Smithsonian magazine. Ticket will be available to download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the ticket will gain FREE entrance for two people for one day only.     

  • EGGstravaganza
    Schedule:
    Saturday, April 4
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join the 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 for more information.

  • History Storytime-Preschoolers
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, April 8
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join us on the second Wednesday of each month, for a special Storytime for preschool children exploring the rich history of our area. Topic: Trains - Reading "Owney the Mail-Pouch Pooch"

  • Roots to Wings: In the Small, Small Pond
    Schedule:
    Thursday, April 9
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Details:
    Encourage your child's curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hand-on activities, games and stories fill this 1-hour program for ages 3-5. Examine mounted specimens, eggs, nests, bones and more. A craft related to the topic completes each lesson. $5.00 Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com for more information, or call 484-509-2667.
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, April 11
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​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: Egg Dying

  • Eco Egg Hunt
    Schedule:
    Saturday, April 11
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    Join Environmental Education Program Manager, Jennifer Brooks, and partake in an egg hunt and adventure unlike any 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 leaves. We will learn more about native nesting birds and the eggs prior to the hunt. Pre-registration is required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register. ​$5 per child, adults free

  • Homeschool Series-Wiggly Worms!
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, April 14
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Details:

    ​Programs are designed to address PA Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology, as well as STEM Education requirements. Geared towards homeschool students in grades 1-4. This is not a drop-off program-parent participation is required. $8.00  Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com for more information, or call 484-509-2667.

  • Amphibian Program
    Schedule:
    Saturday, April 25
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Details:
    ​This park boasts many species of frogs, toads, and salamanders which live and breed in our diverse aquatic and wetland habitats. Join us as we don boots and headlamps in hopes of witnessing amphibians in their native habitats. Geared towards families with children ages 5+.
    egistration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3, or jbrooks@countyofberks.com
  • Wildflower Walk
    Schedule:
    Sunday, April 26
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join us for a walk on the trails of Antietam Lake to learn about and see all the wildflowers growing in the park. Dr. Susan Munch will lead the hike and will be providing helpful information on the species we will be seeing. This is a FREE event. Call 610-374-8839 for more information.

  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, May 9
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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
  • Storytime at the Heritage Center
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, May 13
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Join us on the second Wednesday of each month, for a special Storytime for preschool children exploring the rich history of our area. Ages 3-5 Topic: Wagons- Reading "And Everyone Shouted Pull!"