2015 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



Saturday, February 13                      
Winter Nature Photography                            1-3:00 p.m.                       Gring's Mill Barn
Bring the camera of your choice to learn more about how to shoot great wintertime photos outdoors. Professional photographer, Valerie Hoffman will share a short slideshow presentation and then lead us on a short exploratory walk around the grounds to allow participants to put her tips to use. This is open and free to all ages. There will be cocoa and warm treats available. Dress appropriately for the weather. Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to register by February 8th.



Saturday, February 13
Whoo Do You Love? Owl Prowl                5:30 p.m.                                          Angora Fruit Farm 
Valentine's Day isn't just for star-crossed lovers! Come discover the feathered friends who make February their time to find love. 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


Saturday, February 20th
A May Afternoon at Historic Ridgewood Farm     4-6:00 p.m.                                                Blue Marsh Lake
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.

Saturday, March 12th

Spring Forward-Countdown to the Equinox                 1-3:00 p.m.                                   Antietam Lake Park
                                                                                                                                -Angora Rd. Parking Lot
As winter draws to an end, join us as we get ready to search for signs of spring while exploring trails around Antietam Lake Park. We will have a Spring Outdoor Observation Activity checklist for you to use. Bring binoculars. Come see how many spring things you can find. Fun for all ages. Call 610-374-2944 for more info.
Saturday, March 26
Non Competitive-Eco Egg Hunt                  10:00 a.m.                                          Angora Fruit Farm
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 to register.                  For children ages 3 - 10


Sunday, April 24th
Wildflower Walk                                                              1:00 p.m.                                      Antietam Lake Park
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.



Saturday, April 30th
Paws on the Path                             10-11:00 a.m.                          Antietam Lake Park
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.