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



Wednesday, July 20                           
All About Paper Workshop                             10:00 a.m.                     Heritage Center
Join us for a workshop all about paper! Kids will learn how to make their own paper, try their hand at marbling paper and a pencil, and create a notebook. You will have paper that Grows! to take home! Ages 6-12. Cost: $10. Registration and pre-payment required by July 13th.  Call 610-374-8839 to register.




Thursday, July 21
How Sweet is Summer                     9:30 am-1:30 p.m.                                Angora Fruit Farm
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




Sunday, July 24                          
Intoduction to Dragonflies & Damselflies                      2:00 p.m.                 Heritage Center
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.


Tues, Wed, Thur., July 26, 27, 28                                
Half Day History Day Camp                     9:00 am-12:30 p.m.           Heritage Center
Treat your kids to an exceptional experience of interactive programs that will open up their knowledge on three different aspects of early life in Berks County. Each day includes a lesson, games, crafts and hand-on activities. How Did We Move Things? - What Grows On A Farm? - What Makes PA Unique? -  3 1/2 days: 7/26, 7/27, 7/28.  $30 - Call 610-374-8839 to register.  Deadline: 7/15.  For ages 6-12. 

Tuesday, July 26th

Nature Photograph  with                        6:30-8:00 p.m.                                              Heritage Center
with Valerie Hoffman
Back by popluar 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 and instructor Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature. (Rain Date 7/28)
Free program for all ages. Call 610-374-2944, ext 2611 to register. Deadline: 7/22 


Thursday, July 28                            
Boots, Buckets, & Beyond                         9:30 a.m. -1:30  p.m.                   Angora Fruit Farm
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 two watery environments their home.  Prepare to get wet!   For children who have completed K-3rd grade. (Rain date 7/29)Cost: $15/per child. Registration and pre-payment required. 484-509-2667, ext.#3 or



Saturday, July 30th                        

Knee Deep In the Creek                         10 am                  Heritage Center
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



Thursday, August 4                             

Monarchs & Milkweed,       9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.               Angora Fruit Farm

Flutter through our butterfly house to discover tiny monarch eggs, caterpillars, or chrysalises and learn about their amazing life cycle. Discover why milkweed is so important, and take some seeds home to plant. Rain Date: 8/5. For children grades K-3.

$15 per child. Pre-registration requird-Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or

Thursday, August 11                                 

Lunch and Learn                                  12:15-12:45 p.m.                         Heritage Center
Bring your lunch and learn about some of the unique places in the Berks County Parks Dept. This month's topic: the Bingaman House and Nature Center at Antietam Lake Park.


Friday, August 12th
Beginner Paddleboarding #2       5:00p.m.-8:00p.m.    Blue Marsh Lake-Church Rd Parking Area
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.
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