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


Sunday, May 31                                 
Morning Birdwalk                                   8:00 a.m.                          Heritage Center
Enjoy the full beauty of the spring season 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. 


Sunday, May 31                                    
Trail O in Mount Penn Woods              11:00 am            William Penn Fire Tower
Orienteering is an outdoor navigation sport.  Participants use a map and compass to find check points along a mapped 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.  Beginners will get an introduction on how to read a topographical map, and find your way through unknown terrain with just a map and compass as your guide.  Then you will go out on the trail for some practical experience, on an easy ‘white’ or yellow’ course. Come on out and join us!  For all ages.  Map fee day of event.  Registration required by May 22nd please call 610-374-2944.



Sunday May 31          
“The Spirits that live in the Mill and on the Farm”  With Charlie Adams.  6:13 pm.                      Beidler House and Mill/Allegheny Aqueduct Historical Par and Ridgewood Farm/Moonlight Winery.   


Spend a spirited spring evening with the consummate “ghost host” Charlie Adams.  We will start at the mysterious and atmospheric 1783 Beidler House with its ghostly stories of tragedy and happiness, and we will meet old “Isaac” at the grist mill ruins.  From there we are off to beautiful Ridgewood Farm/Moonlight Winery, just a mile up the road.  There we will experience a tragic and terrible ghostly tale of jealousy and its aftermath, which reverberates even into this day and age!  Both these historic sites have long legends in the neighborhood of being “haunted”!
Limited to 23 people -  $17.00 per person.  Age over 21 requested.  Register by May 25th – call 610-374-8839.



Friday, June 5                                          
Kayak Down the Creek                     5 pm                        Blue Marsh Lake- Stilling Basin parking area
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 by June 1st.


Saturday, June 6                             
Explore the Trails of Antietam Lake Park          1 -4 pm             ALP- Angora Fruit Farm
Celebrate National Trails Day while exploring the trail system around Antietam Lake.  Trails maps will be available for other trails around Berks County.  There will be a program presented by our Environmental Educator Jennifer Brooks at the Angora Fruit Farm.  Bring binoculars, a small notebook and water for this fun, all ages activity.  Also, if you like to geocache, there are some caches in the area so bring your GPS.  Free program presented by Blue Marsh Lake and Berks County Parks & Recreation. Please call 610-374-2944 for additional details.


Sunday, June 7                                        
Tikes on Bikes                                1 pm                              Heritage Center, barn                         
Bring out the whole family and pedal along the Union Canal Trail with members of BAMBA for National Trails Day-Weekend.  This cycling adventure will begin at the Berks County Heritage Center where participants will learn about basic bike maintenance like how to fix a flat, bike safety and local history.  We will then pedal down the trail to the playground area at Stonecliffe where we will pause for a snack break and some play time.  Then we will mount up again and return to our starting point for a nice cool treat!  It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in the summer heat so don’t forget to bring a drink! 
Please call 610-374-2944 to register by June 1st.


Friday, June 12                                        
Paddle & Pedal along the Tulpehocken #1                    4-7 pm                Blue Marsh Lake- Stilling Basin
Can’t decide how best to experience the Tulpehocken Creek’s natural scenic beauty? Join 3D Outdoor Rental and Parks staff for a double dose of outdoor recreational fun as we kayak down the creek and then bike along the trail. Starting at the Blue Marsh Lake Stilling Basin, we will paddle the creek to the county’s iconic Red Bridge. After we pull out by the picnic area, we’ll take a break for an energizing snack.  Then we’ll hop on our bikes and pedal back to the Stilling Basin via the Union Canal Towpath Trail to return to our starting point, approximately 8 miles round-trip. The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited to 20 boaters. Kayaks and bikes can be reserved through 3D Outdoor Rental, or you can bring your own equipment.  Cost: $40, which includes kayak and bike rental from 3D Outdoor Rental and ACA Insurance.  Life jackets, bike helmets and ACA insurance required.  Call 610-374-2944 for more information.  Pre-registration with payment required to 3D Outdoor Rental, 610-488-1900 by June 8th.


Saturday, June 13                             
Sewing Circle                                             10:00 a.m.                        Heritage Center
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. Knit in Public Day.


Sunday, June 14                               
Meet the Berks Co. Association for Graveyard Preservation         2 pm          Heritage Center.   

The BCAAGP has a mission to restore historic family burial plots that have been abandoned and neglected. This group of volunteers offers assistance to individuals, family associations and property owners in putting some dignity back to the family burial ground. Through a PowerPoint presentation, come and learn about how  they do their work and find out how you can get involved. 

Co-sponsored with Spring Township Parks & Recreation Dept.


Friday, June 19 
History Hike                                                   6:30 p.m.                     Beidler House
Join us for a hike with park staff to discover the Allegheny Aqueduct and Beidler House and nearby trails. Meet at the Beidler House parking area.

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