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, August 20th                                                  

Fly Fishing with Cabela’s              12:00-3:00 pm                        Gring's Mill Recreation Area - Pavilion
Cabela's is proud to offer this industry-leading course for people interested in learning how to fly fish. The program will begin with a two-hour Introduction to Fly Fishing course that will cover equipment, basic entomology, basic casting and knot tying. The program will conclude with a one-hour Introduction to Fly Casting course, where participants will receive hands-on training on the fundamentals of fly casting, including overhead techniques and roll casting.  Members of the Berks Fly Tyers will also be on hand to demonstrate the art of fly tying under the pavilion.  Class size is limited to 15; call 610-374-2944, Ext 2611 to register by Aug., 12th.



Sunday, August 21st  

Monarch Tagging Family Program                1:00 p.m.                                   Antietam Lake Park
Monarch butterflies make the most incredible journey to Mexico every fall. Come and discover the strength and perseverance of these tiny insects by helping our staff tag real monarch butterflies for research before their journey south. Geared towards families with children 5+. FREE-Pre-registgration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or


Sunday, August 21st                          
 Kansas Flower Basket  Workshop                12-4:00 p.m.              Heritage Center
This gracefully shaped basket looks hard to weave, but it's really quite easy. Vicky Heffner will instruct you on this basket designed to hold and hide a jar for water for fresh flower arrangements. Please bring: bucket, towel, 10 spring clothes pins, screwdriver, old pair of scissors. Cost: $25. Registration and pre-payment (payable to instructor) required by August 10th. Co-sponsored with Spring Township Parks & Recreation Dept



Wednesday, August 24th
Sculpey Workshop                    6:00 p.m.                            Heritage Center
Join Rachel Liskey as she shows us how to use sculpey to create magnets, ornaments, etc. Please bring along old cookie cutters to use as patterns. All other supplies will be provided. Limited to 15 students.
Cost: $10. Registration and pre-payment required by 8/12. Payable to instructor. Call 610-374-8839.


Friday, August 26th

Are the Bats Back?                   7:00 p.m.                                                  Heritage Center
Dr. Karen Campbell, professor of Biology at Albright College returns to present this ever-popular slide lecture on bats from around the world and gives us an update on our own Little Brown Bats of the Red Bridge.
Co Sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.

 Saturday, August 27th

Dying for Color - Colonial Dye Workshop                        10:00 a.m.                            Beidler House
Marcia Houston will start with a short lecture on the history of natural dyes. We will get to know a few of the early dye plants and people like Thomas Jefferson and Eliza Lucas Pinkiney, who tried to bring them to the colonies for production. John Bartram and is son William offered plants native to America for sale to use as dyestuffs. We will also look at the processing and use of natural dyes by local weavers and woolen mills. There will be examples of dyed wool, dyestuff and mordents, and an opportunity to dye wool outside with local native plants.
$5 - Registration with payment (payable to instructor) deadline: 8/19. Call 610-374-8839.
Sunday, August 28th
Why Didn't Our Ancestors Go to the Gym?             2:00 p.m.                          Heritage Center
Retired Social Studies teacher John Rausch joins us today with over 35 items you don't see or use much, if at all, anymore. This will be a hands-on interactive talk that will be sure to make you appreciate the conveniences we have today.
Co Sponsor - Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.




Saturday, Sept. 3
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. This month's topic: Buttons.


Sunday, Sept. 4  
Chief Pontiac's Rebellion             3:00p.m.          Heritage Center
Steve Runkle, a volunteer with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, will present an illustrated lecture exploring the causes of the Native American Rebellion led by the Ottawa Chief Pontiac against the English colonies during 1763-1764.


Thursday, Sept. 8th                                         

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: Berks County Parks Tree Inventory.


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