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.

  • Pumpkins and Pizza Party
    Schedule:
    Thursday, Oct. 19
    Time:
    5-6:30 pm
    Location:
    Details:
    Bring a pumpkin to carve and donate it to the Halloween Hike and Hayride.  Also bring your carving tools and a drink, and we’ll provide pizza!  All donated pumpkins will line the trail for the hike on the 22nd.  All ages welcome.
    FREE.  Pre-registration required - Call 484-509-2667 ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com

  • Halloween Night Hike and Hayride
    Schedule:
    Saturday, Oct. 21
    Time:
    6:15-9:00 pm
    Location:
    Details:

    Experience the wonder of the night through the beautiful Angora Fruit Farm orchards, meeting nocturnal animals along the way. Guides will lead families along a pumpkin-lit path where children will meet and talk with "local" animals of the night. Families can then enjoy a hayride or a treat while sitting by a campfire. Hikes leave every 15 minutes. Costumes optional. For all ages

    ​$5/person. Registration with payment; pelase call 484-509-2667, ect. 3 or email: jbrooks@countyofberks.com

  • Christmas Stocking Basket
    Schedule:
    Sunday, Oct. 22
    Time:
    12-4:00 pm
    Location:
    Details:
    No other stocking will look like this one hanging on your mantel this holiday season. Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
    Cost $30. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Oct. 17th. Call 610 374-8839.
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation

  • PA German Language Classes (Tuesdays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 31)
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, Oct. 24
    Time:
    6:30-8:00 pm
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by August 29th. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Poster
     
     
  • Paws on the Path
    Schedule:
    Saturday, Oct. 28
    Time:
    10-11:00 am
    Location:
    Angora Rd. Parking Lot

    Details:
    Dogs need to get exercise just as much as we do.  Join park staff as they lead a hike designed for you and your dogs. Hike will be about 1 hour and cover some of the easier and scenic trails at Antietam Lake Park.  Dogs must be good around other dogs, and be on a leash.  Please bring along water and a bowl for your dog as well.  Fee:  As a fee we are requesting that you bring along something from the following list as a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County:  dog or cat food, washcloths, towels, blankets and kitty litter.

  • Old Time Toys - Fun For ALL!
    Schedule:
    Sunday, Oct. 29
    Time:
    2:00 pm
    Location:
    Details:
    A Whimmey Diddle Gee Haw, Dancing Dandy, Tumbling Tom, Flying Fred, Shut the Box, Ball n’ Cup . . . these and more will set the stage for today’s program sure to be a hit for all ages!. “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District and Heritage Center staff will present a show and tell, including the history of toys and hands-on playing.

  • Forks of the Susquehanna: Shamokin Revisited
    Schedule:
    Sunday, Oct. 29
    Time:
    2:00 pm
    Location:
    Details:
    Presented by historian and French and Indian War, and Rev. War re-enactor Lynn Otto, this is the story of the Indian town of Shamokin in the early to mid 18th century in Pennsylvania.
     

  • PA German Language Classes (Tuesdays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 31)
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, Oct. 31
    Time:
    6:30-8:00 pm
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by August 29th. Call 610-374-8839 to register. Poster
     
     
  • Orienteering for Beginners
    Schedule:
    Saturday, Nov. 4
    Time:
    10:30 am
    Location:
    Details:
    This program will explain what orienteering is, along with a brief history of the sport.  Participants will learn how to read a topographical map, along with course markings and different course levels.  Tips and techniques will be shared that will be useful in trying your skills on a Beginner’s Level  “White” Course.  This program is part of a national orienteering event weekend.
    Map fee of $12 per individual or group (youth discount available). 
    Pre-registration required by October 18th to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.

  • Orienteering for Beginners
    Schedule:
    Sunday, Nov. 5
    Time:
    10:30 am
    Location:

    William Penn Memorial Fire Tower

    Details:
    This program will explain what orienteering is, along with a brief history of the sport.  Participants will learn how to read a topographical map, along with course markings and different course levels.  Tips and techniques will be shared that will be useful in trying your skills on a Beginner’s Level  “White” or “Yellow” Course. .  This program is part of a national orienteering event weekend.
    Map fee of $12 per individual or group (youth discount available). 
    Pre-registration required by October 18th to 610-374-2944 ext. 2611.

  • Roots to Wings" Pre-School Progr.: Dynamic Dinos
    Schedule:
    Thursday, Nov. 9
    Time:
    10-11:00 am
    Location:
    Bingaman Nature Ctr., 2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606

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    Details:
    The third in our series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
    For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.

  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, Nov. 11
    Time:
    10 am-12 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: Felt

  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, Dec. 9
    Time:
    10am-12pm
    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: Quilting

  • Colonial Candlelight Open House
    Schedule:
    Saturday, Dec. 9
    Time:
    1-6:00 pm
    Location:
    Details:

    Experience a colonial era German Christmas featuring musicians, German holiday delicacies and decorations of traditional fresh greens.​

  • Roots to Wings: Pres-School Prg.: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
    Schedule:
    Thursday, Dec. 14
    Time:
    10-11am
    Location:
    Bingaman Nature Ctr., 2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606

    Details:
    The fourth in our series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.
    For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.

  • Winter Solstice Celebration
    Schedule:
    Saturday, Dec. 16
    Time:
    5:30-7:30 pm
    Location:
    Details:

    Celebrate the longest night of the year with family and friends around a blazing campfire. Wander down our candlelit path into the Enchanted Forest filled with fairies, trolls and winter creatures preparing for Jack Frosts' icy glare. Warm up with snacks, make a winter craft for our feathered friends, learn about the winter sky and listen to music around a fire. Bring a flashlight. Best suited for families with children ages 3-12.

    Cost: $5 per car. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or email: jbrooks@countyofberks.com