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.


 Interpretive Programs

Tuesdays, April 25 - June 136:30-8:00 pm
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 April 18th.  Call 610-374-8839 to register. POSTER
Saturday, May 208:00 am

Enjoy the beauties of spring 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 and early summer. (raindate: 5/21)

Saturday, May 205:13 pm

Join “ghost  host” Charlie Adams for a spirited evening at two of the most haunted buildings in Berks County, as stated by Charlie in his list of the “10 Most Haunted places in Berks.”  First we will visit the mysterious 18th century Beidler House and grist mill. Then we’re off to the beautiful Ridgewood Farm Winery where a tragic ghostly tale of anger and jealousy lingers. 

Must be over 21.  Limited to 30. Cost $35. Registration and deadline for payment May 17. Call 610 374-8839.
Sunday, May 211-5 pm

​Join our volunteers to learn about the operation and unique story of this single family grist mill, built in 1888 by Nicklos Melcher.

Sunday, May 211-4 pm

BLUE MARSH LAKE - Stilling Basin

Join us for double dose of outdoor recreation along the Tulpehocken creek.  We’ll start with a 4-mile paddle down the creek to the Red Bridge Picnic Area; where we’ll trade our kayaks for bikes, to pedal back to our starting point by the Union Canal Trail.  Bring your own kayak, bike and transportation; or reserve a kayak through 3D Outdoor Rental, 610-488-1900 or    The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited to 20 boaters.

Pre-registration with payment required by May 14th. Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register, or for more information
Co-sponsored:  by Spring Township Parks & Recreation
Saturday, May 2710:00 am

Saddle up yer bike, and bring it to our park, where kids ages 4-12 will learn safe and responsible biking.  Members of Berks Area Mountain Biking Association (BAMBA) will lead kids through stations on bike-fit and a safety check, helmet fitting, basic bike maintenance and a bike-safe obstacle course.  Prizes will be awarded, and lunch provided for participants in the picnic area. 

For more information and to pre-register, call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 or
email John Pacharis (BAMBA)
  Co-sponsor:  Spring Township Parks & Recreation
Sunday, May 286-8 pm

Start off the holiday weekend with Berks County’s popular Ringgold Band for an entertaining and patriotic concert.  Formed in 1852 amid the area’s rolling hills and farms; the Ringgold Band is proud to be one of America's first community bands. Their diverse concert program will include familiar classics, challenging new works, as well as symphonic overtures, show tunes, solos and a myriad of marches. 

Cost: $5 per car. Rain Date: Sunday, June 4th
Saturday, June 39 am-12 pm

​Bingaman Nature Ctr  2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606

Come see the newly renovated Bingaman House, our “Nature Center” in this open house to observe National Trails Day.  Ever wonder what the area that we now call Antietam Lake Park was like in the late 1800’s and 1900’s?  Learn and explore the history of the Bingaman Nature Center and Antietam Lake Park.   A guided hike on nearby trails will be available.  Trail maps and information on trails around Berks County and beyond will also be available.

 Please call 610-374-8839 for additional details.  

Co-sponsored:  by Spring Township Parks & Recreation.

Sunday, June 42:00 pm

Glenn Wenrich, noted canal historian and parks volunteer will explain the importance of canals in history around the world and in Pennsylvania. He will share information on anthracite canals, and discuss the difference between the Union Canal and Schuylkill Navigation System.

Sunday, June 42:00 pm

This presentation takes a look at the designs and practices used to grow and preserve plants for food and medicine. From Tudor times to modern day recreations, Marcia Houston will share her interest in the many traditional and ingenuous ways of keeping a kitchen garden.

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