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

 
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Saturday, Jan. 14th     Winter Nature Photography  1-3:00p.m.   Gring's Mill
Bring your DSLR or film camera and learn tips on how to shoot great winter-time photos outdoors. The program will start with a brief slide presentation; then professional photographer & instructor, Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature. This is a free program for all ages. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather. Please call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 and register by Feb.  8th
 
 
Saturday, January 14th
Sewing Circle                                            10:00 a.m.                                               Heritage Center
An old-fashioned sewing circle offered the opportunity for new and experienced stitchers of all crafts to gather and exchange skills and camaraderie.  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: History of Sewing Machines
 
 
Saturday, January 28th
Beginner Snowshoe & Cross-Country Skiing                  1-3:00 p.m.                                          Heritage Center
Bring snowshoes or cross-country skis and join us for this combination program for beginners. We will show you the basics of each. We'll be using the big field by the Herigage Center to ski or snowshoe in a nice open flat area. Or, try a small hill or get onto the Union Canal Trail. We will have some snowshoes available to borrow or you can rent equipment from Buchman's Ski Shop in Muhlenberg. In case of no snow, we'll hike along the trail for some winter activity and scenery. Please register by Jan. 18 at 610-374-2944, ext. 2611.
 
 
Saturday, January 28th 
 Winter Tree ID                  1:00 p.m.                  Bingaman Nature Center (2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606)
Hike into the forest at Antietam Lake Park and learn to identify species of trees without their leaves. Dress warm and be prepared to hike. Geared towards adults.
 Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register.
 
 
Saturday, February 4th
Sewing Circle                                              10:00a.m.                                               Heritage Center
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. This month's topic: Simple Drawstring Bags
 
 
Saturday, February 11th
Winter Moonlight Snowshoe Hike  6-8:00 pm                   Shiloh Hills, 303 Sage Dr., Sinking Spring
Join us and Spring Twp. as we enjoy the sunset and moonrise during an early evening hike. Weather permitting you'll be able to develop your skiing and snowshoeing technique.  Please call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to register.
 
 

Saturday, February 11th  

Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse Celebration and Hike                                  6-8:00 p.m.                                  Angora Fruit Farm
Join us as we look to the skies to discover the first full moon and lunar eclipse of 2017. Investigate the science of a lunar eclipse, hike with education staff and warm up by a campfire with cocoa and marshmallows. All ages are welcome! $5 per family.
Pre-registration and payment required. Call 484-509-2667 ext. 3  or jbrooks@countyofberks.com to register.

 

 

Tuesday, February 14th
Homeschool Happenings "Valentine's Day Treats for our Feathered Friends"                                                  1-3:00 p.m.                                          Bingaman Nature Center (2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606)
Winter is a time of year when birds could us a little help finding food. Join us as we identify some common winter birds and make them a few treats to help them through the long cold winter. Homeschool Programs for Homeschoolers for children in grades 1-4. $7 per registered child per program. Pre-registration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3.
 
 

 

Saturday, Feburary 25th                                               

From Tree to Table: Maple Sugaring 101              1-3:00 pm                        Gring's Mill Recreation Area
Join us as we experience an American tradition: Maple Sugaring! Explore maple surgaring from start to finish as we tap trees, boil the sap, and taste the final product.  $3.00 per person. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. 610-374-2944, Ext 2611 to register.

 

 

Saturday, February 25
Whoo Do You Love? Owl Prowl                5:30 p.m.                                          Bingaman Nature Center (2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606)
Learn about PA's native owls, their calls, and fun facts on how they've evolved into one of our animals of the night! A hike into the woods of Antietam Lake Park will follow a discussion and show & tell about our outstanding owls. For adults and children 5+. Wear appropriate footwear, dress warmly and bring a headlamp, flashlight or lantern.  Registration Required.
Contact Jennifer A. Brooks, Environmental Educator to register: 484-509-2667, ext. 3        jbrooks@countyofberks.com

 

 
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