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, March 7 through April 117-9:00 pm
This is a 6-week class for Beginners only. Fee to cover costs of materials will be $30, payable on or before the first class. Included in the fee is Club Membership for 2017. Pre-registration by 3/1/17. Call Jack Tucker at 610-777-0652 or Rich Schappell at 610-926-3076 to register. Poster
Saturday, April 110:00 am-12:00 pm
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: All About Wool
Tuesday, April 111-3:00 pm
Bingaman Nature Center (2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606)
As the days warm up, cold blooded critters awaken from their winter slumber to lay their eggs in the  wetlands at Antietam. We will hike and explore the places that they call home for the springtime. Homeschool Programs for Homeschoolers for children in grades 1-4.
 $7 per registered child perprogram. Pre-registration required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3.
Saturday, April 1511:00 am- 1:00 pm
Join Environmental Educator, Jennifer Brooks, and partake in an egg hunt adventure like no other!  This non-traditional, non-competitive egg hunt will delight children and parents alike! Children will venture into the forest to hunt for and collect different types of decorated eggs that resemble hawks, owls, and other native birds hidden amongst the trees and leaves in the beautiful forest at Angora Fruit Farms.  We will learn about native nesting birds, and their eggs prior to the hunt!  After children return with their eggs and match them to the correct nest, a prize will be given to all so that everyone leaves with a great big smile!
Fee: $5 per child, adults FREE! Pre-registration is required.  Space is limited!
Contact Jennifer at 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register. For children ages 3 - 10
Saturday, April 2210:00 am
Dogs need to get exercise just as much as we do.  Join our 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. 610-374-8839 for more information.
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
Saturday, April 226:30 pm
Angora Fruit Farm boasts many species of frogs, toads, and salamanders which live or breed in the parks diverse aquatic and wetland habitats. Join us as we don our boots and headlamps in hopes of witnessing the natural phenomenon of their migration.
Free! Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3.
Sunday, April 231:00 pm
Join us for a walk on the trails to learn about and see all the wildflowers growing in the park. Dr. Susan Munch will lead the hike. Call 610-374-8839 for more information.
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
Thursday, May 46:30-7:30 pm

Curious about Wild Ginger? Are dandelions really a weed? "Porcupine Pat" McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District shares plant folklore and will identify many different spring wildflowers along the Union Canal trail. Medicinal and edible plants will be emphasized. This and more will be shared in an informative program geared for teens and adults.

Sunday, May 72:00 pm

Join park's staff as we explore two trails that go right thru Berks County. Learn some basics of what to bring when out backpacking on these types of trails. Co-Sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.

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