2015 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, April 25
Paws on the Path                                        10:00 a.m.                                         Antietam Lake Park 
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 aroung 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


Sunday, May 3  
Recycle The Rain                    1-3:00p.m.                                  Angora Fruit Farm



An adult oriented program, however families with children ages 12+ are also encouraged to attend. Rain barrels are limited to one (1) per family or registrant. This workshop will include using simple hand tools to construct each rain barrel so adults are encouraged to build this project or aid older children in construction.
Cost: $40/per kit. Registration and payment required by April 27th. Call 484-509-2667 to register.

Sunday, May 3  
Revisiting the Canals of Berks County              2:00p.m.          Heritage Center
Canal historian Glenn Wenrich will take us on a slide-illustrated journey comparing the Schuylkill Navigation System and the Union Canal’s financial successes and contributions to the community. The program will include some never seen slides.

Thursday, May 7 
“Wildflower Walk Along the Union Canal”              6:30-7:30 p.m.                          Heritage Center

“Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District shares folklore and will identify the many different spring wildflowers along the trail. Curious about wild ginger? Are dandelions really a wee? This and more will be shared in an informative program geared for teens and adults.

Saturday, May 9 
“Let's Go Camping w/ Cabelas”              12-4:00 p.m.        
 Kernsville Dam Recreation Area- Monument Parking Lot, Hamburg
Have you ever thought about going on a camping trip, but weren't sure how to get started? Well, this event has just what you need.  Cabela’s will be on hand to help you get ready for your outdoor adventure – no experience necessary!  You can learn what gear is essential, how to set up a tent, discover places to go camping, and pick up campfire cooking techniques. There may even be some tasting involved- YUM!  Discover some fun activities you can do while camping, like archery, birding, geocaching, casting skills and more!  Learn about some outdoor recreation adventures like orienteering, paddling, Mt. biking, star-watching, and places to go hiking.  Refreshments  will be available. This is a fabulously fun Free event for all ages!  Presented by Cabela’s, Blue Mountain Wildlife Inc., and Berks County Parks & Recreation Dept.  Call 610-374-2944 for information. Rain Date: May 10


Saturday, May 9                          10:00 a.m.                 Heritage Center
"Sewing Circle"
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: Cross Stitch.

Friday, May 15
Paws on the Path                                        6:30 p.m.                                         Antietam Lake Park 
History Hike at Antietam                     
Join park staff and volunteer Gary Shugar to learn about the history of Antietam Lake.  Hike will be about 1 ½ - 2 hours. Please wear study walking shoes. We will meet in the Angora Rd. parking lot.

Sunday, May 17                                 
Melcher’s Grist Mill – What’s It All About?             1-5:00 p.m.       Heritage Center
Join our volunteers to learn about the operation and unique story of the Melcher Grist Mill, built by Nicklos Melcher in 1888.


Thursday, May 28                                         
Hyper Tufa Pot -Workshop                        6:00p.m.                          Heritage Center
Elaine Meinhart returns to lead this beginners class using artificial stone material.
Cost: $10 (includes gloves).  Registration and pre-payment (payable to instructor) required by May 21.  Class limited to 10 adults.


Sunday, May 31                                 
Morning Birdwalk                                   8:00 a.m.                          Heritage Center
Enjoy the full beauty of the spring season 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. 

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