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,Feb. 14th         Snowshoeing with your Sweetie                1:00 p.m.            Kernsville Dam Rec. Area-Monument Parking Lot
 This is a new program that will include plenty of winter-time fun! If you've ever been interested in snowshoeing and wanted to learn what it’s all about, then join us for this specially designed program for beginners.  We’ll discuss shoe sizes, proper snowshoe fit and learn 'how to move in them.'  Of course, if there’s not enough snow (or no snow) we will go for a hike along the beautiful trail. Either way, this will be a fun-filled adventure.  You can bring out your own snowshoes or we will have some available for trial on the trail. Another option is to rent a pair for the day from Buckman’s Ski Shop, (610-678-5960 in Muhlenburg Twp.) For ages 10 and up. Registration Required- Call 610-374-2944 Free event. Registration Deadline: Feb. 9th.
Saturday, Feb. 21st      February Fun Day-A Mid Winter Adventure  1:00p.m.   Blue Marsh Lake- Dry Brooks Day Use Area
Winter-time fun! Berks County Parks and Blue Marsh Lake staff will guide you on a cross-country ski and snowshoe adventure on the trails around Blue Marsh Lake.  This will be an awesome activity for people who want to work on enhancing their skiing or snowshoeing technique on varied terrain.  We will, again, have some snowshoes available for trial on the trails. Cross Country Ski Kits and Snowshoes can also be rented at Buckman’s Ski Shop, or you can bring your own. Please call 610-374-2944 and register by Feb.  16th
Saturday, March 14th   
Geocaching-A Beginner's Guide        1:00p.m.                         Blue Marsh Lake-Lakeview Pavilion
Join Berks County Parks and Blue Marsh Lake staff along with experienced geocachers as we navigate a beginner’s course on Geocaching. Learn how you too can participate in this world-wide treasure hunting game. We’ll explain the basics of GPS navigation and discover special geocaches hidden around Blue Marsh Lake.  Come prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. If you do not own a handheld GPS, don’t worry; we will have some to share (call for more info if using your own GPS).  This is a fun, FREE program. Call 610-374-2944 for more information.
Saturday, April 4th
Non Competitive-Eco Egg Hunt                  10:00 a.m.                                          Angora Fruit Farm
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 to register.                  For children ages 3 - 10

Saturday, April 11th
Spring Migration  Madness                7:00 p.m.                                          Angora Fruit Farm
Berks County 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 into the vernal pools and ponds in which they lay their eggs. Hope for rain and dress appropriately. Bring your flashlights! A short program on the identification and life cycle of local amphibians will be given prior to the hike.   Registration Required.
Contact Jennifer A. Brooks, Environmental Educator to register: 484-509-2667        jbrooks@countyofberks.com


Saturday, April 18th
Wildflower Walk                                          1:00 p.m.                                          Antietam Lake Park 
Dr. Susan Munch, Albright College Professor and Botanist, will lead us on a hike to look at the many wildflowers on the trails at Antietam Lake.  Wear your good walking shoes and join us on this educational and leisurely hike.  Please meet in the parking lot along Angora Road.  Please wear good walking shoes as the trails are not even terrain.
Saturday, April 25th
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