Interpretive Programs

2016 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


Wednesday, June 22nd

Kid’s Science Fun                          10:00 a.m.                 Heritage Center

Ever wonder what makes something grow a certain way or why foods react to other foods? Ever wonder about the stars in the night sky? Try your hand at science experiments and join us to answer your questions.  Program is suitable for students ages 7-12. Class is limited to 20 students.$ 5.00- Registration required and pre-payment required by June 15th; call 610-374-8839 to sign up.


Thursday, June 23                                      

Yoga and Mindfulness Walking           6:30-7:30 pm                     Heritage Center
The practice of mindfulness can bring many benefits to your emotional and physical health. "Porcupine Pat" McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District will help us to become happy and healthy. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Beginners welcome!
Co sponsor: Spring Twp. Parks & Rec.


Friday, June 24th                                           
Kayak Down the Creek                     4 pm                      Blue Marsh Lake - Stilling Basin parking area
Bring your own kayak or canoe and join us as we meander our way along the lower portion of the Tulpehocken Creek from the Blue Marsh Lake Stilling Basin to below the Berks Leisure Area.  Water safety, local history, features of the creek and other water trails around the area will be covered before we launch. Participants must provide their own boat, life jacket and transportation.  Event limited to 20 people.  (Previous paddling experience suggested, and ACA insurance recommended)  Pre-registration required to 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 by June 17th .



Saturday, June 25th                                                  

Intro to Orienteering                     10am                 Gring's Mill
Journeying outdoors can be a refreshing getaway from today's busy, technology-driven world. Don't rely on a GPS! instead, learn how to read a map and use a compass to navigate a beginner's level Orienteering course around the park. No experience needed. Join members of the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association to learn about this internationally competitive sport, as well as a valuable life skill.




Sunday, June 26                           
Easter Basket - Workshop Basket - Workshop                            12-4:00 p.m.                        Heritage Center
Constructed much like a willow basket of old, this basket can be used year-round, not just at Easter! Join expert basket maker Vicky Hefner to make ours to take home. Bring: bucket, towel, 10 spring clothes pins, screwdriver, old pair of scissors.  Cost: $25. Registration and pre-payment (payable to instructor) required by June 15th Co-sponsored with Spring Township Parks & Recreation Dept



Friday, July 1st
Paddle & Pedal along the Tulpehocken                 4-7 pm                Blue Marsh Lake   - Stilling Basin
Join us for a 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 tranportation; or reserve your equipment through 3D Outdoor Rental.  
Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 (if providing your own equipment) or call 3D Outdoor Rental, 610-488-1900. Deadline: June 25th.



Friday, July 8                                  

Starwatch in Northern Berks                              9:00 pm                      Kernsville Dam Recreation Area
Member's of the Berks County Amateur Astronmical Society will present a short program; then invite you to gaze into the night sky to view planets and star constellations. Bring your own telescope if you have one, a flashlight and chairs to enjoy summer night starwatching. Cloud/Rain Date: Saturday, 7/9.

Saturday, July 9th
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: Crocheting
Saturday, July 9   
Geocaching-A Beginner's Guide        10:00 a.m.                         Gring's Mill
Learn about the basics of Geocaching and how you too can participate in this worldwide treasure hunting game. We'll explain the basics of GPS navigation and discover special geocaches hidden around Gring's Mill park. 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 information if using your own GPS)  This is a fun, FREE program. Please register by July 1st.  Call 610-374-2944 for more information.


Sunday, July 10th
Business and Pleasure Along the Allegheny Creek Valley-Gibraltar at the Turn of the Century 1890-1920              2:00 p.m.                                                   Beidler House
The Gibraltar and neighboring hamlets were bustling with the manufacturing of iron and textile goods, taking advantage of the valuable canal and railroad running through the landscape. Yet, many folks found time for fishing and picnics along the Schuylkill, and music and dance at the local hotels. Marcia Houston will share stories of the people and the places that shaped this valley during this time period. (Including a bit more murder and mayhem!) FREE Program. Seating is limited. Must register to attend-call 610-374-8839.
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