2014 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


Friday, September 26th
Indian Stories & Dances by the Campfire    6:00 p.m.                                                Heritage Center
Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy returns to share nature stories told by the American Indians as we sit around the campfire. We’ll learn to dance to the beat of the drum as we participate in songs. Bring chairs and blankets.

Saturday, September 27th
History Hike                                                  9:00 a.m.                                          Antietam Lake Park
Join us for a Saturday morning walk at Antietam. Come and learn about the history of Antietam Lake, and its importance to Berks County’s past. Hike will last about 2 hours. Please make sure to wear sturdy walking shoes as the trails at Antietam are rocky. Also, bring along water to drink if you like.

Saturday, September 27th
Terrarium Workshop                                  10:30 a.m.                                                Heritage Center
What could be better than a terrarium to enjoy over the winter? Elaine Meinhart will lead our workshop today. Suitable for adults and children with parent.
Cost: $10. Registration and pre-payment (payable to instructor) required by Sept. 20th.
Limited to 10.

Saturday, September 27th
Fall Float on Blue Marsh Lake                      1:30 p.m.                                                Blue Marsh Lake
                                                                                                                         -Church Rd. Parking Lot
What better way to enjoy “Public Lands Day”, than a paddle on Berk’s County’s favorite lake! Bring your kayak or canoe for a paddle on the upper portion of Blue Marsh Lake. We will start and end at the Church Road parking area. Water safety, history, and features of the creek will be covered before boats are in the water. The trip is for experienced paddlers. Bring your own boat and life jacket.
Pre-registration required by September 22nd. Please call 610-376-6337 to register.

Sunday, September 28th
Tree-Mendous Tree Trek                           2:00-3:00 p.m.                                      Hunsicker's Grove
A wide selection of trees are eager to be introduced to you through a tree trek guided by naturalist “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District. Pennsylvania i.e. “Penn’s Woods” is the nation’s leader in hardwood forests and Hunsicker’s Grove is a good site to investigate tree species and identification plus its natural history. Recommended for adults.

Saturday, October 4th
Take Your Kid Mountain Biking Day                1:00 p.m.                                             Blue Marsh Lake
 -Church Rd. Parking Lot
Bring your children along for a fun filled family day of mountain biking! You can help pass your passion for pedaling on to those that matter the most: your kids. Take part in this internationally recognized outdoor event sponsored by the Berks Area Mountain Biking Association and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Enjoy the early fall scenery as we mountain bike along the easier trails around Blue Marsh Lake. Bring your mountain bike and helmet.
This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 610-374-2944 for more information and to register.

Saturday, October 11th
Fall Into Geocaching                                      10:00 a.m.                                      Antietam Lake Park
                                                                                                                               -Angora Fruit Farm
Join Parks staff and experienced geocachers for a beginner’s course on Geocaching. Learn about Geocaching and how you can participate in this world wide treasure hunting game. We’ll explain the basics of GPS navigation and discover special geocaches hidden around the Angora Farm. Come prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. If you do not own a handheld GPS, don’t worry; we have some to share- (call for more information if using your own GPS). For all ages!
Free program, but pre-registration is required by October 6th. Call 610-374-2944 to register.

Saturday, October 11th
26 Ways to Use Fabric YoYo's-Workshop      10:00 a.m.                                             Heritage Center
Yoyo coverlets became popular during the 1930’s. However, since that time creative folks have discovered many more uses for them. Learn how to use the skill to make 27 different projects. This is also a great way to use up and scraps of fabric you might have. Supplies will be provided, or bring along some of your cotton scraps of fabric if you like. Class limited to 15.
FREE - Registration required by October 3rd.

Saturday, October 11th
Mt. Penn Mystery Walk & Dinner                  5:00 p.m.         Rotary Park                                       

Are you interested in local history with a mystery twist? Then join us for this interactive mystery adventure - a historical fiction loosely based on actual events about the rise and fall of Kuechler's Roost in the early 1900's.



Registration and payment require. $25.00 per person. Call 610-374-2944. Deadline October 4th.​


Sunday, October 12th
Snowman Basket-Workshop                      12:00-4:00 p.m.                                        Heritage Center
Join instructor Vicky Heffner for a fun basket to display until next March. Bring: bucket, towel, 10 spring clothes pins, screwdriver, old pair of scissors.
Cost: $25. Registration and pre-payment (payable to instructor) required by October 4th.
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