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, 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.

Tuesday, May 91-3:00 pm

Bingaman Nature Center (2843 Hill Rd., Reading PA 19606)​

Learn simple bookbinding techniques and complete your very own journal!  Students will then be asked to make their first entry while we discover the sights and sounds of the park.  Geared for homeschool students in grades 1-4.

Cost: $7. Registration with payment; Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail
Saturday, May 1310:00 am

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 Topic: putting in a casing.

Saturday, May 131:00 pm

Ever wonder what the sun looks like.  Join the Berks County Astronomical Society for a glimpse at the sun through their specially designed telescope lenses.

Saturday, May 208:00 am

Enjoy the beauties of spring 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 and early summer. (raindate: 5/21)

Saturday,  May 2010 am-2 pm
Stilling Basin

Discover just how much fun fishing can be when you do it together at a PFBC Family Fishing Program.  Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting the hook, and taking a fish off the hook. You and your family will have the opportunity to fish – no fishing license required.  All equipment provided.  The “catch???” Adults must bring a child and children must bring an adult.  You’ll be learning and fishing together.
Free program.  Participants need to register before the event at, select the Family Fishing Program on May 20 to register from the Calendar of Events.  For information or directions, call 610-374-2944.

Saturday, May 205:13 pm

Join “ghost  host” Charlie Adams for a spirited evening at two of the most haunted buildings in Berks County, as stated by Charlie in his list of the “10 Most Haunted places in Berks.”  First we will visit the mysterious 18th century Beidler House and grist mill. Then we’re off to the beautiful Ridgewood Farm Winery where a tragic ghostly tale of anger and jealousy lingers. 

Must be over 21.  Limited to 30. Cost $35. Registration and deadline for payment May 17. Call 610 374-8839.
Sunday, May 211-5 pm

​Join our volunteers to learn about the operation and unique story of this single family grist mill, built in 1888 by Nicklos Melcher.

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