Welcome to the County of Berks
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 List of Events ‭[2]‬

 
  • Eco Egg Hunt
    Schedule:
    Saturday, April 20
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    Join Environmental Education Program Manager, Jennifer Brooks, and partake in an egg hunt and adventure unlike any 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 leaves. We will learn more about native nesting birds and the eggs prior to the hunt. Pre-registration is required. Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register. ​$5 per child, adults free

  • Wildflower Walk
    Schedule:
    Saturday, April 20
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join us for a walk on the trails of Antietam Lake to learn about and see all the wildflowers growing in the park. Dr. Susan Munch will lead the hike and will be providing helpful information on the species we will be seeing. This is a FREE event. Call 610-374-8839 for more information.

  • Lunch and Learn
    Schedule:
    Thursday, April 25
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Bring your lunch and join us for a program about The Berks County Parks.  This month we will present a program on all our parks, the history and what programs we have coming up this year in the parks.     

  • Let's Go Fly A Kite! Festival & Healthy Kids Day
    Schedule:
    Saturday, April 27
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:

    Youth Recreation Facility  1098 County Welfare Rd. Leesport

    Details:

    ​Bring a store-bought kite or kids can make on in our Sled-Kite Workshop tent. See professional kite flying and stunts.  Health and wellness information will be shared, along with fun games for all ages. Vote for your favorite in the Law Enforcement Vehicle Competition!  Bring a picnic lunch and spend a day in the park! Together, our kids will “Get Active & Take Flight!” Free admission and parking. For more information, visit the Berks County Park and the YMCA Healthy Kids Day Facebook page or call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611.

  • Salamander Walk
    Schedule:
    Saturday, April 27
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join Environmental Education staff as we spy on the secretive lives of our amphibian friends!  These prehistoric creatures aren’t always loud or flashy, large or ferocious, but their importance in our local ecosystems is as important as the birds and the bees.  Learn how we can all work together to help save key species, and how to spot and identify amphibians who may be living near you!  Geared towards adults and families with children ages 5+.  This is a FREE program, but pre-registration is required.  Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com, or call 484-509-2667 to register.

  • Tatting Workshop
    Schedule:
    Saturday, May 4
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Tatting- “knot” a lost art! Karen Wattai, a self-taught tatter and member of the Lace Lovers of Lebanon, has years of experience teaching this versatile art form. A comparison of threads, needles and shuttle tatting will be discussed as students learn to make rings and chains resulting in a tatted bookmark. Kit includes medium size tatting needle, threads, and pattern. Bring scissors. Cost: $10. Registration with payment (payable to instructor) by April 20. Call 610-374-8839.
  • Women Code Breakers of WWII
    Schedule:
    Sunday, May 5
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Discover the story of the American Women of WWII who broke codes, mastered ciphers, and helped to defeat the enemy with Women’s History enthusiast, Hallie Vaughn.

  • History Storytime-Preschoolers
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, May 8
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join us on the second Wednesday of each month, for a special Storytime for preschool children exploring the rich history of our area. Topic: To Be Announced.

  • Mother Nature's Bounty
    Schedule:
    Thursday, May 9
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Curious about Wild Ginger? Are dandelions really a weed? “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District shares plant folklore and will identify the many different spring wildflowers along the trail. Medicinal and edible plants will be emphasized. This and more will be shared in an informative program geared for teens and adults.

  • History Hike-Antietam
    Schedule:
    Friday, May 10
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Details:

    ​Join park staff and volunteers to learn and explore the history of this not as well-known section of Antietam Lake Park.  Make sure to wear sturdy walking shoes. Skill level: Moderate.  Please call ahead to register 610-374-8839.  Meet at the Angora Rd. Parking Lot.

  • Sewing Circle-Fabric Flowers
    Schedule:
    Saturday, May 11
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​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: Fabric Flowers

  • Fleet Feet Running Program
    Schedule:
    Sunday, May 12
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Running is an amazing and life changing activity, however, many people do not know where to start.  Zach Barker, manager of Fleet Feet in West Reading, will join us to discuss the proper ways to start running with topics such as proper footwear, pacing and form, and finding a good running partner.

  • Kid's Bike Rodeo
    Schedule:
    Saturday, May 18
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Saddle up yer bike, and bring it to our park, where kids ages 4-12 will learn safe and responsible biking.  Members of Berks Area Mountain Biking Association (BAMBA) will lead kids through stations on bike-fit and a safety check, helmet fitting, basic bike maintenance and a bike-safe obstacle course.  Prizes will be awarded, and lunch provided for participants in the picnic area.  For more information and to pre-register, call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 or email John Pacharis with BAMBA to jp1974@ptd.net.

  • FREE 3rd Saturday
    Schedule:
    Saturday, May 18
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Visit the Gruber Wagon Works and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center FOR FREE on the 3rd Saturday of every month from May through October. GWW tours starting on the hour from 10am-3pm and CHHCC open 10am-4pm, film and orientation every half-hour.

  • Hike & Yoga
    Schedule:
    Sunday, May 19
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:

    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606

    Details:

    ​Together we will explore nature, focusing on aligning the body and spirit with our natural surroundings.  Unplug for a few hours and enjoy one of the most beautiful parks in our area.  Event includes: 15 minute stretch, 30 minute guided hike, 30 minute guided Yoga practice and 15 minute cool down stretch and full body relaxation at the end.  Please bring your own mat or towel.  Beginners welcome, space is limited.  Cost: $5 per person.  Registration with payment due May 13th to www.AOPaddle.com or 484-854-1271.  Appropriate for ages six years and up.  No rain date.

  • Spirits Along the Schuylkill
    Schedule:
    Sunday, May 19
    Time:
    5:10 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Spend an evening with "ghost host" Charles J. Adams III. Said to be two of the most haunted sites in Berks County, are the mysterious 18th century Beidler House, and Ridgewood Farm Winery where a tragic ghostly tale of anger and jealously lingers. Must be over 21. Cost $20. (Limited to 30). Register with payment: 610 374-8839. Deadline: May 17.

  • Gifford Pinchot: Pa's Conservationist Governor
    Schedule:
    Sunday, May 26
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Dr. Kenneth Wolensky will discuss Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot’s role in conservation in Pennsylvania as well as his many public policies that helped make the Commonwealth one of most progressive states in the nation in regards to conservation practices during the1920s.

  • Preserving the Harvest-18th Century Techniques
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 2
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Susan McLellan Plaisted, proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, will highlight the daily food preservation techniques of the 18th century from the first produce of the season to the late fall. This power point presentation will open one’s eyes to the broad definition of a "pickle" and cover other practices including drying, potting, and more.      

  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 8
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Calling all knitters! In celebration of Knit in Public Day the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department and Nice Knitters of Muhlenberg Township will be holding a sewing circle at the Berks County Heritage Center for all who wish to join.  Each person should bring a project of their own to work on.  We are highlighting knitting and crocheting on this day.  This is a FREE event and it is open for all ages. The event will run from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. For more information on the event, please contact Becky Hughes at 610-374-8839.

  • Raptor Prog Featuring Hawk Mtn Santuary
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 9
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join us as we dive beak-first into the wonderful world of raptors!  Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will introduce us to the topic while in the company of some of their beautiful, live rescue raptors.  Free.  Pre-registration required.  Contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667.

  • Revolutionary Refugees
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 9
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​As the British advanced toward Philadelphia in September 1777, a group of patriots prepared to evacuate to Reading. Members of some of the city's premier families, they brought with them exquisitely fashioned clothes, furniture, and household goods. Join historian Michelle Lynch as we explore the story of these refugee families in Reading, who were regarded as Loyalists, and they in-turn looked down their noses on the unsophisticated populace of Reading with its muddy streets and German language.

  • Paddle N' Concert
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 9
    Time:
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:

    BLUE MARSH LAKE

    Details:

    ​Join us for a scenic trip along the Tulpehocken Creek, starting at the Stilling Basin at Blue Marsh Lake, and ending at Gring’s Mill Park.  Our trip will end in the area of the Gring’s Mill amphitheater, where you will have the option of paddling around while enjoying Vinyl Groov in concert.  Participants must provide their own transportation.  Rentals available through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, or www.bluemarshoutdoors.com.  Pre-registration required by May 30th to 610-374-2944.

  • SUP Float & Concert
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 9
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Enjoy a concert in the park while on the water, paddling around the Tully or just anchor up and float while listening to the classic music of Vinyl Groov.  Event includes: 5 minute demo of basic Stand Up Paddleboard instruction, and one hour of paddling next to the amphitheater.  Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  No rain date.  Beginners welcome.  Spaces are limited.  Registration and payment due by June 3.  Visit www.AOPaddle.com to register, or call 484-854-1271.  Appropriate for 12 years and up. Cost: $10 per person

  • Concert: Vinyl Groov'
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 9
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Vinyl Groov will take you on a fantastic ride back to the music that had you dancin' all night, and kicks off our summer concert series.  Enjoy the golden sounds of MOTOWN, the silky smooth sounds of PHILADELPHIA, the funky tunes from MEMPHIS DOWN-HOME and the uptempo CLASSIC ROCK.  * it's the GROOV that counts *  No Rain Date.  Refreshments available.  $5/car parking.  www.vinylgroov.net

  • Nature Photography
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, June 11
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Learn how to take fantastic nature photos from an expert!  Bring your Digital SLR or film camera and learn how to use simple settings to best capture the character of the subject and surrounding scenery.  Learn what to look for when taking pictures and then professional photographer & instructor, Valerie Hoffman will lead us on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park capturing great moments in nature.  Free program for all ages.  (Rain Date: Thursday, June 13th)  Call 610-374-2944 to register by June 4th.

  • Storytime at the Heritage Center
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, June 12
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    Learn how and why a gristmill was important.  Join us as we read the story Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle.  Get a chance to try the pancakes that we make.   Ages 3-8 and their parents.

  • Late Spring Birdwalk
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 15
    Time:
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join Katrina Knight from the Baird Ornithological Club for a Birdwalk along the Union Canal Towpath to look at birds.  Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along binoculars.  

  • Get Outdoors Day
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 15
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Location:
    BLUE MARSH LAKE - Dry Brooks Day Use Area
    Details:
    ​​Join us at Blue Marsh Lake with over 35 organizations for a day of outdoor fun! Check out the Penn Star 4 helicopter or take in a wildlife presentation by the Red Creek Wildlife Center. Bring your mountain bike and go on a guided ride with the BAMBA, or try your luck at catching a catfish in the fish pond. Visit the numerous displays, and meet Smokey Bear or Bobber the Water Safety Dog mascots, Newfoundland Retrievers Club, and Search and Rescure and EMS Demos. Play the GO Day Scavenger Hunt and have the opportunity to win a free prize. Lots of fun activities for all ages!
  • FREE 3rd Saturday
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 15
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​​Visit the Gruber Wagon Works and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center FOR FREE on the 3rd Saturday of every month from May through October. GWW tours starting on the hour from 10am-3pm and CHHCC open 10am-4pm, film and orientation every half-hour.

  • Fly Fishing for Everyone
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 16
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Happy Father’s Day! Bring your whole family out to join members of the Berks Fly Tyers Club to learn fly tying, casting techniques and information about equipment. For all ages
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
  • History Hike-Berks Leisure to Stonecliffe
    Schedule:
    Monday, June 17
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Meet us at the Berks Leisure Area to explore the history of the lower section of the Union Canal Trail.    Please wear sturdy walking shoes.    Skill Level: Easy

  • Full Moon Paddle on SUP
    Schedule:
    Monday, June 17
    Time:
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Paddle Blue Marsh Lake under the full glow of the Strawberry Moon; named by the Algonquin Indians who were avid paddlers. Event would include: 5 minute demo of basic SUP instruction, paddle to a seclude location of where participants can hook up to a personal anchor to sit and enjoy their surroundings and gaze at the beauty of the night sky, paddle back to launch destination.Board, paddle, life vest and glow sticks provided by Aqua Om Paddle, or bring your own SUP board.  Beginners welcome, spaces are limited.  Cost: $20 pp Registration with payment due June 10th to www.AOPaddle.com or 484-854-1271.  Appropriate for ages 12 years and up (no rain date).
  • Stand Up Paddle Demos
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, June 18
    Time:
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    FREE-Learning how to paddleboard in a free half-hour session.  Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  Spaces are limited.  Spaces are limited.  Pre-register by visiting www.AOPaddle.com or by calling 484-854-1271.  Appropriate for ages 10 years and up.  (no rain date)
  • Celebrate Summer Solstice
    Schedule:
    Friday, June 21
    Time:
    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Come celebrate the longest day of the year with us!  Discover local goods and produce from our farm to fork style Farmer’s Market, find your inner musician while checking out the drum circle by Living in the Rhythm, or the flute circle with members of Turtle Moon NAFC Organizers.  There will also be a flute building station.  No experience necessary! Join “Porcupine Pat” for a Yoga Walk along the Union Canal Towpath (6:30-7:30pm), or go for a leisure walk to learn about the history of the Deppen Cemetery (6:00 and 7:30pm)- or both! Come and listen to a story by the campfire or come to the kids craft area.  The “Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society” will be on hand to tell you a little more about the science behind the solstice.  The event is free- donations are greatly appreciated. 
  • Family Science Fun Day-Weather
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 22
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Weather is all around us.  Ever wonder what makes a tornado, what types of clouds bring rain or snow, and what it takes to make a rainbow.  Learn how bridges and buildings are built to withstand floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.  Then try your hand at building a model to see if it can withstand a strong gust of air.   This program is designed for children Ages 7-12 and their families.   Register by  June 15th .  Cost $5.00 per family.
  • Eastern Box Turtles:Jewels of PA's Forests
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 22
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join Environmental Education staff and guest biologists as we discover the turtles living in ALP.  Eastern Box turtles are an important species of our wetland habitats. Come take a look at our reptilian neighbors and help biologists take a peek into the health of a key PA species by helping with a citizen science turtle survey.  Geared towards families with children ages 5+, FREE.  Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com for more info and to pre-register.”

  • Tully Paddle & Pedal
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 22
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​​Join us for double dose of outdoor recreation along the Tulpehocken creek. This year we’re meeting at the Berks County Heritage Center and biking along the Union Canal trail to Blue Marsh Lake’s Stilling Basin parking area; where we’ll trade our bikes for kayaks. Then we’ll cool off with a float down the Tully back to the Heritage Center. Bring your own kayak and bike; or reserve a kayak through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com. The trip is for people with some paddling experience, and is limited to 20 people. ACA event insurance is recommended. Program presented by a partnership with Blue Marsh Outdoors, U.S.A.C.E. Blue Marsh Lake, Township of Spring Parks & Recreation, and Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.
     
    Pre-registration is required to 610-374-2944 by June 14th.
     
    Co-Sponsor: Spring Township Parks & Recreation
  • Lenape Traditions & Customs
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 23
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​A  view of the Lenape traditions and customs  around the time of European settlers in Eastern Pennsylvania with Darius Puff.

  • Lunch and Learn-Red Bridge
    Schedule:
    Thursday, June 27
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Bring your lunch or purchase something from our snack bar and join us to learn all about Wertz’s Red Covered Bridge.  This bridge was built in 1867 and is the longest single span covered bridge in the state of Pennsylvania.  

  • Fireflies, Fireworks In the Field
    Schedule:
    Friday, June 28
    Time:
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join Environmental Education staff as we take a look at our state insect- the firefly. Gather around a glowing fire to learn about our glowing friends. With nets in hand, we will venture through an open field to view bioluminescence in action. No need to bring your own net.
     
    Free, pre-registration is required. Contact Jennifer Brooks, jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667 ext 3.
  • Paddle Safe Workshop
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 29
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Paddling sports are growing in popularity, but there are some important safety practices beginners need to know.  Join Blue Marsh Outdoors and Parks Staff for a fun and educational hands-on session on safe paddling. You will learn simple things such as how to properly hold your paddle, and what to do if you or someone else ends up going for an unplanned dip in the water.  Be ready to get wet.  Please wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.  Equipment will be provided.

  • Paws on the Path
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 30
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join volunteer Beagle Puppy Zoey as we explore the trails at Antietam Lake Park.  Dogs must be well behaved around  other dogs and be on a leash.  Make sure to bring water for you and your dog.  This program is free but, we are accepting donations for the Animal Rescue League.   Please call to register: 610-374-8839. 
     
  • Tulip Basket - Workshop
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 30
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Colorful basket great for collecting small pieces of kindling for your hearth or anything.     Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
    Cost $25. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by June 23rd. Call 610 374-8839.
  • Stand Up Paddle Demos
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, July 2
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Church Rd. Parking Lot
    Details:
    ​FREE-Learning how to paddleboard in a free half-hour session.  Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  Spaces are limited.  Pre-register by visiting www.AOPaddle.com or by calling 484-854-1271.  Appropriate for ages ten years and up (rain date – July
  • AO Float
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, July 2
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location:

    BLUE MARSH LAKE

    Church Rd. Parking Lot

    Details:

    ​Meditation can help you disconnect from every day stress and mental demands and help you reconnect with yourself.  One of the easiest ways to begin meditating is with mindful body movements and surrounding yourself in nature.  Meditating on top of a SUP board is a great way to start!  Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  Beginners welcome, spaces are limited.  Cost: $20 per person.  Registration with payment due June 28th to www.AOPaddle.com or 484-854-1271.  Appropriate for ages 12 years and up.  Rain date: July 3.

  • Starwatch
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 5
    Time:
    8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Program begins inside, followed by viewing the stars through telescopes with members of the Berks County Astronomical Society.  

  • Two Scotsmen in the 18th Century Manatawny
    Schedule:
    Sunday, July 7
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​These two intrepid Scotsmen were important  enough in the early history of Berks County to have a town named after one, Douglassville, and a township after the other, Robeson. Who were these shadowy, but important, figures of the early Manatawny in southeastern Berks County? Find out at this interesting presentation given by Scots-heritage Courtney Stevens and Susan Speros.

  • Storytime-Gruber Wagon Works
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, July 10
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​​Join us as we learn and explore why covered bridges were built. This month’s story will be: The Great Bridge Building Contest. Please call the Berks County Heritage Center at 610-374-8839 to register.
  • Paddle n' Concert
    Schedule:
    Thursday, July 11
    Time:
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:
    BLUE MARSH LAKE - Stilling Basin
    Details:
    Join us for a scenic trip along the Tulpehocken Creek, starting at the Stilling Basin at Blue Marsh Lake, and ending at Gring’s Mill Park.  Our trip will end in the area of the Gring’s Mill amphitheater, where you will have the option of paddling around while enjoying The Launies concert.  Participants must provide their own transportation.  Rentals available through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, or www.bluemarshoutdoors.com.  Pre-registration required by July 5th to 610-374-2944.
  • Invasives featuring the Spotted Lantern Fly
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 12
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Location:
    Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​​
    Details:
    ​ Join Evan Corondi from the Berks County Conservation District along with Parks Environmental Education staff as we head out on a hands-on adventure to learn more about this invasive pest and what you can do in your own backyard.  Wear appropriate footwear,  FREE!
  • Intro to Orienteering
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 13
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    Orienteering is a navigational sport, using just a map and compass to find your way around ‘a course’ point by point in unfamiliar terrain. Join Ed Scott, of the Delaware Orienteering Association as he explains this sport which is widely popular in Europe, often described as a thinking man’s game combined with a 5k. After some instruction, participants will put their skills to the test on a beginner-level course around the park. Free program, and great for all ages! Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water.
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 13
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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: History of the American Flag
  • Family Fishing Program
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 13
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Location:

    ​Stonecliffe Recreation Area

    Details:

    ​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 www.fishandboat.com, select the Family Fishing Program on July 13 to register from the Calendar of Events.  For information or directions, call 610-374-2944.

  • Orienteering with the DVOA
    Schedule:
    Sunday, July 14
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:

    ​Rotary Park, List Rd

    Details:

    ​Join the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association for a day in the woods, with a full variety of courses available, from beginner to expert.  Orienteering is a competitive international sport that combines racing with compass navigation.  Short instructional program for Beginners offered at 11 am.  Map fee day of event.  Registration required by July 8th, please call 610-374-2944.

  • Flintlocks, Muskets and Accoutrements
    Schedule:
    Sunday, July 14
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Colonial America and Rev War living history buff Barrie Miller will present a program about Colonial American gun making in Berks, Lancaster, and York Counties, and south into the Shenandoah Valley. He will have samples of guns and accoutrements, and will show the progression of the different styles of the rifle in America. Space limited. Registration requested.
  • 4-Half-Days History Camp
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, July 16
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    7/16-Life in the 1700 and 1800’s
    What was it like to be a child living in the 1700’s and 1800’s.  Learn what life was like on a canal boat, what school lessons would were like and what types of outfits children wore.  Try your hand at writing with a quill pen and playing some games of the past.  

    7/17-Food and Art of the past
    Art and Food are important to our cultural history.  Try your hand at making paper to create your own notebook.   Learn about some of the foods that would have been cooked in a Dutch oven over a fire.  Than have a chance to make your own soft pretzels. 

    7/18-Life on a Farm Life on a Farm
    Farm Life could be fun and tiresome!  Discover what it was like to grow up on our farm, find out how grist mills work.  Try your hand at some daily farm chores, such as cow milking and husking corn.  Than help to mix up some cornmeal pancakes for a snack. 

    7/19-Colonial Living 
    Note: We will be meeting at The Beidler House on this day!
    Experience what it would have been like to live in a colonial house.  Join Carey Shaner to learn what it was like to be a wagoner
    Learn how Native Americans traded and used the river as a means of traveling and transporting goods.  See how any old-fashioned loom works and get a chance to try your hand a weaving on a small loom.   

    Cost:  $50.00 (for four days)Registration Deadline: July 9th
    Class limited to 20 -For more information, or to register, call 610-374-8839 or e-mail Becky Hughes at rhughes@countyofberks.com
  • 4-Half-Days History Camp
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, July 17
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    7/16-Life in the 1700 and 1800’s Life in the 1700 and 1800’s
    What was it like to be a child living in the 1700’s and 1800’s.  Learn what life was like on a canal boat, what school lessons would were like and what types of outfits children wore.  Try your hand at writing with a quill pen and playing some games of the past.  

    7/17-Food and Art of the past
    Art and Food are important to our cultural history.  Try your hand at making paper to create your own notebook.   Learn about some of the foods that would have been cooked in a Dutch oven over a fire.  Than have a chance to make your own soft pretzels. 

    7/18-Life on a Farm Life on a Farm
    Farm Life could be fun and tiresome!  Discover what it was like to grow up on our farm, find out how grist mills work.  Try your hand at some daily farm chores, such as cow milking and husking corn.  Than help to mix up some cornmeal pancakes for a snack. 

    7/19-Colonial Living 
    Note: We will be meeting at The Beidler House on this day!
    Experience what it would have been like to live in a colonial house.  Join Carey Shaner to learn what it was like to be a wagoner
    Learn how Native Americans traded and used the river as a means of traveling and transporting goods.  See how any old-fashioned loom works and get a chance to try your hand a weaving on a small loom.   

    Cost:  $50.00 (for four days)
    Registration Deadline: July 9th -Class limited to 20
    For more information, or to register, call 610-374-8839 or e-mail Becky Hughes at rhughes@countyofberks.com
  • 4-Half-Days History Camp
    Schedule:
    Thursday, July 18
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    7/16-Life in the 1700 and 1800’s Life in the 1700 and 1800’s
    What was it like to be a child living in the 1700’s and 1800’s.  Learn what life was like on a canal boat, what school lessons would were like and what types of outfits children wore.  Try your hand at writing with a quill pen and playing some games of the past.  

    7/17-Food and Art of the past
    Art and Food are important to our cultural history.  Try your hand at making paper to create your own notebook.   Learn about some of the foods that would have been cooked in a Dutch oven over a fire.  Than have a chance to make your own soft pretzels. 

    7/18-Life on a Farm Life on a Farm
    Farm Life could be fun and tiresome!  Discover what it was like to grow up on our farm, find out how grist mills work.  Try your hand at some daily farm chores, such as cow milking and husking corn.  Than help to mix up some cornmeal pancakes for a snack. 

    7/19-Colonial Living 
    Note: We will be meeting at The Beidler House on this day!
    Experience what it would have been like to live in a colonial house.  Join Carey Shaner to learn what it was like to be a wagoner
    Learn how Native Americans traded and used the river as a means of traveling and transporting goods.  See how any old-fashioned loom works and get a chance to try your hand a weaving on a small loom.   

    Cost:  $50.00 (for four days)
    Registration Deadline: July 9th -Class limited to 20
    For more information, or to register, call 610-374-8839 or e-mail Becky Hughes at rhughes@countyofberks.com
  • 4-Half-Days History Camp
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 19
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 12:30 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​7/16-Life in the 1700 and 1800’s Life in the 1700 and 1800’s
    What was it like to be a child living in the 1700’s and 1800’s.  Learn what life was like on a canal boat, what school lessons would were like and what types of outfits children wore.  Try your hand at writing with a quill pen and playing some games of the past.  

    7/17-Food and Art of the past
    Art and Food are important to our cultural history.  Try your hand at making paper to create your own notebook.   Learn about some of the foods that would have been cooked in a Dutch oven over a fire.  Than have a chance to make your own soft pretzels. 

    7/18-Life on a Farm Life on a Farm
    Farm Life could be fun and tiresome!  Discover what it was like to grow up on our farm, find out how grist mills work.  Try your hand at some daily farm chores, such as cow milking and husking corn.  Than help to mix up some cornmeal pancakes for a snack. 

    7/19-Colonial Living 
    Note: We will be meeting at The Beidler House on this day!
    Experience what it would have been like to live in a colonial house.  Join Carey Shaner to learn what it was like to be a wagoner
    Learn how Native Americans traded and used the river as a means of traveling and transporting goods.  See how any old-fashioned loom works and get a chance to try your hand a weaving on a small loom.   

    Cost:  $50.00 (for four days)
    Registration Deadline: July 9th -Class limited to 20
    For more information, or to register, call 610-374-8839 or e-mail Becky Hughes at rhughes@countyofberks.com

  • Campfire Stories & S'Mores
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 19
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:

    Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​​

    Details:

    ​Come join us around a roaring campfire and enjoy the stillness of Antietam Lake Park’s beautiful summer evenings.  FREE.  Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-706-0020 for more info.

  • History Hike
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 20
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join park staff and volunteers to learn and explore the history of Antietam Lake Park.  Make sure to wear sturdy walking shoes. Skill Level: Moderate. Please call ahead to register 610-374-8839. 
     
  • FREE 3rd Saturday
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 20
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​​​Visit the Gruber Wagon Works and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center FOR FREE on the 3rd Saturday of every month from May through October. GWW tours starting on the hour from 10am-3pm and CHHCC open 10am-4pm, film and orientation every half-hour.

  • Stand Up Paddle Demos
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, July 23
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Learning how to paddleboard in a free half-hour session.  Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  Spaces are limited.  Registration due by July 19.  Pre-register by visiting www.AOPaddle.com or by calling 484-854-1271.  Appropriate for 10 years and up.  (Rain date – July 24)
  • Stand Up Paddle Beginner Yoga
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, July 23
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Come experience the beauty of this thousand-year practice while building strength, flexibility and connecting mind, body and spirit.  Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  Beginners welcome, spaces are limited.  Cost: $20 per person.  Registration with payment due July 19th to www.AOPaddle.com or 484-854-1271.  Appropriate for ages 12 years and up (Rain date – July 24).
  • Moth Night
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 26
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Details:
    ​​Join Ken Lebo and Environmental Education staff as we peer into the interesting world of moths- our nocturnal insect friends.  Bring a flashlight.  FREE.  Pre-registration required, contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-706-0020.
  • Saving Herbs for Winters Use Workshop
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 27
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    Presented by Pat Magala, participants will make a compound butter (also known as an herbal butter), a vinegar, and learn how to dry herbs to make herbal blends for cooking.  Bring a kitchen scissors and/or a paring knife.  Cost $10. Please call 610-374-8839 to register by July 20th. Registration payable to Pat Magala.  
  • Schuylkill River Kayak Trip
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 27
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:

    ​Leesport to Jim Dietrich Park

    Details:

    ​Bring your boat and paddle with us down this calm, scenic section of the Schuylkill River starting by the Leesport Post Office, down to Jim Dietrich’s Park.  Participants must provide their own transportation, and can bring their own kayak or reserve one through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com.  The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited.  ACA event insurance is recommended.  Program Partners: Blue Marsh Outdoors, Borough of Leesport, and Muhlenberg Township.  Pre-registration required by July 19th to 610-374-2944.

  • Twilight Tea and Storytime
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 27
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Seeking all beautiful fairies, trolls, mythical creatures, princes and princesses!  Come join us in the garden for a spot of tea and a story as we celebrate the fun and fantastic.  We’ll read “Tea Rex”, explore the garden at Angora Fruit Farm, and create a fun craft.  Geared towards families with children ages 3+. Let the kids dress up- fun costumes are welcome. FREE.  Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com to register, or call 484-509-2667.

  • One Day Camp-Boots, Buckets and Beyond
    Schedule:
    Thursday, August 1
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Come spend a day with us exploring both pond and stream ecosystems for plants and animals that are specially adapted to the aquatic environment.  We will compare the plants and animals that call these two watery environments home.  Prepare to get wet!  Rain date: August 2nd.  $15 per registered child. ** children grades K—4th
  • Beautiful Bats featuring PA Bat Rescue
    Schedule:
    Friday, August 2
    Time:
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Details:
    Come out to the parks on a beautiful summer evening to witness the wonder of our night time friends, bats.  Pa Bat Rescue’s Stephanie Stronsick will guide us through bat fact and fiction, and what we can do to help these important species in our own backyards.
    FREE, pre-registration is required. Contact Jennifer Brooks, jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667.
  • Knee Deep in the Creek
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 3
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​​Find out what interesting aquatic critters live in the Tulpehocken Creek.   For families with children ages 3+.  Pre-registration required, contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-706-0020 to register.
  • Paddle and Concert
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 4
    Time:
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:
    Stilling Basin to GM
    Details:
    Join us for a scenic trip along the Tulpehocken Creek, starting at the Stilling Basin at Blue Marsh Lake, and ending at Gring’s Mill Park.  Our trip will end in the area of the Gring’s Mill amphitheater, where you will have the option of paddling around while enjoying the Rick K. & The Allnighters concert.  Participants must provide their own transportation.  Rentals available through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, or www.bluemarshoutdoors.com.  Pre-registration required by July 26th to 610-374-2944.
  • Stand Up Paddle Demos
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, August 6
    Time:
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:
    Church Rd Parking area
    Details:
    FREE-Learning how to paddleboard in a free half-hour session.  Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  Spaces are limited.  Pre-register by visiting www.AOPaddle.com or by calling 484-852-1271.  Appropriate for ages 10 years and up (no rain date).
  • Stand-Up Paddle Beginner Yoga
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, August 6
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location:
    BLUE MARSH LAKE - Church Rd. Parking Lot
    Details:
    Come experience the beauty of this thousand-year practice while building strength, flexibility and connecting mind, body and spirit.  Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  Beginners welcome, spaces are limited.  Cost: $20 per person   Registration with payment due August 2nd to www.aopaddle.com  or 484-854-1271.  Appropriate for ages 12 yrs. and up.  (no rain date)
  • Sewing Circle-Needlepoint
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 10
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    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: Needlepoint
  • Chalk Art in the Park
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 10
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Location:

    ​Stonecliffe Park Pavilion

    Details:

    ​Help us transform the trail through the park with your colorful Works-of-Art  Kids of all ages are welcome to join other aspiring artists in our Chalk Art Festival at Stonecliffe.  Free event!  Just show up and register for a space at the pavilion.  Bring your own chalk, or pick up some supplies at the pavilion.  Enjoy some live entertainment and family-friendly activities.  Come out & unleash your creativity!

  • Butterfly Program
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 11
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join Ken Lebo for an informative lecture on butterflies.
  • Storytime: Farm
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, August 14
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    Join us as we talk about animals that lived on a farm. – “Click, Clack, Moo Cows that type” by Betsy Lewin. Ages 3-8 and their parents.

  • Full Moon Float
    Schedule:
    Thursday, August 15
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Church Rd Parking Area
    Details:
    Paddle under the stars as the moon rises over the lake.  We’ll look for wildlife and watch the night sky light up the water.  Dress up your boat with glow-sticks for our color-fun contest!  Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com.  The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited.  Program partners: Blue Marsh Outdoors, U.S.A.C.E. Blue Marsh Lake and Township of Spring Parks & Recreation.  Pre-registration required by August 9th to 610-374-2944.  Rain date: August 16.
  • It's All About Bats
    Schedule:
    Friday, August 16
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Dr. Karen Campbell, professor of Biology at Albright College returns to present this ever-popular slide lecture on bats from around the world and gives us an update on our own Little Brown Bats of the Red Bridge.
     
  • FREE 3rd Saturday
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 17
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​​Visit the Gruber Wagon Works and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center FOR FREE on the 3rd Saturday of every month from May through October. GWW tours starting on the hour from 10am-3pm and CHHCC open 10am-4pm, film and orientation every half-hour.

  • History Hike-Bissinger Suicide Story
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 17
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    On August 17th 1875 at about 2:00 pm Mrs. Bissinger along with her children jumped into lock # 49. Join us for a hike as we explore the history surrounding this tragic event. Please wear sturdy walking shoes. Hiking skill level: easy.
  • Twill Weave Pail Basket-Workshop
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 18
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    With its solid wood bottom and twill weave pattern, this basket is a "Keeper!"     Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
    Cost $30. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Aug. 10th . Call 610 374-8839.
  • Stand Up Paddle Demos
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, August 20
    Time:
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:
    Blue Marsh Lake-Church Rd. Parking Lot
    Details:
    ​​Learning how to paddleboard in a free half-hour session.  Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  Spaces are limited.  Registration due by August 16. FREE.  Pre-register by visiting AOPaddle.com or by calling 484-854-1271.  Appropriate for ages 10 years and up (no rain date).
  • AO Float
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, August 20
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location:
    BLUE MARSH LAKE, Church Rd Parking Lot
    Details:

    ​Meditation can help you disconnect from every day stress and mental demands and help you reconnect with yourself.  One of the easiest ways to begin meditating is with mindful body movements and surrounding yourself in nature.  Meditating on top of a SUP board is a great way to start!  Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  Beginners welcome, spaces are limited.  Cost: $20 per person   Registration with payment due August 16th to www.AOPaddle.com or 484-854-1271.  Appropriate for ages 12 years and up.  (no rain date)

  • Lunch and Learn-Antietam
    Schedule:
    Thursday, August 22
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:

    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606

    Details:

    ​Bring your lunch and join us to learn  the history of Antietam Lake Park through a power point presentation.    

  • Down Memory Lane on Reading's Penn St
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 25
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join historian Richard Polityka as he takes us on a trip down memory lane as we travel the length of Penn Street in Reading, from early Reading-Town near the ford on the Schuylkill River and its first bridge, through the expansion of the city to City Park and beyond.
  • Trail Mix Up Hike
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 31
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Center
    Details:
    Celebrate National Trail Mix Day with a hike on Antietam Lake Park trails.  Make your own trail mix from assorted snacks provided by the Parks.  Your high-energy trail mix will fuel you up as we take our hike!  Bring along water to drink, and wear comfortable closed-toe shoes for walking. 
  • Native American Hist.of the Susquehanna River Basin
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 1
    Time:
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join Steve Runkle from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission  as he does a presentation describing the chronology of events that occurred during the exploration and early settlement of the Susquehanna River Basin Region by Europeans.  Seventeenth and early 18th Century competition between the various European colonial powers in the Region is reviewed.  The physical appearance and dress of area Native Americans is discussed. 
  • Starwatch in Northern Berks
    Schedule:
    Friday, September 6
    Time:
    7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location:
    ​Kernsville Dam, Hamburg​
     
    Details:
    We invite you to gaze into the night sky to view planets and star constellations, with members of the Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society.  Bring your own telescope if you have one, a flashlight and chairs to enjoy a late summer evening of starwatching.  Co-presented with Blue Mountain Wildlife Inc.  Cloud/Rain date: Saturday, 9/7
  • Plein Air in the Parks
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 7
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join us at Gring’s Mill park, as we make it our outdoor studio!  Grab any materials you have: a sketchbook, pencils, canvasses, paints, and more, pack yourself a picnic lunch, and bring them along!  This free-flowing event focuses on getting everybody outside and seeing the parks in a new light while engaging in the arts.  Meet local artists who love to paint and draw outdoors, and join others while we make Gring’s Mill ‘picture perfect’.  Participants need no experience, just a willingness to create an image from something they see and enjoy our park setting.  Artists ‘check in’ upon arrival and can choose to be involved in an online Facebook gallery of the day’s work.  Local plein air artists will be on hand to answer questions about creating outdoors, and children can create a masterpiece of their own using chalk in our “Sidewalk Gallery”.  A limited amount of art supplies will be available for children, but not guaranteed, so please bring your own.
     
     We welcome professional artists interested in demo-ing their process with the public, or even just talking about their work.  You keep anything you create, and we get new people interested in the parks and the outdoors- a win-win!  Contact Lisa Gauker to inquire about sharing your process during this event: lgauker@countyofberks.com.
  • Stoudt's Ferry Bridge and the Relation to Schuylkill Navigation
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 8
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join canal expert Glenn Wenrich for a discussion about the Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge.  Learn about its importance to the Schuylkill Navigation System.  Following the program,  join us for a tour of the Hiester Canal Center.
  • Storytime-Quilts
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, September 11
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    Bring along your favorite blanket and join us.  This month’s story will be: The Quiltmakers Gift by Jeff Brumbeau. Ages 3-8 and their parents.
  • Sewing Circle-Types of Lace
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 14
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​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: Types of Lace
  • Beidler Open House & History Hike
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 14
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Berks County Parks staff will take you on a history hike at this early industrial site. Explore the 1783 Beidler house, then on to the grist mill ruins, and finally to the Allegheny Aqueduct and its canal history.   *Wear good walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Hiking level: easy.  FREE PROGRAM (Limited to 30) Register: 610 374-8839. Deadline Sept. 10th .
  • Full Moon Float
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 14
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    BLUE MARSH LAKE-Church Rd Parking Area
    Details:
    Paddle under the stars as the moon rises over the lake.  We’ll look for wildlife and watch the night sky light up the water.  Dress up your boat with glow-sticks for our color-fun contest!  Participants can bring their own kayak or reserve one through Blue Marsh Outdoors, 610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com.  The trip is for people with paddling experience, and is limited.  No Rain Date.  Program Partners: U.S.A.C.E. Blue Marsh Lake and Blue Marsh Outdoors.  Pre-registration required by September 6th to 610-374-2944.
  • Backpacking Basics
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 15
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    ​​Bingaman Nature Center
    Details:
    Learn why preparation is key to any successful hike and how to properly plan for your adventure, including equipment needed, food and safety gear.  We will have some different styles of backpacks to show and demonstrate, as well as essentials for any trip.  Create a backpacking checklist, and learn how to properly pack your backpack.  Then we’ll use our skills on a moderate hike around the trails of Antietam Lake Park.  Wear good hiking shoes, and bring along water for this rain or shine workshop.  Free program, but registration is required by September 11th to 610-374-2944.
  • The Reading: Then & Now
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 15
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
     
    Details:
    Join Dale Woodward from the Reading Technical and Historical Society as he discusses shows what has happened to the lines of the Reading Railroad since they disappeared into the Conrail System in 1976. Photographs and maps include larger railroads like Norfolk Southern and CSX as well as a myriad of smaller railroads that serve businesses on what were Reading tracks. SEPTA passenger service on former Reading Lines is included. Before and after photographs at the same locations are used to  illustrate the changes.
  • Girl Scout WOW Journey Day
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 21
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Details:
    This program is geared towards Brownies looking to fulfill all requirements for the WOW Journey.  Scouts will participate in stream water quality monitoring in conjunction with WWMC (World Water Monitoring Challenge), as well as learn how to save and protect our precious water. Designed as a drop-off program. $10 per registered Brownie, pre-registration required.  Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com, or call 484-509-2667 to register.
  • Museum Day
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 21
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    The Gruber Wagon Works and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center will open their doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other participating venues for the 14th Annual Museum Day! Hosted by Smithsonian magazine, this one day event allows people all across the country to learn more about their favorite participating museums, free of charge. The Museum Day! Ticket will be available to download beginning in August at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the ticket will gain FREE entrance for two people, for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per e-mail address.
     
  • Paws On The Path
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 22
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join volunteer Beagle Puppy Zoey as we explore the trails at Antietam Lake Park.  Dogs must be well behaved around  other dogs and be on a leash.  Make sure to bring water for you and your dog.  This program is free but, we are accepting donations for the Animal Rescue League. Skill Level: Moderate.  Please call to register: 610-374-8839.  

  • Heavenly Fraktur
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 22
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    PA German Faktur expert Del-Louise Moyer will explore the impact of taufschein  art (baptismal certificates) on the material culture of the PA Dutch and Moravians. The program is based off research for Moyer’s new book.
  • Hike & Yoga
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 29
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    Together we will explore nature, focusing on aligning the body and spirit with our natural surroundings.  Unplug for a few hours and enjoy one of the most beautiful parks in our area.  Event includes: 15 minute stretch, 30 minute guided hike, 30 minute guided Yoga practice and 15 minute cool down stretch and full body relaxation at the end.  Please bring your own mat or towel.  Beginners welcome, space are limited.  Cost: $5 per person.  Registration with payment due September 25th to www.AOPaddle.com or 484-854-1271.  Appropriate for ages six years and up.  (no rain date)
  • The Lure of Antique Clocks
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 29
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​The lure of antique clocks is related to their beauty, their usefulness to help us to control our time on earth, and their mechanics that make them so interesting on a creative and engineering basis.  Join Don and Eileen Muzyka on their 47 year journey of collecting and restoring clocks. The will share interesting thoughts about Antique Clocks including how they work, the types of clocks they have collected, the companies that made them,  along with the challenges related  to collecting, investing, and or speculating. The program will feature many photographs of various clocks including details of clock movements, along with a clock display.
  • Take Your Kid Mountain Biking Day
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 5
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    BAMBA Parking lot on List Road by Camp Lily
    Details:
    Bring your children along for a fun-filled family day of mountain biking on Mount Penn's best trails! 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 the early fall scenery and sights along the Mt. Penn trails. Bring our mountain bike and helmet.
     
    FREE - Registration required. Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 or e-mail John Pacharis at jp1974@ptd.net to register.
  • Lantern Tours of the Gruber Wagon Works
    Schedule:
    Friday, October 11
    Time:
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join us for an evening lantern tour of the Gruber Wagon Works, recognized as the finest example of rural manufacturing in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. See the Wagon Works in a “new light” and learn about the wagon making process in this 19th century factory. Tours will leave on the half hour. Group size limited to 12. Cost: $5. Please call to register and select a tour time.
  • Sewing Circle-Swedish Weaving
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 12
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join us in our monthly gathering for an old-fashioned sewing circle. 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: Swedish Weaving Embroidery
  • Outdoor Cooking 101
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 12
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Food seems to taste better when it is cooked outdoors!  Join this workshop and learn cooking tips from Jeff Hartman from Cabela’s, and park staff as we teach a variety of outdoor cooking methods, like Dutch Oven techniques with cast iron cookware, cooking over a fire or using backpacking stoves to cook your gourmet meal!  Recipes and cooking instructions offered, and you will get to taste some of our creations!  (Extend your workshop by joining us for the Camping 101 overnight program.)

  • Camping 101
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 12
    Time:
    4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Discover the joys of sleeping under the stars!  Join us for an intro to camping with hands-on activities like setting up your tent, outdoor cooking, a guided night hike, s’mores and more!  The cost is $7 per person and includes all activities and food.  Advance registration is required and space is limited.  More information (including a packing list and itinerary) will be given to those signed up.  Rain or shine.  Payment & registration due by Sept. 30th to 610-374-2944.

  • Camping 101
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 13
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Discover the joys of sleeping under the stars!  Join us for an intro to camping with hands-on activities like setting up your tent, outdoor cooking, a guided night hike, s’mores and more!  The cost is $7 per person and includes all activities and food.  Advance registration is required and space is limited.  More information (including a packing list and itinerary) will be given to those signed up.  Rain or shine.  Payment & registration due by Sept. 30th to 610-374-2944.

  • The Industrial Revolution in Eastern PA
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 13
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​​Martha Capwell-Fox Historian and Archives Coordinator for the National Canal Museum / Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and local history author will explore the history of the industrial revolution in eastern Pennsylvania, along with the impact canals had on the growth of industry and trade in the eastern part of the state.  Following the presentation tours of the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center will be available.          
  • PowWow-PA Dutch Folk Medicine
    Schedule:
    Thursday, October 17
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Location:
    ​​Bingaman Nature Center
     
    Details:
    Pow Wow is said to be a collection of European magic spells, recipes, and folk remedies of a type familiar to students of folklore. The formulas mix Christian prayers, magic words, and simple rituals to cure simple domestic ailments and rural troubles. Practitioners served rural folks with ways to heal common maladies. Learn about the history of this practice and discuss techniques and hear about some people who were treated in this program for teens and adults. Pre-registration is required, contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-706-0020
  • FREE 3rd Saturday
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 19
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Visit the Gruber Wagon Works and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center FOR FREE on the 3rd Saturday of every month from May through October. GWW tours starting on the hour from 10am-3pm and CHHCC open 10am-4pm, film and orientation every half-hour.

  • History Hike
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 19
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Location:
    Kernsville Dam Recreation Area
    Details:
    Join volunteers of Blue Mountain Wildlife Inc. to learn and explore the rich history of transportation  corridor along the Schuylkill River.  See remnants from the canal system and how the railroad changed in the area by the Peace Rock.  Wear sturdy walking shoes for the hike.  Pre-registration by October 11th to 610-374-2944.
  • Monster Mash Halloween Bash
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 20
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​It’s a Monster Mash!  A Halloween bash!  Spooky fun, ghastly horrors and mad creations await any who dare enter the grim Gring’s Mill barn.  Grab your Halloween costume and join us for some un-scary FRIGHTENING FUN!  For ages 5-12.  Cost $5/child.  Call 610-374-2944 by October 14 to register. 

  • Forts of the Blue Mountains
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 20
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    From 1755 until 1758 the Pennsylvania Forts were erected to try to stem the waves of attacks of French and Indians into the Tulpehocken Valley. Historian Lynn Otto answers the questions of, who built them and garrisoned them? And, were they successful?  Space limited. Registration requested.
  • Poe's Unhappy Hour
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 20
    Time:
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:

    Gring's Mill ​Barn

    Details:

    ​Enjoy some mulled apple cider, cookies and snacks as you relax listening to the hauntingly good tales of Edgar Allen Poe. In the upper level of the barn, by the fireplace, we will have family friendly short storytelling for all ages.  Downstairs, if you dare, will be an immersive Poe experience to tickle your spine (for ages 10+).