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]‬

 
  • 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+).

  • Lunch and Learn - GWW
    Schedule:
    Thursday, October 24
    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 The Gruber Wagon Works.  The Gruber Wagon Works was moved here from its original location in Mt. Pleasant.  After the talk, take a tour of the Wagon Works.    

  • Pumpkin and Pizza Party!
    Schedule:
    Thursday, October 24
    Time:
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Details:
    Bring a pumpkin to carve and donate it to the Halloween Hike and Hayride. Also bring your carving tools and a drink, and we’ll provide pizza! All donated pumpkins will line the trail for the hike on the 26th . All ages welcome.
     
    This event is free, however pre-registration is required because space is limited! 484-509-2667, ext 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com
  • Historic Murder Mystery Dinner
    Schedule:
    Friday, October 25
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    It started as a day of mourning for the late Susanna Baldwin.  Everyone blamed her death on her unbearable husband, Dietrich.  However, after the funeral, a policeman finds Dietrich the victim of an apparent stabbing.  Now, you need to find out who killed Dietrich and clear yourself as a suspect!  Join the cast of characters and search for clues to solve a ‘historic whodunit.’  Restricted to persons 18 years and older due to content. 
    Cost: $25/person (limited to 20 characters); includes four course meal and interactive mystery.  Registration with payment deadline October 7.  Call 610-374-2944.
     
     
  • Apron Workshop
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 26
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Learn how to make an apron from park volunteer, Beth Shugar.     Cost $10 Registration and payment  to Beth Shugar due by October 20th. For more information and to register call 610-374-8839.
  • Halloween Hike and Hayride
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 26
    Time:
    6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    Details:
    Experience the wonder of the night while hiking through the beautiful Angora Fruit Farm orchards, meeting nocturnal animals along the way. Guides will lead families along a pumpkin-lit path where children will meet and talk with local "animals" of the night. Families can then enjoy a hayride, or a treat while sitting by a campfire. This program fills quickly! Hikes leave every 15 minutes. $5 per person - Pre-registration required. – 484-509-2667 ext. 3 or jbrooks@countyofberks.com-All ages welcome! Children may wear their costumes.
  • Reverse Color Harvest Basket Workshop
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 27
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    A variety of dyed reed will make this basket unique for your weaving collection.   Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and towel.
    Cost $30. Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner by Oct. 21st. Call 610 374-8839.
  • An October All Hallows with the Spirits Along the Schuylkill
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 27
    Time:
    3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Beidler house and the Ridgewood Winery farmhouse are two of the most haunted houses in Berks. Spend a late afternoon with ghost-host Charlie Adams as he recounts the chilling details. Cost:$25. Limited to 20. Must be over 21. Register with payment by visiting www.ridgewoodwinery.com.  Deadline Oct 10.
  • Fall Leaf Peeper Hike
    Schedule:
    Saturday, November 2
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    ​Get outside to enjoy Antietam Lake Park’s beautiful fall foliage.  Wear appropriate footwear. Free
  • Wearable Woods Workshop: Resin Jewelry
    Schedule:
    Saturday, November 9
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    ​Create one of a kind resin jewelry from forest finds at Antietam Lake Park.  Geared towards adults.  $10 per registrant.  Pre-registration only, contact lgauker@countyofberks.com, or call 484-509-2667.
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Sunday, November 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 Topic: All About Wool
  • Nature Crafts for Kids- Workshop
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 14
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Celebrate the holidays with handmade gifts from the heart!  This program is a drop-off program designed to give children the time to create masterpiece gifts for loved ones from natural materials for the holidays.  Craft supplies are provided.
    $5.  Pre-registration is required, contact Jennifer Brooks, jbrooks@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667.
  • Candlelight Open House
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 14
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​ Experience a colonial era German  Christmas featuring musicians, German holiday delicacies  and decorations of traditional fresh greens.

  • Winter Solstice Celebration with King Winter
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 21
    Time:
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    Hike lantern-lit trails to discover whether King Winter has made his return!  Warm up next to a campfire and hear stories about the shortest day of the year.  FREE, pre-registration required, contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com to register, or call 484-509-2667.