The Berks County Parks and Recreation Department Environmental Education programs educate individuals of all ages through meaningful experiences. Placing an emphasis on hands-on activities, we focus on creating awareness about the natural world and how all living organisms are interconnected. Whether it's getting wet viewing aquatic life on our streams and ponds, or observing owls call to one another on a cold winter's eve, participants become fully immersed in our engaging and interactive programs.
Contact Jennifer Brooks at 484-509-2667 for more information on any of these programs.
: The Environmental Education staff offers programs to schools seeking to further their classroom learning with hands-on field trips and on-site programs. Students can solidify new concepts with our experiential programs ranging from water quality to soil exploration, and everything in between! Every student participates and walks away with a greater understanding of our environment!
Roots to Wings Preschool Programs 2018-19:
This award winning series is intended for preschoolers. Every month in the series presents a new topic that engages little ones to explore nature. Sign up for the series, or just a few.
- Homeschool Programs 2019: Our Homeschool Programs are geared towards homeschool students in grades 1-4. The topics range so that students can expect to learn a variety of information about the environment. This is not a drop-off program, a parent needs to accompany their child. Sign up for all, or just a few, your choice.
Click Here for 2019 Homeschool Program Registration Form
Seeds to Sprouts Garden Program:
A five month series dedicated to teaching children the wonders of growing their own food! The Angora Fruit Farm hosts an organic children's garden, and the Seeds to Sprouts garden series shows children ages 6-10 the entire garden process from seed to delicious salad! Cafe Sweet Street teams up to show children that food doesn't grow in supermarkets, and preparing simple foods from your garden veggies is easy. Programs locations rotate from the Angora Fruit Farm garden, to Cafe Sweet Street in Reading.
NEW! First Friday Footsloggin': Get outside and get active! Join Environmental Education staff on a guided hike held the first Friday of each month as we enjoy the sights, sounds, and even smells of the forest during our excursion. Staff will lead each hike and use sustainable trail etiquette with Leave No Trace ethics. Discover the park through new adventures with new friends, and get moving! In the event of inclement weather, the hike may be postponed. Wear appropriate trail footwear and warm clothing, and bring plenty of water. Meets January 4th, February 1st, March 1st, April 5th.
Family Programs 2019:
All Family Programs are offered as pre-registration only. Check individual events for cost and location. To pre-register for an event, contact Jennifer Brooks, Environmental Educator, at 484-509-2667, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Box Turtle Program & Survey: June 22nd, 10AM
Fireflies: Fireworks in the Field: June 28th
Invasives Program: Focus on Spotted Lanternfly: July 12th, 6:30PM
Campfire Program: Animals of the Night: July 19th, 7PM
Moth Mania: July 26th, 7PM
Twilight Tea & Storytime: July 27th, 7PM
Beautiful Bats w/ PA Bat Rescue: August 2nd, 7:15PM
Knee Deep in the Creek: August 3rd, 10AM
- Girl Scout WOW Day: September 21st, 9AM- 1:30PM
- Pizza & Pumpkin Party: October 24th
- Halloween Night Hike and Hayride: October 26th
- Leaf Peeper Hike: TBA
- Nature Crafts for Kids: TBA
Contact Jennifer A. Brooks, Environmental Educator for more information about these exciting programs.
484.509.2667 ext. 3