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Berks County > County Departments > Parks and Recreation
Roving Nature Center

Summer 2012!

Hosted by Berks County Parks & Recreation Department
Conducted by The Roving Nature Center

Berks County Heritage Center
Red Bridge Rd., Reading, PA 19605
Meet at Barn
For directions, call 610-374-8839 

Registration Form

July 16-20

Dances With Turtles

9:30 a.m. to Noon
Ages 4-6
Little Beaver is a young Woodland Indian of long ago, living in a place he knows as Lenapehoking, or the land of the Lenape. He and his sister, Touching Leaves, enjoy life in the village – there is so much to do! Learn how to gather food and create pots for cooking. All week, create a marvelous longhouse out of sticks and leaves! Play favorite Lenape games and enjoy songs, stories and dancing! Come, learn the ways of these gentle people who lived in harmony with the land, and their friends ,the animals, in a lively and an adventuresome week in the Lenape Village.


Natural Forces Discovery Team 

1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Ages 6-10

Just what natural catastrophe may have killed the dinosaurs? How powerful is water? How did a meteor make Crater Lake, and could it happen again? What were the last days of Pompeii like? Make and erupt a volcano! Create the tempest of a tornado! Model the crushing and thrusting underground forces of an earthquake! Construct a hailstone! Create a miniature flash flood! Track a hurricane! Consider the effects of climate change and nature on the rampage! This is an enjoyable and non-threatening look at natural disasters, what they are, how they happen, and the forces they unleash on the world, while learning ways to stay safe during thunderstorms, severe weather, and other awesome, powerful displays of nature!


July 23-27

Catey The Caterpillar's Incredible Journey

9:30 a.m. to Noon
Ages 4-6
Catey the Caterpillar has a long, long journey to make before she gains her butterfly wings! Every day, become a new creature and join Catey as she takes you on a fascinating trip through the lives of animals. Push your way out of your shell and see sunlight for the first time as a baby bird. Use your camouflage and evade danger as a baby deer. Feel your body change as you turn from a caterpillar into a butterfly and from a tadpole into a frog.


Life of the Skies
1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Ages 6-10
Fly! Soar and glide! Climb and descend in unfettered freedom! Who hasn’t ever wished that it was possible? Imagine the sound and feel of the wind as it lifts you higher and higher. Would you like the flitting, colorful wings of a butterfly, or the speedy strength and lift of a dragonfly? How about the drifting stillness of a parachute? Join us in the study of flight as we learn about the many incredible, adaptable aviators of nature; soaring hawks, hovering hummingbirds, darting insects, floating seeds and even flying fish, through investigative experiments, songs, games, crafts and hikes. We’ll learn to call in birds by “pishing,” make fish that fly, discover the hidden life of a  dragonfly before its first voyage skyward, and other secrets of the airborne. Fly!


July 30- August 3

Jaws, Claws, Talons & Paws

9:30 a.m. to Noon
Ages 4-6
Many predators have special adaptations that help them catch their prey. Wolves and jaguars use their strong jaws and long teeth. Hawks and owls have no teeth, but they do have powerful sharp talons on their feet. In a fun and non-threatening way, we’ll discover the tools of the trade of these more fearsome and fierce animals by examining the features and techniques of special predators: the speedy sprinters, fast flappers, long leapers, heavyweight champs, and those ever-popular predators of the past, the meat-eating dinosaurs: Join us for this exciting park adventure!


Special Forces: Predator Power

1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Ages 6-10
Many predators have special weapons that help them catch and eat their prey. Wolves and jaguar use their strong jaws and long teeth. Sharks do the job with a whole mouthful of sharp incisors. Hawks and owls have no teeth, but they do have powerful sharp talons on their feet. Discover the tools of the trade of some of the more fearsome and some not-so-fierce animals by examining the features and techniques of special forces used by predators: the speedy sprinters, fast flappers, long leapers, heavyweight champs, and those ever-popular predators of the past, the meat-eating  dinosaurs! Track the Special Forces of predators by examining the food chain of command, protective coloration and its benefits, underwater predators (with a visit to their watery lairs!), and other incredible adaptations to an eat-or-be-eaten world!

Registration Information

1. We recommend they bring their own water bottle each day.

2. Each course is limited to 16 participants.

3. Course sessions are held rain or shine. In case of rain, the session is held under cover, and alternate activities are presented.

4. Each course requires payment of $120/child at the time of registration. This fee includes a Berks County Heritage Center Use Fee of $5/person.  Register (postmarked) by 6/1/12 for 10% off.

5. The program fee is refundable, provided the withdrawal from the program is made at least seven full days prior to the beginning of the course. A $5, nonrefundable registration fee per person will be deducted from the full refund amount.

6. Telephone reservations will not be held for more than 7 days without payment.    Call 1-800-284-0973 or 908-439-1201.

7. Registration Form

 are to be mailed to: Roving Nature Center, PO Box 26, Oldwick NJ 08858


The Roving Nature Center has no specific location.  It is America's first, fully mobile environmental education facility bringing the resources, equipment and staff to any indoor or outdoor site. Please call the numbers below for any questions regarding the programs.
         Phone/Fax: 1-800-284-0973