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 Parks and Recreation Interpretive Program Events

 
  • Owl Prowl
    Schedule:
    Saturday, February 17th
    Time:
    6:00 pm
    Location:

    Bingaman Nature Ctr​

    Details:

    Discover the feathered friends who make February their time to find love.  Learn about PA’s native owls, their calls, and fun facts about how they’ve evolved into one of our animals of the night!  A hike into the woods will follow a short discussion and show & tell about our outstanding owls.  Geared towards families with children 5+.  Please wear sturdy footwear, warm clothing, and bring a flashlight.

    FREE – Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register
  • Maple Sugaring 101 - from Tree to Table
    Schedule:
    Saturday, February 24th
    Time:
    1-3:00 pm
    Details:

    Join us as we experience an American tradition, maple sugaring!  Explore maple sugaring from start to finish as we tap trees, boil the sap, and taste the final product.  $3.00 - Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register.  (snow date: 2/25)

  • Maple Sugaring 101-From Tree to Table
    Schedule:
    Saturday, March 3rd
    Time:
    1-3:00 pm
    Location:
    Details:

    Join us as we experience an American tradition, maple sugaring!  Explore maple sugaring from start to finish as we tap trees, boil the sap, and taste the final product.  $3.00 - Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 to register.

  • Storytime at Beidler-Quilts
    Schedule:
    Sunday, March 4th
    Time:
    1:00 pm
    Location:
    Details:

    Bring along your favorite blanket or quilt and join us for story time at The Beidler House.  We will be reading the book The Quilt Makers Journey.  Learn what it takes to make a quilt and why they were so important.  Than get a chance to design your own quilt square.  Ages 4-6.

    Call 610-374-8839 to register. 
  • Fly-Tying Classes-Berks Co Fly Tyers
    Schedule:
    Tuesdays, March 6-April 10
    Time:
    7-9:00 p.m.
    Location:
    Details:
    This is a 6-week class for Beginners only. Fee to cover costs of materials will be $30, payable on or before the first class. Included in the fee is Club Membership for 2018. Pre-registration by 3/1/18. Call Jack Tucker at 610-777-0652 jart3@verizon.net or Rich Schappell at 610-926-3076 richa@epix.net to register.
  • "Roots to Wings" Pre-school Program: Green Things Growing
    Schedule:
    Thursday, March 8th
    Time:
    10-11:00 am
    Location:
    Details:

    Series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.

    For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, March 10th
    Time:
    10 am-12 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: Quilting

  • Homeschool Happenings "Maple Sugaring 101"
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, March 13th
    Time:
    1-3:00 pm
    Details:
    Geared towards homeschool students in grades 1-4.
     Cost: $7/per child. Registration and payment required. Call 484-509-2667 ext. 3  or jbrooks@countyofberks.com for more info and to register.
  • Paws on the Path
    Schedule:
    Sunday, March 18th
    Time:
    10:00 am
    Details:
    Dogs need to get exercise just as much as we do.  Join our park staff as they lead a hike designed for you and your dogs.  Hike will be about 1 hour and cover some of the easier and scenic trails at Antietam Lake Park.  Dogs must be good around other dogs, and be on a leash.  Please bring along water and a bowl for your dog, as well. 610-374-8839 for more information.
     
    FEE: As a fee, we are requesting that you bring along something from the following list as a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County: Dog or cat food, washcloths, towels, blankets, and kitty litter
     
  • EGGstravaganza
    Schedule:
    Saturday, March 24th
    Time:
    12-3:00 pm
    Location:
    Details:

    Join Berks County Parks Staff, along with our wonderful volunteers, for a day of family fun at this year’s EGGstravaganza.  This event will feature the Easter Bunny with special treats for children.  There will also be children’s crafts and activities, egg decorating, and much, much more.  Most activities are free of charge.  Please note that this is not an egg hunt.  Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 for more information. 

  • Non Competitive-Eco Egg Hunt
    Schedule:
    Saturday, March 31st
    Time:
    11:00 am- 1:00 pm
    Details:
    Join Environmental Educator, Jennifer Brooks, and partake in an egg hunt adventure like no 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 trees and leaves in the beautiful forest at Angora Fruit Farms.  We will learn about native nesting birds, and their eggs prior to the hunt!  After children return with their eggs and match them to the correct nest, a prize will be given to all so that everyone leaves with a great big smile!
     
    Fee: $5 per child, adults FREE! Pre-registration is required.  Space is limited!
     
    Contact Jennifer at 484-509-2667, ext. 3 to register. For children ages 3 - 10
     
     
  • Homeschool Happenings- "Animal Architects"
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, April 10th
    Time:
    1-3:00 pm
    Location:

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

    Details:

    Geared for homeschool students in grades 1-4. Cost: $7. Registration with payment; Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com for more info and to register.

  • "Roots to Wings"-Pre-School Program: Amazing Amphibians
    Schedule:
    Thursday, April 12th
    Time:
    10-11:00 am
    Location:
    Details:

    Series for pre-school students. Encourage your child’s curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hands-on activities fill this 1-hour program. A craft completes each lesson.

    For children 3-5. Cost: $5 per program, per child. Registration required; call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or e-mail jbrooks@countyofberks.com.
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, April 14th
    Time:
    10:00 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: YoYo's

  • PA German Language Classes
    Schedule:
    Tuesdays, April 17 - June 5
    Time:
    6:30-8:00 pm
    Location:
    Details:
    Join noted local educator and musician Keith Brintzenhoff for this eight-week course to learn the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Germans. Keith is a retired teacher and holds a B.S. in Sociology from Albright College and a Masters Degree in Elem. Education from Kutztown University. The course includes a course notebook and will teach you not only vocabulary and phrases, but also lots of culture, music and humor. Cost: $120. Registration and pre-payment required by April 12th.  Call 610-374-8839 to register.
     
     
  • Amphibian Migration
    Schedule:
    Saturday, April 21st
    Time:
    6:30 pm
    Location:
    Details:
    Angora Fruit Farm boasts many species of frogs, toads, and salamanders which live or breed in the parks diverse aquatic and wetland habitats. Join us as we don our boots and headlamps in hopes of witnessing the natural phenomenon of their migration. A short program on the identification and life cycle of local amphibians will be given prior to the hike. Hope for rain and dress appropriately.
    Free! Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3.
     
  • Wildflower Walk
    Schedule:
    Sunday, April 22nd
    Time:
    1:00 pm
    Details:
    Join us for a walk on the trails to learn about and see all the wildflowers growing in the park. Dr. Susan Munch will lead the hike. Call 610-374-8839 for more info.
  • Go Fly A Kite Day
    Schedule:
    Saturday, April 28th
    Time:
    12-5:00 pm
    Location:

    Youth Recreational Facility

    Details:

    Bring a picnic lunch, and spend a day in the park!  Health and wellness information will be shared, along with fun games for all ages.  Bring a store-bought kite or kids can make one in our Sled-Kite Workshop tent.  See professional kite flying and stunts.  Vote for your favorite in the Law Enforcement Vehicle Competition!  This event is presented by the YMCA of Reading & Berks County and the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.  Together our kids will “Get Active & Take Flight!”   Free Admission and Parking.  For more information on the local initiative, visit our Facebook page: Berks County YMCA Health Kids Day.  Rain date:  April 29th (Big Vision Sports Complex).  Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 for more information.