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]‬

 
  • CANCELED-Tully Run/Bike & Paddle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, May 30
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-Berks County Heritage Center to Blue Marsh Lake’s Stilling Basin and back to the Heritage Center
    Explore local waterways and Blue Marsh Lake with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.  Bring your own kayak, canoe or paddleboard or rent one through Blue Marsh Outdoors (610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com).  Some prior paddling experience is recommended for these trips.  Guides will share some safety instruction before each trip, and all participants are required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets.  The trips are relatively easy, fun and will focus on the area natural and cultural history.  Everyone must pre-register at least one week prior to the trip as space is limited.  Pre-register by calling 610-374-2944 x2611.
  • CANCELED-Starwatch
    Schedule:
    Saturday, May 30
    Time:
    7:45 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-Want to learn more about the stars in the sky?  Join us for a program followed by a chance to view the night sky with the Berks County Astronomical Society. For more information and directions to the different parks call 610-374-8839 ext.202 or e-mail: rhughes@countyofberks.com  
  • CANCELED-How Foundations Shaped Fashion: A Brief History of Ladies Underwear
    Schedule:
    Sunday, May 31
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-Throughout most eras of fashion, what was worn under ladies clothing was just as important as the clothing itself. Christine Cooper, Manager of Public Programs at the York County History Center and knowledgeable in historic fashion, will explore styles through time highlighting trends and changes from the 12th century through the 1960s.
  • CANCELED- Lunch and Learn Series
    Schedule:
    Thursday, June 4
    Time:
    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    CANCELED-​Bring your lunch or purchase something from our snack bar and join us to learn all about Berks Leisure Area and Gring's Mill    

  • CANCELED-​Full Moon Paddle
    Schedule:
    Friday, June 5
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​(Rain Date June 6)  Explore local waterways and Blue Marsh Lake with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.  Bring your own kayak, canoe or paddleboard or rent one through Blue Marsh Outdoors (610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com).  Some prior paddling experience is recommended for these trips.  Guides will share some safety instruction before each trip, and all participants are required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets.  Participants in a night program must carry a white light on-board, such as a flashlight or headlamp (Pennsylvania State Law).  The trips are relatively easy, fun and will focus on the area natural and cultural history.  Everyone must pre-register at least one week prior to the trip as space is limited.  Pre-register by calling 610-374-2944 x2611.
  • CANCELED-​Stand Up Paddle Demos
    Schedule:
    Friday, June 5
    Time:
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Includes: 5 minute demo of basic Stand Up Paddleboard  instruction, paddle to a secluded location where participants can hook up to a personal anchor to sit and enjoy their surroundings and gaze at the beauty of the night sky. Those who have their own boards or kayaks are welcome to join the group at no charge.  Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  Beginners welcome. Spaces are limited, preregistration required. Visit www.AOPaddle.com  or call 484.854.1271 to register. Board, paddle, life vest and glow sticks provided by Aqua Om Paddle to individuals registered. Appropriate for ages 12 yrs. and up  (Rain Date June 6)Cost: $25 per person
  • CANCELED-​Hiking 101
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 6
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Get outdoors and celebrate National Trails Day!  We start with a hands-on program about hiking basics, where participants will learn about gear, including day packs, backpacks, as well as cook stoves and hiking shoes.  See the proper way to load your pack, and how to keep it light-weight.  After the program we will take a short hike on some of the trails that wind their way through Antietam Lake Park.  Along the way you will learn some local flora and fauna, as well as park history.
  • CANCELED-​Paddling 101
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 7
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    CANCELED-​Great for beginners & novice paddlers.  All equipment provided. Explore local waterways and Blue Marsh Lake with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.  Bring your own kayak, canoe or paddleboard or rent one through Blue Marsh Outdoors (610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com).  Some prior paddling experience is recommended for these trips.  Guides will share some safety instruction before each trip, and all participants are required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets.  The trips are relatively easy, fun and will focus on the area natural and cultural history.  Everyone must pre-register at least one week prior to the trip as space is limited.  Pre-register by calling 610-374-2944 x2611.

  • CANCELED-​Family Days-First Sunday
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 7
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Location:

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

    Details:

    CANCELED-​Each month the Bingaman Nature Center will be open for self-guided activities and stations for families to participate.  Enjoy take home crafts, meet animal ambassadors, learn the history of the lake, and discover the beauty of Antietam Lake Park by venturing outside of the Nature Center on one of the park’s many beautiful trails. All activities are FREE. June Topic: Insects  

  • CANCELED-​American Indian Spirituality
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 7
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Join Dave McSurdy as he discusses the American Indian’s spiritual beliefs Items, and items that they used for these purposes.
  • CANCELED-​Puddle Jumpers "Wild for Wildlife" 3-day Camp
    Schedule:
    Monday, June 8
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Details:
    CANCELED-​$30 per registered child.** ** All nature  camps are pre-registration only.  To pre-register, contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 for more info. (children ages 3-5, with accompanying adult)
  • CANCELED-​History Storytime
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, June 10
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Bring along your favorite blanket or stuffed animal and join us for history story time at The Berks County Heritage Center. For children ages 4-6 and their families. Call 610-374-8839, ext. 202 to register.  Topic:
    Historic Inventions (Have You Thanked An Inventor)
  • CANCELED-​Sewing Circle-Knit in Public Day
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 13
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    CANCELED-​​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: Knit in Public Day

  • CANCELED-​Spring Garden Basket Workshop
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 14
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Details:
    CANCELED-​This colorful basket will cheer up any room and is great for storing paper plates (which is what I use it for!), $30. Payment is due one week before class and payable to instructor, Vicky Heffner.  Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10-spring clothes pins and towel.To register call 610-374-8839. 
  • CANCELED-​Dissecting John Beidler's 1811 Inventory
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 14
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​When he died in 1811, John Beidler was in his early 50s and at the height of his financial power. His two mills, grist and saw, were an economic engine, and John essentially became the bank for the area with Jim Beidler. Learn how his estate inventory goes from room to room through the Beidler house, and bond by bond through his indebted neighbors.
  • CANCELED-​Concert-The Travis Wetzel Trio
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 14
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​The Travis Wetzel Trio is celebrating 25 years of making music!  The group includes: Travis Wetzel on fiddle/violin, mandolin, guitar and vocals; Ron Greenstein on bass and vocals; and Bob Sutor on banjo, guitar and vocals.  Travis plays regularly on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN and tours world-wide.  About the age of 12, Travis won the first ever fiddle contest at the Lyons festival.  Travis Wetzel is a dynamic musician, song writer, and vocalist.  His music has many folds including bluegrass, jazz, swing, Celtic, Klezmer, Native American, gospel, country, and classical.  www.traviswetzel.com
     
                   
  • CANCELED-​Nature Photography
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, June 16
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    CANCELED-​Would you like to take better pictures?  Bring your Digital SLR or film camera to learn some useful tips from an expert on camera settings and how to frame your subjects.  After an informative PowerPoint program, Valerie Hoffman- professional photographer & instructor, will lead us on a walk around the park capturing great moments in nature.  Free program for all ages.  (Rain Date: Thursday, June 18th) Call 610-374-2944 to register by June 10th. 

  • CANCELED-​Summer Sun Salutations
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 20
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Join Jess Weber, RYT 200 and local yoga instructor, at the Angora Fruit Farm as we greet the sun among the serenity of the trees and fields.  Bring your own mat or blanket, water, and breathe deep the first breezes of summer.  All levels- beginners encouraged!  $5 per person, pre-registration preferred.  Contact lgauker@countyofberks.com to register or call 484-509-2667.
  • Get Outdoors Day-CANCELED
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 20
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Location:
    BLUE MARSH LAKE - Lakeview Pavillion
    Details:
    ​​CANCELED-Join us at Blue Marsh Lake with over 35 organizations for a day of outdoor fun! 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!
  • CANCELED-​FREE Third Saturdays
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 20
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    CANCELED-​Enjoy Free Admission to the Gruber Wagon Works, a National Historic Landmark, and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center. Summer Solstice: Enjoy science activity stations celebrating the longest day of the year.

  • CANCELED-​Celebrate Summer Solstice
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 20
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​ Come and celebrate the longest day of the year with us on June 20th.  Hand-on science for families throughout the day. We will also have a Yoga Walk along the Union Canal Trail lead by Pat McKinney at 1:00pm.   For more information on this event contact The Berks County Heritage Center at 610-374-8839, ext. 202.
  • CANCELED-​History of the Union Canal
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 21
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​The Union Canal and our local waterways are linked in a history often forgotten in today's modern world. The canal was an engineering marvel of its time remnants are still present stretching from Reading in Berks County to Middletown in Dauphin County. In this presentation, Friends of the Union Canal Tunnel Park tour guide, Ed Martel, will take us back in time for a glimpse into the history and development of the Union Canal and its impact on Pennsylvania's economy.
  • CANCELED-​Exploreres "Wild Child" Camp
    Schedule:
    Monday, June 22
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Camp takes place at the Angora Fruit Farm, 6/22-6/26.  $75 per registered child. **** All nature  camps are pre-registration only.  To pre-register, contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 for more info.
  • CANCELED-​SUP Lesson and Paddle
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, June 24
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Location:
    BLUE MARSH LAKE - Church Rd Access
     
    Details:
    CANCELED-​$5 per person One-hour session includes demo of SUP instruction and free time to paddle.  Board, paddle and life vest provided.  Visit www.AOPaddle.com  or call 484.854.1271 to register.  Appropriate for ages 12 yrs. and up.
  • CANCELED-​SUP Floating Meditation
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, June 24
    Time:
    10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
    Location:

    BLUE MARSH LAKE, Church Rd Access

    Details:

    CANCELED-​Class includes: 5 minute demo of basic SUP instruction, paddle to location of class, anchor to floating studio, 30-35 minute guided meditation, return paddle to launch destination. Board, paddle and life vest provided.  Visit www.AOPaddle.com  or call 484.854.1271 to register. Appropriate for ages 12 yrs. and up. Beginners welcome.
    Cost: $20 per person (Rain Date June 25)

  • CANCELED-​Eastern Box Turtles: The Jewels of PA's Forest
    Schedule:
    Friday, June 26
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Eastern Box turtles are an important species of our wetland habitats. Join Environmental Education staff and guest herpetologists to look at our reptilian neighbors. For families with children ages 5 and up. FREE.  Pre-registration is required, contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 to register.
  • CANCELED-​Model Trail Display-Open House
    Schedule:
    Saturday, June 27
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​​CANCELED-​We will be opening our model train display for the weekend.  Take a look at the display and learn a little about the history of the building it is in.  Model train groups will also have displays set-up in the barn for those who want to learn more about being a model train enthusiast.  For more information call 610-374-8839, ext. 202.
  • CANCELED-​History of the Connell Mansion
    Schedule:
    Sunday, June 28
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​This power-point presentation by Rich and Jean Sweigert takes the audience back to the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries to discover what the Connell Mansion in Ephrata was like and what the future of this Mansion is as well.    This program is suitable for all ages.   
  • CANCELED-​Lunch and Learn Series
    Schedule:
    Thursday, July 2
    Time:
    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    CANCELED-​Topic:  Berks County Heritage Center and Farm

  • CANCELED-​Lower Tulpy Paddle
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 3
    Time:
    5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:

    BLUE MARSH LAKE-Stilling Basin

    Details:

    CANCELED-​Explore local waterways and Blue Marsh Lake with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.  Bring your own kayak, canoe or paddleboard or rent one through Blue Marsh Outdoors (610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com).  Some prior paddling experience is recommended for these trips.  Guides will share some safety instruction before each trip, and all participants are required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets.  Participants in a night program must carry a white light on-board, such as a flashlight or headlamp (Pennsylvania State Law).  The trips are relatively easy, fun and will focus on the area natural and cultural history.  Everyone must pre-register at least one week prior to the trip as space is limited.  Pre-register by calling 610-374-2944 x2611. Stilling Basin to Berks Leisure Area

  • Full Moon Hike
    Schedule:
    Sunday, July 5
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Come and walk with us on the evenings of the full moons to learn a little more about the history of the Berks County Parks.  We will meet at different parks and walk for about 1hour.  Please wear sturdy walking shoes for all hikes.  For More information, call 610-374-8839, ext 202. Topic: Deppen Cemetery and Union Canal  Skill Level Easy 

  • History Storytime
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, July 8
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    Bring along your favorite blanket or stuffed animal and join us for history story time at The Berks County Heritage Center. For children ages 4-6 and their families. Call 610-374-8839, ext. 202 to register.  Topic: Women’s Rights to Vote (Elizabeth Started All The Trouble)
  • CANCELED-​1-Day Camp-Rock Hounds
    Schedule:
    Thursday, July 9
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Rock and roll to the Fruit Farm as we pan for gold, dig for gems, and learn about why geology is ‘gneiss’.  Rain date: July 10th. Ages K-3, $15 per registered child. **** All nature  camps are pre-registration only.  To pre-register, contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 for more info.
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 11
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    Join us for an old-fashioned sewing circle at the Berks County Heritage Center.  Below is a list of the topics to be discussed each month.  Although we encourage you to bring along project of your choice.  For more information contact Becky Hughes at 610-374-8839 or e-mail rhughes@countyofberks.com  Topic:  Potholders

  • Family Fishing Program
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 11
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:00 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 11 to register from the Calendar of Events.  For information or directions, call 610-374-2944.

  • Tote Bag Workshop
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 11
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    Join volunteer Beth Shugar for a workshop on how to make a fabric tote bag. Supplies: Please bring along 2 yards cotton fabric, ribbon, scissors, and sewing machine if you can.  $5.00. Registration deadline July 3rd.  For more information or to register call 610-374-8839 ext. 202  or e-mail rhughes@countyofberks.com 

  • CANCELED-​4-Half-Days History Camp
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, July 14
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Join us as we learn about history through hands-on activities, and stories.  Each day we will learn about a different part of history.  Cost:  $50.00 per child -- For more information or to register for this camp contact Becky Hughes at rhughes@countyofberks.com or 610-374-8839 ext. 202

    July 14th – Culture and Traditions of The Native Americans, Irish, and Pennsylvania Dutch
    July 15th – Historic Inventions - Join us as we learn about some of history’s greatest inventors and try some
    of their experiments.
    July 16th – Discover what it was like to live on a farm.  What were some of your daily chores?(Beidler House)
    July 17th – The 1920s-What was life like during the 1920s, meet some people who lived during this time, and learn a dance from the era. 

  • Art In The Park- 3-Day Camp
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, July 15
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Details:
    Let nature inspire as we use the beauty of the parks to create masterpieces of art!  Dabble with watercolors, tie-dye, clay, and more to explore the plants and animals that call Antietam Lake Park home.  Camp takes place at the Bingaman Nature Center, $50 per registered child. ****Ages 7-11.  All nature  camps are pre-registration only.  To pre-register, contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 for more info.
  • Beginner Guide to Geocaching
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 18
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    Learn about the basics of this world-wide treasure hunting game.  We’ll explain the basics of GPS navigation and discover special caches hidden around the park.  Dress for the weather, and wear closed-toe shoes.  Loaner GPS units are available.  Please call for details if using your own GPS unit.  Fun free program for all ages!

  • FREE 3rd Saturday
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 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.Gruber Wagon Works Storage Building Open House: View the Heritage Center’s collection of Gruber wagons and see a special on-loan display of a 1927 Gruber made Truckbody.

  • Moth Night
    Schedule:
    Saturday, July 18
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​​
    Details:
    Join Jim Eckert and Environmental Education staff as we peer into the interesting world of moths- our nocturnal insect friends.  Bring a flashlight.  FREE.  Pre-registration is required, contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-706-0020 to register.
  • Sunflower Basket Workshop
    Schedule:
    Sunday, July 19
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​This beautiful basket is back by popular demand, and is surprising not too hard to weave, $35. Payment is due one week before class and payable to instructor, Vicky Heffner.  Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10-spring clothes pins and towel. To register call 610-374-8839.   

  • CANCELED-​1-Day Camp-Getting Buggy With It
    Schedule:
    Thursday, July 23
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    CANCELED-​​Whether they fly or crawl, insects make our life great! Learn all about the complex world of bugs, and why we should be happy to get buggy with it! Rain date: July 24th. $15 per registered child. ****Ages K-3- All nature  camps are pre-registration only.  To pre-register, contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 for more info.

  • Stand Up Paddle Lesson and Paddle Demos
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 24
    Time:
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Church Rd. Parking Lot
    Details:
    ​$5 per person One-hour session includes demo of SUP instruction and free time to paddle.  Board, paddle and life vest provided.  Visit www.AOPaddle.com  or call 484.854.1271 to register.  Appropriate for ages 12 yrs. and up.
  • SUP Yoga
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 24
    Time:
    6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
    Location:

    BLUE MARSH LAKE - Church Rd. Parking Lot

    Details:

    Class includes: 5 minute demo of basic SUP instruction, paddle to location of class, anchor to floating studio, 30-35 minute guided Yoga practice, return paddle to launch destination. Board, paddle and life vest provided.  Visit www.AOPaddle.com  or call 484.854.1271 to register. Appropriate for ages 12 yrs. and up. Beginners welcome.
    Cost: $20 per person  (Rain Date July 25)

  • Paws On the Path
    Schedule:
    Sunday, July 26
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Details:

    Join beagle puppy Zoey for a hike on the trails around Antietam Lake Park. We will be collecting donations for the Berks County Animal Rescue League at this hikes.  All dogs must be good around other dogs and remain on a leash during the hike.  Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along water for you and your dog.  Angora Fruit Farm Parking Lot   For more information contact Becky at 610-374-8839 ext. 202 or rhughes@countyofberks.com

  • Covered Bridges of Berks
    Schedule:
    Sunday, July 26
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join covered bridge historian, Fred Moll as he offers a power-point presentation that will include the five existing covered bridges and some of the gone but not forgotten covered bridges of Berks County, as well as never before seen photos of the disassembly and rehabilitation of the Dreibelbis Covered Bridge and abutments.     Also, we will take a short tour of Wertz's Bridge to learn some of its secrets.
  • Paddle N. Concert
    Schedule:
    Sunday, July 26
    Time:
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:
    BLUE MARSH LAKE
     
     
    Details:
    Bring your kayak, and meet at the Blue Marsh Lake Stilling Basin for a trip down the Tulpehocken Creek- ending at the Gring’s Mill amphitheater in the for the evening concert.  Participants must provide their own transportation.  Rentals available with Blue Marsh Outdoors (610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com).  Prior paddling experience is recommended for these trips.  Guides will share some safety instruction before each trip, and all participants are required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets.  Everyone must pre-register at least one week prior to the trip as space is limited.  Pre-register by calling 610-374-2944 x2611.
  • SUP & Concert
    Schedule:
    Sunday, July 26
    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 live music. Event includes: 5 minute demo of basic SUP instruction, one hour of paddling next to the amphitheater.  Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  Beginners welcome. Spaces are limited, preregistration required. Visit www.AOPaddle.com  or call 484.854.1271 to register. Board, paddle, life vest and glow sticks provided by Aqua Om Paddle to individuals registered. Appropriate for ages 12 yrs. and up. No rain date. Cost: $15 per person

  • CANCELED-​Concert: The Launies
    Schedule:
    Sunday, July 26
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    CANCELED-​An evening with the Launies is an experience rarely forgotten: driving instrumentals, emotional ballads and fascinating explanations to the music, all presented with respectful light-heartedness by a group of talented musicians who enjoy sharing their music.  Formed in 1997 by Jamie O’Brien, a transplant from London, the Launies continue to delight audiences with their fascinating approach to celtic music: traditional songs and tunes played with a contemporary touch ... and plenty of humor. The band has appeared far and wide at festivals and in concert, presenting fiddle and mandolin led Irish jigs and reels along with a wide variety of songs from Irish, Scottish, British and American sources.  No rain date.  Refreshments available. $5/car parking.  www.launies.com

  • CANCELED-​1-Day Camp-Can You Dig It?
    Schedule:
    Thursday, July 30
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Dig dinos and arrange artifacts in this archaeology and paleontology-based camp.  Rain date: July 31st.  Ages K-3. All nature  camps are pre-registration only.  To pre-register, contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 for more info.
  • Starwatch
    Schedule:
    Friday, July 31
    Time:
    7:45 PM - 9:45 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    Want to learn more about the stars in the sky?  Join us for a program followed by a chance to view the night sky with the Berks County Astronomical Society. For more information and directions to the different parks call 610-374-8839 ext.202 or e-mail: rhughes@countyofberks.com  
  • Knee Deep In the Creek
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 1
    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. 
  • Schuylkill River Paddle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 1
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:

    ​SRT Yarnell Trailhead to Leesport Post Office

    Details:

    ​Experience Necessary  - Explore local waterways and Blue Marsh Lake with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.  Bring your own kayak, canoe or paddleboard or rent one through Blue Marsh Outdoors (610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com).  Some prior paddling experience is recommended for these trips. 

    Guides will share some safety instruction before each trip, and all participants are required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets.  The trips are relatively easy, fun and will focus on the area natural and cultural history.  Everyone must pre-register at least one week prior to the trip as space is limited.  Pre-register by calling 610-374-2944 x2611.

  • CANCELED-​1-Day Camp-Stream Stompers
    Schedule:
    Thursday, August 6
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    CANCELED-​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 7th.  Ages K-3. $15 per registered child. **** All nature  camps are pre-registration only.  To pre-register, contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 for more info.

  • Lunch and Learn
    Schedule:
    Thursday, August 6
    Time:
    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Topic: Antietam Lake Park
  • Underground Railroad Music, Legends & History
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 8
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Joe Becton, historian, Philadelphia walking tour guide, a retired National Park Service Ranger, and musician, will share stories and personal accounts of the Underground Railroad. Period musical performance will be included throughout the program. 
  • Industrious Women of Colonial Pennsylvania
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 9
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    This Join public historian Ann Shipley Mumenthaler for a lively presentation that highlights both women in industry such as iron, but also how women were industrious in their labor/home business.
  • Paddle n' Concert
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 9
    Time:
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:
    BLUE MARSH LAKE - Stilling Basin
    Details:
    Bring your kayak, and meet at the Blue Marsh Lake Stilling Basin for a trip down the Tulpehocken Creek- ending at the Gring’s Mill amphitheater in the for the evening concert.  Participants must provide their own transportation.  Rentals available with Blue Marsh Outdoors (610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com).  Prior paddling experience is recommended for these trips.  Guides will share some safety instruction before each trip, and all participants are required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets.  Everyone must pre-register at least one week prior to the trip as space is limited.  Pre-register by calling 610-374-2944 x2611.
  • History Storytime
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, August 12
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    Bring along your favorite blanket or stuffed animal and join us for history story time at The Berks County Heritage Center. For children ages 4-6 and their families. Call 610-374-8839, ext. 202 to register.  Topic: Famous Airplane pilots and inventors (I am Amelia Earhart)

  • CANCELED-​1-Day Camp-Wild Child
    Schedule:
    Thursday, August 13
    Time:
    9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    CANCELED-​Get outside, unplug, and get back to doing what kids do best- play!  Enjoy a fun summer day of nature-inspired fun.  Rain date: August 14th.  Ages K-3. $15 per registered child. **** All nature  camps are pre-registration only.  To pre-register, contact Jennifer Brooks at jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 for more info.

  • CANCELED-​Plein Air and Fiber Arts in the Parks
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 15
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Plein Air (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)  is a fancy way of saying “Let’s make art outside!”, so grab some art supplies and a picnic lunch and share your talents with the world (no experience necessary)!  Art should be accessible for everyone, and what better way than to create amazing art in a park.  Local artists will be available to share their creations with visitors, and children can create their own masterpiece using chalk or participating in a fun art scavenger hunt.  All are welcome!  FREE.  For more details, contact lgauker@countyofberks.com.    Fiber Arts – 11 am – 3:00 pm -Ever wonder how you make linen from flax or how wool is spun into yarn.  Talk with demonstrators in quilting, weaving, spinning, and wool dyeing about their crafts. For more information call 610-374-8839
  • FREE 3rd Saturday
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 15
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​​Enjoy Free Admission to the Gruber Wagon Works, a National Historic Landmark, and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center. Fiber Arts Day: Discover the fiber arts with onsite demonstrators and vendors.

  • Reading Fairgrounds Racing History
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 16
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Ken Johnson of the Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society will present on the racing history at the Reading Fairgrounds.  The story of the Reading Stock Car Association, and the background on the formation and activities of the Historical Society will also be covered.

  • History Hike-Bissinger Suicide Story
    Schedule:
    Monday, 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.
  • It's All About Bats
    Schedule:
    Friday, August 21
    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    ​Join Dr. Karen Campbell professor of Biology at Albright College for an illustrated lecture about Bats.  Then take a walk out the Red Bridge to see if we can see any.
  • Intro to Orienteering
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 23
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    ​​Bingaman Nature Center
    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 members of the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association as they explain 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.  Call 610-374-2944 to pre-registration by August 19.
  • Historic Soap Making
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 23
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Join Frieda Schmidt as she demonstrates and explains one of the most common and historic methods of soap making. Schmidt will demonstrate the cold process that involves lye, sodium hydroxide, and a variety of oils. During the 18th and 19th centuries many families made soap from lye, obtained from wood ash and rainwater along with animal fats. Soap making required hours of preparation, but Schmidt will explain today's techniques that take the guesswork out of the process allowing many to enjoy it as a hobby or business.
  • History of the Red Cross
    Schedule:
    Saturday, August 29
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    This 30-minute free interactive presentation is titled “The Red Cross & YOU!” which introduces our history, our services, what people need to do now to be prepared (we call this being Red Cross Ready) and we discuss volunteer opportunities too.  We will also inform folks of our Home Fire Campaign “Sound the Alarm!” which is going door-to-door, neighborhood-by-neighborhood installing free smoke alarms (open to all home owners) and sharing life-saving fire safety tip information. 
  • If Trees Could Talk
    Schedule:
    Sunday, August 30
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    As part of National Trail Mix Day, make your own trail mix then join the Parks Department’s Assistant Director, Brendan Lederer, and Heritage Center volunteer, Jim Ohlinger, for a unique walking tour of the grounds. Lederer will discuss many of the trees growing here, exploring their type, age, and health, while Ohlinger, who grew up on the site, will share what these silent witnesses may have “seen” over the years. 
  • Full Moon History Hike
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, September 2
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Details:
    Come and walk with us on the evenings of the full moons to learn a little more about the history of the Berks County Parks.  We will meet at different parks and walk for about 1hour.  Please wear sturdy walking shoes for all hikes.  For More information, call 610-374-8839, ext 202.  Topic: Antietam Lake Park and Mother's Tree History. Skill Level Moderate
  • Full Moon Paddle
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, September 2
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Church Rd Parking Area
    Details:
    Explore local waterways and Blue Marsh Lake with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.  Bring your own kayak, canoe or paddleboard or rent one through Blue Marsh Outdoors (610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com).  Some prior paddling experience is recommended for these trips.  Guides will share some safety instruction before each trip, and all participants are required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets.  Participants in a night program must carry a white light on-board, such as a flashlight or headlamp (Pennsylvania State Law).  The trips are relatively easy, fun and will focus on the area natural and cultural history.  Everyone must pre-register at least one week prior to the trip as space is limited.  Pre-register by calling 610-374-2944 x2611.(Rain Date September 3)
  • Full Moon Stand Up Paddle
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, September 2
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Blue Marsh Lake-Church Rd. Parking Lot
    Details:
    ​​Includes: 5 minute demo of basic Stand Up Paddleboard  instruction, paddle to a secluded location where participants can hook up to a personal anchor to sit and enjoy their surroundings and gaze at the beauty of the night sky. Those who have their own boards or kayaks are welcome to join the group at no charge. Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle.  Beginners welcome. Spaces are limited, preregistration required. Visit www.AOPaddle.com  or call 484.854.1271 to register. Board, paddle, life vest and glow sticks provided by Aqua Om Paddle to individuals registered. Appropriate for ages 12 yrs. and up Cost: $25 per person   (Rain Date September 3)
  • American Revolution 1777 Phila. Campaign
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 6
    Time:
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    Stephen Runkle from the Susquehanna River Basin Speakers Bureau will chronicle the critical year of 1777-1778 during the American Revolutionary War. Runkle will discuss the British Army’s efforts to take the city of Philadelphia along with the pivotal battles of Brandywine, Paoli, and Germantown. Runkle will also highlight the Continental Army’s winter encampment at Valley Forge, and the flight of the Continental Congress from Philadelphia to York, Pennsylvania in the fall of 1777. 

  • Homeschool Series-Sun, Wind & Water
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, September 8
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Details:
    Sun, Wind & Water-The Powers of Nature-​Geared towards homeschool students in grades 1-4.  $8 per child, per program.  Pre-registration required at jbrooks@countyofberks.com, or 484-509-2667.  This program is not a drop-off program and adults must stay with their child.
  • History Storytime
    Schedule:
    Wednesday, September 9
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    Bring along your favorite blanket or stuffed animal and join us for history story time at The Berks County Heritage Center. For children ages 4-6 and their families. Call 610-374-8839, ext. 202 to register.  Topic:  All about Popcorn (The Popcorn Book)

  • Roots to Wings-Tree Friends
    Schedule:
    Thursday, September 10
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Center
    Details:
    Nature Programs for children ages 3-5 include hands-on activities, games, stories, and a craft .  $5 per child, per program.  Pre-registration required at jbooks@countyofberks.com  or call 484-509-2667 
  • Fall Leaf Prints
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 12
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    Bring your own t-shirts, tote bags, and other fabric items to print one of a kind leaf designs while learning about basic leaf i.d.  $5 per person. Pre-registration required, contact lgauker@countyofberks.com or 484-509-2667.
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 12
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join us for an old-fashioned sewing circle at the Berks County Heritage Center.  We encourage you to bring along project of your choice.  For more information contact Becky Hughes at 610-374-8839 or e-mail rhughes@countyofberks.com  Topic:  How to sew a hem .

  • The Schuylkill River Project
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 12
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    Join Chari Towne, executive director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and author of A River Again: The Story of the Schuylkill River Project, to learn how Pennsylvania completed a large-scale cleanup effort of the Schuylkill River that began in 1947. Towne will focus on the impact of the Schuylkill Navigation Company’s operation had on the Schuylkill and the outcomes of the dredging work and cleanup in Berks and surrounding areas

  • Hike & Yoga
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 13
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Together we will explore nature, focusing on aligning the body and spirit with our natural surroundings.  This is a great way to 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.  Beginners welcome. $5 per person, spaces are limited, preregistration is required. Visit www.AOPaddle.com  or call 484.854.1271 to register. Appropriate for ages 8 years and up. No rain date. Please bring your own mat or towel.
  • CANCELED-​Fall Into Autumn
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 19
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Celebrate the start of fall with family friendly activities of season at the Berks County Heritage Center.  Do some ‘pumpkin chunkin’ at a target, by firing a “pumpkin cannon.” Walk the grounds and participate in harvest crafts and games, hayrides, and learn the art of cooking over a campfire while getting a taste of the 1920s from authentic period recipes. Enjoy live music along with onsite food vendors throughout the day. 
  • FREE 3rd Saturday
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 19
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​​Enjoy Free Admission to the Gruber Wagon Works, a National Historic Landmark, and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center. Outdoor cooking and the Heritage Center Farm: Discover the Heritage Center’s history as an active farm before it became a County Park and learn the basics of campfire cooking. .

  • Restoration of the Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 20
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Nic Stoltzfus, Caretaker and Ambassador for the Historic Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead and author of  Germany Lutherans to Pennsylvania Amish: The Stoltzfus Family Story will provide an overview of the restoration and rehabilitation of the more than 200 year old homestead, including the 1771 house and replica bank barn by a group of Nicholas descendants
  • Starwatch in Northern Berks
    Schedule:
    Friday, September 25
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Kernsville Dam Recreation Area
    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, 9/26
  • Backpacking Basics
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 27
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Location:
    ​​Bingaman Nature Center
     
    Details:
    Learn the basics of backpacking and why preparation is key to any successful hike.  We will have some different styles of backpacks to show and demonstrate, as well as essentials you should have in your pack for any trip.  Create a backpacking checklist and learn how to properly pack your backpack.  Then we will use our skills on a moderate hike around the trails of Antietam Lake Park.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring along water for this rain or shine workshop.  This is part-one of a two-part program.  We will follow up this program with a day hike on the Appalachian Trail in October.  Free program, but please pre-registration by calling 610-374-2944 x2611 by 9/23.
  • The Civil War Flag Collection of PA
    Schedule:
    Sunday, September 27
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Jason Wilson, Historian for the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee will present a program on the history and preservation of Pennsylvania’s collection of nearly 400 Civil War battle flags, cared for by the State since 1866. Pennsylvania’s collection is one of the largest state collections in the nation and was used throughout many of the major campaigns and battles of the Civil War. The collection as a whole represents the approximately 340,000 Pennsylvanians who answered the call of service during the war.
  • Fungi Foray
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 3
    Time:
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    ​Join us as we take a walk through the woods and discover the fantastic world of fungi with the Eastern Pennsylvania Mushroomers.  FREE.  Pre-registration is required, contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 to register.

  • An October All Hallows With the Spirits Along the Schuylkill
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 3
    Time:
    4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    The 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. Must be over 21. Limited to 20.  Deadline: September 29.
    Cost :$25.  Register with payment  www.ridgewoodwinery.com 
  • Pow Wow: PA Dutch Folk Medicine
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 4
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    ​Pow Wow is said to be a collection of European magic spells, recipes and folk remedies.  Practitioners helped rural folks with methods to heal common maladies.  Learn the history and techniques of this practice and hear how some people were treated. For teens and adults. FREE-As a part of the 1st Free Sunday
  • History of Carsonia Park
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 4
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Author Paul Druzba’s Power Point presentation on Carsonia Park covers the entire history of the park, from its opening in 1896, till its closing in 1950. You’ll see how the park evolved over the years, to meet the changing tastes of its visitors. You’ll also get to hear the actual sound of the original merry go round organ that was in use in the 1930’s and 1940’s, as well as the nickelodeon that played in the Arcade.
  • Homeschool Series: Have Seeds Will Travel
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, October 6
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Details:
    Geared towards homeschool students in grades 1-4.  $8 per child, per program.  Pre-registration required at jbrooks@countyofberks.com, or 484-509-2667.  This program is not a drop-off program and adults must stay with their child.
  • Root to Wings: Fall Changes
    Schedule:
    Thursday, October 8
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Details:
    Nature Programs for children ages 3-5 include hands-on activities, games, stories, and a craft .  $5 per child, per program.  Pre-registration required at jbooks@countyofberks.com  or call 484-509-2667. 
  • Sewing Circle
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 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: Pin Cushions
  • Pennsylvania German Gravestones
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 10
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Cornwall Iron Furnace Historic Site Administrator, Michael Emery will discuss tombstones primarily located in Lancaster, Berks, and Lebanon counties from both a historical and architectural view point. Emery will highlight elements of Pennsylvania German folk art often used on early gravestones, as well as how the material used to make them have changed overtime.  Emery has lectured on and studied Pennsylvania German gravestones for more than 25 years
  • Set of Napkin Baskets-Workshop
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 11
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    These napkin baskets will prevent napkins from blowing away on any summer afternoon. Weave one and give the other to a friend, $25. Payment is due one week before class and payable to instructor, Vicky Heffner.  Bring a bucket, flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10-spring clothes pins and towel. To register call 610-374-8839, ext 202. 
  • Blue Marsh Lake Paddle
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 11
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Explore local waterways and Blue Marsh Lake with the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.  Bring your own kayak, canoe or paddleboard or rent one through Blue Marsh Outdoors (610-488-5540, www.bluemarshoutdoors.com).  Some prior paddling experience is recommended for these trips.  Guides will share some safety instruction before each trip, and all participants are required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets.  The trips are relatively easy, fun and will focus on the area natural and cultural history.  Everyone must pre-register at least one week prior to the trip as space is limited.  Pre-register by calling 610-374-2944 x2611.
  • A Decade of Progress
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 11
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Survey of the Trust’s historic sites and structures and their preservation and restoration over the past ten years, with Larry Ward and Brad Kissam of the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County. Featuring the oldest structure in Berks County, the 1716 Mouns Jones House, and 1765 George Douglass Mansion.
  • FREE 3rd Saturday
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 17
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    Enjoy Free Admission to the Gruber Wagon Works, a National Historic Landmark, and the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center. Gruber Wagon Works Belt Running: See the factory’s machines come to life during
    this rare demonstration at 12:00 p.m.  and 2:00 p.m.

  • Women in Transportation
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 18
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Women were important in many types of transportation and had jobs that were often for men only.  Join us to learn about some of the many jobs women had on canals, railroads, and as pilots.  
  • Pizza & Pumpkin Party
    Schedule:
    Thursday, October 22
    Time:
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Location:
    Details:

    Please bring a pumpkin to carve and donate it to the Halloween Hike and Hayride.  Also bring your own carving tools and a drink, and we’ll provide the pizza!  All donated pumpkins will line the trail for the hike.  All ages welcome, FREE.  Pre-registration is required, contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 to register.

  • Lantern Tours of the Gruber Wagon Works
    Schedule:
    Friday, October 23
    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. 610-374-8839, ext. 201.
  • Historic Murder Mystery Dinner
    Schedule:
    Friday, October 23
    Time:
    6:00 PM - 8:30 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 full course meal and interactive mystery.  Registration with payment deadline October 7.  Call 610-374-2944.
     
     
  • Human Interest Stories from Gettysburg
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 24
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    Award winning Civil War author Scott Mingus, drawing on research from three of his published books, will share dozens of interesting personal stories and anecdotes of the soldiers and civilians related to the Battle of Gettysburg and campaign. Mingus’ books will be available for purchase at the presentation.
  • CANCELED-​Halloween Hike and Hayride
    Schedule:
    Saturday, October 24
    Time:
    6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    Details:
    CANCELED-​Experience the wonder of the night 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 the campfire.  Hikes leave every 15 minutes.  Geared towards families with children 5+, $5 per person.  Pre-registration is required, contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 to register.
  • CANCELED-​Monster Mash Halloween Bash
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 25
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
     
    Details:
    CANCELED-​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.  Wear your Halloween costume and join us anytime between 1-4 pm for some un-scary FRIGHTENING FUN!  For ages 5-12.  Cost $5/child.  Call 610-374-2944 ext. 2611 by October 19 to register
  • The American Long Rifle, A PA Icon
    Schedule:
    Sunday, October 25
    Time:
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Details:
    French and Indian War re enactor Lynn Otto will discuss the early firearm history in Pennsylvania, and how the name “Long Rifle” came into being. He will have several long rifles and accoutrements to show
  • STEAM Day
    Schedule:
    Saturday, November 7
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​​
    Details:
    Discover fun activities using science, technology, engineering, art, and math.  FREE event

  • ​Paws On the Path
    Schedule:
    Saturday, November 7
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Details:

    Join beagle puppy Zoey for a hike on the trails around Antietam Lake Park. We will be collecting donations for the Berks County Animal Rescue League at this hikes.  All dogs must be good around other dogs and remain on a leash during the hike.  Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring along water for you and your dog.  Angora Fruit Farm Parking Lot   For more information contact Becky at 610-374-8839 ext. 202 or rhughes@countyofberks.com

  • Homeschool Series: Biomimicry and Engineering
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, November 10
    Time:
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Details:
    Geared towards homeschool students in grades 1-4.  $8 per child, per program.  Pre-registration required at jbrooks@countyofberks.com, or 484-509-2667.  This program is not a drop-off program and adults must stay with their child.
  • Roots to Wings - Animals of the Night
    Schedule:
    Thursday, November 12
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:

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

    Details:

    Nature Programs for children ages 3-5 include hands-on activities, games, stories, and a craft .  $5 per child, per program.  Pre-registration required at jbooks@countyofberks.com  or call 484-509-2667. 

  • Wearable Woods Workshop: Resin Jewelry
    Schedule:
    Saturday, November 14
    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-Blanket Stitch
    Schedule:
    Saturday, November 14
    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: Crazy Quits

  • Tatting Workshop
    Schedule:
    Saturday, November 14
    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. Cost: $15. For questions and to register call 610-374-8839 ext. 202 or e-mail: rhughes@countyofberks.com
    Registration with payment (payable to instructor) by November 7th

  • Take A Hike
    Schedule:
    Sunday, November 15
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Details:

    There are over 60,000 miles of trails across the country.  Celebrate National Hiking Day (November 17) and get some great outdoor exercise by joining County Parks staff for a hike on the trails at Antietam Lake Park.  We will meet in the main lot, and head out from there.  Dogs on leashes are permitted.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes (no sandals please!).   

  • Step Into Snoshoeing
    Schedule:
    Sunday, November 29
    Time:
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Cabela's
    Details:
    Stop by our display at Cabela’s if you want to avoid cabin fever this winter.  We will have all types of information and gear on display relating to snowshoeing.  If you can walk, you can snowshoe.  And it is a great way to explore the outdoors on a snowy day and get some great exercise at the same time.  We will have some pairs of snowshoes available to check out, as well as clothing and other necessary gear.
  • Nature Crafts for Kids
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 5
    Time:
    1:00 PM - 2:00 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 jbrooks@countyofberks.com or call 484-509-2667 to register.

  • Homeschool Series-Winter Survival Program
    Schedule:
    Tuesday, December 8
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Details:

    ​Geared towards homeschool students in grades 1-4.  $8 per child, per program.  Pre-registration required at jbrooks@countyofberks.com, or 484-509-2667.  This program is not a drop-off program and adults must stay with their child

  • Colonial Candlelight Open House
    Schedule:
    Saturday, December 12
    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. FREE-Snow Date: December 19th

  • Winter Solstice Hike and Campfire
    Schedule:
    Friday, December 18
    Time:
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    ​Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​
    Details:
    Winter Solstice Celebration-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.
  • Roots to Wings: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
    Schedule:
    Thursday, January 14
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:

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

    Details:

    ​Encourage your child's curiosity for the world around them with programs about nature. Hand-on activities, games and stories fill this 1-hour program for ages 3-5. A craft related to the topic completes each lesson. $5.00 Contact jbrooks@countyofberks.com for more information, or call 484-509-2667.

  • Roots to Wings-Valentine Treats for the Birds
    Schedule:
    Thursday, February 11
    Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location:
    Bingaman Nature Ctr.,2843 Hill Rd., Reading 19606​​
    Details:

    Nature Programs for children ages 3-5 include hands-on activities, games, stories, and a craft .  $5 per child, per program.  Pre-registration required at jbooks@countyofberks.com  or call 484-509-2667.