Education Programs - April 2018

Railroads of the Upper Brandywine


Our popular Struble and Chester Valley Trails were once railways. The history of these train lines provides a glimpse into Northern Chester County’s industrial and commercial development. Join Friends of Springton Manor and Jim Sundman, author of “Pennsylvania Main Line Rail Stations: Philadelphia” as he traces the rise and decline of our local railways. The public is invited to stay afterwards for a brief Friends of Springton Manor Farm monthly meeting. 





Nature Detectives: CSI Wolf's Hollow


Catch, Search, Identify: Who chews leaves and who eats bugs? Who swims in the stream, crawls in the mud and lives under the rocks? Bring your curiosity about nature to Wolf’s Hollow County Park. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get muddy. 





Amphibian Migration


Each day spring is a little closer. At this time of the year, we anticipate the annual amphibian migration to local vernal pools and wetlands. Predictable, and yet unpredictable, this migration will occur every year without fail. Come learn about the annual migration and see what critters we can find. 

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Orienteering through Warwick


Delaware Valley Orienteering Association (DVOA) leads this outdoor navigation sport that uses a map and compass to look for checkpoints along a mapped course. Beginners should allow 20 minutes for instructions and 45-60 minutes to walk the course. Courses for different levels will be available and start times are staggered. Groups of two or more can enjoy a course with one map. For more information, visit dvoa.org.  

  • Sunday, April 8
  • Arrive anytime between 10 AM - 1 PM
  • Warwick County Park, Pavilion #2
  • Fees: $12 for map, compass rental and time tracker. Scout/youth groups receive $5 discount. Fees payable at the program.
  • No Registration Required


Paws On the Path


Take a ranger-led hike with your dog for a little exercise and socialization. Dogs must keep their humans on a leash. Please bring a clean up bag (or two), and water for dog and human – no water is available at the park.  
 
  • Saturday, April 14
  • Meet at 9:00 AM; Hike departs at 9:10 AM
  • Wolf's Hollow County Park, Parking Lot
  • No Registration Required


Snakes, Frogs & Polliwogs - FULL

A nose by any other name… is a tongue? It is if you’re a snake. Frogs can swallow their prey…by blinking? Biologist Gary Stolz reveals many wonders of reptiles and amphibians, and what makes them unique in the animal kingdom. Explore skins, skulls, and skeletons; get identification tips, and learn what you can do to help conserve these vital members of our native ecosystems.  


The Spotted Lanternfly


The spotted lanternfly was first found in North America on September 22, 2014. This invasive plant hopper now threatens agriculture throughout Pennsylvania and the nation. Learn about this “badbug” and what you can do to help control it.

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Put the Animals to Bed

For Ages 3+.  When late afternoon spreads over Springton Manor Farm, it’s time to get the animals ready for bed. Help with the evening routine of feeding and caring for our residents as they settle in for the night.


Spring Plant Swap


Bring a “green-thumbed” friend and trowel to this free community event and join other gardeners in exchanging plants, seeds, tools, stories and tips. A great way to try new plants. Plenty of books, photos and experience will be on hand. Even if you have nothing to share, come get ideas. Selling is not permitted, but private nurseries are otherwise welcome.

 





Who's Home in the Black Run?


Join park rangers as they collect and identify the various aquatic animals in the Black Run using electrofishing techniques. You may be surprised just how many there are! 




Backpacking & Wilderness Survival Hike


Test your wilderness skills on a hike at Warwick County Park. We’ll be hiking a section of the Horse-Shoe Trail. You will be challenged with some survival scenarios to overcome along the way. Come prepared with a backpack filled with items you feel will help you survive in the wilderness. This will be a fun and easy-going hike. 

Special Event


Sheep & Wool Day


Saturday, April 28
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Springton Manor Farm

No registration required




Wildflower Hike

Nothing says spring like wildflowers in bloom. On an easy hike, see Warwick’s wide variety of spring flowers - one of the benefits of spring hiking - along the Horse-Shoe Trail. Help identify some of our beautiful native wildflowers.



Beauty of the Barrens

Listen to the tale of geologic drama that gave birth to globally-rare serpentine soils, including those in Nottingham County Park. Learn why this soil exists and how its shallow, mineral-laden composition in turn formed into delicate - yet hardy and rugged - native grasses and wildflowers. As the sun dips to the west and spreads its golden hues, take a walk into the back country to witness firsthand the beauty of the barrens.



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