Education Programs - June 2017


Coyote Secrets


Coyotes can be found across the Commonwealth, yet are rarely seen. How would you know if you saw one? What is their natural habitat and how well do they adapt to human presence? What do they eat? How do they raise their young? WCO Mullin will address these questions and have skull, bone and fur samples on hand to aid participants in identifying and understanding this elusive mammal in our midst.  



What Makes Ticks Tick? Canceled


Lyme disease is present throughout the Commonwealth. Learn prevention tips; how to choose a repellent; signs/symptoms of Lyme, and what to do if you are bitten by a deer tick. Lyme disease book, tick lifter and tick identification card included.  


Special Event

Community & Trails Day

Register for the 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk 
Saturday, June 3
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Exton Park Site/ Chester Valley Trail
No registration required

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Hike for the Physically Challenged


View the beautiful scenery and enjoy Black Rock’s 0.75-mile, ADA-accessible Interpretive Trail. On a hike easy for wheelchairs, walkers and canes, learn about the Sanctuary’s flora, fauna and history. Family members and attendants welcome.  



Birdie, Birdie Tell Me Why


For Ages 6 & Under.  Why do birds have funny toes? Why do birds stay dry in the rain? Why is an eagle’s nest like a giant playpen? Explore some wonders of birds and learn to build a perfect nest.  


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Weeding Wednesdays

Whether you are a beginner or an expert gardener, The Friends of Springton Manor Farm need your help! Our gardening team meets at the butterfly garden to weed and trim the garden. This team enjoys being outside and working with others who have the same interest in gardening. Bring your garden gloves and favorite hand tools. We weed for about hour but become longtime friends. Come see what is buzzing in the garden! May be rescheduled due to inclement weather. 

No registration needed.

If you have any questions or would like to get email reminders of when we meet, please email: FriendsofSMF@gmail.com 



Bluebirds on the Farm


Once imperiled from the loss of habitat, bluebirds are making a comeback. Springton Manor Farm provides just the right habitat for Sialia sialis, the Eastern Bluebird. The Friends of Springton welcome Ken Leister from the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania to discuss these bright blue songbirds. Learn the habits and needs of bluebirds so that you may attract a nesting pair to your yard.  



Paws On the Path


2nd Saturday of Every Month
Parks are for dogs too. Take a ranger-led hike with your dog to get a little exercise and socialization. A great way to meet other dogs and dog people. 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 Wolf's Hollow. Hikes will alternate each month between Nottingham and Wolf's Hollow County Parks. No registration required

 
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Hike Amid Hibernia's History- Full


Hibernia County Park was once the site of a booming Iron Forge industry. Although most of the buildings are gone, their ruins remain. Take a 1.5-mile walk through history on trails and roads (with some hills) used over 200 years ago! Hear true stories and see photos of buildings that lay in ruins. Afterwards, take a tour of Hibernia Mansion ($3/person). Hike also offered July 2. 



Invasion of the Rusty Crayfish


The French Creek has been overrun by the invasive “Rusty Crayfish”, moving upstream from the Schuylkill River. This crayfish is larger, more aggressive and can eat twice as much as native crayfish. Help catch crayfish, identify the native and non-native species, and protect our valued aquatic habitat. Program also offered July 15 & August 12.  

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Kids Hike on Struble Trail


Get active and hit the trail with your kids! You don’t need to hike all day to teach your kids the benefits of hiking. Join us for a short hike on Struble Trail to get your kids excited about the outdoors. Be prepared with comfortable shoes, water and snacks. No bikes please.  

  • Wednesday, June 14
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Struble Trail, Norwood Road Parking Lot


Chester County Food Bank Veggie ToursFull


For Ages 3+.  We eat vegetables from every part of the plant! Do you know the six parts and their functions? Take a tour of Springton’s demonstration garden and high tunnels to taste what’s in season. Return to Springton on July 18 & August 15 for tours featuring different crops. 

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Summer Solstice Hike in the Light - Full


It’s the longest day of the year – perfect for a hike! The evening sun lights the way on this exploratory ranger-led hike. Engage your senses to identify and enjoy the sights and sounds of the woods. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes for rocky terrain. Program not suitable for strollers.  



Outdoor Games Full


For Ages 5+.  Join us for a summer evening of outdoor family fun. Play some new games and some that date back for generations. Enjoy Crows & Cranes, Capture the Flag, and other childhood favorites.  

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Who's Home in the French Creek?


French Creek is among the most biologically diverse streams in the northeastern United States. Join Park Rangers as they collect and identify the various aquatic animals that make the French Creek home. You may be surprised just how many there are!  

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Hibernia Mansion Tours


Sundays, May 28 - September 3
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Hibernia County Park
No registration required


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