Education Programs - July 2017


Freedom Fest

Saturday, July 1
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Nottingham County Park

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Hike Amid Hibernia's History

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).  

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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. 

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If Not for Knots - Full

For Ages 7+.  Few people consider the importance of knots, yet the right knot at the right time can solve a common problem or even save a life. Learn the basic background of knots and practice this essential skill.  

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

Teddy Bear Tea

For Ages 6 & Under.  It’s a wonderful day for a stroll! Grab your favorite stuffed toy, bring a snack, and join us for a Teddy Bear Tea near the Butterfly Garden. After snacks, let’s take our teddy bears and other plush friends for a stroll along the fitness trail. Wear comfortable shoes. Strollers welcome.  

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Sunset Wagon Ride & Campfire - Full

Enjoy a scenic wagon ride as the sun begins to set over our beautiful park. Return to a bonfire for a camp-like experience and enjoy cold lemonade. Program also offered July 14.  

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Fire in the Barrens

For Ages 8+.  How do firefighters extinguish wildfires? Learn the basics, then inspect and test equipment and gear used to get the job done. Practice searching for and putting out “spot fires.” Learn why fire can be important in managing the Serpentine Barrens.  

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Sunset Wagon Ride & Campfire

Enjoy a scenic wagon ride as the sun begins to set over our beautiful park. Return to a bonfire for a camp-like experience and enjoy cold lemonade.   

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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 August 12.  

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Bats in the Night Sky

Don’t be in the dark about these beneficial “bug zappers”. Learn the true story of Pennsylvania’s bats through an interactive presentation. Take a short walk to explore Black Rock’s bat boxes.   

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Silt Basin Kayak Tour

For Experienced Kayakers Ages 12+. Take an easy kayak tour along the Schuylkill River. See Chester County’s silt basins from a different perspective or maybe for the first time. What are silt basins? Why were they built?  What’s in them? All canoes and kayaks must display a current launch permit. Permits can be obtained through the PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) or a state park. Please call 610-469-1916 if you need equipment.   

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  • Sunday, July 16
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sanatoga Silt Basin - 66 Sanatoga Road, Spring City, PA 19475
  • Limit:  20

Chester County Food Bank Veggie Tours

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 August 15 for a tour featuring different crops.  

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Beauty of the Barrens

Join us for a special evening with Lecturer and Advisor Sally Willig as she relates the tale of geologic drama that gave birth to globally rare serpentine soils, including those here in Nottingham County Park. Learn why this soil exists and how its shallow, mineral- laden composition in turn gives birth to 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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Sunset Paddling Tour

For Intermediate Kayakers Ages 10+.  Discover Hibernia’s wildlife and ecology on a paddle around Chambers Lake. Bald Eagles and Osprey are regular visitors, while migratory waterfowl and Belted Kingfishers are also common. The wetlands have attracted egrets, sandpipers, herons, turtles, frogs, and an assortment of aquatic insects. Participants under age twelve years must wear a PFD at all times. All canoes and kayaks must display a current launch permit. Permits can be obtained through the PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) or a state park.   

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  • Wednesday, July 19
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Chambers Lake, Hibernia County Park - 201 Wagontown Road, Coatesville
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Archery - Full

For Ages 5+.  Learn to safely shoot an arrow at a set target from a bow. The Atglen Sportsmen’s Club will provide instruction, bows, arrows, armbands, and target balloons. Each participant is given opportunity to shoot multiple arrows during this outdoor program. Additional instruction provided as time permits. Space is limited, register early!   

Nature's Art Class

For Ages 3 - 7.  Come to the park and paint a picture using some not so normal art supplies. Leaves, sticks and mud are among the tools our young artists will use to create their own kind of masterpiece. Materials will be supplied. Dress for getting messy.   

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Songs of Insects

Who’s making all that noise?? Learn about the singing insects of Pennsylvania. After a short presentation about these strange and fascinating animals, take a hike to enjoy the chorus of the night time forest. Great for bug-crazy kids! Flashlights welcome.   

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Snakes, Frogs & Polliwogs

A nose by any other name… is a tongue? Sure 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 some identification tips, and learn what you can do to help conserve these vital members of our native ecosystems.    

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Hibernia Sunset Hike

Enjoy a rare opportunity to explore Hibernia  at night. See the sky’s beautiful colors as the sun sets over Chambers Lake. Dress appropriately for a moderate 1-2 mile hike.   

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Hibernia Mansion Tours

Sundays, May 28 - September 3
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Hibernia County Park
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