Education Programs - April 2017

Resolution Hike


Keep your New Year's fitness resolution! Brings a friend to enjoy a ranger-led moderate and social hike. Intensity and route may be influenced by hikers' interest. Resolution hikes will be held the 1st Saturday of the month and alternate between Nottingham and Wolf's Hollow County Parks. 

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First Peep of Spring


Listen for frogs and toads to produce a variety of distinctive sounds like whistles and “spring serenades”. Learn to identify different frogs by their calls. How and why do they call so much this time of year? Please wear tromping boots or old shoes as we follow the calls to their wet hiding places.  





Orienteering through Warwick

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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 2
  • 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 are payable at the program.
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Beautiful Birds & Egg-citing Eggs - Full


For Ages 3+.   Spring is coming! Learn all about bird eggs and try your hand at natural egg dying. Centuries before chemical dyes were invented, our ancestors depended on nature to supply them with beautiful colors. Dye an egg orange using onion skins or pink with cherries. All craft supplies provided. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy. 



Reading with the Rangers - 

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Ages 0 - 5. Why do plants grow and birds return at this time of the year? Chester County Park Rangers are bringing a nature-themed book and related craft to the Atglen Library during their regular pre-school story times. Children are invited to hear And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano at the following time:

Atglen Public Library
  • Thursday, April 6, 10:30 AM


Paws On the Path


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 be held the second Saturday of the month and alternate between Nottingham and Wolf's Hollow County Parks. No registration required
 


Amphibian Migration

Weather at this time of year kick starts the annual amphibian migration to local vernal pools and wetlands. Predictable - and yet unpredictable - this migration occurs every year without fail. Come learn about the annual migration to see what critters have a hop in their step and who hunkers down to make their move.

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Dog Tracking Workshop I

Learn fundamentals of dog tracking - understanding scent, how dogs use their natural abilities to follow human-laid tracks, and how to teach your dog to follow a designated human track. Learn to incorporate tracking games into play at home and on walks in the park. In tracking, the dog is the leader. This builds communication, appreciation and partnership. To ensure a successful and safe program, only one dog per handler. Registered participants will receive handling and behavior guidelines that must be followed, as well as a list of items needed for the workshop. For more information, call the Nottingham County Park Office at 610-932-2589. 

  • Saturday, April 15
  • 9:30 AM - 12 Noon
  • Nottingham County Park, Pavilion #6
  • Limit: 10 dogs w/ handlers; family and friends are welcome as spectators


Once "A Pond" a Time - FULL


For Ages 6 & Under.  Once upon a time there were three bugs… Bring your curiosity about nature to Nottingham and join the Ranger to search for dragons that fly, things that live under the bridge, and “Miss Muffett’s” spider. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get muddy.  

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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.

 





Backpacking & Wilderness Survival Hike

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



Reading with the Rangers -

No registration required


Ages 0 - 5. Why do plants grow and birds return at this time of the year? Chester County Park Rangers are bringing a nature-themed book and related craft to the Oxford Library during their regular pre-school story times. Children are invited to hear And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano at the following times:

Location: Oxford Public Library
Please choose one session:
  • Monday, April 24, 10:30 AM
  • Wednesday, April 26, 10:30 AM
  • Thursday, April 27, 12:30 PM

Sheep & Wool Day


Saturday, April 29
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Springton Manor Farm

No registration required




Long Distance Hiking & The Horse-Shoe Trail  


The Horse-Shoe Trail, a 140-mile long distance trail, passes through Warwick County Park on its way from Valley Forge to the Appalachian Trail (AT). Pennsylvania also hosts several other long distance trails in our area. Join an AT thru-hiker and former ridgerunner to learn more about hiking long distance trails.  

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Nottingham Star Party
For Ages 6+. The Chester County Astronomical Society is hosting a Nottingham Star Party. Low local light pollution and the park’s remote location can reveal great views of the night sky. Enjoy a basic introduction to astronomy, guided stargazing, and discussing the sights to see. Dress for the weather. Flashlights, blankets, binoculars and telescopes welcome. If weather is cloudy, please call (610) 932-2589 to confirm program.  

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Wildflower Hike

Nothing says spring like wildflowers in bloom. One of the benefits of spring hiking, come see Warwick’s wide variety of spring flowers. We’ll go for an easy hike along Horse-Shoe Trail and identify some of our beautiful native wildflowers.  

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