Kids and Families

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Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is the perfect place for family fun!  Come join in on one of our many kids and family programs or take a walk on our trails exploring nature together.

NEW and exciting programs are coming in 2015!  Keep checking our Calendar of Events for dates, costs and details. To ensure a place in a program, please make sure you pre-register by phone (215) 862-2924.

Nature Rangers Summer Camp

We’re thrilled to introduce our action-packed Summer Camps!

Campers will explore the marvels of nature as they learn and play amidst our 100+ acres of ponds, meadow, and forest. Budding scientists are encouraged to uncover the mysteries of the natural world through active hands-on explorations, creative problem solving, and inquiry-based learning. 

Each session includes games, hikes, experiments, art projects, and observations of animals and plants.  Camp is staffed with experienced educators with a passion for & knowledge of the natural world.  Parents will need to fill out a camper registration form  and print out a copy of the parent handbook (see below). Space is limited so register early!. 

 

 

Session 1 - Ages 8 - 11:  Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 10, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Session 2 - Ages 6 - 7:  Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Members: $275*; Non-members: $325*

* A $75 deposit holds your registration and full balance is due 3 weeks before the start of camp.   

Mother's Day Birds & Blooms

Sunday, May 10, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Members: $18 per family; Non-members: $25 per family

 

Start your Mother’s Day off with a morning of family fun and a chance to learn more about Mother Nature too! This interactive program will include a craft and engaging walk through the  wildflowers. We’ll discover the important connections between flowers, insects, and birds. Each mom will take home a beautiful native plant to grow in her own garden.

 

Nighttime Programs

Friday Night Frog Slog  FULL!  Wait List Only

Friday, April 17, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Members: $6/adult, $4/child. Non-members: $8/adult, $6/child. Advance registration required by Wednesday, April 15.

 

The setting sun and rising moon add a little magic to a stroll through the woods. Join us as we explore the natural world during the evening hours. We will hear and look for spring peepers and wood frogs, plus we will see what other spring treasures await us. Bring a small flashlight.

 

Walk When the Moon is Full

Saturday, May 2, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Members: $5; Non-members: $7.

 

There's something special about exploring nature at night. Set your sense of adventure on high and join us for an evening full of folklore and stories under the light of a full moon. Program will end with marshmallows around the campfire.

 

Firefly Magic

Thursday, June 25, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Members: $6/adult; $4/child. Non-members: $8/adult; $6/child.

Join us for a magical journey as we learn about these whimsical creatures.  After a short discussion on firefly life history, we will decorate a catcher and head out just as the first twinkles begin.  This program is sure to bring out the kid in everyone.

For registration/program info, check out our Calendar of Events.

Nature Buddies Series

Thursdays, 10:00 -11:15 a.m.

 

Members: FREE; Non-members: $7 for one child with adult + $3 for each additional child. Pre-registration required by the Tuesday prior to each program. Program includes a story, outdoor walk, and a craft. Appropriate for ages 3 to 7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Walks are weather dependent - please dress for the weather.

    

Earth Day Every Day,  April 23

Join us as we celebrate and honor our great planet through activities and a craft.     

 

Flower Power, May 21

Find out what makes flowers so interesting to butterflies, birds and bees! 

For registration/program info, check out our Calendar of Events.

Family Events and Resources

Raptor’s Delight with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary 

Saturday, June 13, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Members: $6/adult, $4/child; Non-members: $10/adult, $8/child.

 

Join Erin Brown, Director of Education at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, PA, for this in-depth look at raptors. Erin will explain the history of the sanctuary and why raptors are so abundant there during migration. She’ll conclude with an up-close look at a live bird of prey to learn about what makes them specialized predators.

 

 

Family Resources
Visit the Preserve as a family and let nature be your guide with our Discovery Trail Backpack Tour, explore the R.O.T. Plot and peruse our Children's Library. Learn more about our Family Resources.

Children's Summer Reading

Join us on Thursdays during the summer to discover the wonders of nature:

 

June: 18, 25

July: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

August:  6, 13, 20

 

Children's Summer Reading programs run from 10-11:15 a.m and include a story, an outdoor walk, and a take-home craft. This program is appropriate for ages 3 through 7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Walks are weather dependent – please dress for the weather.

 

For registration/program info, check out our Calendar of Events.