Kids and Families

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.

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 Programs

North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Butterfly Count

 

Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$3 per participant, all proceeds will be donated to the North American Butterfly Association. Pre-registration suggested.

Join us for an all-day event focusing on our fluttering friends. Why count butterflies? It helps scientists piece together the big picture, including changes over time, of the distribution and population size of each species counted. And it’s fun! You’ll learn to identify the different types of butterflies and the native plants they utilize at the Preserve. Please bring binoculars, or a camera with a zoom lens, and a field guide, if available. Make sure you have plenty of water, snacks, and appropriate sun protection. Join us for all or part of the day; all experience levels are welcome, from beginners to experienced butterfliers. Please meet the group at the Visitor Center.

 

National Moth Week: Moth Mania!  Wednesday, July 23, 8:30 - 11:00 p.m.

$3 per participant, Advance registration suggested.

Join Elena Tartaglia, PhD to explore nighttime nature! This program is part of the citizen science project, National Moth Week (July 19-27, 2014). We’ll start the program with a presentation about the important role of moths in the ecosystem and then head out for up-close observation of the fascinating insects attracted to a black light in our meadow. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

National Moth Week (NMW) is a week-long, global mothing event to promote the understanding and enjoyment of moths and to raise awareness about biodiversity.  NMW is a project of the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (Friends of EBEC), a 501c-3 nonprofit organization. For more information about NMW, visit www.nationalmothweek.org

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

Children's Summer Reading

Join us onThursdays during the summer to learn nature's alphabet:

June: 19, 26

July: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

August:  7, 14, 21

 

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 8. 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.

Magnficent Monarchs

Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. - noon.  Members: $8, Non-members: $10

Learn about the amazing migration of the Monarch butterfly, its life-cycle, why it is in decline, and what you can do to help. Head out into our meadow to look at the monarch host plant, milkweed; and search for eggs, caterpillars, and adult butterflies. We’ll also discuss and demonstrate Monarch Watch butterfly tagging, which helps track the butterflies through their migration. For ages 5 and up. Up to 20 participants.

Family Events and Resources

National S'more Day Celebration
Sunday, August 10, 2014  7-8:30 pm

Members: $5; Non-members: $8

There is no better way to celebrate National S'more Day than by making your own.  Bring the entire family out for a night around the campfire where we'll share stories and make s'mores.  An optional night hike is included too!  Program takes place at the Pavilion.  Please register by August 8.

 

Discovery Day
Sept. 21st, 2014  1 - 4 p.m., Free
Discover the beauty and bounty of the Preserve at this fun day of guided wildflower walks, children's craft activities, entertainment and exhibits. Learn more about Discovery Day.

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.

Fall Fun Fridays

Fantastic Foliage: October 17, 2014
Crawly Critters: October 31,  2014
Terrific Turkeys: November 7, 2014

Fall Fun Friday 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 8. 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.