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.   

 

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.

Photo by G. Neiburg

Nighttime Programs

National S'more Day Celebration

Friday, August 7, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Members: $5; Non-members: $8

There is no better way to celebrate National S’more Day than by making your own around the fire! Bring the entire family out for a night around the campfire where we’ll share stories and making s’mores. An optional night hike will be included too! Program takes place at the Pavillion.  Register by August 5.

 

 

Nature at Night       

Saturday, September 12, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Members: $6/adult, $4/child; Non-members: $10/adult, $8/child.

Pre-registration required by Thursday, September 10.

Nocturnal nature is full of beauty and mystery and September is a great time to explore the Preserve and discover the fascinating life history of creatures big and small. Bring a flashlight or headlamp and we will search the meadow for signs of nocturnal nature, including the most industrious of them all – spiders!

Sleepy orange butterfly, photo by Mary Anne Borge.

Family Bug Walk

Thursday, July 11, 10:00 a.m. – Noon Members: $5; Non-members: $8 Advanced registration required by 7/9/15 Bring the whole family out to look for bugs! Join insect enthusiast, Diane Cameron, for a 2-hour hands-on educational program all about insects. We will find out where insects live and what they eat. As part of your program fee, you will get a bug box in which to catch the bugs you find. We will build an insect zoo, to get a close-up look at our arthropod friends, and then release them all at the end of the program. Diane will also share ideas for making homemade insect collecting containers out of recycled materials, and information about insect field guides. For ages 5 and up.

National Moth Week: Moth Mania!

Thursday, July 23, 8:30 - 10:00 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 18-26, 2015). 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

 

Magnficent Monarchs

Saturday, September 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

Members: $6/adult, $4/child; Non-members: $10/adult, $8/child.

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.

Worms are Wonderful: Vermicomposting Workshop

Saturday, September 26th, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Members: $12, Non-members: $16; Pre-registration is required by Thursday, September 24.

This is a basic workshop for people new to indoor worm composting. Learn about different types of worms (specifically Eisenia fetida), their life cycle and reproductive system. Then get your hands dirty and create your own vermicomposting bins, adding the appropriate food, bedding and worms. Learn about the care and maintenance of the bin in your home. It’s a lot of fun, a little messy, and you get to play with worms! Bring a dark colored 10 or 18 gallon plastic bin (not translucent) with a lid. Note: these are not outdoor worms; the bin will need to be kept indoors in a temperature range of 55 to 80 degrees.

Instructor Susan Harrison has been vermicomposting for 11 years. She is certified as a Penn State Master Gardener, Bucks County Extension, with a focus on entomology.

 

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.

 

Nature Buddies programs 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.

 

Nuts to You! - September 17

The comical ways of bushy-tailed tree planters

 

Nature’s Recyclers - October 1

Explore a rotten log and discover the roles played by the unsung heroes of nature – the decomposers.

 

Fall Into Autumn - October 15

Fall in love with fantastic fall foliage!

 

Sensational Seeds - October 29

Discover the magic of the “sleeping” seed.

 

Winter Sleepers - November 12

Migrate – Sleep – Adapt.  How our plants and animals prepare for winter.

 

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

From Friendly Flowers to Friction Fire

Saturday, October 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

Members: $6 adult/$4 child, Non-members: $10 adult/$8 child. Pre-registration required by Thursday, October 15.

 

 

 

Wildflowers are great to enjoy in season, but what about in winter months? What knowledge and experience can we acquire from their standing skeletons? There is a long forgotten utilitarian use – the science and art of friction firemaking. Join us for a demonstration of every known friction fire method from around the world with specimens that are found all around us. Great program for Scouts! This program will be held outdoors in the Pavilion. Participants should dress for the weather and bring their own foldable chair.

 

 

Joseph Lau, RN, is the founder of Phyre Dojo and is a friction fire expert and plant enthusiast. He is a former Boy Scout and Wilderness Survival School instructor.

 

Woodland Fairy Tales

Saturday, October 3,  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Members:  $10 with non-paying adult; Non-Members: $15 with non-paying adult

Register by October 1.

Don your fairy wings and join us for a magical afternoon as we journey through Penn’s Woods to help our Fairy Queen find her friend the Frog Prince. Use natural materials to help create a special shelter for our woodland fairies.  Program includes a story, art project, and snack by the pond.

 

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

Art in Nature

NEW Leaf Printing Workshop

Saturday, October 10, 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Members: $35; Non-members: $45

 

Fall is a great time to collect leaves for craft projects or as a way to study plants. Artist Diane Podolsky will show you several different ways to print the leaves you collect and make a wonderful piece of art to take home.  Instructor will have plenty of leaves available but feel free to bring your own as well. All supplies included.  Participants should wear clothing suitable for creating art.  This is a great activity for families (age 7 & up) and adults.  For unattended children the minimum age is 13.

 

Diane Podolsky is a printmaker based in Philadelphia and teaches printing techniques through several programs in the tri-state area.

 

 

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

Woodland Pumpkin Hunt

 


Saturday, October 24, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Members: $14 with non-paying adult; Non-members: $17 with non-paying adult

Advance registration by October 20

 

Take a magical journey in the woods though the eyes of Mousekin, as he prepares for the coming winter.  We’ll search for food, watch for predators, then find our own “golden house” to decorate and take home.

 

 

Make & Take Programs

Beautiful Bog Bouquet

Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. – Noon

Members: $35; Non-members: $45

It may be hard to believe but carnivorous plants can make a beautiful, long-lasting tabletop arrangement.  Join us for this hands-on workshop with “Bog Man” John Mark Courtney of Aquascapes, Unlimited as he helps you create a unique bouquet from pitcher plants and other native bog plants.  All materials are provided.

 

 

Wreath Workshop         

Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. – noon

Members: $55; Non-members: $60, including all materials. Pre-registration with payment required by Wednesday, December 3.

 

Join the fun and make a festive holiday wreath out of natural materials and native plants including juniper, white pine, and holly. Preserve Executive Director Miles Arnott will lead the workshop with step-by-step demonstration and hands-on instruction to help you create a work of art that you’ll be proud to display during the holiday season. Space is limited, so register early.

  

Natural Crafts        

Saturday, December 12, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Members: $6/adult, $4/child; Non-members: $10/adult, $8/child.

Advance registration required by Thursday, December 10.

Creating beautiful ornaments from found objects offers a rustic and natural feel when decorating your home and tree. We will make four fun, whimsical ornaments using seed pods, pine cones, nuts and other natural materials found in and near the Preserve.

All materials provided. Please bring a container to carry your new ornaments home in.

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.