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.

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.

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 28, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Members: $10 for one child with adult; Non-members: $12 for one child with adult. Space is limited!  Advance registration required by March 25.

 

Kids ages 3 to 7 can join us to learn about some of the animals that come from eggs.  We’ll read a story about oviparous animals, decorate a special basket and then head outside for a very special egg hunt.  A trail of goody-filled eggs has been left in the forest. Bring a flashlight and find some of those eggs to take home.  It's going to be an EGG-citing time. Don't miss it!

 

Nature Programs

Skull Identification

Saturday, Feb. 7, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Members:$5 for one child with adult + $3 for each additional child. Non-members: $7 for one child with adult + $5 for each additional child. Advance registration required by February 5.

 

Teeth have a great story to tell if you know the right questions to ask. Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health month as we learn to identify some common PA mammals by looking at their teeth and skull shape. Learn how to use a dichotomous key to study real skulls.  You’ll never look at teeth the same way again!

 

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)

Saturday, February 14, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. FREE. Advance registration suggested.

 

Join Michael O’Shea from Wild Birds Unlimited of Buckingham, PA for a GBBC event at the Preserve. It's FREE, fun, and easy - and it helps the birds! This annual four-day event engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. The event takes place at the Bird Observatory in the Preserve Auditorium. Binoculars aren’t necessary, but helpful.

Nighttime Programs

Friday Night Frog Slog

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.

 

 

 Animal Tracks, Jan. 15

Tiptoe through the Tundra...or at least over the frozen ground just outside, as we search for animal tracks and signs of hidden life, then read a tracking story and make a craft.

 

 

 Winter Birds, Feb. 12

Meet our resident feathered friends and then make a tasty treat to take home just for the birds.

     

Windy Days, March 26

Go on a wind hike with us! We'll make a windsock, play a game, and read a story to help celebrate the end of winter and the arrival of spring.

     

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.

Make & Take Programs

Natural Crafts           

Saturday, December 13, 3 – 4 p.m.
Members: $6/adult, $4/child; Non-members: $10/adult, $8/child.
Advance registration required by Thursday, December 11.

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.

 

Hooray for Hummingbirds

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m.- noon

Members: $15/family; Non-members: $20/family.

 

Hummingbirds are known as "flying jewels".

Our friends from Wild Birds Unlimited will be on hand to present fun facts about these quirky little birds.  Find out how to attract them to your yard and make a whimsical feeder to take home in this hands-on workshop.


Build a Birdhouse with Author Kim Kurki

Saturday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. - noon

Members: $20 per family.  Non-members: $25 per family.  Advance registration required by Thursday, March 12.

 

Join local children’s author Kim Kurki as she reads selections from her latest book, National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds.  We’ll learn about different species of birds in their native environments, and which cavity nesters return to PA to raise their young.  Then we’ll build our own birdhouses to take home.  Space is limited.