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 2017!  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.

Summer Camps

We are excited to offer partial week Nature Summer Camps in 2017. REGISTRATION OPENS THE WEEK OF JANUARY 15th. 

Click here for all of the details!

Art In Nature

NEW! Dried Flower Valentines

Saturday, February 11, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Members: $8; Non-members: $10; Space is limited - registration with payment required by Thursday, February 9.

Show your valentine you care with a gift from nature. Join us as we create a beautiful heart-shaped ornament decorated with colorful dried flowers. Please bring a glue gun if you have one. $3 material fee due at class.

Nature Buddies Series

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.

Winter Wonders - Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.                                                    Registration required the Thursday before each program.

• Animal Tracks – February 11

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

Spring Wonders - Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.                                                   Registration required the Tuesday before each program.

• Windy Days – April 6

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 Everyday – April 20

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

• Wildflowers are Wonderful – May 4

It’s National Wildflower Week! Find out what makes wild flowers so fascinating to butterflies, birds, and bees.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Saturday, February 18, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

FREE to all! Advance registration is requested.

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 (February 17-20) 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 would be helpful.

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Members: $12/child with non-paying adult;

Non-members: $15/child with non-paying adult. Space is limited! Advanced registration with payment required by April 4.

Kids ages 3-7 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!

Nighttime Programs

Night Sky Adventure

Friday, March 17, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (Cloud date: 3/19; check website or call to confirm)

Suggested donation: $3.

The night sky is filled with more things than just stars to wish upon. There are planets, their moons, satellites and distant galaxies to see, just to name a few. Join members of the Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association who will be on hand with telescopes and trained eyes to help you locate those mysterious, interstellar objects. Program takes place in the Moore Pavilion between 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Drop in any time. Program date will change in case of clouds. Please check our website or call prior to 5:00 p.m. for program status.

Starlight Stroll

Friday, March 31, 7:00 – 8:30 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 the moon and stars. Program will end with a marshmallow roast around the campfire.

Amphibian Adventure

Friday, April 21, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Members: $6 adult/$4 child; Non-members: $10 adult/$8 child.  Advance registration required by Wednesday, April 19.

The setting sun and rising moon add magic to a stroll through the woods. Join us as we explore the natural world during the evening hours. We will listen to and look for spring peepers and wood frogs, and also see what other warm-weather treasures await us. Please bring a small flashlight.

Nature Programs

Marvelous Mammals  Canceled

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.,

Members: $5 for one child with adult + $3 for each additional child; Non-members: $8 for one child with adult + $6 for each additional child. Advance registration is required by February 2.

Join us for a hands-on, touch-and-feel program that uses real animal pelts and replica skulls to discuss individual mammal’s adaptations and how they help the animal survive. Observing differences in fur, eye positioning, brain capacity, and tooth structure helps participants understand the differences between predator and prey, carnivore and herbivore, camouflage and warning coloration, and more. This program will be presented by an Environmental Education Specialist from Delaware Canal State Park.

Hooray for Hummingbirds! 

Saturday, March 18, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Members: $6; Non-members: $8.

Hummingbirds are known as “flying jewels.” Our friends from Wild Birds Unlimited will be on hand to present fun facts about these fascinating and 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.

 

Make & Take Programs

Mother’s Day Make & Take Planter

Saturday, May 13,   Drop-in  between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Members: $15/planter; Non-members: $18/planter.

 Get ready for Mother’s Day with a special planter for mom made with love by you. Our make & take table will be open next to the Visitor Center between 1:00 – 3:00 pm. You’ll pot up a beautiful native plant in a lovely container and finish off with a bow. It’s the perfect gift for our moms who love nature!

 

 

Family Events and Resources

Nature Play Days

Members: FREE; Non-Member: $3 per person (includes admission)

Time 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

Come join us for an afternoon of play in nature!  Our Visitor Center will be filled with FUN and thematic self-guided activities, art projects, and opportunities for a guided hike.  This is a drop-in program and themes will vary by season. 

Winter Play Day:  Saturday, February 18th

Summer Play Day:  Saturday, June 24th

 

 

Family Resources
Visit the Preserve as a family and let nature be your guide!  Stop in the Visitor Center to pick up our "Nature Explore Guide" then hit the trails and explore the R.O.T. Plot, the Green Labyrinth and Audubon Bird Trail.  Back at the Visitor Center you can watch birds, visit the Platt Collection and peruse our Children's Library.  For those who want more adventure, check out  our Discovery Trail Backpack Tour, Learn more about our Family Resources.

Children's Summer Reading

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

 

June: 15, 22, 29

July: 6, 13, 20, 27

August:  3, 10, 17

 

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.