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.

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.

Nighttime Programs

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!

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

Discovery Day Saturday & Community Open House

Saturday, September 19th

Noon - 5 p.m.

FREE!  All ages

Visit us for a free admission Open House.  This family-friendly event will include:

·         Special walks with a Naturalist

·         Self-guided activities

·         Art project in the Visitor Center

 

Our grounds will be open to explore during this drop-in day.  Bring your family, friends and neighbors!  All activities will start from the Visitor Center.  Stay tuned for more details.

 

 

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.