Kids and Families

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Photo by G. Neiburg

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 2016!  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.

Sleepy orange butterfly, photo by Mary Anne Borge.

Family Bug Walk

Saturday, August 6, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Members: $7/adult; $5/child. Non-members: $9/adult; $7/child.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY 8/2

Bring the whole family out to look for bugs! Insect enthusiast Diane Cameron leads this 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 21, 8:30 - 11:00 p.m.

$3 per participant, Advance registration required.

Join Elena Tartaglia, PhD to explore nighttime nature! This program is part of the citizen science project, National Moth Week. 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 10, 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.

Woodland Fairy Tales

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

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

Register by September 28.

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.

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.


Fall Wonders

Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Members: Free; Non-members: $7 for one child with adult + $3 for each additional child.

Advance registration required by the Tuesday prior to each program.

 

Nuts to You! - September 15th

Nature's Recylers - September 29th

Sensational Seeds - October 13th

Fall into Autumn - October 27th

Winter Sleepers - November 10th

 

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

Woodland Pumpkin Hunt

Saturday, October 29, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Members: $15 with non-paying adult; Non-members: $18 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.

 

 

Nighttime Programs

National S'more Day Celebration

Saturday, August 13, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Members: $5; Non-members: $8. Register by August 11.

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 make s’mores. Program takes place at the Pavilion. Call to register: (215) 862-2924.

 

Bat Chat

Friday, August 19, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

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

Bats are incredible creatures- they are excellent parents, are insect-eating machines and have valuable roles in our ecosystem. Join Matthew Wund, PhD., and discover the species that call PA home, the challenges they face and the important services they provide. Indoor presentation followed by outdoor bat hike where participants will get to use bat detectors to listen to echolocation calls, and visit a mist net so they can see bats up close.

Nature at Night

Saturday, September 17, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

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

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!

 

Night Sky Adventure

Saturday, August 13, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Suggested donation: $3.00

The night sky is filled with more than just stars to wish upon. There are planets and 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 at the Moore Pavilion between 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Drop in anytime. If skies are cloudy, program will be rescheduled for October 2. Please check our website for program status. The Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association is a group of amateur astronomers working together to improve astronomical knowledge and appreciation as well as observational and astrophotograph​y skills. BMAA members are a varied group of individuals who share a curiosity about the sky. They make themselves and their instruments available to promote public interest in astronomy.

Make & Take Programs

Holiday Wreath Workshop      

Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. – noon

Members: $60; Non-members: $70, including all materials.

Registration with payment required by Wednesday, December 1.

 

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

 

Edible Ornaments for Birds

Saturday, December 10, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Members: $10 ; Non-members: $12

Advance registration required by 12/5

 

During the winter, it is a challenge for birds to find sufficient food to survive because natural food sources are limited. Make several natural “ornaments” for birds that you can use to decorate outdoor trees. Please bring a container for your ornaments. ALLERGY ALERT:  Nuts are used in projects.  

Nature Programs

Creek Walk  NEW DATE!

Saturday, August 13th,  1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

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

A healthy “riparian zone” (a buffer of plants and trees that grows along streams) helps create high quality habitat in streams for fish, other aquatic organisms, and wildlife. Come explore Pidcock Creek with us to see firsthand the benefits our native plants have on aquatic creatures. Wear shoes can clothes that can get wet. Space is limited. For age 7 and up. Advance registration required. Call to register.

 

 

Slimy Snakes, Terrifying Tarantulas and Blind Bats?
Sunday, October 30,  2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Members: $6/adult; $4/child. Non-members: $8/adult; $6/child. Call to register by October 25.

Are bats blind? Do toads give you warts? Many myths have been around for decades, but are they true? Join Naturalist Pam Newitt and take on some common misconceptions about the animals that live around us. Some live animals will be available to help us uncover the truth! Short walk may follow an indoor presentation.

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. 

Fall Play Day:  Saturday, September 24th

 

 

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.

Children's Summer Reading

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

 

June: 16, 23, 30

July: 7, 14, 21, 28

August:  4, 11, 18

 

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.