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 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.

Bodacious Birds of Prey

Saturday, January 30, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

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


The Preserve is pleased to welcome staff from AARK Wildlife Rehabilitation Center along with several of their animal ambassadors, for an up-close and personal look into the fascinating lives of birds of prey.  Find out where these creatures live, what they eat, and how they raise their young.  Learn how you can help protect our animal friends and the environment in which they live.


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.

Winter Wonders

Saturdays from 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 Thursday prior to each program.


Program includes a story, an outdoor walk, and a craft and is appropriate for ages 3 to 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Walks are weather dependent – please dress for the weather. 


Animal TracksJanuary 23

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 – February 27

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


Spring 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.


Windy Days – March 31

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 21

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


Wildflowers are Wonderful – May 12

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


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

Art in Nature

NEW! Handmade Paper Valentines

Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Members: $6 adult/$4 child, Non-members: $10 adult/$8 child Space is limited, registration required by February 3.

Show your love for family, friends, and mother earth by creating beautiful handmade paper valentines. We’ll reuse newspaper and craft paper to blend our own paper pulp. Then we’ll mold the pulp into fun shapes. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own colorful scraps that you’d like to repurpose. Note: Projects require 24 hours drying time. Please bring a box or tray for transporting your creations.


NEW! Whimsical Birds

Saturday, May 7, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Members: $13; Non-members: $17

Space is limited, registration required by May 2.

Chirp Chirp! Is one of the beautiful sounds of spring!  Discover birds of Pennsylvania and the winged visitors of the Preserve. Children ages 7-12 years will work with artist Danielle Cargas create a whimsical artwork based on these birds as they learn the art of the Zentangle.  All materials included.




Flashlight Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 19,  7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Members: $10/child with non-paying adult; Non-members: $12/child with non-paying adult

Space is limited!  Advanced registration required by March 16.


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!

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. Registration forms available by January 1, 2016. 

Nature Rangers

Each week-long 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 11 – Friday, July 15, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Session 2 - Ages 6 - 7:  Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fee:  Members: $275*; Non-members: $325*

* A $75 deposit holds your registration and full balance is due 3 weeks before the start of camp.   


Discovery Camp: Insectmania!

What has six legs, three body parts, and can be found just about everywhere you look? Insects! This special, 3-day camp is full of insect discovery as we investigate the different habitats of the Preserve. Each day will be packed full with fun activities, explorations, art projects, stories, and much more!  Entering grades 1-5

Dates:  Wednesday, June 29 – Friday, July 1, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fee:  Members:  $165*; Non-members: $195*

* A $75 deposit holds your registration and full balance is due 3 weeks before the start of camp.

Magical Fairy Garden Camp  

Art inspires whimsical fairy gardens in this special 2-day camp.  Explore the outdoors as you collect natural objects like pinecones, moss and branches to attract your fairies.  Learn to plan and sketch a design, then execute it by planting, building and painting.  Materials included.  For ages 7-12 years.  Bring a water bottle and wear sneakers.

Dates:  Monday, June 27 & Tuesday, June 28,  10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Fee:  Members:  $65; Non-members: $75

Registration with payment required by June 22nd.

Nighttime Programs

Frog Slog

Friday, April 15, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Member:  $6 adult/$4 child, Non-members: $10 adult/$8 child. Advance registration required by Wednesday, April 13.


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 listen to, and look for, spring peepers and wood frogs, and see what other spring treasures await us. Bring a small flashlight.




Walk When the Moon is Full

Saturday, May 21, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Member:  $6 adult/$4 child, Non-members: $8 adult/$6 child.

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 a marshmallow roast around the campfire.


Nature Programs


The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)                 

Saturday, February 13, 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 (February 12-15, 2016) 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.




Watersheds and Macros:  Stream Creature Investigation

Saturday, April 2, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Members: $5; Non-members $7

Do you ever wonder what lurks beneath the surface of the stream? Come learn about what makes a watershed and how the critters that live in streams can tell us about stream health.  We'll start with a classroom presentation covering the basics of watersheds and how to monitor stream health using chemical tests and by looking at the creatures that live there.  Then we'll get some lab time using microscopes and other magnifiers to check out these critters up close and personal.  A fun and interactive introduction to stream health for all ages.



Bluebird Conservation Workshop

Saturday, June 18,  10:00 a.m. – noon

Members: $10; Non-members: $15


Come discover who calls our nesting boxes home “tweet” home.  Join Education Coordinator Kelly Joslin, Volunteer Nest Box Monitor Margie Rutbell and Ray “Mr. Bluebird” Hendrick as we learn about bluebirds and other cavity nesters at the Preserve.   You’ll learn to identify nests by nesting material, and explore our nest boxes to help collect important data, count baby chicks and contribute to our larger study on nesting birds.  Learn how to attract birds to your yard then you have the option to build a nest box to take home (additional fee applies). Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor hike.  Bring your binoculars and be prepared for walking in tall grass and briars.


Mother’s Day Birds & Blooms

Sunday, May 8, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.          

Members: $20/family; Non-members: $25/family

Advance registration required by Wednesday, May 4.


Start your Mother’s Day off with a morning of family fun and a chance to learn more about Mother Nature too! This interactive program will include a craft and engaging walk through our

Spring wildflowers. We’ll discover the important connections between flowers, insects, and birds. Each mom will take home a beautiful native plant to grow in her own garden.


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 20

Summer Play Day:  Saturday, June 18


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.