Schools & Scouts

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A tour of Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is an ideal way to bring classroom lessons to life! Choose a tour from among our many fun and educational topics or have us tailor a program to the interests of your group.

The Preserve is a unique fieldtrip destination because of our focus on native plants and the diversity of habitats found on our 134-acre site. Trails wind through woodlands, meadows, and along a pond and Pidcock Creek, where you'll enjoy seasonal wildflowers and other native plants and wildlife.  For a sneak peek of what you might see, check out our promo video.

Groups also enjoy focusing on birds at the Preserve with an outdoor tour and a visit to our Platt Collection and Bird Observatory.

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Popular Tour Topics

Spring

- Spring Ephemerals: Wildflowers of Spring
- Birds of BHWP
- Flower Power
-Insect Pollinators

Summer
- Pond Discovery
- Meadow Exploration
- Insect Investigation

Fall

- Tree Ecology
- Birds of BHWP
- Nature’s Recyclers
- Go Nuts: Fall Seeds

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Group Tour Details

Tour Fees
Adult Chaperones: $6
Students: (15+): $5-6
Children: (14 and under): $4-5

One free chaperone for every 5 students!
*Preserve admission is included in the program fee

  • tours are one hour to 90 minutes long (custom tours also available)
  • Tours are led by a volunteer Naturalist or Preserve staff
  • 10 person minimum per tour
  • Group tours are given rain or shine, so dress for the weather

 

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To Book a Tour or Program

  • Contact Kelly Joslin at (215) 862-2924 or joslin@bhwp.org at least two weeks in advance.
  • Book extra early for tour dates in April & May, the peak of our spring wildflower display!
  • Groups are limited to a maximum of 15 individuals per tour guide; larger groups will be divided to ensure that you have the best experience.
  • A non-refundable $25 deposit is required at least two weeks in advance of your program date.   

Cancellations and Rescheduling:

If necessary, you may reschedule your program and your deposit will be transferred. Scheduling changes must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

In the event that you must cancel your reservation, the Preserve will retain your deposit to cover administrative costs.

** The Preserve cancels programs only for thunderstorm activity. If we cancel a program, we will make every effort to reschedule your program or your deposit will be returned.
 

Off-Site Programs

The Water All Around You is an interactive auditorium program designed for elementary school audiences.  The program includes participatory segments on: the water cycle, humans in the water cycle, water uses, water conservation and watersheds. Program is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. 

The program fee for The Water All Around You is $350.00 for the 1st show and $175.00 for a 2nd show, same location and same day.  The program is done in partnership with Environmental Youth Education Services (E.Y.E.S.).  Call (215) 862-2924 or see flyers below for more information.

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Scout Tours & Badge Programs

 

The Preserve is the perfect place to earn your Scout badges!  We welcome both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to join us for a nature adventure.

Come for a self-guided experience or set up a guided tour or program. Please contact Kelly Joslin at (215) 862-2924 or joslin@bhwp.org  to discuss the available programs and your options for a visit. 

 

Girl Scouts:
Daisy Scouts:  Clover Petal and Rose Petal.  We also offer the following parts of the Between Earth & Sky Journey:  Clover Project, Firefly Award, Blue Bucket Award, Clover Award
Brownie Scouts: Senses, Bugs, Hiker
Jr. Girl Scouts: Animal Habitats, Flowers, Gardeners
Cadette Scouts: Night Owls, Trees, Breathe Journey

 

Cub Scouts:  New programs adapted to new BSA standards are being created for:

Tiger Scouts:  Tigers in the Wild, Backyard Jungle Adventure

Wolf Scouts:   Council Fire, Paws on the Path, Grow Something

Bear Scouts:  Fur, Feathers & Ferns

Webelo Scouts: Walk About, Earth Rocks, Into the Wild, Into the Woods

The Preserve is also a great location to hold a badge day. If you are a Scout who needs to fulfill a project, please contact the Preserve to explore the different opportunities we may have available for you.