KIT CREW

Ages 2-3 with caregiver  

Wednesdays       10:00 –11:30 am            April 5, 12, 19, 26; Rain Date May 3

Fee: $ 65 (members $55) includes one adult & one child for all four programs

Under 2 no fee (no craft provided)

 Class Size 5 Kits (Children)

Search for animal homes, visit the pond or stream & listen and look for birds. We will begin our exploration with a storybook and snack then begin our search, followed by a take home craft.
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GOSLING GANG

Ages 4-6 with caregiver

Wednesdays       10:00 –11:30am            April 5, 12, 19, 26; Rain Date May 3

Fee: $ 65 (members $55) includes one adult & one child for all four programs

Under 2 no fee (no craft provided)

Explore Nature! Many creatures & new discoveries to make. Catch insects and some of their relatives. Wade into the stream to discover the critters that live there and so many more things to see and do. A story, craft and snack are included.
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MAKE A HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER – Saturday April 8~ 1:00 pm

Hummingbird Feeder—$6 each

Pre-registration Required    Get ready for the return of hummingbirds! Add a place for these tiny birds using up-cycled materials to create your stunning feeders.

You will have greater success attracting hummingbirds if you have an area planted with some hummingbird enticement plants. It can be a garden area or potted plants. Once your feeder is  established and the hummingbirds have found it, they will return!
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NATURALIST FORAY: Spring Flowers  April 9    2:00 pm  NO FEE – Early spring flowers are delightful! These ephemerals take advantage of the early sunlight without hindrance from the foliage of shrubs and trees.


MOONLIGHT WALK~ Tuesday April 11 8:00 pm

No Fee (donation appreciated) no pre-registration needed

The Full Pink Moon acknowledges the appearance of wild phlox and spring beauties, some of the first wildflowers of spring.  Enjoy the early spring sensory experiences of PVNC at night. New discoveries await along each trail. Inclement weather cancels the walk.


BIRD WALK ~ April 15 ~ 8:00 am

Join assistant naturalist Jen Conway on a search for those avian migrants.


SPRING WILDLIFE DETECTIVES – ages 5-10 ~ $40 per student (members $32)

1:00-3:00 pm Wednesdays April 19, 26, May 3, 10

On the trail outdoor classes, each week will have a different theme/focus

Search for clues and use your powers of observation and ingenuity to discover what is around. All living things have adaptations that make them special. Nature’s Collections; Botany Around Us, Nature’s Collections; Animals Around Us, Water Drops & Soil, Wild and Wonderful Flowers

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FRIENDS OF PEACE VALLEY NATURE CENTER

ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING 

April 23, 2017

Annual Business Meeting at 1:00 pm

Followed by a presentation by Chris Kubiak,

Director of Education, Audubon Society of Western PA, discussing the impact of Climate Change on bird populations and migration.


EVENING BIRD WALK April 26 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm NO FEE

Join assistant naturalist Jen Conway for a delightful evening walk in search of birds.


BIRD WALK ~ April 29 ~ 8:00 am

Join assistant naturalist Jen Conway on a search for those avian migrants.


WORK DAY – APRIL 29  ~  10:00 AM – NOON

Join us in working toward an improved and more sustainable habitat at Peace Valley Nature Center.  We will have service projects available for all ages, groups and individuals.

(All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

Rain cancels the event.
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GREAT SWAMP NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE BIRDING FIELD TRIP

Basking Ridge, NJ

Sunday April 30    7:00 am—3:00 pm            $12 (Members $6)  

Pre-Registration Required

Join Naturalist Jen Conway on a field trip to the New Jersey Great Swamp to check out wood ducks and migrating warblers.   Most of the trails are easy with boardwalks.  We will also travel Pleasant Plains Rd. to the Overlook.  We will stop for lunch on the return trip. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool . 
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PARTICIPATING IN NATURE: THE HUMAN ANIMAL
A monthly year-long series of workshops
$65 (Members $50) per Workshop
6 participants per workshop ~ Adults Only
Pre-registration Required

The Human Animal

Sunday April 30  ~  10:00 am—3:00 pm


 Return of the Shad

For the hunter-gatherer, this event marks the beginning of the new cycle of life, the rivers, valleys and steams begin to fill up with life and food. We will be exploring the Valley in search of wild delights to fill our bellies! You will learn how to safely locate, identify and harvest wild edibles. We will bring back what we’ve gathered, prepare and sample what we’ve harvested. With materials, we’ve gathered along the way, we will begin crafting our fire making kits, along with other tools necessary for humans living in nature. At a good speed, we will be covering a few miles and getting dirty along the way.

Bring snacks, a good sharp non-serrated knife for carving 4 to 5-inch blade, small note book, side bag for gathering (medium purse size) water, Peterson Field Guild to Edible Plants, Eastern/Central America, garden clippers

Edible plants: Dandelions, pepper grass, cattail, chickweed, garlic mustard, wild onions, spring beauties, ostrich ferns, red bud, basswood, evening primrose, violets

Tools and gathering: Digging sticks, fire making materials, drying rack material, hickory withes for cordage

Skills: Bow drill fire making, wild edible gathering and preparation of food
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MAY

EVENING BIRD WALK May 3 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm NO FEE

Join assistant naturalist Jen Conway for a delightful evening walk in search of birds.


PLANT SALE  ~   May 6 & May 7   ~    10:00 am—4:00 pm
10:00 am—4:00 pm
All Plants are supplied from local growers
Native Trees & Shrubs; Native Perennials; Herbs
Annuals & Hanging Baskets
Limited Number of Plants Available


EVENING BIRD WALK May 10 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm NO FEE

Join assistant naturalist Jen Conway for a delightful evening walk in search of birds.


MOONLIGHT WALK ~ Wednesday May 10 8:30 pm

NO FEE (donation appreciated) no pre-registration needed

According to the Native Americans the May’s moon is the Full Flower Moon or the Corn Planting Moon in acknowledgement of the abundance of wildflowers. Join us in the exciting and fascinating sounds and sights of Peace Valley Nature Center on a fine spring evening.  Limited use of flashlights please.  


BIRD WALK ~May 13 ~ 8:00 am

Join assistant naturalist Jen Conway to search for birds.

NATURALIST FORAY, Spring’s Birds  

Sunday May 14—2pm NO FEE no pre-registration 

Who has migrated back? What songs can you hear? Why do they sing? Visit the bird blind and then walk the trails looking for spring migrants and those hearty birds that remained all winter.


EVENING BIRD WALK May 17 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm NO FEE

Join assistant naturalist Jen Conway for a delightful evening walk in search of birds.


CROAKS & TRILLS—– A Frog & Toad Search ~

May 17 7:00-8:00 pm

$5 members; family of 4-6 members $15—($10 non-members)- Pre-registration required

Come slosh with us as we traverse the trails to the place where the frogs and toads are. Learn about their habits and habitats. It may be muddy (tis, spring you know), so be aware of the  possibility of  wet conditions.
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BOY SCOUT MERIT BADGE – BIRD STUDY  ~Saturday May 20  ~  10:00 am—2:00 pm
FEE: $3 (members No Fee)         Pre-registration required
Bring lunch and your own drink
Get a start on the summer Scouting season by doing the Bird Study Merit Badge
Completion of this merit badge enables you to understand the need for bird study and why birds are useful indicators of the quality of the environment.
You must bring a merit badge card signed by your Scoutmaster!

Bird Study is one of the elective merit badges for the William T. Hornaday awards for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts
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PARTICIPATING IN NATURE: THE HUMAN ANIMAL

Monthly year-long series of workshops
$65 (Members $50) per Workshop
6 participants per workshop ~ Adults Only
Pre-registration Required

The Forager

Sunday May 21  ~  10:00 am—3:00 pm

Green Season

The beginning of the green season It’s a fine time to be alive as a human animal. Here in this Peaceful Valley, the nights are comfortable, the days are warm and food is abundant.  On this hike, we’ll visit many differ areas identifying edible and utilitarian plants as well as gathering a few items for camp. Along the way, we are going to learn about safe sources of water and how to deal with a polluted Planet.  Everyone should expect to get dirty and have sore muscles by the time we get back at camp to rest and enjoy some of the spring bounty. During each workshop core living skills, will be emphasized such as fire, water, shelter.

Bring snacks, a good sharp non-serrated knife for carving 4 to 5-inch blade, small note book, side bag for gathering (medium purse size) water, Peterson Field Guild to Edible Plants, Eastern/Central America, garden clippers

Edible plants: dandelions, pepper grass, cattail, chickweed, garlic mustard, wild onions, spring beauties, ostrich ferns, red bud, basswood, evening primrose, violets, purslane, watercress

Tools and gathering: argillite for stone tools, hardwood billets for flint knapping, sapling bark and roots for lashing material, throwing sticks

Skills: Identifying safe water, water from plants, basic stone tool production, fire making, drying rack construction
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NATURALIST FORAYS Stream Search     

Sunday May 21—2pm  NO FEE no pre-registration                                            

We shall wade into the North Branch of the Neshaminy Creek to find out who lives there. Wear old shoes that can get wet, boots or water shoes, no flip flops! We will then calculate how clean the stream is by the macroinvertebrates we find.


EVENING BIRD WALK May 24 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm NO FEE

Join assistant naturalist Jen Conway for a delightful evening walk in search of birds.


BIRD WALK ~May 27 ~ 8:00 am

Join assistant naturalist Jen Conway to search for birds.


WORK DAY – MAY 27  ~  10:00 AM – NOON

Join us in working toward an improved and more sustainable habitat at Peace Valley Nature Center.  We will have service projects available for all ages, groups and individuals.

(All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult) Rain cancels the event.
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 NATURALIST FORAY, Bug Hunt  Sunday May 28

2pm NO FEE no pre-registration needed

The flowers are blooming, leaves are out—let’s go search for  insects and their relatives that are out and about. Bug boxes in hand we will search in fields, forest and thickets and observe these critters up close.


EVENING BIRD WALK May 31 ~ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm NO FEE

Join assistant naturalist Jen Conway for a delightful evening walk in search of birds.

 


JUNE

BIRD WALK ~May 27 ~ 8:00 am

Join assistant naturalist Jen Conway to search for birds.


FIREFLY FROLIC -June 16 ~ 8:30 pm – Join us as we seek those wonderful flashing beetles. Learn about their habits and habitats! Great evening fun!


PARTICIPATING IN NATURE: THE HUMAN ANIMAL
A monthly year-long series of workshops
$65 (Members $50) per Workshop
6 participants per workshop ~ Adults Only
Pre-registration Required

The Tool Maker

Sunday June 18  ~  10:00 am—3:00 pm

 Camp Life

Now, well into the green season, food is plentiful and the weather is balanced.  We can focus on upcoming harvests by fashioning tools, preparing camp and utilizing passive food harvesting techniques. Utilizing what nature provides, we’ll begin construction of a long-term shelter as well as various implements for camp life.  Most of the day’s activities will be centered around camp and working on projects but as usual we will take time to forage some newly emerging wild edibles. As always, you should expect to get dirty.

Bring snacks, a good sharp non-serrated knife for carving 4 to 5-inch blade, small note book, side bag for gathering (medium purse size) water, Peterson Field Guild to Edible Plants, Eastern/Central America, garden clippers

Edible plants: green brier, basswood, rosebuds, pine pollen, thistle, milkweed, nettles, spiderwort, burdock, sorrels, lamb’s quarters, mint, mayapples

Tools and gathering: shoots for fish traps and berry baskets, bark for lashings, saplings for structure, stone for camp axe and maul

Skills: stone tool production, basic basket weaving, shelter building and passive fishing (demo only)
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