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Programs and Events

Don't forget about Nature's classroom! Churchville Nature Center (CNC) in Churchville, Peace Valley Nature Center (PVNC) in Doylestown and Silver Lake Nature Center (SLNC) in Bristol also offer a variety of classes regarding nature and the environment as well as other special events and programs throughout the year. For complete information on registering for any of the nature centers' classes, their newsletters, activities and gift shops, please contact the centers directly. Below are a few of their exciting programs for all ages.

Churchville Nature Center 


Programs and Special Events
Annual Wildflower Sale
Churchville Nature Center
Dates TBD
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. 
Come purchase a wide variety of plants for your garden, including native perennials, plants for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, aquatic plants and much more.  

Beginner Tandem Canoe Training
Churchville Nature Center and Appalachian Mountain
Dates, Times, Prices - TBD
Explore the outdoors from a new perspective, learning the many aspects of paddling. This class is for beginners or those with some experience. Begin on  Harrisville Lake and then onto the Wading River in the Pine Barrens of NJ. Each student will paddle with an experienced paddler/coach.
Pre-Registration required - Limited Space 
Instructors: John Chalikian and Walt Underhill

Lenape Village Tours 
Every Sunday  - Dates TBD
Take a tour of the Lenape Village with one of our educators and learn about some of the medicines and wild edibles that the Lenape used 500 years ago.  Each week there will be a different craft or skill featured.   
Pre-registration is required. 
Fee: $8.00/person; Under age 4 is free  
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Butterfly House Season Opening Event
June 13 and 14, 11 am to 3:00 pm
Fee: $5.00 per person Reservations are required
Join the Churchville Nature Center in welcoming summer with the opening of the Janet V. Makiewicz  Butterfly House.  Take a guided tour through the butterfly house and learn how to attract these beautiful creatures to your own yard.  Join the Monarch conversation and find out what the Churchville Nature Center has been doing to help these beautiful creatures. 

Summer Nature camps
End of June to End of August
Each week in our 10 weeks of camp is a new topic for children ages 4 to 13 to learn more about the natural world around them.  Combined with games, stories and crafts will be nature related topics.  Themes include “Let’s Go Fishing”, Fungus among Us” Dinosaurs Camp” ” Adventure in the Sea”  “Let’s get Muddy” and many more. Check our website for more details.  
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Visit our website and go to the “publications” tab at the top of the page to get the summer camp brochure with a full listing of topics and fees. 

Firefly Campfire and Night Hike
June 19
Celebrate our golden anniversary by searching for golden glowing fireflies. We’ll start out by learning all there is to learn about these fascinating insects. Then we will try to capture them in the dark, we will release them for sure. We will even try to trick them into coming closer. You’ll find out how to do this that night. We will end up at the campfire circle where we will roast marshmallows and drink some cocoa. 
Preregistration required
8:00 to 10:00 pm
Fee: Adults $5.00/Children $3.00

Star Party Campfire Programs
July 24 at 9:30 pm
Adults $5.00/Children $3.00
Come and explore the nighttime sky during our campfire program. Weather permitting we will view constellations, and other celestial wonders with both our naked eye and a telescope. We will view any planets that are visible as well as some other well known stellar objects. This program is dependent on good weather and clear skies to take place.  The program will be followed by marshmallows around the camp-fire. Reservations are required.

More Churchville Nature Center programs can be found at the website, www.churchvillenaturecenter.org

Peace Valley Nature Center


Programs and Special Events
Plant Sale
Peace Valley Nature Center
May 9 & 10
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Many native perennials, shrubs and trees will be available, as well as annuals. Knowledgeable folks will help you plan your gardens to create your very own backyard habitat that will attract wildlife and create biodiversity in your community. Held rain or shine.

Peace Valley Nature Center 40th Anniversary Celebration!
Peace Valley Nature Center
Saturday, May 30th
Free events, activities, and music to celebrate Peace Valley Nature Center's 40th anniversary. Fore more information and activity times, please visit our website at www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org.

Summer Nature Adventures
In groups of 5-12 (size of group depends on the age group), our professional educators will lead your child on adventures that will awaken their senses to the wonders of the world around us. Programs include:  

  • Preschool Programs (Ages 2-6 with caregiver). Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Nature Adventures for Elementary Age Children (Completed grades 1-6) Mon.-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Full Day Camp Held at Tohickon Valley Park (Completed grades 4-6) Mon.-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Single Day Nature Discoveries for Elementary Age Children (Completed grades 3-5) 10:00 a.m-12:30 p.m.
    • -Orienteering- June 30th, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    
    • -Cooking Outdoors- July 1, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.    
    • -Water Water- July 2, 9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. 
    • -Full Moon- July 2, 8:30 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. 
  • Dusk to Dark (Completed grades 4-6) Monday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

For more For more information about program themes, pricing, and dates, or to register go to the website above or contact Gail Hill at 215-345-7860  

Spring Preschool Programs
Kit Crew (ages 2-3 with caregiver) 
Gosling Gang (ages 4-6 with caregiver) 
Tuesdays, May 12-June 2 (Rain date June 9)
10:0 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Search for animal homes, visit the pond or stream and look for birds. We will begin our exploration with a storybook and snack and will follow our outdoor search with an age-appropriate take-home craft.
$55 ($45 members) for four (4) sessions. Includes 1 adult and 1 child
Advance registration and payment is required

Babes in the Woods
Tuesdays, May 12-June 2 (Rain Date June 9)
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Awaken the senses of your babe with a great outdoor experience. These nature awareness classes focus on age-appropriate walks. Led by Teacher Naturalist Jason accompanied by his son Ryan, you and your babe will discover some of the wonders of Peace Valley Nature Center. We will utilize stroller-friendly trails.  
Advance registration and payment is required
Ages 8 months to 2 years.
Fee $40 (members $30) for four (4) sessions.

More Peace Valley Nature Center programs can be found on the website, www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org

Silver Lake Nature Center


Programs and Special Events
Fine Wine and Fare on the Delaware
Silver Lake Nature Center 
Saturday, April  25  
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. 
$55/individual or $100/couple 
Visit the stunning home of Lou and Cissi Quattrocchi, enjoy wines from Bucks County Vineyards, and meet new friends. Please call 215-785-1177 or visit our website to register.
Preregistration is required.

Flea Market - Craft Fair in the Park
Silver Lake Nature Center 
Saturday, June  20 
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
Annual Flea Market - Craft Fair in the Park is held on the third Saturday in June. We set up on the grounds around the Nature Center with generous 6-foot spaces in the shade and/or sun. There will also be a few indoor spaces available. Bring your own table and chairs and remember that this popular event is rain or shine. No refunds. 
Single space: $15 member FOSL; $20 non-member
Double space: $20 member FOSL; $25 non-member 
Car space: $30 member FOSL; $35 non-member 
Indoor space, about 6’, includes table: $30/member; $35/non-member
Limited Food Vendor Space: $35-$50  
Payment and registration due in advance 

Birding Field Trips
All on Saturdays
May 9- PA Migratory Bird Count
May  16– Birding, Cape May
July  - Silver Lake Park, North American Butterfly Count (check website for specific date)
Fees per Field Trip: $15 member; $19 non-member
Please contact the Nature Center to register or visit our website.

Silver Lake Summer Camp
Summer Camp:  Ages 6-12
June 29  - August 21
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.*
Children will have the chance to investigate water, wood-land, marsh, bugs,  crayfish, frogs, and more through handsā€on activities, games, and natural crafts.
$190/week for members; $225/week for non-members
*Before/After Care Options Available*
Preschool Camp:  Ages 4-5
June 29-July 3 ,  July 20-24 and Aug. 17-21  
9:00 a.m.-noon  
$110/week for members; $145/week for non-members

More Silver Lake Nature Center programs can be found on the website, www.silverlakenaturecenter.org

Saturday,  December 7, 2013

Time: 5:00 pm


$5 per adult; $3 per child

Saturday,  December 7, 2013

Time: 5:00 pm


$5 per adult; $3 per child

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Parks and Recreation 
901 E. Bridgetown Pike 
Langhorne, PA 19047-1597 
Phone: 215-348-6114 or 215-757-0571 
Fax: 215-752-1421
Email: ParksAndRecreation@BucksCounty.org