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Lancaster County Park, Environmental Center

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1 Nature's Way
Lancaster, 17602
717-295-2055

Upcoming Events

January 2020

$4.00

Summer Tie Dye Shirts

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Missing summer fun? Join Naturalist Ann Strauss and celebrate summer fun for an afternoon by making your own bright cheery tie-dye t-shirt! All supplies will be provided, but each participant must bring their own t-shirt. Shirts must be cotton or a cotton blend. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, January 17. $4.00 per person. Ages 6 and up

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$3.00

Munchkin Science – Colors

January 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Bring your Munchkin for a program of playing with colors. Children will learn the colors of a rainbow, spend time mixing colors like a young scientist, and paint with watercolors. Naturalist Ann Strauss will lead three activities that will catch the kids’ color fancy. This program is geared for ages 3 through 5. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Monday, January 27. $3.00 per child age 3 and up and $1.00 per adult.…

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February 2020

$23.00

Environmental Science Merit Badge

February 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Scouts interested in earning their Environmental Science Merit Badges may join Naturalist and Merit Badge Counselor Mary Ann Schlegel for three February Saturday mornings, 1st, 15th and 29th. Park sessions will include information and activities to meet badge requirements. Scouts will be responsible for completing some requirements on their own and sharing their findings with peers in subsequent park sessions. Dress for outdoor activity including 20-minute periods of quiet, potentially chilly, observations. Bring a water bottle, snack if desired, and…

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$3.00

Valentine Papermaking

February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Homemade valentines are extra special to give and receive! Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will provide materials to create unique valentines for the special people in our lives. Artists are welcome to bring additional materials like dried flowers, seeds, and other special items if desired. Dress for a potentially messy craft. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register by noon on Monday, February 3. $3.00 per person. All ages

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$4.00

Homeschool Wednesday: Insect Migrations

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Continuing with Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel, winter and early spring homeschool science classes will explore migration. Each session will delve into the wonders of migration within a different animal group. As our northern hemisphere days lengthen, students will also participate in the Journey North Mystery Class. Dress for indoor and outdoor activity. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Tuesday, February 4. $4.00 per child and $1.00 per adult. Ages 8-12

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$5,00

Girl Scout Detective Badge

February 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Junior Girl Scouts are invited to join Naturalist Ann Strauss for an evening of work on the Detective Badge. All requirements for the badge will be completed during the program. Come have a night of fun with your friends and earn a new badge! Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Wednesday, February 5. $5.00 per scout and $1.00 per adult.

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$3.00

Munchkin Science – Exploring Water

February 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Your Munchkins will learn that all living things need water with Naturalist Ann Strauss. Through play and exploration, children will learn concepts including properties of water, floating and sinking and water tension. This program is geared for ages 3 through 5. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Monday, February 10. $3.00 per child and $1.00 per adults. Ages 3-5

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$2.00

Winter Trivia Hike

February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This program is perfect for children who love to explore nature as we will be hiking the trails around the Environmental Center while playing a game of trivia. Naturalist Vanessa Stager will set up nature trivia questions along the hike for participants to answer. Back in the classroom, we will see how well we do! The game will be directed towards children ages 4-10, but all are welcome to join and participate. Please wear warm and comfortable clothing since we…

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$4.00

Head Start for the Garden

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Did you know you can grow a garden from your kitchen scraps? Join Naturalist Aaron Hasircoglu to learn different cultivation techniques and get a head start on your spring gardening. You can even take a plant home with you! Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, February 14. $4 per person. Ages 8 and up

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$4.00

Homeschool Wednesday: Reptile and Amphibian Migrations

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Continuing with Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel, winter and early spring homeschool science classes will explore migration. Each session will delve into the wonders of migration within a different animal group. As our northern hemisphere days lengthen, students will also participate in the Journey North Mystery Class. Dress for indoor and outdoor activity. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Tuesday, February 18. $4.00 per child and $1.00 per adult. Ages 8-12

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$4.00

Middle Creek Migration for Beginning Birders

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Spring is on the way and Middle Creek WMA is the place to confirm it! After meeting Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel at the Visitor Center, everyone will proceed to viewing areas including Willow Point. At Willow Point, we will walk about 1/2 mile on a level path to an overlook. Weather and migration are unpredictable, but we hope for the best! Heavy rain or snow will postpone this program until February 27. Dress in warm layers for cold and windy…

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Free

The Human Element

February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

James Balog’s, “The Human Element,” is a compelling documentary. Balog examines the four basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire in light of impacts from a fifth element – human beings. Known for previous topical and arresting documentaries, “The Human Element” will resonate with each of us. Join Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel for a viewing of the film and discussion afterwards. Vivid cinematography may not be appropriate for young children. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to…

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Free

The Human Element

February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

James Balog’s, “The Human Element,” is a compelling documentary. Balog examines the four basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire in light of impacts from a fifth element – human beings. Known for previous topical and arresting documentaries, “The Human Element” will resonate with each of us. Join Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel for a viewing of the film and discussion afterwards. Vivid cinematography may not be appropriate for young children. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to…

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$2.00

How Do Bees Work?

February 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Look ahead to springtime with Naturalist Emily Snyder and learn about one of the crucial pollinators that makes our lives possible: bees! Get an inside-the-hive scoop on their daily lives, biology, and how you can help them out this spring. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, February 28. $2.00 per person. Ages 8 and up

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