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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 2019

$2.00

Full Moon Owl Prowl

January 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez for a hooting time listening for owls outside under the full moon. We will begin inside learning about local owls and what makes them amazing birds of prey. The program will continue and end outside under the full moon as we walk through the park listening and looking for owls. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, January 18. $2.00 per person. All ages

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$2.00

Cabin Fever Hike

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Bundle up and hit the trails to explore the winter woods. Join Naturalist Rachel Albright as we go on a winter walk scavenger hunt. Return to the Environmental Center for hot cocoa! Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, January 18. $2.00 per person. All ages

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$3.00

Fun and Fascination: Snow and Ice

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Fun and Fascination continues into the winter season with interactive natural history programs designed to pique the curiosities of 6 to 10-year-olds. Snowflakes are endlessly fascinating! Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will lead children as they explore properties of water and ice and conclude by cutting their own snowflakes. In the event there is snow on the ground, children will perform experiments and observations outdoors. Dress for indoor and outdoor activity. This program targets ages 6-10; children under age 6 are…

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$3.00

Pine Cone Crafts

January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Get creative with pinecones! Join Naturalist Ellen Blazer in transforming pinecones into cute seasonal decorations. We will use pinecones to craft owls and trees using paint, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and more. Each one can be a tree ornament or stand alone as a shelf decoration. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register by noon on Friday, January 25. $3.00 per child age 3 and up and $1.00 per adult. Ages 3 and up

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February 2019

$2.00

Winter Night Hike

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Naturalist Ann Strauss for a winter night hike. We will hike the Scout Trail in Lancaster County Central Park, an easy hike of less than a mile. Along the way we will look for signs of nocturnal animals, listen for owls, participate in a few night activities and discover the senses we rely on when our sight is limited by the darkness. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register by noon on Thursday, January 31. $2.00 per person.…

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$3.00

G is for Groundhog!

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

So exactly how did the groundhog get its very own holiday? Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will share long-standing traditions and natural history relating to this familiar local rodent. Participants will take a short walk to see groundhog holes and look for signs of activity. Children are welcome to make a groundhog craft at the end. Dress for the weather and for a short walk over uneven ground. Register online or call 717-295-2055 to register and prepay before noon on Friday,…

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$2.00

Dinosaurs

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

Come join Naturalist Ann Strauss in celebrating dinosaurs! These majestic creatures ruled the earth long before humans lived which makes them intriguing and mysterious. Dinosaurs came in all shapes and sizes with a wide variety of personalities. Let’s learn what scientists have been able to discover about dinosaurs that lived long ago. Register online or call 717-295-2055 to register and prepay before noon on Friday, February 1. $2.00 per person. All ages

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$3.00

Munchkin Science – Winter Hike

February 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Naturalist Ann Strauss will lead Munchkin Scientists on a winter hike along the Scout Trail near the Environmental Center. We will be outside on the trail for the full hour, so Munchkins must be dressed appropriately. As we hike we will take time to explore by turning logs, looking for animal tracks, and examining creatures that are active and dormant in winter. This program targets ages 3-5. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on…

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$9.00

Sheep Pluck Dissection

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

If you are an individual who likes or would like to try dissecting, this is an excellent opportunity. Naturalist Ann Strauss will be leading a dissection of a Sheep Pluck specimen which includes the sheep’s lungs, heart and trachea. Because this will be a dissection of a large specimen, we will be dissecting in pairs sharing one specimen. You may bring a partner for dissection or we can determine partners upon your arrival. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to…

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$3.00

Rock Valentines

February 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Want to give your loved ones a truly unique Valentine this year? Join Naturalist Ellen Blazer on a short hike to collect rocks (bonus if they are heart-shaped!). We will bring them back to the Environmental Center and decorate them as Valentines with paint, glitter, and more. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes for the hiking portion, and clothes you wouldn’t mind getting paint on for the craft portion. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register…

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$2.00

Animal Track and Sign Hunting

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Naturalist Vanessa Stager for a lesson to determine different animal tracks from each other. After the lesson, we will all be going on a hike on the trails around the Environmental Center to see what types of animal tracks we can see in the snow! Come prepared for cold weather by wearing boots, a jacket and other winter apparel. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, February 8. $2.00 per person. All…

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$3.00

Fun and Fascination: Safety in Winter Weather

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Fun and Fascination continues into the winter season with interactive natural history programs designed to pique the curiosities of 6 to 10-year-olds. Outdoor play in wintertime is great fun! With Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel, children will explore winter weather and appreciate safety concerns the cold temperatures bring. Dress for indoor and outdoor activity! This program targets ages 6-10; children under age 6 are welcome if accompanying older siblings. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon…

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$3.00

Coffee Hike

February 16 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Kick your weekend into high gear with coffee, community and a hike with Naturalist Kristyn Small! This half-mile hike will begin at Pavilion #11 and guide you along the Scout Trail, our Archaeological Site, to Indian Rock and back, all while getting to know your fellow hikers over hot coffee. Bring your own mug (lidded, preferred); we provide the coffee. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, February 15. $3 per person. All…

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$5.00

Squid Dissection

February 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about one of the world’s most highly developed invertebrates and be introduced to the art of dissection with Naturalist Kristyn Small. We’ll explore the major functions of the squid’s organs, learn more about its unique adaptations and get a crash course in the tools of dissecting. Participants under 10 must have an adult present and actively participating. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, February 15. Call to register siblings. $5.00 per…

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$3.00

Story, Craft & Critter: Turtles

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Learn about turtles through an interactive story, then make a craft or two celebrating turtles. Meet some live turtles, too, with Naturalist Kelsey Frey. Children must have an adult helper. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register by noon on Friday, February 15. $3.00 per child ages 3 and up, $1.00 per adult. Ages 3-8

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$3.00

Munchkin Science – Owls

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Munchkin scientists will enjoy a program of owl education with Naturalist Ann Strauss. Kids will have the opportunity to learn PA owls by name and call, as well as practice a variety of owl calls themselves. They will dissect an owl pellet to learn what owls eat and take home the owl-ingested bones if they like. This program targets ages 3-5. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, February 15. $3.00 per child…

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$3.00

Fun and Fascination: Seeking Signs of Spring

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Fun and Fascination continues into the winter season with interactive natural history programs designed to pique the curiosities of 6 to 10-year-olds. Early spring is in the air… and where else? Children will explore and discover early signs of the changing seasons with Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel. Dress for indoor and outdoor activity. This program targets ages 6-10; children under age 6 are welcome if accompanying older siblings. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon…

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