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Lancaster County Park, Environmental Center

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

Upcoming Events

March 2020

$3.00

Seed Starting

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Prepare for warm weather by planting some seeds. Naturalist Ellen Blazer will show you how to make a compostable DIY pot, which you will be able to plant directly into the ground after seeds have sprouted. Seeds and soil will be provided. This program is geared for ages 5 through 8. Older or younger children are welcome if accompanying an age-appropriate sibling; please call to register them. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on…

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$11.00

Frog Dissection

March 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

If you like dissecting or you would like to give it a try, come join Naturalist Ann Strauss for an evening dissecting Grass Frogs. The dissection will start with background information relating frog organs to human organs. Participants will learn anatomy and function of the thoracic and abdominal organs, as well as correct dissection techniques. Each participant will dissect their own frog specimen. Adults are welcome to dissect; adult dissectors will need to call to register. Register online or call…

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$5,00

March Winds …Bring Kites!

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Celebrate both the winds of March and the arrival of spring! Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will assist as participants assemble, personalize, and test-fly simple sled kites. Please register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Thursday, March 26. $2.00 per person and $3.00 per kite. All ages

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$2.00

Toddler Nature & STEM Play

March 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, repeating until April 27, 2020

Toddler Nature & STEM Play is an enriching opportunity for your little ones to explore the world around them and engage with children their own age! Naturalist Brooke Sycamore will lead multisensory guided activities, walks, storytelling, yoga, and free play in each session. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are all important parts of this nature-centered offering. Parent participation is essential to the success of this program. Children over age 3 are welcome if accompanying younger siblings. Register online or call…

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$4.00

DIY Herb Garden

March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Create your own stylish herb garden with recycled materials and the help of Naturalist Ellen Blazer. We will use up-cycled plastic soda bottles (please BYO if you have them!) to make hanging planters that connect and hold different herbs. Potting soil and seeds for various herbs will be provided. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, March 27. $2.00 per person and $2.00 per herb garden. All ages

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$3.00

Munchkin Science – Predators and Prey

March 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Munchkins will have a blast learning about animals and the relationships between predator and prey animals. We will first learn by touching, holding, and sharing the furs, teeth, skeletons, feathers, and talons of once-live animals. After distinguishing predators from prey, participants will head outside with Naturalist Ann Strauss to play some running games that simulate animals in the wild. This program is geared for ages 3 through 5. Children over age 5 are welcome if accompanying younger siblings. Register online…

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April 2020

$4.00

Homeschool Wednesday: Migrations of Marine Mammals

April 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Spring homeschool science classes will continue to explore migration with Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel. 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. Programs are geared for ages 8 through 12. Children under age 8 are welcome if accompanying older siblings; please call to register them. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to…

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$2.00

What’s the Buzz about Bees?

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Even the bees are waking up from their winter slumber! All summer long you will hear the busy buzzing of bees as they search for the food to get them through the year. Listen to a story, make a craft, and get the buzzzzzz on bees with Naturalist Rachel Albright. This program is geared for ages 8 and under. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, April 3. $2.00 per child age 3…

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$3.00

Eggcellent Trivia

April 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Find a sitter, bring your snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to join Naturalist Rachel Albright on an adult only, flashlight egg hunt. Once you’ve found all the eggs, the fun will continue indoors with a few rounds of eggcellent trivia! Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, April 3. $3.00 per person. Ages 18 and up

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$4.00

Egg-xperiments

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

With spring approaching, let’s dissect some eggs and perform some egg-xperiments! Naturalist Ellen Blazer will lead participants through the egg dissection, discussing each fascinating part of the egg and their functions for a growing chick. Egg-xperiments following the dissection include testing shell strength, soaking eggs in different liquids to see what happens, and more! Each child is required to have adult supervision. Adults are welcome to participate or observe; adult experimenters will need to call to register. Register online or…

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$3.00

Munchkin Science – Trees

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Trees are a wonderful part of the world around us. With Naturalist Ann Strauss, munchkins will have the opportunity to learn about the science of trees and gain an appreciation for these giant plants. We will spend most of the program outside exploring and studying trees up close. This program is geared for ages 3 through 5. Children over age 5 are welcome if accompanying younger siblings. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on…

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$2.00

Adult Full Planter’s Moon Hike

April 7 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez for the first full moon of spring on this adult only night hike. Experience the sights and sounds of early spring in the park after dark. The moon will guide us along the trails and the creek. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Monday, April 6. $2.00 per person. Ages 18 and up

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$3.00

Intricate Eggs: Using TIE Dyes

April 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn how to dye eggs using patterned silk fabrics. Naturalist Ellen Blazer will show you how, step-by-step. Eggs will be provided. You will need to bring a colorful, old silk scarf or tie (just make sure the label says it’s 100% silk and the item can be discarded). You will be amazed at the results! Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Thursday, April 9. $3.00 per person. Ages 3 and up

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$3.00

Wildflower HUNT

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Some people will be out hunting for plastic eggs this week, but I’ll be out hunting for wildflowers. Join Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez for a wildflower hunt. We will walk through the fields and the woods looking for the early sprouting and blooming wildflowers. While we enjoy looking at the many different colors, we will learn about the flowers and their value to humans and wildlife. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Thursday,…

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$5,00

Webelos: Into the Woods Badge

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Webelos are all welcome to join Naturalist Ann Strauss in completing requirements for the Into the Woods Badge. Webelos will learn to identify plants and trees and appreciate their uses. Together we will describe how plants and trees are important to our ecosystem. Participants will receive a tree sapling to take home and plant. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, April 3. $5.00 per scout 10 to 18 and $1.00 per adult.…

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$4.00

Homeschool Wednesday: Mill Creek Macros Revisited

April 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

With Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel, children explored the Mill Creek macroinvertebrate life in the fall. To satisfy our curiosity, we will repeat our study six months later. In addition, with the conclusion of the Journey North Mystery Class, students will discover the locations of the ten mystery classes around the world. Dress for outdoor activity. Closed-toe shoes like old sneakers are required of everyone entering the stream. Crocs, flip-flops, and other sandals do not sufficiently protect feet and will not…

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$6.00

Geocacher Badge for Junior Girl Scouts

April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Junior Girl Scouts will play introductory GPS games, make a trade item, and practice the sport with special caches. Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will lead girls in indoor and outdoor activities to complete this badge. A limited number of GPS units are available; please indicate if units are required when registering. Badges are not included. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, April 17. $6.00 per scout and $1.00 per adult.Ages 8 and…

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$2.00

WORMS!

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

Worms! Who loves worms?! One of the first spring animals to emerge from the cold of winter, worms are a unique, interesting animal that are fascinating to study. Participants will join Naturalist Ann Strauss in learning some fun facts about worms, heading outside to catch some worms, and studying some of their habits to learn more about these underappreciated creatures. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, April 17. $2.00 per person. All…

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