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Current Programming

Hiking in winter

Hiking in winter

The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) holds educational programs year-round at our four nature preserves, and one sister-preserve.

All programs run rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, TLC will announce updates via Facebook, Twitter, and our website. All programs are non-refundable.

To register for a program: click on the corresponding links below for online registration, call our office at 610-347-0347 ext. 104 or email education@tlcforscc.org.

We are happy to create custom programs just for your school, scout, or private group on a variety of topics at any of our nature preserves! Please contact our Education Outreach Coordinator, by calling 610-347-0347 ext 104 or emailing education@tlcforscc.org for more information!

Members, when registering online please type the word ‘member‘ in the promotion code box at checkout to receive your discount. TLC members receive special discounts and members-only programming throughout the year: Become a Member Today.

MARCH 2017

Spring Break in Nature

Mondays, March 13th and 20th from 10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Wednesdays, March 15th and 22nd from 10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Exploring the Red Clay Creek

Creek exploration

Fridays, March 17th and 24th from 10:00 AM 2:00 PM

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
(432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

Looking for something fun to do this break? Dive into spring with TLC! Our popular spring program is back with more opportunities for adventure. Each day will have a different theme such as:

  • Stream and Pond Exploration
  • Native Animal Tracking and Identification
  • Bird Watch and Count
  • Investigate Invertebrates

Spring Break in Nature is open to children ages 4-12 and will be split into two age groups to enjoy a variety of fun activities throughout the Preserve. Please pack a lunch and dress for the weather!

Cost: $10 for TLC members, $20 for non-members. If your child can attend the full two weeks, make sure to register for the full session and receive a discount.

Click here to register!



Wildlife in Winter Part 4: Preserving Land to Save Wildlife

Sunday, March 26th from 10:00 AM—12:00 PM

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Red fox

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
(432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

Learn about the impact that land development has on all animals and their environment. Become an advocate for preserving open space to save wildlife and learn how we can improve habitat for animals that have been affected by land development. Join wildlife biologist Tim Zador for this final part of the four part Special Edition 2017 Series, in memory of Rosalind Schwebel, which as a whole will focus on how preserving land from development can positively affect all animals, wild and domestic.

Cost: FREE for all TLC members, $10 for non-members

Click here to register!


Owl Prowl

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Barred Owls at BCP

Friday, March 31st from 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
(432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

Come search Bucktoe Creek Preserve for our resident Owls. Eastern Screech, Barred, and Great Horned Owls are known to roam the preserve. We will begin with a little owl biology before twilight. Then head out on the trail for an evening hike, looking and listening for these elusive, nocturnal hunters.

Cost: $10 TLC Members, $20 Non-members

Click here to register!


Drop in on Nature — Winter Session

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Measuring leaves

Winter session: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM starting Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th

Location: The Annex
(501 Chandler Mill Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348)

See Ongoing Programs for more information.

Click here to register for winter session!

 


APRIL 2017

Spring Break in Nature

Exploring the trails

Mondays, April 10th and 17th from 10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Wednesday, April 12th from 10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Friday, April 14th from 10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
(432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

Looking for something fun to do this break? Dive into spring with TLC! Our popular spring program is back with more opportunities for adventure. Each day will have a different theme such as:

  • Stream and Pond Exploration
  • Native Animal Tracking and Identification
  • Bird Watch and Count
  • How to Identify Natural Habitats

Spring Break in Nature is open to children ages 4-12 and will be split into two age groups to enjoy a variety of fun activities throughout the Preserve. Please pack a lunch and dress for the weather!

Cost: $10 for TLC members, $20 for non-members.

Click here to register!

Drop in on Nature — Spring Session

Learning about algae

Spring session: Every Tuesday/Thursday 9:30AM-12:00PM starting Tuesday, April 11th thru Thursday, June 1st

Location: The Annex

(501 Chandler Mill Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348)

See Ongoing Programs for more information.

Click here to register for spring session!

 


May 2017

Drop in on Nature — Spring Session

Creating a Frog Home

Spring session: Every Tuesday/Thursday 9:30AM-12:00PM starting Tuesday, April 11th thru Thursday, June 1st

Location: The Annex

(501 Chandler Mill Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348)

See Ongoing Programs for more information.

Click here to register for spring session!

 


June 2017

Free Time Adventures

Tuesday, June 20th and  June 28th

Wednesday, June 21st and 28th

Free Time Adventures catching Frogs

Pond Exploration, Bucktoe Creek Preserve

Thursday, June 22nd and 29th

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

Time: 10am – 2pm

Ages: 4-12

Must be potty trained

Please pack a lunch and drop-off promptly at 10:00 a.m. Snacks/drinks provided. Register ASAP – limited spots available.

 

$15 TLC members; $25 non-members. Members please type ‘member’ when prompted for promotional code.

*Minimum of 6 children and Maximum of 20 children*

 


July 2017

Free Time Adventures

Tuesday, July 11th, 18th and 25th

Wednesday, July 12th, 19th and 26th

Free Time Adventures catching Frogs

Pond Exploration, Bucktoe Creek Preserve

Thursday, July13th, 20th  and 27th

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

Time: 10am – 2pm

Ages: 4-12

Must be potty trained

Please pack a lunch and drop-off promptly at 10:00 a.m. Snacks/drinks provided. Register ASAP – limited spots available.

$15 TLC members; $25 non-members. Members please type ‘member’ when prompted for promotional code.

*Minimum of 6 children and Maximum of 20 children*


August, 2017

Free Time Adventures

Tuesday, August 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd

Wednesday, August 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd

Free Time Adventures catching Frogs

Pond Exploration, Bucktoe Creek Preserve

Thursday, August 3rd, 10th, 17th  and 24th

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

Time: 10am – 2pm

Ages: 4-12

Must be potty trained

Please pack a lunch and drop-off promptly at 10:00 a.m. Snacks/drinks provided. Register ASAP – limited spots available.

$15 TLC members; $25 non-members. Members please type ‘member’ when prompted for promotional code.

*Minimum of 6 children and Maximum of 20 children*


ONGOING PROGRAMS

Winter Drop in on Nature

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DION friends with leaf masks!

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM

Winter session: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM starting Tuesday, January 17th thru Thursday, March 30th

Location: The Annex

(501 Chandler Mill Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348)

Drop in on Nature is back for Fall and is better than ever! The new location for this program is every child’s dream. The “Annex” has 7 acres of hiking trails, thousands of plant species from around the globe, streams, bridges, a sandbox, outdoor playhouse, art studio, indoor space, and more. This new outdoor classroom space is the first of its kind in the Southern Chester County area! These classes offer outdoor exploration, assorted art processes, daily sensory stimulations and so much more for your child. Now offering a drop-off option for children ages 4-Kindergarten.

Click here to register for winter session!

Spring Drop in on Nature

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Drop in on Nature participant holding a salamander

Spring session: Every Tuesday/Thursday 9:30AM-12:00PM starting Tuesday, April 11th thru Thursday, June 1st

Location: The Annex

(501 Chandler Mill Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348)

Click here to register for spring session!

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 18th through August 25th.

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

Time: 10am – 2pm

Ages: 4-12

Must be potty trained

Free Time Adventures, Summer 2017

Back are the days where children can reboot, have fun and laugh together. Join TLC for twenty seven days of fun! Our interactive outdoor summer program focuses on creating a common bond with the natural world,

building independence, stewardship skills and overall well being.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 20th through August 24th. 

(Excluding July 4/5/6)

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

Time: 10am – 2pm

Ages: 4-12

Must be potty trained

Please pack a lunch and drop-off promptly at 10:00 a.m. Snacks/drinks provided. Register ASAP – limited spots available.

$15 TLC members; $25 non-members. Members please type ‘member’ when prompted for promotional code.

*Minimum of 6 children and Maximum of 20 children*

 Each nature walk through the preserve will involve an activity such as:

-Hiking and friendship building

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Stream Exploration, Bucktoe Creek Preserve

-Reptile and Amphibian Searches

-Native Animals and their Habitats

-Bird Identification and Counting

-One off-site field trip

-Native Plant Identification

-Stream Exploration and Invertebrate Counts

-Journaling and Reflecting

-Scavenger Hunts

Please pack a lunch and drop-off promptly at 10:00 a.m. Snacks/drinks provided. Register ASAP – limited spots available.

$10 TLC members; $20 non-members. Members please type ‘member’ when prompted for promotional code.


Children’s I-Spy Birding

Baltimore oriole

Last Saturday of every month from 9:00AM-10:30AM

Dates: Check back soon for 2017 dates!

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve

(432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311)

Join a local birding expert and environmental educator as we look and listen for the common (and uncommon!) birds of Bucktoe. We will be taking short hikes through the preserve to spot birds using different habitats. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent. FREE for TLC members, $15 for non-members. Adults accompanying children are FREE.

Click here to register!


Open Hive Days

Saturdays 10:00AM-12:00PM.

Dates: May 6th, June 3rd, and August 5th

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Open Hive Day Participants

Location: New Leaf Eco Center (776 Rosedale Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348)

Join TLC Apiarist, Mike Langer, for an inside look at the busy, buzzy world of honeybees. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge. Don’t miss this great opportunity for non-beekeepers, prospective beekeepers, and new beekeepers interested in seeing another apiary. Protective veils will be available. If you have your own gear, please bring it along! $5 for TLC members, $10 for non-members.

Click here to register!


Nature Studio

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Exploring bark

Winter session: Every other Thursday starting January 19th from 4:30PM – 6:00PM

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve

(432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

This program is based entirely outdoors and is held in all weather. The goal is to deepen the children’s awareness and connections with nature and help create the balance children so desperately need. Our goal is to hike and explore for roughly 45 minutes and experience an art process the second 45 minutes of the session.

  • Open to children ages 4-10 (drop-off optional)
  • Daily Hike
  • Assorted art processes
  • Daily sensory stimulation
  • 2 Qualified Teacher Naturalists

Cost: $30 for TLC members / $40 for non-members

Click here to register!


 

 

TLC’s educational programming is supported in part by the generous funding of:

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