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Current Programming

Sharing Nature

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.



April 2017

Drop in on Nature: Spring Session

Location: The Annex

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

See Ongoing Programs for more information.

Click here to register


Nature Studio

Spring session: Every other Thursday starting April 13th and ending Thursday, May 25th  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
  • Minimum of 6 children Max of 10 children

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

Click here to register


Wild Mushroom Forage

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Foraged mushrooms

Led by Tina Ellor, Phillips Mushroom and the New Jersey Mycological Society

Sunday, April 30th from 9:00am-1:00pm


Cost: $35 per person

Location: TLC Headquarters at Walnut Hill, 541 Chandler Mill Rd, Avondale, PA 19311

Join us at Walnut Hill to venture into the preserve in search of wild mushrooms. Collect and identify mushrooms and enjoy a mushroom themed lunch!

Click here to register


Nature Studio

Spring session: Every other Thursday starting April 13th and ending Thursday, May 25th  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
  • Minimum of 6 children Max of 10 children

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

Click here to register


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 below for more information.

Click here to register for spring session!

Open Hive Days

Saturdays 10:00AM-12:00PM.

Date: May 6th

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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 Hike with Homeschool Community

Please join The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) for a group nature hike lead by Stacey Gummey ( Early Childhood Education Coordinator) and Kristi Given ( Education Assistant and Lead Teacher Naturalist) through Bucktoe Creek Preserve. We will enjoy the ever beautiful Bucktoe while learning about what programs TLC can provide our local homeschooling community. Adult must accompany Children.

Date: Tuesday, May 16th

Time: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Where: Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Road, Avondale PA 19311

Wild Geranium

Wild geranium

We will:

-Hike thorough private Bucktoe Creek Preserve
-Amphibian search
-Stream play
-Provided group snack
-Open-ended hike

Price: Children are free for this hike

$10 for TLC members

$20 for Non-TLC members

Click here to register

Sky Tour

Led by Chester County Astronomical Society

*Rescheduled for May 20th from 8:00-9:30PM*

Constellation Photo

The Big Dipper

Cost: $10 TLC members; $15 non-members; $5 children under 12

 Come out for a night at Bucktoe Creek Preserve and observe constellations, planets, stars and other bright, speedy, or curious looking objects in the night sky.

CCAS’s mission says it best, “seeing these objects and recognizing their relationship with our own existence provides a realistic sense of the universe and our place in it.”

Click here to register

 


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*

Click here to register

Open Hive Days

Saturdays 10:00AM-12:00PM.

Date:  June 3rd

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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

 

Drop in on Nature Summer Session 2017

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Nature Painting

Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM

Dates: Tuesday June 6th, Wednesday, June 7th, Thursday, June 8th, Tuesday, June 13th, Wednesday, June 14th and Thursday, June 15th

Location: 501 Chandler Mill Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Drop in on Nature is an emergent program is based all outdoor/all weather and is child led. We encourage children to explore, play and create a child led flow in a natural environment. This process has been proven to have many benefits worldwide.  Our location has 7 fenced in acres of hiking trails, thousands of plant and tree species, a meandering stream, bridges, sandbox, sanctuary, art/wood studio, bathroom, and more. This outdoor classroom space is the first of its kind in the Southern Chester County area! We are thrilled to be able to offer an alternative to the traditional 4 wall classroom.

*Now offering a drop-off option for children ages 3-Kindergarten. Must be potty trained. Please pack a lunch, water, and change of clothes.

Our emergent program offers:

-Outdoor Exploration

-Stewardship Building

-A Natural Connection to Nature

-Promotes Greater Independence

-Assorted Art/Building Processes

-Daily Physical Exercise for Balance and Well Being 

-Mixed Age Groups

-All Weather, All Year

-Observations and understanding of Native Mammals, Birds, Herps, Insects, Plants, Trees

-Garden Growing for Food to Table Sharing

Cost:

TLC members, 6 sessions=With adult $90  Drop off $150 

Non-members, 6 sessions=With adult $150  Drop off $210

TLC members Daily session= With adult $15 Drop off $25

Non-members Daily session= With adult $25 Drop off $35

*Receive $20 off if you sign up for the whole 6 sessions!

Click here to register

 


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*

Click here to register


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*

Click here to register

Open Hive Days

Saturdays 10:00AM-12:00PM.

Date: 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


ONGOING PROGRAMS

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.

Click here to register

Nature Studio, Spring 2017

I believe there is a stronger connection to nature if children are given the opportunities to explore the natural world through observations, creativity, independent learning, imaginative and uninterrupted play. 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. As Richard Louv so eloquently said:

 Every child needs nature. Not just the ones with parents who appreciate nature. Not only those of a certain economic class or culture or set of abilities. Every child. “

Key points from the National Wildlife Federation on the importance of kids in nature

 Body

  • Outdoor play increases fitness levels and builds active, healthy bodies, an important strategy in helping the one in three American kids who are obese get fit.
  • Spending time outside raises levels of Vitamin D, helping protect children from future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other health issues.
  • Being out there improves distance vision and lowers the chance of nearsightedness.

Mind

  • Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing ADHD symptoms.
  • Schools with environmental education programs score higher on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening.
  • Exposure to environment-based education significantly increases student performance on tests of their critical thinking skills.

Spirit

  • Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces.
  • Play protects children’s emotional development whereas loss of free time and a hurried lifestyle can contribute to anxiety and depression.
  • Nature makes you nicer, enhancing social interactions, value for community and close relationships.

Program Information:

-Open to children 4-10 years old
-Daily Hike
-Assorted art processes
-Daily sensory stimulation
-2 Qualified Teacher Naturalists
-Minimum of 6 children Max of 10 children

Class will begin on:

-Thursday, April 13th with sessions held every other Thursday through May 25th

-Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Road, Avondale PA 19311

-Weekly from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m

 Cost: $30 TLC member; $40 Non-member

Description of our space:

-Bucktoe Creek Preserve is a 297-acre privately-owned natural area
-Multiple hiking trails
-The preserve is managed to enhance biodiversity and promote sound ecological stewardship through forest, meadow, and wetland restoration.
-Home to many habitats, animals, insects, macro-invertebrates, birds, reptiles, amphibians and various plant species.
-A meandering stream
-A pond
-5 out buildings
-Parking

**MEMBERS** Type the word ‘member’ into the discount box when checking out to receive discount.


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.

 


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

 

 

 

 

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

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