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Current Programming

Girl Scout Group at Bucktoe Creek Preserve

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 Hannah, 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.


May 2016

Mississippi Kite and Shorebird Watch

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Mississippi Kite Eating a Dragonfly on the Wing by Hank Davis – May 20th, 2013

With Larry Lewis, Early Bird Nature Tours

Daily, May 17th through June 6th from 3:ooPM-8:00PM

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

Join Larry Lewis of Early Bird Nature Tours to witness the spectacle of shorebird migration and Kites from the meadow at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. An average of 9 Mississippi Kites are seen each year at Bucktoe Creek Preserve– the highest count of this rare vagrant at any Pennsylvania location. Come and see if you can catch a glimpse of one of these incredible flyers! It’s hard to explain their regular occurrence here. Are there undiscovered area breeders? Are they all just wandering non-breeding birds from distant traditional southern breeding grounds? The mystery of this visually thrilling bird to witness gliding overhead continues…. Come join the search for answers! This program is FREE, no registration required!


Drop-in on Nature

Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM for children ages 0-Kindergarten. See Ongoing Programs for more information. Click here to register!

June 2016

Reptiles and Amphibians

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With Gary Stolz, Naturalist

Saturday, June 4th from 5:00PM-7:00PM

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

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the interesting world of the mysterious Reptiles and Amphibians! Flip logs and explore wetland habitats looking for salamanders, frogs, snakes, and turtles. $5 for TLC members, $10 for non-members. Click here to register!


Open Hive Days

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 from 10:00AM-12:00PM. See Ongoing Programs for more information. Click here to register!


Medicinal Plant Walk

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With April Coburn, Folk Herbalist and Operator of Nettlejuice Herbcraft

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 from 9:00AM-12:00PM

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

Join us for the first of 3 in the Wild Foraging Series. April will lead us on a hike through the meadows and woodlands of Bucktoe as we identify and discuss medicinal plants and their healing properties. $10 for TLC members, $15 for nonmembers. Click here to sign up.


Summer Solstice

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Stateline Woods Preserve

Monday, June 20th, 2016 from 6:30PM-Sundown, rain date: Tuesday, June 21st

Location: Stateline Woods Preserve (814 Merrybell Lane, Kennett Square, PA 19348)

Please join us in celebrating the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer! Let’s all come together and create lasting memories. This year we plan to have a shared-table-concept. This means, we all bring a favorite item for everyone. We will sing by the fire, observe our children playing independently,  and live in the moment. Refreshments, beer & wine will be provided. RSVP to 610-347-0347 or admin@tlcforscc.org. $20 suggested donation per family.


Free Time Adventures

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00AM-2:00PM, starting June 21st. See ongoing programs for more information. Click here to register.

Children’s I-Spy Birding

Saturday, June 25th from 9:00AM-10:30AM. See ongoing programs for more information. Click here to register. 

Ongoing Programs

Children’s I-Spy Birding

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Children’s Bird Walk

The last Saturday of every month, from 9:00am-10:30am. We will not be meeting in the month of May.

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

Join local birding expert and environmental educator, Kelley Nunn, 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. Bring your own binoculars, or borrow ours! Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent. FREE for TLC members, $15 for non-members. Click here to register.


Drop-in On Nature

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Spring Session – Thursdays from 9:30-12:00, First day is April 7th

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

Join TLC for our Drop-In on Nature Playgroup! This program is designed for children 0-Kindergarten and their parents/caregivers. We provide the fun outdoor activities, you provide the adventurous spirit! Come for 30 minutes, or stay the whole time to explore this beautiful preserve. Activities like bird watching, scavenger hunts, sensory activities, and art processes will be available for all to enjoy. FREE for TLC members. 

Click here to register.

Cost

TLC Members: Free

Non-members: Free for first session, $5 for pre-registrations, $10 for drop-ins

Scholarships available upon request.


Open Hive Days

Saturdays 10AM-12PM.

Dates: June 11th, July 23rd, August 20th, September 17th, October 22nd

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Open Hive Day Participants

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

Join TLC Apiarist, Dan Borkoski, 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!


Free Time Adventures

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Searching for Insects during Free Time Adventures

This program is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-2PM during thesummer at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. This interactive outdoor nature activity is designed for children aged 5-12. Each day will have a different theme, focusing around activities such as Salamander Hunting, Bird Watching, or Letterboxing.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 21st through August 18th EXCEPT the week of July 4th. The field trip is to be determined – check back!

Click here to sign up!

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

Time: 10AM-2PM

Ages: 5-12

Price: $10 for TLC members; $20 for non-members

Need-based scholarships available upon request.


Bird Banding

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Bander, Ian Stewart with Group

Wednesdays from 8:00AM-11:00AM through November

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

Come Join Delaware Nature Society’s Bird Bander, Ian Stewart, as he uses mist nets to catch and band the birds of Bucktoe. This is part of a three year study being conducted at both Bucktoe Creek Preserve and Ashland Nature Center. This is a Delaware Nature Society program. 

 

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

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