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.

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 for more information! Registration can be completed online by clicking the registration links displayed by each program below, by calling our office at 610-347-0347, ext. 104, or by emailing

Members, 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!

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

Wine & Cheese Owl Prowl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Early Bird Nature Tours is pleased to announce a special owl prowl featuring a Celtic harp performance by professional musician Pam Dimeler. (Pam is a member of the Brandywine Harp Orchestra (BHO) which was the first American Celtic harp orchestra to perform at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival in the event’s 29-year history. She and BHO have also performed with Kennett Symphony at Longwood Gardens.)

Local wine maker, Tom Zunino, will also be joining us around the bonfire to offer a taste of his new wines. Flavors will include additional wines, coffee, Mad Dog 20/20, warm apple cider from Barnard’s Orchard, crackers, fruits, and cheeses — some from local Doe Run Farms.

After the tasting and special performance, we will venture out in search of the Barred, Screech, and Great Horned Owls that inhabit the preserve.

This special event will be attended by very specials guests! Owners of Bucktoe Creek Preserve — Tom Brokaw, Margaretta Brokaw, and Maggie Brokaw — will be joining us for an evening filled with music, wine, cheese, and owls.

Location: Hawk Watch Pavilion, Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Rd., Avondale, PA 19311

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $30 per person. Please email Larry Lewis at for more information or registration, and reserve your spot by October 17, 2017.

Herp Search

Green frog

Green frog

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. – Noon

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

Cost: $5 TLC Members. $10 Non-Members.

Join TLC, and biologist Gary Stolz, on “National Reptile Awareness Day” and spend some time with live herps! Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the interesting world of mysterious reptiles and amphibians. Flip logs and explore wetland habitats looking for salamanders, frogs, snakes, and turtles!

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Living History Hike

Parsonage Ruins

Parsonage Ruins

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Location: Please note the change of address: The group will gather up for the hike at 541 Chandler Mill Rd., Avondale, PA 19311 (not Bucktoe Creek Preserve). Please also note that the closure of Chandler Mill Bridge is not reflected on all GPS maps including Apple Maps. (Google Maps does reflect the closure.) 541 Chandler Mill Rd. can only be accessed from the north such as from Hillendale Rd. See you there!

Cost: $15 TLC Members. $25 Non-Members.

Led by Architectural Historian Jane Dorchester, start at the Chandler Mill Bridge to learn the history and current issues surrounding the bridge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Then hike to the Bucktoe Cemetery to visit an African American Burial Site of Civil War Troops, as well as other ruins within the area. Join this unique tour of significant historical sites within Chester County.

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Hawk Watch

Bald Eagles at Bucktoe Creek Preserve by J. Sebastiani.

Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Ospreys, and so much more soar the skies above Bucktoe Creek Preserve’s 297 acres. Led by Early Bird Nature Tours, spotting, scopes, binoculars, guided identification activities, and refreshments provided.

Date: Weekdays, September 1 – November 30

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

Drop-in for any length of time and feel free to bring a lunch!

Drop in on Nature (DION) – Fall Season

Drop in on Nature is an outdoor, all-weather program that encourages children to explore, play, and create a child-led activities in a natural environment. Our 7 acre location is privately fenced-in with hiking trails, thousands of plant and tree species, a meandering stream, bridges, sandbox, sanctuary, art/wood studio, bathroom, washer and dryer, and more.

Proven to have many benefits worldwide, this outdoor classroom space is the first of its kind in Southern Chester County, and we are thrilled to be able to offer an alternative to the traditional 4 wall classroom.

Benefits of an Outdoor Classroom:

  • Outdoor exploration

    Girl Holding a Baby Salamander

  • Stewardship building
  • Natural connection to nature
  • Promoting independence and confidence
  • Art, building, and creativity
  • Exercise for balance and well being
  • All weather, all year
  • Observation of native mammals, birds, herps, insects, plants, and trees
  • Gardening for food-to-table
  • Mixed age groups

Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls.” -Erin Kenny

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Thursday, September 7, 2017 through Thursday, December 21, 2017, excluding Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Time: 9:30 am – Noon

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


(Children ages 4-Kindergarten have the option to be dropped off, 6 children per session.)

TLC Members Session(s) With Adult Drop-Off
Single Session 1 $10 $20
Tuesdays and Thursdays 30 $300 $600
Tuesdays Only, or Thursdays Only 15 $150 $300

TLC Members: Type “member” into the discount box while checking out to receive the member-discount!

Non-Members Session(s) With Adult Drop-Off
Single Session 1 $20 $30
Tuesdays and Thursdays 30 $600* $900*
Tuesdays Only, or Thursdays Only 15 $300 $450

*Non-members: Receive $30 off if you sign up for the whole Fall season, (30 sessions).

Click here to register or call our Education Coordinator, Lea, at (610) 347-0347, ext. 104.

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

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