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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.

 


August 2017

Free Time Adventures

Dates: Tuesdays through Thursdays, August 1st-24th

Free Time Adventures

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

Time: 10am – 2pm

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

Ages: 4-12

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

*Join us on August 17th at 9:00a.m.-1:30p.m. for a special off-site field trip to Gnome Countryside. Transportation provided for children ages 5 and up. There is an extra fee for this off-site field trip. Parents are welcome. 

Click here to register


Open Hive Days

Date: Saturday, August 5th

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Open Hive Day Participants

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

Time: 10:00A.M.-12:00P.M.

Cost: $5 TLC members; $10 non-members

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!

Click here to register


Wild Mushroom Forage

Date: Sunday, August 27th

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Foraged mushrooms

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

Time: 9:00A.M.-1:00P.M.

Cost: $35 for all participants.

Join us at Walnut Hill (TLC Headquarters) to venture into the preserve in search of wild mushrooms with Tina Ellor from Phillips Mushroom Farm & Luke Smithson from NJ Mycological Society (NJMS). Collect and identify mushrooms and enjoy a mushroom themed lunch!

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September 2017

Drop in on Nature Fall Session, 2017

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Date: On Tuesdays and Thursdays, begins Thursday, September 7th- Thursday, December 21st (Excluding Thursday, November 23rd)

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

Time: 9:30AM-12:00PM 

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Cost:

TLC members  $10 with adult

TLC members $20 Drop-off

Non-members $20 with adult

Non-members $30 Drop-off

 

 

Drop in on Nature is an emergent program 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 privately 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.

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

“Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take the walls away.”

-Erin Kenny

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

Session Options:

TLC members

TLC members, 30 sessions: $300

TLC member drop-off, 30 sessions: $600

TLC member all Tuesdays, 15 sessions: $150

TLC members all Tuesdays drop-off, 15 sessions: $300

TLC member all Thursdays, 15 sessions:$150

TLC members all Thursdays drop-off, 15 sessions: $300

Non-members

Non-members, 30 sessions: $600

Non-members drop-off, 30 sessions:$900

Non-member all Tuesdays, 15 sessions: $300

Non-members all Tuesdays drop-off, 15 sessions: $450

Non-member all Thursdays, 15 sessions:$300

Non-members all Thursdays drop-off, 15 sessions: $450

*Recieve $30 off if you sign up for the whole Fall sessions (30 sessions).

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

Click here to register

 

 


October 2017

 Full Moon Owl Prowl 

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Barred Owl

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017

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

Time: 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m.

Cost: $10 TLC members; $20 non-members

 

Join Naturalist Tim Zador to listen for creatures of the night in the Bucktoe Creek Preserve’s woodland habitat. Great horned, Eastern Screech, and Barred Owls are known to roam the preserve!

 

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Herp Search

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Green frog

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017

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

Time: 10a.m.-noon

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!

Click here to register!

ONGOING PROGRAMS

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.

Dates: 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

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

Ages: 4-12. Young children 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 for this popular program.

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Hiking to the Stream at Bucktoe Creek Preserve

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

  • Hiking and friendship building
  • 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

Click here to register


Open Hive Days

Time: 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

Cost: $5 for TLC members, $10 for non-members.

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!

Click here to register

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

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