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Current Programming

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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.


 

DECEMBER 2016

Nature Studio

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Searching for critters on the trail

Fall session: Every Thursday thru December 15th from 4:00PM – 5:30PM

Winter session: Every other Thursday starting January 19th from 4:00PM – 5:30PM

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!

 


Drop in on Nature

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Painting sticks

Fall session: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM starting Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday, December 15th

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!

 


Winter Solstice Celebration

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Participants from last year’s Winter Solstice decorating the evergreen tree.

Wednesday, December 21st from 6:00PM-7:00PM

Location: Stateline Woods Preserve

(818 Merrybell Lane, Kennett Square, PA)

Celebrate the longest night of the year at the Stateline Woods Preserve with The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County. Enjoy hot chocolate and refreshments by the bonfire while we decorate and light the evergreen tree atop Crossfield Hill. Children under 12 enter free. Drop-ins welcome!

Cost: $10 TLC members / $15 non-members.

Click here to register!

 


Kids Winter Carnival

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Kids heading out on the trail!

Wednesday, December 28th and Thursday, December 29th from 10:00AM-2:00PM

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve

(432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

ATTENTION PARENTS: Drop the kids off at TLC’s first annual Kids Winter Carnival so YOU can return, recharge, and relax from the hustle and bustle of the holidays! Get your children outside to hike our gorgeous nature preserves, play games, build structures, explore different art processes, and hang out by the bonfire (with hot chocolate and s’mores)! Pack a lunch, water, comfortable hiking shoes, and an adventurous spirit! This special two-day program is for children ages 4-12.

Cost: $10 for TLC members / $20 for non-members

Click here to register!

 


 

JANUARY 2017

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Mink footprints

Wildlife in Winter Part 1: Mammals

Saturday, January 21st from 10:00 AM—12:00 PM
Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
(432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)

From foxes and beavers to cats and dogs, all mammals benefit from open space! Discover the signs of mammals in winter and learn about human impact on mammal habitat and population survival. Join wildlife biologist Gary Stolz for this first 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!


 

FEBRUARY 2017

Wildlife in Winter Part 2: Birds

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Northern cardinal

Sunday, February 19th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
(432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311)
Intact migratory routes are crucial for many bird species’ survival. Go birding on the preserve and learn about the importance of migration rest stops and how human activity plays a major role in the success of many native and migratory bird populations.
Cost: FREE for all TLC members / $10 for non-members

Click here to register!


 

Wildlife in Winter Part 3: Reptiles and Amphibians

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Green frog

Sunday, March 19th from 10:00 AM—12:00 PM

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

Reptiles and amphibians need lots of space in various habitats to survive. Learn how and why these animals need woodlands, wetlands, ponds, and streams to thrive and how humans impact each of these habitats.

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

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!

 


ONGOING PROGRAMS

Drop in on Nature Fall 2016

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DION friends with leaf masks!

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-12:00PM starting Thursday, September 15th thru Thursday, December 15th

EXCLUDING Thursday, November 24th (Thanksgiving)

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.

Cost:
TLC members $10 per session or 28 sessions $230
TLC members w/ drop off $20 per session or 28 sessions $510
Non-members $20 per session or 28 sessions $510
Non-members w/ drop off $30 per session or 28 sessions $790

Click here to register!


Children’s I-Spy Birding

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

Dates: October 29th, November 26th

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: Check back soon for 2017 dates!

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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!


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. 

 


Hawk Watch

Daily, September 1st thru November 30th from 9:00AM-3:00PM

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Mississippi kite

Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve

(432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311)

Bucktoe is an excellent location to view the annual fall migration of a variety of hawks.  We’ll also see and hear a variety of other migrants, including some at our “water feature.”  Last year, we had Orange-crowned Warbler and Nashville Warblers on it!  Bring a picnic and beverages, and join Larry from Early Bird Tours as he scans the sky – plenty of seating is provided. This is a free event.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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

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