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Berks Water Week – Because Clean Water Matters

Aug 05, 2019

Berks Water Week is celebrated through Aug. 10th, 2019 at venues throughout Berks County. Berks Water Week, hosted by the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards, will shine a spotlight on our freshwater resources and the conservation efforts being done to protect them. Area organizations will hold water-themed events throughout Berks County during this week.

Events this week include:

Mon., Aug. 5th-Fri., Aug. 9th, 8 AM-5 PM Eco-Camp at Berks Nature: Our Wacky Watersheds. Campers will learn the importance of water to our daily lives, as well as what a watershed is and which ones we live in through interactive games and activities. Campers will track the water and how it flows through Berks Nature’s wetlands during the week and visit Western Berks Water Authority and Blue Marsh Lake. Contact Berks Nature for details at 610-372-2917 or [email protected]

Mon., Aug. 5th-Thurs., Aug. 8th, 9:30-11 AM “Toddler Time on the Trail” camp for one- to five-year-old with an adult, Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Learning Center, 615 Rock Hollow Rd., Birdsboro, PA 19508. Phone 610-582-0415. Participants will take a short hike in the great outdoors, observing signs of summer: creek critters, caterpillars and butterflies, turtles and birds. Free play each day. Other activities may include listening to a story, singing a song or completing a craft. Toddlers receive a free Rock Hollow Woods t-shirt the first day of camp. Fee applies. Please register.

Tues., Aug. 6th, 4:30-6 PMBerks Master Watershed Steward picnic, Nolde Forest State Park, 2910 New Holland Rd., Reading, PA 19607. The public is invited to meet and picnic with the Master Watershed Stewards (BYO food, please).

Tues., Aug. 6th, 6-8 PMDrum Circle with Earth Rhythms and the Master Watershed Stewards, Nolde Forest State Park, 2910 New Holland Rd., Reading, PA 19607. The public is invited to join us for a drum circle in the forest! Drums and instruction will be provided. Free event, courtesy of Wolf Run Landscapes and Mark Priebe.

Tues., Aug. 6th, 5-7 PM – Stand-Up Beginner Paddle Yoga, Blue Marsh Lake, Church Rd. parking area. Learn how to paddle-board in a free ½ hour session. Board, paddle and life vest provided by Aqua Om Paddle. Yoga is $20/person. Register by Aug. 2 at or 484-854-1271.

Wed., Aug. 7th, 1 PM-3 PM, Creek Critters and Chemistry at Punches Run”. Join the Penn State Extension/Berks Master Watershed Stewards and Nolde staff as we perform water quality testing at Punches Run, which daylights from the groundwater in Nolde Forest. Learn about chemical water testing and macroinvertebrate collection as health indicators of streams. Program will start at McConnell Hall, followed by a ½ mile hike to the stream. Dress for hiking and bring any drinks/snacks required. Registration required.

Wed., Aug. 7th, 11 AM and 2 PM, Water-Powered Sawmill Demonstrations, Daniel Boone Homestead, 400 Daniel Boone Rd., Birdsboro, PA 19508. 610-582-4900. Vertical-blade Bertolet sawmill, built in Oley and moved to Daniel Boone. Regular admission fees apply.

Thurs., Aug. 8th, 9:30 AM, Angelica Creek Watershed Association field trip to Nolde Forest, 2910 New Holland Rd., Reading, PA 19607. Meet in the parking area between the mansion and McConnell Hall, dressed for a ½ mile hike to Punches Run. Bring drinks/snacks. Leader: Jill Kemp, [email protected]

Thurs., Aug. 8th, 10 AM-noon, Robesonia Library-Stream study with story book time for kids at the Furnace Creek/Robesonia Furnace bridge. Contact the Robesonia Community Library for more information: 75 S. Brooke St., Robesonia, PA 19551, 610-693-3264. [email protected]

Thurs., Aug. 8th, 6-7 PM, “Adventures with Macroinvertebrates in their Environment” with Spring Township and the Penn State Extension/Berks Master Watershed Stewards, Cacoosing Creek Park, 2399 Reedy Rd., Sinking Spring, PA 19608. Come out to learn about macroinvertebrates and how to help protect them in this interactive and fun environmental science program. Come prepared to get into the creek with the Master Watershed Stewards. Free program. Please register for this event by calling Spring Township at 610-678-5399, weekdays 8-5.

Sat., Aug. 10th, 10 AM-2:30 PM, “Chalk Art in the Park”, Stonecliffe Recreation Area, 1200 Monroe St., Reading, PA 19601. Berks County Parks & Recreation. Drop in and draw on the paths along the Tulpehocken Creek. Bring your artistic flair! Chalk, which is a limestone deposit created by plankton in the ocean, will be provided. Master Watershed Stewards will be on hand to draw the Berks County watersheds and talk about them.

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