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Berks County Parks and Recreation Programs Highlight Nocturnal Animals, Canals, Creeks

by Berks County Parks and Recreation Department

Jul 23, 2021

The Berks County Parks and Recreation Department will host several educational programs and the return of live music to the parks during the next two weekends. Check out the list of events below for more details and mark your calendars!

Environmental Education Supervisor Jennifer Brooks will host an ‘Animals of the Night’ program around a cozy campfire on Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 PM at the Bingaman Nature Center (2843 Hill Road, Reading). Guests will examine pelts, skulls and other natural history artifacts while learning about some of the nocturnal animals that call the park their home. Registration is required for this program. Contact Brooks at [email protected] or call 484-509-2667.

Explore Berks County’s canal history and the music of Matt Dodd on Sunday, July 25 with ‘Stories of the Canal.’ Dodd will take audiences back in time to the days of the building and use of canals through period songs and stories of those who experienced it first-hand. The event will be held at the Berks County Heritage Center from noon to 4 PM, with Dodd’s performance from 1 to 3 PM.

The Pa Bat Rescue will host a free “Beautiful Bats” program at Angora Fruit Farm (502 Angora Road, Reading) on Friday, July 30 at 7:15 p.m. Stephanie Stronsick with Pa Bat Rescue will guide guests through a bat fact and fiction and show them what they can do to help these important species living in our own backyards. A live bat release will take place at the end of the program. Contact Jennifer Brooks at [email protected] or call 484-509-2667 to register.

Join Environmental Education Supervisor Jennifer Brooks at the Berks County Heritage Center on Saturday, July 31, at 10 AM to explore the Tulpehocken Creek and discover what lives in and around its watery environment. Guests will collect macroinvertebrates and discuss their unique adaptations and how they are indicators of water quality. Registration is required and closed-toed shoes or boots are preferred. Contact Brooks at [email protected] or call 484-509-2667.

For more information about upcoming Parks and Recreation programs, visit www.countyofberks.com/parks or check out the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department Facebook page.

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