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Hit The Trails This Spring With Ranger-Led Programs in Berks Parks

by Berks County Parks and Recreation

Mar 04, 2022
Hikers boots on forest trail

With warmer weather just around the corner, the Berks County Park Rangers are planning several interactive programs to explore nature through photography and biking. Park Ranger Jerry Bonmer will be leading the “Ranger Photo Ramble,” a guided photography hike at Gring’s Mill, on Saturday, March 26 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. A photographer himself, Ranger Jerry will share tips and tricks on how to get stunning photos by using simple techniques with a cell phone. The hike will allow guests to learn about the human and natural history of the parks while capturing the beauty around them with unique images.

Guests should bring their own cell phone or camera and may also bring airpods, a tripod and selfie stick. These hikes are designed for adults and children 8 years and older. Families are welcome. Ranger Jerry will host a similar program on the rustic trails of Antietam Lake Park on Saturday, August 6, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Chief Ranger Eric Seidel is inviting kids to “ Ride with a Ranger” to see what it takes to be a park ranger. Participants will climb on their bikes and hit the Union Canal Trail with Ranger Seidel Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m.The 2-hour trail ride will guide participants through activities and bike skills to help Ranger Seidel complete his daily tasks. This program is geared toward children six years and older with an accompanying adult. Children must wear helmets while riding.

These are FREE events designed for children with accompanying adults. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance of the program date. To register or for more information, please email [email protected] or call 610-374-2944, ext 2611.

These programs are presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 610-374-2944, visit www.countyofberks.com/parks or find us on Facebook or Instagram under Berks County Parks and Recreation. Gring’s Mill is located at 2083 Tulpehocken Rd., Wyomissing, PA 19610. The Berks County Heritage Center is located at 1102 Red Bridge Rd., Reading, PA 19605.

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