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1st Annual Autumn Faire
Save The Date!
October 19, 2019, 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm
1st Annual Autumn Faire
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Harvest Fest: 2 – 6 pm
Dinner - 6 – 8:30 pm
Save the date for an afternoon of local breweries like Naked Brewing & Crooked Eye Brewing, Germanic foods, and fabulous vendors in our “bier” garden Like Noble Earth Kombucha. Stay the evening for an incredible farm-raised venison & farm-to-table dinner by Chef Ian Knauer of The Farm Cooking School. Watch for more information.
2020 Garden Party
Join us for a social evening
June 5, 2020, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Save The Date
Churchville Nature Center’s 2020 Garden Party
Friday, June 5
6:30 - 9:30 pm
More information to come.
Acorn Processing Workshop
Come learn an age old craft
January 12, 2020, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Native people in our area had a wide variety of nuts available. Chestnut, walnut, hickory, beech, and hazel were easy to gather and enjoy. Acorns were also abundant. These “oak nuts” are nutritious, but contain high amounts of tannins and require special preparation to make them edible. Although they were enjoyed here, acorns were a staple food of many California tribes where other nuts were less available. Join CNC educator Chris Applegate to learn traditional and modern methods to process and use them.
Time: 2 to 4 pm Cost: $8 per person
Animal Myths & Legends Campfire
Join us for a seasonal campfire
October 25, 2019, 7:00 pm
Join us for the last night hike campfire of the year as we tell stories and discuss common myths and misconceptions about the local wildlife people may think are spooky. Let’s shed some light on just how cool rats, bats and other animals with bad raps are as we enjoy the autumn night. As always the hike will end with marshmallows around the campfire. Dress for the weather or as your favorite creature of the night!
Reservations are Required
Time: 7:00 PM Fee: $5 per person
Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Volunteers welcome!
December 14, 2019
On Saturday, December 14, we will be heading out onto the grounds of Churchville Nature Center and the surrounding area to take part in a bird census for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. If you are a bird watcher, be it a novice or an experienced birder, you are welcome to join the count. For more information, or to sign up to participate, contact CNC Naturalist Bill Woodroffe at 215-357-4005 ext 5033
Annual Wildflower Sale
Wide variety of native and wildlife plants available
May 2, 2020, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
May 3, 2020, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
May 9, 2020, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
May 10, 2020, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Start your summer planting right with Churchville Nature Center’s Annual Wildflower Sale! We will be selling a wide variety of native perennial wildflowers selected to attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other native wildlife to you yard. We will also be selling annuals, herbs and other plants like in years past. We grow our plants without pesticides making them safe for the pollinators they attract. If you are interested in promoting native flora & fauna, then stop in to talk with our knowledgeable staff and volunteers to direct you to the best plants to purchase for your yard! The sale will be held from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Join us for a fun weekend of all things Arthropod
August 10, 2019, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
August 11, 2019, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Join us for a weekend full of insects, arthropods and everything without a backbone! There will be tarantulas (lots of tarantulas), a beekeeper with some honey and all the things required to own a hive, hissing cockroach races, scavenger hunt and many other games, activities and insects on display. We will have venders, demonstrations and of course food! How would you like to eat bugs? You may even get a chance if you dare!
11:00 am to 4:00pm
Entrance: $8/person (children 3 & under free) CNC Members are Free
Arthropod BioBlitz
Help us collect data while learning more about arthropods
June 8, 2019, 7:00 am
Churchville Nature Center is planning a day out in the preserve to record as many species of insects, spiders and other arthropods as we can. This is not a program, but a day to get involved in citizen science for those interested in helping to record the biodiversity around the center. We will be using a program called iNaturalist that will allow those in attendance to upload photos they take on their phones to be identified and posted to our Bioblitz survey. Don’t worry if you aren’t exactly an expert, the iNaturalist app will help you identify what you spotted or narrowed down for later confirmation. We will start the day by briefly going over how to use the iNaturalist app, how to upload photos to the survey from the computer and rules for participating in the Bioblitz. We will then split up around the property to see what awesome species we can find! Please let us know if you are interested in participating by calling our naturalist Bill Woodroffe at 215-357-4005 ext. 5033 or by email at
Meeting Time: 7:00 am
Autumnal Equinox Night Hike & Campfire
Join us for an evening program
September 21, 2019, 7:00 pm
The September equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s Equator – from north to south. This is at 4:02pm in our area. Join us in the evening to celebrate the first day of fall with a campfire and evening hike. All kinds of things in nature start to happen as the days get shorter and the nights longer. This evening will also include our first campfire of the season
Reservations are Required

Time: 7:00 PM Fee: $5 per person MEMBERS ARE FREE
Basket Making Class
Come Learn to Make a Basket
May 18, 2019, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Make your own basket! Learn the basics of making your own basket from start to finish. A basic but functional basket design will be chosen. Materials are included in the price. Due to need to make sure enough materials are prepped for this class, preregistration is required by May 5th.
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Fee $40 per person, 12yrs to adult
Bat Campfire Program
Come learn about evening flyers
May 8, 2020, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
This Event has been cancelled
Registration is required
Beginner's Origami
Learn to make folded paper creatures
January 19, 2020, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
February 16, 2020, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
March 15, 2020, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Have you seen the animals folded out of paper and wondered how it was done? Join educator Gail Russo for a fun afternoon creating your own pond and pond creatures using this ancient art form. The first class will be the “pond” box to hold your creations and the following two classes will be creatures such as butterflies, fish and flowers. Participants can sign up for any one or all three.
Time: 2 to 4pm
Cost: $15 per session, includes materials
Birds At Your Feeder
Join us as we visit the center's bird feeding stations and learn how to identify our winter birds
December 4, 2016, 2:00 pm
Bird feeding is one of the most popular outdoor endeavors in our country. Join us as we visit the center's bird feeding stations and learn how to identify our winter birds. There are a variety of species that can be seen, so it is a good opportunity for beginners to learn how to attract them and identify them.
Fee: $3.00 per person/Members Free
Bon Voyage Party
Come celebrate the Monarch Butterfly!
September 15, 2019, 11:00 am
All good things come to an end so to mark the closing of the Butterfly House season we will again be holding our Monarch Tag and Release event. Last year we tagged 100 monarchs and released a 100 more. It was a great rearing season. Join us as we celebrate a new release. We will open at 11:00am and release all the monarchs (they like to travel together) at 1:00 pm. There will be cake and paw paws. Also included will be bee hive demonstrations and may be more.
Event Fee: CNC Members Free/Non-Members $5
Monarch Tagging is an additional $4 ~ The number of butterflies is limited.
Pre-registration for the Tagging event is Required by 9/9

Clay Bead Making
Join us for this Lenape Village Winter Program
February 9, 2020, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Learn about how the Lenape used clay. See examples of the pottery and jewelry that was common 500 years ago. Then, make your own clay beads and pendants. Every participant will go home with their projects that day.
Time: 2-4 pm
Fee: $5 per person, all ages

Join us for this seasonal nature walk.
December 11, 2016, 2:00 pm
`Tis the season … of evergreens. Join us as we explore the area looking for a bit of the everlasting green in our woodlands during the season much associated with the pine tree. We will learn more about these and other plants that remain green throughout the winter months.
Fee: $3.00 per person/Members Free
Fairy & Gnome School
Children can come have some fun over holiday break
December 26, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
December 27, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
December 28, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
December 30, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
December 31, 2019, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
This is open to fairies, gnomes, girls, and boys ages 5 – 9. A typical day at Fairy & Gnome School includes fairy and gnome inspired arts and crafts, games, time with live animal friends, storytelling, dancing, crystals, yoga, outdoor exploration, and free play. If your child loves nature, this program will link them to the magic found under the unturned stones and leaves! December 31 will be our New Year’s Eve party with movie time, snacks, and dancing!
Class size is limited to 12 and pre-registration is required
Parents/guardians must pack lunch and snacks
Time: 9am to 4pm except 12/31 9am to 1pm
Cost: $35 per day; $150 for all 5 days
Fall Nature Stroll
Join us for a seasonal walk
November 13, 2016
Fall is slowly winding down and winter will soon arrive. Join us as we take a stroll on the nature center's trails to wee what seasonal changes and other interesting things we can find.
$3.00 per person/Members Free
Reservations are requested
Fall Sound Adventure with Four Arrows Education
Ages 3 and up are invited to join us for an evening of fun
September 25, 2019, 6:30 pm
Our class will be centered on the season of Fall and what it represents! We will go on a walk and discuss what change brings and signs of transition. Each child will have a drumming and/or rattling instrument used to call in the 4 directions, create their own songs, and explore different rhythms. We will study rocks, fossils, and crystals, that underwent massive change to be what they are today- stories telling our Earth's history! A crafting element will be added for the child to take home such as a plant, beaded craft, or rattle.
Pre-registration required.
Time: 6:30 pm
$15 per child. Parents may attend for free.
Ages 3 and up.
Fall Wildflowers
Come enjoy some late summer wildflowers
September 18, 2016, 2:00 pm
As summer wanes and we get closer to the official start of fall, there are still colorful flowers to be found in the meadows and gardens of the nature center. Join as we head out on the trails to take a closer look at some of these “late bloomers”.
Time: 2:00 PM ~ $3 per person/Members Free
Firefly Campfire Program
Have you ever wondered how or why a firely glows?
July 10, 2020, 8:30 pm
This program is filled!
Have you ever wondered how or why a firefly glows? Find out the answers to these questions and more as you and your family join us as we enjoy the spectacle of these amazing glowing insects. We will search in the meadows and forest edges; perhaps we can even find glowworms. We will end at the campfire for some roasting of marshmallows.
Reservation are required and limited to 24 participants - This program has reached it limit...Please join us for a program on another date.
Time: 8:00 PM
Fee: $5 per person/Members Free
Special Notes:
1: Masks are required to participate in this program for everyone over the age of 2. We will perform social distancing whenever possible, but in keeping with PA policies, masks are required.
2: We will not be providing marshmallows or roasting sticks as in the past, but you are more than welcome to bring your own to enjoy around the campfire. Sharing with others outside of your family group is discouraged.
3: NO WALK-INS ALLOWED for this program. Pre-registration is required. Registration may be done by phone with credit card at 215-357-4005 , or through the center’s website and PayPal at
Flint Knapping & Tool Making Demo
Join us for this Lenape Village Winter Program
April 10, 2016, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Join Jim Silk and learn flint knapping! No previous experience is required. Learn the type of rocks that would be used to make stone tools. You will be taught the different techniques and steps required to change a stone into a working tool or blade. Class size is limited to six participants, so register early if interested. Bring your own brown bag lunch.
Fee: $45 per person
Pre-registration is required
Free Camp Day
Camp Introduction for NEW campers
March 11, 2017, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Not sure if our camps are right for your child. Let them decide for themselves. This is a two hour camp session, one day only for new campers. There is not charge and you just drop the kids off. They will see what a 1/2 day session of camp here at the nature center is all about.
Space is limited to 15 children in each age group (4&5, 6-8 & 9-13)
Garden Clean-Up
Join Head Gardener Dana for some hands-on learning
October 26, 2019, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
On Saturday, October 26, CNC Head Gardener Dana will be having a work and learn day in the nature center's gardens. Put on your gardening hat and work gloves and come on over to CNC's Wildlife Gardens to learn more about putting your wildflower gardens to rest for the winter as well as giving us a hand with ours.
Geode Cave
Come have fun in our cave display and crack open your own geode
January 25, 2020, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
January 26, 2020, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Enter our man-made replica “cave” inside the nature center and see what treasure you can find! Search for your very own geode rock. Once you find the one you want, you have the opportunity to crack it open. No way of telling what you might have; a crystal druse, a solid crystal? Your treasure will be yours to take home. While you wait your turn in the “cave” join in the fun at the information stations, Lenape Games and stories, or make your own cave art pictographs and petroglyphs. The nature center’s gem sluice will also be running and available for an additional $3.
Supplies of geodes
are limited and
Pre-registration is required
to reserve your geode!
Time: 11am to 4pm
Cost: $8 per person
Get Your Garden Growing!
Come learn more about gardening
March 21, 2020, 10:00 am
This event has been cancelled
Gourd Bird Houses
Join us for a Lenape Village Winter Program
March 8, 2020, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Lenape made gourd bird houses to help in the garden. Learn why and see some examples of other uses of gourds. Then we will go about making our own birdhouse gourd to take home.
Supplies are limited.
Pre-registration is required.
Time: 2-4 pm
Cost: $10 per person
Hemp Bracelet Workshop
Come learn a new craft
November 19, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Learn how to make a hemp bracelet. Supplies included
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Fee: $10 per person
Herbal Mocktail Party Featuring Native Herbs
Join herbalist Amanda Midkiff
July 12, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Join herbalist Amanda Midkiff of Locust Light Farm for an evening outside in our wildlife garden. You’ll learn about the magic and benefit of native plants, how to make an herbal infusion, and sample some for yourself. Bring a friend or two, this is a special program you won’t want to miss!
Time: 6 – 7:30pm
Fee $15 for program & beverages
Sign up at
Members use discount code provided on website
Holiday Craft Show
Join us for some holiday shopping
December 1, 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Come on over to the Churchville Nature Center on December 1st and do some holiday shopping while supporting local crafters. This is a great chance to find that something special for the people on your holiday shopping list and perhaps even a special treat for yourself.

If you are interested in participating as a crafter, please contact Assistant Director Peg Mongillo at 215-357-4005 ext. 5036.
House Plant Sale
Ad some green to your winter world
February 8, 2020, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Houseplants improve air quality, reduce dust and levels of certain pollutants, and give a general sense of well-being! It’s time to spruce up your space with a new plant or two. Enjoy local potters selling beautiful plant pots, drink & snack vendors, workshops, and more!
Time: 11am to 5pm
Invasive Plant Removal
Help remove non-native plants
March 16, 2019, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
If you love the nature center, then consider coming out to help us continue to remove invasive multiflora rose from the preserve. Removal of invasive plants is important if we want to promote native flora and fauna, and to keep ecosystems in balance. Dress for the weather and wear boots. We will provide gloves, tools and water, but feel free to bring your own equipment if you would like.
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Lenape Craft: Corn Husk Dolls
Learn about cornhusk dolls
December 15, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Did you know many native cultures do not put faces on their dolls? If you join us for this fun craft, you will hear the story behind this tradition. The Lenape did not waste anything, so you will see some great examples of how corn husks were used in everyday life. Create your own corn husk doll to take home.
Time: 2-4 pm
Fee: $5 per person, ages 6yr to adult

Lenape Games
Learn the games the Lenape played
January 27, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
March 10, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Learn the games the Lenape and other Woodland Indians would play; many are still played today! Learn the stories attached to some, and when certain games would be played. Try your hand at all!
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 pm Cost: $5 per person
Lenape Village Celebration of Spring
Come out and help us celebrate the coming of Spring
March 20, 2016, 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Spring was a happy time: the awakening of the earth and plants, many animals are coming out of hibernation or migrating back. Soon, we can shake off the cold of the winter and welcome the fresh start of spring. Join us this day and help us welcome back spring! A tour (weather permitting) a talk about the Lenape Village, and music and storytelling by Eric Labacz will kick off this event. Lenape food and socializing will follow. End the evening with song and dance provided by Spirit Wing.
Fee: $15 per person
Reservations are requested.
Lenape Village Corn Planting
Come learn about the food of the Lenape
April 29, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join CNC Educator Chris Applegate as she plants our Lenape Village garden. Learn how the garden was prepared, what tools were used, what plants were grown as well as what plants were foraged for. Participants will have a chance to help plant the garden.

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm Fee: $8 per person

Note: We are taking a break from regular public tours in the village this spring. Tours will resume in Mid-June for the summer season.
Lenape Village Public Tours
Join us for public tours of our Lenape Village
May 17, 2020, 2:00 pm
June 21, 2020, 2:00 pm
Spring Tours
Lenape Village Public Tour: Cordage
April 26
Definition via Cordage noun 1. fiber and wire ropes, lines, hawsers, etc., taken as a whole, especially with reference to the rigging and other equipment of a vessel. Join us to learn about the plants and other fibers used to make cordage 500 years ago. See examples of how cordage was used, and try making your own string from plant material! Participants will take home a simple necklace they make at the end of the tour.
Time: 2:00 pm Fee: $8 per person/Members $5
Lenape Village Public Tour: Garden
May 17
Join CNC Educator and Master Gardener Chris Applegate to explore Lenape gardening of the 1500’s. You can try your hand using garden tools; reproductions made based on historic accounts. You will be invited to help us plant our Three Sisters garden, and might walk away with seeds or plants for your own gardens at home!
Time: 2:00 pm Fee: $8 per person/Members $5
Lenape Village Public Tour: Cooking
June 21
CNC Educator Joe Boyle returns for this very popular tour! Learn about the cook methods used in the 1500’s. Try your hand at making corn bread; pounding corn from a kernel, to corn meal, and then into a biscuit form. Different foods will be cooking while you are there so you can see, smell and maybe taste food as it was 500 years ago.
Time: 2:00 pm Fee: $8 per person/Members $5
Pre-registration is required and tours begin promptly at 2pm
Lenape Village Storytelling and Games
Join us for this Lenape Village Winter Program
November 12, 2017, 2:00 pm
We'll be having some indoor fun with Native American Stories and games.
Time: 2:00 pm
Fee: $5 per person
Lenape Village Winter Programs
The village is closed, but there is still fun to be had indoors
March 4, 2018, 2:00 pm
March 11, 2018, 2:00 pm
March 25, 2018, 2:00 pm
December 29 Rainbows of Healing Sound Journey thru the Chakras 7:00-9:00pm Register through Rainbows of Healing on line at
January 6/7 Geode Cave Hunt. Kids can hunt for geodes in the center’s “Cave”. 10am-5pm $7/child
January 7 Basic Leathercraft 2:00 pm $5 Tools and materials provided. January 14 Rainbows of Healing Drum Making Workshop11:00 am – 4:00pm Register at
January 14 Storytelling and Games 2:00pm $5 January 21 Music & Social Dancing 2:00 pm $ 5
February 4 Basic Leathercraft Workshop 2:00pm $5 Tools and materials provided
February 11 Clay Bead making 2:00pm $5. Beads will be fired the following Sunday, February 18
February 18 Storytelling and Games 2:00pm $5
March 4 Basic Leathercraft Workshop 2:00pm $5 Tools and materials provided
March 11 Storytelling & games 2:00pm $5
March 25 Necklace Making 2:00pm $5
Lenape Village Work Day
Come Volunteer
March 22, 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This event has been cancelled
Life Celebration in the Lenape Village
Come celebrate life in the village
September 23, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fall is a time to celebrate: crops are being gathered, friends and family are gathering. Those no longer with us are being remembered. We will celebrate with music, and learn some social dancing. Bring your own drums or rattles, if you have them, as it is possible a Drum Circle may transpire!
Time: 2pm to 4pm

Fee: $8 per person ages 4 and up Members Free!
Make & Take: Creating Herbal Salves for Winter Skin Health
December 14, 2019, 7:00 pm
Join herbal enthusiast and CNC employee Steph Catrambone for a foray into easy herbal remedies you can make at home! Talk herbs, ask questions, and make your own salve to get you through dry skin season! Bring a friend. Herbal teas and drinks will be served. You also have the opportunity to make extra tins to gift to your friends and family for the holidays!
Time: 7pm $15 per person, includes first tin, $5 for each extra tin
Maple Sugar Day & Pancake Breakfast
Learn how maple syrup is made.
February 23, 2020
Join us Sunday February 23rd for our annual Maple Sugar Day. The process of tapping maple trees, collecting the sap, and making maple syrup (one of the many uses of maple sap) is actually quite simple. It does, however, take some time and a willingness to get outdoors and experience this miracle of nature. This year’s event will again feature a limited space Pancake breakfast.
Pre-registration is a must by February 10th 2020 for the Pancake breakfast. **Payment is due at time of registration**
Pancake Breakfast: Time 11:00 am Cost: $10/person
Maple Sugar Program: 1:00 pm Cost: $5/person - You do not need to attend the breakfast to attend the program

Migratory Bird Marathon
Support our bird count.
May 9, 2020, 7:00 am
We are again holding our annual Migratory Bird Marathon with participants and donors needed! Each year during the spring avian migration, CNC representatives go out for a 24 hour species survey to record as many migrants as possible. We ask you to consider pledging to donate a monetary amount for each species recorded and/or to join us in the search. Our group will meet at 7:00 am to begin the count.
For more information, please contact our naturalist Bill Woodroffe at

Monarch Tagging Event
Come witness one of our most amazing insects, the Monarch Butterfly.
September 17, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
All good things come to an end so to mark the closing of the Butterfly House season we will again be holding our Monarch Tag and Release event. To participate, preregistration is required for this event. Registration will be available during Arthropaloosa. The event fee will include a live monarch for release for each registrant, a discussion on the importance of the monarch tagging and a farewell tour through the Butterfly House for the season.
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Fee: 8/person Flutter Pass holders $5/person
The number of butterflies is limited.
Pre-registration for the Tagging event is Required
Morning Yoga Series
Join us for some morning yoga
September 22, 2019, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
October 6, 2019, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
October 13, 2019, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Ground in with Simona of Nature Play School for a yoga series here in our nature center. Sunday mornings in our library she will lead you through a transformative and healing practice. Simona is a certified yoga teacher in trauma-sensitive yoga. Connect to your body & nature in a safe and intentional space.
For adults only.
Maximum 8 per class.
Pre-registration is required.
Time 9:30 – 10:30am
Fee: $15 per class
Moth Campfire
Come learn about moths
July 24, 2020, 8:30 pm
July 25, 2020, 8:30 pm
Friday Night the 24th is full, but we have now added another night, Saturday the 25th.
Join our Naturalist for an evening program exploring the fascinating moths that emerge when the sun goes down. We will be using light traps to bring them, and plenty of other insects right to us. You never know what we will find! The night will end with marshmallows around the campfire
Pre-Registration is required and limited to 24 participants
Time: 8:30pm ~ $5 per person/Members Free
Special Notes:
1: Masks are required to participate in this program for everyone over the age of 2. We will perform social distancing whenever possible, but in keeping with PA policies, masks are required.
2: We will not be providing marshmallows or roasting sticks as in the past, but you are more than welcome to bring your own to enjoy around the campfire. Sharing with others outside of your family group is discouraged.
3: NO WALK-INS ALLOWED for this program. Pre-registration is required. Registration may be done by phone with credit card at 215-357-4005 , or through the center’s website and PayPal at
Movies & Monarchs
To mark the end of our Butterfly House Season and to get
everybody excited for Monarch Tag and Release Event held the next day, we are holding
our first outdoor movie night! We will be showing the 2012 Drama/short film
“Flight of the Butterflies.” Preceding the main event will be some short fun
family cartoons. The movie is free but concessions will be at a charge. This is
an outdoor event so bring your chairs, blankets or snacks. In the event of rain
we will show the film indoors.
August 26, 2017, 8:00 pm
NABA Butterfly Count
Come Participate In Some Citizen Science
July 13, 2019, 9:00 am
If you would like to have a rewarding experience, help contribute to local and national research efforts, and have the opportunity to learn about butterflies, then join us for this special day. Tracking species of butterflies can be very educational, as well as enjoyable. On Saturday, July 13, we will be participating in the North American Butterfly Assoc. Annual Butterfly Count. Beginners are welcome, as well as seasoned butterfly watchers. The count will begin around 9:00 AM, and sign-up is required. There is a $3 NABA fee for all participants.

For more information or to sign up, contact Bill Woodroffe at 215-357-4005 x5033
Natural Ornaments
Join us as we create natural holiday ornaments.
November 17, 2019, 2:00 pm
The tree decorating season is right around the corner. Learn how to make natural ornaments using items found out in nature. Gum ball owls, acorn squirrels, and pine cone deer are but a few of the many ideas we have. We will even make outdoor decorations for feeding the winter animals.
Time: 2:00 PM
$5.00 per child (parents are free) and includes program materials
Pre-registration required by November 11th
Naturalist Class Series
Join our new staff Naturalist Bill Woodroffe for our new series of Naturalist Classes!
March 3, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
March 17, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Join our new staff Naturalist Bill Woodroffe for our new series of Naturalist Classes! These will be a bit more formal and information driven than our normal Sunday Naturalist Walks and geared towards adults and students. Each class will have a unique nature/science related topic and involve both an indoor and outdoor portion. Time: 1:00-2:30pm Fee: $8 per session

January 13th – Naturalist Class: Overwintering Techniques
In the first of the new series, we will cover some of the unique ways native animals hide from winter’s chill. An emphasis will be placed upon insects, reptiles and other exothermic animals that remain inactive throughout the winter.
January 20th – Naturalist Class: Attracting and ID’ing Birds in Your Backyard
Winter is a great time of year to set up feeders and search for birds in the snow. We will be learning the best ways to attract birds to your home and how to identify the ones that arrive.
February 3rd – Naturalist Class: Groundhogs and Other Mammals
With groundhog’s day so close, we will be discussing the groundhog and other native mammals found in Pennsylvania. As we walk we will look for, and learn how to identify, their sign in winter.
February 17th – Naturalist Class: Life In Winter
Join us for a discussion of how all the plants and animals still active in winter manage to survive during the coldest time of the year.
March 3rd – Naturalist Class: Winter Tree ID
Identification of native trees can be difficult in the wintertime so this week’s naturalist class will teach you how to ID the trees found on our grounds and some skills you can use to make their identification easier.
March 17th – Naturalist Class: Signs of Spring
With spring arriving on the 20th, come out to learn what changes are occurring around the nature center during this unpredictable time of the year and the life that is beginning to creep back out.
Nature Center Adventures
Join Educator Irene for stories, crafts & fun!
January 4, 2020, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
January 18, 2020, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
February 1, 2020, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
February 15, 2020, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Join longtime educator Irene for a series of adventures here at Churchville Nature Center! Each session includes meeting one of our live critters, a trail adventure (weather permitting), games, stories, a craft to take home with you and other fun activities.
Time: 10am to 12pm
Ages 6-12
Cost: $15 per session
$55.00 for all sessions
Nature on Display - A Wissahickon Photographic Experience
Join photographer John Nelson for this photographic presentation
March 23, 2019, 6:30 pm
Local photographer John Nelson will share his extensive collection of naturalistic photographs that he’s taken over the course of the last 3 years. We’ll be meeting in our large community room for a night of gorgeous nature slide shows followed by a naturalist Q&A session.

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Fee: Free

Nature Story & Song Hour
Children of all ages are welcome
February 9, 2020, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Come for an hour of songs and reading about nature! If you have an instrument or favorite nature book, bring it along!
All ages welcome
Time: 9 to 11 am
Cost: Free

Nighttime Adaptations Campfire
Learn how creatures of the night adapt to live in the dark
August 23, 2019, 8:00 pm
We will venture out onto the nature center’s trails to explore, look and listen for nighttime creatures, as well as doing some activities to try out our own nighttime senses. We will end at the campfire for some roasting of marshmallows.
Pre-Registration is required
Time: 8:00pm ~ $5 per person/Members Free
Nighttime Invaders
Join our Naturalist for a series of nighttime programs where we will be exploring the fascinating diversity of the insects that emerge when the sun goes down. Each month will explore a different group of insects that are most abundant during that time. We will be using light traps to bring them to us. With the largest diversity in the animal kingdom, you never know what awesome creatures we will find!
June 22: Beetles & Bugs
July 27: Moths
August 24: Katydids & Crickets

Time: 7:30-9:00pm / Fee: $5 a person
June 22, 2018, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
July 27, 2018, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
August 24, 2018, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Open Studio Art Classes
Come learn to paint
May 10, 2020, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Amara Bedford, M.A. Art Therapy and CNC Lenape Educator will be returning to offer another Painting Studio. These classes are for ages 12 to adult. Materials will be provided in the initial cost of each class. Extra materials or material kits will be available for purchase the day of the class. Feel free to bring a bag lunch or snack, if you wish. Each person will be provided with an easel, canvas, mixing palette, acrylic paints and brushes. Wear clothes that you are okay with getting paint on. We will paint the nature we see out the window, or if the weather is good, we may head out onto the grounds.
Fee: $35 per person - Includes Supplies
Due to materials and a class limit of 12 participants, pre-registration is required.
Time: 10am to 1pm
Owl Prowl Campfire Program
Learn more about our local raptors of the night
January 10, 2020, 7:30 pm

Winter is just around the corner and great horn owl nesting season starts in early January. We hope to get in on their hooting season by calling them to see if we can get a response, they are most vocal at this time of the year as they look for mates and territory.
Reservations are Required
Time: 7:30 pm
Fee: $5 per person
Members Free

PrayerTies for the New Year
Join us for a special Lenape Village Program
December 29, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
While not specifically Lenape, many people today have adopted the use of Prayer Ties for many reasons and uses. Learn what these are and how you can use them today. You will also learn what plants traditionally go into a tie or bundle and their meaning. This is a great way to close out 2019 and set intentions for 2020. Create your own that day!
Time: 2-4 pm
Fee: $5 per person, ages 6yr to adult

Pysanki Egg Dying
Join us and learn an Old World folk art skill
March 18, 2018, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Make your own Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg)! Using dyes and wax, you will transfer a traditional images and, adding layers of dye and wax, see your designs take shape. At the end of the session, you will have at least one egg decorated in this beautiful Old World tradition. All materials included in the fee. Pre-registration is required.
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm Cost: $20 per person
Space is limited to 15, and pre-registration is required.
Instructor: Sarah Naughton, CNC Educator
Reptile Day
Come out to see all of our reptiles up close and personal at this free event!
March 14, 2020, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Come out to see all of our reptiles up close and personal at this free event! We will have our volunteers and staff on hand to answer questions and talk about all the different reptiles in our care here at the center and at home. We will be accepting donations and offering our Adopt-a-Reptile program at the event where you can sponsor one of our scaly friends. All proceeds will go towards the care and well-being of our education animals. We hope to see you there!
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Cost: Free

Rock & Mineral Expo! 2020
Join us for our 6th Annual Rock & Mineral Expo! A very fun family event appealing to all ages.
April 4, 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
April 5, 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This event has been cancelled. We will be re-scheduling it for sometime in June. Date is TBD
A very fun family event appealing to all ages. This year’s theme will be a "Our Moving Earth." Bring your young rock hounds out again this year to continue to add to their collections. For the adults we will have some amazing vendors. Activities for the kids include: gold panning, cave exploring, gem sluicing, make your own mini lava lamp, experience what an earthquake feels like, and watch a simulated volcano explode. Plus more to come.
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Adult General Admission is $5.00
Children are FREE to attend with some activities costing a nominal fee between $2.00 - $4.00.
Saturday Morning Bird Walk
Join an experienced bird watcher every Saturday morning for our early morning bird walks.
May 2, 2020, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
May 9, 2020, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
May 16, 2020, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
May 23, 2020, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
May 30, 2020, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
June 6, 2020, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
June 13, 2020, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
June 20, 2020, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
June 27, 2020, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
These walks are a great way to meet new people and enjoy casual conversation with other bird enthusiasts. Your guide will pick out the best spot to visit within the area. Bring along binoculars and a bird identification book, if you have them.
Time: The bird walks are from 7-9am April through September, then changing to 8-10am October through March.
Saturday Outdoor Adventure Camp
Children age 5-12 are invited to come have some nature fun.
September 19, 2020, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
September 26, 2020, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
October 3, 2020, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
October 10, 2020, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
October 17, 2020, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
October 24, 2020, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
October 31, 2020, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Join us every Saturday this fall until Halloween for a fun, engaging, adventurous time. Children between the ages of 5 – 12 years old are invited to experience a full day camp session. Bring lunch, water bottle, mask/face covering and your adventurous nature. We will include many activities from our summer camp season that our campers all enjoyed….. a lot.
To register call the Churchville Nature Center @ 215-357-4005, classes are limited.
Camp Dates: Saturday 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 & 10/31
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Fall Adventure Camp Rates per Saturday
Member Rate - $37.00 per session
Non-member Rate - $40.00 per session
Special Rate for 2020 Summer Campers - $35.00 per session
Soup & Bread
Join us for yummy soup and socializing
November 4, 2016, 6:00 pm
If you have that special soup or homemade bread recipe you want others to taste, then whip up a pot and share it with your Churchville Nature Center family. All volunteers who have helped through out the year, as well as any members of the center or of the staff are invited to join us for this wonderful get-together. Please bring a reusable bowl and spoon to help reduce waste.
Time: 6:00 pm Fee: $6 per person in advance*
Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available
*If you are bringing a soup or bread there is no fee. So pick one of our family favorites to share and invite a friend.
Splendid Spiders
Ever marvel at the beauty of a spider web?
August 20, 2017, 2:00 pm
Want to learn more about the creatures who create those works of art? Spiders are not only among nature’s greatest artists, but also among its best structural engineers and most skilled predators. Come delve into their fascinating world! After a slide presentation, we will go outside to observe a variety of spiders in their natural habitat.
Fee: $3.00 per person
Spring Fun Day Open House
Join us for some fun
May 20, 2017, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
All our friends and neighbors are invited to join us for an afternoon of games, snacks, crafts, garden and Lenape Village tours and much, much, more.
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Star Party Campfire
Come explore the nighttime sky at our star party campfire program
February 28, 2020, 7:30 pm
Come and explore the nighttime sky during our late winter campfire program. Weather permitting we will view constellations, and other celestial wonders with both our naked eye and a telescope. We will view any planets that are visible as well as some well known winter deep sky objects. Star finder charts will be available for use. A campfire and marshmallows will finish off the night. This program is dependent on good weather and clear skies.
Reservations are Required
Time: 7:30 pm
Fee: $5 per person
Members Free
Tah-Ko-King "Weekend Harvest Celebration"
Fun in the Lenape Village for the Whole Family
October 28, 2018, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Lenape for Fall or Autumn. At the center’s Lenape Village we honor this time with a celebration. Our educators will be at each learning station to answer any questions. Learn to make fire using friction! Several crafts and games will be included with admission. Our Trading Post will be set up offering refreshments, along with crafts and other souvenirs.

Time: 12noon to 4pm Fee: $10 per person

Tea Party
Join us for tea and cupcakes in the gardens
May 7, 2017, 11:00 am
Join us for tea and treats in the nature center's lovely wildlife gardens. The garden will be in full bloom. Bring Mom, bring the family, or bring a friend to enjoy the day. Along tea and sweet treats, there will be fun activities with a scavenger hunt and crafts.
Fee: $7 per person
Reservations are required
Trees & Leaves
Join CNC Director Chris Stieber for this seasonal nature walk.
October 9, 2016, 2:00 pm
Autumn is a time of change for trees. Join us as we venture out into the forested areas of Churchville Nature Center to take a closer look at the trees and leaves of our nature preserve.
Time: 2:00 PM
$3.00 per person / Members Free
Wampum Bead Bracelet Workshop
Come learn to make a traditional bracelet
February 10, 2018, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Learn the surprising history of the beautiful white and purple shell beads we know as wampum. Find out why they were valuable to both Native people and Colonists, and how they were woven into jewelry, sashes, and belts. Then try your hand at it. Make your bracelet using buckskin and glass wampum with the single-needle method.
Time: 1:00-5:00 pm Fee: $20 Instructor: Chris Applegate, CNC Educator
Weed or Wildflower
Join Head Gardener Dana Ward in our wildlife gardens
June 15, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
This is the second program of our Wildflower Gardening Educational Programs. In this one, we discuss what make a plant a “weed” or a “wildflower”. How we determine this, and native verses non-native plants.
This program is limited to 15 participants and registration is required. Families with children are welcome.
Time: 10-11:30 am Fee: $5 ~ Members Free
Weekend Naturalist Walks
Join a CNC staff member for a seasonal walk.
May 10, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
June 7, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Join us for a guided walk through the trails of the nature center. Each walk will be seasonal and focus on what is happening in the natural world.

Time: 2:00 PM
Fee: $3 per person/Members Free
Winter Primative Skills
Join Lenape Village Educator Joe Boyle for a full day of primitive skills for wintertime
January 27, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
The day will be spent making fire from scratch with natural materials. We will learn about and make fire bows, coal extenders, and fire structures. Includes an introduction to building shelter, and basic cordage. You will go home with your own handmade fire bow kit. Sit around fire with tea afterwards. (Rain/Snow Date 2/3). Requirements for class: Ages 13 and above &Able to do moderate physical work. Supplies Needed: Knife for carving wood, safety gloves and glasses, notebook & Dress warm.
Pre-registration is required
Time: 9:00am- 4:00pm Fee: $75 each * Instructor: Joe Boyle, CNC Educator
*Save $10 each if you enroll two or more people at the same time. Must Prepay
Winter Search Party
Join CNC for this winter search party on the trails of the nature center.
February 12, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
It is mid-winter, and the landscape appears largely lifeless. However, closer investigation reveals there is still plenty of activity going on, and there is much to discover about dormant animals from the evidence they have left behind at the end of last summer. Join us as we search out last summer's insect homes, bird nests, and other animal "artifacts", as well as some of the critters that remain active throughout winters.
Fee: $3.00 per person/Members Free
Winter Wonder Walk
Come explore the center in winter with us.
January 22, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Winter seems to be a quiet time for the woodlands, but there are still a great many things to find and beauty to enjoy. Join us as we venture out into the woodlands for a winter walk to see what wonders we might find.
Fee: $3.00 per person/Members Free
World of Weather: A Wintertime Adventure
Join us for our first January Event
January 11, 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Join us this winter for our 2nd Annual Weather Adventure. This fun filled day will features all kinds of cool activities and crafts about weather. Some rooms will be transformed this year into different climate regions represented in the United States. We will be exploring the climate regions of broadleaf temperate forest, grasslands and the taiga through the use of the Everglades, the Great Plains and Interior Alaska respectively. Visit with live animals that live in these types of regions. Make your own weather station. Check our website and Face Book event page for more updates
Time: 10 am to 4pm
Entrance: Members $4 & Non-Members $6 (Children 3 & under - Free)