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2019 Garden Party
Join us for a social evening
June 7, 2019, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Save The Date
Churchville Nature Center’s 2019 Garden Party
Friday, June 7
6:30 - 9:30 pm
More information to come.
Animal Myths & Legends
Join CNC Environmental Education Director Peg Mongillo as she explores this seasonal topic.
October 22, 2017, 2:00 pm
Start off your Halloween events by joining us to see how certain animals became associated with this season. Well we have the inside scoop and have some live animals to share with you while you get your first treat too!
Time: 2:00 PM
Fee: $3.00 per person/Members Free
Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Volunteers welcome!
December 15, 2018
On Saturday, December 15, 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
April 27, 2019, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
April 28, 2019, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
May 4, 2019, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
May 5, 2019, 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 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Join us for a fun weekend of all things Arthropod
August 10, 2019
August 11, 2019
We will be having our event again this summer 2019, please come back later for more information
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 22, 2018, 7:30 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: 7:30 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 10, 2019, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Come explore the CNC trails looking for our fuzzy flying friends, the bats! We will be talking about the different types of bats that call Bucks County home and reveal how important they are to the local ecosystems. After the program, stay behind to enjoy marshmallows around the campfire.

Time: 7:30-9:30pm

Fee: $5 a person - Members Free
Registration is required
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
Butterfly House Tours
An amazing butterfly experience!
July 6, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 7, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 9, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 10, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 11, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 12, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 13, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 14, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 17, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 18, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 19, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 20, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 21, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 24, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 25, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 26, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 27, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 28, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 31, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 1, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
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August 3, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 4, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 7, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
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August 14, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 15, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 16, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 17, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 18, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 21, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
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August 25, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 28, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 29, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 30, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 31, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
September 1, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
September 4, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
September 5, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
September 6, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
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September 8, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
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September 12, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
September 13, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
September 14, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
July 6 to September 15
11:00am-3:00pm Wednesday – Sunday

The Butterfly House at Churchville will be opening this year for a full season of fun! Starting the weekend of June 16th, the house will run through mid-September and include special events such as Arthropalooza, and The Monarch Tagging Party.
Prices for the Butterfly House are:

CNC Members - FREE!
Non-Member Fees:
Adult (14 & up) - $8.00

Senior (65 & up) - $6.00

Children (4-13 years old) - $5.00

Clay Bead Making
Join us for this Lenape Village Winter Program
February 10, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
A popular class is returning, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Come learn about how the Lenape gathered and made their clay items. Each participant will receive clay to work with and create their own beads, pots or memento. Items left to dry here will be fired in our wood burning stove. Items can be picked up Sunday, February 24th during our Maple Sugar Day. Extra clay can also be purchased.
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 pm Fee: $5 per person, all ages
Clean-Up Day
Calling all Volunteers!
April 20, 2019, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
The Churchville Nature Center will be having a Spring Clean-Up Day on April 20, from 10 AM to 1 PM. We will be taking this opportunity to clean up trash along the center’s trails and around the reservoir. We’ll also be doing some sprucing up around the outside of the center. All participants should dress for dirty work and bring work gloves with them. Scouts and other organized groups are welcome. If you would like more information, or to sign up to volunteer, please contact CNC Coordinator of Volunteers, Diane V. Sears at (215) 357-4005 ext. 5038, or
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
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 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?
June 29, 2018, 8:00 pm
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
Time: 7:00 PM
Fee: $5 per person/Members Free
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)
Geode Cave
Come have fun in our cave display and crack open your own geode
January 12, 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
January 13, 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Enter the Cave at Churchville Nature Center and see what treasure you can find! For $7 per person, you search for your very own geode rock. Once you find yours, you have the opportunity to crack it open! No way of telling what you might have: crystal druzy, solid crystal? You are able to take home your treasure.

Time: 10 am to 5 pm ~ $7 per person

Get Your Garden Growing
Come learn more about gardening
May 25, 2019, 10:00 am
Join seasoned organic farmer and Churchville Nature Center staff member Stephanie Catrambone as she teaches the basics of composting, tomato growing tips and tricks, and answers any questions you may have as you’re getting your spring garden started. Wear a sunhat and sensible shoes.

Time: 10:00am
Fee: Members – Free/Non-Members $4
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
Holiday Craft Show
Join us for some holiday shopping
December 2, 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Come on over to the Churchville Nature Center on December 2nd 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.
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
March 24, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Hear the story of the Corn Maiden and learn why most Woodland Indians did not put faces on their dolls. Create your own corn husk doll to take home! Kits for extra dolls will be available that day for purchase.

Time: 2:00 to 3:30 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 19, 2019, 2:00 pm
June 16, 2019, 2:00 pm
July 28, 2019, 2:00 pm
August 25, 2019, 2:00 pm
September 22, 2019, 2:00 pm
October 27, 2019, 2:00 pm
The Lenape Village will be open for one Sunday tour each month from May to October. The tour will include a walk-through of our recreated Lenape Village from the 1500’s, featuring a special hands on topic. The guided tour departs from the Visitor Desk at 2pm.

May 19: Planting the Garden
Learn about what was planted and how the Lenape would work the land. Learn about the garden helpers, and who they needed to protect their crops from and how. Try planting your own seeds in the method used since 3,000 years ago, when the Lenape started to plant food. Test your skills foraging for some spring foods you will find around our Village.
June 16: Cooking
Learn about the many ways food was prepared and cooked 500 years ago. Try your hand at grinding your own corn, mixing into a corn cake and baking it on a rock by the fire. Other food examples will be cooking to show you different methods. You might be surprised at what is still eaten today! Some samples, old style vs today, may be available. Due to materials needed to be pre purchased, please register by Friday, June 14, 2019.
Topics will be announced at a later date for:
July 28:
August 25:
September 22:
October 27:

Cost: $8 (Children 3 and under are free) ~ Members Free
Pre-registration required

The tour will begin promptly at 2:00 pm and is the only tour of the day

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
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!
Maple Sugar Day & Pancake Breakfast
Learn how maple syrup is made.
February 24, 2019
Join us Sunday February 24th 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 feature a limited space Pancake breakfast. Pre-registration is a must by February 10th 2019. **Payment is due at time of registration**
Pancake Breakfast: Time 11:00 am Fee: $10/person

Maple Sugar Program: 1:00 pm $5/person

Migratory Bird Marathon
Support our bird count.
May 11, 2019, 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. This year our count coincides with the Pennsylvania Annual Migration Count (PAMC) to which we will add our information from this count to as well. 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
Mommy and Me Classes
5 Week Preschool Class for Children Age 2-4 years & their parent/guardian
February 27, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
March 6, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
March 13, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
March 20, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
March 27, 2019, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
5 Week Preschool Class for children age 2-4yr olds
Join an educator for this 5 week course for our youngest visitors. So often these little guys come with their older siblings to drop them off at camp. They usually want to stay too but are too young. Well here is their chance to come do camp stuff with their adults. We will spend an hour reading a story, doing a crafts and learning about animals using our live animals. You must register for all 5 weeks and space is limited to 15 children. Pre-registration is required **Payment is due at time of registration**

Time: 10:00–11:00am $50 for 5 weeks
Monarch Bon Voyage Party
Come celebrate the Monarch Butterfly!
September 15, 2019
We will be having our tag and release again this year, please come back later for more information

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
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 14, 2018, 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 14, 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 18, 2017, 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: 1:00 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 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 Time
Children of all ages are welcome
January 19, 2019, 11:00 am
February 16, 2019, 11:00 am
March 16, 2019, 11:00 am
Join a CNC volunteer in the nature center library for an hour of stories while enjoying a warm fire in the woodstove. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Time: 11:00 am ~ all children are 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
Owl Prowl Campfire Program
Learn more about our local raptors of the night
December 14, 2018, 6:30 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: 6:30 PM Fee: $5 per person


Prayer Bundles for the New Year
Join us for a special Lenape Village Program
December 30, 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
While not specifically Lenape, many people today have adopted the use of Prayer Bundles. Learn what a prayer bundle is and how it is used in today. You will also learn what plants traditionally go into a bundle and their meaning. This is a great way to close out 2018 and set intentions for 2019. Create your own that day!
Time: 2pm to 4pm Fee: $5 per person
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 17, 2019, 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 restarting 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 Free
Rock & Mineral Expo! 2019: "World of Metals and Magnetism"
Join us for our 4th Annual Rock & Mineral Expo! A very fun family event appealing to all ages. This years theme will be a "World of Metals and Magnetism."
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 and geode smashing plus more to come.
Adult General Admission is $5.00
Children are FREE to attend with some activities costing a nominal fee between $2.00 - $4.00.
April 6, 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
April 7, 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday Morning Bird Walk
Join an experienced bird watcher every Saturday morning for our early morning bird walks.
March 23, 2019, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
March 30, 2019, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
April 6, 2019, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
April 13, 2019, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
April 20, 2019, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
April 27, 2019, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
May 4, 2019, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
May 11, 2019, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
May 18, 2019, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
May 25, 2019, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
June 1, 2019, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
June 8, 2019, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
June 15, 2019, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
June 22, 2019, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
June 29, 2019, 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.
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 Cleaning & Propagation in the Wildlife Garden
Join Head Gardener Dana Ward for the first in a series of Garden Programs
April 13, 2019, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
This is the first in a seasonal series of educational garden programs with Head Gardener Dana Ward. In this program we'll cover the spring clean up of the waking garden and the propagation and dividing of crowded plants. This is a very hands on program, and each participant will get a plant that they divided to take home. We will provide tools and materials, just bring your own gardening gloves. A good lead up to our coming plant sale.
This program is limited in attendance to 15 people so please be sure to
register in order to get a spot.
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Fee: Members-free/non-members $5

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 this fall at our very popular star party campfire program
February 17, 2017, 7:30 pm
Come and explore the nighttime sky during our winter campfire program. Weather permitting we will view constellations, and other celestial wonders with both our naked eye and a telescope. 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: 7:30pm
Fee: $5/$3 under 12
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
Weekend Naturalist Walks
Join a CNC staff member for a seasonal walk.
March 23, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
May 12, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
June 9, 2019, 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 during each season.

Time: 2:00 PM
Fee: $3 per person/Members Free
Wild Edibles Walk
Learn about local wild edibles
April 14, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join Head Gardener Dana Ward to explore the abundant wild edibles at Churchville Nature Center. We'll learn proper etiquette and identification and even try a few of our finds. We'll wrap-up the walk by making wild ginger tea.,
Time: 2:00 - 4:00pm
Fee: Members-Free/Non-Members $3
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 26, 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This fun filled day will features all kinds of cool activities and crafts about weather. Some rooms will be transformed into different climate regions. Visit a rain forest, a desert and the tundra. Visit with live animals that live in these 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)