Nature Center
Nature Center
General Information & Hours of Operation
Churchville Nature Center is a non-profit facility of the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation. Founded in 1964, it became Bucks County's first nature center. The center sits on a 65 acre nature preserve adjacent to the Churchville Reservoir.
Our Mission
The mission of the Center is to instill an awareness and appreciation of the natural world in all people through education, and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship with a commitment to the preservation of resources and wildlife habitat.
Facilities include a visitor center housing interpretive exhibits, a gift shop and both indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas and 2 miles of nature trails.
Stand surrounded by fluttering gems in our Janet V. Makiewicz Butterfly House, visit a re-created Lenape Indian Village or take a stroll through our Marlin D. Corn Wildlife Gardens.
A full range of environmental programs are offered for school classes as well as scout groups. Public programs include bird walks, campfire programs, children's clubs and a wide variety of outings and field trips.
There is something for everyone!
We ask that you please respect our trails and property by not littering or disrupting the wildlife. As a nature preserve we do not permit pets on our trails for the safety of your animals and ours.
Our trails are always open for light hiking, but we do not allow for camping or the use of campfires. The use of bikes, ATV's, alcohol, drugs and firearms are all also prohibited on our property
As the lake is a privately owned reservoir, there is no fishing, boating or swimming permitted. We also prohibit the use of drones on our trails and over the lake to prevent disruption of local wildlife including nesting birds.
Visitor Center Hours
Tuesday - Sunday 10AM to 5PM
Closed Mondays
Nature Trails are open sunup to sundown every day. No pets are allowed on the trails.
Note: Our paths are handicapped-accessible, and wheelchairs are available.
Lenape Village Hours
The Lenape Village holds special Sunday public programs and events throughout the year. During weekdays the village is used for private school programs, To book a school program or private group program, please contact the Lenape Village Program Director Marge Custer: (215) 357-4005 ext. 5039 For more information on Sunday programs or events, please check out our program guides.
Butterfly House Hours
The Butterfly House is open seasonally Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm from mid-June through mid-September. Special events, operating hours and private tours are available. For more information contact Naturalist & Butterfly House Coordinator Bill Woodroffe: (215) 357-4005 ext. 5003