Here are some hand-picked lists of guided hikes and nature education in and around Berks County in October. Check with the operator before the adventure, follow coronavirus containment guidelines, and adhere to trail etiquette.
Mites are more common this year. How to protect yourself from ticks: https://tinyurl.com/mpyjn6f4
If you are new to hiking we have some advice at https://bit.ly/2WBhU37..Please contact Lisa Shaid at [email protected] ..
Burkes Community Hiking Club Thursday Hikers
October 14th – School Kill River Trail
Meet at the Brentwood parking lot on Route 10 at 10am. Kay Williams leads a 4-mile lollipop loop hike. Starting with the School Kill River Trail, the hike leads to the Wyomissing Trail and crosses a new footbridge over Wyomissing Creek. The bridge was built to take part in the West Reading Playground disc golf course. Always dress appropriately for the weather. If you have any questions, please contact Kay, 610-796-7602.
October 21 – French Creek State Park in Union Township
At 9:30 am we meet in the playground parking lot next to the Hopewell Lake Boat Ramp on the edge of Park Road near the French Creek State Park Visitor Center. It’s easy to hike around Mount Pleasure on a 4-5 mile shuttle using the Harmony Building Road, winding horseshoe trails, and other park roads and trails. The trees should be full color and projected onto Lake Hopewell. There are several hills and rocks. The following lunch is optional. Contact the hiking guide Herb Van Horn, 484-252-9493, or [email protected]
Saturday – mass release party
At 11:00 a.m., a trout that had grown for several months in a basin at The Nature Place went to Tarpe Hocken Creek at the Burks County Heritage Center at 1102 Red Bridge Road in the township of Bern as part of the Trout teaching program. It is released.
The first 30 families registered will receive a fish that will be released into a stream under the supervision of Burkes Nature. Availability depends on the health of the crowd and is subject to change. In addition to mass publishing, information tables and activities are set up, including Enviroscape, stream polls, and more. To register: https://bit.ly/3kPW45G.
Berks County Parks and Recreation
Next Friday – lantern tour Gruber Wagenwerk
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berks County Heritage Center at Roten Brückenstrasse 1102 in the municipality of Bern. Take a unique evening tour of this unique National Historic Landmark. The tour starts every 30 minutes. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $ 5 per person. To register, please contact Daniel Roe ([email protected] or 610-478-0941 x201). Please register by Sunday.
October 23rd – A fun day to harvest
From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Berks County Heritage Center at Rote Brückenstraße 1102 in the municipality of Bern. Join the Berks County Parks & Recreation Division and Yorkham Institute of Arts and Education and enjoy a performance of “The Legend of Berks County” by a cast of middle and high school students. There are games, carriage rides, pitcher workshops, pumpkin drawings, apple prints and songs.
October 24 – Pennsylvania Long Rifle or Kentucky Rifle
At 2:00 p.m., meet local historian and revolutionary war expert Lin Otto at the Burks County Heritage Center at 1102 Red Bridge Road in Bern Township, where the history of the Pennsylvania Long Rifle and the Pennsylvania vs. Long Rifle is underway. Learn more about the naming debate. Otto also focuses on making weapons in colonial America.
Gringsmill Resort. (Reading eagle)
If you think the weather is bad, give the reader a call or listen to “Jack’s Backyard” on radio WEEU-830AM on Saturday at 8:00 am for cancellation information …
October 9 – Grings Mill
We’ll meet at 10 a.m. at the Grings Mill parking lot in Spring Township. Take Route 222 North towards Allentown at the Broadcasting Road exit. Turn right at the lights towards Penn State University. Go right past the campus and at the end of Broadcasting Road turn right onto Tulpehocken Road. After approx. 800m you will find the Gringsmill car park on the left. Hiking guide: Najma, 610-334-8493
October 16 – Blue Marsh Stilling Basin
At 10 a.m. we meet at the third parking lot of the Blue Marsh Stilling Basin, which is located below the main parking lot. At the UCC Church on the corner of Parishase Road, take Route 183 and turn left on Parishase Road. The Stilling Basin car park is just behind the entrance to the visitor center on the right-hand side. Walking guide: Sandie, 610-587-2730
October 23 – Pendra Park and Mineral Spring Spark
At 10 a.m. Readings meet at 330 South 19th St. in front of the Olivet Boys & Girls Club in Pendra Park. From downtown Reading, head east on Parkiomen Avenue (Route 422-Business). Turn left on South 19th St. (traffic lights). Go one long block – the Pendra Boys & Girls Club is on the left. Meet on the doorstep. Hiking guide: Brenda, 610-223-3803
October 30 – Liberty Fire Company
Meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Liberty Fire Company in Thinking Spring. There are two parking spaces. You can park in the upper parking lot in front of the Liberty Fire Company parking lot. Hiking guide: Angie, 484-794-7813.
Blue Mountain Eagle climbing club
Saturday – Angelica Creek
Meet at 10am in the Berks Nature Center parking lot at 575 St. Bernardine Street in Reading. The rain is canceled. The hike is approximately two miles and is led by Dodson Dietrich.
October 24th – Orientation for new members
Meet at Lentschler Arboretum, 297 Arboretum Road, Bernville. Further information can be found at https://www.bmecc.org/.
October 24th – walk in the arboretum
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rentschler Arboretum at 297 Arboretum Road in Bernville. An easy fall walk and tree identification. Details: 610-413-1754. Dresses that go with the weather. Precipitation is canceled.
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View of the new trail connecting Hopewell Big Woods and French Creek State Park. (Reading eagle)
French Creek State Park, Union Township
Thursday – Big Woods Birdwatching!
From 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., bird watching with park staff along the ADA-accessible Big Woods Trail. During the hike, you can find birds that live in this rare grazing area. Participants can see moving indigo bunting, eastern tow, and warblers of different seasons. Binoculars are available. See you in the parking lot at Hopewell Big Woods
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Until December 15th – falcon autumn migration census
Preserve staff, trainees, and volunteers are stationed at the observatory to help visitors find and identify birds of prey such as hawks, eagles, hawks, and vultures. The average annual number over the past four months has totaled 18,000 birds of prey, and due to the major migration of broad-winged hawks, the normal daily high in September is over 3,000. Fall hawk flights are best on days when the northwest wind is blowing after a cold front. Further information https://bit.ly/3Dw3WAu
Kamlou Community, Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Sunday – consider a monastery hike
Celebrate the beauty of Penswoods from 10am to 12pm. Nolde Forest is proud to be part of the 5th Annual Walk of the Pennsylvania Forest Weekend. Over the past five years, thousands of people have come together to walk in forests and trails to learn more about the state’s forests and how we as citizens can benefit from and care for them. I learned. The hike is rainy or sunny but is canceled due to bad weather. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
This hike is of moderate difficulty, with hills and about 3 miles. First, meet at McConnell Hall at 3025 New Holland Road. All participants have to register: https://bit.ly/3zSMFyo. Space is limited. Walk-up participants will not be accepted. For more information, please contact Rebekah ([email protected]), a Nolde Forest educator.