Turkey hikes and nature education Berks 2021 November


Here is a curated checklist of among the guided hikes and nature education occurring in and round Berks County in November. Be certain to test with organizers earlier than you enterprise out, comply with any coronavirus mitigation pointers and adhere to path etiquette.

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Berks Community Hiking Club Thursday Wanderers

Thursday — Lake Ontelaunee

Meet at 10 a.m. at Maidencreek Road, Maidencreek Township. Les Rohrbach will lead a two-part hike about 5 miles on the Route 222 aspect of the lake. There are scenic, comparatively flat trails on this hike. Part one is roughly 3 miles, partly alongside the lake. The group will return to the parking space and head in the wrong way on a 2-mile sojourn that can embrace a stroll alongside Peters Creek. Contact Les Rohrbach with questions, 610-323-1703.

Nov. 18 — Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, Cumru Township

Meet at 10 a.m. on the Church Road parking zone off Route 624 for a 4-mile stroll. The group will  shuttle to a parking zone on the high and hike among the trails in that space. Much of the hike is downhill on broad trails by means of woods roads. The plan is to take a look at the work being finished on the washed out dam on the Painted Turtle Pond and attempt to discover the stays of the well-known “Lone Pine.” The stroll will finish on the Church Road parking zone. Lunch afterwards is an possibility. Contact: chief Herb Van Horn at 484-252-9493 or,

Dec. 2 — St. Peter’s Village, Warwick Township, Chester County

Meet at 10 a.m. within the parking zone within the rear of St. Peter’s Village. Les Rohrbach will lead  a 4.5-mile hike within the woods at St. Peter’s Village. The stroll will start with a stroll by means of the three giant rock boulder clusters, then take the Horseshoe Trail to some lesser used trails to a water-filled deserted quarry, then previous the plentiful stays of quarried and minimize rocks. Finally, the group will move by means of the rock processing space itself. Return is through a quick highway stroll and one other part of the Horseshoe Trail. There might be some rocky trails and in all probability fallen bushes to bypass. Contact chief Les Rohrbach, 610-323-1703, with questions.

Berks Nature

Nov. 17  — Nature poetry with Dr. T, Reading

Meet at 1 p.m. in The Nature Place in Angelica Park parking zone, 575 St Bernardine St., Reading. Dr. T, creator of Poetry That Works — Interactive Group Poetry Programs, will lead a brief stroll by means of the Angelica Creek Wetlands to a location the place the group will sit and write an interactive nature-inspired poem. We will meet within the parking zone and start our stroll from there. Learn extra at Cost: $5 per individual. To register:

Berks Strollers

If the climate appears to be like iffy, name the chief or take heed to “Jack’s Backyard” at 8 a.m. Saturdays on Radio WEEU-830 AM for cancellation info.

Saturday — Blue Marsh, Bern Township

Meet at 10 a.m. at Blue Marsh Visitor Center, off Palisades Drive. Hike chief: Kay, 610-796-7602.

Nov. 13 — Exeter Rail Trail, Exeter Township

Meet at 10 a.m. at Exeter Rail Trail Parking Lot. Hike chief: Deanna, 610-741-5282

Nov. 20 — Strausstown Lions Club Park, Upper Tulpehocken Township

Meet 10 a.m. on the Park, 10 Wilson Ave. Hike chief: Diane, 610-488-0231 (cell, 484-706-0862)

Nov.  27 — Lake Ontelaunee, Ontelaunee Township

Meet at 10 a.m. at Redners on Route 61. The group will carpool to an space of path as a result of there may be not quite a lot of parking out there close to the path. The deal with of Redners is 5471 Pottsville Pike, Ontelaunee Township. Hike chief: Deanna, 610-741-5282.

A tree shows some remaining fall foliage on the Rentschler Arboretum in Penn Township. (Reading Eagle)

Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club

Nov. 13  —  Arbor Walk II, Penn Township

From 11th of September a.m. take a straightforward stroll by means of the bushes at Rentschler Arboretum, 297 Arboretum Road. Dress for the climate. Precipitation cancels. Details: or  610-413-1754.

French Creek State Park, Union Township

Saturday — Seed Balls and Pollinators

From 10-11 a.m., be a part of a park ranger to create your personal seed balls. Seed balls are a good way to plant native flowers in your yard. Once spring arrives, your seed balls will sprout. All provides supplied. Register on the DCNR calendar of occasions at or name the park workplace at 610-582-9680.

Nov. 25 — Pre-Thanksgiving Hike

Meet at 9 a.m. at Hopewell boat launch, 785 Park Road. Join park employees for a 2-mile hike round Hopewell Lake. This method you’ll be as hungry as potential to your thanksgiving feast! Ends at 10:30 a.m.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Through Dec. 15 —  Hawk Autumn Migration Count

Sanctuary employees, trainees and volunteers are stationed on the lookouts to assist guests spot and determine raptors, together with hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures. Annual counts for this four-month interval common 18,000 raptors whole with ordinary one-day peak counts of greater than 3,000 birds seen throughout September, because of peak broad-winged hawk migration. Autumn hawk flights are greatest on days with northwest winds following a chilly entrance. For particulars go to


Program occasions: midday and 2 p.m. Hour-long packages rejoice these majestic raptors. You can see a golden and bald eagle up shut courtesy of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. Arrive early to permit time to buy your admissions ticket contained in the Visitor Center. Be ready to indicate your ticket, membership card, or be carrying your admission sticker upon coming into the Amphitheater. Trail charge applies for non-members, free for members.

Nov. 14 — Compass Basics (Wild Women on the Mountain Series)

From 10 a.m.-noon, learn to use a compass. Meet within the education constructing. Practice your compass navigation abilities with enjoyable and interactive actions and take pleasure in a hike on our trails. Compasses might be supplied for utilization throughout workshop. The Wild Women on the Mountain collection empowers ladies to have interaction in outside adventures and develop new abilities in a pleasant, welcoming and secure ambiance. Cost: $15; $10 for members. Limited to 17 contributors. Register at

Nov. 26 — Opt Outside Hike

Meet on the customer’s middle at 9:30 a.m. The hike lasts till 2:30 p.m. Cost is $15; $10 for members. Limited to 25 contributors. Instead of venturing for offers, #OptOutside encourages individuals to embrace the Pennsylvania autumn outdoor with family members. This is a guided hike of Hawk Mountain’s River of Rocks path, together with pure historical past interpretation by HM educators alongside the best way. Participants ought to anticipate over 4 miles of rugged pure trails, with a number of rocks underfoot and a steep descent, and ought to come ready with a daypack with water and lunch, sturdy sneakers and a way of journey. Snacks might be supplied. The River of Rocks Trail is classed as tough because of its sections of rocky terrain, however hikers of all ages can take pleasure in this hike.

If you possibly can’t make it for the guided hike, the paths might be open all day for any and all guests who #OptOutside!

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, Cumru Township

Sunday — Birding with Baird

From 10 a.m.-noon, adults and households who’re keen on studying to fowl can be a part of the Baird Ornithological Club for a stroll round Nolde. Questions relating to this program needs to be directed to Nolde Forest educator Rebekah Sheeler at Programs are rain or shine however might be cancelled for extreme climate. You might be contacted if this system is cancelled because of a extreme climate forecast. No walk-up contributors. Spaces are restricted. Registration is required:

Sunday  — Nurturing Through Nature — Letting Go

From 2-5 p.m. take a Mindful Outdoor Experience wandering by means of among the magical trails at Nolde Forest and across the Environmental Education Center. This route is listed as simple to average. Be ready to stroll on a pure grime path by carrying stable mountaineering boots or sneakers. Registration is required:

Nov. 13 —  The Beauty of Botany

At 1 p.m., be a part of Dr. Susan Munch on a scientific plant-identification stroll although the Nolde Forest. This is a hands-on botany stroll by means of the woods, so costume for the climate. Registration required:

Nov. 27 — Turkey Burn Hike 2021

Registration opens on Nov. 15 for 3-to-5-mile hike of average problem. Trails embrace some incline and uneven terrain. The hike lasts from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet at McConnell Hall and burn off the fowl with a enjoyable group vacation hike. It’s certain to spike your serotonin greater than any turkey tryptophan. Dress appropriately for the climate and carry layers. Good mountaineering sneakers are a should. Questions relating to this program needs to be directed to Nolde Forest educator Rebekah Sheeler at Registration is required.