Onsite Programs for

Elementary to Adults

Live Animal Program

1-hour program

10-40 participants

Available in all seasons

Live animals and taxidermy mounts highlight this exciting hands-on experience. Participants learn what behaviors and adaptations are unique to each species, then touch and see the critters up close. Content and vocabulary will be age-appropriate. Choose from the following themes or request a theme!

  • General Animal Program

    • Allow the assigned experienced educator to choose the animal line-up for this exciting introduction to a live animal presentation! 

  • Eat Up!

    • From carnivores to herbivores and everything in between, animals eat all different kinds of food. In this program you'll meet animals with different diets and learn why eating things we may consider gross is deliciously good for that animal and the environment as well.

  • Winter Survival

    • When it's cold outside, animals don't have mittens or hot chocolate to keep them warm. Instead, some sleep through the winter, some have thick fur to stay active, and others just pack up and leave! Learn all about how nature beats the cold in this cool program. 

  • Reptiles are the Rage

    • They're cold-blooded, they're scaly, they're reptiles! This group of animals is one of the most fascinating and misunderstood on the planet. Get up close and personal with turtles, snakes, and lizards and find out what makes these critters s-s-spectacular and not so scary. 

  • Native Pennsylvania Animals

    • You don't have to go to another country or even a zoo to see exciting animals; we have them right here in our own backyards! In this program, you'll meet animals from right here in Pennsylvania and learn why they are worthy of some hometown pride.

  • What Are You Wearing?

    • From fur, to feathers, to scales, and more, animals have all different kinds of things that cover their bodies. Some coverings keep an animal warm, some help them to disappear, and some even help an animal be noticed. See a variety of animals and learn how what they wear helps them to survive!

  • How Animals Move

    • They slither, crawl, hop, fly, and scurry. Each animal has its own unique way of moving. Watch Briar Bush's animals move in their own unique ways and then try doing some moving of your own!

  • Fight or Flight: Animal Defenses

    • How would you protect yourself in a dangerous situation? Animals have a variety of ways that they protect themselves; some are familiar, some are gross, and some are downright bizarre! Learn about animal defenses from our not-so-dangerous animal ambassadors.

 

Guided Seasonal Hike

1-hour program

10-40 participants

Available in all seasons

Each season brings something new to Briar Bush. We offer seasonal hikes in which we can tailor the lesson to a group's interest.

 

Live Animal Program and Guided Seasonal Hike Combination

1.5-hour program

10-80 participants

Available in all seasons

Hike/Animal Programs are one of our most popular programs. Participants have the chance to get hands-on with their favorite resident critters and enjoy a hike along our always-changing trails.

 

Pond Study

1-hour

10-25 participants

Available April-October

See turtles lined up on a log, insects that can walk on water, and frogs hopping to hide! Using hand nets and magnifying lenses, participants will explore the natural wonders of the Briar Bush Pond. Content and vocabulary will be age-appropriate.

 

Pond Study and Live Animal Program Combination

1.5-hour program

10-40 participants

Available April-October

Using hand nets and magnifying lenses, participants will explore the natural wonders of the Briar Bush Pond and have the chance to get hands-on with their favorite resident critters.

 

Pond Study and Guided Seasonal Hike Combination

1.5-hour program

10-40 participants

Available April-October

Using hand nets and magnifying lenses, participants will explore the natural wonders of the Briar Bush Pond and enjoy a hike along our always-changing trails.

Pond Study and Microscope Program Combination

1.5-hour program

10-40 participants; 2nd Grade+

Available April-October

Using hand nets and magnifying lenses, students will explore the natural wonders of the Briar Bush Pond. In our Museum, students get hands-on with microscopes to view the tiny living organisms that make pond life possible. Content and vocabulary will be age-appropriate.

Pond Study at Alverthorpe Park

1.5-hour program

41-80 participants; 2nd Grade+

Available April-October

See turtles lined up on a log, insects that can walk on water, and frogs hopping to hide! Using hand nets and magnifying lenses, participants will explore the natural wonders of the Alverthorpe Pond. Content and vocabulary will be age-appropriate.

 

Lenape Living

1-hour program

10-25 participants

Available in all seasons

Participants explore the history of the native people who lived here in Pennsylvania. Students interact with authentic and re-created props and tools, learn traditional methods of hunting and gathering, and play Native American games.

 

Lenape Living and Guided Seasonal Hike Combination

1.5-hour program

10-40 participants

Available in all seasons

Participants explore the history of the native people who lived here in Pennsylvania. Students interact with authentic and re-created props and tools, learn traditional methods of hunting and gathering, and play Native American games and enjoy a hike along our always-changing trails.

Custom Program

1-hour, 1.5-hour, or 2-hour program

Number of participants dependent upon program

Availability dependent upon program

Briar Bush Nature Center has the ability to create custom programs for specific groups who would like our lessons and programs tailored to their interests. Briar Bush has created custom programs for religious groups, libraries, colleges and universities, Scout groups, and more.

Program Length: 1-hour, 1.5-hours, or 2-hour programs

Program Pricing: 

  • Programs start at $7.00 per person.

  • A deposit for a minimum of 10 participants is required two weeks before the program date.

  • The remaining balance is due on the program date.

  • One adult chaperone is free of charge for every twelve (12) participants.

  • Any additional chaperones and parents/guardians are charged as program participants.

  • For more accurate pricing and to schedule a program, please contact us at (215) 887-6603.

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