Outreach Programs for

Elementary to Adults

Great for Pods!

Modified COVID-19 Programming - Winter 2020-2021

Program options may change depending on the weather and status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In-Person Outdoor-Only Outreach Programs

   Program Length: 30-minute or 45-minute programs

   Group Size:

  • Maximum of 12 children per pod program

  • Maximum of 20 children per classroom program

   Program Pricing:

  • $60 / 30-minute program

  • $85 / 45-minute program

  • For more accurate pricing, please contact us at (215) 887-6603.

Virtual Programs

   Program Length: 10-minute to 60-minute programs

   Program Pricing:

  • 10-Minute Cameo with One (1) Animal - $30

  • 20-Minute Encounter with Three (3) Animals - $50

  • 30-Minute Preschool Program - $60

  • 45-Minute Program with Five (5) Animals - $70

  • 60-Minute Education Program - $90

Most programs listed below can translate to a virtual program!


Call Briar Bush at (215) 887-6603

to schedule a program!

If you would like to schedule a Virtual Animal Encounter, click here to complete the form.

Outdoor Animal Encounter and Nature Exploration

Schedule a Briar Bush Educator for a Live Animal Encounter and Nature Exploration at your location! Our skilled naturalists will present two to four live animals to your group, then interpret the natural area around your home or school and conduct relevant activities. Animal Guests may include a Red-Tailed Hawk, Eastern Screech Owl, Striped Skunk, and/or Virginia Opossum during the winter months.


Outdoor Lenape Living Program

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, play Native American games, meet a live animal, and explore the natural area around your home or school (45-minute option).

Regular Programming

Program options may change depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live Animal Program

1-hour program

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.


Lenape Living

1-hour program

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.

Custom Programs

1-hour, 1.5-hour, or 2-hour 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 or 1.5-hour programs

Group Size: ​Pricing is based on one classroom-size group. Call for Assembly Program pricing.

Program Pricing:

  • Programs start at $90.00.

  • Additional programs scheduled on the same day are discounted.

  • Full payment for the program is due two weeks before the program date.

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

*Most of our Outreach Program themes can be offered virtually!*