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Programs for Families

Most programs require registration.

Please review all program information at the time of registration.

Questions or need help registering? Call 215-887-6603.

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WinterFest

Celebrate the winter season at our annual WinterFest! Enjoy a variety of activities including guided hikes, animal encounters, games, crafts, and more.

 

 

CANCELLED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

Note:

  • ​Please call (215) 887-6603 with any questions.

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Snow Moon and StarLab

Join a Briar Bush educator at the Crestmont Clubhouse for a night of full moon fun! Explore the night sky and search for animal constellations projected in our StarLab inflatable planetarium. Then, head outside and learn how to use a telescope to view the full Snow Moon.

To participate in StarLab, participants are required to walk through the inflated doors and sit on the ground to view the projections. Please arrive dressed for the weather. This program will take place at Crestmont Clubhouse: 2595 Rubicam Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090.

 

Date: Friday, February 23, 2024

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Crestmont Clubhouse

Cost per Participant: $12.50 | Abington Resident: $11.25 | FOBB Member: $10.00

Notes:​​

  • This program requires registration for participants ages 2+. Children under 2 years of age are free of charge.

  • Please review all program information at the time of registration.

  • The program will take place indoors and outdoors for varying durations of time dependent on the weather, so dress appropriately.​

  • Questions or need help registering? Call 215-887-6603.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel the program 15 days or more before its start date, you will receive an 80% refund (20% service fee). No refunds will be issued within 14 days of the program start date.

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EarthFest

Celebrate the Earth at our annual Earth Day celebration! Enjoy a variety of activities including guided hikes, animal encounters, games, crafts, and more.

 

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2024

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Cost per Participant: FREE

Special Announcement:

Due to uncertainty in the construction timeline, EarthFest 2024 details will be announced closer to the event date. 

Notes:​​

  • The program will take place indoors and outdoors for varying durations of time dependent on the weather, so dress appropriately.​

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Family Nature Night

Bring the whole family for a fun night complete with live animal encounters and interactive stations relating to the theme of the night - all at your own pace. Family Nature Nights are geared toward children with sensory processing disorders and are now featuring a forest therapy segment!

 

The program will take place indoors and outdoors. Light snacks will be provided.

 

Sponsored by Child Development Foundation.

 

Date: Friday, May 17, 2024

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Location: Briar Bush Nature Center

Cost per Participant: FREE

Notes:​​

  • This program requires registration for participants ages 2+.

  • Please review all program information at the time of registration.

  • The program will take place indoors and outdoors for varying durations of time dependent on the weather, so dress appropriately.​

  • Questions or need help registering? Call 215-887-6603.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you are unable to attend this program, please call Briar Bush Nature Center at (215) 887-6603.

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Pond Exploration

Let’s see what’s hopping at the pond! Join us as we meet our land and aquatic turtles, then head to the pond to catch the frogs, tadpoles, and aquatic insects that call this place their home. Get ready to make a splash!

 

This program will take place outdoors, so please dress for the weather and in clothing and footwear that can get wet and muddy.

 

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Location: Briar Bush Nature Center

Cost per Participant: $8.00 | Abington Resident: $7.20 | FOBB Member: $6.40

Notes:​​

  • This program requires registration for participants ages 2+. Children under 2 years of age are free of charge.

  • Please review all program information at the time of registration.

  • The program will take place indoors and outdoors for varying durations of time dependent on the weather, so dress appropriately.​

  • Questions or need help registering? Call 215-887-6603.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel the program 15 days or more before its start date, you will receive an 80% refund (20% service fee). No refunds will be issued within 14 days of the program start date.

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Hot S'more Nights

Bring your family and friends to Briar Bush for summer nights of nature-based fun! Join the Briar Bush educators in games, activities, live animal shows, guided hikes, and more, all relating to the theme of the night.

 

Campfire and s’mores are weather dependent.

 

Days: Wednesdays in July and August

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Briar Bush Nature Center

Cost per Participant: $10.00 | Abington Resident: $9.00 | FOBB Member: $8.00

Programs: 

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - Sensory Adventure

    • Get ready to explore Briar Bush using your five senses. What are rods and cones and how do they help us to see? Are wet noses or dry noses better at smelling? Answer these questions and more while sampling s'mores using our favorite sense of all: taste!

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024 - The Color of Night

    • Colors play a big part in the natural world. At night, some colors change while others disappear altogether. We'll talk about how colors are used by animals to disguise themselves or to stand out. Get ready to test out your own ability to see colors at night.

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - Owl Prowl

    • Can you hoot? How about whinny, screech, or hiss? There's a lot more to owls than most people think. Come learn about these fascinating nocturnal flyers and likely meet a live owl guest!

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2024 - Animal Locomotion

    • How do you get around? Animals 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 it yourself through animal locomotion games and activities!

  • Wednesday, August 7, 2024 - All About Bears

    • They are cute and cuddly when they are Teddy Bears, but don't get too close Goldilocks! They come in different colors such as black, brown, and white, but how big do they get? Do they live in cities like Philly or Chicago? Join us as we tell stories, songs, and facts about bears.

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2024 - Creatures of the Night

    • At night, the Briar Bush forest is filled with animals we may not see during the day: raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, owls, and insects. Learn more about these creatures by visiting each station and participating in the activities. Then, meet some nocturnal animals during a live animal encounter!

  • See below for a special Members-Only Hot S'more Night program!

Notes:​​

  • This program requires registration for participants ages 2+. Children under 2 years of age are free of charge.

  • Please review all program information at the time of registration.

  • The program will take place indoors and outdoors for varying durations of time dependent on the weather, so dress appropriately.​

  • Questions or need help registering? Call 215-887-6603.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel the program 15 days or more before its start date, you will receive an 80% refund (20% service fee). No refunds will be issued within 14 days of the program start date.

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Members-Only: Hot S'more Night

Members: Bring your family to Briar Bush for a summer night of nature-based fun! Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. But what is the difference between these two classes of animals? Join us as we learn how to distinguish between the two with the help of some of our resident animals, a pond exploration, and other fun activities.

 

Campfire and s’mores are weather dependent. (Registration is required.)

 

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2024

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Briar Bush Nature Center

Cost per Participant: FREE

Notes:​​

  • This program requires registration for participants ages 2+.

  • Please review all program information at the time of registration.

  • The program will take place indoors and outdoors for varying durations of time dependent on the weather, so dress appropriately.​

  • Questions or need help registering? Call 215-887-6603.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you are unable to attend this program, please call Briar Bush Nature Center at (215) 887-6603.

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