Spring is just around the corner…

…and MontCo is bustling with activities to kick off the season. Whether learning about nature, getting ready for the big egg hunt or snuggling up to a woolly sheep, there is something here for everyone.

Learn About Nature

Norristown Farm Park
2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown, PA 19403
(610) 270-0215

First Day of Spring: 3/20, 1pm
Celebrate the first day of spring at the Farm Park. Listen to a story about spring and make a seasonal craft. Following the indoor program, head outdoors to look for signs of spring. The program is for children ages 3 and older attending with an adult. Pre-registration is required and there is a $5 per child fee.

Spring Sensory Lesson: 4/12, 1pm
Explore your five senses and use them to explore the awaking natural world. Learn about how animals use their keen senses of smell, hearing, and sight every day. Pre-registration is required. Designed for ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult. A $5 per child fee applies.

Upper Schuylkill Valley Park
1615 Black Rock Rd., Royersford, PA 19468
(610) 948-5170

Spring Scavenger Hunt – Sat., 3/24, 11 am – 1 pm
Explore the pathways at the park while learning interesting facts about spring. Visit the resident creatures along the way. The activities will be outdoors, weather permitting. The hunt can be enjoyed at your own pace and is great for the family. A $2 per person donation is suggested.

Green Lane Park
2144 Snyder Rd., Green Lane, PA 18054
(215) 234-4528

Spring Beauties – The Wildflowers: 4/14, 1 pm
The forest floor is carpeted with spring wildflowers this time of year. Join us for a closer look while we identify them and learn about the folklore behind some of their names. This walk is a great opportunity for some fantastic photos! Pre-registration is required.

Lorimer Park
183 Moredon Rd., Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
(215) 947-3477

Spring Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants: 4/15, 2 pm
Join the park naturalist for this informative workshop focused on wild edible and medicinal plants. Learn all about the benefits of certain plants, including their nutritional and medicinal values. Information on their use throughout history, how to use them today, and which ones to avoid will also be covered. Pre-registration is required for this free workshop. The program is geared toward adults and children over age 12.

Easter Workshops

Pennypacker Mills
5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473
(610) 287-9349

Easter Workshop for Kids: 3/24, 1 pm
In this crafting workshop kids will make a bunny, color Easter eggs and create several vintage inspired crafts. Children ages 5 and older, attending with an adult must pre-register and pay the $5 fee by March 20th. Refreshments will be served.

Green Lane Park
2144 Snyder Rd., Green Lane, PA 18054
(215) 234-4528

Color Your Eggs – Naturally: 3/24, 1 pm
Wanting to try a new look for your Easter eggs this year? Learn how to use natural materials during this hands-on workshop for ages 5 to adult. Bring up to a dozen hard-boiled eggs and experiment with colors from nature’s palette. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. There is a $5 per dozen eggs required to cover the materials cost. Meet at Deep Creek Stone Pavilion.

Norristown Farm Park
2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown, PA 19403
(610) 270-0215

Eco-Egg Hunt: 3/25, 2 pm & 2:15 pm
Not your typical egg hunt – you’ll learn about nature on this search and find adventure. Children will hunt for eggs by following a series of ecological clues hidden in eggs throughout the woods and fields. A prize will be found at the end of the hunt. Younger children (ages 3–5) will simply hunt for eggs. Children ages 3-5 should bring a small basket for collecting during their hunt beginning at 2 pm. The eco-hunt is for ages 6 to 8 and begins at 2:15 pm. Preregistration by March 22 is required. There is a $1 fee per child.

All About Sheep

Peter Wentz Farmstead
2030 Shearer Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446
(610) 584-5104

Meet the Sheep: 4/4, 10 am & 1 pm
Meet the farmstead sheep and learn all about how they live. Visit the sheep and make a wool craft to take home. Sessions run at 10 am and again at 1 pm. The program is for children ages 3 and older, accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required along with a $5 fee per child.

Sheep Shearing Day: 4/21, 10 am – 3 pm
Watch as the farmers work on shearing day! Explore the farm and take in the many spring activities on a colonial farm. Children will enjoy colonial toys and games, scarecrow building and a puppet show. The whole family will learn from watching demonstrations of open-hearth cooking, historical crafts, spinning and weaving. There will also be colonial music. The event is free but a $2 per person donation is suggested.

Fox Chase Farm
8500 Pine Rd., Phila, PA 19111
(215) 728-7900

Sheep Shearing Day: 4/28, 1 – 4 pm
Fox Chase Farm is a working farm that opens to the public for educational special events throughout the year. Join this fun this spring and watch the sheep get sheared. Learn what happens to the wool. Enjoy hayrides, games and crafts too. Admission is $3.00 for all ages.

By Betsy Natter

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