Meet the Exhibit Animals with the SLNC Interns on Saturday, Aug. 10, 17 and 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Did you know that SLNC is home to some remarkable reptiles and fish? Visit its resident Education Animals with SLNC’s Education Interns. Take a tour of the exhibits and learn more about the box turtles, aquatic turtles, native fish and snakes. Enjoy this opportunity to see the animals up close and ask questions about the scaly friends who live inside the Visitors’ Building. This event is free.
Intro to Kayaking takes place Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. This two-hour class, led by kayaking instructor Melanie Pawlowski, introduces participants to the parts of a kayak, how to hold and move a kayak paddle, how to enter and exit a kayak, ways to keep balance while kayaking and how to get around on the water in a kayak. The class takes place on the waters of Silver Lake. Class size is limited. Pre-registration/payment is required (at least two days prior to program) in order to participate. Register online, by phone or at the Visitors’ Building. Cost is $30 per person or $25 per person for Friends of Silver Lake members.
Full Moon Kayaking Excursion takes place Saturday, Aug. 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This kayak excursion is for those who have kayaked at least once before. It starts at the edge of Silver Lake and travels into Magnolia Lake, where participants will dock on the island, start a campfire and roast marshmallows. They will then embark on the journey back, letting the moonlight guide their way. Space is limited. Must be 18 years and older to participate. Pre-registration/payment is required (at least two days prior to program) in order to participate. Register online, by phone or at the Visitors’ Building. Cost is $35 per person or $30 for Friends of Silver Lake members.
Earthship Tours take place Saturday, Aug. 17 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by to visit and learn about these interesting, sustainable structures. Tours are free.
Volunteer Work Day takes place Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Help SLNC maintain its grounds. Be prepared to get wet and dirty. Bring a refillable water bottle. Those who donate four hours of time will be given lunch. This event is rain or shine. Register online, by phone or at the Visitors’ Building.
Saturday Morning Bird Walks take place September through November at 7:30 a.m. These events are free. Meet outside of the Visitors’ Building near the parking area.
Fundraiser – Paint a Portrait of Your Pet with A Taste of Artistry takes place Sunday, Sept. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. This fun-for-all-ages paint class offers non-artists a personalized pre-traced canvas of their pet, two hours of instruction and art supplies. Bring your favorite snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic). The instructor Abbie will show participants how to paint their pet in a traditional style or a funky style – your choice. Cost is $40 per person. $10 from every ticket sold will be donated to the nonprofit Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center. For registration information, visit atasteofartistry.com.
Home School Enrichment Series – Fall Session takes place on Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Nov. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. This is an option for families who take a different approach to educating their children (ages 6-18). The 8-week program provides an opportunity for children to get hands-on experience within the STEM disciplines without formal constraints. Each of the lessons are developed with the PA Standard Aligned System in mind and ensure that children will excel in all settings. Children should dress for the weather and always be prepared to get dirty. Register online, by phone or at the Visitors’ Building. Cost for members is $100 for the 8-week session, or $15 per class on a class-by-class basis. Cost for non-members is $120 for the 8-week session, or $18 per class on a class-by-class basis.
Medicine Drum Making Workshop with Rainbows of Healing at the Earthship takes place Sunday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will be supplied everything needed to create their own frame drum and accompanying beater. Valerie and Ian of Rainbows of Healing will then teach how to care for and use your drum. Workshop space is limited. For registration information, visit RainbowsOfHealing.com.
Charlie Zahm & Tad Marks Concert – “A Tribute to John Denver & the Great Outdoors!” takes place Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Concert takes place inside the Visitors’ Building. Cost is $12 per person in advance (by Nov. 1) or $15 per person at the door (if available). Tickets are now on sale online and by phone.
Silver Lake Nature Center is located at 1306 Bath Road, Bristol. For more information and to register for events, visit SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177.