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Educational Programs
  • Birthday Party
  • Free Time Adventures 2020
    We are on! Take advantage of our small size and let your children reboot, recharge and laugh with friends. We will embrace the latest Covid safety protocols while still having fun in the sun! Our interactive, outdoor summer program focuses on creating a common bond with the natural world while building independence, enhancing problem-solving prowess and teaching stewardship skills.
    Your child, ages 5 - 12, can join us for one or all 24 days and experience a new adventure each week!
    Week 1 (June 30-July 2) – Feathered Friends
    Birds of a feather flock together! Learn all about our feathered friends this week through bird watching and identification, owl pellet dissection, birdy games, and more.
    Week 2 (July 7-9) – Water Worlds
    Come discover what lies beneath! Our waterways are full of interesting creatures that can help us learn about the health of our water. Build dams, go wading to cool off, play games, and learn more about this special resource.
    Week 3 (July 14-16) – Scaly & Slimy
    Frogs and turtles and snakes – oh my! Come to Free Time Adventures this week to search different habitats for reptiles and amphibians. Learn to love these unique creatures (yes, even snakes!) and discovery why they rely on special habitats like those at Bucktoe Creek!
    Week 4 (July 21- 23) – Wildlife Detectives
    Do you think you have what it takes to be a wildlife detective? What clues are animals leaving behind that tells us they’ve been around? Learn about skulls, skins, scat, and tracks during this wild week.
    Week 5 (July 28-30) – Creative by Nature
    Get inspired by the natural world and connect to the environment through art! Create one-of-a-kind masterpieces using a variety of mediums and Mother Nature will provide unique material to enhance your compositions. Embrace your natural ability and become wild at art.
    Week 6 (August 4-6) – The Lorax
    Learn how you can become a junior conservationist!  Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the dangers posed to the earth's natural beauty. Become the change for a clean, green future!
    Week 7 (August 11-13) – Wilderness Survival
    Can you build a survival shelter? Do you know how to start a fire without a match? See if you have what it takes to make it in the woods! Learn some wilderness skills through primitive games, shelter building, and working as a team with your friends.
    Week 8 (August 18-20) – Creepy Crawlies
    Invertebrates are living in almost every habitat you can imagine! Discover these critters that dominate our environment by rolling logs, digging in the soil, sweeping nets through the meadows, and through bug-inspired play
    Tuesdays. Wednesday, Thursday
    July 30 – August 20
    10:00am – 2:00pm
    Please arrive promptly as the group will hike out from the drop-off location.
    Please pack a lunch.  Light snacks and food provided.
    Bucktoe Creek Preserve
    432 Sharp Road
    Avondale, PA 19311
    Water shoes are required.
    Ages 5-12 years
    Must be potty trained.
    Daily Cost
    $30 TLC members (Promo code: MEMBER)
    $40 non-members
    Spots are limited, so sign-up soon!
  • Open Hive Days 2020
    Join TLC apiarist, Michael Langer of the Brandywine Bee Company, for an inside look at the busy, buzzy world of honeybees. Get up close to a hive during routine inspection and expand your practical beekeeping knowledge.
    A hands-on outing good for the curious, the novice and the experienced beekeeper.
    Protective veils will be available.  If you have your own gear, please bring it along!
    April 18 - Preparing for Spring Build-up & What to do with New Bees
    May 16 - Optimize Honey Flow
    June 20 - Queen Rearing and Making Splits
    July 18 - Managing Pests and Mites
    August 15 - Sustainable Practices (National Bee Day)
    September 9 (Tuesday) - Fall and Winter Prep

    Please Note
          *This event is outside.
          *6' social distancing will be practiced.
          *Face masks are recommended.
          *A travel chair is suggested.
          *Hand sanitizer will be available.
    New Leaf Sensory Garden
    776 Rosedale Road
    Kennett Square, PA 19348
    $5 TLC and CCBA members
    $10 non-members