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Center for the Environment

 

Community Educational Events

 

Date/Time

Program

Ages

Location

 

Wednesday, June 29


6:00-8:00 p.m.

Reduce Stress and Improve Focus with Nature Therapy for Adults AND Kids!

Experience the mental and physical benefits of being in nature. Parents will learn about the psychology behind the practice of nature therapy, while kids are immersed in nature play. Together, parents and kids will have the opportunity to go on a mindfulness nature walk to experience what the Japanese call "shinrin yoku" or "forest bathing" – the process of taking in nature’s atmosphere through our senses.

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Family Friendly
Westminster College Field Station

937 Fayette-New Wilmington Rd,
New Wilmington, PA 16142

 

Sunday, July 3


6:00-8:00 p.m.

Independence Day Celebration with the CfE

Join faculty and students from the Center for the Environment to learn about nature’s fireworks (fireflies) and to try some of nature’s sweetener (honey) from our apiary. Honey-coated popcorn available. Look for our flag near Brittain Lake. Donations support CfE educational programming. Registration not required.

**FREE EVENT & Registration not required**

Family Friendly
Westminster College Field Station

937 Fayette-New Wilmington Rd,
New Wilmington, PA 16142

 

Friday, July 8


1:00-3:00pm

High School Program: Hacks for Creative Outdoor TikTok Videos

**FREE EVENT** In this session, you will apply simple hacks for shooting creative videos in nature and editing them on your phone for sharing on TikTok. We will use the Splice app for this session (www.spliceapp.com) . You will also need a TikTok account.

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High School Students
Westminster College Field Station

937 Fayette-New Wilmington Rd,
New Wilmington, PA 16142

 

Saturday, July 9


1:30-3:30pm

Macroinvertebrate & Electrofishing Demonstration

Learn about the diversity of macroinvertebrates and fish present in the Little Neshannock Creek. Ecologists from Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. will demonstrate macroinvertebrate and electrofishing sampling techniques. Electrofishing is a technique that uses electricity to temporarily stun fish and allow them to be caught without harming them. Participants will see live fish and macroinvertebrates up close before they are released back into the stream. Meet at the dock on Brittain Lake.

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Family Friendly
Meet at the dock on Brittain Lake

 

Wednesday, July 13


8:30-10:00pm

Nature at Night

Join a naturalist and a former scout master on a relaxed pace hike at the Field Station in darkness with stops along the way to observe the flora and fauna. Learn how to use the senses other than sight to tune into the nocturnal wildlife. Hiking boots/shoes, long pants/shirts, and non-scented bug spray/lotion recommended. Please bring a flashlight. Recommended for ages 5+.

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Family Friendly
(recommended for ages 5+)
Westminster College Field Station

937 Fayette-New Wilmington Rd,
New Wilmington, PA 16142

 

Saturday, July 16


1:30-3:30pm

Westminster College Apiary Tour

This session is designed for people interested in learning about beekeeping. Participants will get hands-on in the apiary - opening hives, identifying brood, honey, and much more! Bee coats, hoods, and gloves will be provided. If you are allergic to bees, this is not a session for you!

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Ages 10+
Westminster College Field Station

937 Fayette-New Wilmington Rd,
New Wilmington, PA 16142

 

Wedesday, July 20


6:00-8:00pm

The Joy of Birds: Beginning Birding & Bird Activities for Kids

Be a bird detective. Use your powers of observation to listen and watch for birds all around us. This evening will include hands-on activities, story and learning time, a birding hike through the woods, and time to create an artistic bird project. (Please bring binoculars if you have them -- some binoculars will be available for use.)

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Family Friendly
Westminster College Field Station

937 Fayette-New Wilmington Rd,
New Wilmington, PA 16142

 

Friday, July 22


1:00-3:00pm

High School Program: STEM Field Research

**FREE EVENT** Are you interested in exploring a career in a STEM field? Join current Westminster students who are doing field research this summer. Learn about their research project and help them collect some samples and/or data.

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High School Students
Westminster College Field Station

937 Fayette-New Wilmington Rd,
New Wilmington, PA 16142

 

Saturday, July 23


9:00am-1:30pm

Sustainable Living Tips & Tiny House Tour

**FREE EVENT** Stop by our table at the Farmers Market at the corner of Vine and Chestnut Streets (9:00am-1:00pm) to learn about sustainable living tips like how to compost and how to reduce plastic waste. Then head over to Westminster's tiny house on Prospect St. (12:30-1:30pm) for a tour and meet the student who is currently living there!

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Family Friendly
Farmers Market & Prospect Street

 

Monday, July 25


1:00-3:00pm

High School Program: Service for Nature

**FREE EVENT** Are you in need of service hours for your school or organization or do you like to work outdoors? Join us for fun and hard work planting trees or flowers, painting picnic tables, building bird houses, and more!

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High School Students
Westminster College Field Station

937 Fayette-New Wilmington Rd,
New Wilmington, PA 16142

 

Saturday, July 30


1:30-3:30pm

Upcycled Bird Houses

Hands-on experience creating bird houses from recycled pallet wood that would otherwise end up in a landfill. We supply the tools and materials. One bird house kit will be supplied to every two-person team. Time permitting, the session will include a demonstration of pallet deconstruction and an educational visit to the Field Station’s bird blind. $10 per two-person team (only one person per pair needs to register).

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Ages 15+
Westminster College Field Station

937 Fayette-New Wilmington Rd,
New Wilmington, PA 16142

 

Wednesday, August 3


9:00-10:30pm

Stargazing: The Summer Night Sky

See thousands of stars and explore the Milky Way from up close in this tour of the night sky. We will use binoculars and optical reflector telescopes to observe the most prominent constellations visible to us in the summer and talk about the mythology and lore associated with them. Stick around after the event for s’mores around a camp fire. In case of cloudy or inclement weather, this activity will be moved indoors into the planetarium at Hoyt Science Center (registrants will be notified of any changes via email).

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Family Friendly
Westminster College Field Station

937 Fayette-New Wilmington Rd,
New Wilmington, PA 16142

 

Friday, August 12


1:00-3:00pm

High School Program: Science of Honeybees

**FREE EVENT** You will get hands-on in the apiary - opening hives, identifying brood, honey, and much more! Bee coats, hoods, and gloves will be provided. If you are allergic to bees, this is not a session for you!

 Register

High School Students
Westminster College Field Station

937 Fayette-New Wilmington Rd,
New Wilmington, PA 16142