May 7, 2010
** Berks County Nature **
Now 8 years old!
Activities of Organizations in Berks County, Pennsylvania
This site contains information about programs, field trips, exhibits and organizations relating to natural history in and around Berks County, Pennsylvania. Programs and events are open to the public. 
Mengel Natural History Society  .To receive a monthly email notice of programs and field trips sponsored by the Mengel Natural History Society send an email request to 
Mengel Natural History Society
2009-2010 Programs (4-4-10) 
Baird Ornithological Club. 2009-2010 Programs (3-16-10) 
Berks Mineralogical Society
Site moving to a new host.
 Butterflies seen in 2010
(35 species. Last addition 5-9)
Planetarium -Reading Public Museum
Lancaster Butterfly & Ent. Club
Butterfly Walks 2010
Reading Public  Museum
Birds seen in 2009 (249 species)
Berks County Conservancy
Nolde Forest
Bird & butterfly sightings 2003-09
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Monocacy Hill Conservation
 Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club
Pike -Oley-District Preservation Coalition
Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society
Blue Marsh Lake
Virtual Natural History Museum of Southeast Pennsylvania
Orchids of Berks County, Pennsylvania by Hans Wilkens
A checklist published by the MNHSoc.
 Pottstown Butterflies

Berks County RECYCLE info

 Muhlenberg Botanic Club
 Thursday Botany Walks
 Green Lane Nature Center
Reading Planetarium
Star shows every Sunday in April, May, June (except April 4.)
1 p.m. - "In My Backyard" 
2 p.m. - "IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System" 
3 p.m. - "Astronaut"
Check the link for admission and other information. Free to Museum members.
 Nolde Forest
Aoril 17, 2010      Saturday  9 am to 3 pm
"Volunteer Work Day"
Nolde Forest Environmental Education staff invites you to volunteer for an outdoor clean-up and project day.  Work with Center staff maintaining trails and teaching areas. Projects may include widening trails and trail maintenance; removal of invasive plant species; cleaning trail gutters and drains; boundary line maintenance, or other tasks as needed. This work is most appropriate for teenagers to adults.  Groups and individuals are welcome for the morning (9-12), afternoon (1-3), or all day.  All tools are provided.  Bring a bag lunch if staying all day.  Please register your participation to ensure an appropriate project is available.
Mengel Natural History Society
April 18, 2010   Sunday     1:00 PM   Field Trip
"State Game Lands 52 - Spring Ephemerals"  led by Ryan Woolwine 610-777-2333 & Mike Slater 610-775-3757.  A good spot for spring ephemeral wildflowers along the Head waters of Black Creek. The area where we will hike is a boulder filled woods and a little bit of rock hopping is required other wise it is an easy walk. Meet at large parking lot on west side of MapleGrove Rd. about 2.5 miles south of Maple Grove Dragway and just north of the bridge over theTurnpike.
Green Lane Park
April 18, 2010    Sunday   2 pm 
"Edible and Medicinal Plants"  Take a walk on the “wild” side with naturalist Ruth King. Spring is the best time for wild edible greens. Which plants are safe to eat? How do you prepare them for eating? Some medicinal uses will be covered as well. Ages 12 and up; free; meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration required (610) 270-0215.
How many food
calories in a gallon of
Most of us know how many food calories an adult needs per day, so in the debate over making ethanol from corn to replace gasoline, wouldn't it be nice to know how many food calories there are in a gallon of gasoline? Can you skip breakfast and drive to work on the energy you didn't eat? 
The answer is: the number of food calories in a gallon of gasoline is 31,500
For most adults this is the energy in about two weeks of food.
YOU can calculate this. How to calculate page.
Butterfly Enthusiasts
There is a small informal group of local butterfly collectors/observers in Berks Co. If you are interested in butterflies and would like to meet this group, contact. You are also invited to the butterfly walks found at the link at the top of the page.
You may contact the web master at the above address.
  Other Local Sources for Natural History Activities
The Weekend section of the Thursday issue of the Reading Eagle includes a "To Do" list which includes natural history activities.
Jack's Backyard, hosted by Jack Holcomb, on Saturdays at 8 to 10 am on WEEU, 830 AM, announces natural history activities at 8 am followed by 2 hours of call-ins and interviews about natural history.
Berks County Nature was created January 29, 2002.