NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.– The Environment Center (CFE) at Westminster College will host a series of outdoor educational events for community members, children and families this summer.
The CFE is kicking off its summer education program with “Reducing Stress and Improving Focus with Natural Therapy” from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, at the College’s Field Station, 937 Fayette-New Wilmington Road in New Wilmington.
Offered for both adults and children, participants experience the mental and physical benefits of being in nature. Parents learn the psychology behind the practice of nature therapy while children immerse themselves in nature play.
Throughout the summer, the CFE will offer a variety of family-friendly, child-friendly, and adult-oriented community education programs. All fees collected are used to support additional environmental education programs.
Other summer programs are:
Celebrate Independence Day with the CfE: Learn about nature’s fireworks at this family-friendly event: fireflies. Participants can also taste honey from Westminster College’s apiary. Then head to Brittain Lake for the 3rd of July celebrations in Westminster with the River City Brass Band and fireworks by Pyrotecnico. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 3 July. Free event but donations accepted.
Creative Outdoor TikTok Videos Hacks: At this free event, high school students will learn how to use simple tricks to record creative videos in nature and edit them on the phone to share on TikTok. Participants should download the Splice app. 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 8.
Macroinvertebrate and electrofishing demonstration: Meet at the Brittain Lake Dock on the Westminster campus to learn about the diversity of macroinvertebrates and fish found in Little Neshannock Creek. Ecologists from Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. will demonstrate sampling techniques. Saturday, July 9, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is a fee for this event.
nature at night: Bring your flashlight for this nighttime walk to learn how to use senses other than sight to attune yourself to nocturnal wildlife. Join a naturalist and former Scoutmaster on a leisurely after-dark hike at the Field Station, with stops along the way to observe flora and fauna. Recommended from 5 years. 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday 13 July. There is a fee for this event.
Visit the Westminster College Apiary: This session is designed for children over 10 years old and is aimed at those who want to learn about beekeeping. Participants will get hands-on experience opening hives in the apiary, identifying brood, honey, and more. Coats, hoods and gloves will be available. This event is not recommended for people with bee allergies. Saturday, July 16, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is a fee for this event.
The Joy of Birds – Beginning Bird Watching and Bird Activities for Kids: Harness the power of observation in this family-friendly session to hear and watch birds, complete with hands-on activities, storytelling and study time, a birding hike through the forest, and time to create a bird project! Binoculars recommended. Wednesday, July 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is chargeable.
STEM field research: Interested in a career in STEM? Join current Westminster students doing STEM fieldwork this summer to learn more about their projects and help collect some samples and data. This free event is open to current high school students. 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 22.
Tips for Sustainable Living & Tiny House Tour: Stop by our table at the Farmers Market on Vine Street and Chestnut Street in New Wilmington on Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for some sustainable living tips like composting and the Learn how to reduce plastic waste. Visit Westminster’s Tiny House on Prospect Street for a free tour from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
service to nature: Do you need service hours for your school or organization? Join us for some fun and hard work, plant trees and flowers, paint picnic tables, build birdhouses and more! This free event is aimed at high school students. 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, July 25
Upcycled Bird Houses: This is a hands-on experience in making birdhouses from recycled pallet wood that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Tools and materials are provided for each team of two. This event is designed for people aged 15 and over and is subject to a fee. 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday 30 July.
Starry sky – The summer night sky: Join us for this family-friendly session to see thousands of stars and explore the Milky Way up close on this tour of the night sky. Binoculars and reflecting optical telescopes are used to observe the most prominent constellations visible in summer. Campfire S’mores to follow! Wednesday, August 3, 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. There is a fee for this event.
Science of Honey Bees: High school students get their hands dirty opening hives, identifying brood, honey, and more in this free program! equipment provided. Not recommended for bee allergy sufferers. 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, August 12.
Click here for a full list of programs and more details about each session or to register.
Registration is required for events and most workshops are $10. Scholarships are available to people with financial needs. Select sessions are wheelchair accessible. Please call for details and to inquire about participants with other challenges.
For questions about CFE summer programs, please contact Kate Miller at email@example.com or 724-946-7404 or visit https://www.westminster.edu/environment.