School Programs

Field Trips

Fees & General Information

Fees: Group Programs for School students are $6/person ($8 in May) for an hour and a half visit.
For an extended stay of 3 hours the fee is $8/person ($10 in May). Teachers are always free!
In addition, for ages five and up, one chaperone per twelve students is free. For children under five, one chaperone for every six children is free.

Weather: Programs are held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, program will be cancelled or rescheduled if possible.

General Information: The Visitor Center houses an exhibit area featuring information on local habitats and animals, a gift shop, auditorium, restrooms, offices, and small kitchen area. Nearby are picnic areas, gardens, and the ‘Off the Trail’ kids playing area.

For Programs at Your Location: $250 for a one-hour program (includes two SLNC staff members). Discounts available for multiple programs scheduled for the same day. Also, if the driving distance is more than ten miles away from SLNC, there will be an additional fee for mileage.

Please note for all programs scheduled for a group: A deposit of $60.00 is required to secure date. Balance due on day of program. No refund of deposit unless program is cancelled by the Nature Center.

To register for a program, contact PattiAnn Cutter at pacutter@buckscounty.org or 267-880-5022.

Earthship – group tours: $6/person with a MIN #of 10 (that need to be paid for even if not 10 in attendance). The free public tours will resume in the spring.

Energy Now!

For grades 4 – 6

Fun and interactive, Energy Now! will teach you and your students about the basic forms and principles of energy. Learn where energy comes from, why we need it, and how to practice energy conservation. Try the Energy Bike, fly a solar balloon, measure the wind, experiment at the sound stations and more.

The Field Trip can be a stand-alone visit, or complemented with teacher workshop and in-class program. Workshop includes materials.

“Energy Now! has a lot of great information about energy that we can incorporate into our science curriculum. Thank you for everything from myself and the other fourth grade teachers. The students and teachers enjoyed the program. You did a great job!” – Corey Latsch – Grandview Elementary

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Pond Study

Using nets, students will collect a variety of aquatic organisms and learn how plants and animals interact in a pond.  This class emphasizes the community aspect of an aquatic environment and how it relates to a healthy pond.

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Hibernation Happens

Winter is here. What happens to animals that live near? Do they sleep, migrate, or freeze? Let’s crawl into the hibernation hut to learn about their strategies. Crawl through a tunnel into the Hibernation Hut, where our animal friends (puppets) will talk about their winter lives. This program is appropriate for children in Pre-school through First Grade, and can be held at our location or  yours.

Habitats are Where It’s At

Come and discover the variety of habitats we have at Silver Lake Nature Center.  The preserve, which is home to rare and endangered species, contains wetlands, forests, meadows, and open water. The students will be able to have an experience in nature that is truly different, while discovering the plants and animals in each habitat. Through fun activities, they will learn the difference between living and non-living (biotic and abiotic), learn the four essentials of life, and how people can affect habitats.

This program can be done year round and is appropriate for Preschool to early elementary grades.

Watersheds and Wetlands

Watersheds and Wetlands Comprehensive Program for Students and Teachers
A multi-step approach to the PA Academic Watershed and Wetlands Standard for teachers and students
ACT 48 Approved
This program supplies a thorough understanding of concepts and vocabulary, and provides reinforcement of knowledge learned through field trips and service projects.

A brief description of the 4-Steps (each “step” is a stand-alone program):

1. Students will be introduced to Watersheds and Wetlands with a classroom visit from Silver Lake Nature Center. The Center’s staff will utilize models and games to involve the students in an exciting, active learning experience. This program is an excellent way to become familiarized with all of the concepts contained within this standard. Time: one to one and a half hour.

2. Teachers will observe students in the classroom during a visit from the Nature Center and receive additional background material.

3. Teachers and students will participate in a visit to Silver Lake Nature Center which will provide a hands-on, experiential component. Standards will be reinforced through watershed walks, pond studies, and other appropriate outdoor wetland activities. Time: three hours at the Nature Center

4. Teachers, with assistance from Silver Lake Nature Center, will guide their students in   a Wetlands and Watershed Serve & Learn Project. Follow-up assistance in the way of post trip materials and resources will be provided by the Center to ensure teachers and students have a firm grasp of the standard. Time: varies with scope of project from 1 hour and up.

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In-Class Programs

Can’t come to the Nature Center?

Let Silver Lake staff guide you and your students through a variety of environmental studies.

Carbon Capture/Climate Change

Watersheds and Wetlands

Energy Now!

Wastewater Treatment

Skins & Skulls

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Hibernation Happens

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Fees are $250 for an hour long fun and interactive program. Discount for multiple bookings for consecutive hours on same day. We provide all materials. Please call 215-785-1177 or email silverlakenaturecenter@buckscounty.org for details.

 

Education Committee

Join a group of local educators from a variety of organizations who meet on a quarterly basis to assist the Nature Center’s Education Department by guiding and critiquing its programs. contact PattiAnn Cutter at pacutter@buckscounty.org or 267-880-5022.

Current Member list:

PattiAnn Cutter – Educator, PA Certified Teacher, Silver Lake Nature Center
Terri Giardine – Principal, Lincoln Elementary
Patricia Merkel – Pennsbury, retired Teacher
Pam Morris – Retired Pennsbury Teacher

Becky Obert-Thorn – Pennsbury Environmental Science Teacher

Holly Priestly – Burlington Township High School, Chemistry and Biology teacher

Jim Sell – Director, Lower Bucks Campus – Bucks County Community College

Lorraine Skala – Education Director Silver Lake Nature Center
Bill Smith – Science Chair, Bristol Borough High School

Student Opportunities

Students have a variety of opportunities at Silver Lake Nature Center, whether it’s participating in our science and ecology research or meeting graduation requirements. You will gain valuable work experience at the same time.

HIGHER EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Undergraduate and postgraduate student internships are available on a volunteer basis. Please contact the Center for details.

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HIGHER EDUCATION & HIGH SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES

MONTHLY VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS
Monthly Volunteer Work Days provide a great way to help out the Nature Center while earning volunteer hours.

GRADUATION PROJECTS and COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
Students who need volunteer hours to graduate or complete course requirements can complete that community service here at the Center.

COMMITTEES
Volunteer to serve on an event committee or to serve on one of the Board committees–Facilities and Grounds, Marketing, and Education.

PERSONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS
The grounds of the Nature Center are ideal for a variety of personal research projects. Past projects have included water sampling and surveys of plants and animals.

Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

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MIDDLE SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES

MONTHLY VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS
Monthly Volunteer Work Days provide a great way to help out the Nature Center while earning volunteer hours. (Minors must be accompanied by a guardian over 18 years old)

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