Upcoming Events

Youth Water Quality Education & Engagement Projects for High School Students
FREE

Learn more about the Youth Water Quality Education and Engagement projects for high school students by visiting https://www.armstrongcenter.org/odc-events/youth-water-quality-education/.  Here, you will learn about our water quality education and engagement projects, such as building catfish spawning boxes, designing water quality games and activities for elementary students, tree planting for stream bank stabilization, touring a sewage treatment plant, etc.

Armstrong Nature Book Club: Deeply Rooted
Meets Monthly at the ODC at 7:00pm
No cost to participate

Upcoming Book Club Meeting Dates & Featured Books:

  • March 14, 2023:  Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson.
  • April 11, 2023:  Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Sinard.
  • May 9, 2023:  Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.
  • June 20, 2023:  The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Signs and Clues by Tristan Gooley.

Armstrong Nature Book Club: Deeply Rooted will meet each month at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek at 7:00pm. Open to all, this book club focuses on nature-themed books and is particularly suited for those with an avid interest and curiosity in nature-related topics, human interactions with nature, and how these concepts can personally relate to each individual reader. The book club will be facilitated by a member of the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program. Participants are limited to the first 20 registrants. We hope to see you there!

REGISTER FOR THE MARCH 14th BOOK CLUB MEETING BY CLICKING HERE.

Workshop: Fire Craft -- A Knee-High Fire in Five Minutes in the Pouring Rain
February 11, 2023 at 12:00pm
$35/person (must be at least 13 years of age to attend)

Join instructors from True North Wilderness Survival School to learn how you can quickly and easily build an emergency fire in as little as five minutes, even when it’s raining! During this hands-on program, you will learn about fire building techniques, gear, and other survival tips that will help to dispel many common myths and misconceptions.

This fun and easy program is intended, not only to help you to better protect yourself and others in the outdoors when help is delayed or unavailable, but to help you to get the most out of your next outdoor adventure.  Better yet, you’ll get the chance to enjoy the Winter afternoon sipping hot cocoa chatting with the True North and Outdoor Discovery Center staff.

For ages 13 years and up. In order to maximize your learning experience, space is limited.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE FIRE CRAFT WORKSHOP.

Monthly Nature Lessons for Elementary Age Homeschool Students
Second Tuesday of Every Month - October 2022 through May 2023
NEXT CLASS:  February 14, 2023
1:00pm to 3:00pm

The Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek will offer elementary age homeschool students a nature lesson each month.  The two-hour program will run the second Tuesday of every month, October 2022 – May 2023 from 1pm-3pm.  Sessions will take place at the Outdoor Discovery Center, and include a fun and hands-on mix of nature lessons, crafts, games, hikes, experiments, and more.

Depending on the topic we will make use of our indoor and outdoor classrooms; our animal room which has an impressive display of mounted, taxidermized mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish; our lawn and trails.

Tentative Class Topics:

  • October 11th – Where’s that Woolly Bear Caterpillar Going?
  • November 8th – Pumpkin Science
  • December 13th - Migration & Hibernation.  How do animals get ready for winter? 
  • January 10th – Icicles, snowflakes, blizzards, and evergreen trees.
  • February 14th - Awesome Opossums.  We'll explore why opossums are so fascinating.   Not only are opossums the only marsupial native to North America, they also have more teeth than any other mammal in North America, as well as opposable thumbs and a prehensile tail that allow them to superbly climb trees.
  • March 14th - TBD
  • April 11th - TBD
  • May 9th - TBD

Each session is $10/child.  Advanced registration is required so that we may plan accordingly.  You may pay by cash or check (made payable to the Armstrong Center for Community Learning) the day of the class.

Class size is limited.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE FEBRUARY 14TH NATURE LESSON FOR HOME SCHOOL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS.

If you have questions please contact Program Coordinator, Rachel Filippini at [email protected] or call 724-543-2599.

Life in a Vernal Pond Program
March 25, 2023
10am-2pm
$25/person (ages 15+)

Join naturalist, April Claus for an in-depth examination of the ecology of Pennsylvania vernal ponds.  This class will introduce you to these unique breeding pools and showcase the behaviors of some of our most endearing amphibian species.  Participants will learn how to identify amphibian egg masses and meet some live specimens of native salamanders, toads and frogs who utilize these fleeting spring ponds.

The first portion of the workshop will be held indoors at the Outdoor Discovery Center, and after lunch the group will visit a nearby vernal pond to make observations in the field.

Participants should bring their own brown bag lunch/drink and be dressed to go outdoors and tromp through muddy conditions.

Topics covered will include discussions about vernal pond inhabitants, mole salamander genetics, symbiotic relationships and the best management practices for protecting vernal ponds on your own property.  This program is geared towards adults or teens with a strong interest in biology/herpetology.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE LIFE IN A VERNAL POND PROGRAM.

Nature Photography Class for Every Season by Professional Photographer Donna Weckerly

Learn to take beautiful nature photographs in any season using your cell phone.

Each 2-hour class will take place at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek and will include some light hiking.

Register for individual classes or for all four classes covering all four seasons.  Each class is $10/student or register now for the entire four seasons for $35 (save $5).

February 4, 2023 10am-12pm
April 11, 2023 5:30pm-7:30pm
July 6, 2023 6pm – 8pm
October 7th 10am-12pm   

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ONE OR ALL FOUR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES!

Young Explorers Camp
June 5 - June 9, 2023
4 - 7 Year Old Children
$90 per child (discount available for siblings)

Your 4-7 year old is invited to join us for our Young Explorers Camp this summer.  This is a half-day (9am-12:30pm) camp, running from Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9, 2023.  Camp will include a variety of nature & environmental related games, crafts, experiments, and outdoor exploration.

Camp activities will be held both inside and outside the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek.

We will supply a morning snack.  Campers will supply their own bag lunch each day to eat from 12-12:30pm right before they leave camp.

Each camper will receive a t-shirt.

Camp cost: $90/camper.  A 15% discount given when registering a sibling(s) at the same time. This sibling discount applies to the second, third, etc. sibling in either the Young Explorers or Discovery camps.

Registration is payable by check to the Armstrong Center for Community Learning.  Registration must be received by May 29th to secure your child’s spot in the Young Explorers Camp.

Refund policy: Registration fees can only be refunded if withdrawals are received prior to the registration deadline.

Please print out and complete this registration packet for the Young Explorers Camp.  If you would like the camp registration packet mailed to you, please email ODC Program Coordinator, Rachel Filippini at  [email protected] or call 724-543-2599.

If the cost of camp is an impediment to your child attending please contact [email protected]

Discovery Camp
June 26 - June 30, 2023
8 - 12 Year Old Children
$180 per child (discount available for siblings)

Your 8-12 year old is invited to join us for our Discovery Camp this summer.  This is a full-day (9am-4pm) camp, running from Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30, 2023.  Camp will include a variety of nature & environmental related games, crafts, experiments, and outdoor exploration!

Camp activities will be held both inside and outside the Outdoor Discovery Center and make use of the Crooked Creek Recreation Area as well.

We will supply a morning and afternoon snack.  Campers will supply their own bag lunch each day.

Each camper will receive a t-shirt.

Camp cost: $180/camper.  A 15% discount given when registering a sibling(s) at the same time. This sibling discount applies to the second, third, etc. sibling in either the Young Explorers or Discovery camps.

Registration is payable by check to the Armstrong Center for Community Learning.  Registration must be received by June 19th to secure your child’s spot in the Discovery Camp.

Refund policy: Registration fees can only be refunded if withdrawals are received prior to the registration deadline.

Please print out and complete this registration packet for the Discovery Camp.  If you would like the camp registration packet mailed to you, please email ODC Program Coordinator, Rachel Filippini at  [email protected] or call 724-543-2599.

If the cost of camp is an impediment to your child attending please contact [email protected]

PA Master Naturalist Certification Training

Registration is closed for the PA Master Naturalist Fall 2022 training cohort.  Click here to view the flyer to learn more about becoming a PA Master Naturalist, or visit our PA Master Naturalist page for more information!

For information about the upcoming PA Master Naturalist Class at the ODC in Fall 2023, contact Rachel Filippini, ODC Program Coordinator at [email protected].

 

Armstrong Center for Community Learning

Armstrong Center for Community Learning