Upcoming Events

Magic & Mystery at Crooked Creek
October 2, 2022
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
$50 per child

Bring your child out for an approximately 1.5 mile magical hike at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek. Children will meet several delightful characters along the Discovery and Shrub Swamp trails and gather all the ingredients they need to create their very own magic crystal wands to take home. Participants will also play nature-themed games and be provided with a delicious snack.

This 1/2 day (4 hour) camp is best suited for children ages 8-12 years of age. Parents should plan to drop children off at 1pm and pick them back up at 5pm.

Class size is limited.

Camp cost is $50/child + $4.67 in Eventbrite service & processing fees.

REGISTER FOR MAGIC & MYSTERY AT CROOKED CREEK BY CLICKING HERE.

Monthly Nature Lessons for Elementary Age Homeschool Students
Second Tuesday of Every Month
October 2022 through May 2023
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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 – Snowflake Science

February 14th -- TBD

March 14th -- TBD

April 11th -- TBD

May 9th -- TBD

Each session is $10/child or register for all 8 sessions for $65 (save $15).  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.

REGISTER FOR THE OCTOBER 11TH NATURE LESSON BY CLICKING HERE.

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

Armstrong Nature Book Club: Deeply Rooted
October 11, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
No cost to participate

The featured book for the October meeting is The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

Armstrong Nature Book Club: Deeply Rooted will meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek. 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 OCTOBER 11TH BOOK CLUB MEETING BY CLICKING HERE.

Preschool Story Time
October 12, 2022
11:30 a.m.
FREE

The Outdoor Discovery Center and Ford City Library are teaming up for Preschool Story Time.  We'll be reading Leaf Dance by Bobby Pearlman, taking a short hike, doing a fun activity or two, and eating snacks.

Registration for this free event is required.

REGISTER FOR PRESCHOOL STORY TIME BY CLICKING HERE.

Paper Making Workshop
October 16, 2022
1-4 p.m.
$20 per adult and $10 per child (17 and under)

Bring the family out for a fun and educational paper making workshop, led by Katy Dement, the Paper Lady.  Participants of all ages will assist in the making of paper by hand, beating fibers to a pulp.  Making sheets of paper embellished with a collection of choice natural material all held together with natural science - not glue!  The "wet-on-wet" collage methods are tactile and spontaneous, rendering a creative or literal map of time and place.

Each participant will go home with one or more artworks.  Participants will gain a better understanding on fiber, water and nature science, paper history and cooperation.

All materials are provided during the workshop.

Eventbrite service and processing fees will also apply ($2.85 per adult and $2.24 per child).

REGISTER FOR THE PAPER MAKING WORKSHOP BY CLICKING HERE.

Youth Water Quality Education Project Kickoff
November 5, 2022
10am to 12pm
FREE

Click here for detailed information or visit https://www.armstrongcenter.org/odc-events/youth-water-quality-education/

PA Master Naturalist Certification Training
August 10 - October 26, 2022

Registration is closed for the Fall 2022 cohort.  Click here to view the flyer.  Visit our PA Master Naturalist page for more information!