Discovery Institute

Connect with community, nature, and science while developing skills and knowledge with regional experts. Discover something new! Discovery Institute workshops are designed for adults and interested learners to take a deep dive into the featured topic.

Ironweed with Perched Swallowtail Butterfly

Gardening for Wildlife Webinar

Saturday, March 27, 10 AM
$8, $5 for Members

In this Premium Virtual Program, learn how to attract birds, bees, butterflies and even bats to your backyard from a master gardener. Discover how plant type and specific features can help determine the wildlife species found in an area. 

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Composting Food Scraps

You Can Compost! Virtual Workshop

Sunday, April 18, 2 pm
$8, $5 for Members

In this Premium Virtual Program, learn tricks for turning waste materials like kitchen scraps and fallen leaves into a valuable soil amendment - compost! Discover the many benefits of compost for soil and plant health and walk away with ideas for your own backyard recycling center.

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Rain Barrel in a backyard garden

Rain Barrel Virtual Workshop

Thursday, April 29, 7 pm
$8, $5 for Members

Interested in collecting rain to water your garden? In this Premium Virtual Program, learn the process of constructing your own, fully functioning rain barrel and the benefits of having one.

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Nature Sketch of three birds perched on branches by Dave Hughes

Outdoor Nature Sketching I & II

Saturday, May 15, 12 PM
Saturday, May 22, 10:30 AM
$25, $15 for Members

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Hawk Mountain while learning the fundamentals of nature sketching with local wildlife artist and raptor enthusiast Dave Hughes. Program will begin with a live raptor encounter and include a hike outside for artistic inspiration.

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Blooming Dogwood

Wonders of Wildflowers

Saturday, May 15, 1 PM
$10, $5 for Members

Join Kutztown University ecologist Dr. Chris Sacchi for a casual walk featuring the identification of spring flowering plants and general information about forest ecology. 

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Nature Writing Graphic

Nature Writing: A Mindfulness Approach

Saturday, May 22, 1 PM
$20, $15 for Members

Unwind and immerse yourself in nature. Practice writing and mindfulness techniques to open the senses to the healing properties of the forest and its trees. Self-proclaimed non-writers and seasoned journalers are warmly welcomed.

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Nature Offering Medicine Bag

Nature Offering Bag Workshop

Saturday, May 29, 10 AM

Practice art-making with intention and create a leather bag for your journeys in nature. Use leather tools and hand stitching techniques on buckskin to create your bag. After, we will explore the beautiful area at Hawk Mountain to give an offering and connect with nature.

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Medicine Drum Circle

Medicine Drum Making Workshop

Saturday, May 29, 10 AM

Create your own hide drum—great for drum circles or meditation—then join us for a ceremony in a special natural space! This single sided drum is crafted using a wooden maple hoop and a stretched hide head and lacing of your choosing (Price varies for different hide options). Visit with a live raptor during our break. 

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