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Pathways NEWSLETTER AND PROGRAM GUIDE SPRING/SUMMER 2010 2 M E E T Y O U R S TA F F Nature Robert Mercer-Silver Lake Nature Ctr. Craig Olsen-Peace Valley Nature Ctr. Center Directors Chris Stieber-Churchville Nature Ctr. Charles Yeske-Historic Properties Mgr Charles H. Martin James F. Cawley, Esq. Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia Chairman Vice Chairman LCSW A Message from the Bucks County Commissioners The Bucks County Parks & Recreation system is the third largest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Consisting of more than 9,000 acres, it is characterized by its diversity, beauty and regional charm. It is also filled with the potential for great fun. This year, we encourage you to “keep it local” in your quest for quality recreation opportunities. The Bucks County experience includes eight geographically unique parks, eight recreations sites, three nature centers, a grass-strip airport, a thriving horse park and the world renowned Moravian Pottery & Tile Works in Doylestown. Annually, more than 3,000,000 visitors enjoy our scenic venues. As your Board of Commissioners, we are committed to good stewardship of our parks. We also continue to acquire parkland with an eye toward future generations and larger open space planning goals. During 2009, in concert with the 45th anniversary of the Churchville Nature Center, we moved forward with construction planning of the Northampton Twp. facility’s green expansion. Ultimately, the project will earn LEED certification from the U.S. Green Build- ing Council. It will integrate geothermal wells, a green roof, rainwater storage, porous paving parking areas, solar panels and occupancy sensors. It also will provide a valuable model for future county construction ventures. Churchville Nature Center is one of our most popular educational destinations, offering school children a wide array of programs. On any given day, hundreds of students explore the natural wonders at Churchville, Peace Valley and Silver Lake Nature Cen- ter. We are proud of our naturalists and their trained staffs. For more information on how to maximize local opportunities for yourself, your family and your friends, please visit the county website, www.BucksCounty.org, and click on the Parks & Recreation link. You’ll discover the diversity and beauty we are proud to call home. INDEX 3 General Park Information ................................................................................................................. 4 Feature Article: General Services.................................................................................................. 5 Special Events .................................................................................................................................... 6 Other New Programs ......................................................................................................................... 9 Camps ................................................................................................................................................... 10 Nature Centers .................................................................................................................................... 11 Classes/Programs .............................................................................................................................. 14 Tennis .................................................................................................................................................... 17 Bus Tours and other information .................................................................................................. 20 Facilities ............................................................................................................................................... 21 Park Locations & Services .............................................................................................................. 23 Facility Directory ............................................................................................................................... 25 Registration Information .................................................................................................................. 26 Program Registration Form............................................................................................................. 27 Animal Trivia ....................................................................................................................................... 28 If you are not already on our mailing list or Pathways have a change of address or circumstance, Published twice yearly by the Bucks County Department please complete the form below. Print legibly of Parks and Recreation, 901 E. Bridgetown Pike, Lang- and mail or fax to: horne, PA 19047-1597. Telephone: 215-757-0571 or Fax: Bucks County Department of Parks 215-752-1421. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, and Recreation 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Website: buckscounty.org. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 901 E Bridgetown Pike The Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation, Langhorne, Pa 19047 established in 1953, is responsible for the acquisition, devel- FAX: 215-752-1421 opment, and preservation of open space and regional parks. Please print legibly : The Department seeks in every endeavor to improve the quality of life and environment for all Bucks County resi- Name______________________________________ dents, by working to enhance existing and projected recrea- Address____________________________________ tional and cultural needs for our County. The Department does not discriminate on the basis of dis- City ___________________________ ability in its programs, activities, or facilities. State ____ Zip Code ______________ COUNTY COMMISSIONERS We welcome suggestions for the Pathways or Charles H. Martin, Chairman James F. Cawley, Esq., Vice Chairman programs. Also, for change of address, Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW please enter the old name and/or address be- low PARKS & RECREATION BOARD MEMBERS Nelson E. Clements, Chairman - Lowell Musselman, Vice Chairman ___________________________________________ Penrose Hallowell, Ed Zielanski - Mary Schweiker - Charles Raudenbush Edward Child - Gerald H. Crandley ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ Executive Director: William M. Mitchell, CPRP Editor: Marianne Dubresson 4 G E N E R A L PA R K I N F O R M AT I O N • Call 215-489-5132 when After Hours Hotline Did You Know? planning special events for Don’t have time to call us during Park Reservations these parks and facilities: the day for information on our You may contact the main office in Peace Valley Park, Tohickon Val- programs? Just call the after Core Creek Park, Langhorne, at ley Park, Tinicum Park, Lake Tow- hours hot line for information on 215-757-0571 Monday—Friday 8 hee Park, Tinicum Park Barn, and upcoming programs and a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for information the grounds at the Moravian Pot- events. The telephone number regarding the following: tery and Tile Works. is 215-757-0571 after 5 p.m. • Renting one of the County’s Information about Bucks County only and on weekends/holidays. cabins, campsites, pavilions, or Parks rental reservations, pro- picnic groves, and their avail- grams, and facilities is available Discount Tickets ability. a t o u r w e b s i t e , Throughout the year, the De- • General information regarding www.buckscounty.org. partment offers discount tickets to any of the County’s many rec- For your convenience, VISA, ski and amusement parks. reation programs and facilities, MasterCard, cash and personal Winter tickets (December special events, historic facili- check payments are accepted for through March 15) include Jack ties, nature centers, and other all programs, cabins, campsites, Frost/Big Boulder, Blue Mountain, services, as well as whom to pavilions, and picnic grove rent- Camelback, Elk Mountain, and contact for more detailed infor- als. Bear Creek, Shawnee, Sno mation. Persons with Mountain For information on renting a Disabilities Summer tickets (May through Lower, Central, or Upper Bucks September) include: Busch Gar- Persons with speech or hearing County park or area of a park for dens, Dorney Park, Dutch Won- disabilities can use the Pennsyl- a wedding, family or work-related derland, Hershey Park, Morey’s vania Telecommunications Ser- event, fundraising activity, athletic Piers, PA Renaissance Faire, vice (TDD) toll free at 800-654- program, or for any other pur- Sesame Place, Six Flags (Great 5984 to make contact with the pose: Adventure), Kings Dominion, Department at 215-757-0571. • Call the main office when plan- This service offers specially Camelbeach, Williamsburg, Phila- ning special events for these trained Communications Assis- delphia Zoo, Baltimore Aquarium, parks and facilities: tants to help you get information Important Park Rules Core Creek Park, Silver Lake on our park system programs and Along with other park rules, Park, Playwicki Park, Oxford Val- facilities. The toll free number is SWIMMING AND ALCOHOL IS ley Pool, and Frosty Hollow Ten- available 7 days a week, 24 hours NOT PERMITTED IN ANY nis Center. a day. COUNTY PARK. PARENTS, TEACHERS, OR FRIENDS—ATTENTION– SUMMER JOBS! You may not have thought about us as a resource for summer jobs. Every year we look for qualified, enthusiastic peo- ple to work summers at the following locations (see below). We are now interviewing for summer facility jobs. If you know of someone young, old, or in between, who is looking for an interesting, fun summer job, please call us at the tele- phone numbers below: For jobs at: Core Creek Boat Rental, Oxford Valley Pool, or Frosty Hollow Tennis Center, please call Marianne Dubresson (215) 757-0571 Ext. 3311. For jobs at: Peace Valley Park Boat Rental or Tohickon Valley Park Pool, call Jill Unger (215) 489-5132. Please Note: Kids interested in lifeguarding at Tohickon Valley Park Pool must take the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Program (required by Pennsylvania State law) which is offered through the Central Bucks Family YMCA, Hatboro YMCA, Quaker- town YMCA. Other locations for the course are: the Central Bucks School District Community School, Marge Donohue, call (267) 893-5704, email@example.com; Pennridge High School Aquatic Dept. (215) 453-2728 and William Tennent High School in Warminster (215) 441-6181. If you have any questions about the pool or lifeguard positions, please call Jill Unger at (215) 489-5132 F E AT U R E A R T I C L E 5 Core Creek Boat Rental Gets A Total Makeover Marianne Dubresson– Supervisor, Lower Bucks County Parks Anyone who has ever visited Core Creek Boat Rental may remember the days of the small ‘shack’ that we ran our operations out of for the past 13 years. It was complete with a natural flooring of rocks, had excellent ventilation whether we liked it or not, and yes, the river ran through it in heavy rains. Back in 1996, the great flood passed through ( 3 feet of water IN the boat house) and we even had a nest of skunks living in the kayaks stored inside at the time. Now that was a scene, gently coaxing them out with a paddle! We used to have insulation in that building but the skunk incident quickly had us removing every bit of it which was easy since there were no interior walls. Whatever anyone would choose to call our little abode, the staff grew to like it and returned year after year. The end of the season was a real treat when I had to clean all the electronic equip- ment (computer, cash register, phone, etc.) I had never seen anything so filthy before and it was all off the ground. I remember one year, having to spread out all the dollar bills in our main office floor to let them dry out after a heavy downpour. Nothing stood flat in there, either. Every November, maintenance had to carefully transport 16 kayaks, 6 rowboats, 6 canoes, 2 aqua cycles, rescue boat/motor and 16 paddleboats for storage in the maintenance yard by the main office. I’m sure they won’t miss that chore! Yet, neither the floods nor the heavy winds would knock it down. Mind you, it was only sitting on cinder blocks. We also somehow managed to run all of our programs out of the ‘ol’ boat house (Jr. Boating Camps, Kayaking Classes, etc.), sell drinks, have a large fridge from Coca Cola, a desk and about 140 life jackets hanging. We even increased our number of programs last year. It was a bit sad to see it demolished, right before our very eyes. Oh, those were the days! Since June 28th, 2009, we had been operating out of a 28 foot trailer generously loaned to us from Middletown Township which we shared with them for their camps. We had moved up in the world as this had a large built-in fan, a comfortable couch, soft benches, drawers to keep our things in, an awning and windows that could be opened and closed. From this comfy little trailer, my staff has patiently watched their new boat house come to life, most anxious to occupy it. A new era is upon us! The new boat house is complete. The cinderblock walls and roof are intact, with a large roof fan, vents, and many windows and doors. All of this will enable us to increase our programs and have an area for our participants to enter in case of threatening weather. Of course, my staff have already asked for a couch and the obvious reply came out, but a nice desk, rolling chairs and a real refrigerator are awaiting them in the warehouse, ready to be brought down for the big celebration. They say that some things are worth waiting for. Our new boat house will be appreciated forever! Thank you to all who helped make our dream come true. Come check us out! Old Boathouse Interim Boat Facility New Boathouse 6 SPECIAL EVENTS Annual Wildflower Sale ! World of Science Summer Camp Churchville Nature Center, Holland W Peace Valley Nature Center April 24 & 25 and May 1 & 2 NE Chapman Rd., Doylestown 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. July 5-9 or August 16-20; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Come purchase a wide variety of plants for your garden, in- Experience real-life science dealing with solar energy/wind/ cluding native perennials, plants for attracting hummingbirds kinetic energy, hydro/hydrogen power, and your energy. Build and butterflies, aquatic plants and much more. Members Only: water balloon launchers, stomp rockets, solar cars, and much April 23, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. On this member’s only day, all more. Present an energy expo on the last day. Bring lunch members will receive first pick of plants and special discounts. and drink for each day. For students entering 5th-8th grades. Members spending $50 or more receive 5% off, $100 or more $165/members; $185/non-members. receive 10% off. ! Full Day Camps Peace Valley Nature Center Plant Sale W Silver Lake Nature Center Peace Valley Nature Center NE Bath Rd., Bristol Chapman Rd., Doylestown 7/5-8/13:9:00-4:00p.m. (ages 6-8/9-12) $180-$200/week May 1 & 2 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 7/12-16 &/or 7/26-30:9:00-4:00p.m. (13-17 yrs.)$200/$220/wk Go native! Many native perennials, shrubs, and trees will be Children will have the chance to investigate water, woodland, available. Knowledgeable folks will help you plan your gardens marsh, bugs, crayfish, frogs, and more through hands‐on to create your very own backyard habitat that will attract wildlife activities, games, and natural crafts. and create biodiversity in your community. For more information, please call the Nature Center at Teens will enjoy a week of Kayaking Adventures and/or a 215-345-7860. week of Outdoor Adventures! Extended-stay options available for all ages! Visit www.silverlakenaturecenter.org for more info. North American Migratory Bird Count Silver Lake Nature Center, Bath Rd., Bristol The following programs are held at May 8, 5:30 a.m.– 5:30 p .m. Peace Valley Nature Center FREE Chapman Rd, Doylestown Silver Lake coordinates the coverage Firefly Frolic for part of Bucks County. Friday, June 25 , 8:30 p.m. Help us with this national bird cen- sus. If you’d like to help, call 215-785- Search for the amazing light emitting beetle. Then Learn 1177 for details! We will meet at the more about this summer phenomenon. Enjoy a hike and Center at 5:30 AM and will bird until activities while searching and capturing these fine insects. about 5:30 PM, birding areas include Bat Bonanza Silver Lake Park, Delhaas Woods, Friday, July 9, 8:30 p.m. Neshaminy State Park and along the River. Games, activities, and bats! How do they hunt? Where do they go? Where are they during the day? Moonlight Canoe/Kayak Tours Croaks and Trills (Frog & Toad Search) Peace Valley Park Boat Rental Wed., May 5, 7:30 p.m. Creek Rd, New Britain Township Learn about the habits and habitats of these amphibians as June 26, July 24 , August 21 9:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. we scour the aquatic areas of the nature center FREE Programs Pre-registration IS required These tours are for intermediate and experienced kayakers and canoeists. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT A LEARN TO KAYAK OR CANOE PROGRAM!! The cost will be $12 per American Red Cross Small Craft Safety Course person for those without a kayak, canoe or life vest and covers CPR and First Aid the rental of these items and staff time. Those with a kayak or Tohickon Valley Pool, Peace Valley Boat Rental Nature Ctr. canoe, the cost is $8 per person and covers staff time and life June 21, 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. (Nature Center) vest. June 22 AND 23, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Boat Rental and pool) Each program will be different and conducted by the Peace Students participating in this program will learn about safety Valley Nature Center staff or volunteers of the Bucks County and emergency training in crafts such as canoes and kayaks. Astrological Society. For further information you may call (215) This program is for ages 14 years and older. Class size is 489-5132. The deadline to register is one week prior to the limited to 10 students. All participants will be asked to show date of the program. Attendance is limited to those 20 years of swimming proficiency at Tohickon Valley Pool. age or older. The maximum number of reservations is 16 peo- Bring a change of clothing, secure footwear for the water, and ple/ the minimum to hold the program is 8 people. No substitu- lunch. tions permitted. The staff is American Red Cross Small Craft Fee: $45/person includes all equipment and textbooks. Great Safety and CPR/First Aid trained. Registration on page 27 program for recreation and camp counselors Course#/Dates: #709 June 26 #710 July 24 #711 Aug. 21 SPECIAL EVENTS 7 Earth Day at Silver Lake Nature Center Kid’s/Father’s Day Fishing Derby Silver Lake Nature Center, Bath Rd., Bristol Peace Valley Park, Anglers Pier/Pavilion 1, New Britain ! April 17, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. FREE June 20, 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine) W NE Includes non-profit organizations for volunteering oppor- Giveaways! Prizes! Awards! All these can be yours when tunities and earth-friendly activities, live animal shows; arts you participate in this annual Fishing Derby. This very suc- crafts recycle exhibits; reduce; reuse, recycle exhibits; live en- cessful event will be held rain or shine. It is a catch and re- tertainment; food. There will be opportunities to participate in lease derby for boys and girls ages 5 to 15 years in four age composting practices, invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, categories. water monitoring, clean-up and much more. Event sponsored Pre-registration is required before June 1; the first 100 by the Dow Chemical Company. For more information, call registered get a free “goodie” bag. The fee is $7/child or $13/ 215-785-1177 www.silverlakenaturecenter.org family of 2 children or more. No refunds. Make checks payable to Doylestown Township Parks and Recreation Department and mail to: 425 Wells Road, Doylestown, PA 28th Annual Bucks County Senior Games 18901. Held at Various Locations Throughout the County June 1-11 Bring a bucket, bait, fishing pole, net, and barb-less hooks. $10 if registering BEFORE May 3 Children under 14 years must be accompanied by a parent or $15 if registering AFTER May 3 adult 18 years or older. Call 215-489-5132, 215-348-9915, or 215-443-5428, after May 3 for information. Senior Games is a great way to meet people with common Sponsored by the Bucks County Department of Parks and interests and to have fun. Participants come from all over the Recreation, Doylestown, Warminster, Warwick and Hilltown county, with over 400 seniors competing each year. The games Township Parks and Recreation Departments, and the Bucks are held for seniors 50+ with 22 events including golf, tennis, County Conservation District . Registration forms can be bowling, swimming, track and field, plus much more! picked-up at any of the township offices mentioned. The purpose of the Games is to encourage seniors to stay healthy and active and become more health-conscious. In addi- Do not use the registration form at the end of the Path- tion to the activities, there will be a Health Expo and talent ways newsletter. show. The Games are co-sponsored with the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, Bucks County Parks and Recreation, and Independence Blue Cross/Keystone Health Plan East. Activities will be held at various locations throughout the county. An awards luncheon will be held on June 11. Lenape Village POW-WOW For further information and event days/times listings, please call Core Creek Park, Langhorne 215-489-5132 (Bucks County Parks) or 215-348-6116 (Area July 24 (10:00a.m.-8:00p.m.) & 25 (10:00a.m.-6:00p.m.) Agency on Aging). Applications will be available beginning Admission at the gate: Adults $6, Students & Sr. $4 March 1st at the 2 co-sponsoring agencies and ALL 13 Sr. Cen- Children 4-12 $3; under age 4 is free ters in the county and all county regional libraries. Information and registration can Come out and join the Native Americans for two days of also be obtained on the Area Agency on fun.There will be Native American Crafters, food and dancing. Aging website at: Also included in the event will be our 1500’s era Lenape Vil- www.buckscounty.org..see bottom of lage, a teepee village, storytelling, face painting and Lenape home page for Sr. Games link games. Please call the Churchville Nature center for infor- mation at 215-357-4005. Scouts in uniform receive free ad- mission with a paying adult—1 Scout per paying adult Riverside Symphonia Fourth of July Concert Tinicum Park, River Rd (Rt. 32), Erwinna July 3, 8:00 p.m.-10 p.m. 9/11 Memorial-Patriot Games Peace Valley Park (Sailors Point) Bring your friends and family to this great annual outdoor con- East off Callowhill Rd, New Britain cert celebrating our nation’s birth. The Riverside Symphonia will September 11, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine) be offering pop and classical music selections under the stars. It is strongly advised that you purchase tickets in advance, Sponsored in cooperation with the Noell Maerz WTC Foun- since only a limited number of tickets will be available at the dation. A ”Triathlon” of friendly competition combining canoe- gate. Gates open at 6 p.m. Pre-paid tickets cost $22/adults, ing, biking and running within teams. The program is dedi- $10/children: At the gate: $27/adults, $10/children. Bring a pic- cated to the memory of Noell Maerz, an avid sports enthusi- nic dinner, lawn chairs, or a blanket. ast . The Noell Maerz World Trade Center (WTC) Foundation was set up by his family to honor his life. All proceeds go to IMPORTANT NOTE: No dogs, barbecue grills, glow neck- the Noell Maerz WTC Foundation, which assists underprivi- laces or sparklers will be permitted on the grounds. Handi- leged children and other non-profit groups. You may find in- cap accessible parking is available. For further information or to formation and a registration form on the web page purchase tickets, call 609-397-7300. www.noellmaerz.com or call 215-996-5656. 8 SPECIAL EVENTS Birding Heislerville & Cumberland Co.,NJ 3rd Annual Paddle Boat Regatta Silver Lake Nature Center; Bath Rd., Bristol Core Creek Park Boat Rental, Langhorne Saturday, March 20 , 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. $14 Members $18 Non-Members Join us for a fun filled time on beautiful Lake Luxembourg Join us as we explore the communities and habitats around the at Core Creek Park! Test your pedaling legs and register a Delaware Bay Shore for birds. At this time, the ducks are migrat- team for the race. The paddle boats hold 4 people. Each ing north. Call 215-785-1177 to pre-register. team will be given their own color. The fee is $5/cheering person. Recruit your own cheering section! Each specta- tor will receive a t-shirt in their favorite team's colors. Full Moon Hike and Campfire Boosters must register with Middletown Parks & Recreation Silver Lake Nature Center, Bath Rd., Bristol to receive their t-shirt in advance. Go to the township's Wednesday, April 28 ; 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. web site: http://www.middletowntwpbucks.org/parks Walk the trails as the first full moon of spring lights the way reveal- Racers will be issued life jackets, offered snacks and ing the new life of this young season. Enjoy light refreshments prizes. Racers must arrive by 4:45 p.m. to get outfitted with around a warm campfire. Fee: $5 for members and $7 for non- a boat. Racers are free. members. Call 215-785-1177 to pre-register. Maximum is 12 teams of 4 people, minimum is 3 teams. Must be 8 or older to pedal a boat. Registration is required one week prior to the event. Tile Festival For more information, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works please call Marianne at Swamp Rd (Rt. 313), Doylestown 215-757-0571 ext May 15 , 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. & May 16, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. 3311. Please complete the registration form on Take advantage of this unique opportunity to view historic and page 27 for your team. contemporary ceramic tiles featured by 50 or more artists, dealers Remember, racers are and collectors from around the country. Beautiful and rare exam- free: $5/cheering per- ples of handcrafted tiles will be on exhibit and available for pur- son.This is a great chase. Adult admission is $6 ($5 with this article), with a free tour spectator sport! of the Tile Works included. Kids are free. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s artifact collection and conservation efforts. Please, no pets. Rain or shine. For more information, please 19th Annual Water Garden Tour call 215-345-6722, ext. 23 or visit www.buckscounty.org/visitors Silver Lake Nature Center, Bath Rd., Bristol (click Tile Works). This event is sponsored with assistance pro- July 18 and July 25, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. vided by a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission gen- Take this self-guided tour of water gardens, big and small eral operating support grant. in Lower Bucks. You can visit wonderful ponds each Sun- day! Begin at Silver Lake Nature Center, where you get your tickets, the list of ponds and directions to each. Go at TILE WO RKS 2010 your own pace in your own car to each pond on the SPECIAL EDITION TILE tour. Please call 215-785-1177 for pricing and tickets. Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Early bird discount available! 130 Swamp Road, Doylestown $35/tile This special tile, entitled “winter,” is the fourth in a series representing activities of 27th Annual Tinicum Park the seasons. Proceeds will be designated Antiques Show for projects within the Department of Parks Tinicum Park, River Rd. (Rt. 32), Erwinna and Recreation’s Historic Properties Divi- September 11, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. sion. This image of a farmer chopping September 12, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. wood appeared frequently in a variety of tiles designed by Henry C. Mercer, founder This year discover more antiques of finer quality than ever of the Tile Works. Head ceramist Adam before. Dealers from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Zayas employed this image with the corner fleur de lys ele- and Virginia will display their best merchandise for pur- ments, which were also used by Mercer in many of his designs, chase in and around the historic barn and farm buildings in to create this year’s offering. Measuring approximately 5 ¾ the park. Among items available for sale are furniture, tex- inches square, the tile is made of native Bucks County clay. The tiles, glassware, paintings, prints, metalwork, and an as- orange-yellow glaze color was a standard finish employed by sortment of furnishings and artifacts. Mercer and was contained in his catalogues. Due to the historic handcrafted nature of tile production employed at the Tile Admission $5 ($4 with this article) to benefit Historic Prop- Works, no two tiles will be exactly alike. Slight variation in color, erties Division of Bucks County Dept. of Parks and Recrea- surface, shrinkage, and texture are to be expected in current tion. No pets please. Free parking. Rain or shine. For more production as it was in Mercer’s time. information call 267-337-0955. OTHER NEW PROGRAMS 9 Intermediate Jr. Sailing Camp Fishing Skills Instructor Certificate Using the larger 14.6 Daysailer, students will have instruction Help spread the enjoyment of fishing. Certified instructors can for 2 hours with the final hour being proactive. The course will then teach ‘SMART” (Safety first, Manners are important, Ap- reinforce basic sailing skills and teach boat handling in all preciate clean water, Release your catch and Teach others) wind conditions. Students will sail on both a sloop and cat- Angler classes and Family Fishing Programs. Fishing or teach- rigged boat with and without an instructor. Students MUST ing experience is helpful. The only prerequisite is the desire to have successfully completed the beginner Jr. Sailing Camp in donate time and teach SMART angler classes. Participants order to enroll on p.10. The Camp will again be taught by receive training on basic aquatic ecology, fishing skills, teaching Dave Carroll a former Scout Master with over 50 years of techniques and equipment access. The workshop is particularly lake, coastal and ocean sailing experience. A practical test useful to rangers, park educators, sporting club leaders, camp will be given at the end with a certificate of completion. Boat counselors and outdoor education teachers. Please contact rental staff will assist the camp. Bring snacks, beverage and Andrew Desko at 215-968-3631 to register. Bring a lunch. secure footwear Register on p. 27 Taught by Pa. Fish and Boat Commission staff Program Name: Intermediate Jr. Sailing Camp DO NOT USE OUR REGISTRATION FORM Location: Peace Valley Park Boat Rental Ages: 10-18 Limits: minimum 4, max. 8 Program Name: Fishing Skills Instructor Certificate Course#/Times: #707 July 12-16 1-4 p.m. Location: Core Creek Park, Pavilion #6 Fee: $185/person, includes CD book Ages: 18+ Limits: 15 people Course#/Times: June 16 9-4 p.m. Fee: FREE if donate time to teach Introduction to Sailing for Adults Over 3 evenings, the basic skills of sailing will be taught to Boating & Water Safety Awareness safely operate a sailboat on Lake Galena. This course will be taught by Dave Carroll (see information above for his ex- Instructor Certificates perience). One boat rental staff person will assist the class. The Fish & Boat Commission's BWSA Instructor Workshop is Everyone must wear secure water shoes. Register on p. 27 designed to teach adult leaders how to lead the Fish & Boat Program Name: Introduction to Sailing for Adults Commission’s BWSA course. The course educates students in Location: Peace Valley Park Boat Rental the proper procedures for recreational boating and requires Ages: 21+ Limits: Minimum 3, max. 6 students to demonstrate proficiency in boating safety. This Course#/Times: #708 July 13, 14 and 15; 6-8 p.m. course is designed for school students in 6th through 12th Fee: $85/person, includes book CD grades. Through appropriate adaptation, the course can also be used to teach Scouts and youth groups. This course is taught by Commission employees and certified volunteer instructors. Sailing Lessons Participants will receive the BWSA course on the first date and On a limited basis individual beginner ONLY sailing lessons then be certified as instructors on the second date. Please con- will be available from June 19 to August 14 at Peace Valley tact Andrew Desko at 215-968-3631 to register. Bring a Park Boat Rental. These lessons offered by the boat center lunch. DO NOT USE OUR REGISTRATION FORM staff will cover the proper care of the equipment (Aqua Finns FREE; Ages 18+; July 14 and 15; 9-5 p.m. each day; Core Creek Park and Day Sailor’s), sailing skills, rules of the road, safety tips, righting a boat and rescues to name a few. Call the boat cen- ter after May 29 to schedule a date and time for a class. Environmental Treasure Hunt Reservations required at least one week prior to the date Program Name: Environmental Treasure Hunt desired. Reservation depends on staff availability. Call (215) Peace Valley Park, New Britain Twp. 345-1097. Cost: $ 35 per person/ per hour. Register on p. 27 Location: Pav. #1, Angler’s Pier Ages: 10+ or 5th grade and above (families) Full Moon Kayak Tours Limits: Minimum 8, max. 30 Course#/Times: #713 August 7 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. For experienced paddlers only. Join our own nature center Fee: $12/person Includes all equipment Naturalist, Mary, and one of our boating staff for a moonlit tour on Lake Luxembourg. Learn about the history of this GeoVentures will hold a family Geocaching program using a hand area along with flora and fauna that make it unique. Be pre- held GPS. Come and experience a hi-tech treasure hunt right in your pared to get wet if using our sit on top kayaks; wear secure own back yard. The day will include an introduction to geocaching, a water shoes. Bring snacks, if desired. Register on p. 27 tutorial of using a GPS unit and the treasure hunt itself. You will test Program Name: Full Moon Kayak Tours your mind and body while competing for prizes. Bring a beverage, Location: Core Creek Boat Rental snack and wear comfortable clothes for the weather. Register on p. 27 Ages: 18+ Limits: Minimum 5, max. 12 Please Note: Geocaching IS NOT permitted in any County park Course#/Times: # 719 Thurs.-June 24 8-10 p.m. by outside groups, individuals or organizations. This program is # 720 Sunday-August 22 8-10 p.m. sponsored by the Bucks County Dept. of Parks and Recreation Fee: $20 if renting our boat, $15 if you have own boat and will be monitored by department staff. 10 CAMPS Junior Boating Camps Junior Adventure Camp An educational and recrea- Working with paddleboats, canoes and kayaks, participants tional program for kids. Us- learn the basics of boating safety and the fundamentals of ing adventure activities such paddling, and rowing. Each student who completes the as rock climbing and hiking course receives a Bucks County Dept. of Parks and Recrea- as tools, kids learn to de- tion Certificate of Completion. Wear swimsuit, secure water velop confidence, coopera- shoes (no flip flops). Bring a towel, beverages, snacks, sun- tion, leadership and self- screen. Register on p. 27 esteem. Program Name: Jr. Boating Camp—CCBR Each day will offer a differ- Location: Core Creek Park Boat Rental ent experience with activities Bridgetown Pike, Langhorne including high/low ropes Ages: Youth 10-16 years course work, paddling, group initiatives or hiking. Limits: Minimum 6, maximum 12 Course#/Dates: Four days per Session The ratio of instructor to #689 July 5-8 camper is 1:6. #690 July 12-15 Co-sponsored with Youth Services of Pennsylvania. #691 July 26-29 Register on p. 27 #692 August 2-5 Times: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Program Name: Jr. Adventure Camp Fee: $55/person/session-includes equip. Location: Youth Services Center “The Barn” Neshaminy Manor Center; Rt 611, Doylestown Ages: Children and youth 10-14 years (as of 6/1) Program Name: Jr. Boating Camp—PVP Limits: Minimum 6, maximum 12 Location: Peace Valley Park Boat Rental Course#/Dates: #698 7/12-16 Creek Rd, New Britain Times: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Ages: Youth 10-16 years Fee: $130/teen includes equipment, transpor- Limits: Minimum 8, maximum 16 tation to different parks ($100 for another same family child) Course#/Dates: 5 Mornings per Session #694; July 19-23 #695; July 26-30 Times: 9:00 a.m.-Noon Beginner Junior Sailing Camp Fee: $65/person/session includes equipment This program will teach the basics of sailing, knowledge of All participants for THIS class (PVP only) must show proof various types of sail boats, terminology, sailing skills, rules of of swimming proficiency i.e. from the YMCA, Red Cross, the road, safety, rescues and practical experience handling a Scout, Fanny Chapman, or a school district with a certifi- boat. cate of completion. This course will be taught by Dave Carroll, a former Scout Master and Boy Scout sailing instructor with over 50 years sail- ing experience all over the Atlantic Ocean. It is a requirement Jr. Fishing Camps (Lake Towhee Park) that all participants must show proof of swimming proficiency i.e. YMCA, Scout, Fanny Chapman, School District or Red Kids will explore different locations which offer different fish- Cross certificate of completion. The staff ratio is 1:8. ing environments and water eco systems. Visits will be made A practical test will be given at the end with a certificate of to Lake Towhee Park, Lake Nockamixon, Tohickon Creek completion. Department staff will assist with the camp. and the pond behind Weisel Hostel. Register p. 27 Bring snacks, beverage and secure footwear. Register on p. 27 Program Name: Jr. Fishing Camp, Lake Towhee Park Program Name: Jr. Sailing Camp Location: Old Bethlehem Pike Location: Peace Valley Boat Applebachsville, Haycock Township Rental; Creek Rd, New Britain Age: 9-14 years (as of July 1) Limits: Min. 8, max. 14 Limits: Min. 9, Max. 16 Course#/Dates: #696 July 19-23 9 a.m. - 12 noon Ages: Youth 10-16 years #697 Aug. 16-20 9 a.m.-12 noon Course#/Date: #699 6/28-7/2 Fee: $50/child (includes all equipment) Times: 9:00 a.m.-Noon Each day will be at a different location Fee: $165/child Nature Centers 11 Don’t Forget Nature’s Classroom Churchville Nature Center (CNC) in Churchville, Peace Valley Nature Center (PVNC) in Doylestown, and Silver Lake Nature Center (SLNC) in Bristol, also host a variety of classes regarding nature and the environment as well as other special events and programs throughout the year. For complete information on registering for any of the nature centers’ classes, their newsletters, programs, activities, and gift shops, please contact the centers directly. Below are but a few of their exciting programs for all ages. Churchville Nature Center (215) 357-4005 www.churchvillenaturecenter.org Spring Waterfowl Trip March 14 We return to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge for a day of spectacular waterfowl viewing. Not only will we see a myriad of colorful ducks, geese and shorebirds migrating down the coast, but we will also likely see a nice variety of raptors, including northern harriers, bald eagles, peregrine falcons and short-eared owls. Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. Fee: Member $13 Non-Members $16 *Fee Includes entrance into refuge. Leader: Marlin Corn Neshaminy Canoe Trip March 27 The center will be heading out on our local Neshaminy Creek for this spring paddle right here in Bucks County. This scenic trip form Dark Hollow to Tyler State Park can be a good one for beginners, if the creek is not running high. This is a joint trip with Appalachian Mountain Club. Fee includes canoes, paddles, preservers & experienced leadership. Departure Time: 9:00 a.m. Canoe Use Fee: Members $19 Non-Members $25 Leader: John Chalikian Saturday Morning Bird Walks Each Saturday, March - September Join an experienced bird watcher every Saturday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. for our early morning bird walks. These walks are a great way to meet new people and enjoy casual conversation with other bird enthu- siasts. Your guide will pick out the best spot to visit within the area. Bring along binoculars and a bird identification book, if you have them. Lenape Village Tours Every Sunday from April 11 through October 31 Take a tour of the Lenape Village with one of our educators and learn about some of the medicines and wild edibles that the Lenape used 500 years ago. Each week there will be a different craft or skill featured. **Note: there will not be tours on July 26 due to other special village events. Pre-registration is required. Fee: Adults $5.00/person; under age 4 are free 12 Nature Centers Silver Lake Nature Center (215) 785-1177 www.silverlakenaturecenter.org Saturday Morning Bird Walks Every Saturday, March through June and September through December 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. FREE For novice and experienced birders, come out and learn to identify our local birds. Bring binoculars if you have them, and dress for the weather. Sunday Strolls Every Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. FREE Volunteer Work Days 1st Saturday of Each Month 9:00 a.m. Help us maintain our grounds and Visitors’ Center. Give us four hours and we’ll give you lunch! Please call the Nature Center to register. Grand/Parents and Preschoolers Saturday, 3/20, 4/24, 5/22, 6/26, 7/17, 8/21 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Fee for child w/adult $6 members; $9 non-member Three to five year olds and their caregivers can discover nature together! Please call the Nature Center to register Evening Kayak Paddles, Full Moon Kayak Paddles, and Kayak Excursions at Various Waterways Trips run from April—October, on and off-site. Please call the Nature Center for times, and cost. Native Plant Sale Saturday May 1, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Native species attract birds and butterflies, are easier to care for, will save you time & money, and help to preserve biodiversity! Our plant sale is just in time for Mother’s Day! For more infor- mation, please call the nature center. Birding Cape May Saturday, May 22, 6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. We will carpool from the Nature Center to several hot spots in search of a wide range of birds. Bring binoculars and a lunch. We usually find 75+ species! Optional dinner at a local restaurant. Please register by May 20. Hike Sunfish Pond, Worthington State Forest, NJ Saturday, May 22 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. $11 Members $14 Non-Members This is a fairly strenuous hike with elevation on rocky terrain. Lots of wildlife, beautiful views and a glacial pond. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a lunch/water. Must pre-register with the nature center Flea Market in the Park Saturday, June 19 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Clean out your junk drawers, closets, and garage and sell all those treasures that are too good to throw out! Come to the nature center and select your space as they are all assigned on a first come, first serve basis! Call for prices. Refreshments sold by the center, including homemade baked goods. Rain or Shine Hike Batona Trail, NJ Pine Barrens Sunday, June 20 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p .m. $11 Members $14 Non-Members Sandy, mostly flat terrain. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a lunch/water. Nature Centers 13 Peace Valley Nature Center (215) 345-7860 www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org Teacher Naturalist Training March 23,24,25,30,31 & April 1 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. FREE Do you have: 6 afternoons, love the outdoors, enjoy being around and teaching children? Then this training is for you! You will learn the programs and techniques we use to bring environmental education to life for pre-school, elementary and secondary students. Completion of this training and subsequent program observation could lead to a part-time paid teacher naturalist position. To register or for additional information contact Gail Hill 215-345-7860 or firstname.lastname@example.org Summer Nature Adventures Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-noon FEE $70.00 (Members $60) 5 consecutive days of fun, challenges & adventure for children who have completed grades 1-6, 8-10 children in each group Predators to Prey (week sessions) Explore the stream, check out six & eight leggers, seek clues of elusive creatures that inhabit Peace Valley Week #1:6/28-7/2, Rain Date 7/27 #3:7/12-16, Rain Date 7/29 #5: 8/2-6, Rain Date 8/24 #7: 8/16-20, Rain date 8/26 What is That! Where Did They GO? Using your powers of observation, discover what it is, figure out where they go and why. From trees to the stream Week #2: 7/5-9, Rain Date 7/28 #4: 7/19-23, Rain Date 7/30 #6: 8/9-13, Rain Date 8/25 Art in the Wild July 5-9, August 9-13 Monday-Friday 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. FEE $80 (Members $70) All materials included! Completed Grades 3-6. Using the three incremental steps artists use to create a color drawing, you will implement the techniques to create a finished color drawing. A family reception will be held on the last day to showcase your work. Kit Crew 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. ~ Tuesday-Friday Ages 2 through 3 FEE $55 (Member $45) Accompanying siblings under 2-no charge NO OLDER SIBLINGS/CHILDREN PERMITTED Gosling Gang 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. ~ Tuesday—Friday Ages 4 through 6 & children who have completed kindergarten or pre-first grade FEE $55 (Member $45) 1 ADULT & 1 CHILD Limit 2 Children per Adult Kit Crew and Gosling Gang available all weeks Dusk to Dark 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday July 13-16 (Rain date 7/29) Completed grades 4-6 FEE $55 (Member $45) Observe your surroundings as the sun sets and darkness envelops us. Learn what or who is out & about. Bring a small flashlight (if you have one). We will provide the red covering for it. 14 CLASSES America’s Boating Course Women’s Only Flat-Water This program is co-sponsored by the Pennsway Power Kayaking Classes Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®. Students participating in this program will learn water safety Join us for a fun and educational time learning one of the fast- and boating laws. They will also learn basic boating tech- est growing sports, non-intimidating and non-competitive in a niques, survival skills and rescue procedures. relaxed atmosphere, taught by our own staff. The curriculum will Upon completion of the course, a test will be given to each follow that of the beginner flat-water kayaking class listed student. If they pass, they will receive a certificate – showing below. Be ready to get wet using our sit-on-top kayaks. Bring that they have taken an eight hour boating education course secure water shoes. Register on p.27 and passed a proctored examination. The course will run two Program Name: Flat-H2O Kayaking Saturday mornings, and participants must register no later than June 14. Register on p.27 Location: Core Creek Park Boat Rental Ages: 18+ Program Name: America’s Boating Course Course#/Times: #654 July 14 (women’s only) Location: Peace Valley Boat Rental Creek Rd., New Britain Township #655 July 28 (women’s only) Age: 12+ Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Limits: Minimum 5, maximum 25 students Fee: $30/person includes all equipment Course#/Times: #700 June 19 and June 26 8am-noon each day 4 hours each day, 8 hours total Fee: $40/person includes all fees: course Beginner Flat-Water Kayaking instruction book, CD, administration, Want to buy a kayak but not sure which one is appropriate? exam, certification, and wallet card Looking for some kayaking tips? Learn the answers and much recognized in all 50 states more in this 2-hour class designed for the beginner who just bought a kayak or someone simply interested in the sport. **Must attend both days** With our user-friendly open-top single and double kayaks, we’ll teach you to become comfortable on the water. Instruction in- cludes: kayak types, basic paddling strokes, basic rescues, FREE Family Fishing Program entry and exit, paddling environments, and handling kayaks. Be Looking for a great way to connect with your family? ready to get wet sitting down and wear secure footwear. P. 27 Discover just how much fun fishing can be when you do it Program Name: Beginner Flat-Water Kayaking together at a Pa. Fish and Boat Commission Family Fishing Core Creek Park, Langhorne Program. Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, Location: Boat Rental baiting the hook and taking a fish off the hook. You and your Ages: 18+; 16 and 17 with parental consent family will have the opportunity to fish – no fishing license Limits: Minimum 3, maximum 8 students required. All equipment provided. Course#/Times #635 July 21 6-8 p.m. The “catch???” Adults MUST bring a child and children must #637 August 7 9-11 a.m. bring an adult. You’ll be learning and fishing together. Fee: $30/person/session; includes equipment Participants can register with PFBC Instructor Andrew Desko at 215-968-3631 or email@example.com. Participants can find out about more family Instructing the below classes will be Bill Amey of Nature’s Way fishing programs in their Canoe and Kayak in Quakertown. Co-sponsored by the Central region at Bucks School district and Warminster Twp. Parks and Recrea- www.fish.state.pa.us. tion. Be ready to get wet and bring secure water shoes. Skills **Please note that you learned will be strokes, boat control, body language, safety and CANNOT register for rescues. To register, call 215- 489-5132 to have your name and this class through the phone number put on a list. Parks Dept. ** Program Name: Beginner/Intermediate Crappie caught by Flat-Water Kayaking Heather Barrett Peace Valley Boat Rental, New Britain Location: Boat Rental Location: Core Creek Park – Pavilion #6 Ages: 16+ Ages: 8+ and adults Limits: Minimum 5, maximum 16 students Course #714-6/2, #715- 7/7, #716-7/21 (families only) Date: Sat., June 12 #717-8/4, #718-9/1 Time: 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fee: FREE-Bring your lunch and have fun! Fee: $40/class (all classes are the same) POOL PROGRAMS/CLASSES 15 Oxford Valley Pool July 4th Celebration Program Name: Learn to Swim Celebrate this special day with activities at Oxford Valley Pool. Location: Oxford Valley Pool Join in the greased watermelon event with water balloon tosses, greased watermelon relays, volleyball, kickball and boogie Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills board relay races in the pool. Ages: Children and youth 3 years of age on up Date: Sunday, July 4 Limits: Young children must be toilet trained Time: All day, noon-7:30 p.m. and comfortable with instructor. Fees: All regular pool fees apply, free to members Registration: Registration in person only at the Core Creek Park office or Pool after opening Program Name: Senior Swim Time (back by popular demand) Cash, check, or Visa/MC accepted After great success last year, this program will be offered on Sessions: 01:6/21-7/2 02:7/5-16 03:7/19-30 04:8/2-13 3 dates. Enjoy a day when you can come out and have fun in Times: 10:00 -10:45 a.m.; 11:00 -11:45 a.m. and out of the pool. Some of the popular games ( for the Fee: $30/person/session for pool members more active seniors) include noodle races, water aerobics, $40/person/session for non-members and bingo. Sign up at the pool front desk at least 1 week in advance. Rain dates announced if needed. Location: Oxford Valley Pool, Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills The Swim Team is a close-knit group of kids, coaches, and parents, and fun for everyone. Swim Team season begins in Date/Time: June 19, July 17, Aug. 14 10:00 a.m.-Noon early June, and continues until mid-August. Practices are Ages: 50+ only Free to members and $3.75 for nonmembers held Mondays through Fridays. Meets are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at local pools. The coaching staff is able to accommodate vacation schedules and other commitments. ‘Support Your Volunteers’ Day Program Name: Oxford Valley Pool Swim Team Celebrate this special day with activities Location: Oxford Valley Pool at Oxford Valley Pool. Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills Location: Oxford Valley Pool Registration: Call 215-757-0571 for a Swim Team Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills registration form and additional information. FREE to all service men and women with Session No: 01 15-18 yrs 8-10 a.m. proof of service (military, local emer- 02 12-14 yrs 9:30-10:30 a.m. gency squads, firemen) 03 9-11 yrs 10-11 a.m. Date: Saturday, August 7 04 8 and under 11-11:45 a.m. Time: All day Fees $75/person/session for the 1st child Food provided to volunteers 5-7:00 p.m. Fees: All regular pool fees apply, free to members $60/person/session for each additional child Program Name: Teen Night NEW! Flick ‘N’ Float Outdoor Film/Pizza Location: Oxford Valley Pool Enjoy a movie under the stars called ‘Cloudy with a chance Date/Time: Saturday, July 10 Ages: 12-15 8-10:00 p.m. of Meatballs’ about a scientist who tries to solve his town’s Fees: All regular pool fees apply; free to members problems. Everything goes amiss when food falls from the Music and time to just hang out. Parents must sign waivers sky in abundance. You are invited to bring a float and watch the movie from the pool or bring your own chair on the lawn. upon entry and be there to pick them up at 10:00 p.m., no Pizza may be purchased in advance. later. Pizza and soda included. Strict rules apply Program Name: Oxford Valley Pool Flick ‘N’ Float Film Location: Oxford Valley Pool Private Lessons will be available beginning June until August . Each lesson will be ½ hour in length and taught by an American Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. Date/Time: Saturday, June 26; Film starts around 8 p.m. The cost is $35 per session per child member and $45 per Fees: Free to members session per child non-member. Interested parents may sign $3.75 non-members after 5:00 p.m. up at the front desk. 16 P O O L P R O G R A M S , C L A S S E S , L E A G U E S Tohickon Valley Pool USA Team Tennis Adult Leagues Join men’s, women’s, mixed singles, and mixed doubles. Program Name: Learn to Swim Leagues are geared to different levels of ability. Play one match per week every week for seven weeks, followed by Location: Tohickon Valley Pool one week of playoffs. Limited flexibility allowed for vacations and weather. Register on p. 27 Cafferty Rd, Point Pleasant (215) 297-0754 Ages: Children 4 (as of 7/1/09) - 12 years Limits: Children must be confidently toilet trained. Name: Adult Leagues Location: Frosty Hollow Tennis Center Registration: Pre-register early, in person at Tohickon New Falls Rd, Levittown Valley Pool, May 22, Noon-3 p.m. or you may sign up for Limits: To qualify for member discounts, you must memberships and children’s swim lessons when the pool is be a member. See below for fees and p.21 for open during the season. Credit Cards not accepted membership information. Contact: League Director, Pat McLaughlin Bring Photo ID, cash or checks only 215-638- 4385, for changes in, or additions to, Session: 01 July 12-16 02 July 19-23 sessions. 03 July 26-30 Sessions: Three sessions with multiple levels 01 Sun 9 a.m. Men’s Doubles 02 Sun 6 p.m. Mixed Doubles AMERICAN RED CROSS LEARN TO SWIM LESSONS 03 Mon 6:30 p.m. Men’s Singles 3.0-3.5 Three sessions will be offered. The sessions will be one week 04 Tue Canceled for spring leagues in length, five days a week. 05 Wed 6:30 p.m. Men’s Singles 3.5-4.5 06 Thurs. Canceled for spring leagues Times: Daytime 07 Fri 6:30 p.m. Ladies Singles 3.0-3.5 01TVP Level I 11:20-12:00 Water Orientation Normal leagues will resume in the summer 02TVP Level II 10:30-11:10 Primary Skills Dates: Spring: May 2 -June 26 03TVP Level III 9:30-10:20 Stroke Readiness Summer: June 27 -Aug. 22 Fall: Aug. 23 Oct. 24 04 TVP Level IV 8:30--9:20 Stroke Development Start dates may be delayed due to weather. Fee: $50/person/session for pool members Fees: Per Person/Session Adults Youth ARC Guard Start – For kids 11 to 14 years. This is a 17 hr. Pre-Lifeguard training program (to the formal ARC Lifeguard Singles Member $35 $30 Training Program) for kids who might want to go on and get a Doubles Member $17.50 $15 summer job as a Lifeguard. July 5-9 (8:30 a.m. to 12 noon) Singles Nonmember $70 $65 Fee: $50 per child & class size: 15 kids maximum Doubles Nonmember $35 $30 For information, please call 215-489-5132 or after May 26 call **Please note that all courts may not be open due to 215-297-0754. resurfacing project** Resurfacing of Frosty Hollow Tennis Courts Tohickon Valley Pool is nestled amongst wood- lands in beautiful Tohickon Valley Park PROGRAMS - TENNIS 17 Please note: these courts will undergo repairs in April USA Junior Team Tennis or May, thereby possibly delaying programs This beginning tennis class emphasizes fun and provides a Adult Lesson and Team Tennis chance to learn the basics and play games using the team tennis approach. Bring snacks. Register on p. 27 All aspects of the game are covered in these lessons using individual instruction and drills. “Beginners” is for those with Program Name: Jr. Tennis Lessons little or no tennis experience. “Intermediate” and “Advanced Location: Frosty Hollow Tennis Center Interm.” is for those who want to focus on improving the me- New Falls Rd, Levittown chanics of strokes and playing techniques —no beginners please! Sessions run once a week for 6 weeks in spring and Ages: Children 7-11 and 12-15 fall, 4 weeks in summer. Bring a tennis racquet. Register on Limits: Minimum 5, maximum 8 per instructor p. 27 Session/Dates: 01 May 1 03 May 15 02 May 8 04 May 22 Program Name: Adult Tennis Lessons Time: 10:30 a.m. - Noon Location: Frosty Hollow Tennis Center New Falls Rd, Levittown Fee: $12/person for each session Ages: Adults 18+ Limits: Spring—Minimum 5, maximum 20 First Volley Adaptive Tennis Clinic Session Spring (6 lessons per session)-1.5 hrs. These adaptive clinics are designed for amputees and those with physical challenges. First Volley is sponsored by the Or- Dates: 01 Advanced Interm. (Sat) Apr 10-May 15 thotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc. (OPAF). It offers a 02 Intermediate (T) Apr 13-May 18 chance to try tennis at NO CHARGE. Wheelchair players are 03 Beginner (TH) Apr 15-May 20 always welcome to join in. Participants are put through a series Times: Weeknights 6:30-8 p.m.; Sat 9-10:30 a.m. of drills and skills to give them confidence on the court and in- vites them back to a sport they may have thought they lost. Top Fee: $70/person/session— 1.5 hrs notch coaching and equipment is provided. Students must bring $5 for tennis balls to Pre-Registration is required online www.opfund.org. or call the first class of each session Robin Burton at 215-752-5756. Program Name: First Volley Adaptive Tennis Semi-Private/Private Tennis Lessons Location: Frosty Hollow Tennis Center New Falls Rd., Levittown Program Name: Semi-Private Tennis Lessons Dates: Saturdays Location: Frosty Hollow Tennis Center May 15, Sept. 11, Oct 9 Times: Noon– 2:00 p.m. New Falls Rd, Levittown Fee: FREE Ages: 8+ (open to all levels of play) Limits: 2-5 maximum, 2 minimum Times: By appointment only, call 215-949-2280 Junior Tennis Camp Fee: $28/person/hour During this 4-day camp, students learn key tennis basics. Par- ticipants are grouped according to age and/or ability. The in- Program Name: Private Tennis Lessons structor(s) adapts teaching techniques to the level of each Location: Frosty Hollow Tennis Center group, including lecture, demonstration, drills, and playing. New Falls Rd, Levittown Techniques covered are forehand, backhand, serving, scoring, Ages: 8+ (open to all levels of play) playing strategies, and proper tennis etiquette. Bring tennis rac- quet (required), snacks, beverage, sunscreen. Register on p. Times: By appointment only, call 215-949-2280 27 Fee: $45/person /hour Program Name: Jr. Tennis Camp USTA Sponsored Tournaments Location: Frosty Hollow Tennis Center: Levittown Ages: Juniors grouped ages 8-11; Session 1&2 The contact for these tournaments is Kitty Perrin Teens grouped ages 12-17; Session 3&4 (215) 355-9367. Please do not call the Tennis Center as Kitty is in charge of all the tournaments and has all the Limits: Minimum 5, maximum 20 registration information. Location: Frosty Hollow Tennis Ctr Course#/Dates: 01; June 21-24 02; June 28-July 1 Aug. 27-29 Frosty Hollow Summer Classic 03; July 19-22 04; Aug. 2-5 Sept. 17-19 Frosty Hollow Girls Open Times: Daily 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Sept. 24-26 Frosty Hollow Fall Classic Fee: $83/person/session 18 PROGRAMS - TENNIS These programs are all sponsored by the Bucks County Tennis Association (BCTA) and are held at Core Creek Tennis Center on Woodbourne Rd. in Langhorne. BCTA mission: “To promote healthy, social, and educational opportunities within the Bucks County community through the lifetime sport of tennis.” The BCTA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community tennis associa- tion and a registered member of the United States Tennis Association, Inc. BCTA Youth/Adult Learn, Practice and Play! To register, log on to www.buckscounty.usta.com These programs implement the games-based approach to or call (215) 322-7020 for more information. teaching tennis and the QuickStart format - fast and fun ways to ** DO NOT Use Our Registration Form In This Booklet** learn tennis or improve your game. Program Name: BCTA Learn, Practice and Play BCTA Flex-Time Tennis for Adults Location: Core Creek Tennis Center Ages/Times: Play men’s or women’s singles, doubles, and/or mixed dou- Pee Wees (ages 4-6): 4:45-5:30 p.m. bles at your skill level and convenience - any time, any place. Little Aces (ages 7-9): 5:30-6:30 p.m. Register on www.buckscounty.usta.com Juniors (ages 10-13):6:30-7:30 p.m. Sessions 1,2,3 only) Adult Beginners/Intermediates: (ages 14+) 5:30-7 p.m. Program Name: BCTA Flex-Time Tennis Adult Intermediates: (ages 14+), 7-8:30 p.m. Location: Flexible (Sessions 2,3 only) Skill level: Advanced beginner (2.5-3.0) Adaptive Tennis for Ambulatory Players (call for details) Intermediate (3.5-4.0) 5:30-7:00 p.m. Session/Dates: Session 1:June 11-Aug. 6 (registration deadline June 6) Limits: Min. 4; Max. 16 participants Session 2:Aug.13-Oct.15 (registration deadline Aug. 7) Session/Dates: Mon./Youth; Tues./Adult; Wed./Adaptive Fee: $30/person Session 1 Youth: April 19-May 17 Register on www.buckscounty.usta.com Adult: April 20-May 18 Adaptive: April 21-May 19 Session 2 Youth: June 7-July 5 BCTA Youth Tennis Camps Adult: June 8-July 6 Adaptive: June 9-July 7 A 4-day camp that implements the QuickStart format, which Session 3 Youth: July 19-Aug.16 enables kids to quickly play tennis. Adult: July 20-Aug.17 Adaptive: July 21-Aug.18 Program Name: BCTA Youth Tennis Camp Session 4 Youth: Sept.13-Oct. 11 Location: Core Creek Tennis Center Adult: Sept. 14-Oct. 12 Ages: 7-11 Adaptive: Sept.15-Oct.13 Session/Dates: Session 1 July 19-23 Session 2 Aug. 2-6 Fee: Youth: $60/person* Times: 9:00 a.m. - noon (includes invitation and T-shirt for BCTA Team Tennis) Fee: $90/person Adult/Adaptive: $85/person Register on www.buckscounty.usta.com (90-minute sessions) BCTA Youth Team Tennis Dates BCTA Fall Adult Doubles As part of each session, all youth participants will be eligible to represent Core Creek Tennis Center at the events on Fri- Tennis Leagues days, 5/21, 7/16, 8/20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday 10/16 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Don’t miss the fun! Enjoy weekend doubles at a set time and place. Sign up with or without a teammate (the BCTA will try to find you Register on a partner). www.buckscounty.usta.com for all BCTA programs Program Name: BCTA Fall Adult Doubles Leagues Location: Core Creek Tennis Center Skill level: Advanced beginner (2.5-3.0) Intermediate (3.5-4.0) Dates: Men’s Doubles: Sept 11-Oct. 23 (9-10:30a.m.) Times:Women’s Doubles: Sept.11 -Oct.23 (10:30-noon) Mixed Doubles: Sept 12-Oct. 24 (10:30-noon) Fee: $30/person: Register on www.buckscounty.usta.com C L A S S E S - M O R AV I A N P O T T E RY & T I L E W O R K S 19 NE W Making Floor Mosaics ! Moravian Pottery & Tile Works Floor mosaics are composed of unglazed colored APPRENTICESHIP and brick red clays. Colored clays will be pre-prepared by mixing white clay with metal oxides. These clays require A unique collaboration between ceramists and an active Arts greater care in handling so as to avoid contaminating col- & Crafts working history museum. The apprenticeship pro- ors. Students will create their own designs and completed gram of the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works is offered twice mosaics. Although these mosaics are intended for floor use, yearly with each 12-week session limited to three participants. students may choose to mount them in a cement pad with a Apprentices work 24 hrs per week in exchange for an hourly hook for hanging. Students will be limited to a total of 4 square wage. Participants learn various forming and reproduction feet of mosaic. They may design one large mosaic or several techniques including tile/mosaic making, mold work, glaze small ones. Colored clay materials cost of $30 is included in application, sagger firing for controlled smoking of clay, and course fee. Classes meet weekly from 9 am to 12pm. There concrete installation. will be no class on Easter April 4th, 2010. Cost $265. 3/7-5/2 Call 215-345-6722 x 25 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Apprentices have an opportunity to produce their own original tile work using the standard materials and tools of the pottery. They are exposed to a turn of the century knowledge based on the Arts & Crafts philosophy and aesthetics adhered to by the Relief Tile Sculpting Moravian Pottery & Tile Works. It is hoped that these factors influence the tile work produced by the apprentices. This introductory course investigates the techniques of model- ing a low relief tile. Relief is the part of the tile that is raised Apprentices are provided with limited studio space in the Tile from the background surface to create an illusion of three- Works, which is accessible to them between the hours of 5 a.m. dimensionality and depends on light and shadow to reveal its and midnight, seven days a week. In addition, they receive free design. Through a series of modeling exercises we will ex- materials, use of tools, technical advice, and biweekly pay plore methods of achieving surface variation through changes based on the work produced under the direction of the Tile of plane, curved surfaces, raised ridges, edges, and incised Works. line. Our last relief, realistic in style, combines the skills and APPLICATION GUIDELINES AND DATES information learned from the three exercises. The student may choose the subject matter for the last relief or use the instruc- Applicants for the apprenticeship are required to submit the tor's selection. The course includes making one plaster mold following: and pressing a terracotta clay relief. Classes meet weekly for 9 1. Resume sessions from 9am – 12pm. Cost $265. Mar 13-May 8 2. Ten clearly labeled slides of recent work that will be re- Please call the Tile Works at 215-345-6722, x 27 or e-mail tained by the pottery if the applicant is selected. Please include slide list. email@example.com 3. Cover letter detailing the sort of interchange desired from the experience and why the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works is appropriate to your needs. 3-Day Intensive 4. Two letters of recommendation. Tile Workshop Applications must be postmarked by the deadline date appropri- ate for the given session. June 1 to Aug.21 This three day workshop covers all the basic Summer Session processes used by the Moravian Pottery and Tile Deadline is March 1 Works to produce decorative tile, mosaics, quarry tile, and plaster molds, in addition to basic glazing, September 7 to Nov. 20 sagger loading, tile setting and grouting. There Fall Session will be an opportunity to tour Fonthill and the Tile Deadline is June 1 Works and see a lecture/slide show on historic and contemporary tile installations. Completed applications may be mailed Limited enrollment and individualized instruction to: by the staff of the MPTW allows each student to Apprentice Program have a hands on experience with many of the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works above processes. Class size is limited to eight 130 Swamp Road students. Contact: Adam Azayas 215-345-6722 Doylestown, PA 18901 ext. 23 or 25; April 27- 29 or May 25-27; $230/ www.buckscounty.org/visitors person/workshop firstname.lastname@example.org or or submitted digitally to www.buckscounty.org/visitors email@example.com 20 B U S T R I P & O T H E R I N F O R M AT I O N Walking/Hiking Throughout Our Parks System All of our parks have trails of one sort or another. Many are the result of fishermen who have carved permanent paths along the banks of our lakes. Others have been used by horses and still others are from people looking for an off-beaten trail that affords them a closer view at nature. We ask everyone who US Open 2010 enjoys our natural trails to please keep them clean and take Grand Slam Tennis out whatever you take in, leaving only your footprints. Fun awaits you when you join us for a trip to Flushing Mead- Remember that we are not alone in our parks. Many animals ows, NY for the top tennis competition in the country. Games, take advantage of the quiet banks or make our forests their snacks and more will make the ride one to remember. Early home. They are likely to take our ‘trash’ as food and swallow sign-up recommended, but remember, no refunds! Lunch is fishing hooks or even plastic bags. The parks belong to every- on your own. Register on p. 27 one and every creature. We Are Harming predators. By feeding them, Program Name: US Open 2010 Our Waterfowl! they concentrate in one loca- Through kindness and a tion, lose their natural fear of Event date: Thursday Sept. 2. , 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. natural inclination to feed humans, and are more sus- Limits: Maximum 45 passengers ceptible to disease and prey. wild animals, we are creating Fee: $85/person. Fee includes grounds dependence, promoting the What will happen if we stop pass, access pass to Louis Armstrong spread of disease, and up- feeding ducks and geese? stadium setting the natural cycles of Reverting to their wild ways, ducks and geese. Believe it waterfowl develop a healthy Pick up at Frosty Hollow Tennis Center only fear of humans and de- or not, development has provided these birds with crease in number to a level more, not less, habitat, and the parks can support. Drop- Bucks County Horse Park they have learned to take pings that pollute our water- advantage of it. ways diminish, and eroding Rt. 611, Revere, PA The fact is ducks and bare spots along the edges The Bucks County Horse Park located off Rt. 611, north of geese won’t starve if we of waterways disappear. the village of Revere, offers over 25 miles of equestrian trails don’t feed them. They have The Bucks County Depart- as well as a variety of horse events from April to November. survived millions of years ment of Parks & Recreation Every Monday is Bucks County Resident’s Discount Day with without our help. Our feed- has erected signs throughout a $15 day pass available. County Residents can purchase a ing tempts them to forget or the County Parks indicating recreational-only membership for $10 yearly. ignore nature’s lessons. If that feeding ducks and The Park has many horse trails of varied lengths with many these birds can get a ready geese is prohibited and jumps along the way. One popular show includes the Thurs- supply of free food without subject to a fine up to day Morning Horse Shows, where both English and Western expending any energy, they $300. Your cooperation is riders vie for the ribbons. Please check out our calendar at will. Wouldn’t you? A natural greatly appreciated by the www.BuckCountyHorsePark.org for more event information food source scattered hither Department and our water- or call 610-847-8597. and yon forces them to work, fowl friends! and the search spreads For any wildlife concerns or them over a wide area. questions, please contact Crowds of fowl increase ex- any one of our three Nature Van Sant Airport and Park posure to sickness and dis- Centers listed in our facility Cafferty Road, Erwinna, PA ease transmitted by others directory. as well as exposure to Van Sant Airport is the ideal place to spend an afternoon with friends or family. You can picnic under the trees and witness vintage aircraft in their original grass roots environ- Tinicum Park Polo Club ment. Or you can strap on your helmet, put on your goggles, T in ic um P ar k , Riv er Rd, (Rt.32), Erwinna throw back your scarf and return to another era when bi- In cooperation with the Bucks County Parks and Recreation planes and gliders abounded, and you never knew who was Polo Matches every Saturday, from May 8 to October 2 from going to fly into Van Sant next. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in beautiful Tincum Park along the Delaware The airport offers the following rides to the public: mile high River just 8 miles north of New Hope, PA. or aerobatic glider rides, Piper Cub rides, Tiger Moth rides, Parking fee: $5.00 per car For further information call the and Stearman rides. Call for information 610-847-8320 Tinicum Park Polo Club Hot-line 908-996-6449 FACILITIES 21 Boat Rentals Tennis Peace Valley Boat Rental (PVBR) in New Britain and Core With six lit and four unlit tennis courts, Frosty Hollow Tennis Creek Boat Rental (CCBR) in Langhorne open the first Sat. in Center, Levittown, offers individual play as well as various pro- May to mid-October. Call Peace Valley Boat Rental at 215- grams. Seasonal memberships are available at the same rate for 345-1097, or Core Creek Park Boat Rental at 215-757-1225, residents and nonresidents. Members are eligible for guest and during the May-mid-October season. You may also call the league discounts, and do not pay court usage fees. Nonmembers Administrative Office at 215-757-0571 for further details. pay a court usage rate by the 1.5 hour . Also available for rent are a lobster machine and ball hoppers. Boat Rental Fees 1/2 Hr 1 Hr 1/2 Day Day Contact the Tennis Center at 215-949-2280 during the May to Rowboat $8 $13 $30 $50 October season to obtain information on memberships, court Canoes 8 13 30 50 usage, programs, and reserving a court. To obtain league dis- Paddleboat 10 15 36 60 counts, you must either be a member or apply for membership 14’ Sailboat (PVBR) 20 60 80 when registering for leagues. Call the Administrative Office at Aqua Finn Sailboat (PVBR) 15 39 65 215-757-0571 during the off-season for further details. Aqua Cycles (CCBR) 15 20 Core Creek Tennis Center is also now open, featuring eight unlit courts. Call the main office for further information or to reserve Kayak (single) 6 10 30 50 courts for programs. No memberships available. Kayak (double) 10 15 40 70 Rentals require $20 cash deposit or credit card plus a Memberships Season Pass valid driver’s license. Single (18+) $130 Family (up to 4) 255 Unmarried child (living home under 18) 55 Junior Single (not living home under 18) 95 Cabins, Camping Senior Single (60+) 95 Senior Couple (both 60+) 165 Pavilions, Senior Early Bird (60+, 8 a.m.-Noon) 70 Picnic Areas Court Usage By 1.5 Hr M-F (Day) $8.00 M-F (6 p.m.—Closing) 11.00 Contact us for information about renting campsites, cabins, Sat., Sun., Holiday (Day) 9.50 pavilions, and picnic areas. We will be happy to answer ques- Sun., Holiday (6 p.m.—Closing) 12.50 tions about available dates, locations, maps, facilities, how to obtain a permit, fees, and policies. Most arrangements can be Guest Playing with Member Singles Doubles made conveniently by telephone. 1.5 Hr (Day) $3.50 $2.50 See also p. 3, “Park Reservations,” about where to call. 1.5 Hr (6 p.m.—Closing) 5.50 4.50 Cabins—Tohickon Valley Park has four cabins available to rent for your camping enjoyment. Fees are charged by the week or weekend. Rentals run from Jan. 15 to Dec. 15. Camping—Several county parks have wooded camping Historic grounds where you may bring your own tent or camper and camp at a designated site. Parks with designated sites Properties include Lake Towhee, Tinicum Park (tent camping only), The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Doylestown, was and Tohickon Valley Park. Fees are charged per day for founded by Henry C. Mercer in 1898 to produce decorative family campsites, which accommodate a maximum of six ceramic tiles and mosaics. Since 1967 the County has owned people. Fees are charged per person for group campsites, the current building, completed in 1912, and administers it as which accommodate 10 or more people. a “working history” museum through the Parks and Recrea- Pavilions/Picnic Areas—Rent a pavilion or wooded picnic tion Department. It continues to reissue Mercer’s original mo- area in any of our parks for all occasions such as family saics and tiles in the Arts and Crafts style. reunions, birthday parties, company picnics, etc. Pavilions Self-guided tours and other programs are available, and the and picnic areas are available for rental in Core Creek, museum shop offers a wide variety of Arts and Crafts style Playwicki, Silver Lake (pavilion only), Tinicum, Lake Tow- tiles for purchase. Call the museum at 215-345-6722 for infor- hee, Tohickon Valley, and Peace Valley Parks. Fees vary mation about tours, programs, and tiles for sale. for residents and nonresidents, and for private versus non- profit groups. Call 215-489-5133 for information about Bucks Countys’ Parks other historic properties and/or volunteering to help with programs and maintenance. 22 FACILITIES Golfing Weisel Hostel Golfers are invited to enjoy Oxford Valley Golf Course in Fairless Hills, and its nine-hole, 2,025 yard Par 31 (5, 4, and Weisel is a former estate dating from the early 1900’s and is 3 Par) course. Daily fees, reduced-fee membership plans, one of 4,000 hostels in 70 countries worldwide. It is chartered pull cart rentals, and gift certificates are available. Women’s by Hostelling International, Inc. and operated by the Depart- and Senior Men’s Golf leagues are also offered. ment. Its purpose is to provide clean, safe, affordable accom- Call 215-945-8644 for further information during the March- modations for travelers. It is also available to groups with an December season. educational, recreational, or service mission. The surround- ing Nockamixon State Park offers an abundance of outdoor Each golfer must have his/her own clubs or rental clubs are activities and amenities. available. Golfers under age 14 MUST be accompanied by a Ecology and environmental clubs are encouraged to use parent. No “walk-alongs” on the course; golfers only. Re- the surrounding areas for hiking and study. The communal served tee times are not available; first-come basis only. living arrangements at Weisel are typical of hostels through- out the world. Language clubs and international studies or- Greens Fees Fee ganizations planning to travel abroad will benefit greatly from Nonmember $12.00 this hostel experience. Memberships Fee The hostel accommodates up to 18 people, which includes Senior 60+ $40.00 sleeping accommodations. Overnight rates are $17 per per- Senior couple both 60+ 55.00 son per night, includes linen rentals. Non-Bucks County resi- Junior 14-17 35.00 dents must be International Hostel members. Memberships Individual 65.00 are $28 for adults, or $18 for seniors. Call 215-536-8749 for Family-husband & wife 100.00 general information or reservations. Each child 14-17 with family 20.00 Green Fee Plan Discount Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., except Holidays Individual $7.00 Students with Family or Junior Seniors 5.50 Seniors 5.50 Swimming Organizations affiliated with the Golf Course 5.50 Oxford Valley Pool (OVP), located in Fairless Hills, is a 50- Parents, Teachers, or Friends meter pool with a maximum depth of four ft. three in. It fea- tures a water slide and small wading pool for children with a Attention! Summer Jobs! depth of one ft. six in. Tohickon Valley Pool (TVP) is situated in a wooded park set- You may not have thought about Bucks ting in Point Pleasant. The main pool ranges in depth from 3 ft. to 5 ft 6 in., while the children’s pool is a maximum of 1 ft. County Parks and Recreation as a resource deep. for summer jobs. Each year we look for qualified, enthusiastic people to work sum- Each pool offers swim programs for children. Both county mers. If you know of someone young, old, or and non-county residents may obtain season passes or pay in between looking for a position for the summer, call by the day. Fees vary for residents and nonresidents, by age, one of the numbers below. and day of week. For further information about fees, hours, and programs, con- For jobs at Core Creek Boat Rental, Oxford Valley tact the pools during the Memorial Day to Labor Day season: Pool, or Frosty Hollow Tennis Center: OVP—215-949-2975 Call Marianne Dubresson, 215-757-0571 ext. 3311 TVP—215-297-0754 Contact the Administrative Office with questions about the For jobs at Peace Valley Park Boat Rental, or pools during the off-season at 215-757-0571. Tohickon Valley Park Pool: Call Jill Unger, 215-489-5132 Bucks Residents Nonresidents Applicants can fill out job applications at the County OVP Season Pass $35-55 $70-110 Human Resources Dept. at 50 N. Main St. in Doyles- OVP Daily Pass $4.75-5.50 $9.50-11.00 town or 7321 New Falls Rd. in Levittown. TVP Season Pass $25-45 $50-90 Applications now being accepted. Start your job TVP Daily Pass $3.50-4.00 $7.00-8.00 search early during spring break, don’t delay. PA R K L O C AT I O N S & S E R V I C E S 23 24 PA R K L O C AT I O N S & S E R V I C E S ls ai Tr g st rse s st rse s Fi ng idin Fi ng idin Re ou ure Re ou ure or as at k R C t ic s lf ea cn nd tu g is s st re nn ds rs g ki g Na atin M oom Go ic F Bo bac Ho min Hi kin Ic ing Pi rou Hi e A Te iel aC g is Tr in ng Sk e p F g im r r i c. g sh m ay ll Sw e Ba ilsa Pl C5 Van Sant Airport (188.5 acres) H4 Delaware River Access Area (108 acres) I I I or as at k R C t ic s ea Erwinna, Cafferty Rd.at Andalusia, on Station Ave. Bensalem Township, cn nd tu g is s st re nn ds rs g ki g Na in M oom Go ic F Bo bac Ho min Hi kin Ic ing ou Hi e A Te iel at Ca ng is B4 Bucks County Horse Park (124.8 acres) ng gr Sk I I I I I I I I O,* V e p F H5 Mill Creek Valley Silver Lake (465 acres) im r r i i c. sh m ay lf ll Sw e Ba Pl Pi Riegelsville, Easton Rd. 13 & Bath Rd. Bristol Township, US RT H4 Delaware River Access Area (108 acres) I I I Bensalem Township, at Andalusia, on Station Ave. H5 Silver Lake Park (465 acres) I I I I I I O,* V Bristol Township, US RT 13 & Bath Rd. H5 Black Ditch (117 acres) I Bristol Township, Mill Creek Rd. & Bloomsdale Rd. H5 Frosty Hollow (95 acres) I I Levittown, on Newportville-Fallsington Rd., 1.4 mile east of Rt. 413 G5 Queen Anne (276 acres) I Middletown, Bristol Township, on New Falls Rd. G5 Oxford Valley Park (220 acres) I I I O Falls Township, at the intersection of Hood Blvd. & Oxford Valley Rd. G5 Core Creek (1200 acres) I I I I I I I I I O, B Middletown Township, south of Newtown, east on Rt. 413 on Tollgate Rd. Enter also from Bridgetown Pike west of Langhorne-Yardley Rd. G4 Playwicki (33 acres) I I I I I Middletown Township, on Maple Ave. (Rt. 213) west of Langhorne G4 Churchville (172 acres) I I I g, V, * Northampton Township, north of Holland at the Churchville Reservoir E4 Dark Hollow (770 acres) I U Linear park bordering Neshaminy Creek, Warwick Township access from Old York Rd. (Rt. 263) D5 Hal H. Clark Park (72 acres) U Located on River Rd. (Rt. 32) 1 mile south of Center Bridge D3 Moravian Pottery & Tile works, Fonthill (77 acres) I I T* Doylestown, 130 Swamp Rd. (Rt. 313) 1/2 mile east of Rt. 611 D3 Peace Valley (1500 acres) I I I I I I I I B,0*,V New Britain Township, 3 miles north of Doylestown to the west of Rt. 313 on Creek Rd. C5 Tohickon Valley (612 acres) I I I I I I I G,o Tinicum Township, 1 mile north of Pt. Pleasant on Cafferty Rd. C4 Stover-Myers Mill (26 acres) I I I I T Bedminster Township, on Dark Hollow Rd., 1 mile east of Pipersville C5 Tinicum (126 acres) I I I I I I I I I T Tinicum Township, on River Rd. (Rt. 32) just north of Erwinna B3 Weisel Hostel (8 acres) I I I I g East Rockhill Township, about 1 mile north of Nockamixon on Richlandtown Rd. B3 Lake Towhee (549 acres) I I I I I I I I I Haycock Township, east of Applebachsville on Old Bethlehem Rd. B5 Ringing Rocks (65 acres) I I I G Bridgeton Township, about 2 miles west of Upper Black Eddy G6 Falls of the Delaware (125 acres) U River Road, Lower Makefield Township H5 Fallsington Park (17 acres) U Intersection of Tyburn & Trenton Roads C5 Prahl’s Island (88 acres) I I U Situated on the Delaware River in Tinicum Township 1 mile north of Point Pleasant Key: G–Geological Formation M–Multi Use Court •–Tent/Trailer o–Cabin Lodge T–Tour U–Undeveloped * –Programs Available B–Boat Rental O–Bikeway/Walkway g-Group V–Visitor Center FACILITY DIRECTORY 25 BUCKS COUNTY HORSE PARK OXFORD VALLEY GOLF COURSE SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER Easton Road Oxford Valley Road 1306 Bath Road Revere, Pa 18953 Levitttown, PA 19030 Bristol, PA 19007 (610) 847-8597 215-945-8644 215-785-1177 man- Open Mar. 1 through Dec. 31 Center and Shop open daily Tue. firstname.lastname@example.org Mon. through Sat. 7 a.m. to dusk; through Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 6:30 a.m. to dusk. And Sun. Noon to 5 p.m. CHURCHVILLE NATURE CENTER Closed January and February www.silverlakenaturecenter.org 501 Churchville Lane Churchville, PA 18966 OXFORD VALLEY POOL TINICUM PARK 215-357-4005 (Seasonal) River Road (Rte 32) Center and Shop open Tues. through Hood Blvd Upper Black Eddy, PA Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fairless Hills, PA Call the Administrative Office for www.churchvillenaturecenter.org. 215-949-2975 information 215-757-0571. Open Memorial Day Weekend through CORE CREEK PARK Labor Day. TOHICKON VALLEY PARK (Administrative Office) 3 p.m.-8 p.m. when Pennsbury Schools POOL (Seasonal) 901 E Bridgetown Pike are in session; Cafferty Road Langhorne, PA 19047 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. remainder of the sea- Point Pleasant, PA 215-757-0571 son. Call the Administrative Office for Park Open Mon. through Fri. information 215-757-0571, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PEACE VALLEY PARK Pool Tel. 215-297-0754 (in season), www.buckscounty.org Creek Road Pool opens Memorial Day Weekend to New Britain Twp, PA Mid -June , weekends only CORE CREEK PARK BOAT Open daily 8 a.m. to sunset. Call the Mid-June through Labor Day RENTAL (Seasonal) Administrative office for Park 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Core Creek Park information 215-757-0571 Langhorne, PA VAN SANT AIRPORT 215-757-1225 PEACE VALLEY BOAT RENTAL Cafferty Road Open first Saturday in May through mid (Seasonal) Erwinna, Pa 18920 October Creek Road (610) 847-8320 New Britain Twp, PA CORE CREEK TENNIS CENTER 215-345-1097 WEISEL HOSTEL Woodbourne Rd Open first Saturday in May through mid 7347 Richlandtown Road Langhorne, PA -Oct. Quakertown, PA 18951 Call the administrative office for 215-536-8749 information 215-757-0571 PEACE VALLEY NATURE CENTER Open daily 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 170 Chapman Road and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Doylestown, PA 18901 Closed Dec. 25 to Jan 1 of every year FROSTY HOLLOW TENNIS CENTER 215-345-7860 Part of worldwide hostel network. (Seasonal) Solar building and Sunflower Shop www.buckscounty.org or 4503 New Falls Road open Tue. through Sun. www.hiayh.org Levittown, PA 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 215-949-2280 Trails open daily dawn to dusk. Open May through October. www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org Hours vary. LAKE TOWHEE PARK PLAYWICKI PARK Maple Avenue Old Bethlehem Pike Langhorne, PA Applebachsville, PA Call the Administrative Office for Call the Administrative Office for Park information 215-757-0571. information 215-757-0571. MORAVIAN POTTERY SILVER LAKE PARK Bath Road AND TILE WORKS Bristol Township, PA 130 Swamp Road Call the Administrative Office for Doylestown, PA 18901 information 215-757-0571. 215-345-6722 Open Daily; 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. www.buckscounty.org/visitors 26 R E G I S T R AT I O N I N F O R M AT I O N Important • We are unable to “hold” space in a class without a registration form, signed waiver, and payment. Registration • Registration generally closes one week before class Information begins unless otherwise indicated. Check with the facil- ity regarding late registrations. • Registrants will be placed on a program roster and COMPLETING THE called one to two weeks before the program start REGISTRATION FORM date to re-confirm and review what to bring, directions, • Use the registration form only where indicated under etc. There are no registration confirmations or tickets program information., e.g., for all camps, most issued. classes, tennis leagues, and all bus tours. • Make checks payable to Bucks County Parks. • Be sure to include all participant information on the form, including participant name(s), address, age school PAYMENT METHODS (children and youth only), and telephone numbers. For lower Bucks programs: • Be sure to include all program information re- • In person—Cash, Check, or Credit Card only at the Core quested on the registration form, including program Creek Park Administrative Office in Langhorne. Regis- name, number, session number, date, and fee for each tration for tennis programs accepted at Frosty Hollow, participant. and for pool programs at Oxford Valley after opening. • Each participant may register for more than one pro- Oxford Valley Pool accepts credit cards also. gram on the form. Just list each program separately. • By mail — Check or Credit Card only • Indicate payment type and amount enclosed at the • By fax — Credit Card only bottom. For central and upper Bucks programs: • Don’t forget to sign the waiver on the bottom! Each • By mail — Check or Credit Card only adult participant listed on the registration form must sign • By fax — Credit Card only the waiver; parent or guardian signs for children. • Telephone registrations are NOT accepted for either • Don’t forget your payment! Upper or Lower Bucks Programs. • We accept VISA, MC, only. DETAILS • Call the facility or the Core Creek Park Office to CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS check on program availability, new programs, or new • The Department reserves the right to cancel a pro- sessions opening as the class start date nears. Register gram due to insufficient registration. So register early. early! • Registrations are accepted on a first-come basis • There are NO REFUNDS, unless the Department can- only. We recommend registering early. cels a class, in which case a refund will be issued. • A completed registration form with signed waiver • The instructor arranges makeup dates with the class. and full payment together are required for registra- tion. Otherwise, it will be returned for further informa- WHEN IN DOUBT… tion. Call either the Administrative Office (Lower Bucks) or Creek • Even if the course is free, send in a completed regis- Rd Office (Central and Upper Bucks) for further information. tration form with signed waiver. A signed waiver is always required. We rent out our facilities for non-park related events. Here are a few with contact phone numbers for those interested in attend- ing. Please feel free to call the contacts for times and other pertinent information. Event Date Contact Phone Number Tinicum Park Polo Club Polo matches every Sat., Mid-May to Mid. Oct. Polo Club Hot-Line (908) 996-6449 Tinicum Dog Show Sat., May 8 Helma Weeks (215) 382-4956 Tinicum Outdoor Antique Show Sun., June 6 Pat Lesko (610) 294-9420 Tinicum Arts Festival July 10 & 11 Pat Lesko (610) 294-9420 R E G I S T R AT I O N F O R M 27 For lower Bucks programs and bus tours, For Nature Center and Moravian For Upper Bucks Programs, mail, fax*, or drop off to: mail or fax* only (no drop-ins) to: Pottery & Tile Works programs, M. Dubresson, Bucks Co. Parks & Recreation Jill Unger, Bucks County Parks and Recreation 901 E. Bridgetown Pike, Langhorne, PA 19047 contact these facilities directly. 510 Creek Rd, New Britain, PA 18901 Tel: 215-757-0571 See p. 11-18 on how to contact Tel: 215-489-5132 Fax*: 215-752-1421 (with MC/Visa info) them. Fax*: 215-230-7829 (with MC/Visa info) Adult Name Address City/Town State Zip Tel. (Day) (Eve) (cell) Emergency Contact Relationship Tel For Tennis Leagues: Rating Member No., if applicable: E-mail A L L I N F O R M A T I O N M U S T B E C O M P L E T E D . List all Participants-First & Last Youth Only: Full Program/Event Name Course Date & Birth Date (See program/event description). No. Time Fee Name **Registration form MUST include waiver signature below to be valid** Total Fee: Indicate the amount & method of your payment: Since I, my son/daughter are participating in this program voluntarily and at my own/son’s/daughter’s risk, I agree not to sue or hold liable Cash Amt Check Amt # the County of Bucks, the Department of Parks and Recreation or any of its representatives, and/or individual instructors responsible for any Check made out to Bucks County Parks injury or damages to me/my son/daughter resulting from participation in VISA/MASTERCARD (circle one) Amt this/these programs. The Bucks County Department of Parks and Rec- reation and its representatives have my permission to arrange transpor- Card # tation to a licensed physician or medical facility. I grant my permission for a licensed physician to provide any medical care or treatment this Exp. Date physician deems necessary to myself/son/or daughter. Signature Participants understand that photos may be taken during events/camps/sessions/courses and may be used in future sup- Print Cardholder’s Name: port of programs. Signature of all Adult Participant(s)/Parent or Guardian of Child : Below for Office Use Only: Print: Staff Initials Date processed Relationship: 28 Test Your Knowledge Which Mouse is Which? General Information ♦ Can give birth when they are 2 months old, having babies 6-10 times/year ♦ Eat 15-20 times/day ♦ Live up to 5 months in the wild ♦ Are good climbers and swimmers ♦ They do not vomit, unlike other rodents ♦ Five to 8 inches long Deer Mice/White Footed Mouse ♦ Have fur that looks like deer fur, more rounded ears ♦ Brown to dark brown ♦ Eat insects, small fruits/berries, underground fungus ‘Mickey Mouse?’ ♦ Live in hollow trees or garbage ♦ Nocturnal and when it comes indoors, prefers quiet places like attics ♦ Can spread the potentially fatal Hantavirus from touching infected mice or fumes from urine ♦ Known more as the wild mice House Mice ♦ Most common type of rodent ♦ Female can give birth to a maximum of 12 babies every 3 weeks! Count that, 150 babies/year! ♦ Two inches long ♦ Light brown to black ♦ Feed on plants (primarily) but will also eat meat and dairy products ♦ Can eat their OWN droppings to acquire nutrients produced by bacteria in their guts! ♦ Mostly live in structures but can also survive outdoors ♦ Breed throughout the year and share nests with their relatives ♦ Can spread disease by being bitten by parasites and then biting humans Field Mice ♦ Have 2 tone tail like other mice but the bottom side of the tail has no pigment, very dark on top ♦ Cousin of the rat with the exception of small front teeth and smaller claws ♦ Very intelligent in thinking out a strategy prior to acting on a situation ♦ Hairless tail ♦ Live in open fields/forests but also in cities Information gathered from http://www.pestworldforkids.org/mice.html and www.santharia.com/bestiary/field-mouse Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation PRSRT STD US Postage 901 East Bridgetown Pike, Langhorne, Pennsylvania 19047 PAID Tel: 215-757-0571 Fax: 215-752-1421 Doylestown, PA Email: email@example.com Permit No. 264 Website: www.buckscounty.org
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