Girl & Boy Scout Programs
Our Scout programs fulfill many of the requirements for badges relating to the natural environment. In order to further Scouts’ appreciation and understanding of the natural world, programs include hands-on activities to learn about various concepts, as well as animal artifacts and exploration of the forests, fields and streams of Welkinweir.
Family Nature Programs
GVWA hosts year-round community events for children and adults alike in order to promote awareness of the natural world. Programs include weekend hikes for families, bird walks, and workshops. Programs are also available for community groups, faith-based groups, and other organizations.
Weekend Nature Walks
Enjoy free, guided walks on Saturday mornings with volunteer naturalists to observe a wildlife and native plants. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Programs run rain or shine.
Classes are held at Welkinweir, a 197-acre nature sanctuary of forest, meadows, ponds and streams. Programs prepare children for school by addressing many of the Pennsylvania Standards for Early Childhood for Pre-K and Kindergarten.
Celebrate your child’s birthday at Welkinweir! Rent Welkinweir’s Outdoor Pavilion or Education Building for your child’s next birthday party. Bring your games, food, and party decorations, and we’ll provide the beautiful setting! Add a special touch to your party with a one-hour Nature Discovery Walk, led by GVWA staff or volunteer naturalists.
Available dates may vary by season and our program schedule. Contact us with your preferred date(s) and times at least 4 weeks in advance. For more information and to book your Pavilion or Education Building rental and/or Nature Walk program, contact the Education Coordinator.