Weekly Nature Day Camps Posted At Welkinweir February 21, 2017
With spring just around the corner and summer not too far behind, it's not too early for parents to start considering how their children will spend their time during the months of June, July and August, when school is not in session.
The Summer Nature Day Camps being offered by the Green Valleys Watershed Association (GVWA) are fun and educational options. Open to children ages 4 to 12, camps will be held weekly at GVWA's Welkinweir estate on weekdays from Monday, June 19, through Friday, Aug. 11.
To learn more about the programs, parents and children are invited to attend Summer Nature Day Camp open houses that will be held on Sundays, March 12 and May 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. During the open houses, visitors can tour Welkinweir, walk the grounds and talk with Dawn White, GVWA's education programs coordinator.
"(The open houses) are great for people who have never been to the property," White noted. She added that those interested in exploring the grounds at another time may stop by during regular visitor hours on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
While the property does have a barn for indoor camp programming in the case of inclement weather, along with rest room facilities, Welkinweir itself is the primary setting for the camps. "We don't have a (traditional) camp facility," said White. "During camp, children spend most of their time outdoors."
Welkinweir, an arboretum and nature sanctuary, is situated on 197 acres and includes forests, meadows, ponds and stream habitats. "It is the perfect setting for the camps," said White.
Each camp week has an independent theme, so children may attend as many weeks as they wish. This year's topics will include habitat studies, outdoor skills, water science and exploration, insect study and animal adaptations.
Camps for children entering grades one through seven will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Parents who need extended-day activities can register for before-camp care, beginning at 7:45 a.m., and after-camp care, from 3 to 5:15 p.m., for additional fees. Campers who age 4 and entering kindergarten will attend camp from 9 a.m. to noon daily.
Guest presenters are invited weekly to address the campers. Many of the programs will include live animals, some of which the campers will be able to touch. Every Friday, all campers will enjoy a campfire with s'mores provided by GVWA. "Every Friday, we do a presentation for the families to show what (the children) did during the week," White said.
Two new programs will be offered by the GVWA this year, including Animal Engineers Mini Camp. The one-day program will be held on Monday, July 3, for all grade levels. During the program children will discover how different animals build and use their homes.
Students in grades four through seven will be invited to Nature Camp at Night on selected Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. After a pizza dinner and snacks, campers will participate in games and a sensory nature walk and enjoy a campfire. "It's fun to experience camp at night," White said. "As it gets dark, there is a different feel."
Camp registration will open on Friday, March 3. An early bird discount is offered for registrations received by Monday, April 24. After April 24, parents can receive a sibling discount of 5 percent. There is no registration deadline, but White noted that camps fill quickly.
GVWA and Welkinweir are located at 1368 Prizer Road, Pottstown. For more information and to register for Summer Nature Day Camps, readers may visit www.greenvalleys.org or contact White at 610-469-8646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GVWA maintains a scholarship fund to benefit less-fortunate children in the community. To make a donation or to apply for a scholarship, readers may visit the website or contact White.
Drop Boxes Offer A Place To Dispose Of Medication February 21, 2017
Paoli Hospital, 255 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, is the latest organization to install a prescription medicine drop box where community members can properly and anonymously dispose of unneeded, unwanted or expired medications.
Paoli Hospital partnered with the Chester County District Attorney's office and the Willistown Township Police Department to become the first Chester County hospital to be fitted with a prescription medicine drop box, which is located in the valet lobby at the hospital.
The drop box, monitored by Paoli Hospital security staff, will be emptied monthly by the Willistown Township Police Department. As with other drop boxes in Chester County, law enforcement officials will empty the boxes on a regular basis and then transport the drugs to be incinerated.
Other prescription medicine drop boxes can be found at the following locations: Caln Township Police Department, 253 Municipal Drive, Thorndale; Tredyffrin Township Police Department, 1100 DuPortail Road, Berwyn; City of Coatesville Police Department, 1 City Hall, Coatesville; Valley Township Police Department, 890 W. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville; East Brandywine Township Police Department, 1212 Horseshoe Pike, Downingtown; and Upper Uwchlan Township Police Department, 140 Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs.
Also, Easttown Township Police Department, 566 Beaumont Road, Devon; West Brandywine Township Police Department, 198 Lafayette Road, Coatesville; Kennett Square Borough Police Department, 115 N. Broad St., Kennett Square; West Caln Township Police Department, 721 W. Kings Highway, Coatesville; New Garden Township Police Department, 8934 Gap Newport Pike, Landenberg; West Chester University Police Department, 690 S. Church St., West Chester; and North Coventry Township Police Department, 845 S. Hanover St., Pottstown.
Also, West Goshen Township Police Department, 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester; Oxford Borough Police Department, 57 N. Fourth St., Oxford; West Vincent Township Police Department, 729 St. Matthews Road, Chester Springs; Parkesburg Borough Police Department, 315 W. First Ave., Building 2, Parkesburg; West Whiteland Township Police Department, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton; Phoenixville Borough Police Department, 351 Bridge St., Phoenixville; Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department, 1041 Wilmington Pike, West Chester; Sheriff's Office, Chester County Justice Center, 201 W. Market St., West Chester; and Willistown Township Police Department, 688 Sugartown Road, Malvern.
Products that can be placed in the drop boxes include prescription and over-the-counter solid medications; tablets and capsules; liquid medications, such as cough syrups, in their original containers; prescription patches; medical creams and ointments; vitamins; pet medicines; and nasal sprays.
Items that will not be accepted include hydrogen peroxide, asthma inhalers, thermometers, alcohol and medications that contain iodine. Syringes, needles and EpiPens will also not be accepted; instead, they should be taken to a doctor's office or hospital for proper disposal.
For more information, readers may visit www.chesco.org/2673/Medication-Drop-Off.