Monthly Newsletter: April 2022

What is happening at Rock Hollow Woods?

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Shop, support, smile, and spread the word!!

We're thrilled to announce that Rock Hollow Woods was selected as the organization to benefit from the Rounding Up at the Register program for the entire month of April at Kimberton Whole Foods in Douglassville.

SAVE THE DATE!

​Saturday, June 4th, 2022; 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Special Event Fundraiser with limited seating

Take a walk in the woods during this unique culinary experience fundraiser. Breathe in the beauty of Rock Hollow Woods while enjoying small sips and small plates offered by Chef Philip-Georges Davis (of the former Papillon Brasserie.) More details will be coming soon!

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Vulture Culture- April 9, 2022; 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Vulture Culture is a family event. Enjoy the great outdoors together while hiking through beautiful Rock Hollow Woods. After a hike to the pavilion area, families will sit and enjoy a puppet show presented by Poppycock Puppets. After the puppet show, check out our information about vultures, test out their wing span, and play in the area nearby. CLICK HERE for more information and to register today!

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Owl Prowl- April 22, 2022; 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.

Join us on an Owl Prowl at Rock Hollow Woods on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Learn about Pennsylvania's native owls, their calls, fun facts about how they've evolved into one of our animals of the night. We'll begin with a short discussion and then we will hike the trails at dusk listening and looking for our feathered friends, and we're sure to see some other interesting critters along the way! CLICK HERE for more information and to register today!

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Help us turn Litter into Literacy!

Did you know that more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate? That is 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 

On Saturday, April 30, Rock Hollow Woods is partnering with the Rotary Club of Twin Valley and the Twin Valley High School chapter of the National Honor Society, donning orange vests, white gloves and big smiles as we pick up litter along Route 23 from the location of the Twin Valley Fire Department to the Brandywine Branch Distillery; a distance of 2.6 miles.

Cleaning up this stretch of road is a needed and satisfying project in itself, but we would like to make it more – we would like to turn this litter into support for our two local libraries: The Honey Brook Community Library and Village Library of Morgantown. To that end we will be looking for financial sponsors for this day of work. 100% of the sponsorships raised will be given to these two libraries to support their community literacy programs. A portion of the funds received will be used to purchase books about the environment and highlight the mission of Rock Hollow Woods. CLICK HERE for more information about this wonderful event!

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Yoga in the Great Outdoors- Monday evenings from 6:00-7:15 p.m.

Join Tracy Wahl for a 75-minute gentle flow yoga class in the great outdoors. Participants will begin by grounding themselves to Mother Earth. Then they will honor the summer sunlight by flowing through sun salutations. They will move through sequences to open their hearts, move their energy, and dig deeper into specific areas of the body. The practice will close with savasana where participants will use nature to connect with Spirit. Yoga in the Great Outdoors is an adult class that is offered Monday evenings in monthly sessions. CLICK HERE for more information and to register today!

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Are you a teacher or local educator who could use a break? A chance to get outside and breathe? Register for our FREE Field Trip Showcase! Enjoy a hike and learn about the various field trip offerings for your students at Rock Hollow Woods.

Participants will be entered in a raffle to win prizes such as a spa gift basket (includes a gift certificate for a 1 hour massage along with other goodies) and a wine basket! Space is limited so email info@rockhollowwoods.org​ to register by April 15th!

Summer is Just Around the Corner

Featured Summer Camps

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Wetland Investigations: July 11th - 15th, 12:30 -3:30 p.m.

Wetland Investigations is a day camp experience that will engage campers during wetland explorations. ​Campers will explore life in streams, swamps, and a pond while collaborating, thinking critically, and using their creativity to complete daily activities. Children will also enjoy free play during each afternoon.

Appropriate for children entering 2nd through 7th grades in Fall 2022.
CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up today!

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Muddy Adventures: July 11th - July 15th, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Muddy Adventures is a day camp experience that will guide campers on a journey through the messy magic of mud which engages all of the senses and is a wonderful part of play. Children will learn all about soil, what lives in it, and how it changes throughout the year. They'll discover how it gives life to plants and animals, it's place in different life cycles, how it creates shelters, and YES; how much FUN mud can be!

Appropriate for children entering K through 1st grades in Fall 2022.
CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up today!

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It's a Small World After All: July 18th - July 22nd, 12:30 -3:30 p.m.

It's a Small World After All is a day camp experience that meets five afternoons. Campers will experience the wonders of Rock Hollow Woods in an entirely new perspective through structured and free play using small play figures. One day they may explore the creek, using mermaids or water animals. Another day, they may create the Trolls village or go back in time and play with dinosaurs! Campers will explore a new area each day and  create small world environments using natural resources and engaging in lots of imaginative and cooperative play!

Appropriate for children entering K through 1st grades in Fall 2022.
CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up today!

In March we enjoyed a variety of educational programs.

Toddler Time on the Trail, Homeschool Happenings, Nature Pre-K, and two birthday parties.

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Homeschool Happenings

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Nature Pre-K Program

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'Escape the Forest' Birthday Party

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Toddler Time on the Trail

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Team Building Birthday Party

Gratitude Corner

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We are so grateful for the many ways you continue to support Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Learning Center!

Thank you to this month's donors: Susan and Dennis Baker, JoAnn Hurley, Ellyn Longacre, Jeanice and Robert Naulty, Laura Ogborn, Ed and Lorraine Salaneck, and Michael and Alice Shifflet.

Thank you for the gifts that are being used at Rock Hollow Woods: Kirsten and Sam Bair, Tara Frey, Heather Hennessey, Ashleigh Hoelscher, Tim and Sandy Hoppes, Amy Langman, Mike and Jan Slater, Beverly and William Thompson, Dan and Bianca Wert, and Eli Wilson.

Thank you for the amazing volunteers who help at Rock Hollow Woods: 
~Maggie Ortlip and Dr. Debbie Patt for assisting and helping during our Toddler Time on the Trail programs.

~Mike Slater for seeding the pollinator garden in the front meadow.

~Tom Marks for helping with the concrete foundation for the Hideaway pavilion.

~Mary Ellen Mahan, Carol Patterson, Dan and Renee Hiltebeitel, Amy Langman, Jim and Jean McCarney for guiding and helping the students from Penn State Berks.

~Penn State Berks students for painting tree stumps, building a new bridge, removing invasive species from trails, clearing out the bird blind and garden, and making Rock Hollow Woods more beautiful!

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Building a new bridge

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Clearing the bird blind and preparing for a pollinator garden

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Painted stumps!

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Removing invasive species

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