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Berks Nature is the leading agent for the conservation of the environment in Berks County.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization, Berks Nature has been serving the Berks County community since 1974. Land preservation, water protection, trail management, community gardens, education programs, State of the Environment, Eco-Camp and our valued partnerships are at the center of Berks Nature’s work every day.

We hope you join us by becoming a Champion of Nature. You’ll enjoy exclusive benefits, while supporting programs that help connect people to nature and maintain the natural beauty of Berks County.

THE NATURE PLACE PUBLIC HOURS

FREE TO VISIT!
Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Open until 6:00 pm on Wednesday for special extended hours through May
CLOSED Sunday and Monday

Join Our Team!

Berks Nature is seeking a Community Garden Coordinator for the 2024 growing season!

Learn more and apply by reviewing the full job posting below!

Looking Back on 50 Years and Planning for 50 More

In 2024, Berks Nature is humbled to celebrate 50 years of serving nature in Berks County. Join us all year round as we reminisce and celebrate 50 momentous years of conservation and start planning the next 50 years of protecting, restoring, and elevating Berks County’s inspiring mosaic of natural and cultural resources.

50 Conversations for 50 Years: A Public Input Forum

Berks Nature works hard every day to protect the environment and connect people to the nature all around them. In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, Berks Nature is not only reflecting on the accomplishments of our past, but also looking forward at our goals for the future. Who better to guide the next 50 years of environmental action, protection, and education than the residents, outdoor enthusiasts, and conservation champions that call Berks County home? 

Throughout 2024, Berks Nature will be hosting 50 Conservations for 50 Years, a series of forums to collect feedback from our partners and the Berks County community.

Twenty of these conversations will be open to the general public to share their thoughts and conservation priorities. This feedback will be used to inform Berks Nature’s next strategic plan.

Berks Nature Wants to Hear from You! 

What are your priorities for Berks? What should we be doing that we aren’t already doing? Which resources and natural spaces are important to you?   

We have made it easy for you to participate:
  1. Select a date from 20 public input forums that works best for you
  2. Register for your selected date online at our Free Events page.
  3. Show up and enjoy informal conversation with like-minded people.

A full list of the public input forum dates can be found on our Free Events page!

Register Here!

We’re feeling nostalgic…

We invite you to reminisce with us by sharing your story! What are your favorite memories from Berks Nature? What do you love about our work, our preserves, or our people? How did you find us and what keeps you coming back?

Share your Story!

More Ways Than Ever to Support Local Conservation

Monthly Giving

Support Berks Nature in a big way for our 50th Anniversary by signing up for our Monthly Giving Program. For as little as $5 per month, you can be a Champion of Nature by having your monthly donation automatically deducted from your account.

Corporate Giving

More details coming soon!

Plant-a-Tree

More details coming soon!

It's your turn to speak for the trees! Support Berks Nature's annual tree growing efforts by planting a tree with us or dedicating a tree to a loved one. More details launching our Plant-a-Tree Program coming soon!

50 Actions in Service of Nature

Challenge yourself to live every day like Earth Day with this list of simple actions!

Stay tuned for the official launch of this service challenge in March 2024!

Adopt-a-Bee

Support your local pollinators this summer! Details coming soon...

Support local pollinators and come visit The Nature Place's own hive of honey bees this summer! Details to participate in the Adopt-a-Bee Program coming soon!

Get Outside and Celebrate with Us!

The Nature All Around Us is an immersive, hands-on exhibit created by the Natural History Museum of Utah and modified for tour by the Science Museum for Minnesota designed to challenge our notion that urban and natural environments are separate from each other by showcasing the many inextricable links between these worlds. From your own backyard to your local main street, Nature All Around Us reveals the hidden worlds and rich ecosystems within our daily lives.

Nature All Around Us comes to Reading in 2024! The public is invited to explore Nature All Around Us from January 25 through May 12. The exhibit’s modules will be split between The Nature Place and the Reading Public Museum so be sure to visit both sites to enjoy the full experience.

While the exhibit will be open to the public during The Nature Place’s normal business hours, Berks Nature invites you to experience this special exhibit to its fullest on Saturdays and during our extended hours every Wednesday this spring!

Play and explore your way through the Nature All Around Us exhibit and enjoy special programming led by Berks Nature’s educators on select dates.
Register for Programs Here!
Reserve your Ticket!

News in Nature

Current events and updates from Berks Nature

Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

| Conservation, Easements, Farming, Forests, Preserves, Tree Planting | No Comments
On this snowy day, I am spending the opportunity to reflect on the past year of hard-earned successes of the Land Team at Berks Nature and foreshadow some of the…

Cultivating Community

| Volunteers, Community Gardens | No Comments
In 2023, the Reading Climate Corps returned to Angelica Creek Park to pick up where the inaugural cohort left off. After removing woody tangles of invasive honeysuckle vines, Reading Climate…

The Valley, My Muse

| Conservation, Easements, Farming | No Comments
Originally, they came to farm. Invited by William Penn himself, immigrants hailing primarily from the Rhine Valley in Germany braved the long transatlantic voyage to start anew in a fertile…

NOW HIRING: Community Garden Coordinator

(February 2, 2024)

The Community Garden Coordinator brings together Berks Nature’s urban gardeners, partners, and other non-governmental organizations for our community garden sites located within the City of Reading. This may include outreach efforts to expand community involvement. This position may make recommendations on urban greening projects including budget recommendations and implementation of projects.  The position requires a genuine interest in and experience with the out-of-doors, conservation knowledge, good communication skills, and a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences. Gardening experience and knowledge is not required. Bilingual (Spanish and English) speaking applicants are preferred.  Residents of the City of Reading will be given greater consideration for the position.

Click here to read the full position description.

Haga clic aquí para leer la descripción completa del puesto en español.

Applications are due February 16, 2024.

This is a part-time, seasonal position. The Community Garden Coordinator is expected to work 16 hours per week starting on or after March 4 and ending mid-November (no later than Thanksgiving).

Compensation will be $18-21 per hour depending upon experience.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please send your resume and letter of interest to Andrew Fetterman at andrew.fetterman@berksnature.org.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Berks Nature Summer 2024 Internship

(January 5, 2024)

We strive to offer our interns a well-rounded learning experience. An interest in the environment and stewardship is a must, and there is often work to do outdoors. Berks Nature also manages a nature preschool and hosts numerous field trips and events. Working with children and the public is a priority.

Good writing skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, and a genuine appreciation for working with diverse audiences are all necessary.

As a charitable organization we are unable to provide compensation for an intern’s time. In some cases, students can receive school credits.

Click here to read the full position description.

Applications are due April 20, 2024.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please click here and send your resume and letter of interest to Beckey Seel at Beckey.seel@berksnature.org.

TRAIL ALERT: Construction on Neversink Mountain Preserve

(September 15, 2023)

Please be advised: There will be construction work on Neversink Mountain Preserve in the vicinity of the McIlvane Pavilion beginning on September 18, 2023. Please stay clear of construction activities while enjoying the public trails of Neversink Mountain until this work is completed.

Thank you so much for having the 7th grade students of Kutztown visit the Burkholder farm. This opportunity was an incredibly eye opening experience for all involved. Teaching about farming practices, sustainability, clean water and buying locally is one thing, but actually seeing it in action is what changes the mind frame.

Kutztown Middle School teacher about their farm tour with Berks Nature

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