Here at Berks Nature, we believe nature is essential to our quality of life.
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 Berks Nature Member. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of membership, while supporting programs that help connect people to nature and maintain the natural beauty of Berks County.
Find your next adventure at The Nature Place!
Home to Berks Nature’s headquarters, Eco-Camp and our new Nature Preschool, The Nature Place sits among nearly 100-acres in Reading’s Angelica Park. Among the things you can do on your visit:
• Stroll the wetland trails throughout the park- but first, pick up a free explorer pack, available for loan at the lobby front desk!
• Let the kiddos run free with their imaginations in our Nature Play Zone.
• Attend a program inside The Nature Place.
• Visit our lobby exhibits- including our indoor observational beehive!
• Say hello to our three rescued 3-toed Eastern Box Turtles: Angelica, Kenny & Hanna.
• Tour the green features of the building- designed to achieve LEED Silver status.
• Grab a treat for your dog at the desk inside our dog-friendly lobby, then make sure they stay hydrated by visiting our dog water fountain along the path.
• Take a peek out our birding window- from the Great Blue Heron to red-tailed hawks and the park’s token mascot, the red-winged blackbird, you never know who may stop by!
• View life up close through one of the microscopes set up and available for use in the lobby.
• Visit our native plant gardens and teaching garden outside the building.
• Host your next meeting at The Nature Place! Our conference rooms and classrooms are available to rent.
• Celebrate your child’s birthday with one of our customizable party packages!
Berks Nature strongly supports Berks County’s number one industry, agriculture – and the protection of our special natural areas. To date, we have permanently preserved over 7,500 acres through conservation easements, acquisitions, and transfers; and have facilitated the protection of an additional 1300 acres in Berks County. As important as these land preservation efforts are, we also realize that a healthy community needs economic growth. By using our County’s Comprehensive Plan as a guide, we continue to work with municipalities to promote growth in the proper places, such as areas surrounding existing development.
As we all know, our water resources are important to everyone in Berks County – residents, businesses, and visitors alike. We have spent the past ten years addressing our water resources and gaining support for the restoration and protection of these resources. Our partnerships across the region in developing and implementing watershed management plans received statewide recognition, as we are a proud past-recipient of the Governor’s Award for Watershed Stewardship. Water will always be a major issue in Berks County and we are proud to be the leaders in addressing the issue.
Berks Nature currently has 1000 members and our membership continues to grow. Currently, we have nine staff members that are governed by our Board of Directors.