Nature Center and Animal Life Program

The Nature and Animal Life Programs at Refreshing Mountain provide memorable, educational, and interactive experiences for the whole family!

There are three main aspects of the nature program, one being our educational nature studies program (choose from 3 exciting one-hour courses); our nature center, which features an impressive (and very hands on) reptile display with over 30 species; and our horse & farm animal program, where you can pet/feed animals and even ride a horse!

3 Unique Nature Experiences:

Nature Studies Program

Campfire Summer Outdoor Space

In this program, you can pick and choose one of 3 different hour-long studies: Pennsylvania Woodlands, Reptiles & Amphibians, or our Ponds & Streams studies.

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The Nature Center

Nature Studies School Group Field Trip

Our new Nature Center is an indoor and outdoor hands-on learning experience with naturalistic and zoological exhibits featuring snakes, amphibians, native lizards, turtles, and other unique things like animal pelts, bird nests, and more!

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Horse & Farm Animal Program

Farm Animal Experience Petting a Horse

This isn’t a traditional “petting zoo,” although petting animals is part of it! This program will introduce all sorts of farm animals, both large and small, in a hands-on, interactive experience that’s fun for all. And there’s even a pony ride included!

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Go Behind the Scenes.

Reptile Keeper Workshop

This specialized course is designed specifically for kids ages 9-14 who are interested in keeping reptiles and amphibians as pets. The course covers the ins and outs of the care of over 30 species, local places to purchase or adopt new pets, and which species do not make good pets. Participants will also have an opportunity to search for native specimens in the wild!

Dates: April 28, June 23, September 8


(limited space available)

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Discovery Package

Our Discovery Package is the perfect mix of nature exploration and outdoor fun. This package includes 25-30 minute sessions of each activity: our Nature Center and Hands-on Reptile tour, GPS Nature Hunt, Sling Shots, and Archery target shooting. Your time will be facilitated by a staff member that will guide your group throughout the entire program. This program is available for ages 5 and older. Groups with children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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Nature Studies School Field Trip


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