Family Events & Programs
Spring Egg Hunt PVAS holds an annual “Egg Hunt”at the Yankauer Nature Preserve each spring. Rather than searching out brightly colored plastic eggs, the eggs we use are painted like real eggs of wild birds so they are camouflaged along the trail. Children learn about camouflage as an adaptation that keeps eggs hidden from predators. Eggs are turned in at the end of the egg hunt in return for a treat. The event includes a variety of activities such as decorating sugar cookies like real bird eggs, penguin walking competitions, egg-on-spoon races, and, of course, the egg hunt itself. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. Fee: $5/child. (Adults free.)
This program is designed for an adult-child team to explore nature together. An experienced educator will lead the small group in games, activities, crafts, nature walks, stories, and more, to explore and learn about the natural world. The programs are designed for children ages 3-5 and are held from 9:30-11am. Wee Naturalist Programs are offered one or two times/month in the spring and fall, and each month explores a different nature theme. To ensure that all participants receive close, personal attention, enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Fee: $5/child. (Adults free.)
Music in the Cedars
This free concert series is a great opportunity to hang out at Yankauer with friends and family. Take a hike, bring a picnic supper and kick back and enjoy some tunes performed by local musicians. Held on Tuesdays in August and September, the concerts are held under the pavilion rain or shine from 6:30-7:30pm. Concert dates for 2014 have not been set.
Wildflower Festival This family event is free and open to the public at the Yankauer Preserve in mid-April — the peak of spring wildflowers. The event includes guided wildflower walks, refreshments, children’s activities, poems by local poets along the trail, and a fantastic array of wildflowers along the trails. You may enjoy the wildflowers on your own or with a knowledgeable guide.