Back-to-school time is almost here, and just like everyone else, we're trying to squeeze the last bit of sunshine out of summer. If you're new to Erie, you may be scratching for ideas to get the kiddos through the dog days. Look no further! Broker Bear did the digging for you! Check out Broker Bear's (Before) Back-to-School Bucket List: a compilation of fun, kid-friendly activities to close out the summer!
About: Each session of Garden Seedlings will revolve around a topic that is sure to captivate young explorers! We also provide sensory activities, crafts, and games to make environmental education come alive.
Notes: Parents and guardians must attend this program with their children.
Young Trees - Grades 6 - 8
Cost: $5 members, $10 nonmembers
When: Meets Thursdays 5:30 - 6:30pm
About: The next generation of gardeners and nature enthusiasts is just on the horizon! This program is designed for middle-schoolers to receive training in plant science. It includes numerous hands-on experiences in field botany and garden maintenance.
Notes: Parents and guardians are welcome to attend this program with their children but are not required.
Presque Isle Activities
Lagoon by Pontoon
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9-10am, 10:3 - 11:30am, and 12:30 -1:30pm.
About: DCNR staff and Volunteers offer a free interpretive pontoon boat ride throughout Misery Bay and the lagoons. Experience the plants and animals that live in this wetland habitat, learn the local history, and discover the natural resources and how they are managed.
Rides are on a first come first serve basis.
Sign up begins 15 minutes prior to the start time at the pontoon station and all participants must be present at sign in.
Children 13 and younger must wear a PFD throughout the ride. You can bring your own coast guard approved PFD or use one provided.
Presque Isle Beaches
About: The sandy beaches, washed by the clear waters of Lake Erie, provide visitors with the only surf swimming within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
When: Beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. Regular hours are 12pm - 7:30pm.
About: The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is an educational center dedicated to teaching visitors about the unique 3,200 acres of Presque Isle and the many different forms of life that inhabit the peninsula.
When: For hours of operation, call the park office at 814-833-7424. Park office is open M-F from 8am - 4pm.
Climb the 75’ tower
Explore interactive exhibits
Visit Presque Isle Gallery & Gifts to take home "treasure" from the Isle