Spring is finally making an appearance, and new programs offered by Preservation Parks of Delaware County will get park visitors out and enjoying the season. All of these programs are free and for all ages.
• Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. Busting Bulbs. Join the Delaware County Master Gardeners to discover the difference between a bulb, corm, rhizome and tuber. Though different, they all result in dazzling flowers and plants in your garden. All ages. Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road.
• Sunday, April 9, 1 p.m. Bugs, Bricks & Blooms. Help us freshen up the pollinator garden. We’ll weed and add new plants, and spruce up the insect hotel. Explore the native plants and insects that call the garden home, while lending a helping hand. All ages. Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road.
• Monday, April 10, 6 p.m. Hound Hike. Bring your canine friend for a walk with a naturalist. Dogs must be licensed and up-to-date on vaccinations. All ages. Shale Hollow Park, 6320 Artesian Run.
• Saturday, April 15, 1 p.m. Waste Not, Want Not: Frugal Fabric. Generations ago, stained or worn clothing went on to become other useful items. Explore various upscaling techniques for worn and stained T-shirt. Bring yours to experiment. All ages. Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road.
• Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday, April 16, noon-4 p.m. All Aboard for Railroad Fun. Visitors can watch the model trains travel through a miniature village, and learn a bit about the history of railroading in America. Free; all ages. Sandel Legacy Trail, 168 S. Vernon St., Sunbury.
* Monday, April 17, Story Time in the Park. Join a naturalist as you read The Salamander Room; then take part in a fun activity. A short nature walk will be offered afterward. Ages 0-3, accompanied by an adult. Emily Traphagen Park, 5094 Seldom Seen Road. For more information about parks and programs, visit www.preservationparks.com.
At Preservation Parks of Delaware County, we protect what’s precious. Natural spaces, habitat for wildlife, time with your family. Ten natural-areas parks are open in Delaware County, for hiking, picnicking, free nature programs and other passive recreation pursuits.