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May events at Norristown Farm Park/Peter Wentz Farmstead

May events at Norristown Farm Park/Peter Wentz Farmstead

Civil War Program – The Great Central Sanitary Fair of 2024

During the Civil War, the US Sanitary Commission organized large fairs to raise funds for soldiers’ aid, including the Great Central Sanitary Fair in Philadelphia. To mark the 160th anniversary of this major event, the Peter Wentz Farmstead will be hosting its own version of the fair. The original Sanitary Fair featured 200,000 square feet of vendors showing off anything from fine art to corn production. For three weeks in June, nearly 30,000 visitors per day came to Logan Square to show support for the Union, even President Lincoln himself! 

Visitors can check out historic demonstrations like wet-plate photography and the Tent of Curiosities, and learn about how the Sanitary Commission assisted in the war effort. Support local businesses by shopping for native plants, incredible artwork, and more! Meet Union soldiers and watch infantry and artillery demonstrations. 

Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

All ages; free; no registration required.

Location:  Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2030 Shearer Road, Lansdale

Full Moon Walk

Experience a hike under the almost full moon. This nearly two mile hike will be led by Park Ranger Dave. See some nocturnal animals and experience the starry sky. Wear sturdy shoes for hiking.

Thursday, May 23

8:50 p.m.

All ages; Free

Click here to register.

Location:  Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, East Norriton.  

Nature Explorers: Beautiful Blooms 

It is spring time and time to learn all about flowers! Take a walk and see what blooms you can spot in the park. Then plant a sunflower seed to take home! 

Children ages 3-6 w/ adult; $3 craft fee

Friday, May 24

10 a.m. or 1 p.m. 

Click here to register for 10 a.m. session

Click here to register for 1 p.m. session

Location:  Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, East Norriton.  

PA Free Fishing Day!

Have you wanted to try fishing, but didn't want to buy a license? Give fishing a try with no license required! You can fish throughout Pennsylvania. If you need fishing equipment, you can borrow it. !

Sunday, May 26

Visit here to learn more!

Bird Walk at Peter Wentz Farmstead

It is the peak season for warblers and other songbird’s migrations. Many of these species are passing through as they finish their migration. Join park staff to observe these amazing birds that are only stopping by. Bring binoculars or borrow ours! Wear sturdy shoes for hiking.

Tuesday, May 28

8:30 a.m. 

All ages; Free

Click here to register.

Location:  Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2030 Shearer Road, Lansdale

 

Click here to view other programs at Norristown Farm Park

Click here to view other programs at Peter Wentz Farmstead.