During the day, there will be plenty of fun, family-oriented activities to enjoy. Westmoreland Sanctuary staff will present 4 educational programs for guests to enjoy at different times during the day. The program schedule is as follows:
Show up early to view wild song birds in the hand of one of our naturalists. Each bird will be carefully banded with an aluminum bracelet containing a serial number. After data collection, each bird is released unharmed. Each bird contributes vital information used for species and habitat conservation.
12:30pm - Animal Track Casting
Make a plaster cast of an animal track with our staff. Track casts are 3D replicas of an animal's actual footprint. Participants may take their cast home after it cures and is removed from the latex mold. Due to limited casting materials, this program is first come-first served.
2:00pm - Live Animal Show
Interact with many of the live animals that reside in the Westmoreland Sanctuary nature museum. We have an assortment of insect, reptile, bird and mammal friends that we'll introduce to our audience. Much of the program is hands-on so that participants are given an opportunity to touch various creatures. Its fun and educational.
3:30pm - Snake Search and Nature Hike Finish your festival experience by joining this hike in search of the wild serpents residing within the sanctuary. We'll visit the "snake boards" in hopes of viewing Garter, Milk, and/or Ring-necked snakes. The remainder of the walk will include a guided tour of some of the many trails and assorted habitats found within the sanctuary.
In addition to our educational programming, there will be a barnyard petting zoo and pony rides from Pied Piper Pony Rides, games, crafts, and food.
Entrance fees to the Fall Festival and Sanctuary grounds are as follows:
Parking will be available on Chestnut Ridge Road. Chestnut Ridge Road will be one-way only and will only be accessible from Route 172 (South Bedford Road) at the request of the Bedford Highway Dept and Police Dept. Please follow all posted signs and Bedford Police directions in regards to parking and navigating Chestnut Ridge Road during the festival.
We hope to see you on Sunday, September 26!