Boettcher House Nature Center

Boettcher House Nature Center The Boettcher House Museum is a historical landmark built in 1920, surrounded by a stone patio and nestled in a beautiful natural habitat, Landis Woods.
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The Boettcher House Museum is a historical landmark built in 1920, surrounded by a stone patio and nestled in a beautiful natural habitat area known as Landis Woods. The inside is just as picturesque with a huge fireplace, vaulted ceiling, and restored kitchen and washrooms. The building serves as an archive of the Township's history as well as a natural history museum. Individuals and organizations may rent the Boettcher House for meetings and special events. The facility can host up to 75 guests, about 50 guests for a sit-down function, with more space on the patio, weather permitting. The building is open to the public the second weekend of each month, March- November.

Important information on 2020-2021 registration at Landis Woods Nature Preschool !
11/04/2019

Important information on 2020-2021 registration at Landis Woods Nature Preschool !

Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will open January 2nd at 8am! Spaces are limited, and registration MUST take place IN PERSON at 1241 LITIZ PIKE (STAUFFER MANSION). When the AM session is full, a wait list will be taken for a PM session, which will open should interest warrant the need. The registration form will be available on this page the first week of December.

Next Sunday at the Boettcher House!
09/12/2019

Next Sunday at the Boettcher House!

Eclectic Explosions- Sunday, 9/22 1:30-4:30pm
Sign up for an explosive Sunday with scientist Michelle Serino! Create explosions large, small and in between! $20 Resident/ $23 Non-resident. Call 717-290-7180 today!

05/28/2019
Manheim Township Recreation Department

This Sunday at the Boettcher House!

Sign up today for the last Sunday Science class: Write secret messages, create a magic floating orb, and more! 6/2 2-5pm $20Res-$23NonRes
Call 717-290-7180 to register

This Sunday at the Boettcher House!
04/02/2019

This Sunday at the Boettcher House!

Don't miss out on the "Whoosh Bottle" this Sunday! Sign up for our Crazy Chemistry program on Sunday, April 7th from 2-5pm. $20 resident/ $23 Non-resident. Call 717-290-7180x3100 today!

Manheim Township Recreation Department
01/22/2019

Manheim Township Recreation Department

Calling all scientists! Join us Sunday 2/3 from 2-5pm to figure out What's the Matter? Interact with solids, liquids, and goo! Make slime and butter from scratch! Bring your imagination, we'll provide the safety gear. $20 resident $23 Non-resident
Call 717-290-3180 x3100 to sign up, or for more info

Fall preschool sign ups-happening now!
01/09/2019

Fall preschool sign ups-happening now!

Fall preschool spots are filling up, register your child for our 3 or 4 year old class today!

Landis Woods Nature Preschool
12/05/2018

Landis Woods Nature Preschool

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year opens January 2nd at 8am. Stop by our open house next Saturday 12/15 from 12-5pm or next Monday 12/17 and Wednesday 12/19 from 1-8pm to tour the school!

This Friday in Landis Woods!
10/22/2018

This Friday in Landis Woods!

Join us this Friday (10/26) at 6:30 pm for a night hike and costume contest at Landis Woods Park! Prize for best costume thanks to Dutch Wonderland!

Manheim Township Recreation Department
04/18/2018

Manheim Township Recreation Department

There's still time to register for this week's Sip & Paint!

Join us Friday as we recreate "Assateague Light" at the Boettcher House Museum from 7-9pm. All skill levels welcome!

$30 residents/ $35 non-residents. Program is BYOB

All art supplies are provided
Call 717-290-7180 for more info!

Manheim Township Recreation Department
04/03/2018

Manheim Township Recreation Department

Sign up today for Friday's Sip & Paint class! This weeks piece is "Assateague Dawn." Class will take place Friday 4/6 from 7-9 pm at the Boettcher House Museum. Bring your favorite drink and snacks, we'll supply the art materials!

Resident $30, Non-resident $35- Call 717-290-7180 for more info!

*Children 12 and older are permitted with an adult.
This event is BYOB, you must be 21 or older to consume alcohol on the premises. Participants will be asked to show ID

Don't miss Mike Shull this weekend at the Boettcher House!
03/15/2018

Don't miss Mike Shull this weekend at the Boettcher House!

The Sunday Speaker Series is back! Be at the- Boettcher House Museum at 2 pm this Sunday for an exciting presentation from Mike Shull of Lancaster County Bird Club

"Sometimes we see beautiful backyard birds. Other times we are surprised by some extraordinary birds like a bluebird that is not wearing a blue coat of feathers or a Greater White-fronted Goose mixed in with Canada Geese at a local pond.

Join me on March 18 at Boettcher House to share thoughts and photos about our local birds and visitors alike."
-$5 participant/ $15 family cap-pay at the door. 717-290-7180 for more info

Manheim Township Recreation Department
03/12/2018

Manheim Township Recreation Department

The Sunday Speaker Series is back! Be at the- Boettcher House Museum at 2 pm this Sunday for an exciting presentation from Mike Shull of Lancaster County Bird Club

"Sometimes we see beautiful backyard birds. Other times we are surprised by some extraordinary birds like a bluebird that is not wearing a blue coat of feathers or a Greater White-fronted Goose mixed in with Canada Geese at a local pond.

Join me on March 18 at Boettcher House to share thoughts and photos about our local birds and visitors alike."
-$5 participant/ $15 family cap-pay at the door. 717-290-7180 for more info

See you at The Boettcher House this Sunday 2pm!
03/01/2018

See you at The Boettcher House this Sunday 2pm!

Mark Kocher and his feathered friends will teach us about birds of prey this Sunday 3/4 at the Boettcher House Museum. He will have live owls and hawks from a York County rehabilitation center that he volunteers at. This program is great for the whole family! See you Sunday at 2pm. $5 per person/ $15 family cap-pay at the door
717-290-7180 for more info

Join us for a special concert on Sunday, July 9th.  The vibrant Celtic group "Seasons" will be sharing their talent with...
07/07/2017

Join us for a special concert on Sunday, July 9th. The vibrant Celtic group "Seasons" will be sharing their talent with us from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. In addition, Thorn Hill Winery will be providing a wine tasting from 5:00 - 7:00 PM! Concert is held rain or shine and is free to the public.

At its annual veterans appreciation program, the Boettcher House Museum will present Manheim Township resident Daniel Di...
10/22/2015

At its annual veterans appreciation program, the Boettcher House Museum will present Manheim Township resident Daniel Dilley. He will speak about his experiences as part of a team that manned a 5-inch gun turret on the heavy cruiser USS Quincy during the D Day invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944. Dan is a CNH retiree with 31 years service. The program at the Boettcher House, located behind the Neffsville Mennonite Church on the Lititz Pike, is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2:00 pm. Admission and parking are free.

The Boettcher House concert, Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Corsair-Blue-Jazz-Orchestra/145...
07/10/2015

The Boettcher House concert, Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Corsair-Blue-Jazz-Orchestra/1450716448479604) is scheduled for Sunday, July 12, at 7:30 pm outdoors in the Landis Woods Performing Arts Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and/or blankets and, if
they wish, picnic food. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the Boettcher House, where there is limited seating.

There are two ways to access Landis Woods and the Boettcher House. One is from the Lititz Pike and Hillside Lane, next to the Neffsville Mennonite Church. The other is from Meadow Lane, directly north of the park across from the Neffsville Post Office. Admission is free and there is ample parking on the grounds.

The Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra was formed in the winter of 2013 by a group of friends who had played together when they were students at Manheim Township High School from 1975 to 1978. It was established to perform big band swing music for seniors, service veterans and communities of Central Pennsylvania.

After a successful opening season in 2014 at venues as diverse as Cassel Vineyards in Hershey, Highland Presbyterian Church and Willow Valley, CBJO opened this season at Pleasant View Retirement Community. Following were concerts at Columbia High School and then at the Lancaster Marriot Hotel for the Veritas Press Academy. Upcoming are engagements at the Coatesville VA Medical Center, the Boettcher House Museum and a return visit to Cassel Vineyards.

The current roster of the group, ranging in age from 17 to 75, includes six trombones, five trumpets, six reeds, four percussionists and a vocalist. One of the sax players also sings.

Members are educators, business professionals, retirees, students and military veterans. Lon Prosser, one of the co-founders, is the director. The orchestra strives for performance excellence by being true to original music performed by people like swing legends Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie.

Mark your calendars! A fun free family event!
04/13/2015

Mark your calendars! A fun free family event!

We're excited about the new kids activities at the festival this year!! Heritage Creek Farm Camp is providing fun activities, crafts, and a puppet show!! APRIL 25 @ Overlook Park, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA, 9am-5pm!

Carolyn Mogey, founder of Once Upon a Fairytale Puppet Theater, loves bringing wonder and magic to children of all ages through puppetry. Once Upon a Fairytale Puppet Theater performs at birthday parties and special events around the Susquehanna Valley. You can visit her website at http://www.fairytalesandpuppets.com .

Heritage Creek Farm Camp will be bringing our hula hoops, parachute, and jump ropes. We will have a few of our favorite wooden toys and we will be providing crafting activities throughout the day - tissue paper butterflies, clothes pin bumble bees and yarn pom pom chicks. We will also bring our baby chicks with us! They will be about 2 weeks old. www.heritagecreekfarmcamp.com

Creature Feature: Creepy or Cute?Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 1:00 to 2:00pm AND 3:00 to 4:00pmKelsey Frey, Environmental ...
04/07/2015

Creature Feature: Creepy or Cute?
Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 1:00 to 2:00pm AND 3:00 to 4:00pm
Kelsey Frey, Environmental Educator, will share live reptiles and amphibians. Back by popular demand, this
family program is recommended for ages 6 and up.

Get excited for spring gardening with this inspirational speaker! Reserve your seat now! Invite friends!
03/12/2015

Get excited for spring gardening with this inspirational speaker! Reserve your seat now! Invite friends!

It's here!!! REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THOMAS RAINER APRIL 24!!! (Download the full PDF @ www.Habitatmt.org)

Boettcher House Museum kicks off its 2015 series of monthly programs on Sunday, March 15, with a presentation by KPETS, ...
03/04/2015

Boettcher House Museum kicks off its 2015 series of monthly programs on Sunday, March 15, with a presentation by KPETS, an organization that provides therapeutic benefits through the use of pets (mostly dogs) to people with physical, emotional and mental challenges. (http://www.kpets.org/)

KPETS (Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services) began in 2001 as a small group of volunteers in Lancaster County and today has grown to encompass more than 300 pet/handler teams throughout Central Pennsylvania, plus select communities in Maryland, Delaware and Arizona.

In the Boettcher House program, which begins at 2:00 pm, KPETS executive director Karen Gerth will describe how pet therapy works, explaining the differences between therapy and service dogs. Several volunteer teams, comprising a dog and a handler, will be introduced to talk about dog safety, proper conduct relative to the dogs, commands and tricks. Members of the audience will get to meet the dogs up close following the formal part of the program.

The Boettcher House is located in Landis Woods Park, accessible two ways. One is from the Lititz Pike and Hillside Lane, just south of Neffsville next to the Neffsvile Mennonite Church. The other is from Meadow Lane, across from the Neffsville Post Office. There is no admission cost and parking is available on the surrounding Landis Woods grounds.

Patrons are invited to visit the house beginning at 1:00 to see the natural history and photographic displays before the program begins. An early arrival is suggested because fire regulations prevent the Boettcher House from seating more people in the building than the law allows.

01/28/2015
MAEscapes, a program of Penn State Cooperative Extension

MAEscapes, a program of Penn State Cooperative Extension

We are looking for a musical group to play during our spring plant sale - Saturday, May 16. This is an outdoor event attracting 200-300 people. PM us if interested or you know of someone. Thanks!

Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival
01/25/2015

Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival

Save the date!!! April 24, 7pm, at the Manheim Township High School...... Thomas Rainer, RLA will present "Designing Plant Communities: Contemporary Approaches to Mixed Planting"

Join landscape architect Thomas Rainer to learn how an understanding of naturally occurring plant communities can reshape traditional landscape design aesthetics and offer new ways of looking at the native versus exotic debate. Specific strategies for adapting wild plant communities to a variety of urban and suburban settings will be explained, demonstrating ways to achieve a new level of aesthetic richness and ecological functionality in our designed landscapes. Learn how an understanding of naturally occurring plant communities can reshape traditional landscape design aesthetics and offer new ways of looking at the native versus exotic debate. Specific strategies for adapting wild plant communities to a variety of urban and suburban settings will be explained. Thomas will demonstrate ways to achieve a new level of aesthetic richness and ecological functionality in our designed landscapes.

Interested in woodcarving? Check out the work of the MT Woodcarver's this Sunday, October 12th, 2pm at the Boettcher Hou...
10/10/2014

Interested in woodcarving? Check out the work of the MT Woodcarver's this Sunday, October 12th, 2pm at the Boettcher House at Landis Woods.

Boettcher House Museum Board Chair is in the newspaper for his volunteer role at Landis Valley Museum! http://lancastero...
10/07/2014
Volunteer prepares for his 54th Harvest Days event at Landis Valley

Boettcher House Museum Board Chair is in the newspaper for his volunteer role at Landis Valley Museum! http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/volunteer-prepares-for-his-th-harvest-days-event-at-landis/article_86032e78-4b67-11e4-9834-001a4bcf6878.html#.VDKYOHKkqJY.facebook

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Fun time at the Great PA Clean Up! New mulch and native plants at the Boettcher House!
05/03/2014

Fun time at the Great PA Clean Up! New mulch and native plants at the Boettcher House!

Some of those plants might end up right here at the Boettcher House!  We hope you can make it to the festival and get a ...
04/22/2014

Some of those plants might end up right here at the Boettcher House! We hope you can make it to the festival and get a few for your yard, too!

The Plant Fest is one week away! Please help spread the word by sharing this post. This conservation event takes place at the MT Overlook Park across from the MT Public Library on Granite Run Drive on Saturday, April 26. There will be native plants for sale, live wildlife and wildlife information, speakers, workshops, and kids activities. Check out our website for more information, www.habitatmt.org. We hope you can make it!

Kelsey and her reptiles coming to the Boettcher House at Landis Woods today at 2pm!
04/13/2014

Kelsey and her reptiles coming to the Boettcher House at Landis Woods today at 2pm!

Sunday, April 13th, 2014, 2pm, Boettcher House Museum at the Landis Woods- “CREATURE FEATURE: REPTILES!” Kelsey Frey, environmental educator, will present an introduction to reptiles from around the world. Learn what a herpetologist is and the unique adaptations that make reptiles so special during this hands-on presentation for families. Meet some critters up close, bring your reptile questions, and get your photo taken with a reptile!

Manheim Township Recreation Department
04/12/2014

Manheim Township Recreation Department

There are still openings in the Bond & Build Bluebird Basics & Nest Box class. Kids in grade 1 & over with Mom, Dad, Grandma, Uncle or big brother are invited to sign up as a couple and learn about bluebirds and build there own nest box! Monday, 4/14 from 6:30 - 8 PM at Boettcher House Nature Museum. MT residents $10, Non-residents $12. Call 290-7180 x 3100 to register.

Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival
04/07/2014

Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival

Live birds of prey will make an appearance at the festival from 9:30am-11:30am! Come see them with your family and friends! Pick up some native plants that support wildlife habitat for birds while you're here!! Please share this fun opportunity!

We're excited to add more native plants to the gardens around the Boettcher House! Show your love for butterflies, hummi...
04/06/2014

We're excited to add more native plants to the gardens around the Boettcher House! Show your love for butterflies, hummingbirds, and songbirds by adding native plants to your yard!

It's spring! The toads, woodcocks, and peepers told me so! Only 21 days until the festival! Please share!

Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary
04/04/2014

Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary

These red spotted newts were submitted by Anna Simpson of Williamsport, PA. What reptiles and amphibians are you seeing this Spring? Post them on Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary's page or email them to [email protected] for your chance to win a field guide and have your photos used on the air April 18.

Sunday, April 13th, 2014, 2pm, Boettcher House Museum at the Landis Woods- “CREATURE FEATURE: REPTILES!”  Kelsey Fre...
04/01/2014

Sunday, April 13th, 2014, 2pm, Boettcher House Museum at the Landis Woods- “CREATURE FEATURE: REPTILES!” Kelsey Frey, environmental educator, will present an introduction to reptiles from around the world. Learn what a herpetologist is and the unique adaptations that make reptiles so special during this hands-on presentation for families. Meet some critters up close, bring your reptile questions, and get your photo taken with a reptile!

Address

2369 Lititz Pike
Lancaster, PA
17601

General information

Musical programs take place each month April-November in the historic Boettcher House Nature Center or adjacent woodland stage (weather permitting). The Boettcher House is home to Nature Day Camp at Landis Woods during the summer months and home to Landis Woods Nature Preschool from Labor Day to Memorial Day. https://www.facebook.com/LandisWoodsNaturePreschool/

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