Friday, July 25, 2014

Butterfly Count This Weekend

Butterfly Count
Sun. Jul. 27th
Learn how to capture, identify, and release butterflies. Nets provided. This program maybe cancelled due to inclement weather or conditions not suitable for butterflies. No reservations are needed. We will meet in front of the nature center at 10am.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Special Thanks to the Greenwall Garden Club

 Above Photo (left to right):Dawne Howard (Master Naturalist Volunteer), Mikki Stratmeyer (Greenwall Garden Club), Susan Matthews (Park Naturalist) 
We would like to thank The Greenwall Garden Club for donating plants to create a beautiful new flower garden next to the entrance of Catoctin Creek Nature Center. This garden includes several beneficial wildlife plants: winterberry holly, meadow sage, and coreopsis. The staff from Stadler Nurseries did a wonderful job installing these new plants. Within a few minutes of planting this garden Dawne & I noticed a beautiful butterfly next to the garden. Kathy Barylski latter identified this butterfly as a Tawny Emperor Butterfly. We greatly appreciate The Greenwall Garden Club's continued support of Catoctin Creek Park.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Family Nature Programs

Family Campfires:

Discover the nocturnal side of the park at our evening campfires. Each month will include different activities. You may hear campfire stories; enjoy active games; or take a short night hike before relaxing in front of the campfire. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Children under 3 are free. Cost: $4 per person.

Date: Sat. Jul. 19th
Time: 8-9:30pm
Registration #3588

Date: Sat. Aug. 16th
Time: 9-10:30pm
Registration #3589

I Can Camp-Overnights:

Give your child an introduction to camping in this parent/child program. Go on a night walk and enjoy campfire activities. Bring your own tent, sleeping bags, and snacks. Registration is for a parent/child pair  $10 charge for each additional family member.

Dates: Sat. Jul. 26th-Sun. Jul. 27th
Time: 6:30pm 7/26- 9:00am 7/27
Registration #3583

For more information or to register your child for this program please call: 301-600-2936 or visit us online at:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Catoctin Creek Nature Center will be closed tomorrow July 4th

Catoctin Creek Nature Center will be closed on Friday July 4th. The nature center will re-open on Saturday July 5th at 10am.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wilderness Survival Weekend


New! Wilderness Survival Overnight Class

Description: Join us for a fun filled family overnight adventure. Activities include: archery 101, orienteering, survival shelter building, and outdoor cooking. We will campout under the stars and learn some helpful outdoor survival skills.

Date: Sat. July 12th- Sun. July 13th
Time: 6:30pm-9am
Age: 7+
Program Fee: $20 child/parent

For more information or to register your child for this program please call: 301-600-2936 or visit us online at: