Thursday, August 21, 2014

Upcoming Fall Programs

Box Turtle Time Program: Join us as we learn how to care for the turtles in our outdoor enclosure. Participants will have the chance to add leaves to our outdoor enclosure, meet live animals, and learn where reptiles & amphibians go during the winter time.
Ages: 6-10 years old
Date/Time: 9/2 from (4-5:30pm)  
Cost:$10/ Registration #4271

Archery Merrit Badge Program: You will learn about the history of the sport, make or repair an arrow, how to shoot 3 different kinds of bows, and more to help complete this badge. A USA Archery Level 1 Certified Instructor will be on hand to guide you through the requirements. Please consult your merit badge list as blue cards will not be signed unless the workbook has been completed.
Ages: 8-18 years old
Date/Time: 10/25 (10am-2pm)
Cost: $20 /  Registration #4242

Gravel Roads Program: Walk along with a Naturalist to Discover the hidden charms along some of the 85 miles of gravel unpaved roads in Frederick County, MD. Themes will include: Butterflies; Fall Foliage; Seeds and Pods of Fall; Identifying Bark. This class meets the second Saturday of every month on the following dates: 9/13, 10/11, 11/8, and 12/13. Pre-registration required.
Ages: 18+ years
Date/Time: 9/13 (10am-12pm)
Cost: $4 / Registration #4316

Women’s Wilderness Class: This Fall come & treat yourself to an overnight outdoor escape from emails, carpooling the kids to sports practice, and house work. We will campout under the stars and take a quiet evening hike in search of night calling animals. In the morning we will head to the archery range for an archery 101 class taught by a skilled USA Archery Level 1 certified instructor.
Ages: 18+ years old   
Date/Time: 9/20 (5-9pm)
Cost: $28 / Registration #4384


Friday, August 1, 2014

Bio Blitz Event this weekend

 Bio Blitz Survey
Saturday Aug. 2, 2014
Catoctin Creek Park is pleased to announce our first Bio-Blitz Event. A Bio Blitz is a survey method used by scientists, naturalists, community volunteers to count and identify wildlife species at the park. If you are interested in tomorrows event please call the nature center at:301-600-2051.

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: