Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Who Lives in a Tree?
This parent/child program starts next week and still has a few spaces open for 3-5 year-olds!
From nests in the branches to snug holes in the trunk, from tunnels under the bark to burrows in the roots, animals make use of trees for shelter and as a place to raise their young. Your child will learn about all the parts of the tree as well as the animals that make their homes in trees.
Ages: 3-5 years
Classes: 4
Day: Thursdays
Dates: 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9
Time: 1 - 2 PM
Fee: $38.00
To Register:
Call Frederick County Parks and Recreation at 301-600-2936.

Friday, January 27, 2017


The following programs begin in February. . .

Ages:  6-12
Sunday, 2/5
1-3 PM
Fee:  $10
Program #:  9575

Ages:  3-5
Thursday Series:  2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9
1-2 PM
Fee:  $38
Program #:  9748

Ages:  5-12
Friday, 2/3
1-3 PM
Fee:  $8
Program #:  9571

Ages:  5-12
Friday, 2/17
1-3 PM
Fee:  $8
Program #:  9572

TO REGISTER:  Call the Parks & Recreation Reservation Line at 301-600-2936
OR go to

Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday Hours


The Nature Center will be CLOSED on the following days:
Christmas Eve:  Saturday, December 24th, 2016
Christmas Day:  Sunday, December 25th, 2016
Monday: December 26th, 2016
New Year's Day:  Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Monday: January 2nd, 2017
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:  Monday, January 16th, 2017

The park grounds will be open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Visitors enjoy chatting with our volunteers at The Great Frederick Fair.

The Frederick County Nature Council 
supports both of our county's Nature Centers:
Fountain Rock Nature Center in Walkersville & 
Catoctin Creek Nature Center in Middletown. 
Enjoy a visit with our volunteers and see 
what cool things they brought from 
the nature centers to share with 
you and your families. 
We are located in the 
City Streets/Country Roads exhibit area. 
Volunteers will be at the booth from 10 AM - 3 PM 
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week.

Monday, August 15, 2016

SEPTEMBER 2016 PROGRAMS: See Catoctin Creek's Programs starting in September below. . .

CALL 301-600-2936  or go to

Creek Chubs Club

Little nature lovers have enjoyed this program since the Nature Center opened! Your child will learn about the natural world through stories, live animals, nature walks, hands-on crafts, and games. This is a parent/child class.  Dress for indoor & outdoor activities.

 Ages:  2-3 years
 Classes:  4
 Day:  Friday
 Dates:  9/9, 9/23, 10/14, 10/28
 Time:  11:15 AM-12 PM
 Fee: $38.00

Home School Days

Allow our experienced naturalists to enrich your child's studies through multidisciplinary approach using nature as a focus. Sessions include an information session and activities based on our theme that day. Dress appropriately for indoor and outdoor activities.  6 different themes offered in the order given below.

#8969  Amazing Arthropods
#8991  Weather & Climate
#8988  Ecosystem Exploration
#8996  Rockin’ Rocks
#8998  Tracks & Traces
#9000  Awesome Animals 

Ages:  5-13 years
Classes:  1 for each topic listed above
Day:  Friday
Dates:  9/16, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2
Time:   1-2:45 PM
Fee:  $8.00 per class

Archery 101      #9125
For 3 weeks we will show you how to properly handle and use archery equipment safely with lots of time to practice each new skill.  We provide all of the necessary equipment, a safe place to shoot, and a Level 1 Certified Instructor to help out. Please bring a water bottle and dress for the weather.

Ages:  8+ years
Classes:  3
Day:  Sunday
Dates:  9/4, 9/11, 9/18
Time:  1—3 PM
Fee:  $35.00

Cave Exploration     #9003
Join our experienced naturalist John Powers for a sneak peek at one of our local caves.  Learn about the local geology and history of this hidden wonder.  Please remember:  Bring a water bottle, wear long pants & sturdy footwear (no sandals).  Be prepared to get a little dirty! Helmets and lights provided.  Cave tour is mostly walking and stooping.  Cave temp. is 54 degrees.  Trip includes 3 mile round trip hike along the C&O canal.  Directions:  Go on-line to

Ages:  8+
Classes: 1
Day:  Sunday
Date:  9/18
Time:  1-3 PM
Fee:  $10.00 

Friends with Nature     #9016
Come discover nature, wildlife, and the world around you through stories, activities, crafts, songs, and outdoor adventures!  Each month will highlight a different type of animal.  This is a parent/child class.

Ages:  3-5 years
Classes:  3
Day:  Saturday
Dates:  9/17, 10/15, 11/19
Time:  11 AM-12:15 PM
Fee:  $28.00