Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mid-Winter Bird Count Results, 1/31/16

Thanks to the Frederick Bird Club for including the park as one of their sites for Sunday's mid-winter bird count for Frederick County.  Volunteers spent about an hour counting and identifying the birds around the Nature Center. 

American Crow - 6
American Goldfinch - 3
American Robin - 1
Blue Jay - 2
Carolina Chickadee - 7
Dark-eyed Junco - 3
Downy Woodpecker - 1
House Finch - 2
House Sparrow - 1
Mourning Dove - 1
Northern Cardinal - 4
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Turkey Vulture - 2
White-throated Sparrow - 3
Total # Species:  15

Red-tailed Hawk

Rockin' Rocks & Fabulous Fossils

 There's still time to join us this Sunday for. . .

 Rockin' Rocks & Fabulous Fossils

Come join Spelunker John Powers in this hands-on program 
about the many rocks and minerals in the collections of 
Catoctin Creek Nature Center. 
New fossils have been donated and 
John is eager to share them with you.  

Ages:  8-12 years
Sunday, 2/7/16
1-3 PM
Program #6749

To register:  Call 301-600-2936 
Go to

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Weekend Programs

We still have space in these two programs  . . .  

Wanted! Nature sleuths interested in discovering cool new facts about our local wildlife species. Topics include: wildlife tracking, unlocking the clues animal bones tell us, and much more. Please dress for the weather. Class meets on Saturdays: 1/30, 2/20, and 3/19.
6-10 years/3 classes /$28
Room #1 at Catoctin Creek Park                                   
6748 Sa        10:00 AM-12:00 PM      1/30-3/19

Groundhog Day is right around the corner!  Learn about this furry weather predictor, play a game with shadows, and make your own groundhog puppet.  Along the way, we will learn about hibernation, and, weather permitting, look for animal tracks in the snow!  Dress accordingly.
3-5 years/1 classes /$6
Room #1 at Catoctin Creek Park                                   
6758 Sa        11:00 AM-12:00 PM         1/30-1/30

To register:  Call 301-600-2936 or go to

We are Open!

Catoctin Creek Nature Center 
will open at noon today, 
Thursday, 1/28/16. 
Please use extra caution
on the driveway and
 in the parking lots.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Closing due to Weather. . .

 Catoctin Creek Nature Center 
will be closing at 2 PM today (1/22/16). 
The nature center will remain closed through 
Monday, 1/25/16.
The park grounds also will be closed through Sunday, 1/24/16.  
Whether the grounds open Monday will be determined.
Stay safe and stay warm!