Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fall 2015 Nature Programs for 
Young Children

Looking for a fall nature program for your child? 
Look at what we have to offer below.  
To register:  Call 301-600-2936 or go to

Creek Chubs Club  

This series is designed for little nature lovers! Your child will learn about the natural world through stories, live animals, nature walks, hands-on crafts, and games. Parents are free! Dress appropriately for outdoor activities. This parent/child program will be held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays in September & October (9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23). Choose Session 1 (#6463) or Session 2 (#6464).

2-3 yrs/4 classes/$38
Parent/Child Program
Catoctin Creek Nature Center
2nd & 4th Fridays in September & October
#6463    10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
#6464    11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Friends with Nature
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 parent/child class meets on the following Saturdays: 9/12, 10/10, and 11/14.

3-5 yrs/3 classes/$28
Catoctin Creek Nature Center
#6469    Once a month on Saturdays   10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Apple Picking Time

With the fall weather, comes the Apple harvest! Learn about this wonderful fruit and how it develops through its life cycle. Sing songs about apples, examine them up close, listen to a magical story about The Little House of Red and finish with an apple print project. This class is a parent/child program.

3-5 yrs/1 class/$5
Catoctin Creek Nature Center
#6469    Wed, 9/23          
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Fur, Feathers and Friends

Children will learn all about animals through puppet shows, animal crafts, games, and interactive live animal presentations. This parent/child class meets on the following Thursdays: 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, and 10/29.

3-5 yrs/4 classes/$38
Preschool Parent/Child
Catoctin Creek Nature Center
#6470    Thursdays in October     1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Spiders, Insects and Crabs, Oh My!

In this class, we will learn all about invertebrates (animals without backbones). Using live animal observations, crafts, puppets and stories, children will explore the fascinating world of invertebrates. This parent/child class meets on the following Thursdays: 11/5, 11/12, and 11/19.

3-5 yrs/3 classes/$28
Preschool Parent/Child
Catoctin Creek Nature Center
#6475    Thursdays in November 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Monday, July 13, 2015

Family Campfire

Night Flying Insects Family Campfire
Saturday, July 18th
8-9:30 PM
Discover the nocturnal side of the park at our evening campfire! How many fireflies can you count?  Will you see the elusive Luna moth?   Come out and enjoy stories and games.  Take a short night hike before relaxing in front of the campfire.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. 

All Ages.  $4.00 per person.  Children under 3 are free.
To register:  Call 301-639-2936 or go to


Sunday, July 26th
10 - 11 AM
The Frederick County Nature Council
 invites you to join us and the 4-H Bug patrol
 for our annual butterfly count at Catoctin Creek Park.  
How many different varieties of butterflies 
can you spot in the park?
This program may be cancelled due to inclement weather
or weather unsuitable for finding butterflies.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Saturday, July 11th
1-3 PM
Join our experienced naturalist as we explore a local cave!
  Learn about the local geology and history of this hidden wonder.  Bring a water bottle, wear long pants, and be prepared to get a little dirty.  Sturdy close-toed footwear is a must!  Helmets and lights provided.  Cave tour (20 minutes) is mostly walking and stooping.  Cave temp is 54 degrees. 
 Trip will include a 2.5 mile round-trip hike along the C&O Canal.  Meet onsite.
Directions:  Go West on I-70 to Hagerstown.  Take Exit 28, Rte 632 Downsville Pike South for 5.1 miles.  At Downsville, turn left to continue south on Dam #4 Road approximately 1.8 miles to parking area at the Dam.

Preregistration Required:  $10 per person   13+ years
To register call 301-600-2936 or go to 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summertime Bird Walk

Bird Walk
Sunday, July 19th
10 AM - 12 PM
Please join  Keith & Beth Hamilton of 
Wild Birds Unlimited
 during their quarterly bird walk at Catoctin Creek Park.
Wear sturdy footwear, bring a water bottle, and 
binoculars if you have them.