Friday, July 30, 2010

Follow the path to a doorway to nature...

The Receiving Shelter will allow school groups to safely unload students in case of inclement weather. They will then be led along the paved walkway into the nature center for an amazing field trip experience about the wildlife that encompasses Catoctin Creek Park and Frederick County.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Let there be LIGHT!

There is now electricity at the nature center, however the real goal for energy conservation is how the building will be situated towards the south.

Catoctin Creek Nature Center is oriented towards the south for passive solar gain. This will allow the nature center to utilize the sun to heat the building in the winter and to use less artificial light during operating hours.

Natural daylight from the southern window wall will illuminate the entire building, substantially lessening what is usually a building's most expensive energy cost.

During winter months, with increasing energy costs, it is even more important to take advantage of free heating; the sun! The nature center works to store the heat of the sun collected during the day in the floor of the south facing rooms. At night, this stored energy radiates to heat the nature center (for free)!

The patio area will be a relaxing atmosphere allowing visitors to birdwatch, read a great book, view the creek from afar, or just simply relax and enjoy the bountiful surroundings of beauty!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Camp Monocacy Creature Feature Programs highlight Catoctin Creek Nature Center

Campers attending Camp Monocacy last week were visited with a special creature feature outreach program that highlighted the diversity of wildlife. Budding Naturalists from Emmittsburg, Frederick, Centerville, and Middletown received a welcomed dose of nature inside during the oppressive heat that was occurring outside. Campers were able to learn about Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Walkingsticks, Painted & Eastern Box Turtles, and of course an awesome Corn Snake! This is a sample of what the natural world will bring indoors once Catoctin Creek Nature Center is complete. School field trips, family programs, birthday parties, scout projects, and volunteer opportunities will be available this fall!