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Friday, December 30, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!


Catoctin Creek Nature Center will be closed:



Saturday Dec. 31st – Mon. Jan. 2nd



The park entrance gates will open at 8am & close at 5pm

Have a Happy New Year !!!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

APPRECIATION DAY

Appreciation Day
January 14, 2012
9-3pm





Dear friends & neighbors,


We would like to invite you to join us on Sat. Jan 14th from 9-3pm for Appreciation Day, a free community outreach event. We created this special day to honor the staff and volunteers who help make all of our programs possible. Activities will include: live animal presentations, a morning bird-walk, and guest lecture on historic stone bridges of Maryland, and much more. If you are interested in attending this event please RSVP by Friday January 6th by calling 301-600-2051 or e-mailing us at: smatthews@frederickcountymd.gov. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

HAPPY HOLIDAYS


Catoctin Creek Nature Center will be closed:

Friday Dec. 23rd – Sun. Dec. 25th

The park entrance gates will open at 8am & close at 5pm

Friday, December 16, 2011

UPCOMING EVENTS





Schools Out Winter Nature Detectives Series                                              December 27th

Inquiring minds want to know . . . all about nature's chilly secrets! In each program of this series, we'll explore, investigate, craft, and hike our way to understanding one of nature's wonders. Topics will include: Session 1: winter weather detectives, Session 2: winter tree identification, arboreal creatures (animals that live in trees) and animal adaptations. Come for one or both of sessions in this series.

6 y.o.-12 y.o./$10
14786 Thurs, 12/27 10:00am-11:30am

Making Cordage                                                                                              December 28th

Did you know that you can make string out of plants and tree bark? Cordage is a type of rope or string that can be made from many different fibers. Learn about the different natural materials that can be used to make cordage and make your own to take home and use.

10+ yrs/1 day/ $15
13539 Wed, 12/28 10:00-12:00 pm


Gourd Bowls                                                                                                    December 28th

Did you know that you can make a useful and beautiful bowl out of a dried gourd? Our ancestors did. They used what was available to them for storage and created vessels that were works of art. In this workshop, we will create gourd bowls of our own to take home and use. $5 material fee due at first class.

13+ yrs/1 day/ $20
13540 Wed, 12/28 12:30-2:30 pm


Dream Catchers                                                                                              December 28th

In the Native American tradition, dream catchers were intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. Made out of naturally found materials, these organic creations also serve as a reminder that we are all connected to the web of life. Learn how to make our own personal dream catchers and feel free to bring any natural objects that you may already have. $2 material fee due at first class.

13+ yrs/1 day/ $18
13541 Wed, 12/28 3:00-5:00 pm


For more information regarding these upcoming programs please visit our website at:


http://www.recreater.com/

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

UPCOMING EVENTS



Herbal Soap Making                                                   December 15th

Soap-making is an ancient art that allows you to pamper yourself using flowers and herbs, and other goodies from Mother Nature. Treat yourself or a friend for the holidays. Learn how to make all natural herbal soaps and make and take some home with you.

10 y.o.-99 y.o./$20
13522  Thurs,  12/15  7:00pm-9:00pm

Winter Wonderland Party for Preschoolers          December 20th

Join us as we celebrate the wonderful winter season! We'll meet some live animals and enjoy games, crafts, and meet some of the nature center residents!

2-5yrs/$12
13483  Tues,  12/20  10:00am-11:00am


For More Information on our upcoming nature programs please visit the following link:


which will direct you to a list our upcoming December programs.

Friday, December 2, 2011

WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS LOG


11/04  Wild Turkey                                                                                      Linda Keller
11/09  Pileated Woodpecker, 2 Wood Ducks                                            Sandy Burr
           Cedar Waxwing                                                                               Susan Matthews
11/16  Tufted Titmouse, Chickodee on Sunflower Feeder                         Susan Matthews
11/18  Tufted Titmouse, 8 Cardinals                                                          Sandy Burr
11/20  Waterpenny, Water Beetles, Salamander                                       Victoria Tomes
11/23  Doe, Groundhog near the park entrance                                         Susan Matthews
11/27  Chickens!                                                                                         anonymous
           Titmouse, Pileated Woodpecker                                                     John Brognard
11/30  Owl, Kinglet (Heritage trail pines)                                                    anonymous
12/01  Coopers Hawk in tree                                                                      Caryn Code

If you saw and/or photographed a plant or animal during your visit to Catoctin Creek Nature Center, we would love to hear from you. We have a wildlife log at the front desk or you could call us at #301-600-2050 or email smatthews@frederickcountymd.gov

Keep those great observations coming!


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

UPCOMING PROGRAMS


Winter Mini-Camp                                   December 10th
Bring your children to the nature center at Catoctin Creek or Fountain Rock so you will have free time to prepare for the holidays! Children will meet the resident critters up close and personal. They will enjoy nature programs, games, and crafts. Bring a bag lunch!
6-10yrs/ 1 day/ $25 
13586  Sat,  12/10  10:00am-3:00pm

Creek Chubs Club                                  December 13th
These programs are designed for little nature lovers! Your child will learn about the natural world through stories, live animals, nature walks, hands-on crafts, and games. Dress appropriately for outdoor activities.
2-3yrs/ 1 day/ $12 
13471  Thu  12/1   10:00-11:00am 
13472  Tue  12/13  10:00-11:00am

Herbal Soap Making                                December 15th
Soap-making is an ancient art that allows you to pamper yourself using flowers and herbs, and other goodies from Mother Nature. Treat yourself or a friend for the holidays. Learn how to make all natural herbal soaps and make and take some home with you. $5 material fee due at first class.
10+yrs/ 1 day/ $20 
13522  Thu  12/15  7:00-9:00pm

Winter Wonderland Preschool Party     December 20th
Come and have some fun at the Nature Center. Celebrate the changing season. Sing some songs, play some games, and make a wintry craft.
2-5yrs/ 1day/ $12 
13483 Tue, 12/20 10:00-11:00am




For More Information on our upcoming nature programs please visit the following link:


which will direct you to a list our upcoming December programs.




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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING



Catoctin Creek Nature Center will be closed:

Thurs. Nov. 24th – Mon. Nov. 28th

The park entrance gates will open at 8am & close at 5pm

Trail Installation for the Butterfly Meadow






We would like to thank the many dedicated volunteers who helped install the trails for our Butterfly Meadow Project.







In two days we moved over 94 cubic square yards of mulch and planted 13 lbs of wildflower seeds. If you were unable to join us this weekend check back with us this coming spring. We will be looking for volunteers to help plant several species of wildflowers.



Thank you!

Friday, November 18, 2011

THIS WEEKEND !!!

Butterfly Meadow Planting


Saturday 19th (10-2pm) & Sunday 20th (10-2pm)

This coming Saturday & Sunday local volunteers will help install the trails and plant the wildflower seeds for the butterfly meadow. The funding of this project was made possible by the generous donation of the Billotti Woods Family.

Billotti Woods Family have dedicated this project in memory of their daughter Francie Billotti Woods and her children Chandler Wood, 5, Gavin Wood, 4, and Fiona Wood, 2. Francie grew up in the Middletown Valley and graduated from Middletown High School. Francie, 33, worked in fund development for nonprofit organizations and served on the board of Volunteer Frederick. She also taught Sunday School at Holy Family Catholic Community.


If you are interested in volunteering with us this weekend please remember to:

• Dress for the weather.

• Prepare to get dirty

• Change of cloths

• Gloves

• Boots

• Long sleeve shirt

• Water bottles

• Lunch if needed

• Shovels and rakes marked with names


For more information please call 301-600-2051.

-Thank you!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

THANKSGIVING CRAFT


CORN HUSK DOLLS

Come learn to make a classic Native American toy that can be used as a Thanksgiving decoration. Learn to make a corn husk doll. While we wait for the husks to soften, we will learn about the corn snake that lives at the nature center.

Why is it called a corn snake? Does it eat corn? After a brief animal program, children will learn how to make corn husk dolls. Who knew you could recycle your corn husks and turn them into a cute toy?


8-14yrs/1 day/$12     Catoctin Creek Park    13495   Saturday 11/19/2011  12:00PM - 1:30PM


For More Information on our upcoming nature programs please visit the following link:
Nature Rocks Flyer which will direct you to a list our upcoming programs.


Friday, November 11, 2011

 
 
 
SLITHERING SNAKES
 
SUNDAY November 13, 2011 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Catoctin Creek Park

Herpetologist Peter Jolles will be bringing some of his snakes to Catoctin Creek Nature Center. Learn about these fascinating reptiles from an expert!

For More Information on our upcoming nature programs please visit the following link:
Nature Rocks Flyer which will direct you to a list our upcoming programs.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED


Butterfly Gardening Project




Saturday 19th (10-2pm) & Sunday 20th (10-2pm)


Whether you are hoping to earn community service hours for school, or you just enjoy working outdoors; Please call us at 301-600-2051 to sign up to help out with this event.

Thank you!




Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wildlife Sighting Log


We are interested in hearing from you!

10/22/2011:       Large female box turtle                                        -Gregory Smith

10/23/2011:       two turkeys                                                           -Randy Bumgardner

10/25/2011:       six turkeys calling                                                 -Randy Bumgardner

10/26/2011:       Pileated Woodpecker, kingfisher belted kingfisher heard calling, groundhog (near the front gate)                                                                       -Susan Matthews

10/28/2011:       Woodchuck crossed road into smokehouse, lots of small birds at first turn in Red Trail just beyond the smokehouse ruins, about a dozen small birds with red bellies on Red Trail near pine trees                                                               -Jason Silva

10/29/2011:        four turkeys open field below the open meadow -Ed Kilpatrick & Sandy Burr


10/30/2011:         barred owl calling                                               -Caryn Code

10/31/2011:         two deer, one young buck in open meadow behind N.C. -Chris Pacheco

11/1/2011:           two deer                                                             -Daniel Merideth

11/1/2011:           wolf spider, daddy long legs                              -Garett

11/1/2011:            two buck scrapes, Cardinal (female), vultures, crow

11/2/2011:            one tufted titmouse on sunflower seed two chickadees on suet

If you saw and/or photographed a plant or animal during your visit to Catoctin Creek Nature Center we would love to hear from you. Please call us at #301-600-2050 or email smatthews@frederickcountymd.gov.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Naturalist Corner: Eastern Box Turtles

Box Turtles have unique markings and pigmentations on the bottoms of their shells.

Have you seen me?

We are interested in collecting information regarding our resident box turtle here at the park. If you encounter a box turtle while walking the trails please bring it back to the nature center. *Please make sure you keep track of where you found the turtle. Nature Center Staff will take a photograph of the turtles shell and make notes regarding the individual turtles physical characteristics i.e.: eye color, the color of their head & front legs, the markings on the underside of their shell, and then return the turtle to where they were found. We are also able to estimate the age of the turtle by counting the growth rings on the top of their shell.

For More Information on our upcoming nature programs please visit the following link:
Nature Rocks Flyer which will direct you to a list our upcoming Fall Programs.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wildlife Sighting Log:

White Lined Sphinx Moth


We are interested in hearing from you!


10/21/2011: Barred Owl                           reported by: Jason, John, Mike, Allise Guglielmone
10/21/2011: two White Tail Deer                                  John Guglielmone
10/20/2011: Bald Eagle calling                                      Susan Matthews
10/19/2011: two Does at Nature Center                        Susan Matthews
                    entrance, cicada calling, morning
                    dove, Canadian Geese in flight,
                    Red-tailed Hawk soaring and calling,
                    Ground Hog
10/15/2011: I saw a beaver                                              Jason Silva
10/15/2011: Chickadee at the feeders, Ground               Susan Matthews
                    Hog, Buckeye Butterfly, Cabbage
                    White, Crayfish, Wooley Bear Catterpillar,
                    2 Belted Kingfisher, 12 mostly male Woodducks,
                    Eastern Box Turtle (young male ~10 years old)
10/15/2011: Kestrel                                                          Joshua Nolen
10/8/2011:   two Black Vultures on roof of                        Caryn Code
                    Spring House
9/30/2011:   six Wild Turkeys off Sumantown Road,        Spring Ligi
                    Praying Mantis on Green Roof




If you saw and/or photographed a plant or animal during your visit to Catoctin Creek Nature Center we would love to hear from you. Please call us at #301-600-2050 or email smatthews@frederickcountymd.gov.



Thursday, October 20, 2011

Naturalist Corner: Fall Colors



Why do leaves change color in the fall?
Leaves are “food factories” where the plants energy is produced. Plants take in sunlight and produce their own energy through the process of photosynthesis where they take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen and glucose. As the days get shorter in the Fall and Winter there is in turn less sunlight available to fuel this process. As the Trees begin to prepare for the winter they stop producing chlorophyll (a green pigment involved in photosynthesis). In turn the underlying pigments shades of yellow and orange colors begin to appear.

What conditions produce the brightest fall leaf colors?
A mild wet spring, average rainfall in the summer, warm sunny fall days with cool nights normally produce the most vivid autumn colors.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Upcoming October Programs

FUN WITH FRIENDS
During this parent/child group your child will learn about nature through stories, games and hands-on crafts. We will focus on turn-taking with peers, imitating actions to songs during circle time, following directions in a group setting and having fun with friends. Our daily schedule includes free play, circle/story time, movement, and a simple craft. This inclusive group is taught Toddlers Program. Parents will stay in class with their child.

24-30 months/ 6 Mondays/ $30
Mon, 10/17-Mon, 11/21 10am-11am

WILDLIFE EXPLORATION WALKS
Discover what’s going on in the woods and fields around Catoctin Creek. We’ll take a stroll along one of the park’s trails exploring and enjoying being in the outdoors!

All ages/ 1 day/ $12
13502 Sun, 10/23 2pm-3:30pm

HALLOWEEN HIKE
Halloween is coming and who doesn’t like to dress up for it? Wear a costume and come learn about some animals that seem pretty spooky at first…until you know more about them. Touch a toad, sing to a salamander, and meet some of our other creepy critters. After we learn about some animals, we will take a hike along the paved paths so everyone can enjoy a parade!

All ages/ 1 day/ $12
13507 Sat, 10/29 10am-11:30am

ORIENTEERING 101 – MAP & COMPASS
Being lost in the wilderness is not an option for great leaders. You should always know how to get where you want to go, and more importantly how to return to civilization. This 3-hour program will teach you the basics of how to read a map and use a compass. Refine your skills as we hike around the park.


12+ yrs/ 1 day
Individual/ $30
14139 Sat, 10/29 1pm-4pm
Adult and minor pair/ $50
14140 Sat, 10/29 1pm-4pm















Friday, October 14, 2011

Upcoming Programs

Please come out this Sunday Oct 16th at 2pm to hear guest lecture Judith Spanomanolis Director of the Trego Mountain Sanctuary speak about our native raptor species. Trego Mountain Sanctuary's mission is to promote the preservation of natural ecosystems through public education and through rescue, rehabilitation, and release of Maryland wildlife into its natural habitat. http://www.tregomountainsanctuary.org/




This program was made possible by the Frederick County Nature Council. The Frederick County Nature Council mission: is to provide support and advocacy for Catoctin Creek & Fountain Rock Nature Centers and the citizens of Frederick County. For more information on how you can become involved with the Nature Council please contact: smatthews@frederickcountymd.gov .

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

NEW: Wildlife Sighting Log

NEW: Wildlife Sighting Log

 



Did you see any wildlife during your visit to Catoctin Creek Park or the surrounding area? If so then you can record your sightings at the Host desk inside the nature center. Some of the recent sightings in and around the park:

9/21/2011 : Red-tailed Hawk, Belted Kingfishers chased by Cooper’s Hawk, Eastern Phoebe, Re-bellied woodpecker, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Ruby Throated Hummingbird.

9/22/2011: Northern Harrier soaring above the agricultural fields off Old Middletown Road

9/28/2011: Black rat snake; Red-tailed Hawk soaring above & calling

9/29/2011: Northern Flicker, Blue Jay (near the park entrance)

9/30/2011: Praying Mantis on the Green Roof

9/30/2011: Wild turkeys off of Sumantown Road

10/2/2011: Eastern Phoebe and Northern Flicker

If you saw and/or photographed a plant or animal during your visit to Catoctin Creek Nature Center we would love to hear from you. Please give us a call at #301-600-2050 or e-mail your sightings & photos to: smatthews@frederickcountymd.gov.

We are interested in hearing from you!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Upcoming October Programs

WILD THINGS
Is your little one Wild about Nature? Come to the Nature Center and help your child create their own Nature Crown. Then, we will go for a nature hike to find leaves, twigs and other small finds to decorate their crowns. When we return to the Nature Center, we will read Where The Wild Things Are and we might even have time for our own Wild Rumpus!

2-5 yrs/ 1 day/ $12
13482 Wed, 10/5 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

NATURE PALS
Come take a hike and gather some small sticks, twigs, acorns and pinecones. We will use these items to create our own little people. You will get to bring your nature pal home with you to remind you of your fun at the park!

6-14yrs/ 1 day/ $12
13494 Sat, 10/8 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

ORGANIC HERBAL BODY CARE PRODUCTS ON A BUDGET
Organic herbal body care products can be pricey, but everyone deserves products that are safe and affordable? Learn how to make your own face scrub, shampoo and lip balm, while pampering ourselves at the same time. It’s easy, inexpensive and fun to make your own! Bring an empty shampoo bottle that has been rinsed out and a towel.

13514 Sun, 10/9 10+ yrs (must be accompanied by an adult)/ 1 day/ $20
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

HOME SCHOOLED JUNIOR NATURALISTS
Calling all Junior Naturalist! Through hikes, experiments, and other hands-on activities each month you can learn all about some of your favorite nature topics with a naturalist. Dress for being outside.

7-12 yrs/ 1 day/ $4
13487 Tue, 10/11 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

NATURE TALES INSIDE AND OUT
Kids, bring your parents and a blanket to sit on as we venture into the woods or inside the nature center for story time! Afterwards we’ll enjoy games, activities, and make a craft related to that day’s featured story.

3-5 yrs/ 1 day/ $12
13474 Wed, 10/12 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

FULL MOON CAMPFIRES
Under the glow of the moon, many creatures of the night will be out and about! We'll learn about the park's nocturnal residents, and play fun games; bring marshmallows if you would like to roast them. Children under 3 are free.

All ages/ 1 day/ $4
13499 Sat, 10/15 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

SMALL TRAPPING WORKSHOP
Come and find out how and why we trap small animals to study. You will learn how to properly handle small animals. The animals trapped will be released and the traps reset. You can return on Sunday to check the traps and see if any were recaptured.

14+ yrs/ 1 day/ $12
13510 Sat, 10/15 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

CREEK CHUBS CLUB
These program are designed for little nature lovers! Your child will learn about the natural world through stories, live animals, nature walks, hands on crafts, and games. Dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

13467 Tue, 10/18 2-3 yrs/1 day/$12
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM




Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Upcoming September Programs


CREEK CHUBS CLUB
These program are designed for little nature lovers!  Your child will learn about the natural world through stories, live animals, nature walks, hands on crafts, and games.   Dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

2-3 yrs/1 day/$12
13465   Tue, 9/20                       10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Fall Festival for Preschoolers
Come celebrate cooler days and leaves crunching beneath your feet!  Catoctin Creek Nature Center welcomes Fall with a fun Fall Festival.  Come play some games, sing some songs and learn about the Fall Season.  We will take a hike and make a craft using leaves we gathered on our hike.
 3-5 yrs/ 1 day/ $12
13478   Wed, 9/28                     10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 and listen to a story about The Little House of Red.  See if you can figure out what this story is talking about.  We will end with an apple print painting project. 
 2-5 yrs/ 1 day/ $12
13481   Wed, 9/21                     10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Survival Skills
Come and learn different animal survival techniques and how a predator is always on the lookout for its prey.  Then let your imagination turn you back into a person and see if you could survive a night in the woods of Catoctin Creek Park if you were lost.  Could you think like an animal and survive the night?  Then come to the nature center and find out.  Great fun!
6-10yrs/ 1 day/ $12
13494   Sat, 9/17                       2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Wildlife exploration walks
Discover what’s going on in the woods and fields around Catoctin Creek.  We’ll take a stroll along one of the park’s trails exploring and enjoying being outdoors!
All ages yrs/ 1 day/ $12
13501   Sat, 9/24                       2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Magical Monarchs
Why are they so Magical?  Come and learn about the monarch butterfly and we will search the fields to look for eggs, caterpillars and butterflies! 
All ages / 1 day/ $12
13504   Sat, 9/17                       10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Succulent wreath making
Come and find out why succulents are important to Catoctin Creek Nature Center.  You will learn how easy it is to take care of this interesting plant and make a small succulent wreath to take home.
8 + yrs/ 1 day/ $15
13505   Sat, 9/24                       10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The art of camoflauge
Have you ever come upon an animal in the woods and wondered how it blends into its environment so well? Learn about why camouflage is so important to animals and the many ways a person can hide themselves. We will also have the opportunity to see how well we can camouflage ourselves too. Wear play clothes, and be prepared to have fun and get muddy!
8+ yrs/ 1 day/ $15
13511   Sun, 9/25                      2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

WOW! Wonders of Water
Water does so much for you! Can you return the favor? On this Wonders of Water journey, you will love water, save water, and share water! That’s a really big WOW!   This Girl Scout program will guide second and third grade girls through a fun and educational leadership journey that invites girls to engage their minds as they explore the Wonders of Water.
7-9 yrs / 6wks/ $48 fee includes Girl Scout membership, book and award patches
$2 material fee due at first class
13584   Thu, 9/15 -10/20             4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Friday, September 2, 2011

Labor Day Weekend


The Nature Center will be closed
Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend at Catoctin Creek Park.  The park will be open from 8 am until 6 pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday as normal. 

Please be advised that the Nature Center will be closed on Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 in Observance of Labor Day.

The Nature Center will be open on Saturday, September 3 from 10 am until 6 pm.

Please come and enjoy the paved trails as well as the wooded trails, search for wildlife at the creek, as well as the playground equipment.

There is also a local Eagle Scout Project being completed on Saturday, September 3 starting at 9 am, if you are available in the afternoon to help a scout earn his eagle scout feel free to stop by the Nature Center to find out where and how.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Take a Break at the Catoctin Creek Nature Center

 
Ruby Throated Hummingbird at the
Nature Center

Come visit Catoctin Creek Nature Center and take a break, even the Hummingbirds stop for a minute.  During your visit stop by and grab a trail map and set out to see what the creatures of the park are up to.  For those with preschool age children looking for a fun activity there are three fabulous programs coming up within the next week.

Creek Chubs Club: 2-3 yrs, 1 day, $12
These programs are designed for little nature lovers! Your child will learn about the natural world through stories, live animals, nature walks, hands-on crafts, and games. Dress appropriately for outdoor activities.
Thursday 9/8, Tuesday 9/20, Thursday 10/6, and Tuesday 10/18. Each program runs from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Nature Explore Club:  4-6, 6 weeks, $ 40
This program has been designed to help children develop a deeper appreciation for the natural world while strengthening key observation, science, and mathematics skills. A collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, this program will help encourage participant’s enthusiasm for going outdoors to explore. They will read or listen to one of our adventure nature stories, and experience an adventure activity from our trained naturalist. Each week a different activity and adventure awaits.
Sunday, 9/11 from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm

Teddy Bear Picnic 2-5 yrs/ 1 day/ $ 12If you come out to the park today, you're in for a big surprise!  Bring a picnic lunch and blanket.  Don't forget your teddy bear!  We will read teddy bear stories and learn more about the black bears that live in Maryland.  We will sing teddy bear songs and make a teddy bear craft.  Saturday 9/10 12:00-1:00 pm





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Summer may be coming to a close, but the Nature Center is still open!

As the summer draws to a close, trees begin shedding their leaves, children go back to school, and things start to calm down and cool off. Even though we've wrapped up Eco-Adventure Camp and Nature Camp for the year, Catoctin Creek Nature Center still has plenty of opportunities to explore the natural world! See below for some of our upcoming programs, all of which will be held at Catoctin Creek Nature Center. Even if you don't want to sign up for a program, everyday visitors are always welcome!

The nature center is open Noon to 6 PM Tuesday through Friday, as well as Sunday. Saturday the nature center opens at 10 AM and closes at 6 PM. The nature center is closed on Mondays.
A big scary spider on the pavement!
Reminder: Catoctin Creek Nature Center will be CLOSED Sunday 9/4 and Monday 9/5 in observance of Labor Day weekend. We WILL be open Saturday 9/3 for normal hours.

Fall programs:

Apple Picking Time: 2-5 yrs, 1 day, $12
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 and listen to a story about the Little House of Red. See if you can figure out what this story is talking about. We will end with an apple print painting project.
Wednesday 9/21, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Creek Chubs Club: 2-3 yrs, 1 day, $12
These programs are designed for little nature lovers! Your child will learn about the natural world through stories, live animals, nature walks, hands-on crafts, and games. Dress appropriately for outdoor activities.
Thursday 9/8, Tuesday 9/20, Thursday 10/6, and Tuesday 10/18. Each program runs from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

A cool crawly snake spotted
in the creek! Possibly a garter
or ribbon snake.

Fall Festival for Preschoolers: 3-5 yrs, 1 day, $12
Come celebrate cooler days and leaves crunching beneath your feet! Catoctin Creek Nature Center welcomes fall with a fun Fall Festival. Come play some games, sing some songs and learn about the Fall Season. We will take a hike and make a craft using leaves we gathered on our hike.
Wednesday 9/28, 10:00 AM to Noon

Nature Tales Inside & Out: 3-5 yrs, 1 day, $12
Kids, bring your parents and a blanket to sit on as we venture into the woods or inside the nature center for story time! Afterwards we'll enjoy games, activities, and make a craft related to that day's featured story.
Wednesday 9/14 and Wednesday 10/12, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM



For more upcoming programs, please pick up a copy of the Recreater, Frederick County's Parks and Recreation Magazine, found at any Frederick County Park or Recreation Center.

A yellow-leg flat millipede (apheloria tigana) found in the woods.