Friday, February 25, 2011

Spring into Nature!

Nature Programs featured in the Spring Summer Recreater are available for viewing at Regsitration for all Spring and Summer programs including the new Eco Adventure Camp at Catoctin Creek Nature Center will be available on Monday February 28th.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spring and Snow!

It's hard to imagine that last week visitors were enjoying the warm spring-like weather by wearing shorts; then, instantly overnight the landscape changed with another blanket of snow.

Catoctin Creek Nature Center looks great during any season and offers recreational opportunities for all. Take advantage of the latest snowfall and try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or go for a nature hike and look for animal tracks. Don't fret, the warm weather will be with us again.

Catoctin Creek Park is open daily at 8am and closes at 5pm. The nature center is opened Tuesdays through Fridays 12pm-5pm, Saturdays 10am-5pm and on Sundays from 12pm-5pm. Anytime is a great time to take advantage of the great outdoors!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Now That's A Ribbon Cutting!

The Catoctin Creek Ribbon Cutting was held yesterday and these are some photos from the day's festivities. There was so much excitement in the air as visitors of all ages enjoyed the great weather, the programs, and the facilities. If you missed the event you can still enjoy the nature center since it is now officially open Tuesday Thru Sunday each week. Check our website or call the nature center office at 301-600-2051 to get the schedule. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and assisted with making our ribbon cutting a memorable one.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Catoctin Creek Nature Center is everywhere!

Here are the latest stories highlighting the nature center from the Frederick County Gazette:

and from WHAG NBC in Hagerstown, MD; yes we're even on television now:

Whistle Pig Wake-up!

Groundhog day arrived at Catoctin Creek and unfortunately for some winter is still not over. But for others this time of year is a great chance to explore the outdoors even with a snow cover blanketing the hillside. Through puppets and craft activities everyone was able to learn all about this magnificent mammal! Fortunately the groundhog did see it's shadow and winter will still be with us for a little while longer...

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Super sleuths were out and about looking for tracks and traces for critters that are brave enough to venture out during this long cold winter. There were even a few new patterns left in the snow througout park!

Homeschoolers in Action!

The first Home Schooled Junior Naturalists program was a huge success. The program and project focussed on plants in winter. Homeschoolers braved the weather for a brisk walk around Catoctin Creek Park and then assisted the Park Naturalist with decorating the center with some indoor plants that make it feel more natural indoors!

And they were the first......

Here are some great photos of the very first Creek Chubs Club nature program offered for children between the ages of 2-3 yrs at Catoctin Creek Nature Center. Although not officially opened until this Thursday, February 17th at 1PM, many faces have already experienced this fantastic new nature center!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ribbon Cutting Scheduled!

Please join Parks and Recreation on February 17th at 1 pm as we celebrate the opening of the newest Nature Center in Frederick County, Catoctin Creek. At our event we will have special speakers, "green tours" for our guests, free programs for children, and some light refreshments. If you are interested in coming and would like to RSVP or get directions, please call our staff at 301-600-2391.

You do not want to miss this celebration.