This Blog is dedicated to the enthusiasm surrounding the newest Frederick County Nature Center. Opened in February 2011, the center is an environmentally-friendly building situated on 139 acres along beautiful Catoctin Creek. Come visit and walk the trails, play a tune on the musical garden, enjoy the creek, explore the playground and visit the exhibits in the Nature Center.
We have been creating woodland trails around the park and have made some interesting discoveries. We were creating the northwestern spring trail and when we moved a downed tree limb coiled under it was an eastern garter snake, very sluggish, but moving. Elsewhere in the park, we were taking pictures of the spring fed cistern and found an eastern milk snake lying in the bottom. We are unsure how it got in there but we were able to successfully get it out. This is just a sample of what you may find hiking on our trails around the park.