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.

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