Wednesday, November 30, 2011


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.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011


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


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



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

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


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