Friday, December 30, 2011


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
January 14, 2012

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: We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


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


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:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


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!

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


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

Keep those great observations coming!