Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nature Camp Week 2, and important holiday information!

Our second week of Nature camps is underway, and both campers and staff are having a blast! From roach races to archery to crafts, our campers are making the most out of their time here at Catoctin Creek!

While we love having visitors, the Nature Center will be closed on Sunday, July 3rd, and Monday, July 4th, in observation of Independence Day. Nature camp for next week will begin on Tuesday, July 5th. Have a safe, happy and environmentally-friendly 4th of July!


Our Creepy Crawler campers explore the fun of
cockroach races with our gentle Madagascar Hissing
Cockroaches.


Our directors Doug and Joshua try their hands (and feet) at
rock climbing with some of our Trail Blazer campers.

Our Trail Blazer campers learn how to construct an
outdoor shelter from fallen branches and natural
materials. Keep up the good work guys!

Camp hostess Trish leads our Creepy Crawlers
through a story during a beautiful day in our
forest.


Trail Blazer campers go on the prowl for aquatic animals
in the creek. We found dragonfly nymphs, tadpoles,
baby catfish, and tons of crayfish. Good job campers!

A bluebird caught perching on one of our
bird boxes.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Our first week of camp is a success!

Our first week of camp is wrapping up, and the kids are loving their time here at Catoctin Creek! From tie-dyeing to nature hikes to tubing in the creek, our counselors and staff are making sure campers always have something fun to do at camp. Next week's camps are "Trail Blazers" and "Creepy Crawlers". Please call 301-600-2936 to sign your camper up for a super-fun week at Catoctin Creek Park & Nature Center!

Some examples of camper tie-dyes.

A wild Fowler's toad found on a trail-marking expedition.

Our newly mulched irrigation ditch. We hope to turn
this into a flourishing garden, or perhaps a pool
for turtles!

A lone flower found amidst a patch of weeds in the park.
Nature always finds a way!

Pebble Beach, a favorite spot for visiting Catoctin Creek. Campers
have gone bug hunting, swimming, and tubing in the creek.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

We're ready for camp! Are you?

The Nature Center Staff and Volunteers have been working hard for the past few weeks to make sure our Eco Adventure and Nature Adventure camps are ready, and now all that's missing are our campers! Our "Into the Wild" and "Backyard Buddies" adventure camps start tomorrow, so make sure you come prepared for a fun day exploring nature and the outdoors. Our staff is excited for a great season of camps and discovery! Limited spaces are still available, so call 301-600-2936 or visit http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=3034 to sign up!


A gentle visitor who wandered down to the Nature
Center yesterday afternoon! (Eastern Box Turtle)


Our shiny new bus!


One of our staff members caught this
goldfinch snacking away.







Thursday, June 16, 2011

Camp Kicks off this Monday!!

Staff are gearing up for what should be an exciting summer of Nature and Eco Adventure Camp.  For those still interested in attending camp this summer we still have a few spots left.  So please contact 301-600-2936  or visit http://www.recreater.com/ to register your son or daughter for the summer of Adventure!