Friday, July 27, 2012

Upcoming Programs

For Goodness Snakes     # 15081
Hisss! Do snakes make noise? Do they have noses and ears? Learn all about these scaly creatures as we separate fact from fiction. The program concludes with a snake craft.
Ages 6-12 , Fee:  $10.00
Saturday, 8/11, 10:00 -11:30 AM

Worms Bugs and Slugs     # 15121
We'll wander through the forest and talk about the importance of leaf litter. We'll also look at some rotting logs for spiders, centipedes, millipedes and various fungi.
All Ages, Fee:  $10.00
Sunday, 8/12, 2:00 -3:30 PM
Animal Care Specialist for a Day!  # 15095
Have fun taking care of and interacting with our Nature Center animals! Help check the health of our animals, add mulch to their terrariums, clean their tanks, feed them, refresh their water, and learn some neat animal facts. Wear old clothes.
Ages 6-10 , Fee:  $10.00
Tuesday, 8/14, 10:30 -12:00 PM

Radical Reptiles! # 15066
Come celebrate these scaly critters that make the Nature Center and park their home. We'll hear slithering stories, play games, and make a scaly craft to take home!
Ages 3-5 , Fee:  $10.00
Wednesday, 8/15, 10:00 -11:15 AM

Insect Safari  # 15099
Hunt for beautiful butterflies, green grasshoppers, dazzling dragonflies and find out about other amazing insects throughout the park! Help fill our butterfly pavilion and take home an insect-inspired craft!


Hunt for beautiful butterflies, green grasshoppers, dazzling dragonflies and find out about other amazing insects throughout the park! Help fill our butterfly pavilion and take home an insect-inspired craft!

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Ages 6-10 , Fee:  $10.00
Friday, 8/17, 10:00 -12:00 PM

Campfire - Night Sky Program # 15122
With the aid of a telescope we will search for shooting stars, planets, and the craters of the moon. Join us for this exciting look into our night sky.
7 years old+, Fee:  $4.00
Saturday, 8/18, 8:00 -9:30 PM
Register at: (301)600-2936 or

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tonights campfire program has been canceled

Dear visitors,

Tonights campfire program at Catoctin Creek Park has been canceled due to inclement weather. Our next scheduled Campfire Program is on Sat. Aug. 18th at 8pm.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Upcoming Programs

Saturday, July 21, 2012
Ages 10 and up
This Saturday Potomac Valley Fly Fishers in coordination with the Frederick County Parks and Recreation Division will be offering a free one day youth learn to fly fish course at Catoctin Creek Park. This course is open for ages 10 and up with an adult. Students will learn ways to successfully fish streams or wide open lakes. The course will cover all the basic skills needed to be successful on the water and enjoy the sport of fly fishing. To register or for more information on this event please call John Brognard at: 301-371-5617 or e-mail him at:
Campfire: Night Insect Hunt     #15119
Join us as we search for the unique night insects including: moths, beetles, fire flies and much more. Activities will include: night insect survey, live animal presentations, and stories around the campfire.
Ages 7 and up, Fee:  $4.00
Saturday, 7/21, 8:00 -9:30 PM
Register at: (301)600-2936 or

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Weekend Programs

We are pleased to announce that this Saturday July 14th Wayne Hildebrand the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Frederick County Coordinator will be leading a HERP Walk at Catoctin Creek Park on Saturday. We will have fun exploring our park in search of turtles, snakes, reptiles, frogs, toads, and more. If you are interested in joining us please call: 301-600-2051 or e-mail us at:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Weekend Programs

Toad Abodes     # 15086
If you love toads, this is the program for you! First we'll talk about these hopping amphibians and then make a toad home that you can decorate and take home!
Ages 6-12 , Fee:  $10.00
Saturday, 7/7, 11:00 -12:00 PM

Annual Butterfly Count    
SATURDAY July 7th, 2012 - " Annual Butterfly Count at Fountain Rock Nature Center" 2:00 p.m. -3:00pm 
AND SUNDAY July 8, 2012 - "Annual Butterfly Count at Catoctin Creek Nature Center"2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  
This is an invitation to butterfly lovers of all ages to come and participate in the annual Butterfly Count on Saturday at Fountain Rock Nature Center and Sunday at Catoctin Creek Nature Center! You don't have to be an expert. Nets are provided! The butterfly count is a free program made possible by the Frederick County Nature Council. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Catoctin Creek Nature Center will be closed on July 4th

On Wed. July 4th  Catoctin Creek Nature Center will be closed for the Fourth of July Holiday. The park grounds will be open from 8am-6pm. The nature center will re-open on Thursday July 5th at noon. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Power outage update At catoctin creek

The nature center at catoctin creek still does not have power and may not have it until Thursday morning. Camps have been cancelled for the week and participants have the option of transferring if they wish to another county day camp.

Day one of nature camp cancelled

The first day of nature camp this week (July 2) has been cancelled due to the power outage at catoctin creek nature center. The facility has been without power since a storm on Friday night. Please stay tuned for more updates.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The nature center will remain closed today

Dear Visitors,

Catoctin Creek Nature Center will be closed today Sunday July 1st due to a power outage. The nature center grounds will be open until 6pm this evening. We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope you will come and visit us again soon.