Friday, November 30, 2012

A New Visitor to Catoctin Creek Park

Today we had some interesting visitors at Catoctin Creek Park.  A flock of guinea fowl were observed in the park today.  Guinea Fowl are native to Africa. They were introduced to North America when the early settlers arrived.

Upcoming Winter Series Programs:

Home School Drop In Days
On the first Friday of each month we will have hands on activities for families to enjoy at their leisure. Activities include: Animal Adaptations-Anatomy Lab, Winter Bird Identification, and Maryland Geology. This program will be held on the following dates (1/4, 2/1, and 3/1).
Registration #17209
Fri, Jan. 4th

Home School Nature Days
In this series, allow our experienced naturalists to enrich your child's studies through a multi-disciplinary approach using nature as a focus. After a group introductory presentation, students will separate into age-based groups to continue their lesson. The scheduled topics are January: 'Tracks & Traces', February: 'Woodland Indians', and March 'Bones'. Parents are encouraged to attend, but also are required to register. The series is held on the last Monday of each month at Catoctin Creek Nature Center.
Registration #16612
Mon., Jan. 28th

Creek Chubs Club
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. Parents are free! Dress appropriately for outdoor activities. 
Registration #16600
Tue, 1/15-Fri, 3/29

Schools Out Winter Nature Detectives Series
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: Animal Adaptations: learn about animal adaptations including: hibernation, join us as we take a winter wonderland hike and search for winter animal tracks, Session 2: Nature Babies: Spring is here and the forest is stirring. Join us as we search for signs of new life. Come for one or both sessions in this series.
Registration #16616
Mon, 1/21; Mon, 2/18

For more information on our upcoming programs please visit: or call: (301)600-2936.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Catoctin Creek Park Hours

Catoctin Creek Nature Center
will be closed on:
Thur.Nov.22nd–Mon.Nov. 26th
We will re open on
Tues. Nov. 27th at noon

The park entrance gates will open for visitors to come and walk the trails from 8am-5pm daily 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed
Sun. Nov. 18th
We are looking for volunteers to help install a bird sanctuary garden this coming Sunday, Nov. 18th (1-4pm) at Catoctin Creek Park. We will be digging holes, spreading/moving mulch, and planting several shrubs & grasses. Please e-mail us at: to sign up and volunteer with this project. We look forward to working with you soon.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Damage from Hurricane Sandy

Dear friends,
During Hurricane Sandy two beautiful benches, and four bird houses (wood duck and tree swallow boxes) washed away during the storm. The benches were designed by eagle scouts Nathan Wright, and the bird houses were designed by Phillip O’Neill. If anyone has seen these benches or bird houses please give us a call at: 301-600-2050. Thanks a lot everyone.   

Friday, November 9, 2012

Home School Days Program

Join our experienced naturalist next Friday Nov. 16th as we explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics in our 
Home School Days STEM Day Program. Space is limited.

5-12yrs, Fee:$5 child & $5 adult
Fri, 11/16 1:00-2:30pm

For more information on our upcoming programs please visit: or call: (301)600-2936.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Catoctin Creek Nature Center will be closed Tues. Nov 6th

Catoctin Creek Nature Center will be closed on Election Day, Tues. Nov. 6th, the nature center will re open on Wed. Nov. 7th at noon.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Free Archaeology Talk this Sunday Nov. 4th (2-3pm)

All around us is evidence of past cultures and historic landscapes. Come to Catoctin Creek Nature Center and learn how archaeologists conduct surveys to find evidence of these people who lived in our area long ago. A look at the park landscape will follow a brief talk about the methods used and some examples of finds from the region. Artifacts from local historic and prehistoric sites will be on hand to examine. Senior archaeologist Michael Clem holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from American University, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Georgetown University. He has worked as an archaeologist for some 15 years, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region, but has worked in the American southwest and in Argentina. Until recently he served as the Loudoun County, Virginia Archaeologist. He and his family live nearby in Brunswick.