Patapsco News: August and September Programs

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July 26, 2017

AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER PROGRAM CALENDAR

Come out and play at Patapsco Valley State Park and Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area!

Events are free unless otherwise noted; donations are always welcome.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.


Every Wednesday: Story Hour 
Hilton Nature Center 11 a.m.-noon (Rain or shine)

Join us to hear a nature-themed story read by one of our naturalists. These events are geared toward children 10 years and younger but all ages are welcome.


Aug. 2: Family Trees
Hilton Nature Center 1-3 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Learn about the different tree families that inhabit Patapsco on a short hike. Then, make your own family tree to take home. Bring photos to include if you like. 


Aug. 4: Bugs, Bugs and BUGS!
Soldiers Delight Visitor Center 1:30-3 p.m. (Shine only)

Join us for an action-packed hour of bug collecting and identification. After a brief talk, you will use nets to catch as many different bugs as you can. A naturalist will assist with identification. After we learn what kinds of critters were caught, we’ll release them back into their natural habitat. Best for ages 4-10, but all are welcome.


Aug. 5: Invasive Species Task Force
McKeldin Area 9 a.m.-Noon (Shine only

Join us for a fun, informative morning removing invasive plants! A ranger will explain how to identify three common and aggressive species and why they are such a threat to our ecosystem. Wear long pants/sleeves and sturdy boots, and bring plenty of water! Please call ahead for more information. Ages 10 and up.


Aug. 5: Slithering Snakes
Hilton Nature Center Noon-2 p.m. (Rain or shine)

An expert with a live snake on-hand will teach all about these interesting reptiles and their importance to the environment. Craft to follow. $5/person. Children under 16 must have an adult present. 


Aug. 6: Patapsco Fun Series
Pickall Pavilion 701 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Shine only)

Join our crew to help clean up the trails. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants/sleeves, and bring work gloves and plenty of water. Lunch will be provided.


Aug. 6: Milltown History Talk
Cascade Trailhead in Avalon Area 4-5 p.m. (Shine only)

Discover what it could have been like to live in the historic Orange Grove mill town. An interpreter will lead a short hike along the Grist Mill trail to examine what remains from this "lost" community.


Aug. 9: Introduction to Mountain Biking
Avalon Area Field 105 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Shine only)

A certified level one instructor will hold a basic skills session and a 4-mile beginner's ride. Be sure to bring a helmet and plenty of water. $10/person. Appropriate for ages 14 and up; those under 18 must have an adult present.


Aug. 10: Cicada Mania!
Hilton Nature Center Noon 1 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Get the buzz on annual and periodical cicadas through hand-on activities and a walk to look for these chirpy critters.


Aug. 12: Who's That? Tracks and Scat
Hilton Nature Center Noon-2 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Learn how to identify animal tracks you may find out on the trails. Then make your own tracks to take home. $2/person.


Aug. 12: Disconnect Yoga
Avalon Area 6:30-7:45 p.m. (Shine only)

Disconnect from your hectic routine and reconnect with nature for this beginner's class at Lost Lake. Flow will include a 30-minute guided meditation. Bring a yoga mat, water and blanket, and wear loose-fitting clothes.


Aug. 13: Native Planting
Hilton Nature Center Noon-2 p.m. (Shine only)

Want to begin a garden of native plants? Learn the basics and plant seeds you can take home to transplant in your own yard. $2/person.


Aug. 16: Leaping Lizards
Hilton Nature Center 11 a.m.-Noon (Shine only)

Learn all about Maryland's fascinating lizard population and where to find them. Activities will include a short walk and craft.


Aug. 17: Bugs and Slugs
Hilton Nature Center Noon-2 p.m. (Shine only)

Join our naturalist on a walk on the Sensory Trail to search for insects, slugs, worms and more. You will turn over logs and rocks and learn how to expertly net insects on the fly! Wear sturdy shows and bring water.


Aug. 18: Turtle Trek
Avalon Area Noon-1p. m. (Rain or shine)

Enjoy a short walk around Lost Lake as we look for basking turtles. 


Aug. 18: Microscope Adventure
Soldiers Delight Visitor Center 3-5 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Discover our smallest neighbors in three different sources of water. We’ll take a moderate-to-easy, naturalist-guided hike to sample standing and running water along the trail. Back at the nature center, we’ll see who calls these streams home. Geared toward children 7-13 years, but all are welcome.


Aug. 19: Catch-and-Release Fishing
Avalon Area Noon-2 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Come to Lost Lake to learn all about the fish living in the Patapsco River. Borrow one of our fishing poles, grab some bait and cast off! This is a perfect opportunity for new anglers in a family setting. $1/person. Ages 8 and up.


Aug. 20: River of History: From John Smith to Francis Scott Key
Avalon Area 4-5 p.m. (Shine only)

The history of the Patapsco River Valley was crucial in the development of the Colony of Maryland. We will discuss many exciting events involving the river’s history from the time of Elkridge Landing, onto the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Fun for all ages!


Aug. 23: Invasive Species Roundup
Hilton Nature Center 11 a.m.-Noon (Shine only)

Learn how to discover invasive plant species and help naturalists remove those that threaten our native flora and fauna.


Aug. 23: Friends in Focus
Soldiers Delight Visitor Center 3-4:30 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Whether you are a professional or amateur photographer, capture our Scales and Tales animals on film in their natural setting. A naturalist will be on hand to bring out 3-4 birds of prey and reptiles for you to take photos and to discuss the animal's natural history. $20/photographer.


Aug. 26: Flying High
Hilton Nature Center Noon-1 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Discover which animals migrate through Maryland and where they go. Make a kite of your own to fly in the park or at home. $3/person.


Aug. 27: Patapsco Fun Series
Pickall Pavilion 701 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Shine only)

Join our crew to help clean up the trails. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants/sleeves, bring work gloves and plenty of water. Lunch will be provided.


Aug. 27: Make a Woodpecker Feeder
Hilton Nature Center Noon-1 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Learn about woodpeckers and how they help trees in the park thrive, and make a feeder to take home.


Aug. 29: Hunters of the Sky
Soldiers Delight Visitor Center 3-4 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Have you ever wondered what ravens eat? Where do hawks sleep? What kinds of sound do owls make? Join our naturalists to learn all about these birds of prey! $5/person.


Falls

Sept. 2: Volunteer Opportunity
Morgan Run Natural Environment Area 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join the Carroll County Equestrian Council to clean up and perform maintenance on trails. 


Sept. 2: Patapsco River of History
Hilton Nature Center 10 a.m.-noon (Shine only)

Naturalists host an interactive discussion of the river's role in the Industrial Revolution. Afterward, enjoy transforming a river rock into a paper weight. $2/person.


Sept. 3: Turtle Trek
Avalon Area 11 a.m.-noon (Shine only)

Enjoy a short walk around Lost Lake as we look for basking turtles. 


Sept. 6: Dazzling Dragonflies
Avalon Area 5-6 p.m. (Shine only)

Meet at in the Lost Lake parking lot to begin a search for dragonflies. You will be equipped with your own sweep net to conduct a species survey and learn about the amazing hunting adaptations possessed by these aerial acrobats.


Sept. 8: Bug-a-thon
McKendin Area 3-5 p.m. (Shine only)

Have you ever wondered what a raven eats? Where do hawks sleep? What kinds of sound do owls make? Join our naturalists to learn all about these birds of prey. Best for ages 4-10, but all are welcome.


Sept. 9: Why Do Leaves Change Colors?
Hilton Nature Center 10 a.m.-noon (Shine only)

As fall approaches, come out and play a matching game to discover the color changes leaves undergo. After, learn how to make a leaf rubbing. 


Sept. 9: Creek Critters
Avalon Area 1-3 p.m. (Shine only)

Find the smallest inhabitants of the Patapsco, test water quality and learn what your findings mean for the river's overall health. Dress to get wet!


Sept. 10: Pups in the Park
Glen Artney Pavilion 1 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Bring your dog to the park for a special event that entails learning how to ensure both dogs and people have fun and safe experiences on the trails. The Natural Resources Police K-9 Unit will be in attendance, as well as adoptable dogs, local veterinarians, rescue groups and trainers.


Sept. 12: Thomas Viaduct History Talk
Avalon Area 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Meet near the restrooms for a short walk underneath the Thomas Viaduct. Discover the history behind the bridge, its importance to commerce/industry and how the area contributed to the building of this country. 


Sept. 15: Turtles, Turtles, Turtles!
Soldiers Delight Visitor Center 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Meet a naturalist who will teach you all you ever wanted to know about turtles in Maryland! Several species will be on hand for you to see up close. $3/person.


Sept. 17: Birding 101
Hilton Nature Center 10-11 a.m. (Shine only)

Fall migration brings many birds to the area. Learn the basics of birdwatching through activities and a short walk around the Sensory and Santee Branch trails. Bring binoculars or borrow ours (first come, first serve).


Sept. 23: Just Plain Critters 
Hilton Nature Center 10 a.m.-noon (Shine only)

Get hands-on with animal furs and make your own plaster molds of various footprints. $2/person.


Sept. 23: First Day of Autumn Hike
Hilton Nature Center 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Explore the many changes happening around the park as the weather turns colder.


Sept. 24: Stream Doctors
Hilton Nature Center 1-3 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Find the smallest inhabitants of the Patapsco, test water quality and learn what your findings mean for the river's overall health. Dress to get wet!


Sept. 27: Milltown History Talk
Cascade Trailhead in Avalon Area 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Rain or shine)

Discover what it could have been like to live in the historic Orange Grove mill town. An interpreter will lead a short hike along the Grist Mill trail to examine what remains from this "lost" community.

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