Patapsco: December Programs

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Dec. 1: Snowflakes—Spectacular and Scientific 
11 a.m.-noon at Hilton Nature Center

Join a naturalist and learn about the scientific process behind the formation of snowflakes. Pay homage to that process with some poems and stories, and design your own ornament using recycled materials. Designed for ages 8 and up. $2/craft. 

Dec. 2: Serpentine Ecosystem Restoration Project 
9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Soldiers Delight

Volunteer with the Maryland Natural Heritage Program to remove Virginia pine and other invasive plants. A variety of methods will be used, including chipping, hand-pulling and prescribed burns. Bring a lunch, snacks and plenty of water. Pack light, with layered clothing, a hat, sturdy shoes and work gloves.

Space is limited; registration required. Please call 410-260-8568 after 7 p.m. Dec. 1 to check for schedule or weather changes.

Dec. 8: Holiday Happenings! 

VIP Aviary Feeding Tour
8:30-9 a.m. at Soldiers Delight

This special behind-the-scenes tour will give you an inside look at how these raptors are fed every day. This is the first time this program has been offered to the public in several years, and space is limited. Call ahead to save your spot! $20/person.

Holiday Open House 
9 a.m.-noon at Soldiers Delight

Join us for a tour of the aviary and meet the folks behind several popular programs, including astronomers from the Westminster Astronomical Society, biologists and firefighters from the Serpentine Ecosystem Restoration Project, and the rangers and educators who call the park home.

winter astronomy

Dec. 16: Icy Igloos 
10:30-11:30 a.m. at Soldiers Delight

Bring your little explorer (ages 4 and under) for an interactive program about igloos and animals in winter. Activities include a guided story book presentation, music and movement songs, a short hike to look at winter signs and a beginning skill/engineering craft. There will be picture books to look at and suggested follow-up activities you can do at home. It's never too early to appreciate our frozen earthly wonders!

Sneak Peek: First Day Hikes 
Kick off 2019 on the right foot and join us for some brisk, invigorating exercise!

9-11 a.m.: Cascade Falls at Avalon
Meet up with the Maryland Conservation Corps as they guide you on a 2-mile, moderately difficult hike with a few stream crossings and light rock scrambling. Enjoy cascading waterfalls, and winter hills and valleys.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Morning Start at McKeldin
Ranger Petrucci leads the way on this 2.5-mile hike incorporating parts of the Spring Glen, Tall Poplar and Switchback Trails.

1-2 p.m.: Afternoon Stroll at Soldiers Delight
Whether you went to bed early or stayed up late, this is the perfect option for you! Join a naturalist for a 1-mile hike along the Choate Mine Trail. Dogs on leash welcome. Ages 5 and up.

2-4 p.m. - Old Mainline Trail at Daniels
Volunteer Ranger Max Buffington helps identify historic artifacts hidden in plain sight on this 3-mile trek. Ages 10 and up.

Next Month

Jan. 5: Owls, Owls, Owls at Soldiers Delight
Jan. 6: Serpentine Ecosystem Restoration Project at Soldiers Delight
Jan. 12: Track Detectives at McKeldin

Unless otherwise noted, events are held rain or shine, free and fun for all ages; donations are always welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dress for the weather/activity, wear sunscreen and insect repellent, bring plenty of water and snacks, and remember to check for ticks.

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

Patapsco Valley staff also manages Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area.

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