At one with Na­ture

A birds-eye view of out­door pro­grams around town

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Har­low

With chil­dren glued to their elec­tron­ics now more than ever, you are likely to hear par­ents ev­ery­where telling their kid­dos to go out­side and play! Here are some great ways to get out­doors and learn some­thing while you’re at it. Whether you’re into ex­er­cise like hik­ing or yoga, love learn­ing about in­sects and other crea­tures, or want to try out a farm to ta­ble recipe with lo­cally grown foods, here are some great ways you and your fam­ily can ap­pre­ci­ate the great out­doors this weekend. Best of all, most events are free un­less oth­er­wise noted!

Hike to Harry’s Over­look at Marshy Point Na­ture Cen­ter

Satur­day, Au­gust 12 from 1 to 3 p.m.

7130 Marshy Point Road, Bal­ti­more, MD 21220

Marshy Point Na­ture Cen­ter, lo­cated on the wa­ter­front in Chase, is part of the U.S. Na­tional Park Ser­vice’s Ch­e­sa­peake Gate­ways Net­work. The cen­ter pro­vides a va­ri­ety of fun and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams for vis­i­tors of all ages. Join Marshy Point staff and vol­un­teers Satur­day for a long hike to the back cor­ner of the park, then cool off in Salt­peter Creek. It’s a great chance to ex­plore a dif­fer­ent part of the park and meet the an­i­mals that live there. Event is free. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://www.marshy­point.org.

Back­yard But­ter­flies Ore­gon Ridge Na­ture Cen­ter

Satur­day, Au­gust 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

13555 Beaver Dam Rd., Cock­eysville, MD 21030

The Ore­gon Ridge Na­ture Cen­ter of­fers a va­ri­ety of ex­hibits ex­plain­ing the his­tory, wildlife, and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment of the Ore­gon Ridge Park. Wildlife ex­hibits in­clude live snakes, fish, am­phib­ians, hon­ey­bees, tur­tles and other crea­tures. At the Back­yard But­ter­flies event, ex­plore the life cy­cles of but­ter­flies and get an up close and per­sonal look at cater­pil­lars and chrysalis’. Then head out to the meadow and gar­dens with but­ter­fly nets to test your iden­ti­fi­ca­tion skills. Pro­gram is for adults and chil­dren 8+. Cost is $4 per per­son ($2 for mem­bers), and ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. Call 410-887-1815 or email info@Ore­gonRidgeNa­tureCen­ter.org. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http:// ore­gonridgena­turecen­ter.org.

Dis­cov­er­ing Drag­on­flies at Cromwell Val­ley Park Na­ture Cen­ter

Satur­day, Au­gust 12 from 1 to 3 p.m.

2175 Cromwell Bridge Road, Parkville, MD 21234

Cromwell Val­ley Park Na­ture Cen­ter is a 460-acre stream val­ley park with a di­verse va­ri­ety of wildlife. There are many species of rap­tors such as hawks and owls, which prey on a healthy pop­u­la­tion of small mam­mals such as rab­bits, deer mice, and meadow voles. Other crea­tures you may en­counter in­clude white-tailed deer and red fox, along with song­birds such as the Bal­ti­more Ori­ole. On Satur­day, dis­cover the drag­on­flies that call Cromwell Val­ley Park home, and then take a walk to search for their lar­vae. Be sure to wear shoes that can get wet. Event is free.

Also at Cromwell Val­ley Park: Earth Oven Pizza

Sun­day, Au­gust 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Har­vest fresh veg­eta­bles and herbs from our Chil­dren’s Gar­den to make your own pizza in our Earth

Oven. Ages 3+. Cost is $5 mem­bers /$7 non­mem­bers. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http:// www.cromwell­val­ley­park.org.

Na­ture Con­nec­tions: Tur­tles & Snakes at the Nat­u­ral His­tory So­ci­ety of Mary­land

6908 Be­lair Road, Bal­ti­more, MD 21206 Sun­day, Au­gust 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. Join the Nat­u­ral His­tory So­ci­ety of Mary­land (NHSM) at 1:15 p.m. for a pre­sen­ta­tion on tur­tles by Ray Bos­mans, Pres­i­dent of MATTS (Mid-At­lantic Tur­tle & Tor­toise So­ci­ety), fea­tur­ing sev­eral live tur­tles to ob­serve. Then on­go­ing from 1 to 4 p.m., visit with more live tur­tles and snakes with NHSM ex­pert her­petol­o­gists Tim Hoen and Tom Scollins. Tim prom­ises to bring his 100 lb. alligator snap­ping tur­tle too! The pro­gram is free for adults and chil­dren. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://mary­land­na­ture.org/ na­ture-con­nec­tions/.

Yoga at the Zoo at the Mary­land Zoo in Bal­ti­more

1 Sa­fari Place, Bal­ti­more, MD 21217 Sun­day, Au­gust 13 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (also Au­gust 26 & Septem­ber 23) An­i­mals have been a core el­e­ment of yoga poses for cen­turies. From down­ward dog to cow, to lizard, cat and more, wildlife has a deep tie to this an­cient prac­tice. Now’s your chance to con­nect even closer to na­ture with this 60-minute Vinyasa style yoga class for both be­gin­ner and in­ter­me­di­ate yoga lovers. Yoga at the Zoo is held out­doors at Pen­guin Coast with views of flow­ing wa­ter and swim­ming penguins. The in­struc­tor will guide you through gen­tle poses de­signed to calm your mind and strengthen your body. The cost is $20 for non-mem­bers and $10 for mem­bers. All tick­ets in­clude same-day ad­mis­sion to the Zoo; a drink from Truly Spiked & Sparkling for par­tic­i­pants 21+; and a meet and greet with a pen­guin am­bas­sador. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, visit http://www.mary­land­zoo.org/event/yoga-zoo-au­gust-13-2017/.

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