At one with Nature
A birds-eye view of outdoor programs around town
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/.