CROMWELL VALLEY PARK
Calendar of Programs and Events

Sponsored by
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks
and
Cromwell Valley Park Council
2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Parkville, MD 21234

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PROGRAMS, unless stated otherwise.
PLEASE USE the link below for our online reservation system.


These programs are designed to provide a healthy and enjoyable experience for your child. They are not designed to provide childcare. Therefore, parents are encouraged to discuss attendance expectations with their children. Department staff cannot detain youth wishing to leave at any time. Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Should you require special attention (i.e. sign language interpreter, large print, etc.), please give us as much notice as possible by calling the Park Office and/or the Therapeutic office at 410-887-5370 or 410-887-5319 (TTY/Deaf).

The Park follows the Baltimore County Public School system for inclement weather closings. Check their status here.

Link to printable version of this calendar:    Fall    Winter

We now have an online registration system for all programs that require a registration and/or fee.
Please use these links to learn about the new process and to reserve a spot in a program:
If you have trouble with this new process, please call the Park office at 410-887-2503.

            



Date, time Activity, appropriate ages Description Fee, reservations Place
Friday, November 23
7 - 8:30 PM
Black Friday Hike – Ages 5+Skip the crowds at the mall on this busiest shopping day of the season and enjoy a night hike with a Naturalist that ends around the campfire with s'mores.$3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Saturday, November 24
1 - 2:30 PM
Autumn Leaf Lantern – Ages 2 to 10Gather up all the colors of Fall on a short hike with a Naturalist and then use them to craft a mason jar lantern.$3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Sunday, November 25
1 - 3 PM
Goodnight Groundhog - All ages.The woodchuck is a remarkable animal and has to put on fat for the winter. Join us to learn more about this CVP resident and hike to search for their burrow.$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Wednesday, November 28
2 - 4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and, in warmer weather, also plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.Reservations NOT required. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-MitchellMeet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Saturday, December 1
11 AM to 3 PM
Holiday Ornaments – Ages 5+.Join us to make your own holiday ornaments out of natural materials. Reservations NOT required. Drop in program, please pay at the door.$2 for 2 ornaments for members/$4 for non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, December 2
1 to 2 PM
Holiday Feast for our Feathered Friends – All ages.Come on in to the Nature Center to create edible ornaments for our feathered friends.$2 members/$4 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Wednesday December 5
2 - 4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team Work Days! We will remove invasive plants from the park and, in warmer weather, also plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Clothing: Long pants protect your legs! Please also wear toe-closed shoes. Please bring a water bottle with you. For colder weather, vests inside a jacket really help. If interested, please RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell at Ltmitchell4@comcast.netWe meet at the Sherwood House parking lot.
Saturday, December 8
11 AM to 3 PM
Holiday Swags – Ages 5+.Create a holiday swag with a bow for your door. Reservations NOT required. Drop in program, please pay at the door.$5 members per swag/$7 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, December 8
2 - 4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team Work Days! We will remove invasive plants from the park and, in warmer weather, also plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Clothing: Long pants protect your legs! Please also wear toe-closed shoes. Please bring a water bottle with you. For colder weather, vests inside a jacket really help. If interested, please RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell at Ltmitchell4@comcast.netWe meet at the Sherwood House parking lot.
Sunday, December 9
1 - 2:30 PM
Animal Tracks – Ages 4 to 10.Join a Naturalist to discover where animals go and what they leave behind. We’ll provide t-shirts for you to create a “track” shirt to take home.$2 members/$4 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, December 15
1 to 2:30 PM
Holiday Centerpieces – Ages 13+.The fresh greens in your arrangement will bring the scent and beauty of the outdoors to your table. Please bring thin garden gloves if your hands are sensitive to the sap and prickles of the pines. $7 members/$10 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, December 15
2 - 4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team Work Days! We will remove invasive plants from the park and, in warmer weather, also plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Clothing: Long pants protect your legs! Please also wear toe-closed shoes. Please bring a water bottle with you. For colder weather, vests inside a jacket really help. If interested, please RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell at Ltmitchell4@comcast.netWe meet at the Sherwood House parking lot.
Sunday, December 16
10 AM - 2 PM
Trivia Trail Trek - All ages.Pick up a self-guided trail book, answer the trivia questions, and return to the Nature Center for your prize!Reservations NOT required. Drop in program. FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Friday, December 21
5:30 - 7 PM
Full Owl Moon Night Hike - Ages 8+.We’ll start off with a short talk in the center and then go on a search for “Mr. Hooty”. Dress for the weather!$2 members/$4 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, December 22
1 - 2:30 PM
Wellington Woods Winter Walk – Adults.Join a Naturalist to make discoveries along the way.FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, December 23
11 AM - 3 PM
Visit our Nature Center Day! - All ages.Visit the Nature Center, enjoy the exhibits, visit with our animals, and have a cup of hot chocolate or coffee on us! Drop in program.Reservations NOT required. FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Tuesday, December 25 Merry Christmas! The Nature Center and Park Office will be closed, but the Park will be open for this Baltimore County holiday.
Saturday, December 29
1 - 2 PM
Law of Claw & Fang – All ages.Join a Naturalist to learn about food chains and help us feed our animal collection. Drop in program.Reservations NOT required. FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, December 30
1 - 3 PM
Debris Shelters – Ages 10+.Learn how to make a winter debris shelter that could save your life.FREE!Primitive Technology Laboratory
Tuesday, January 1Happy New Year! The Nature Center and Park Office will be closed, but the Park will be open for this Baltimore County holiday.
Saturday, January 5
1 - 3 PM
Wintertime Natural Ornaments – Ages 8+.The holidays are over and the tree is down; but you can still make some wintertime decorations and use nature’s art supplies. $2 members/$4 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, January 6
1 - 2:30 PM
Bread and Butter – Ages 5+.Learn how to use a clay earth oven, make bread and butter!$3 members/$5 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Tuesdays, January 8 to February 12
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Polliwog Preschool Club – Ages 2 to 5 with Adult.In this class, you and your little one will explore the natural world through hands-on activities, nature play, stories and crafts. Non-mobile siblings only, parent/guardian must be an active participant. Dress for the outdoors.$60 members /$80 non-members for 6 sessions. Register for ONE series only.
Registration for this program is available ONLY through our on-line system.
Willow Grove Nature Center
Wednesdays, January 9 to February 13
10:30 to 11:30 AM
Saturday, January 12
10 AM - noon
Winter Birding in the Valley – Adults.Join expert birder John Canoles for a hike to discover our avian friends. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather!FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, January 13
1 - 2:30 PM
Animal Adaptations to Cold - All ages.Where do turtles go? Where are the frogs? Where are the snakes? Join us at the Nature Center to find out.FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Wednesday, January 16
2 - 4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team Work Days! We will remove invasive plants from the park and, in warmer weather, also plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Clothing: Long pants protect your legs! Please also wear toe-closed shoes. Please bring a water bottle with you. For colder weather, vests inside a jacket really help. If interested, please RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell at Ltmitchell4@comcast.netWe meet at the Sherwood House parking lot.
Friday, January 18
6 - 7:30 PM
Night Hike - Ages 8+.Hike to the old stone shelter and listen for “Mr. Hooty”. Dress for the weather!$2 members/$4 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, January 19
1 - 2:30 PM
Edible Greens & Pizza in Winter - All ages.Yes, there are edible plants found in the winter. Head out with a Naturalist to find them and use them for toppings on your pizza! Dress for the weather!$4 members/$6 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, January 20
1 - 2:30 PM
Dead Leaves, Cheese, Butter and Kimchi - Ages 8+.What do they have in common? Fermentation, of course! Learn how fermentation allows the planet to work and then make your own kimchi. Bring a mason jar if you have one.$5 members/ $7 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Monday, January 21Happy Birthday Martin Luther King! The Nature Center and Park Office will be closed, but the Park will be open for this Baltimore County holiday.
Saturday, January 26
1 - 3 PM
Gourd Bowls with Stone Tools – Adults.Gourds were some of mankind’s earliest containers. Using flint, we will open and shape our containers and then decorate with ochre.Space is limited!
$5 members/$7 non-members.
Primitive Tech Laboratory
Saturday, January 26
2 - 4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team Work Days! We will remove invasive plants from the park and, in warmer weather, also plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Clothing: Long pants protect your legs! Please also wear toe-closed shoes. Please bring a water bottle with you. For colder weather, vests inside a jacket really help. If interested, please RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell at Ltmitchell4@comcast.netWe meet at the Sherwood House parking lot.
Sunday, January 27
1 - 2 PM
Where Do They Go? – Adults.Streams and rivers seem devoid of fish in the winter. What happens to them and where do they go? Dress for the weather!FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, February 2
1 - 2:30 PM
Whistle Pigs - All ages.Whistle Pigs, Pasture Poodles, Land Beaver, Woodchuck and Groundhog are all the same animal. Join a Naturalist to discover the world of this animal of mystery and look for a den!FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, February 3
11 AM to 3 PM
Visit our Nature Center Day! - All ages.Visit the Nature Center, enjoy the exhibits, visit with our animals, and have a cup of hot chocolate or coffee on us! Drop in program. Reservations NOT required.FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Wednesday, Feburary 6
2 - 4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team Work Days! We will remove invasive plants from the park and, in warmer weather, also plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Clothing: Long pants protect your legs! Please also wear toe-closed shoes. Please bring a water bottle with you. For colder weather, vests inside a jacket really help. If interested, please RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell at Ltmitchell4@comcast.netWe meet at the Sherwood House parking lot.
Saturday, February 9
1 - 3 PM
Mayan Chocolate Making – Ages 8+.Theobroma Cacao in Latin means “Food of the Gods” and is sacred to the Mayan people. Learn the traditional Mayan method for turning cacao beans into chocolate.$10 members/ $12 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, February 9
2 - 4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team Work Days! We will remove invasive plants from the park and, in warmer weather, also plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Clothing: Long pants protect your legs! Please also wear toe-closed shoes. Please bring a water bottle with you. For colder weather, vests inside a jacket really help. If interested, please RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell at Ltmitchell4@comcast.netWe meet at the Sherwood House parking lot.
Sunday, February 10
1 - 2:30 PM
Happy Hearts! – Ages 3 to 10.Join a Naturalist to make heart shaped pizzas and heart shaped bird feeders for our feathered friends.$4 members/$6 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Wednesday, February 13
2 - 4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team Work Days! We will remove invasive plants from the park and, in warmer weather, also plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Clothing: Long pants protect your legs! Please also wear toe-closed shoes. Please bring a water bottle with you. For colder weather, vests inside a jacket really help. If interested, please RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell at Ltmitchell4@comcast.netWe meet at the Sherwood House parking lot.
Friday, February 15
6 - 7:30 PM
Full Maple Moon Night Hike – Ages 5+.Native people made sugar during this moon. Join a Naturalist to hike to the sugar bush and then head back to the center for maple flavored hot chocolate. Dress for the weather!$3 members/$5 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, February 16
1 to 3 PM
Fat Lamps – Adults.Fat Lamps have been found in the famous caves of Lascaux France. Make your own soapstone lamp with deer tallow fuel.Space is Limited!
$3 members/$5 non-members.
Primitive Tech Laboratory
Sunday, February 17
1 - 3 PM
Nature Quest Winter Hike – All ages.Pick up your Nature Quest Passport at the Nature Center and join a Naturalist to find the markers. Dress for the weather!FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Monday, February 19Happy President’s Day! The Nature Center and Park Office will be closed, but the Park will be open for this Baltimore County holiday.
Saturday, February 23
11 AM - 3 PM
Maple Sugaring Weekend – All ages.Native people made sugar from the sap of our native maples. Join a Naturalist for this ongoing program to tap a tree, boil some sap and make a pancake. Drop in program.FREE! Reservations NOT required.Willow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, February 24
11 AM - 3 PM
Saturday, February 23
2 - 4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team Work Days! We will remove invasive plants from the park and, in warmer weather, also plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Clothing: Long pants protect your legs! Please also wear toe-closed shoes. Please bring a water bottle with you. For colder weather, vests inside a jacket really help. If interested, please RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell at Ltmitchell4@comcast.netWe meet at the Sherwood House parking lot.

Updated Nov 19, 2018