CROMWELL VALLEY PARK
Calendar of Programs and Events

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 CONTACT US at 410-887-2503, or info@cromwellvalleypark.org, to make your reservations.


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).

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Date, time Activity, appropriate ages Description Fee, reservations Place
Saturday, November 25
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Build A Brush Survival Shelter – All ages 5+ Bring your family and make a shelter from branches, leaves, and other forest finds. FREE! Nature Center
Sunday, November 26
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Goodnight Groundhog - All ages The woodchuck is a remarkable animal and has to put on fat for the winter. Join us to learn about them and search for their burrows. $2 members/$4 non-members Nature Center
Friday, December 1
at 5:30 to 7 PM
Full Moon Owl 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 2
at 10 AM to 1 PM
Holiday Open House – All agesFind all of your holiday excitement on one farm. Come help decorate the Sherwood House for the holidays. Seasonal crafts, cookie decorating, hot cider, music, and visit with SANTA! Then stop by TALMAR for your tree & poinsettia! Reservations NOT required.$3 per person/$10 per family. You may pay at the door. Sherwood House
Sunday, December 3
at 1 to 2 PM
Nature Story Time – All agesListen to a story and meet one of our animal friends. $2 members/$4 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Wednesday, December 6
at 2-4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days!Help us remove invasive plants from the Park – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Saturday, December 9
at 1 to 3 PM
Tools of Bone – AdultsTools of bone represent some of mankind’s earliest technology. Learn how to make a simple bone tool.Space is limited! $2 members/$4 non-membersWillow Grove Primitive Tech Laboratory
Sunday, December 10
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Wellington Woods Winter Walk – AdultsJoin a Naturalist to make discoveries along the way.FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, December 16
at 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Holiday Centerpieces – Ages 13+It’s time to deck the halls! The fresh greens in your arrangement will bring the scent and beauty of the outdoors into your home. Please bring thin garden gloves if your hands are sensitive to the sap and prickles of the pines. $3 members/$5 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, December 16
at 2-4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days!Help us remove invasive plants from the Park – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Sunday, December 17
at 1 to 3 PM
Solstice Candle Making – Ages 8+Technically we are 4 days away from the first day of winter, but help make the longest night of the season a little brighter with a homemade candle.$4 members/$6 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Wednesday, December 20
at 2-4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days!Help us remove invasive plants from the Park – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Saturday, December 23
at 10 AM to 2 PM
Trivia Trail Trek - All agesPick up a self guided trail book, answer the trivia questions, and return to the Nature Center for your prize!  Reservations NOT required.FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, December 24
at 9 AM to noon
Visit the Nature CenterVisit the Nature Center and have a cup of hot chocolate or coffee on us! Reservations NOT required. FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Monday, 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 30
at 1 to 2 PM
Law of Claw & Fang – All agesJoin a Naturalist to learn about food chains and help us feed our animal collection.FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, December 31
at 9 AM to 12 PM
Visit the Nature CenterVisit the Nature Center and have a cup of hot chocolate or coffee on us! FREE! Reservations NOT required.Willow Grove Nature Center
Monday, January 1 Happy New Year! The Nature Center and Park Office will be closed, but the Park will be open for this Baltimore County Holiday.
Saturday, January 6
at 1 to 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-membersWillow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, January 7
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Winter Tree Identification – Ages 8+Join a Naturalist to discover our local trees. The East Coast has more types of trees than anywhere else in the U.S.! Dress for the weather. FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Wednesday, January 10
at 2-4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days!Help us remove invasive plants from the Park – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Saturday, January 13
at 1 to 3 PM
Gourd Bowls With Stone Tools – AdultsGourds were some of mankind’s earliest containers. Using flint, we will open and shape our containers and then decorate with ochre.Space is limited! $3 members/$5 non-membersWillow Grove Primitive Tech Laboratory
Saturday, January 13
at 2-4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days!Help us remove invasive plants from the Park – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Sunday, January 14
at 1 to 3 PM
Nature Quest Winter Hike – All agesPick 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, January 15 Happy Birthday Martin Luther King! The Nature Center and Park Office will be closed, but the Park will be open for this Baltimore County Holiday.
Wednesday, January 17
at 2-4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days!Help us remove invasive plants from the Park – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Saturday, January 20
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Animal Adaptations to Cold - All agesWhere 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
Sunday, January 21
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Edible Greens & Pizza In Winter - All agesYes, there are edible plants found in winter. Head out with a Naturalist to find them and use them for toppings on your pizza! Dress for the weather! $3 members/$5 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, January 27
at 1 to 3 PM
Build A Model Tree House – Ages 7+ with AdultLet your imagination soar while building a tree house using natural materials. For inspiration, we’ll first watch a clip of the best tree house ever, from the movie Swiss Family Robinson. We’ll provide the base and “tree” - you create the rooms. Space is limited! $5 members/$7 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, January 27
at 2-4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days!Help us remove invasive plants from the Park – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Sunday, January 28
at 1 to 2 PM
Winter Tales – Ages 3 to 10In years past, stories were shared to pass the winter months. Listen to some tales while sipping hot cocoa.$2 members/$4 non-membersWillow Grove Nature Center
Friday, February 2
at 5:30 to 7 PM
Woodchuck the Weather Man Night Hike – Ages 5+Is this true? Can the woodchuck tell the weather? Where did this myth come from? Join a Naturalist for a night hike to a groundhog burrow. Dress for the weather!$2 members/$4 non-membersWillow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, February 3
at 1 to 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-membersWillow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, February 4
at 1 to 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. $3 members/$5 non-members.Willow Grove Nature Center
Wednesday, February 7
at 2-4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days!Help us remove invasive plants from the Park – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Saturday, February 10 AND Sunday, February 11 Drop in anytime between 11 AM to 3 PM Maple Sugaring Weekend – All agesNative 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.FREE! Reservations NOT required. Willow Grove Nature Center
Saturday, February 10
at 2-4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days!Help us remove invasive plants from the Park – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Saturday, February 17
at 10 AM to 3 PM
Great Backyard Bird Count – Ages 8+Become a citizen scientist for a day as we collect data, look for birds, and discover ways to help our feathered friends. Reservations NOT required. FREE!Willow Grove Nature Center
Sunday, February 18
at 1 to 3 PM
Recycled Bird Feeders - All agesLearn about our feathered friends and then make a bird feeder, complete with bird seed!$2 members/$4 non-membersWillow Grove Nature Center
Monday, February 19 Happy 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 24
at 1 to 3 PM
Slate Composite Tools – Ages 10+Inuit people used slate extensively in the high arctic. Learn how to shape slate into useful tools.Space is Limited! $3 members/$5 non-membersWillow Grove Primitive Tech Laboratory
Saturday, February 24
at 2-4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days!Help us remove invasive plants from the Park – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Sunday, February 25
at 1 to 3 PM
Tracks on T-Shirts – All agesLearn to identify animals by the clues they leave behind and make your very own animal track t-shirt. You MUST bring a light color t-shirt from home.$2 members/$4 non-membersWillow Grove Nature Center
Wednesday, February 28
at 2-4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days!Help us remove invasive plants from the Park – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.

Updated November 18, 2017