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.

Links to printable versions of this calendar:    Spring    Summer

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
Saturdays, April 7 to October 20
9:30 to 11 AM
Children’s Garden Club – Ages 5 to 13 with AdultGrow vegetables, flowers, & herbs while exploring the natural world of our garden. Join us to play, learn, craft, & eat tasty foods you grow yourself. We meet approximately twice per month in the Children’s Garden at Willow Grove Nature Center. Only registered children may attend - no siblings.$35 members /$45 non-members for all sessions in the 2018 season.Children’s Garden
Thursdays, April 12 to October 18
9:30 to 11:00 AM
Adult Garden Club – Ages 18+Do you enjoy gardening but don’t have the space or a deer-proof fence? Join like-minded green thumbs (or beginner brown thumbs) twice a month to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers and tend to our community plots in our Garden. We’ll provide the seeds and seedlings for planting, and enjoy new recipes together with our harvest.$35 members /$45 non-members for all sessionsChildren’s Garden
Wednesday, May 23
2 to 4 PM
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.
Friday, May 25
8:30 to 9:30 PM
Full Flower Moon Night Hike and Campfire – Ages 5+Take a moonlit stroll and then gather around a campfire.FullWillow Grove
Nature Center
Saturday, May 26
8 to 10 AM
Saturday Morning Bird WalksJoin a Park volunteer for bird walks EVERY SATURDAY, March 31 through the May 26.FREE! Reservations NOT required.Meet at the
Willow Grove
Parking Lot
Saturday, May 26
9 to noon
Drop in Gardening! - Individuals/Families ages 13+Volunteers join us for a morning in the garden. We provide direction, gloves, tools and water. You bring a hat, sun screen and a little energy.FREE! Reservations NOT requiredChildren’s Garden
Saturday, May 26
1 to 3 PM
Girl Scouts Day - Ages 5-11Meet some of the amazing animals that call Maryland home, then head outside to explore their natural habitat. This program is for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Participants receive a Cromwell Valley Park patch.FullWillow Grove
Nature Center
Sunday, May 27
1 to 3 PM
Corn & Dog Roast – Ages 5+Join us for some fun and food! Native Americans ate corn and their dogs. We'll show you how to make and cook tortillas over an open flame, which can then be wrapped around a hotdog to enjoy.$3 members /$5 non-membersWillow Grove
Nature Center
Saturday, June 2
1 to 2:30 PM
Forest Animals and Their Tracks – All agesAnimals leave distinctive marks which tell you when, where, and who they are. Join a Naturalist to make a plaster cast of a track to take home.$3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Sunday, June 3
1 to 3 PM
Bark Baskets – Adults 18+.This is the best time of year to collect and construct a tulip tree bark basket. Bring a folding pocket knife, or fixed blade.$2 member/$4 non-members.Primitive Technology Laboratory
Wednesday, June 6
10AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.
Thursdays, Starting June 7 to October 18
9:30 to 11:00 AM
Adult Garden Club – Adults 18+Do you enjoy gardening but don't have the space or a deer-proof fence? Join like-minded green thumbs (or beginner brown thumbs) and tend to your own vegetable plot and community plots in our Children's Garden. We'll provide the seeds and seedlings for a summer and fall planting, and enjoy new recipes together with our harvest.$25 members/$35 non-members for 10 sessions.Children's Garden
Saturday, June 9
1 to 2:30 PM
Lady Bug Fun – Ages 4+The lady bug is not a bug at all; it is a beetle, and an important beetle at that! Learn what kinds are in the area, search for one with a Naturalist, and then make a craft.$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Sunday, June 10
1 to 2:00 PM
Identifying Pollinators – Ages 5+Without pollination we would have no food, no flowers, and no trees. Join a Naturalist to discover and identify the pollinators that live here.FREE!Nature Center
Saturday, June 16
10 AM to 3 PM
Nature Quest Hike – All agesCome to the Park with your Wegmans Nature Quest booklet (or get one here) and hike to find the Quest Trail marker. We'll supply the crayon to make your rubbing. Stop by the Nature Center after your self-guided tour to pick up your CVP sticker!Reservations NOT required. FREE!Nature Center
Saturday, June 16
10AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.
Sunday, June 17
1 to 2:30 PM
Geocaching with Dad – Ages 5+Join a Naturalist as we learn how to search for hidden caches in the Park. Be sure to bring your smart phone.FREE!Nature Center
Saturday, June 23
1 to 2:30 PM
Just for Kids ~ Insects – Ages 3 to 10What's an insect? Join a Naturalist to discover what an insect is and catch some creepy crawlies. You'll take home your own "pet beetle baby"!$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Saturday, June 23
10AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.
Sunday, June 24
1 to 3 PM
Earth Oven Pizza – Ages 5+Join a Naturalist to search for watercress and other edible plants to put on your own delicious personal pizza.$5 members/$7 non-members.Nature Center
Wednesday, June 27
10AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.
Friday, June 29
8 to 9:30 PM
Summer Solstice Bonfire – All agesJoin a Naturalist for some fun & S'mores around the campfire.$3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Saturday, June 30
10 AM to 3 PM
Summer Adventure Trek – All agesYour adventure begins at the Nature Center. Stop by to get started on a self guided journey, and then return to the center to pick up your prize.Reservations NOT required. FREE!Nature Center
Sunday, July 1
1 to 3 PM
Boy Scout Day – Wear your Uniform with Pride!This program is for Tigers, Wolves and Bears. Meet some of the amazing animals that call Maryland home, then head outside to explore their natural habitat. Participants will receive a Cromwell Valley Park Patch!$5 per Scout.Nature Center
Wednesday, July 4 Happy 4th of July! The Nature Center and Park Office will be closed, but the Park will be open for this Baltimore County Holiday.
Saturday, July 7
1 to 3 PM
Frog Round Up – All agesJoin a Naturalist as we hike to the bubbling Marble Springs in search of our froggy friends. Wear shoes that can get wet!$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Saturday, July 7
10AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.
Sunday, July 8
1 to 2:30 PM
Leaf Berry Collecting Container – Ages 8+Forest peoples use plants in amazing ways. Learn how to make your own tulip tree or sycamore container and collect fruit with a Naturalist.$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Wednesday, June 11
10AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.
Saturday, July 14
1 to 3 PM
Ochre: Humanity's Paint – Ages 8+Join a Naturalist and learn the history of red ochre pigments, used the world over. We'll hike in the Minebank Run to collect and process the rock into paint. Bring a bandana or white shirt to paint. Wear shoes that can get wet.$2 members/$4 non-members.Primitive Technology Laboratory
Sunday, July 15
1 to 3 PM
Wild Edibles – Adults 18+Many parts of plants are edible. Join a Naturalist to collect and cook what we find. $3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Saturday, July 21
1 to 2:30 PM
Mud and Fire ~ Part I - Adults 18+Using clay from White Marsh Run, you'll learn how native people made pottery using their tools and techniques.$2 members/$4 non-members.Primitive Technology Laboratory
Saturday, July 21
10AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.
Sunday, July 22
1 to 2:30 PM
Poisonous Plants & Animals – Ages 5+Poison Ivy, cherry leaves and nightshade are all poisonous; and the copperhead snake is under foot! Learn how to identify and avoid them.$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Wednesday, July 25
10AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.
Friday, July 27
8 to 9:30 PM
Moths in the Moonlight – All agesCome learn about these fabulous creatures of the night. After an indoor presentation about the impressive Saturniid Moths, we'll head outside to see what we can attract with bait and lights. $2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Sunday, July 28
1 to 2:30 PM
Just for Kids ~ "Little Free Library" Launch & Story Time – Ages 3 to 10Help us unveil our own new "LITTLE FREE LIBRARY". We'll start with story time then head to the stream to search for fish & critters that live in the water and under the rocks. Wear shoes that can get wet!$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Sunday, July 29
1 to 2:30 PM
Butterflies Like It HOT! – Ages 8+Join a Naturalist to identify and observe our butterflies! Learn why they prefer the "dog days of summer". Bring binoculars so we can see them up-close without disturbing them.FREE!Nature Center
Saturday, August 4
1 to 2:30 PM
Discovering Dragonflies – Ages 5+Did you know that the creature from Alien was partly based on insect lifecycles? Join us as we catch these creepy denizens of the pond. Wear shoes that can get wet.$2 members/$4 non-membersNature Center
Sunday, August 5
1 to 2:30 PM
Late Summer Wildflowers – AdultsJoin a Naturalist for a hike to discover the wildflowers of our fields and the story behind their names.FREE!Nature Center
Saturday, August 11
1 to 3 PM
Mud & Fire ~ Part II – Adults 18+A clay pot is just mud until it has been fired. Bring your pot from Part I and learn how pottery was fired on a campfire.$3 members/$5 non-members.Primitive Technology Laboratory
Sunday, August 12
1 to 2:30 PM
Go Wild for a Native! – Ages 8+If you plant it, they will come! Learn how to turn even the smallest corner of your yard into a wildlife oasis.$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Wednesday, August 15
10 AM to noon
Preserving the Harvest: Salsa! – Ages 5+Learn to can salsa using fresh ingredients from the Children's Garden. Participants will take home a jar of salsa!$3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Saturday, August 18
1 to 2 PM
Just for Kids ~ Animal Story Time – Ages 3 to 10Enjoy a story about our animal friends and make your own bookmark to take home!$2 members /$4 non-members.Nature Center
Saturday, August 18
10AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.
Sunday, August 19
1 to 3 PM
The Earth Oven and A to Z Pizza! – Ages 8+Join a Naturalist as we harvest fresh tomatoes and herbs from our Children's Garden to make sauce, and grind wheat berries to make flour for the crust.$5 members/$7 non-members.Nature Center
Wednesday, August 22
10 AM to noon
Preserving the Harvest: Pickle Party! – Ages 5+Learn to make refrigerator and heat-processed pickles using a variety of ingredients from the Children's Garden. Participants will take home their jarred pickles!$3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Wednesday, August 22
10AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.
Friday, August 24
8 to 9:30 PM
Owl Prowl – Ages 5+Join a Naturalist to call in the flying tiger of the forest ~ the great horned owl. Wear dark clothing and sturdy shoes.$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Saturday, August 25
1 to 3 PM
Migrating Monarchs – Ages 6+Learn about our tropical migrant. Help us capture and tag these creatures as they head south to Mexico.$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Saturday, August 25
10AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.
Sunday, August 26
1 to 2:30 PM
Stream Search – Ages 8+Join a Naturalist on a hot summer's day to search a stream for creatures great and small. We'll provide the nets. Wear shoes that can get wet.Free!Nature Center
Wednesday, August 29
10AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors.RSVP to Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the
Sherwood House
Parking Lot.

Updated May 21, 2018