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).

Links to printable version:    Summer

Date, time Activity, appropriate ages Description Fee, reservations Place
Thursdays, Starting June 1 to October 19
at 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) 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. $35 members/$45 non-members for 10 sessions (6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21, 10/5 & 10/19) Children’s Garden at Willow Grove Farm
Sunday, August 13
at 1 to 3 PM
Earth Oven Pizza – All ages 3+. Harvest fresh vegetables and herbs from our Children’s Garden to make your own pizza in our Earth Oven. $5 members /$7 non-members. Nature Center
Wednesday, August 16
at 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
Wednesday, August 16
at 10 AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days - We will remove invasive plants from the Park, plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Free, reservations not required, but RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Saturday, August 19
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Go Native! - All ages 8+. If you plant it, they will come! Learn how to turn even the smallest corner of your yard into a vibrant habitat for pollinators and other wildlife by planting native flowers, shrubs, and trees. $2 members /$4 non-members. Nature Center
Saturday August 19
at 10 AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days - We will remove invasive plants from the Park, plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Free, reservations not required, but RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Sunday, August 20
at 1 to 3 PM
Cold Blooded Creatures on a Hot Summer Day - All ages 8+. We have many snakes that inhabit Cromwell Valley. Join a Naturalist to see our collection and then go for a snake hunt. $2 members /$4 non-members. Nature Center
Wednesday, August 23
at 10 AM to 12
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 jars! $3 members /$5 non-members. Nature Center
Saturday, August 26
at 9 AM to 3 PM
Dam Jam – All ages. Join us for a celebration of our local reservoirs. Music, food, animal talks, history hikes, tours of the Loch Raven Dam, and more! FREE! Reservations NOT required. Nature Center
Saturday August 26
at 10 AM to noon
Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days - We will remove invasive plants from the Park, plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Free, reservations not required, but RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Sunday, August 27
at 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Make Mine for Monarchs – Ages 5+. Wander through our Children’s Garden to learn what plants support all the stages of the monarch butterfly lifecycle. Then tag and release these majestic beauties for their migration to Mexico. $2 members /$4 non-members. Nature Center
Saturday, September 2
at 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. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Saturday, September 2
at 1 to 3 PM
Painting With Rocks and Minerals – All ages 8+ Search a stream for naturally occurring pigments. Bring a t-shirt or bandana. Wear shoes that can get wet. $2 members/$4 non-members Primitive Tech Laboratory
Sunday, September 3
at 11 AM to 1 PM
Animal Encounter - All ages Stop in the Nature Center to meet some of the critters that call Cromwell Valley Park home. FREE! Reservations NOT required Nature Center
Friday, September 8
at 7 to 9 PM
Night Out With Nature: "Homesteading On An Acre" – Adults. The dream of leading a rewarding, self-sufficient lifestyle close to the earth is achievable on less land that you may have imagined! An acre is all you need to produce an abundance of healthy, organic food to nourish your family and friends. In 2014 two Naturalists fell in love, and equipped with big dreams, a pocket full of seeds, and a lonely white hen, they created The Hippy Homestead. Today they grow healthy, organic food for a family of five, raise a flock of free range poultry, and open their teaching "farm on an acre" to over 600 like-minded learners a year. $10 per person Sherwood House
Saturdays, Starting September 2
at 8 to 10 AM
Saturday Morning Bird Walks – All ages Join a Park volunteer for bird walks weekly (except for 9/9) until October 28th. FREE! Reservations NOT required. Meet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot.
Saturday, September 9
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Insect Safari - All ages 3+. We’ll grab our nets and head to the field for a visit with the most abundant creatures on the planet. Then we’ll head back to the Nature Center to create an insect of our own! $2 members/$4 non-members Nature Center
Sunday, September 10
at 1 to 3 PM
Hunt for the Wild Banana – Ages 16+ Hike with a Naturalist to find one of Maryland’s native fruits ~ the Pawpaw ~ and then make Pawpaw ice cream! Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. $2 members/$4 non-members Nature Center
Wednesday, Sept 13
at 10 AM - 12
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. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Thursday, Sept. 14
Friday, Sept. 15
at 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Trail Guide Training! - Adults We are looking for volunteers to help teach about nature! We will meet on Sept. 13 at Marshy Point, Sept. 14 at Cromwell Valley Park, and Sept. 15 at Fort Garrison. Trail guides work with school programs, special events and animal care. Training will familiarize you with our most popular programs, the ecology of Cromwell Valley and Marshy Point. Each day will feature new subjects and techniques to enjoy the great outdoors. Breakfast, snacks & coffee provided, but bring your lunch and drinks for carpool trip to Hemlock Gorge. New guides pay a $5 tuition fee. Please call to reserve your space!
Saturday, September 16
Sunday, Sept 17
starting at 9 AM
Hawk Watch Weekend! – All ages Join Park volunteers and participate in Citizen Science to help us count the Broad-winged Hawks as they migrate through the Valley. Free! Reservations NOT required. Willow Grove Hawk Watch Site
Sunday, September 17
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Birds of Prey – All ages Discover the survival strategies of these hunters and then get up close and personal with a live bird! $2 members/$4 non-members. Nature Center
Friday, September 22
at 7:30 to 9 PM
Autumn Solstice Bonfire & S'mores – All ages 5+ Join a Naturalist for some fun around the campfire. $3 members/$5 non-members. Nature Center
Saturday, September 23
at 9 AM to 12
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 required Children’s Garden
Saturday, September 23
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Johnny Appleseed - All ages 3+ Johnny Appleseed spread apples across the land. Hear his legend, press your own apple cider, and make a craft to take home. $3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Saturday, September 23
at 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. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Sunday, September 24
at 1 to 3 PM
Monarch Madness - All ages Join a Park Naturalist to learn about and tag this migratory butterfly! $3 members/$5 non-members Nature Center
Wednesday, Sept 27
at 10 am-12
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. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Saturday, September 30
at 9 AM to 12
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 required Children’s Garden
Saturday, September 30
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Arachnophobia – All ages 5+ Let our Naturalist put your mind to ease about these eight-legged bugs. Learn the common spiders of Maryland and how they are helpful to our environment. $2 members/$4 non-members Nature Center
Sunday, October 1
at 11 AM
A Walk in the Park – All ages Start the beginning of autumn by enjoying the great outdoors! Join a Naturalist for a hike to enjoy the fall splendor on our way to the Nature Quest markers. FREE! Reservations NOT required. Nature Center
Friday, October 6
at 7 to 9 PM
Night Out With Nature: "A Pictorial Tour of Maryland’s Natural Areas" – Adults Robert Crook, a frequent visitor to our Park and long-time photographer, will take us on a visual journey through some of the most beautiful local natural areas which include Gunpowder Falls State Park, Soldier’s Delight Natural Environment Area, Eden Mill Nature Center, Conowingo Dam, and our very own Cromwell Valley Park. He will share his stunning photographs of native flora and fauna while discussing details of his time spent in nature. Special focus will be placed on dragonflies, caterpillars, moths and butterflies as Mr. Crook describes his experiences using a macro lens to capture shots of these smaller creatures. Get ready to see nature like you never have before!? $10 per person Sherwood House
Saturday, October 7
at 1 to 3 PM
From Flint to Flame – All ages 10+ with adult Humans are the only creatures on planet Earth that make and use fire. Learn to make fire using a variety of traditional methods. $2 members/$4 non-members. Primitive Tech Laboratory
Sunday, October 8
at 1 to 3 PM
Hike to Towson Run Stream – Ages 16+ This guided hike will take you to the Barrans-Baldwin Trail at the back of the Park. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. FREE! Nature Center
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
October 10 to Nov 15
at 10:30 to 11:30 AM
Polliwog Preschool Club – Ages 2 to 5 with Adult Discovering nature is a lifelong journey. In this class you and your little one will explore the natural world through hands-on activities, nature play, stories and crafts. Only registered child may attend - no siblings. Dress for the outdoors. $20 members/ $30 non-members for 6 sessions. Register for ONE session only. Nature Center
Saturday, October 14
at 10 AM to 4 PM
(Rain Date: Sunday, October 15)
Fall Harvest Festival – All ages Join us for family fun in the Valley! Pony & Hay Rides, Music, Earth Oven Cooking, Apple Pressing, Apple Butter Making, Face Painting, Beekeeping, Family Games & Crafts, Native American Activities, Food and 4-H Animals! Reservations NOT required. Suggested donation is $5 per car Willow Grove Farm
Saturday, October 14
at 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. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Wednesday, October 18
at 10 AM-12
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. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Saturday, October 21
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Earth Oven Bread – All ages 8+ Discover the secret of no-knead bread that you can make at home. We will bake a loaf here in our wood fired Earth Oven. $4 members/$6 non-members. Nature Center
Sunday, October 22
at noon to 2 PM
Nature Quest Fest at Lake Roland - All ages Complete at least 5 trails in your Nature Quest Passport to receive free admission to this exciting event. Activities will include canoeing, dam tours, live animals, and more! Pick up your Quest Passport at Wegmans grocery stores and our Nature Center. $5 per person, or FREE with Quest course completion. Reservations NOT required Lake Roland Park
Wednesday, October 25
at 10 AM -12
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. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Friday, October 27
at 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Spooky Stories Campfire and S'mores - All ages 8+ Swap terrifying tales around a campfire and then enjoy a sweet treat. Come prepared with a (not too) scary story to share! $3 members/$5 non-members Nature Center
Saturday, October 28
at 9 AM to 12
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 required Children’s Garden
Saturday, October 28
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Paint a Pumpkin – All ages 2+ Choose a pumpkin to decorate from our "pumpkin patch". $3 members/$5 non-members PER PUMPKINNature Center
Sunday, October 29
at 1 to 2 PM
Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog – All ages 5+ Some creatures considered "creepy" have amazing adaptations. Learn why there is no reason to fear these critters. $2 members/$4 non-members Nature Center
Friday, November 3
at & 7 to 9 PM
Night Out With Nature: "Living with Squirrels ~ Friends or Foes?" – Adults. Loren Lustig became a dedicated and lifelong conservationist as a young child growing up in northern Illinois. His daybreak fishing trips (with father and brother) were absolutely unforgettable. A major development in his life and career came when he was appointed as a Wildlife Biologist working with Dr. Vagn Flyger at the University of Maryland. After 5 years working with Dr. Flyger, Loren began his lifelong passion for Environmental Education. Loren met his wife, Louise, at a science learning center in the Black Hills of South Dakota and they now live on a farm north of Gettysburg, PA. Loren has taken many steps to increase the number and type of squirrels living with him on his farm. This would include hanging nesting boxes, planting nut producing trees, and providing supplemental food (corn) during the winter time. The resident squirrels have fully reimbursed Mr. Lustig through their amazing acrobatic stunts and their fascinating interactions and antics. $10 per person Sherwood House
Saturday, November 4
at 1 to 3 PM
Hiking Sticks – All ages 10 + Make one of our ancestors' earliest tools to help you on your next hike. $2 members/$4 non-members Primitive Tech Laboratory
Sunday, November 5
at 1 to 3 PM
Hike Through History – All ages 16+ Join a Naturalist to learn who called Cromwell Valley home before it was a Park. $2 members/$4 non-members Nature Center
Wednesday, November 8
at 10 am - 12
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. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Thursday, November 9
at 10:30 to 11:30 AM
Project Feeder Watch Training - Adults Count birds for science, but first, attend this training to learn how! After the training, we will meet weekly at the Nature Center on Tuesdays OR Thursdays for your 1 hour shift beginning on 11/14 until 4/5. FREE! Reservations NOT required Nature Center
Saturday, November 11
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Natural Art – All ages 8+ Make arts and crafts using materials from nature. $3 members/$5 non-members Nature Center
Saturday, November 11
at 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. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Sunday, November 12
at 1 to 3 PM
Native Americans of Maryland – All ages 5+ Native people hunted, fished and grew crops. Join a Park Naturalist to try out the tools they used ~ bows, arrows, spears and rabbit sticks. FREE!Nature Center
Wednesday, November 15
at 10 MA - 12
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. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Friday, November 17
at 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Beaver Moon Hike – All ages 8+ Learn how the beaver builds its home and then hike with a Naturalist to find signs of these resident rodents. $2 members/$4 non-members Nature Center
Saturday, November 18
at 1 to 2:30 PM
Let’s Talk Turkey - All ages Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national symbol. Meet our live turkey and learn what makes them special. $2 members/$4 non-members Nature Center
Saturday, November 18
at 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. Questions? Please contact Laurie Taylor-Mitchell Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot.
Sunday, November 19
at 1 to 3 PM
Fort Garrison Feast – All ages 10+ The fort was built on the Maryland frontier in 1693. Meet the Rangers and find out how they lived and what they ate. Limited to 10 people! Reservations required. Directions given at time of registration. Don't miss this once a year event! $12 members/$15 non-membersHistoric Fort Garrison
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

Updated August 13, 2017