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:    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
Saturdays, Starting September 8
8 - 10 AM
Saturday Morning Bird Walks – All ages.Join a Park volunteer for bird walks on September 8, 22, & 29; October 6, 20, & 27.FREE! Reservations NOT required.Meet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot.
Saturday, October 20
1 PM to 2:30 PM
Paint a Pumpkin – Ages 2+Choose a pumpkin from our "pumpkin patch" to decorate.$3 members/$5 non-members PER PUMPKIN.Nature Center
Sunday, October 21
12 PM to 2 PM
Nature Quest Fest at Lake Roland - All agesComplete 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
Friday, October 26
7:30 - 9 PM
Spooky Stories Campfire and S'mores - Ages 8+.Swap spine-tingling 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 27
9 AM 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 required.Children's Garden
Saturday, October 27
1 - 3 PM
Bucks, Deer & Antlers – Ages 5+Join a Park Naturalist to look for signs of deer and make a venison taco back at the Nature Center.$3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Sunday, October 28
11 AM to 3 PM
Self-Guided Halloween Treat Trek – All ages.Bring your whole family to the Nature Center, where your adventure will begin. Follow clues on this self-guided journey and then return to the center for a treat! Reservations NOT required.$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Friday, November 2
7 - 9 PM
Night Out with Nature "Rumor or Fact? A Town Under Loch Raven Reservoir" with Cynthia Mann - Adults.Spend your evening at Cromwell Valley Park with our guest speaker and enjoy dessert. Ever drive over the Warren Road Bridge crossing the Loch Raven Reservoir and wonder if the large water expanse has always been there? Ever wonder what else could have been there? Cynthia Mann, a researcher and volunteer with the Historical Society of Baltimore County, will share with us an illustrated presentation on Loch Raven Reservoir and the "lost" town of Warren. The program will cover the time period from 1800’s until the 1920’s, at which time the town was eliminated to make way for our drinking water supply.$10 per person.Sherwood House
Saturday, November 3
1 - 3 PM
Sling Making – AdultsThe sling is one of man’s oldest weapons – think "David and Goliath", and it was used on many different continents for warfare and hunting. Come make your very own!$2 members/$4 non-members.Primitive Tech Laboratory
Sunday, November 4
1 - 2:30 PM
Earth Oven Bread – 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
Wednesday, November 7
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.
Thursday, November 8
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Project Feeder Watch Training - AdultsCount 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 11/13 until 4/4.FREE! Reservations NOT required.Nature Center
Saturday, November 10
1 - 3 PM
Our Feathered Friends – Ages 5+Learn more about the birds who will call Cromwell Valley Park home throughout the oncoming winter and then make a bird feeder.$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Sunday, November 11
1 - 3 PM
Native Americans of Maryland – 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 14
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, November 17
1 - 2:30 PM
Let’s Talk Turkey - All ages.Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national symbol. Meet our resident wild turkeys and learn what makes them special.$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Sunday, November 18
1 - 3 PM
Fort Garrison Feast – 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-members.Historic Fort Garrison
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.

Updated Oct 5, 2018