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
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.
Saturday, September 1
1 - 3 PM
Hunt for the Wild Banana – Adults.Hike with a Naturalist to find one of Maryland’s native fruits ~ the Pawpaw ~ and then enjoy Pawpaw ice cream! This is a strenuous hike uphill ~ 3 miles round trip. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.$2 members/$4 non-members. Nature Center
Sunday, September 2
1 - 2:30 PM
Fairie Gardens – Ages 2 to 10.Welcome to the realm of Fairies! Make furniture for your own fairie garden and then head into the forest to share in the magic. Come dressed in your fairie finery! $2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Wednesday, September 5
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.
Friday, September 7
7 - 9 PM
Night Out with Nature: “Chesapeake Search Dogs” with Jay King - Adults.Spend your evening at Cromwell Valley Park with our guest speaker and enjoy dessert. Chesapeake Search Dogs is a fully volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit search dog organization dedicated to ensuring professionally trained canine search teams are available to search for lost or missing persons within the Chesapeake Bay and Southern Pennsylvania Region. Jay King, the organization’s Assistant Director of Operations and the team's Law Enforcement Liaison, will begin his presentation outside with his canine partner where he will lead a search demonstration. Then join him to hear more about the numerous ways the Chesapeake Search and Rescue Dog Association supports the local community and beyond. $10 per person.Sherwood House
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, September 8
1 - 3 PM
Traditional Gourd Instruments – Adults.Gourds have been used throughout cultures all over the world as both a functional tool, but also to make music. Learn how to craft this useful plant into a traditional instrument.$3 members/$5 non-members.Primitive Tech Laboratory
Sunday, September 9
1 - PM
From Flint to Flame – Ages 10+ with adult.Learn to make fire using a variety of traditional methods.$2 members/$4 non-members.Nature Center
Wednesday, Sept. 12
Thursday, Sept. 13
Friday, Sept. 14
10 AM to 1 PM
Trail Guide Training! - Adults.We are looking for volunteers to help teach about nature! We will meet on Sept. 12 at Marshy Point; Sept. 13 at Cromwell Valley Park; and Sept. 14 at Oregon Ridge Park. Trail guides work with programs, special events and animal care. Training will familiarize you with our most popular programs and 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 Oregon Ridge Park to hike to Ivy Hill pond and learn the history of Ivy Hill Forest. New guides pay a $5 tuition fee. Please call to reserve your space!  
Saturday, September 15
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, September 15 AND Sunday, September 16 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
Friday, September 21
7:30 - 9 PM
Autumn Solstice Bonfire & Smores – Ages 5+.Join a Naturalist for some fun around the campfire.$3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Saturday, September 22
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, September 22
1 - 2:30 PM
Bees Wax Bowls – Ages 8+.Honey bees provide us with many benefits. Learn about our relationship with these social insects and craft a small bowl from their wax.$3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Sunday, September 23
11 AM
A Walk in the Park & Nature Quest Hike – 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
Tuesdays, Sept 25 - Oct 30
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Polliwog Preschool Club – Ages 2 to 5 with AdultDiscovering 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. Non-mobile siblings only, parent/guardian must be an active participant. Dress for the outdoors.$20 members /$30 non-members for 6 sessions. Register for ONE series only.Nature Center
Wednesdays, Sept 26 - Oct 31
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Wednesday, September 26
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, September 29
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, September 29
1 - 2:30 PM
Monarch Madness – Ages 5+Join a Park Naturalist to learn about and tag this migratory butterfly!$3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Sunday, September 30
1 PM to 2:30 PM
Apple Press & Prints – Ages 2 to 10Discover the true story of Johnny Appleseed and try squeezing some cider at the apple press. Use apples to make your very own hand-printed craft to take home.$3 members/$5 non-members.Nature Center
Wednesday, October 3
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.
Friday, October 5
7 - 9 PM
Night Out with Nature: "Game Wardens ~ The Thin Green Line" with Loren Lustig – Adults.Spend your evening at Cromwell Valley Park with our guest speaker and enjoy dessert. What happens to Game Wardens when they are out and about in the forests and aquatic areas of the Commonwealth? There is nothing unique about the PA experience for such Officers. The very same joys and sorrows would be experienced by the Maryland DNR Police. Loren promises a "boat load" of true stories, some of which will be humorous, some ridiculous, and some tragic. Loren Lustig became a dedicated and lifelong conservationist as a young child growing up in northern Illinois. He now lives with his wife, Louise, on a farm north of Gettysburg, PA. $10 per person.Sherwood House
Saturday, October 6
1 - 3 PM
Hiking Sticks – AdultsMake one of our ancestors' earliest tools to help you on your next hike.$2 members/$4 non-members.Primitive Tech Laboratory
Saturday, October 13
10 AM to 4 PM
Fall Harvest Festival – All agesJoin 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
(Rain Date: Sunday, October 14)
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 Aug 9, 2018