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, February 4
at 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Pets On Parade – All ages.Grab your furry friend for a pet friendly hike with a Naturalist (pets must be leashed).Free!Willow Grove
Nature Center
Sunday, February 5
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Woodchuck the Weather Man – All ages.Can Punxsutawney Phil or Gus predict the weather? Learn some fun facts about this amazing animal and go in search of his home.$2 members/$4 non-members.Willow Grove
Nature Center
Friday, February 10
at 7 PM to 8:30 PM
The Full Hunger Moon Night Hike – All ages 5+.This is the time of the year when native people survived on their winter stores of food. Join us as we travel to make fire and share some of that food.$2 members / $4 non-members.Willow Grove
Nature Center
Saturday, February 11
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Digging Sticks – Ages 8+.Native people used them to uproot edible roots in early spring and to dig tubers out of the ground and to plant their crops. Make your own stick to take home. Space is Limited!$4 members/$6 non-members.Primitive Tech
Laboratory
Sunday, February 12
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Mayan Chocolate Making - All 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-members.Willow Grove
Nature Center
Saturday, February 18
at 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Dead Leaves, Cheese, Butter and Kimchi - All ages 8+.What do they have in common? Fermentation of course! Learn how fermentation allows the planet to work, and then make your own fermenter. Bring a one gallon jug. Space is Limited!$3 members/ $5 non-members.Primitive Tech
Laboratory
Sunday, February 19
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Tracks on T-Shirts – All ages.Learn 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-members.Willow Grove
Nature Center
Saturday, February 25Maple Sugaring Weekend – All ages. Drop in anytime between 11 AM to 3 PMNative 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
Sunday, February 26
Friday, March 3
9 p.m.
Night out with nature - For adults
"Dinosaurs in Maryland" - Dr. Kranz is a paleontologist and noted expert on Maryland’s dinosaurs. He has worked with museums, universities, and scientists throughout the world and has collected fossils on every continent in the northern hemisphere. His work involves “Dinosaur Park”, a unique site in Laurel Maryland, which preserves a rare deposit of fossils and early Cretaceous period. He also manages The Dinosaur Fund, a not-for-profit organization to help raise money for dinosaur research.
$10 per person, $15 per couple, reservations neededSherwood House
Saturday, March 4
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Winter Wreaths – All ages 8+.Help a Naturalist prune the Park’s native berry vines and make a wreath to take home from the trimmings. Bring sturdy/work gloves (to rub off the thorns) and, if you are partial to your own clippers, bring them, to.o$2 members /$4 non-membersNature Center
Sunday, March 5
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Girl Scout Day - Ages 5-11.Meet 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. $3 members /$5 non-membersNature Center
Friday, March 10
at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Full Sap Moon Hike – All ages.Join a Naturalist for a hike as we discover why Native Americans needed to tap the sugar maple.$2 members /$4 non-membersNature Center
Saturday, March 11
at 1 PM to 3 PM
A Big Dam Hike – All ages 8+.Join a Naturalist for a hike to Loch Raven Dam. Moderate difficulty; please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.$2 members /$4 non-membersNature Center
Sunday, March 12
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Blue Bird Box Building – All ages 8+.Help the Eastern Bluebird! Build a house to take home & learn installation, maintenance, and habitat requirements. All tools and materials are provided.$15 members /$20 non-membersNature Center
Saturday, March 18
at 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Keeping Backyard Chickens – All ages 8+.Learn how to keep and raise chickens in this workshop.$2 members /$4 non-membersNature Center
Sunday, March 19
at 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Plan Bee – Ages 5+.Learn all about bees including the native species such as the Mason & Leafcutter bees. You’ll do your part in supporting the habitat of these low-maintenance insects by creating a nesting can for your yard.$3 members /$5 non-membersNature Center
Wednesday, March 22, Thursday, March 23 & Friday, March 24
at 10 AM to 1 PM
Trail Guide Training ~ New Year, New Look! - Adults.We are looking for volunteers to help teach about nature! We will meet on March 22 at Marshy Point, March 23 at Cromwell Valley Park, and March 24 at Hemlock Gorge. Trails guides work with 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 the trip to Hemlock Gorge.New guides pay a $5 tuition fee.Please call to reserve your space!
Saturday, March 25
at 9 AM to 12 PM
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, March 25
at 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Traps, Triggers & Dead Falls – Ages 8+.For thousands of years, these hunting devices have been used all around the world. Learn to make and set dead fall traps using local natural materials.$2 members /$4 non-membersPrimitive Tech Laboratory
Sunday, March 26
at 10 AM to 3 PM
Spring Adventure Trek - All ages 3+.Your adventure begins at the nature center. Stop by to get started on a self-guided journey around the park. Afterwards, return to the nature center to receive a prize.FREE!Nature Center
Saturdays, April 1 though May 27
at 8 AM to 10 AM
Saturday Morning Bird WalksJoin a Park volunteer for bird walks EVERY SATURDAY, April 1 through the May 27.FREE! Reservations NOT requiredMeet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot.
Saturday, April 1
at 9 AM to 12 PM
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, April 1
at 1 PM to 2 PM
Animal Tricks – All ages.Animals play dead, freeze in place, or match their surroundings to survive. Join a Naturalist as we learn about animals and their tricks!$2 members /$4 non-membersNature Center
Sunday, April 2
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Cheese Making for Beginners – Ages 8+. Learn to transform local milk into delicious mozzarella and ricotta cheese!$10 members /$15 non-membersNature Center
Thursdays, Starting April 6 to October 19
at 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Home School Garden Club – Ages 8 to 13 with Adult.Environmental science, farming practices, nutrition, cooking and lots of hard work all wrapped up in a fun package called "Home School Garden Club”. Grow your own vegetables, herbs and flowers in ways that protect and support our natural resources, then head to the kitchen to sample our bounty. We meet twice a 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 2017 season
Children’s Garden
Friday, April 7
7-9 p.m.
Night out with nature - For adults
"Chasing Springtime across Maryland" - Bryan MacKay has been exploring Maryland on foot and by canoe, kayak and bicycle for almost forty years. He loves the ever-changing cycle of the season, and is especially enchanted by the plants and animals that share the Free State with us. Tonight he will focus on wildflowers, other plants, and wildlife that appear in our Parks, and will give advice on the best places to see them. Bryan is a senior lecturer (now emeritus) at UMBC, where he taught ecology, field biology, plant biology and trail hiking. He will have copies of his most recent book, "A Year Across Maryland", available for purchase and signing after the presentation.
$10 per person, $15 per couple, reservations neededSherwood House
Saturday, April 8
at 10 AM to 12 PM
Egg Hunt - all agesFun for the entire family! Kids ages 3 to 10 can search for candy filled eggs, visit with the 4-H Rabbits, play family games and dye eggs. See website for more details. Reservations NOT required.$5 per car donation appreciatedSherwood House Lawn.
Saturday, April 8 (though May 27)
at 8 AM to 10 AM
Saturday Morning Bird WalksJoin a Park volunteer for bird walks EVERY SATURDAY.FREE! Reservations NOT requiredMeet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot.
Saturdays, Starting April 8 to October 21Children’s Garden Club – Ages 5 to 13 with Adult.Grow 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 twice per month in the Children’s Garden at Willow Grove Nature Center. Only registered children may attend - no siblings. Choose one of two sessions (25 max. per session). 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM OR 10:45 AM - 12 PM.$35 members/ $45 non-members for all sessions in the 2017 seasonChildren’s Garden
Sunday, April 9
at 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Signs of Spring Hike – All ages 5+.Join a Naturalist to search for birds, bees and buds!$2 members /$4 non-membersNature Center
Friday, April 14
at 8 PM to 9:30 PM
The Full Fish Moon – All ages.Migrations of fish traveled our waterways to spawn in April. Join a Naturalist for an amphibian night hike. Wear shoes and or boots that can get wet.$3 members /$5 non-membersNature Center
Saturday, April 15
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Natural Dyes – All ages 5+.Before commercial dyes, bright hues were derived from plants, animals, and minerals found in nature. Learn to make your own natural dyes. Bring a dozen hard boiled eggs or a small piece of fabric to dye.$3 members /$5 non-membersPrimitive Tech Laboratory
Saturday, April 15 (though May 27)
at 8 AM to 10 AM
Saturday Morning Bird WalksJoin a Park volunteer for bird walks EVERY SATURDAY.FREE! Reservations NOT requiredMeet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot.
Sunday, April 16
at 10 AM to 3 PM
Nature Quest Hike – All ages.Your Quest adventure begins here! Pick up your PASSPORT and make a rubbing of the trail name on the corresponding trail page. Once you collect at least five trail rubbings, stop by any of the County Parks listed to collect a prize, and become eligible to attend the QUEST FEST for free in the fall.Reservations NOT required. FREE!Nature Center
Wednesdays, April 19 - May 24
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 children may attend - no siblings. Dress for the outdoors.$20 members/$30 non-members
for 6 sessions
Nature Center
Saturday, April 22
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Earth Day Planting – All ages.Be prepared to get dirty! Learn about native flowers and help us plant some around the Nature Center to attract local wildlife.FREE!Nature Center
Saturday, April 22 (though May 27)
at 8 AM to 10 AM
Saturday Morning Bird WalksJoin a Park volunteer for bird walks EVERY SATURDAY.FREE! Reservations NOT requiredMeet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot.
Sunday, April 23
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Earth Oven Pizza – All ages 3+.Join a Naturalist to collect spring cress to put on your very own personal pizza.$4 members /$6 non-membersNature Center
Saturday, April 29
at 9 AM to 12 PM
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, April 29
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Amazing Amphibians! – All ages.Grab a net and join our Naturalist as we discover which amphibians are out and about.$2 members /$4 non-membersNature Center
Saturday, April 29 (though May 27)
at 8 AM to 10 AM
Saturday Morning Bird WalksJoin a Park volunteer for bird walks EVERY SATURDAY.FREE! Reservations NOT requiredMeet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot.
Sunday, April 30
at 1 PM to 2 PM
Pre-K Possum Tale – Ages 2 to 5.Join us to meet “Pouchy”, our very own possum, and hear the story of how the possum lost its beautiful furry tail. You will make a craft and enjoy a snack. Parent MUST stay.$2 members /$4 non-membersNature Center
Friday, May 5
7-9 p.m.
Night out with nature - For adults
"The Role of Connection to Nature on Psychological Well-being and Spirituality" - Most of us feel better after a walk outdoors or at the sight of something beautiful in nature. Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan has studied extensively the connection between our well being and nature and will discuss how nature impacts human resilience and overall mental health, and the role of spirituality in this relationship. Dr. Schreiber-Pan is a successful psychotherapist in private practice and is an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University and received her PhD in Counseling Psychology, with a specialty in Spiritual Integration.
$10 per person, $15 per couple, reservations neededSherwood House
Saturday, May 6 (though May 27)
at 8 AM to 10 AM
Saturday Morning Bird WalksJoin a Park volunteer for bird walks EVERY SATURDAY.FREE! Reservations NOT requiredMeet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot.
Saturday, May 6
at 10 AM to 4 PM
Primitive Technology Weekend - All ages.You are invited to the Willow Grove Nature Center’s Annual Primitive Technology Workshop for the purpose of sharing knowledge and hands-on experience in the replication of items composed of stone, bone, wood, and natural fibers.FREE! Reservations NOT requiredWillow Grove Farm
Sunday, May 7
at 10 AM to 4 PM
Friday, May 12
at 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Full Flower Moon Night Hike and Campfire – All ages 5+.Take a moonlit stroll and then gather around a campfire.$3 members /$5 non-membersNature Center
Saturday, May 13
at 11 AM to 4 PM
TALMAR GARDENS Mothers Day Plant Sale - All ages!TALMAR invites you to purchase your flowers, vegetables, & herbs at our annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale. Come check it out & support their programs that serve wounded warriors and people of all abilitiesFreeTALMAR Gardens (use the Sherwood Farm Entrance and follow the signs).
Saturday, May 13
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Plant Swap – All ages 3+.The best plants don’t always come from the garden center. Bring your labeled seeds, divisions, and cuttings to swap and share.FREE! Reservations NOT requiredNature Center
Saturday, May 13 (though May 27)
at 8 AM to 10 AM
Saturday Morning Bird WalksJoin a Park volunteer for bird walks EVERY SATURDAY.FREE! Reservations NOT requiredMeet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot.
Sunday, May 14
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Mother’s Day Tea - All ages 8+.Celebrate the mom in your life by sharing Mother Earth’s tea. Learn the health benefits of natural tea, gather local plants, and then enjoy a hot cup!$2 members /$4 non-membersNature Center
Sunday, May 14
at 11 AM to 4 PM
TALMAR GARDENS Mothers Day Plant Sale - All ages!TALMAR invites you to purchase your flowers, vegetables, & herbs at our annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale. Come check it out & support their programs that serve wounded warriors and people of all abilitiesFreeTALMAR Gardens (use the Sherwood Farm Entrance and follow the signs).
Saturday, May 20
at 9:30 AM – 11 AM
Discovering Orioles – All ages 5+.Join a Naturalist for an intimate glimpse into the nesting habits of our resident Baltimore Orioles.$2 members /$4 non-membersNature Center
Saturday, May 20 (though May 27)
at 8 AM to 10 AM
Saturday Morning Bird WalksJoin a Park volunteer for bird walks EVERY SATURDAY.FREE! Reservations NOT requiredMeet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot.
Sunday, May 21
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Færies and Elves of the Forest – All ages 3+.Kubiando! Welcome to the realm of the færies! Make a wand and crown and then head into the forest to share in the magic. Come dressed in your færie finery.$2 members /$4 non-membersNature Center
Saturday, May 27
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Spring Wildflower Walk – All ages.Spring has sprung and so have our native plants and wildflowers. Join us for a walk to learn their names, uses and lore.$2 members /$4 non-membersNature Center
Saturday, May 27
at 8 AM to 10 AM
Saturday Morning Bird WalksJoin a Park volunteer for bird walks EVERY SATURDAY.FREE! Reservations NOT requiredMeet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot.
Sunday, May 28
at 1 PM to 3 PM
Garlic Mustard Pull & Pesto – All ages 5+. Grab your work gloves and join us as we pull this invasive weed. Then follow us back to the kitchen to learn how to turn this pest into delicious garlic mustard pesto!$3 members /$5 non-membersNature Center

Updated Jan 28, 2017