CONTACT: 410-887-2503

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Photo by Bobby Phillips
Many thanks to Randall Peck for his photographs for our website use.

Our Mission

The Cromwell Valley Park Council (CPVC) is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the stewardship of Cromwell Valley Park as a public space for passive recreation and School Programs. The CVPC works in cooperation with the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and other entities to maintain, preserve and protect the natural environment and historic structures in the Park.

UPDATED 11/13/20 DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION:

  • THE PARK IS OPEN FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET.  Gates will be locked shortly after sunset.
  • Porta-potties are closed, so please plan accordingly.  NO PUBLIC RESTROOMS AVAILABLE!
  • Willow Grove Nature Center and the Sherwood House Office are CLOSED as of 11/16/20.
  • Hybrid and Virtual Nature Education Programming is available.   Please see our EVENTS AND PROGRAMS link at the top of this page.
  • NO BICYCLES are permitted on our trails.
  • The Park office may be reached at 410-887-2503 or info@cromwellvalleypark.org
All events require registration unless otherwise noted.

To register for an event, please go to https://cromwellvalleypark.campbrainregistration.com/

Herbs the Word

Ages 5+. Join our Naturalist as we make tea sandwiches using homemade herb butter and mint tea from the Children’s Garden. BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT Attendance: 15

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Let’s Celebrate International Mud Day! – WAITLIST ONLY

All Ages. Prepare to get messy as we wander in our Minebank Run. Along the way we’ll make mud pies and mud sculptures while enjoying mixing, molding, and playing with different soils and water. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet and muddy! BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT Attendance: 20

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Volunteer! Habitat Restoration Team Weed Warrior Day

Habitat Restoration Team - Weed Warrior Days! We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant/seed natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Saturdays from 10 AM - 12 PM on JUNE 12, JUNE 26, JULY 3, AUGUST 7, AUGUST 21. Meet at the…

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Free
Sherwood House, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road
Baltimore, MD 21234
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Animal Adaptations for Summer

All Ages. Learn how animals adapt to the summer heat and what they do to cool down. BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT Attendance: 20

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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4th of July Adventure Trek

All Ages. Your adventure starts at the Nature Center. Stop by to get started on a self-guided journey, and then return to the Nature Center to pick up your red, white, or blue prize. BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT Attendance: 50

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Happy 4th of July!

The Nature Center and Park Office will be closed, but the Park will be open for visitation on this Baltimore County Holiday.

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Berry-licious

Ages 5+. Wild berries are ripe for the picking! Join a Naturalist as we forage for berries to make berry shortcakes in our Earth Oven. BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT Attendance: 15

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Poisonous Plants and Animals

Ages 8+. Poison ivy, cherry leaves and nightshades are all poisonous; and the copperhead snake is under foot! Learn how to identify and avoid them. BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT Attendance: 20

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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WAITLIST ONLY – Ochre: Humanity’s Paint

Ages 8+. Join a Naturalist and learn the history of red ochre pigments used around the world. We’ll hike in Minebank Run to collect and process the rock into paint. Bring a bandana or white shirt to paint. Wear shoes that can get wet. BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT Attendance: 10

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$4
Primitive Technology Lab at Willow Grove, 2176 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234 United States
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WAITLIST ONLY – Frog Roundup

All Ages. Join a Naturalist as we hike to the bubbling Marble Springs in search of our “froggy friends.” Wear shoes that can get wet. BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT Attendance: 20

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Hours

Monday to Friday
9 am to 2 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Hours

Closed Monday
Tuesday to Sunday
9 am to 4 pm

In case of inclement weather, the Nature Center and activities follow the Baltimore County Schools. Check at Public Schools for latest info on closing. If closing early, all evening activities at the Park are cancelled.