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Event Calendar

ALL PROGRAMS REQUIRE REGISTRATION UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

WINTER 2020:   Registration for December 2019, January 2020 and February 2020 events and programs begins on Wednesday, November 13th at 9:00 a.m.

For a complete listing of Winter 2020 Programs, CLICK HERE.

Registration may be made on-line at https://cromwellvalleypark.campbrainregistration.com/

  • Your reservation MUST be paid in full by 12 PM the Thursday prior to the scheduled program, or within 5 days of your reservation being accepted if made via email or phone.
  • Our programs begin promptly at the specified time, so please arrive 5 minutes early to check-in at our Nature Center.
  • Children under the age of 18  MUST be accompanied by, and under the supervision of, an adult.
  • All payments are considered donations and non-refundable unless CVP cancels the program.
  • All programs/events are held “RAIN OR SHINE” unless a rain date is specified.  Program Naturalists will contact registered participants ONLY in the event of cancellation at least 1 hour prior to the program start.
  • Pets are not allowed during scheduled public programs.  NO PETS PLEASE.

Holiday Centerpieces

Saturday, December 14 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM Holiday Centerpieces – Ages 13+. The fresh greens in your arrangement will bring the scent and beauty of the outdoors to your table. Please bring thin garden gloves if your hands are sensitive to the sap and prickles of the pines. $7 members/$10 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND…

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$10
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Earth Oven Pizza with Wild Greens

Sunday, December 15 at 1 PM to 3 PM Earth Oven Pizza with Wild Greens – All ages. Yes, there are edible plants found in the winter. Head out with a Naturalist to find them and use them for toppings on your pizza! Dress for the weather! $4 members/$6 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER…

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$6
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Full Owl Moon Night Hike

Friday, December 20 at 5:30 PM to 7 PM Full Owl Moon Night Hike - Ages 8+. We’ll start off with a short talk in the center and then go on a search for “Mr. Hootie” on the trails. Dress for the weather! $2 members/$4 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

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

Saturday, December 21 at 1 PM to 3 PM Solstice Celebration – Ages 3+. Come c-22elebrate the shortest day of the year. We’ll take a short hike in the Park to gather natural materials to create your own solstice lantern while we sip on hot chocolate. $5 members/$7 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR…

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$7
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Trivia Trail Trek

Sunday, December 22 at 10 AM to 2 PM Trivia Trail Trek - All ages. Pick up a self-guided trail book, answer the trivia questions, and return to the Nature Center for your prize! Reservations NOT required. Drop in program. FREE! Willow Grove Nature Center REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Law of Claw & Fang

Saturday, December 28 at 1 PM to 2 PM Law of Claw & Fang – All ages. Join a Naturalist to learn about food chains and help us feed our animal collection. Drop in program. Reservations NOT required. FREE! Willow Grove Nature Center REGISTRATON NOT REQUIRED

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Visit our Nature Center Day!

Sunday, December 29 at 10 AM to 3 PM Visit our Nature Center Day! - All ages. Visit the Nature Center, enjoy the exhibits, visit with our animals, and have a cup of hot chocolate or coffee on us! Drop in program. Reservations NOT required. FREE! Willow Grove Nature Center REGISTRATON NOT REQUIRED

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Scout Day ~ Fire Making

Saturday, January 4 at 1 PM to 3 PM Registration for this program is available ONLY through our on-line system. Scout Day ~ Fire Making – Ages 5 to 11 with Adult. This program is for both Girl AND Boy Scouts. Learn how to make a fire using flint and steel, friction and matches. Participants receive a Cromwell Valley Park…

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Hibernation ~ Where Do They Go?

Sunday, January 5 at 1 PM to 2 PM Hibernation ~ Where Do They Go? – All ages. Just who are our winter hibernators at the Park? Where do reptiles and amphibians go during cold weather? Join a Naturalist to find out. Dress for the weather! $2 members/ $4 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER…

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Full Cold Moon Hike

Friday, January 10 at 6 PM to 8 PM Full Cold Moon Hike - Ages 5+. Native Americans would hear wolves howling outside their wigwams and Great Horned Owls begin their mating season this time of year. Dress for the weather! $2 members/$4 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Wintertime Natural Ornaments

Saturday, January 11 at 1 PM to 3 PM Wintertime Natural Ornaments – Ages 8+. The holidays are over and the tree is down; but you can still make some wintertime decorations and use nature’s art supplies. $2 members/$4 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Winter Birds and Nests

Sunday, January 12 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM Winter Birds and Nests – All ages. Enjoy an easy walk through the Park with a Naturalist to observe our winter residents. We will look for last season’s nests outdoors then head inside to examine our nest exhibits and the eggs they left behind. $2 members/ $4 non-members. Willow Grove Nature…

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Winter Birding with Expert Birder, John Canoles

Saturday, January 18 at 8 AM to 10 AM Winter Birding with Expert Birder, John Canoles – Ages 12+. Our winter residents are tough adaptive birds. Learn their markings with John and his father, Noot, then had back to the Nature Center for hot chocolate and coffee. Bring binoculars if you have them. $2 members/$4 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center…

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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River Cane Arrows

Sunday, January 19 at 1 PM to 3 PM River Cane Arrows – Ages 14+. River cane is essentially American bamboo. Learn how to straighten, cut, fletch and glue your own primitive arrow with sinew and hide. $3 members/$5 non-members. Primitive Technology Lab BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

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$5
Primitive Technology Lab at Willow Grove, 2176 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234 United States
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Trail Tots (formerly known as Polliwog Preschool) – Tuesdays SOLD OUT

Tuesdays, January 21 to February 25 at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - SOLD OUT FOR TUESDAY CLASS Wednesdays, January 22 to February 26 at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - 3 SPOTS FOR WEDNESDAY CLASS AS OF 12/3/19 Registration for this program is available ONLY through our on-line system. Trail Tots (formerly known as Polliwog Preschool) - Ages 2…

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$80
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Wednesday Trail Tots (formerly known as Polliwog Preschool)

Tuesdays, January 21 to February 25 at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Wednesdays, January 22 to February 26 at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Registration for this program is available ONLY through our on-line system. Trail Tots (formerly known as Polliwog Preschool) - Ages 2 to 5 with Adult. In this class, you and your little one will explore the…

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$80
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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O My Gourd!

Saturday, January 25 at 1 PM to 3 PM O My Gourd! – Ages 8+. Create a gourd house for wrens, chickadees or swallows. The gourds were grown in our very own Children’s Garden under the watchful eye of Ranger Anne. $5 members/$7 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

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$7
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Apples in the Oven

Sunday, January 26 at 1 PM to 3 PM Apples in the Oven – Ages 10+. Apples were and are the long keeper fruit. Join a Naturalist to learn about John Chapman, THE Johnny Appleseed. Then role up your sleeves and roll out the dough to make an apple tart in our Earth Oven. $3 members/$5 non-members. Willow Grove Nature…

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Cabin Fever

Saturday, February 1 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM Cabin Fever – All ages. Have cabin fever? We have the cure. Get plenty of Vitamin D and help ward off those winter time blues while we take a hike on our trails. We will retire to the Nature Center for hot chocolate afterwards. $2 members/$4 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center…

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Wood Chuck, Groundhog, Whistle Pig, Pasture Poodle, Land Beaver, or Punxsutawney Phil?

Sunday, February 2 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM Wood Chuck, Groundhog, Whistle Pig, Pasture Poodle, Land Beaver, or Punxsutawney Phil? – Ages 8+. They’re all the same mysterious animal. Learn about the woodchuck’s biology, search for a burrow, and if you’re brave, taste some ground hog stew! $3 members/$5 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST…

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Full Maple Moon Night Hike

Friday, February 7 at 6 PM to 7:30 PM Full Maple Moon Night Hike – Ages 5+. Sap in the sugar maples begins to rise and native people would make sugar from the sap. Travel with a Naturalist to find a maple tree, tap it, and then head back to the center for maple flavored hot chocolate. Dress for the…

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Mayan Chocolate Making

Saturday, February 8 at 1 PM to 3 PM Mayan Chocolate Making – 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 and make some of your own to take home! $10 members/ $12 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH…

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$12
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Dead Leaves, Cheese, Butter and Kimchi

Sunday, February 9 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM Dead Leaves, Cheese, Butter and Kimchi - Ages 8+. What do they have in common? Fermentation, of course! Learn how fermentation allows the planet to work and then make your own kimchi. Bring a mason jar if you have one. $5 members/ $7 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND…

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$7

Bone Tools ~ Osteo-technology

Saturday, February 15 at 1 PM to 3 PM Bone Tools ~ Osteo-technology – Adults. Bone was widely used by early man. Learn how to make an awl or a bone knife. We will grind on stone with sand and water. $3 members/$5 non-members. Primitive Technology Lab REGISTRATION FOR ADULTS ONLY

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$5
Primitive Technology Lab at Willow Grove, 2176 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234 United States
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Nature Quest Winter Hike

Sunday, February 16 at 1 PM to 3 PM Nature Quest Winter Hike – All ages. Pick up your Nature Quest Passport at the Nature Center and join a Naturalist to find the markers. Dress for the weather! $2 members/$4 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Maple Sugaring Weekend Saturday

Saturday, February 22 AND Sunday, February 23 at 11 AM to 3 PM each day Maple Sugaring Weekend – All ages. Native 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. Drop in program. FREE! Reservations NOT required. Willow Grove Nature…

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Maple Sugaring Weekend Sunday

Saturday, February 22 AND Sunday, February 23 at 11 AM to 3 PM each day Maple Sugaring Weekend – All ages. Native 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. Drop in program. FREE! Reservations NOT required. Willow Grove Nature…

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Twig and Leaf Creatures

Saturday, February 29 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM Twig and Leaf Creatures – Ages 2 to 10 with Adult. The woods are bare, but there are lots of twigs and leaves we can collect. Come take a walk, gather our supplies, and then return to the Nature Center to make your very own “VALLEY CREATURE”. $2 members/$4 non-members. Willow…

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Mad as a March Hare

Sunday, March 1 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM Mad as a March Hare – Ages 2 to 5 with Adult. Where did this saying come from? Rabbits and hares are related, but they’re not the same! Join us to learn some of their differences, meet one, and then make a rabbit or hare craft to take home. $3 members/$5…

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Monthly Calendar

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