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Event Calendar

A Walk in the Park & Nature Quest Hike

Sunday, March 24 at 11 AM A Walk in the Park & Nature Quest Hike – All ages. Start the beginning of spring by enjoying the great outdoors! Join a Naturalist to enjoy the spring splendor and hike to the Nature Quest markers. Wegman’s Quest Booklets will be available on site. Reservations NOT required. FREE! Nature Center

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Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Saturday Morning Bird Walks

Saturdays, March 30 THROUGH May 25 at 8 AM to 10 AM Saturday Morning Bird Walks - Join a Park volunteer for bird walks EVERY SATURDAY, March 30 through May 25. FREE! Reservations NOT required. Meet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot. Attendance Cap: UNLIMITED

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Drop in Gardening!

Saturday, March 30 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 required. Children’s Garden

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Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Clay Pot Cooking

Saturday, March 30 at 1 PM to 3 PM Clay Pot Cooking – Ages 10+. Before there was Revere ware, humans made ceramic cooking pots. Join us at the Lab to learn how to build fire, cook in clay pots, and make a soup to share from wild plants and animals. Space is limited! FREE! Primitive Technology Laboratory

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Free
Primitive Technology Lab at Willow Grove, 2176 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234 United States
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Scrambled Eggs

Sunday, March 31 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM Scrambled Eggs – Ages 5 to 10. Join a Naturalist as we unscramble the mystery behind the different egg masses in our ponds. Wear waterproof boots! $2 members /$4 non-members. Nature Center

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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NOWN – Heroes of Conservation – The Legacy and Messages for Today

Loren Lustig dedicated his life to conservation work as a young teenager in the early 1960s and has worked as a wildlife biologist, park naturalist, resource manager, and environmental educator for almost 50 years. He has also been selected for leadership opportunities in both regional and national conservation organizations. Loren will present information about America’s most important conservation leaders over…

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$10
Cromwell Valley Park, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234 United States
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Drop in Gardening

Saturday, April 6 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 required. Children’s Garden

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Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Natural Dyes

Saturday, April 6 at 1 PM to 3 PM Natural Dyes – Ages 5+. Before commercial dyes, bright hues were derived from plants, animals, and minerals found in nature. Bring a dozen hard boiled eggs and learn to make your own natural dyes. $3 members /$5 non-members. Nature Center

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Amazing Amphibians

Sunday, April 7 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM Amazing Amphibians! – Ages 5+. Join a Naturalist with a net and we will see who is singing and who is egg slinging. Free! Nature Center

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Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Children’s Garden Club

Saturdays, Starting April 13 to October 19 at 9:30 AM to 11 AM Registration for this program is available ONLY through our on-line system. Children’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…

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$45
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Easter Egg Hunt

This event is held the 2nd Saturday before Easter. There are egg hunts on the lawn for various age groups, crafts in the Sherwood House, eggs to decorate, and the Easter Bunny usually appears. Egg Hunt Times: Age 3: 10:30am Age 4: 10:45am Age 5&6: 11am Age 7&8: 11:15am Age 9&10: 11:30am   Register for event or Purchase tickets

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$5
Cromwell Valley Park, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234 United States
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Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 14 at 1 PM to 3 PM Palm Sunday – Ages 13+. Palms are one of the most important plants in the world. Learn which palms grow food, medicine, basket and weapon materials. Bring an open mind to taste food while we manufacture tools from this plant of many uses. $3 members /$5 non-members. Primitive Technology Laboratory

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$5
Primitive Technology Lab at Willow Grove, 2176 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234 United States
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SOLD OUT – Polliwog Preschool Club

Tuesdays, April 16 to May 21 at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Wednesdays, April 17 to May 22 at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Registration for this program is available ONLY through our on-line system. Polliwog Preschool Club – Ages 2 to 5 with Adult. Discovering nature is a lifelong journey. In this class, you and your little one will…

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$80
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Adult Garden Club

Thursdays, Starting April 18 to October 24 at 8:30 AM to 10:30 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…

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$45
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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The Full Fish Moon Hike and Campfire

Friday, April 19 at 8 PM to 9:30 PM The Full Fish Moon Hike & Campfire – Ages 5+. Migrations of fish traveled our waterways to spawn in April. Join a Naturalist for an aquatic night hike and S’mores campfire. Wear shoes and/or boots that can get wet. $2 members /$4 non-members. Nature Center

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

Saturday, April 20 at 1 PM to 3 PM Earth Day Celebration – All ages. Learn how important the Earth is to us as human beings ~ past, present and our immediate future. Help us plant a Pawpaw forest to help reduce carbon dioxide. Bring a trowel if you have one. FREE! Nature Center

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Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Easter Sunday Self-Guided Trail Trek

Sunday, April 21 at 11 AM to 3 PM Easter Sunday Self-Guided Trail Trek – All ages. Stop by our Nature Center, pick up a booklet and set off on a self-guided hike on our trails. Return to the center to pick up a prize and meet our special guest bunny! Reservations NOT required. FREE! Nature Center

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Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Garlic Mustard Pull and Pesto

Saturday, April 27 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM Garlic Mustard Pull & Pesto – 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-members. Nature Center

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Girl Scouts Day

Sunday, April 28 at 1 PM to 3 PM Girl Scouts 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 logo patch. $5 per Scout. Nature Center

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Primitive Technology Weekend

Saturday, May 4 at 10 AM to 4 PM Sunday, May 5 at 10 AM to 1 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!…

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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NOWN – Backyard Gardening to Save the Bay

Most Maryland residents live within a half mile of a stream, storm drain, or river and most of those drain into the Chesapeake Bay. What we do in our yards, such as mowing, mulching, watering, fertilizing and planting can have a direct effect on the health of the Bay and the health of our environment. Come learn about “Bay Wise”…

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$10
Cromwell Valley Park, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234 United States
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Orioles ~ Neo-Tropical Migrants

Saturday, May 11 at 11 AM to 1 PM Orioles ~ Neo-Tropical Migrants – All ages+. Bring binoculars and join a Naturalist to spot a nest, listen for their songs, and find out where they’ve been. FREE! Nature Center

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Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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TALMAR GARDENS Mother’s Day Plant Sale

Saturday, May 11 at 11 AM to 3 PM AND Sunday, May 12 at 11 AM to 3 PM TALMAR GARDENS Mother’s 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 & individuals with disabilities.…

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Mother’s Day Tea in the Garden

Sunday, May 12 at 1 PM to 3 PM Mother’s Day Tea in the Garden – Ages 8+. Celebrate the Mom in your life by sharing Mother Earth’s tea. Learn the health benefits of natural teas, gather local plants, enjoy a hot porcelain cup of tea, then take the cup home with you! $5 members /$7 non-members. Nature Center

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$7
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Full Flower Moon Night Hike and Campfire

Friday, May 17 at 8 PM to 9:30 PM Full Flower Moon Night Hike and Campfire – Ages 5+. Take a moonlit stroll and then gather around a campfire for S’mores. $3 members /$5 non-members. Nature Center

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Drop in Gardening

Saturday, May 18 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 required. Children’s Garden

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Boy Scout Day

Saturday, May 18 at 1 PM to 3 PM Boy Scout Day – Ages 5 to 11. Meet some of the amazing animals that call Maryland home, then head outside to explore their natural habitat. This program is for Lion, Tiger & Wolf Cubs. Participants receive a Cromwell Valley Park logo patch. $5 per Scout. Nature Center

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Faeries and Elves of the Forest

Sunday, May 19 at 1 PM to 3 PM Faeries and Elves of the Forest – Ages 3+. Welcome to the realm of the faeries! Make a wand and crown and then head into the forest to share in the magic. Come dressed in your faerie finery. $2 members /$4 non-members. Nature Center

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

Saturday, May 25 at 1 PM to 3 PM Beaver Valley – Ages 8+. Cromwell Valley has beavers from time to time. Join us at the Nature Center to learn how these animals shape the landscape, then hike with the Naturalist to see beaver-cut trees. FREE!

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Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Frog Round Up

Sunday, May 26 at 11 AM to 12:30 PM Frog Round Up – Ages 8+. Wear your waterproof shoes or boots as we hike to the Marble Springs. We’ll provide the nets and capture containers. We will identify and release what we catch. FREE! Nature Center

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Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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9 am to 2 pm
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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.