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Event Calendar

ALL PROGRAMS REQUIRE REGISTRATION UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

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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Moths in the Moonlight

Ages 8+. Join a Naturalist as we celebrate National Moth week by learning about Saturniid moths and why moths are attracted to lights. We’ll leave the light on for you! 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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Not All Classrooms Have 4 Walls

Ages 2 to 10 with Adult. Stories, sunshine, and the great outdoors! Join a Naturalist for short hike and then enjoy a story in our Outdoor Classroom.                                                                   …

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Caminata por el riachuelo/ Stream Stroll

Para todas las edades! All Ages! Ven y unete a nuestro naturalista hispanoparlante en una caminata por la vereda "Minebank Run" para investigar la salud del arroyo observando la flora y fauna acuática. Favor de utilizar calzado que se pueda mojar! GRATIS! Para registrarse por favor contacts a la Guardabosques Laura en: LPage@baltimorecountymd.gov Join our Spanish Speaking Naturalist as we stroll through…

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Butterflies Like It HOT!

Ages 8+. Join a Naturalist to identify and observe our butterflies! Learn why they prefer the “dog days of summer.” Bring binoculars if you have them so we can see them up-close without disturbing 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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Top 10 Trees

Ages 8+. People have relied on trees to provide them with food, shelter, tools, and more! Learn to identify the 10 most useful trees in Baltimore County. 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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Earth Oven Pizza

Ages 5+. Join a Naturalist as we harvest fresh vegetables and herbs from our Children’s Garden to make your own pizza in our Adobe 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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The Little Red Hen & Friends

Ages 2 to 10 with Adult. Meet, “Henrietta” the “not so little” red hen and her friends. Join a Naturalist as we learn about chickens, find out which one lays green eggs, and why some of our chickens have feathers on their feet. PARENT MUST ATTEND PROGRAM WITH THEIR CHILD, BUT DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER OR PAY. Attendance: 10…

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

Ages 13+. Primitive Man made decorations from stone. Learn how to “peck and grind” a stone pendant using all stone tools. 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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Cold Blooded Creatures on a Hot Summer day

All Ages. We have many snakes that inhabit Cromwell Valley. Join a Naturalist to see our collection and then go on a “snake hunt”! 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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Edible Insects

Ages 5+. Join the “I ate a bug club” as we learn about edible insects and see how they are used as a source of protein around the world. 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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SHELL-abrate Turtles!

Ages 2 to 10 with Adult. How do Turtles communicate? By using their SHELL phone. Join a Naturalist as we meet our resident Turtles and make a TURTLEY awesome craft!                                                             …

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

Ages 8+. Learn about these night time birds of prey and hike with a Naturalist to hopefully hear their nocturnal calls. Wear dark clothing and sturdy shoes. 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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A Quick Pickle!

Ages 5+. Join a Naturalist as we harvest cucumbers from our Children’s Garden to make quick refrigerated pickles for you to take home. You will also be planting radishes in a pot to take home to make your own pickled radishes this fall.  BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT Attendance: 15

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$6
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Wingin’ It: Maryland’s Migrating Monarchs – WAITLIST ONLY

All Ages. Join us as we find out just how long it takes our Migrating Monarchs to fly to Mexico. We’ll do our part by tagging and recording them and wishing them a “Buen Viaje” as they head south to Mexico. 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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Monday to Friday
9 am to 2 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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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.