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Event Calendar

ALL PROGRAMS REQUIRE REGISTRATION UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

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.

Habitat Restoration Team – Weed Warrior Days!

We will remove invasive plants from the Park and plant natives and maintain restored habitat – great opportunities for high school students for community service and volunteers who like to work outdoors. Meet at the Sherwood House Parking Lot at Cromwell Valley Park. RSVP Laurie Taylor-Mitchell, Ltmitchell4@comcast.net See website under volunteers for dates.

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Saturday Morning Bird Walks

Saturdays, Starting September 7 at 8 AM to 10 AM Saturday Morning Bird Walks – All ages. Join a Park volunteer for bird walks on: September 7, 21, 28: October 5, 19, 26: November 2, 9. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress for the weather! FREE! Reservations NOT required. Meet at the Willow Grove Farm Gravel Parking Lot.

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Outdoor Discoverers Nature Camp – Ages 5-7 – Session 2

$150 and includes a Family Membership Renewal to the Cromwell Valley Park Council.  2nd child’s registration fee is $130 for this program. Session 1:  June 24 to June 28, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM Session 2:  July 15 to July 19, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM Session 3:  July 29 to August 2, 2019 from 9:30 AM…

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$150
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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The Full Thunder Moon Night Hike

Friday, July 19 at 8 PM to 9:30 PM Ages 5+. This is the month when thunderstorms are prevalent. Join a Naturalist to hear the thunderous cry of our local Owls and enjoy a campfire with S’mores. $3 members/$5 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST EACH REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

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

Saturday, July 20 at 1 PM to 3 PM Ages 5 to 11 with Adult. Meet some of the amazing animals that call Maryland home, then head outside to explore their natural summertime habitat. This program is for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Participants receive a Cromwell Valley Park logo patch. Please do NOT bring siblings as this program is intended…

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Hike to the Marble Springs for a Frog Roundup

Sunday, July 21 at 1 PM to 3 PM Hike to the Marble Springs for a Frog Roundup – Ages 5+. Wear shoes that can get wet and we’ll supply the nets and capture containers. We’ll observe, identify and release. FREE! Willow Grove Nature Center ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST EACH REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Young Naturalists Nature Camp – Ages 8-10 – Session 2

$150 and includes a Family Membership Renewal to the Cromwell Valley Park Council.  2nd child’s registration fee is $130 for this program. Session 1:  July 8 to July 12, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM Session 2:  July 22 to July 26, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM Session 3:  August 5 to August 9, 2019 from 9:30 AM…

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$150
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Butterflies Like It HOT!

Saturday, July 27 at 11 AM to 12:30 PM Butterflies Like It HOT! – REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Ages 8+. Join a Naturalist to identify and observe our butterflies! Learn why they prefer the “dog days of summer”. Bring binoculars so we can see them up-close without disturbing them. FREE! Willow Grove Nature Center ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST EACH REGISTER FOR…

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Ochre: Humanity’s Paint

Sunday, July 28 at 1 PM to 3 PM 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 the Minebank Run to collect and process the rock into paint. Bring a bandana or white shirt to paint. Wear shoes that can get wet. Only 10…

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Primitive Technology Lab at Willow Grove, 2176 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234 United States
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Outdoor Discoverers Nature Camp – Ages 5-7 – Session 3

$150 and includes a Family Membership Renewal to the Cromwell Valley Park Council.  2nd child’s registration fee is $130 for this program. Session 1:  June 24 to June 28, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM Session 2:  July 15 to July 19, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM Session 3:  July 29 to August 2, 2019 from 9:30 AM…

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$150
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Discovering Dragonflies

Saturday, August 3 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM Discovering Dragonflies – Ages 5+. Did you know that the creature from Alien was partly based on insect lifecycles? Join us as we catch these creepy denizens of the pond. Wear shoes that can get wet. $2 members/$4 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST EACH REGISTER FOR THIS…

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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The Earth Oven and A to Z Pizza!

Sunday, August 4 at 1 PM to 3 PM Ages 8+. Join a Naturalist as we harvest fresh tomatoes and herbs from our Children’s Garden to make sauce and grind wheat berries to make flour for the crust. $5 members/$7 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST EACH REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

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$7
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Young Naturalists Nature Camp – Ages 8-10 – Session 3

$150 and includes a Family Membership Renewal to the Cromwell Valley Park Council.  2nd child’s registration fee is $130 for this program. Session 1:  July 8 to July 12, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM Session 2:  July 22 to July 26, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM Session 3:  August 5 to August 9, 2019 from 9:30 AM…

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$150
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Parrots in the Piedmont

Saturday, August 10 at 1 PM to 2 PM Ages 3+. Join our very own Park employee, Kerry, as we visit with and learn about his African Gray Parrot named Josh. FREE! Willow Grove Nature Center ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST EACH REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT - ATTENDANCE LIMITED

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Animal Adaptations for Summer

Sunday, August 11 at 11 AM to 12 PM Animal Adaptations for Summer – All ages. Join a Naturalist to discover how animals cope with the hot weather. FREE! Willow Grove Nature Center ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST EACH REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT - LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE

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

Friday, August 16 at 8 PM to 9:30 PM Ages 5+. Join a Naturalist to call in the flying tiger of the forest ~ the Great Horned Owl. Wear dark clothing and sturdy shoes. $2 members/$4 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST EACH REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT - LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE

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

Saturday, August 17 at 10 AM to 12 PM Ages 8+. One of the most famous native shelters is the tipi - warm in winter, cool in summer and impervious to wind and rain. Join a Naturalist and learn how to set one up. FREE! Primitive Technology Laboratory ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST EACH REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT - REGISTRATION LIMITED

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Free
Primitive Technology Lab at Willow Grove, 2176 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234 United States
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Lunch for our Animal Bunch

Sunday, August 18 at 1 PM to 2 PM All ages. Bring a small bagged salad, grapes, and/or tomatoes and help us prepare lunch for our animals. FREE! Willow Grove Nature Center ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST EACH REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT - ATTENDANCE LIMITED

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Preserving the Harvest: Pickle Party!

Wednesday, August 21 at 10 AM to 12 PM Ages 5+. Learn to make refrigerator and heat-processed pickles using a variety of ingredients from the Children’s Garden. Participants will take home their jarred pickles! $3 members/$5 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST EACH REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Turtle-y Awesome!

Saturday, August 24 at 1 PM to 3 PM Ages 2 to 10 with Adult. Many turtles call Cromwell Valley Park their home. Join a Naturalist as we meet some of our resident Turtles, find out what they do here, and make a turtle-y awesome craft to take home. $2 members/$4 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center PARENTS MUST ATTEND PROGRAM…

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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

Sunday, August 25 at 1 PM to 2 PM Ages 2 to 10 with Adult. Stories, sunshine and the great outdoors! Join a Naturalist for a short hike and then enjoy a story in our Outdoor Classroom. FREE! Willow Grove Nature Center PARENTS MUST ATTEND PROGRAM WITH THEIR CHILD, BUT DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER OR PAY

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Free
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Preserving the Harvest: Salsa!

Wednesday, August 28 at 10 AM to 12 PM Preserving the Harvest: Salsa! – Ages 5+. Learn to can salsa using fresh ingredients from the Children’s Garden. Participants will take home a jar of salsa! $3 members/$5 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST EACH REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Wingin’ It: Maryland’s Migrating Monarchs

Saturday, August 31 at 1 PM to 3 PM 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. $3 members/$5 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center ADULTS AND CHILDREN…

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$5
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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Summer’s End in the Fairie Garden

Sunday, September 1 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM Ages 2 to 10. Welcome to the realm of Fairies! Make furniture for your own fairie garden and then head into the forest to share in the magic. Come dressed in your fairie finery! $2 members/$4 non-members. Nature Center PARENTS MUST ATTEND PROGRAM WITH THEIR CHILD, BUT DO NOT NEED TO…

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$4
Willow Grove Nature Center, 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
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The View Below: Underwater Life in Mid-Atlantic Streams

Friday, September 6 at 7 PM to 9 PM - ADULTS ONLY Night Out with Nature: “The View Below: Underwater Life in Mid-Atlantic Streams” with Keith Williams - Adults. Spend your evening at Cromwell Valley Park with our guest speaker and enjoy dessert. We often perceive that there isn’t much to see beneath the surface of our nation’s freshwater rivers…

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$10
Sherwood House, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road
Baltimore, MD 21234
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Top Ten Trees

Saturday, September 7 at 1 PM to 3 PM Top Ten Trees – All ages. Learn to identify trees in the Park and find out how they are used. $2 members/$4 non-members. Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT Registration begins 8/12/19

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$4
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.