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Scout & School Programs

Scout & School Programs

Cromwell Valley Park is 460 acres of natural beauty nestled between Towson and Parkville in Baltimore County, MD. The Park is a stream valley, with a mixture of wetlands, pasture, cultivated fields, orchards, gardens, & woodlands. Settled for farming in the late 1700s, the Park has a little something for everyone: hiking, bird & wildlife watching, vegetable gardening, community service projects, and more! At our Willow Grove Nature Center, we offer Naturalist guided programs on nature, conservation, farming, nature, local and natural history.

Fall Registration

Summer Group Program registration has ended – check back on May 1st, 2020 to request a Summer Group Program. 

Check out our Fall Group Programs –  registration begins August 1st, 2019!     Please use these two documents for your Fall registration requests:

Program Brochure

Registration Form

SCHOOL PROGRAM INFORMATION

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS

Fall 2019 Programs are now available!  

For our programs registration, CLICK HERE.    

For a PDF brochure, CLICK HERE.

All of our programs begin and end at the WILLOW GROVE FARM NATURE CENTER parking lot. Most programs include a hike that usually ends in the stream, so let us know if you do not want to get wet!

( Key: S = Spring F = Fall W = Winter )
Kinder Nature (SFW) 1 hour – Pre K & K only. Explore a seasonal topic with a Naturalist.
Signs of Animals (SFW). Hike to look for animal tracks, trails, scat, fur, feath-ers, and other signs. Learn who’s here and why.
Birds of a Feather (SFW). How are birds different from other animals? Learn how they are adapted to fly, sing, eat, and build nests. We will hike to look for them.
Reptiles & Amphibians (SF). Snakes, turtles and frogs have fascinating lives. Hike with us to look for and ob-serve them.
Geology of Maryland (SFW). Rocks and the minerals within them are like cookies which have in-gredients. We’ll hike to discover & collect speci-mens.
Hike into History (SFW). Join a lime kiln worker and hike to the log cabin and lime kilns to learn about life in Cromwell Valley 160 years ago.
The Native Americans of Maryland (SFW). What was life like for Native Americans before Europeans arrived? Learn by doing some of the things they did daily.
Habitat Explorers (SFW). All animals need food, water, shelter, and living space. Learn how animals have adapted to thrive in their habitats.
Stream Strollers (SF). How does the health of our stream affect the health of the Chesapeake Bay? Wade in with us to catch the critters that live there. Water shoes or boots are a must.
Discovering Insects (Late S and Early F). Explore the park’s diverse insect life. Collect and observe in-sects. Learn about their life cycles and behavior.
“Tree”mendous Trees (SFW). All living things, including us, depend on trees. Hike and identify trees by their shape, leaves, branching, smell, taste, bark, fruit, and seeds.
Spring Planting (S). Learn how plants grow & why farms are im-portant and then plant a sunflower seed to take home.
Fall Harvest (F). What was it like to live on Willow Grove Farm 160 years ago? Join in the harvest as we learn about the crops we harvest in the Fall.
Custom Programs (All year round). 1 to 2 hours. We can customize any of our programs to suit your needs.
Scout Programs (All year round). 1 hour on Weekends. We offer hands-on nature & animal programs that satisfy scout requirements.

Program Days & Times Mondays: CLOSED Field trips are scheduled at 10 AM on Tuesdays through Thursdays.   Rain or Shine! Dress for the Weather. Wear Closed–toe shoes.

Reservations

Programs are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

All requests must be submitted using our Program Request Form. Submit the form to us by e-mail at info@cromwellvalleypark.org or MAIL to CVP Program Requests, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Parkville, MD 21234. A confirmation will be sent by mail. Please review it carefully to avoid scheduling errors.

If you have any questions, or need help selecting a program, please contact our administrative assistant Susan Dorsey at Info@CromwellValleyPark.org or by phone at 410-887-2503.

Program Days & Times

Mondays: CLOSED
Field trips are scheduled at 10 AM on Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Rain or Shine! Dress for the Weather. Wear Closed–toe shoes.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

For all programs, a donation of $25 or greater is always appreciated to help cover expenses.

School/Group program requests are limited to 2 trips per season.

We do not have indoor bathrooms, but port-a-pots are available.

Students, chaperones & teachers must stay together at all times. Teachers and chaperones are expected to be fully involved in the program and to provide oversight. Please do not bring siblings as our indoor space is limited.

Trips are held RAIN or SHINE!

Number of students LIMITED to 70 or less. Call for larger groups.

Weekday Pre K and K programs are 1 hour in length at 10 AM, except Fall Harvest, which is 2 hours in length at 10 AM.

All other age groups programs are 2 hours in length at 10 AM to 12 PM. Scout Programs are 1 hour in length.

We have picnic tables to eat your lunch. Bring bags & carry trash out with you.

Please complete the PROGRAM REQUEST FORM for reservations.   See policy on right.

Reservations

Programs are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

All requests must be submitted using our PROGRAM REQUEST FORM. Submit the form to us by e-mail at info@cromwellvalleypark.org or MAIL to CVP Program Requests, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Parkville, MD 21234. A confirmation will be sent by mail. Please review it carefully to avoid scheduling errors.

If you have any questions, or need help selecting a program, please contact our administrative assistant Susan Dorsey at Info@CromwellValleyPark.org or by phone at 410-887-2503.

Program Days & Times

Mondays: CLOSED
Field trips are scheduled at 10 AM on Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Rain or Shine! Dress for the Weather. Wear Closed–toe shoes.

VOLUNTEER

Do you like nature and being outside with children? Are you concerned that many children are not developing an appreciation for nature? You can help by volunteering on our school field trips. No experience is necessary! We will train you and mentor you with naturalists and experienced volunteers. You can volunteer once a week or once a month. It’s rewarding and it’s fun!

Our TRAIL GUIDE TRAINING program is a great way to learn about the park!

Reservations

Programs are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

All requests must be submitted using our Program Request Form. Submit the form to us by e-mail at info@cromwellvalleypark.org or MAIL to CVP Program Requests, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Parkville, MD 21234. A confirmation will be sent by mail. Please review it carefully to avoid scheduling errors.

If you have any questions, or need help selecting a program, please contact our administrative assistant Susan Dorsey at Info@CromwellValleyPark.org or by phone at 410-887-2503.

Program Days & Times

Mondays: CLOSED
Field trips are scheduled at 10 AM on Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Rain or Shine! Dress for the Weather. Wear Closed–toe shoes.

BUS DIRECTIONS

Beltway, I-695 to Exit 29, Cromwell Bridge Rd. At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp, turn LEFT (East) onto Cromwell Bridge Rd. Continue on Cromwell Bridge Rd past Loch Raven High School. The 1st entrance to the Park is Sherwood Farm. Do Not turn into the Sherwood Farm entrance! Go ½ mile past the Sherwood Farm entrance to the 2 nd entrance, Willow Grove Farm. Turn LEFT into the driveway and continue across the bridge to the gravel parking lot. Do not block the Emergency Access road on the West end of the parking lot.

Reservations

Programs are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

All requests must be submitted using our Program Request Form. Submit the form to us by e-mail at info@cromwellvalleypark.org or MAIL to CVP Program Requests, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Parkville, MD 21234. A confirmation will be sent by mail. Please review it carefully to avoid scheduling errors.

If you have any questions, or need help selecting a program, please contact our administrative assistant Susan Dorsey at Info@CromwellValleyPark.org or by phone at 410-887-2503.

Program Days & Times

Mondays: CLOSED
Field trips are scheduled at 10 AM on Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Rain or Shine! Dress for the Weather. Wear Closed–toe shoes.

Green Schools Programs

Is your school interested in becoming a Green School? Or are you already a Green School and need some additional ideas or assistance? Cromwell Valley Park is proud to be certified as a Green Center by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). We are here to help!

  • Green School application support and/or review
  • Green School process presentation to faculty or Green Teams
  • Professional Development on a myriad of environmental topics
  • Technical support for planning Green School projects
  • Resources and contacts
  • Environmental programs at your school
  • Student field trips at CVP
  • Environmental programs for adults at CVP

Contact the Nature Center at 410 887-3014 with your Green School questions.

Take a look at our MAEOE-approved Green Center application.

The Green Schools initiative is sponsored by the Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education.