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Online Activities

Summer at CVP

Hybrid Activities for Families

Even though summer camps have been canceled for 2020, fun in the sun never ends here at Cromwell Valley Park! Join Park Staff as they lead you through activities online and then try them out on your next visit to the park. Many activities can even be done in your own backyard or neighborhood.

Our goal this summer is to provide families with engaging ways to enjoy all the natural resources our beautiful valley has to offer and at no cost to our visitors. We hope you use the following videos and activity sheets this season to explore all your favorite spots and discover some new ones! Share your fun with us along the way by using #CVPSummer on your social media.

Activities will be uploaded here beginning July 4th and will run each week until the end of August. No registration or login is required.

Tree-mendous Trees!

Week of July 4th – July 10th

Activities include making a leaf cup, leaf / bark rubbings and measuring a tree!

STEP ONE:   Watch THIS VIDEO on YouTube

STEP TWO:   Download and print these activity sheets:

STEP THREE:   Come to CVP or try in your own backyard!

>> Photo by Randall Peck

Geocaching at CVP

Week of July 11th – July 17th

STEP ONE:  Watch THIS VIDEO on YouTube

STEP TWO:  Download and print these activity sheets

STEP THREE:  Come to CVP to search for your first one!

Farm Friends

Week of July 18th – July 24th

Find the live poultry, bring them salad greens or dig up earthworms to feed them and visit Grinchy, the opossum.

STEP ONE:   Watch THIS video with Ranger Breena on YouTube.

STEP TWO:   Download and print these activity sheets:

STEP THREE:  Come to CVP’s Willow Grove Nature Center and visit with these Farm Friends in person!

>> Photo by MPW

Hike into History

Week of July 25th – July 31st

Pick up or download Sherwood history booklet and hike, visit historic Lime Kiln Bottom, make a feather-quill pen and paint with iron and ochre from the rocks in the Minebank Run.

STEP ONE:   Watch THIS video with Ranger Kirk on YouTube.

STEP TWO:   Download and print these activity sheets:

STEP THREE:  Come to CVP’s National Register of Historic Places LIME KILN BOTTOM as well as visiting our Minebank Run Stream.

<< Photo by Michael Keyser

Let’s Go On a Nature Quest!

Week of August 1st – August 7th

Nature Quest booklets, sponsored by Wegmans, available at the Willow Grove Nature Center at Cromwell Valley Park.

STEP ONE:   Watch THIS video with Ranger Kirk on YouTube.

STEP TWO:   Download and print these activity sheets:

STEP THREE:  Visit various parks and recreation centers in Baltimore County on your own Nature Quest!

Water, Water Everywhere!

Week of August 8th – August 14th

Bring a net or borrow one from the Willow Grove Nature Center and see what you can find in Minebank Run or ponds!  Look for ochre in Minebank, find artesian wells and more!

STEP ONE:   Watch THIS video with Ranger Kirk on YouTube.

STEP TWO:   Download and print these activity sheets:

STEP THREE:  Come to CVP’s amphibian ponds, marble springs and the Minebank Run Stream to find what you learned about!   Remember:  You may borrow nets from the Willow Grove Nature Center!

Insect Safari

Week of August 15th – August 21st

Bring a net and capture container or borrow one from the Willow Grove Nature Center and look in different habitats (field and forest) or pick up a baby beetle pet from the Nature Center to take home!   Go visit our bee hives and learn about honey.

>> Photo by Randall Peck

Birds of a Feather

Week of August 22nd – August 28th 

Bring or borrow binoculars from the Willow Grove Nature Center, go hiking in the morning and watch and listen for birds,  play our bird scavenger hunt or bird bingo and build a bird craft at home.