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Pre-Registration is often requested. Please call (410) 396-0808

Full information about each event follows.

Ongoing through Fall 2014:

Horseback Riding!

Join us and City Ranch every Monday and Tuesday afternoon from 2:00pm till dusk for horseback riding lessons in the park! Mondays are for children ($25) and Tuesdays are for adults ($45). For more information please call City Ranch at 410-456-2195.

Art in the Park

Come hike the trails around the Nature Center and the Nature Center grounds to see some of the many art installations that celebrate nature and creativity. All installations are by local artists and environmentalists. Installations will be on display throughout the fall.

Saturday, October 11

Owloween

12p.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $4/adults, $2/children 5 and under.

owl2Want to learn about owls? We have 9 rescued owls here at CMNC!! Come learn: what and how they eat, where they live, what noises they make (hint…it’s not what you may think!), and what they do all night. Later, dissect owl pellets and see what bones you find! It’ll be a hoot!

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Saturday, October 18:

Haunted History Hike

12 p.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $4/adults, $2/children 5 and under.

hikeDo something different this Saturday! Come to CMNC and learn the history of Gwynn’s Falls/Leakin Park. The area is full of ruins, relics, and chilling stories of ghostly occurrences. One of our Naturalists will lead you on this informative and spooky hike through history.

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Friday, October 24:

A Ghoul’s Gathering

7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Cost: $10 per child.

Eat, drink, and be scary! The Baltimore City Boy scouts and C.M.N.C. are having a Halloween Party! Join us for: games, pumpkin carving, face painting, costume contests, haunted hikes and more!

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Saturday, November 8:

Shurkey Toot Photo Day!

10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $25 per photographer, $5/all others.

Spend the day with our birds of prey! Cameras are the only thing we shoot with! Take pictures of our resident injured and orphaned birds in natural settings. Our friend “Tweekers” the turkey will be visiting for great Thanksgiving photo ops as well! Whether you are a professional or a novice, take advantage of taking pictures of these beautiful animals up close. Show our experts your pictures and maybe you will win a prize! Guest judges will award: 1st prize-a turkey, 2nd prize-a pumpkin pie, and 3rd prize-a box of stuffing, and 4th prize-a can of cranberry sauce! J Good fun will be had by all!

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Saturday, November 22:

Naked Tree ID

11 p.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $4/adults, $2/children 5 and under.

Explore the park and learn how to identify our native trees by only their bark and markings. Learn which trees are native and which have been introduced, why they are so important, and who might live in them!

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Saturday, Dec. 13:

A Critter Holiday & Pet Pictures with Santa!

11 p.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $4/adults, $2/children 5 and under. Pet photos will be paid for separately.

Sometimes the animals have a hard time finding enough to eat during the winter months. Join us in decorating a holiday tree that also helps feed our feathered and furred friends! Let’s make their holiday special too! While you’re here, have your dog, cat, bird, or reptile’s picture taken with Santa! We will have a number of backdrops to choose from.

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Friday, December 19:

Owl Prowl

6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: $7/person.

owl2Take a hike with one of our naturalists and learn to spot owls at night. Enjoy a fire with marshmallow roasting while sipping on hot chocolate and learning about these beautiful birds. Please pre-register. No open toed shoes.

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Saturday, January 10:

Nature Naps

12 p.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $4/adults, $2/children 5 and under.

Where have all the animals gone? Where are all the leaves and flowers? Come to the Nature Center to learn which plants and animals are sleeping the winter away, which animals have left for the winter, and which plants and animals are still awake and braving the cold.

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Saturday, January 31:

Happy Birthday Mr. Turner!

12 p.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $2 per person.

To kick off Black History Month, we would like to introduce you to Charles Henry Turner. Mr. Turner was our nation’s first African American Zoologist and Entomologist. Please join us to learn about this fascinating and dedicated man. Not only was he the first person to discover many unknown facts about insects, he was also active in the struggle to obtain social and educational services for African Americans.

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Friday, February 13:

Couples “Lucky” Owl Prowl

6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: $10 per couple.

owl3Do something unique to celebrate your sweetie this Valentine’s Day/Friday the 13th! Take a stroll with one of our naturalists and learn to spot owls at night. Enjoy a romantic fire with marshmallow roasting while sipping on hot chocolate and learning about these beautiful birds. We encourage you to bring along a bottle of wine (if you are over 21 of course!) to sip on while dissecting owl pellets. If you’re lucky you may even win the door prize…a pair of hand painted wine glasses!! This will be a couples experience to be remembered for years to come! No open toed shoes.

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Saturday, February 14:

Animals in Love & Valentine’s Craft

12 p.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $4/adults, $2/children 5 and under.

Did you know that some animals fall in love too? Do you know how they flirt? Which critters mate for life and which ones don’t? Learn the answers to these questions and make your sweetie a Valentine!

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Saturday, February 28:

Fairy, Fairy, Fun Day!

11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: $4/adults, $3/children 5 and under.

Fairies need homes too! Come to the Nature Center and build fairy houses for all the little magical creatures. Anyone dressed as a fairy will be admitted FREE!

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Saturday, March 14:

Pamper Your Park Day!

10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Cost: Free

Help us clean up the park for spring. Hike the trails with a member of our staff and give the park and stream a good spring cleaning. Let’s help Nature out!

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Friday, March 20:

How to Survive the Zombie Apocolypse-101

6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Cost: $4/adults,$2/children 5 and under.

Learn the basics for survival! This fun program will concentrate on fire building, how to build a shelter, and how to cook over an open fire. These skills may come in handy someday…you never know!

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Please call or check our website for information on Birthday Parties, School Programs, or Volunteer opportunities!

Please call (410) 396-0808 for information on Birthday Parties, School Programs, or Volunteer opportunities! Or use our contact form.