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There’s always something going on at Carrie Murray Nature Center. Find nature fun for all ages.

Birthday parties in the wild.
Celebrate with some
real party animals
Bring your students
to the great outdoors.
Get the Carrie Murray
Nature Center’s
Educator’s Packet
Ask about our staff
bringing an animal
program
to your school
or festival

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

Full information about each event follows.

Saturday, March 22

History of Gwynn’s Falls/Leakin Park

11am-2pm
Cost: $5/per person, children 3 and under are FREE.

scrollOur Park has a fascinating history. It is full of ruins and hidden treasures. Come to the Nature Center and learn all about the past from park historian, Rick Smith. Later one of our naturalists will lead you on a hike to see some of the historic remains. No pets please.

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Friday, April 4

Owl Prowl

8 pm–10 pm
Cost: $7/person.

owl3Take 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. No open toed shoes. No pets please.

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Saturday, April 12

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow!

12pm–2 pm
Cost: $5/per person, children 3 and under are FREE.

gardeningInterested in starting a small or large vegetable garden? Learn how to grow one on your porch or in your yard. One of our naturalists will teach you the trick to successfully starting your garden from seeds. He will even provide you with some of your own to start! No open toed shoes. No pets please.

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Monday, April 14 thru Friday, April 18

Spring Break Camp

8:3- am – 3 pm
Cost: $80/person
Ages 7-13

campfireKids will enjoy nature studies, hiking, horseback riding, archery and much more.
Bring your own lunch. Overnight on Thursday night.

Please register by calling Alfred Griffin (443) 939-0251
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Saturday, April 26

Pamper Your Park Day

11am–3 pm
Cost: This is a FREE even

Pamper your park dayIn honor of Arbor Day and Earth Day (both are this week), the staff of C.M.N.C. and the Boy Scouts welcome you to come out and pamper the park! This free event will consist of tree plantings, hiking, and stream studies and clean up. Do your part this year and make a difference! No pets please.

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Friday, May 2

Owl Prowl

8 pm–10 pm
Cost: $7/person.

owlTake 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. No open toed shoes. No pets please.

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Saturday, May 10

Spring Wild Images

11 am–3 pm
Cost: $25 per photographer | $5 for everyone else.

photographer Spend the day with our birds of prey! Take pictures of our resident injured and orphaned birds in natural settings. Some of our other animals will also make an appearance! Whether you are a professional or a novice, take advantage of taking pictures of these beautiful animals up close. No pets please.

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Saturday, May 17

Let it Rot!

12 pm–2 pm
Cost: $5/per person, children 3 and under are FREE. For an extra $1 you can bring home your own “beginners worm composter”!

wormEver wondered about the benefits of composting? This program will teach many different methods of composting: vermiculture, bin, and using a tumbler. This is a great way to help the planet and help your plants and garden. No pets please.

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Saturday, May 31

Theme Gardening

12 pm–2 pm
Cost: $5/per person, children 3 and under are FREE.

gardeningWant to make a garden that’s the envy of your neighborhood? Come learn how! Theme gardens are unique, fun, and a great way to get your kids involved. Some ideas we will share are: peanut butter and jelly gardens, fairy gardens, pizza gardens, and more! No pets please.

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Friday, June 6

National Trails Day!

10 am–4 pm
Cost: $3 per person.

national trails dayCarrie Murray Nature Center is located in beautiful Gwynn’s Falls/Leakin Park, and has 16 miles of marked trails! There’s no better place to enjoy National Trail Day! We will be leading 45 minute guided hikes for families and groups all day long. Come spend some time with us! Pre- registration is required.

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Friday, June 6

Owl Prowl

8 pm–10 pm
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. No open toed shoes. No pets please.

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Saturday, June 7

Grand opening of the new Rainforest Room!

(11 am–3 pm)
Cost: This event is FREE; just bring your curiosity and a friend!

rainforestopeningHelp us open our new exhibit with a day filled with animals, crafts, informed speakers, and games! Come race one of our Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, get your picture taken with one of our exotic critters, have a conversation with a parrot, and learn all about these wonderful animals!

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Saturday, June 14

Daddy & Me Hike

12 pm–2 pm
Cost: $3 per child, Dads are FREE!

hikersIn honor of Father’s Day, join us for a family hike! There’s no better way to spend a summer afternoon. Afterwards, we will have a craft station set up where you can make your dad a nice gift. No pets please.

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Saturday, June 21

Bee Informed

12 pm–2 pm
Cost: $5/per person, children 3 and under are FREE.

beeBees are so important to our everyday lives, yet they are in trouble. Come learn about Pollinator Syndromes, gardening for pollinators, what animals are pollinators, and the fragile link between pollinators and the food chain. No pets please.

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June 23 starts the First Week of Nature Camp!!!

Learn all about Camp here

Come one week or come all nine!! Late stay and early drop off available.

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Friday, July 11

Insects of the Night

8 pm–10 pm
Cost: $7/person.

antSpend an evening by the campfire learning about nocturnal insects and things that go bump in the night. We will use special lights, sounds and scents to draw them in and identify them! Hot chocolate and s’mores will be served too! No pets please.

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Saturday, July 12

Recycled Treasures

10 am-3 pm
Cost: Only $1 per person.

image17Stop by the Nature Center any time between 10am and 3pm and make your own craft from recycled materials! While you’re here, check out all of our resident rescued animals. No pets please.

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Saturday, July 19 2014

Reptiles Rule!

12 pm–2 pm
Cost: $5/per person, children 3 and under are FREE.

lizard2If you love reptiles, want to get over your fear of them, or just want to learn more about them, this is the class for you! Come meet all of our rescued and misplaced reptiles. You’ll get to hold some of them too! No pets please.

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Saturday, July 26

Kitchen Magician

12 pm–2 pm
Cost: $5/per person, children 3 and under are FREE.

magic wandCome learn how to grow plants from kitchen scraps you would normally throw away. You will be surprised at what you can do! No pets please.

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Friday, August 1

Insects of the Night

8 pm–10 pm
Cost: $7/person.

spiderSpend an evening by the campfire learning about nocturnal insects and things that go bump in the night. We will use special lights, sounds and scents to draw them in and identify them! Hot chocolate and s’mores will be served too! No pets please.

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Saturday, August 9

Meet the Beetles!

12 pm–2 pm
Cost: $5/per person, children 3 and under are FREE.

beetleThey love you, yeah-yeah-yeah! Well, we hope you love them after this class! Browse around outside the nature center with our “bug guy”, Lloyd, as he searches under logs and rocks for some of Maryland’s beetles. We are very respectful and always put the logs and rocks back where we found them, for that’s their home! Observe the beetles, and then release them back to the wild to be with their friends and family. No pets please.

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Saturday, August 16

The Great Bug Hunt

11 am–2 pm
Cost: $5/per person, children 3 and under are FREE.

cricketCome help naturalist Lloyd Tydings catch creepy crawlies for our classes and possibly our new Rainforest Room! All insects will be identified and either released or moved in to their temporary homes at the Nature Center. J No pets please.

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Saturday, August 30

Bee Informed-with honey tasting!

12 pm–2 pm
Cost: $5/per person, children 3 and under are FREE.

Beehive on tree branch with BeesBees are so important to our everyday lives, yet they are in trouble. Come learn about Pollinator Syndromes, gardening for pollinators, what animals are pollinators, and the fragile link between pollinators and the food chain. No pets please.

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