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Are you happiest outdoors?
   We have award winning nature programs! From hikes and camping, to fossil hunting and adventures, we have activities that are sure to excite the whole family.  Check out online catalog here for the newest activities.

Fall 2017 Programs now registering:

Woodlands Walk for Wee Ones
Ages 2yrs - 4yrs
Come on and “let’s take a walk outside today, gonna see what we can find today.” Hike on over to Motts Run for walk in the woods with the itty bitty crowd. We’ll do a short hike, have a story and a snack. You may register for one or both programs. Children should be able to walk for about 15- 20 minutes on their own or be carried by their adult. Instructor: Linda Bailey, Location: Motts Run Reservoir.

Thursday, 9:30am-10:30
October 12 - Animal Homes
November 9 - Getting Ready For Winter
$6/$6 (residents/non-residents)

Homeschool Nature Club
6yrs – 11yrs
Calling all homeschoolers 1st-5th grades to take a break from the books and join a nature club. We’ll meet one Monday a month from September through December (check the dates). Wear appropriate outdoor clothing (no flip flops) and bring water, hiking will be involved in all classes. Themes are subject to change depending on the weather. NO non-registered siblings please. Pre-registration required for entire series. Instructor: Linda Bailey. Locations: Alum Spring Park and Motts Run Nature Center.

Mondays, 1:00pm-2:30pm
September 11 - Canoeing Basics
October 16 - Basic Outdoor Survival
November 20 - Mystery Hike
December 11 - Winter Hike and Nature Center Craft
$45/$50 (residents/non-residents) for all four classes

Nature Crafts for Christmas
7yrs – 17yrs
Hand-dipped candles, leaf-printed wrapping paper, leather treasures and more! Enjoy this annual tradition in our
cozy log cabin. Everyone leaves with a handful of gifts to delight the giver and the receiver. Wear old clothes and a jacket – some activities outside. Kids 9 and under must attend with nonpaying adult. Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Linda Bailey. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm , December 2
$12/$12 (residents/non-residents)

Sunset Canoe Float: Full Moon
Ages 6 – Adult
Enjoy the rising FULL MOON and a peaceful flatwater float
just after sunset! We’ll peek into coves, listen for the calls of
late summer insects, savor the serenity of an autumn evening,
and enjoy a delicious treat served afloat! No experience
necessary. For adults and families (every age pays). Life
jacket provided. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Linda
Bailey. Location: Motts Run Reservoir.
Friday, 6:45pm-8:15pm
October 6
$10/$10 (residents/non-residents)

Campout in the Park
All Ages
Come camp along the shore and enjoy a magical autumn evening complete with a weenie roast and s’mores! Sleep to the sound of night birds and beavers, and wake to the aroma of coffee, sausage, and pancakes! We’ll provide food, fun, and games—you provide your tent and sleeping gear! (Pick up camping list at Community Center.) Pre-registration required; one week notice needed for full refund. Open to individuals and families—no groups.
(Family Fee is for 4, only). No dogs, please. Location: Motts Run Reservoir.

Friday– Saturday, 5:00pm-10:00am, October 27-28
Individual $20/$20 (residents/non-residents)
Family of 4 Fee $65/$75 (residents/non-residents)

Spooky Stories by the Shore
5yrs – Adult
Walk the trail of spooks and spiders, to the shore for a roasting-fire! Enjoy the enchantment of Halloween as we warm you with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows, then chill you to the bone with spooky stories and other surprises. Great fun for the entire family, so secure your spot of doom soon! Dress warmly and bring a flashlight and blanket--amphitheatre seating provided. Pre-registration required for Every BODY (kids must attend with paying adult). Location: Motts Run Reservoir.

Saturday (2017 only!), 6:40pm-8:00pm
October 21 (raindate 10/22)
$8/$8 everyone pays (residents/non-res)
$30 Family of 4 (residents/non-residents)

Fossil Hunt on the Potomac
10yrs – Adult
Back by popular demand, an opportunity to hunt for multi-million-yearold fossils. Explore the Calvert Formation, an extremely unique area, one of only three in the world. Led by “The Paleo Patrol”, we’ll get the chance to go beyond the restricted area and look for the remains of sharks, porpoises, crocodiles, turtles, rays, whales and more. All participants must sign an insurance waiver and follow safety instructions. Bring lunch, water and dress for the weather. Wear shoes that can get wet. Preregistration limited and required. Location: Stratford Hall Visitors’ Center.
Monday, 8:30am-12:30pm, November 6
$35/$35 (residents/non-residents)

ASHI Wilderness First Aid
14yrs – Adult
Wilderness environments create special emergency situations. This 16- hour intense course is designed for Boy and Girl scouts/Adventure groups leading outdoor adventures. CPR certification not included (course offered separately through Parks & Rec.). Real-life scenarios will be incorporated as we cover preparation, assessment, prevention and caring for injuries and more in this hands-on training by an ASHI (American Safety & Health Institute) instructor. Book and certificate included. Bring a bag lunch. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Tim Carpenter. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.

Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am-4:00pm, November 11 & 12
$160/$160 (residents/non-residents)

Winter Solstice Celebration
All ages
Celebrate the shortest day of the year with a night hike and bonfire (cocoa and roasted marshmallows included). Enjoy nature’s wonder as we welcome winter! Instructor: Linda Bailey. Location: Motts Run Reservoir Ampitheatre.

Thursday, 6:30pm-8:00pm , December 21
$8/$8 (residents/non-residents)

Autumn Leaves Hike
Ages 5 – Adult
From white oaks--the forest’s “fast food station,” to the “dancing leaves” of bigtooth aspen, the fall woodland is full of wonder. Take an autumn hike and learn about the trees and their seeds as we soak up the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. Dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. A family favorite, great for adults and kids (Everybody pays!) Pre-registration required. Instructor: Linda Bailey. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.

Wednesday, 5:00pm-6:15pm, November 1
$6/$6 (residents/non-residents)

Composting for Dummies
Come learn about a super way to recycle right in your own back yard. Take trash from your kitchen and yard debris and turn it into black gold you can use for free. It’s time to turn over a new leaf; if you’ve thought about composting but felt there was something holding you back this class is for you. Instructor: Linda Bailey, Location: Motts Run Nature Center

Thursday, 4pm-5pm, September 21
$6/$6 (residents/non-residents)

Trash Class
8yrs - 18 yrs
As creative as art is, it is also a destructive force, it consumes materials and makes excess waste. With that in mind, we offer these classes to clean up the town one piece of art at a time. Gloved students take to the streets downtown and two river-side parks with an instructor to collect trash, litter and natural debris. Trash treasures are carried back to the studio for cleaning, assessing, and assembling into one of a kind works of art, using mixed media techniques estensively. From monsters and robots to landscapes and dioramas. Collaboration is up to individuals, but is always encouraged in our studio. Supplies: Power Grab industrial glue, thick rubber gloves such as yellow dish wash gloves, large empty cardboard food box such as cereal or saltines, clean empty 1 liter bottle or half gallon mil jug. Location: Evolving Art Machine Art Studio & Lyceum, 502 B Sophia Street.

Monday, 5:30-7:30pm
September 4-25
October 2-23
November 6-27
$30/$30 (residents/non-residents), 4 sessions per month
or $120 per month

Registration for our nature programs
Registration can be done either online, via fax or by mail, or in person at the Dorothy Hart Community Center. We do recommend to register no later than 1 week prior to the program starting. 

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