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Columbia Families in Nature is a program of the Community Ecology Institute.

Summer Outings - Mark your calendars

 

Date ..... 

Location

All Ages Outing Activity Notes 

February 25

CatonsvilleHistoric Foodways & Watershed Exploration @ Benjamin Banneker Park. The 9th event in our series of monthly watershed exploration and education events will be about exploring the relationship between local watersheds and historic foodways in our area. We will have a guest speaker and take a hike down to the Trolley Trail and tributary of the Patapsco river.
March 11Owings MillsSoldiers Delight Exploration - This will be our annual field trip to Soldiers Delight to check out their nature center and do some letter boxing in their unique ecosystem.
March 18CatonsvilleForest Forensics @ Patapsco - This event is designed to engage teens in studying a natural landscape and using the evidence to piece together what has happened in the past. Participants will act as “detectives” as they explore the natural landscape of distinct parts of the Patapsco State Park system. Using a dichotomous key, teens will evaluate the trees, soil, leaf placement, etc. to recognize and document their observations to recreate the history of the area. Their findings will be compared to historical information and visitor guides to determine similarities and discuss any gaps or differences. 
March 25ColumbiaWatershed Exploration @ Hawthorn Pond - During the 10th event in the watershed exploration and education series we will collaborating with the Columbia Association to do an invasive species pull, native plant installation, water quality test, and wood duck box build at Hawthorn Pond! Sign up soon, space will be limited!
April 7-8Harpers FerryAppalachian Trail Hikes @ Harper's Ferry - These will be the first and second of seven hikes over which we will cover the 41 miles of the Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail. The Saturday hike will be will be a flat 3.3 mile section along the C&O canal. The Sunday hike will be 6.7 miles and will take us to Gathland state park. There is an elevation change of 570 feet at the beginning of this hike.
April 14ColumbiaNative Tree Grove Preparation - We are partnering with the Columbia Association and several interfaith community partners to plant a native tree grove in an area that is currently a forest fragment filled with invasive species. On this date we will be going out to the site to prepare it for the tree planting two weeks later. We need a lot of energetic, strong volunteers to help is prepare the soil for our native trees! Drinks and snacks will be provided!
April 22ColumbiaEarth Day Event - Celebrate Earth Day with CFIN during our 11th Watershed Exploration and Education event! We will be collaborating with the Columbia Association to care for Homespun Pond, which is by Lake Elkhorn. We'll be planting native species such as viburnum and pawpaw around the pond and building both floating wetlands and blue bird boxes as well as doing any clean up of trash from the pond that is needed. 
April 29ColumbiaNative Tree Grove Planting - We are partnering with the Columbia Association and several interfaith community partners to plant a native tree grove in an area that is currently a forest fragment filled with invasive species. On this date we will be planting hundreds of trees! We need a lot of energetic, strong volunteers to make this possible! Drinks and snacks will be provided!