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

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Spring Outings - Mark your calendars

 

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All Ages Outing Activity Notes 

September 9 Myersville Appalachian Trail Hike - This will be the sixth of seven hikes over which we will cover the 41 miles of the Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail. This section is 4.1 miles ending at Buzzard Knob. We will enjoy a leisurely hike in this beautiful area as fall arrives - pack a hikeable picnic lunch. PLEASE NOTE: We will be closing each AT hike at around 12 families. Due to the unique logistics of these events, we ask that families have attended at least one CFIN event before their first AT hike with us. 
September 15 Mount AiryMonarch Observation and Tagging - We will join the Audubon Society of Central Maryland for their annual monarch butterfly tagging event. It is wonderful, educational, and helps scientists help the monarchs!
September 21-22 Catonsville Annual Fall Camping Trip - For the past three years we have been camping at Patapsco State Park youth group camp ground in the fall. More details will be coming for this year's event soon! Please note that your family needs to have attended at least five CFIN events to join this camping trip.
October 14TBDDetails for this event are forthcoming, but save the date for a fun fall event!
October 21ColumbiaNative Tree Planting - details forthcoming
October 28th ATAppalachian Trail Hike - This will be the final of seven hikes over which we will cover the 41 miles of the Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail. This section is 5.9 miles ending at the Pennsylvania border.  PLEASE NOTE: We will be closing each AT hike at around 12 families. Due to the unique logistics of these events, we ask that families have attended at least one CFIN event before their first AT hike with us.
November 11PatapscoForest Forensics - 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.