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Summer Outings - Mark your calendars


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All Ages Outing Activity Notes 

August 27 (3-5)ColumbiaSummer Watershed Watch Walk @ Middle Patuxent River. We will collaborate with the Columbia Association to do a Watershed Watch walk along the Middle Patuxent River that flows through Kings Contrivance. We will gather and remove trash, conduct a macroinvertebrate sample, and make observations about the wildlife we find in StreamMapper app. (Watershe "Weekend" #3)
September 8-10Ellicott CityCamping @ Patapsco. We are having a big camp out to welcome the slow return to fall. Families need to have attended at least two CFIN outings before the camp out in order to attend (so plan accordingly, there is lots of time) and can camp out for one or two nights. We are limited to about 20 families in total. More details forthcoming, but it isn't too soon to get this on your calendars!
September 24 (3-5)ColumbiaNative Species Planting and Jr. BioBlitz @ Wilde Lake. CFIN families will work with Columbia Association Watershed Manager John McCoy and the Wilde Lake Village Board to plant native species in riparian areas as well as conduct a junior BioBlitz to identify the animal species we can find around Wilde Lake.  (Watershed "Weekend" #4)
October 8 (3-5)LaurelScenic walk along Savage Mill Trail - We will walk along historic Savage Mill Trail which fillows the Little Patuxent River in an area that has a lot of cascading falls and rapids, see the ruins of an old mill, and the last remaining Bollman truss bridge. It is a really pretty and interesting walk. We thinking up some fun activities to do along our adventure and will send out details for the event via email to the people who have signed up as going. 
October 22 (3-5)ColumbiaTree Planting @ Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum. Participants will learn about the importance of tree planting for watershed protection and the benefits of letting fallen autumn leaves stay on the ground over the winter. Through playful fall activities, we will also learn about watershed history, focusing on farmers’ dependency on water for crops and livestock, and about their efforts to take care of their water through planting trees, reducing erosion, and building soil.  (Watershed "Weekend #5)
November 5 (1:30-3:30)Shenandoah, VAHawksbill Hike @ Shenandoah National Park. The view from Hawksbill Mountain is one of the best in the park, with two lookout areas near the summit. This is the highest point in Shenandoah National Park, and the rocky lookout area at the top clears the way for scenic views, with no vegetation to block the vista. If it's a busy day with many hikers, there is still plenty of room at the top for everyone to spread out, relax for a while, and enjoy the moment. Near the summit is a day-use stone hut with a picnic table that looks out over the valley. The trail begins at the Upper Hawksbill parking area at milepost 46.7 and leads up to the summit, covering 2.1 miles round-trip. The ground is even and follows a fire road part of the way, making it suitable for most hikers. 
November 19 (2-4)LaurelFall Herptile Hike @ High Ridge Park. Sue Muller from Howard County Recreation and Parks will be walking and talking with us about watershed biodiversity, with a focus on amphibians and reptiles (herptiles) and their fall behaviors. She is a pro at finding creatures and knows all about them when she finds him, so this opportunity will be a real treat!