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 

May 5ATMD Appalachian Trail Hike #2 - This event is only open to CFIN "regulars". This will be the second of seven hikes over which we will cover the 41 miles of the Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail. This section will be 6.7 miles and will take us from Gathland state park to down Weverton Cliffs (570 foot descent) to a few miles outside of Harper's Ferry.
May 6PatapscoTeen Forest 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.
May 20WoodbineCFIN 4th Birthday Party and Watershed Weekend Grand Finale! This will be the final event in our year-long watershed exploration and education as well as our (slightly belated) 4th birthday celebration for CFIN! During this event we will work to clean up both the pond and stream areas at Western Regional Park. Families will receive their awards for participation in the CFIN Watershed Weekend series at this finale event and make “seed bursts” of native wildflower seeds that they can take home to plant in riparian areas of their watershed. In addition to some fun educational activities we will enjoy a potluck picnic dinner as part of this celebration!
June 3LaurelStrawberry Picking - If the strawberries are ripe at Gorman Farm or Larriland Farm we will head there to get some tasty farm fresh treats. If not, we will come up with a fun local alternative adventure.
June 17 ATMD Appalachian Trail Hike #3 - This event is only open to CFIN "regulars". This will be the third of seven hikes over which we will cover the 41 miles of the Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail. This section will be 7.4 miles and will take us from South Mountain to Gathland state park. This is a relatively easy section of the trail with excellent footing and we will get treats at South Mountain Creamery before or after the hike! (FOR CFIN regulars, message me about camping the night before).