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

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Summer Outings - Mark your calendars


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All Ages Outing Activity Notes 

October 8 (3-5)LaurelFULL: Scenic 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 (2-4)ClarksvilleHike and Fairy Fort Building @ Middle Patuxent Environmental Area.  We will take a hike through the beautiful Middle Patuxent Environmental Area and once the kids have burned off some energy we will stop to spend some time building fairy houses and or forts. We may even try our hands at making little acorn people!
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!
December 3 (2-4)CockeysvilleNature Center Exploration @ Oregon Ridge. The Oregon Ridge Nature Center offers a variety of exhibits explaining the history, wildlife, and natural environment of this site. We will explore exhibits of fauna and flora and archaeology inside the Nature Center, as well as exhibits of live animals, including snakes, fish, amphibians, honeybees, and other creatures. We will also explore the restored tenant house and a sugar shack (for maple syrup production), outdoor bird enclosures or mews, a rabbit hutch, and a natural play area. Weather depending we will hike to two outdoor exhibits as well.
December 17


Watershed Clean-Up and Winter Solstice Celebration @ Western Regional Park. During this event we will work together to clean up the pond and stream areas at Western Regional Park and then engage in fun hands-on watershed education activities at park pavilion such as making crumpled paper watersheds as we celebrate the beginning