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Summer Outings - Mark your calendars


Date ..... 


All Ages Outing Activity Notes 

June 17 (8-12)


Agape 5k! Be a part of the CFIN race team (you can walk!) and join us in dressing up for some good, active fun! There will be delicious food and fun activities for the kids. Learn more and register at

June 25 (3-5)


Watershed Weekend Kick-off Celebration @ Rockburn Branch Park. This event will be a celebratory launch of the Watershed Weekend series. Families will be asked to bring a food item to share that is from our 100-mile foodshed to get people thinking about where the resources we depend on originate in relation to where we live. A large map will be provided in which families will place pins for where the food they brought came from and for where they live, and see how water bodies and watersheds in Howard County relate to the lands where their food was grown. 

July 9



Archeology Dig Play and Woods Explore @ Fairland Regional Park. We will dig for hidden dinosaur bones and play on the huge boundless ramp structure on this playground covered with sand where children can find hidden play fossils. Once we have expended our playground energy we will hit the park trails for a shady exploration.

July 23


Ellicott City

Watershed Watcher Training @ Orange Grove Area of Patapsco State Park. Families will hike the River Road Trail that runs on the Howard County side of the Patapsco River from the swinging bridge in Orange Grove to Bloedes Dam.  During this event, families will learn how to be Watershed Watchers. Participants will be guided through the process of doing a macroinvertebrate sample, collect trash in and along the stream, conduct simple chemical testing, and record their observations and activities.  

August 4 to 6


Camping @ Greenbrier State Park. Families are booking their own sites for a shared weekend camping experience at Greenbrier State Park, which is about an hour west from Columbia and has a wonderful swimming lake!

August 27  (3-5)


Summer Watershed Watch @ the Middle Patuxent River in Kings Contrivance. Building on the training received in July, for this event CFIN will collaborate with Columbia Association Watershed Manager John McCoy to do a Watershed Watch hike along the Middle Patuxent River adjacent to Columbia Association paths in Kings Contrivance. We will gather and remove trash, conduct a macroinvertebrate sample, and make observations about the wildlife that we find, with the help of the iNaturalist app.