The Natural and Historical Resources Division
Program Planning Handbook Compiled April 1, 2011
The Natural and Historical Resources Division Office 6707 Green Landing Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-7616 Phone: 301-627-2270 Fax: 301-952-0936 TTY: 301-699-2544 www.pgparks.com
The Natural and Historical Resources Division Program Planning Handbook The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Natural and Historical Resources Division (NHRD) Program Planning Handbook describes the program offerings and facility amenities offered by the division’s numerous facilities. The handbook outlines both guided and self-guided opportunities offered throughout the year. The mission of NHRD is to provide the public with professional natural and historical resource management services, interpretive programs, museums, parks, and special facilities in order to educate our community and encourage stewardship of the diverse natural resources and historical heritage of Prince George’s County. From nature hikes on the trails of our parks to canoe trips on the river, a walk back in time in our museums or archaeology sites, to a day on the farm, this handbook clearly demonstrates we have something for everyone. Take a look at what each facility offers and contact them if you would like to inquire about scheduling, partnering, or with any general questions. Our three nature centers, Clearwater Nature Center in Cosca Regional Park in southern Prince George’s County, Watkins Nature Center in the central part of the county, and Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, an urban nature center in northern Prince George’s County, offer countless indoor and outdoor programs to people of all ages. The division manages over 7,000 acres of marsh and woodlands as part of Patuxent River Park including Fran Uhler Natural Area, Governor Bridge Natural Area, Clyde Watson Boating Area, Queen Anne Fishing Area and Canoe Launch, Jug Bay Natural Area, and Cedar Haven Park. Naturalists conduct environmental and nature interpretation programs and activities throughout these parks and nature centers. The Patuxent River 4-H Center operates year round on 74 acres of open-space parkland adjacent to the Patuxent River offering an abundance of activities and camps where visitors explore and enjoy the great outdoors. Park Rangers offer guided tours of natural area parks rich in plant and animal diversity, like the Suitland Bog, Cheltenham Wetlands Park, and Lake Artemisia, in addition to a host of outreach programs, camps, and other outdoor activities. Historic sites throughout the county provide educational benefits through tours, historical programs, and special events. Six historic house museums including Surratt, Darnall’s Chance, Marietta, Billingsley, Riversdale, and Montpelier, welcome visitors of all ages and offer numerous opportunities to learn and experience Prince George’s County’s history. College Park Aviation Museum boasts 27,000-square-feet of interactive exhibits that tell the story of the world’s oldest operating airport, the College Park Airport, where Wilbur Wright first taught military aviators to fly in 1909. The Archaeology Program preserves, protects, and interprets the archaeological resources of the county and manages several archaeological parks where visitors and students have opportunities to take part. Whether you want to experience the natural beauty of Prince George’s County or its rich history, you will find available opportunities in the NHRD Program Planning Handbook.
Table of Contents Nature Centers Clearwater Nature Center .....................................................................................7 Mt. Rainier Nature & Recreation Center ................................................................17 Watkins Nature Center .......................................................................................19
Historic Museums Abraham Hall ....................................................................................................27 College Park Aviation Museum .............................................................................29 Darnall’s Chance House Museum ..........................................................................33 Marietta House Museum……………………………………………….37 Montpelier Mansion ...........................................................................................39 R i v e r s d a l e House Museum .............................................................................43 S u r r a t t H o u s e M u s e u m ............................................................................49
Special Program Units A r c h a e o l o g y P r o g r a m ...............................................................................55 Old Maryland Farm ............................................................................................57 Park Ranger Unit ...............................................................................................61 Patuxent River
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Natural Area Parks B l a d e n s b u r g W a t e r f r o n t P a r k ................................................................71 Patuxent River Park ............................................................................................77
Clearwater N a t u re C e n t e r Cosca Regional Park 11000 Thrift Road Clinton, MD 20735 Phone: 301-297-4575 TTY: 301-699-2544 Fax: 301-297-5743 Clearwater Nature Center offers a variety of interpretive programs hosted by the facility's naturalists. Visitors can experience interesting exhibits, programs, special events, clubs, trips, and volunteer opportunities. Indoor and outdoor ponds, live animals, a lapidary laboratory, and a seasonal butterfly garden are some of the unique components of this facility. Many programs are closely coordinated with the county's public school curriculum, making Clearwater Nature Center a great place for school trips. Walk in on your own, or visit the facility as part of a group to explore live mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey (including a bald eagle). In addition to the nature center, Cosca Regional Park offers a variety of activities for people of all ages. The park is more than 690 acres in size, some of which have been developed for recreational use, but much of the park remains in its natural, undeveloped state. There are over five miles of hiking trails. There is also an 11-acre lake that offers fishing for bluegill, bass, catfish and trout. Paddle boat rentals are available for use on the lake from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The tram train operates between these holidays as well. The park has an extensive playground within walking distance to the lake, and both sheltered picnic areas and pavilions. Twenty-five campsites are available for rental year round.
Program Offerings: Indoor Curriculum Based Programs LIVE ANIMAL SHOW Using a variety of live animals, students will enjoy a hands-on learning experience as they discover where the animals live, what they eat, how they move, how they adapt to survive, and much more. Age Group: Pre-K & up
DINOSAURS AND FOSSILS Travel back in time to discover the secrets of prehistoric life. Investigate prehistoric plants and animals using visual aids, fossils, games and hands-on activities. Age Group: K & up METAMORPHOSIS AND INSECTS Explore the world of insects and how they benefit the environment with a special focus on life cycles and metamorphosis of butterflies, moths, and amphibians. Make scientific observations using multimedia, visual aids, and specimens. Includes a hike to search for insects. Age Group: Grades 2-8 ROCKS & MORE ROCKS Classify rocks by their properties: size, weight, color, texture, and shape. A hands-on presentation examines nature's building blocks and explores uses for these natural resources. Age Group: Grades 2-8 VIVACIOUS VERTEBRATES Using multimedia, visual aids, and live animals, explore the characteristics and habitats of vertebrates: mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, and amphibians. Focus will be on the adaptations for survival: locomotion, diet, body coverings, communication, reproduction, migration, hibernation, and dormancy. Age Group: Grades 2-8 WETLANDS AND THE BAY Focus on various wetlands, their functions and their importance to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Hike along the creek or lake and discuss the water cycle, watersheds, pollution, erosion, and other factors affecting wetlands. Use charts, nets, and trays to study live aquatic animals and plants. Students should wear old clothes and shoes that can get wet. Age Group: Grades 2-8 PLANTS, PHOTOSYNTHESIS AND CYCLES This is a grade appropriate exploration program with an emphasis on plant structure, functions, characteristics, and reproduction. Learn the importance of green plants and energy flow, the process of photosynthesis, and the respiration cycle. Students will hike to an area to study biotic and abiotic features of forest ecosystems using visual aids, multimedia, and measuring tools. Team up and play a competitive game. Age Group: Grades 2-8 INDIANS OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND Examine artifacts and tools to learn about historical Eastern Woodland Indian cultures and how they used natural resources. Multimedia and outdoor activities included. Age Group: Grades 4-8
Outdoor Programs RAPTOR CENSUS Join us as we seek out as many of our wintering birds of prey as possible. Learn how to spot and identify hawks, eagles, and possibly falcons. Bring a bag lunch/drink and dress for the weather. Binoculars and field guides are recommended. Age Group: 14 & up TIMBERDOODLE HIKE Join a naturalist for a hike to see the spectacular courtship display of the "Timberdoodle" or American Woodcock. This mysterious bird reliably performs a spiraling flight display shortly after sunset. Age Group: 6 years old & up FALL HIKING SPREE Enjoy a naturalist-led woodland nature hike in Cosca Park. Registration through SMARTlink is required. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 16 during the program. Adults must also register for the program. Age Group: All ages CREEK HIKE Come explore, examine, and identify the many creatures found in a local creek using dip nets. Dress to get wet. Wear wading boots, water shoes, or old sneakers that can get wet/muddy. Age Group: 5 years old & up REPTILE SHOW AND HIKE Meet and learn about a variety of reptiles from the nature center’s collection and touch one if you like. Then join a naturalist for a short hike to look for reptiles. See and meet up close some of the nature center’s live animals Age Group: 6 years old & up
Children’s Programs PUPPET SHOWS Join our naturalists for a fun-filled puppet show with a nature theme appropriate for the season. Age Group: 2-10 years old CSI: NATURE DETECTIVES Join us as you become a CSI (Critter Scene Investigator) to explore a simulated crime scene using a variety of investigative techniques such as track analysis, dissection, scat examination, or bone and skull identification. Age Group: 8 & up
NATURE: EXPLORE INSECTS Explore the anatomy of insects and learn about their life cycles and how they can be helpful. A craft is included along with a short hike to search for and observe local insects. Age Group: 5 years old & up NATURE: EXPLORE ANIMAL TRACKS Learn how to search for animals by using clues such as tracks (footprints), scat, and chew marks. Make a plaster cast of an animal track Age Group: 7 years old & up
Family Programs LIVE ANIMAL SHOW See and meet up close some of the nature centerâ€™s live animals. Touching and questions are encouraged. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 16 during the program. Adults must also register and pay for the program. Age Group: 2 years old & up PUPPET SHOW Join our naturalists for a fun-filled puppet show with a nature theme appropriate for the season. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 16 during the program. Adults must also register for the program. Age Group: 2 years old & up SCARE FACTOR Test your nerves and face your fears during a series of fun nature-related challenges involving insects, snakes, and more. Any age may join this program as part of the supportive audience, but only individuals ages 10 & up will be allowed to volunteer to participate in the challenges. Participants selected for the challenges must sign a release form. Age Group: 2 years old & up FAMILY FOSSIL HUNT Van/car pool to a local fossil site to collect these unique specimens from the past. Bring a sturdy plastic bag and shoes that can get wet. Age Group: 6 years old & up FAMILY CAMPFIRE Enjoy a nature program and roasting tasty marshmallows. Marshmallows and roasting sticks will be provided. You may bring your own hot dogs and drinks if you like. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 16 during the program. Adults must also register for the program. Age Group: 2 years old & up
ANIMAL AMORE Join a naturalist for an interactive program on animal courtship displays and meet some of our resident romantics. Explore some of the fun and sometimes silly things animals do to find a mate. Age Group: 2 years old & up WHO LET THE SNAKES OUT? St. Patrick didn’t drive the snakes out of Ireland. There’s another reason there are no snakes in Ireland. This program will discuss the legend and some fascinating information about these reptiles. Some snake myths will also be discussed and dispelled. Age Group: 2 years old & up TRICKY WILDLIFE Learn about animals who are “sly like a fox” and use deception in their daily lives to avoid danger. Animals use tactics such as camouflage, mimicry, and even losing body parts to save themselves. Some of the nature center’s animals and their tricks will be featured. Age Group: 2 years old & up TADPOLES Learn about animals and nature through story time with a naturalist, enjoy stories or games focusing on an animal guest, or become part of a nature story through interpretive, dynamic movements. Age Group: 3-5 years
Teen Programs THE INCREDIBLE RACE Teams of five will race through Cosca Park completing a series of challenges some mental, some physical. The top three teams to arrive at the final destination win. Age Group: 14-17 years old OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE Teens: can you face the challenge of an overnight adventure? Experience camping, ropes/challenge course, hikes and other fun nature activities. Age Group: 14-17 years old TEEN SCARE FACTOR Test your nerves and face your fears during a series of fun nature-related challenges involving insects, snakes and more. Teens must have parent signed form in order to participate in the challenges. Participants must sign a release form. Age Group: 14-17 years old
Adult Programs BUTTERFLY GARDENING WORKSHOP Activities and topics discussed include, planning and starting a garden, planting, repotting techniques, and recommended gardening tools. Participants will receive a butterflyattracting plant for their home garden. This is a hands-on workshop, so please dress for the outdoors. Age Group: 18 years old & up JEWELRY MAKING WITH BOB: CABOCHONS Students will learn the basics of gem cutting as you create your own cabochon using diamond saws, grinders, and polishing equipment. Students need to bring a pair of safety goggles to class and bring an apron to protect clothing or wear clothes that can get wet and oily. Learn how to use rock cutting and polishing equipment to make your own cabochon! Age Group: 18 years old & up JEWELRY MAKING WITH LORNA: INTRO TO WIRE WRAPPING In this introductory course, students will learn to bend and twist decorative wire to make one pair of earrings and a pendant. An extra $12 material kit fee (check or cash) is due at the start of each class. Age Group: 16 years old & up JEWELRY MAKING WITH LORNA: STERLING SILVER CHAINS Using small circles of sterling silver wire to make various patterned chains, students will make a jump-ring bracelet. A material kit fee (check or cash) is due at the start of each class. Material kit fee for this class is around $15 or may be slightly higher as it is based on the prevailing price of silver. Age Group: 16 years old & up JEWELRY MAKING WITH LORNA: BEAD WEAVING Students will make two pairs of earrings or a pair of earrings and a bracelet in this workshop. Seed beads are not used in this class. An extra $12 material kit fee (check or cash) is due at the start of each class. Age Group: 16 years old & up JEWELRY MAKING WITH LORNA: KNOTTING BEADS Students will make a 16- to 20-inch necklace using knots between gem beads and learn to use a bead tip tool. An extra $12 material kit fee (check or cash) is due at the start of each class. Age Group: 16 years old & up
Evening Programs FAMILY CAMPFIRE Enjoy a nature program and roasting tasty marshmallows. Marshmallows and roasting
sticks will be provided. You may bring your own hot dogs and drinks if you like. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 16 during the program. Adults must also register for the program. Age Group: 2 years old & up FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT & HIKE Spend an enjoyable evening taking a short hike and then attending a night at the movies with friends and family. Popcorn, snacks and drinks will be available for sale. Age Group: 5 years old & up
Special Events GEM, MINERAL AND FOSSIL SHOW The Southern Maryland Rock & Mineral Club hosts a show and sale. Included are demonstrations of cabochon making, faceting, bead weaving, and gold panning. Vendors sell fossils, gems and minerals. A childrenâ€™s jewelry craft is also available. Age Group: 2 years old & up PREHISTORIC PARTY Dig into the past to learn about Marylandâ€™s Dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. See genuine fossils and dig for your own as a junior paleontologist. Enjoy crafts, a puppet show, and see live animal shows to learn how some modern creatures have connections to prehistoric ancestors. Age Group: 3 years old & up NATURE FAIR Families enjoy live music, animal shows, nature exhibits and crafts, games with prizes, and food with some healthy food options, all in a serene setting in the woods behind the nature center. Age Group: All ages KOOKY NOT SPOOKY The Kooky Not Spooky non-scary Halloween event features hayrides, crafts, marshmallow roasting and hot cocoa around the campfire. There will be live creepy, crawly creatures. Wearing a Halloween costume is encouraged. Age Group: 2 years old & up
Home School Programs NATURE FRIENDS A home-school science club where children will experience nature through multimedia presentations, discussions, stories, hikes, and crafts. Each class focuses on a different nature theme. Class meets once a month for 4 months. Age Group: 5-6 years old
NATURE RANGERS Students will experience a series of four (4) in-depth nature classes using live animals, preserved specimens, artifacts, multimedia presentations, discussions, hikes, and other hands-on activities to explore the world of natural science. Classes meet once a month. Age Group: 7-9 years old NATURE EXPLORERS Students will experience a series of four (4) in-depth nature classes using live animals, preserved specimens, artifacts, multimedia presentations, discussions, hikes, and other hands-on activities to explore the world of natural science. Classes meet once a month. Age Group: 10-14 years old HOME SCHOOL FIBER ARTS Home School students learn about knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, and other fiber arts. There is no experience necessary. Supply kits are available for an additional fee. Age Group: 7 and up
Birthday Parties Surprise your child with a live animal show at his or her next birthday party. Party package consists of three (3) hour use of our auditorium and a live animal presentation. You can also fill up your gift bags with items purchased from our Terrapin Treasures Gift Shop at a 15% discount. Maximum room capacity of both children and adults is 40 people. Age Group: 2–12 years old
Summer Camps NATURE SEEKERS Learn about the world of nature through crafts, hikes, stories and games in this half-day camp. Themes include Forests, Wetlands, Animals, and Plants. Snacks provided. NOTE: This is a half day camp. Extended care is not available for pre-school camps. Age Group: 4-5 years old NATURE DETECTIVES If you listen closely there are ‘clues’ in nature that tell a story. Children will spend the week discovering the wonders of plants and animals through a range of indoor and outdoor activities including hikes, crafts and games during this all day camp. Age Group: 6-7 years old OUTDOOR EXPLORERS Experience nature through indoor and outdoor games, crafts, hikes, and hands-on animal and plant activities during this all day camp. Age Group: 6-7 years old
WETLAND WANDERERS Explore local ponds, rivers, and streams on foot and by boat. Activities include the catching, studying, and release of wetland creatures and daily expeditions to search for wildlife clues. Expect to get wet every day. Age Group: 8-10 years old BUG HOUNDS Experience nature through indoor and outdoor games, crafts, hikes, and hands-on animal and plant activities. Age Group: 8-10 years old WILDLIFE SAFARI Explore and discover a variety of wildlife from local and international habitats. Activities include animal shows, hikes and field trips. Age Group: 8-10 years old EXTREME ADVENTURERS Embark on adventures such as canoeing, whitewater rafting, geo-caching and hiking. Participants provide their own sleeping bags and backpacks for overnight camping Thursday night. Age Group: 11-13 years old JR. NATURALIST CAMP Teens- ever wonder what it is like to be a Park Naturalist? Spend the week learning more about the natural world around you, gain knowledge of possible career choices in this and other related fields, and earn service learning hours for school. Age Group: 13â€“15 years old ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CAMP Teens will gain an appreciation for natural and environmental science concepts and gain hands-on knowledge and experience. Challenge and encourage each other as you embark upon a wide variety of team-oriented activities designed to prepare you for the Envirothon challenge. Age Group: 11-13 years
Scout Programs CUB SCOUT ACTIVITY BADGE PROGRAMS Cub Scout groups can schedule an exciting activity badge program designed for fun and knowledge. Activities available for Webelos to earn Forester, Naturalist, and Geologist badges. BOY SCOUT ACTVITY BADGE PROGRAMS Boy Scout groups can schedule activity badge programs in order to earn merit badges in Animal Science, Bird Study, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forestry, Gardening,
Geology, Mammal Study, Nature, Geology, Plant Science, Reptile and Amphibian Study, and Weather. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Clearwater Nature Center offers a variety of volunteer positions for adults and teens. Volunteer positions offered include animal care aide, greenhouse and gardens aide, naturalist aide, nature fair aide, nature trail and maintenance aide, Twilight Terrors aide, puppeteer aide, secretarial/office aide, Weed Warriors, and Summer Day Camp assistant.
Mt. Rainier Nature & Recreation Center 4701 31st Place Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 Phone: 301-927-2163 TTY: 301-699-2544 Fax: 301-699-9625
Mt. Rainier Nature & Recreation Center, located inside the Capital Beltway, is Prince Georgeâ€™s Countyâ€™s only urban nature center. This nature center features hands-on exhibits as well as live animals. We offer a wide variety of natural history interpretive programs for the community and school groups. The center also features a recreation room available for parties, workshops, receptions, and meetings, and a game room available for youth, adults, and families visiting the center. Curriculum Based School Programs & Home School Science Program Enjoy a variety of curriculum-based natural science program for students ages 4-14. On The Go Puppet Show This is fun and educational curriculum based on a show that consist of many characters and the wonders of nature and science. The show includes one live animal. Live Animal Show Get up close and personal to an assortment of live animals. Learn all about their characteristics. Touch some of them and other interesting animal parts such as furs, bones, and feathers. On the Go Campfires A Naturalist will engage you in great tales of nature, show an animal or two, sing songs, and much more all around a cozy campfire just for you. Have a campfire at our site or we can come to you. Nature Hikes Go on a forest or creek hike with a Naturalist. Explore, examine, and identify the flora and fauna in our local parks and creeks. Birding Bonanza Explore some of the local birding hot spots in and around the national capital area. Ages 18 & up. Nature Club Explore Nature and have fun with activities, games, projects, and more. Ages 5-12 Toddler Time This is a parent-led activity held Thursdays to have fun and explore the nature center. 17
Enjoy feeding turtles, hands on nature treasures, crafts, stories and more. Ages 1-5 with parents. Cheetah Girls Club Here is a girls chance to learn about nature, sewing, pom-pom, dance, etiquette, cooking, fashion, beauty, self-esteem, and more. Girls Ages 8-11 Zumba Plus This Zumba blends Latin and International music and dance themes and creates a dynamic and exciting workout. It includes toning and abs exercises Xtreme Teen Nights & Open Recreation Preteens and Teens spend time at the center in the evening enjoying recreational activities Adventure Seekers Enjoy canoeing, hiking, museums and trips to natural and historical sites. Ages 8-12 Teen Fusion & Stay and Play Have fun at the nature center after school. Do your homework, work on projects, relax in the game room, earn service learning hours, and more. Ages 8-17 Synergy Volunteer Program Synergy Volunteer Program challenges teenagers to become responsible and productive. Empowered to live a healthy lifestyles, teens participate in service learning projects stewardship opportunities of natural, cultural and historical resources. Theyâ€™ll engage in social awareness campaign and positive leisure and recreation activities.
Wa t k i n s N a t u re C e n t e r 301 Watkins Park Dr Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 Phone: 301-218-6702 TYY: 301-699-2544 Fax: 301-218-6712 Watkins Nature Center offers something for everyone! Live animal displays feature native owls, hawks, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Indoor and outdoor ponds, a songbird feeding area, and a squirrel gym that showcases tricks to eating corn on the run entertain our visitors. For information on school and family programs, please review the following programs. For information on program fees, please contact Watkins Nature Center during business hours. The center is open Monday-Saturday from 8:30 A.M. â€“ 5:00 P.M. and on Sundays and holidays from 11:00 A.M. â€“ 4:00 P.M. In addition to the nature center, Watkins Regional Park also offers many other activities for visitors. Seasonal facilities such as the Chesapeake Carousel, train, and miniature golf course are a short walk from the nature center. Just beyond the train station, you will find Old Maryland Farm, an educational farm facility open to the public offering agricultural exhibits, livestock, display gardens, and interpretive programs. The Watkins Regional Park Tennis Bubble encompasses five indoor tennis courts and offers a variety of options for contract and spot time, age specific instruction, leagues, and rentals. There are also nine easy-to-follow color blazed nature trails throughout the park.
Program Offerings: Indoor Curriculum Based Programs MAKING SENSE OF NATURE Use your senses to meet animals and learn in a child-friendly way to touch and enjoy nature. Students will: 1) identify the five senses and the related body parts, 2) classify objects based on sensory information to include color, texture, size, sound, taste or shape. Age Group: Pre-K - K
WILD THINGS Targeted to your age group, the naturalist chooses several live animals to introduce, which can include reptiles, mammals, or birds of prey. Students will: 1) identify the different characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, and 2) learn about local animal species. Age Group: Pre-K - adult BE AN EARTH SAVER Describes how to be an earth saver by recycling, reducing, and reusing garbage and identifies the recycling symbol (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle). Students will identify and sort items, which can be recycled. Age Group: Grades 2 - 5 REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS Meet local and exotic snakes, turtles, frogs and toads. Students will: 1) observe the life cycle characteristics of an amphibian, 2) describe the differences between a reptile and an amphibian, and 3) investigate and explore the behavioral patterns of reptiles and amphibians. Age Group: Grade 1 - adult INSECTS VS. SPIDERS Compare and contrast the differences between insects and spiders. Students will: 1) identify the different characteristics of insects and spiders, 2) learn about the varying life cycles of insects, and 3) investigate and explore predictable behavioral patterns of insects and spiders. Age Group: Grades 2 - 3 DINOSAURS Learn about the dinosaurs of Maryland and the United Sates. Students will: 1) learn what a fossil is. 2) describe what scientists can infer about dinosaurs based on fossilized remains, and 3) theorize why dinosaurs are not living today. Age Group: Grades 1 - 2 BIRDS OF PREY Meet several of our live resident hawks, owls, or vultures. Students will: 1) classify animals according to their diet, 2) describe the interdependence of living things within an ecosystem, and 3) describe behavioral and physical adaptations of birds. Age Group: Grade 2 - adult ANIMALS IN WINTER Offered December-February. Learn how local animals survive the winter. Students will: 1) define migration and identify animals that migrate, 2) define hibernation and identify animals that hibernate, and 3) describe habitat and resource availability during winter months. Age Group: Grade 2 - adult
WEB OF LIFE Learn about the food chains in nature and their connections. Meet some live animals and learn how they get their dinner. Students will: 1) learn what a food chain is, and 2) describe the interdependence of living things within an ecosystem. Age Group: Grades 2 - 5 INDIANS OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND Compare and contrast the Native Piscataway's use of natural resources in their daily lives with our use of natural resources in our daily lives, may include outdoor activity. Group size is limited to 30 students. Note: No live animals are used in this program. Age Group: Grades 3 - 6 ROCKS & MINERALS Learn various uses of rocks and classify them according to their properties. Students will: 1) Identify that rocks are composed of minerals, 2) describe properties of rocks to include color, size, weight, shape & texture, and 3) describe the formation of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Group size is limited to 30 students. Note: No live animals are used in this program. Age Group: Grades 4 - 6
Outdoor Programs DISCOVERY HIKE Targeted to your age group, naturalists will identify some common trees and plants, identify poison ivy, and look for signs of wildlife. Group will enjoy a 45-minute walk on our trails. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Group size is limited to 15-20 persons per naturalist. Age group: Grades 1 - adult
Childrenâ€™s Programs NATURE CRAFTS Listen to a story, meet an animal friend, and make a craft. Age Group: 2 - 8 years old PUPPET SHOWS Enjoy a nature themed puppet show, meet a live animal friend, and make a craft. Age Group: 2 - 10 years old SMALL FRY CLUB Children enjoy stories, crafts, games, and hikes. Meets once per month during the school year. Each class has a different nature related theme. Age Group: 2 - 4 years old
CUB SCOUT ACTIVITY BADGE PROGRAMS Dens can schedule an exciting activity badge program designed for fun and knowledge. Activities available for Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos.
Family Programs CREATURE FEATURE: ALL ABOUT RAPTORS Come to a program all about raptors. Meet and learn about our feathered friends, like owls, falcons, and hawks. Age Group: 2 years old & up CREATURE FEATURE: ALL ABOUT REPTILES Come to a program all about reptiles. Meet and learn about these cold-blooded creatures such as snakes, lizards, and turtles, and compare them to amphibians. Age Group: 2 years old & up LIVE ANIMAL SHOW Come and meet the nature center’s live animals including reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey. Get to learn all about each animal’s habitat, diet and more. Age Group: 2 years old & up
Evening Programs FAMILY CAMPFIRE Join a naturalist, and meet some of the nature center’s live animals. Enjoy a story, or skit around the campfire, and roast marshmallows. Age Group: 2 years old & up NIGHT HIKE Join a naturalist on a hike at night. Explore the sights and sounds of nature on a wooded trail. Age Group: 6 years old & up
Special Events DAY OF THE DINOSAUR Join the naturalists for a day all about dinosaurs. Enjoy a prehistoric themed puppet show, crafts, fossil and dinosaur displays, and an animal show that features animals that scientists think are closely related to dinosaurs. Age Group: 2 years old & up TRASH TO TREASURE: A Green Craft Fair Join us for our annual green craft fair featuring vendors selling items made from recycled, organic, or sustainable materials. This indoor craft fair features local artists, non-profit environmental groups and crafts for kids. Age Group: All ages
Home School Science Clubs NATURE FRIENDS Learn about nature through multimedia presentations, stories, hikes, and hands-on nature activities. Each class focuses on a different nature theme. Classes meet once a month during the school year. Age Group: 5-6 years old NATURE RANGERS Learn about nature through multimedia presentations, stories, hikes, and hands-on nature activities. Each class focuses on a different nature theme. Classes meet once a month during the school year. Age Group: 7-9 years old NATURE EXPLORERS Learn about nature through multimedia presentations, stories, hikes, and hands-on nature activities. Each class focuses on a different nature theme. Classes meet once a month during the school year. Age Group: 10-14 years old
Birthday Parties Enjoy having your birthday party at Watkins Nature Center. This package includes the use of our workshop room from 1:00 P.M. â€“ 4:00 P.M., a 30 minute live animal show, and a coloring book for each child guest. Age Group: 2â€“10 years old
Summer Nature Camps NATURE SEEKERS Learn about the world of nature through crafts, hikes, stories and games in this half-day camp. Themes include Forests, Wetlands, Animals, and Plants. Snacks provided. NOTE: This is a half day camp. Extended care is not available for pre-school camps. Age Group: 4-5 years old NATURE DETECTIVES Listen closely to clues in nature. Spend the week discovering the wonders of plants, animals and the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities including hikes, crafts and games. Age Group: 6-7 years old OUTDOOR EXPLORERS Experience nature through indoor and outdoor games, crafts, and hands-on animal and plant activities. Age Group: 6-7 years old
WILDLIFE SAFARI Explore and discover a variety of wildlife from local and international habitats. Activities include animal shows, hikes and field trips. Age Group: 8-10 years old WETLAND WANDERERS Explore local ponds, rivers, and streams on foot and by boat. Activities include the catch, study, and release of wetland creatures and daily expeditions to search for wildlife clues. Learn to maintain an aquarium and use water-testing equipment. Age Group: 8-10 years old EXTREME ADVENTURERS Embark on adventures such as: canoeing, whitewater rafting, hiking, or geocaching. Participants provide their own sleeping bags and backpacks for overnight camping on Thursday night. Age Group: 11-13 years old
Volunteer Opportunities Watkins Nature Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for adults and teens ages 13 & up. Volunteer positions offered include naturalist aide, animal care aide, and summer day camp aide. Schedules will vary depending on what assistance is needed.
Abraham Hall 7612 Muirkirk Road Phone: 240-264-3415 TTY: 301-669-2544 Fax: 240-264-3497 Built in 1889 for the Benevolent Sons and Daughters of Abraham, Abraham Hall is the County’s most outstanding example of a late 19th century African American benevolent society lodge. Chartered in 1877, The Sons and Daughters provided emergency financial assistance and death benefits to its members and served as a form of insurance not otherwise available to African Americans. For over 130 years Abraham Hall was used in various ways including a meeting place and landmark within the African American community of Rossville. The community’s namesake, Augustus Ross, was one of its first settlers. He purchased one of 12 parcels of land from the estate of wealthy landowner Mark Duvall. The Benevolent Sons and Daughters of Abraham purchased the largest (3.85 acres) of the twelve parcels as the site for its lodge. The Lodge became the largest and most substantial building in Rossville. After Queen’s Chapel, the community church, burned down in the 1890s, services were held in Abraham Hall until 1901, when the church completed work on a new chapel. The lodge was also used as a schoolhouse in the years before the construction of Muirkirk School in 1922. Abraham Hall is the first African American historic site in Prince George’s County, Maryland to be restored with public funds. Its restoration in 1990 marked a significant milestone in the County’s historic preservation efforts. The Black History Program is housed at Abraham Hall.
Program Offerings: EXHIBITION “SSS…WHEN IRON WAS HOT: AFRICAN AMERICAN IRONWORKERS IN THE MURKIRK AREA” Exhibition focuses on the ironworkers who founded the community of Rossville in the Muirkirk area and developed institutions that sustained them and their families through 27
enslavement and freedom. Available year round. Age Group: All ages MUSEUM TOURS Weekday tours by appointment Age Group: All ages
College Park Av i a t i o n Museum 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive College Park, MD 20740 Phone: 301-864-6029 TTY: 301-864-4765 Fax: 301-927-6472 The College Park Aviation Museum tells the story of the College Park Airport, the worldâ€™s oldest continuously operating airport. Visitors to the museum step into an open 1 story exhibit space, which highlights the display of unique aircraft and tells the story of the airport's many firsts in flight to today. The museum gallery contains historic and reproduction aircraft associated with the history of the airfield, as well as hands-on activities and interpretive areas for children of all ages. Explore the museum on your own, or experience aviation history through special events and programs held throughout the year.
Program Offerings: Museum Programs/Events MUSEUM TOURS Museum tours are available for schools, camps, day care and after care centers, homeschoolers, seniors, civic groups and others. Group tours are available Monday through Friday. All tours must be scheduled in advance, so please call 301-864-6029 to set up a tour. The fee is $3/adults and $2/children. Age Group: All ages VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT This program encourages veterans and civilians associated with the war efforts from WWII to the Iraqi Conflict to share their experience and document their service. The museum tapes interviews that are sent to the Library of Congress. As well as each veteran that participates receives a copy of his interview and free admission to the museum. Please call to schedule an appointment. WILBURâ€™S WORKSHOP Free with museum admission July 17, August 14, September 11, October 16, and November 6
Get a taste of the work that went into making early aircraft with a rib-making demonstration in Wilburâ€™s Hangar. Come watch as a 1909 Wright wing rib is constructed and one lucky person will win the rib to take home with them.
Age Group: All ages welcome. WRIGHT AEROPLANE RIB-MAKING WORKSHOPS Schedule a workshop for your group and learn to make your own wooden 1909 Wright wing rib. $7 workshop fee per participant includes supplies and museum admission. Please call the museum to make reservations. 301-864-6029 Age Group: Ages 12 & up PETER PAN CLUB Free with museum admission. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 10:30am. Come for some pre-school fun at the Peter Pan club. Ideal for little learners up to five years old, the club includes story-time and hands-on craft activities. If you would like to schedule a program like this for a group, please call the museum to make a private group reservation.
Age Group: Pre - K AFTERNOON AVIATIORS This program is held every Friday from 2:00pm - 4:30pm. Free with museum admission Join us for fun hands-on aviation themed activities. A weekly series for children ages five and up. If you would like to schedule a program like this for a group, please call the museum to make a private group reservation.
Age Group: Grades K - 4 HOLLYWOOD FLYERS The Hollywood Flyers film series features blockbusters, classics, and documentaries. All movies start at 1:00pm and are shown once a month on a weekend day. Free with museum admission. Lemonade and popcorn are included. Age Group: All ages AROUND THE WORLD WITH WILBUR WRIGHT First Saturday of every month, 12:00pm - 4:00pm. Free with museum admission. See the world without even leaving the museum. College Park Aviation Museum invites you to participate in a fun and educational tour of the museum, where you can make your own passport, visit places around the world, and learn a little bit about aviation history. Visit the museumâ€™s front desk to get started on your trip around the world! Age Group: All ages
HOMESCHOOL DAY Home-Schooled students of all ages and their parent-educators are invited to the museum for a day of learning and adventure. Aviation themed activities and crafts will address learning in science, math, language, and art. This event is held twice a year. Preregistration is required. Please contact the museum for more information or to preregister. $4 per participant Age Group: Ages 7 & up
PAPER AIRPLANE DAY Come build your own paper airplane and compete in our annual Paper Airplane Derby at 3pm. Prizes will be awarded! This event is held every year in April. Free with museum admission. Age group: All ages RESTORATION SHOP OPEN HOUSE Take a short walk from the museum to the restoration facility to see the process of creating and restoring museum quality exhibits and aircraft. Staff will be on hand to answer questions. The shop is open for visitors about twice a year. Free with museum admission. Age group: All ages COLLEGE PARK AVIATION MUSEUM ART CONTEST The art contest is open to grades K-12 and college students. All forms of artwork are accepted. The top entries will be on display at the museum and a prize will be awarded to the winner of each category. Age Group: Grades K-12 EGG DROP CONTEST
Free with museum admission. Come to the museum and design a device that will protect a large Grade-A egg from breaking when dropped. Open to all ages and prizes will be awarded! Pre-registration is required. Call 301-864-6029. Age Group: Grades K-12
MAD SCIENCE $5 per person and includes museum admission Before Wilbur and Orville could even begin to build an airplane, they had to understand the science that makes flying possible. Join Mad Science of Washington, D.C. for an exciting and interactive program about science. Tickets are available on the day of the show. Age Group: All Ages AIRMAIL DAY Free with museum admission Come celebrate the anniversary of the first Airmail flight out of the College Park Airport by creating your own stamp and airmail bag. Age Group: All ages
LEGO AIRCRAFT BUILDING DAY $4 per ticket The museum is hosting a LEGO building day. Design your own aircraft out of the LEGOS provided and take home a picture of your creation or you can purchase your own LEGO kit. Top designs will be displayed throughout the museum. Age Group: All Ages 31
Clubs TEEN ADVISORY COUNCIL Teens can take on a leadership role by designing and presenting programs specifically for teen audiences at the College Park Aviation Museum. Age group: Ages 13-17
Scout Programs SCOUT WINGS DAY Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all levels are welcome to explore the history of aviation and science of flight with a variety of fun, educational activities. This event is held three times a year. Pre-registration is required. Call the museum for details. $4 per participant Age group: Grades K-12
Holiday/Seasonal Events THE NATIONAL CAPITAL TRACKERS During Labor Day weekend and one week during the holiday season the National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating and constantly moving display of model railroads to the museum. Age Group: All ages FLIGHT FEST All tickets $4 Wear your costume and enjoy the fun fall themed activities. There will be a costume contest and pumpkin bowling. Arts, crafts, hayrides, and spooky fun are waiting for kids and families. Age group: All ages
SANTA FLY-IN Watch Santa fly in to the historic College Park Airport and then have your picture taken with him. Enjoy holiday arts and crafts. This is an annual event held the first weekend of December. Age group: All ages
Darnall’s Chance House Museum 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Phone: (301) 952-8010/TTY: 301-699-2544 Fax: 301-952-1773 Darnall’s Chance was built in 1742 by James Wardrop, a Scottish immigrant, who amassed a fortune as a merchant and entrepreneur in the bustling port-town of Upper Marlborough, Maryland. In 1748, he married Lettice Lee, daughter of Phillip Lee, the progenitor of the Maryland branch of the illustrious Lee family of Virginia. The Wardrops’ 15-Georgian mansion was the mainstay of a dwelling complex that included eight brick outbuildings, a rare brick burial vault, ornamental and vegetable gardens, an orchard and livestock. The household included 32 enslaved African Americans who worked in the house, outbuildings and gardens as well as at Mr. Wardrop’s store. Following Wardrop’s death in 1760, Lettice Lee married medical pioneer Dr. Adam Thomson and, later, Revolutionary War patriot Colonel Joseph Sim. She died on April 3, 1776. The house was remodeled in 1857, and produced such a drastic change that the original Georgian appearance of Lettice Lee’s home was soon lost to common knowledge. In 1986, the house was saved from demolition and returned to its 1742 appearance. Museum tours highlight the similarities and differences between Lettice Lee’s life and the lives of other 18th century women – gentry, middling and enslaved. In addition, the Museum offers special events, exhibits and programs.
Program Offerings: Historic House Tours HOUSE TOURS OF DARNALL’S CHANCE Available: Tuesday through Thursday - 10 am to 4 pm (by appointment only) Friday and Sunday - 12 to 4pm (walk-ins welcome) $3/adult; $2 senior & groups; $1/child
Children’s Programming GIRL SCOUT MERIT BADGE PROGRAM
Bring your Junior Girl Scout troop to Darnall’s Chance House Museum to study portraits, photographs and antiques. Scouts will fulfill all requirements for their Folk Arts Badge and complete two fun crafts. Reservations required. Fee: $7/scout Participants: 8-16 scouts SCHOOL PROGRAM An exciting experience awaits 4th, 5th, and 6th graders as they discover Prince George’s County’s colonial past at Darnall’s Chance House Museum. The Museum has an innovative school program that reflects the Prince George’s County school curriculum, enhances classroom lessons, and expands the learning opportunities of students. The program is two hours and consists of role-playing and hands-on activities that allow each child to actively participate. Trading Places: The Life of an 18th Century Tenant Farm Family Students will learn what kind of home and tools a colonial tenant farmer needed to survive and what products a farmer produced. Children must analyze a colonial farm and develop their own version of an 18th century farm complex. They also have a chance to visit an 18th century store where they will trade their homemade farm products for retail goods that they can’t produce on their own farm. Reservations required. FREE Age Group: 4-6th graders Class Size: 10-40 students SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAM ALL WORK AND NO PLAY: THE LIFE OF AN 18TH CENTURY CHILD Darnall’s Chance will send a costumed interpreter to your school to teach your 4th-6th grade students about the lives of children in the colonial era. This presentation composed of PowerPoint slides, an accompanying lecture, and interactive activities will both educate and amuse your students. Age Group: 4-6th graders Fee: $1/student Class Size: 15-100 students MRS. SOWERS’ TEA LESSIONS FOR YOUNG LADIES Mrs. Sowers cordially invites young ladies ages 8-12 years old to Darnall’s Chance House Museum for 18th century tea lessons and instruction. After their lessons, young ladies will demonstrate what they learned by partaking in their own tea party. Following tea, instruction will be given in the finer points of 18th century dance. Reservations required. Age Group: 8-12 years Fee: $20 per child Participants: 8-16 girls
Special Needs Programming WHAT DID PEOPLE WEAR? 18TH CENTURY CLOTHING AND HYGIENE Using their own senses (sight, touch and smell) visitors learn how colonial Americans dressed and groomed themselves and what the similarities and differences are to their 34
own 21st century clothing choices and habits. This program was designed for people who have physical or mental disabilities. Reservations required. FREE Age group: All ages Participants: 20 people
Adult Outreach Program
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY: AN 18TH CENTURY PERSPECTIVE If you can’t visit Darnall’s Chance, then Darnall’s Chance will come to you! The Museum has developed a one-hour PowerPoint presentation on the 18th century history of Prince George’s County. Reservations required. FREE Participants: 10-100 adults
House Museum Marietta House Museum is closed for renovation, however, programs and events will still be held on the grounds. Call 301-464-5291 for more information. Thank you.
Montpelier Mansion 9650 Muirkirk Road Laurel, MD 20708 Phone: 301-377-7817 TTY: 301-699-2544 Fax: 301-377-7818 Montpelier Mansion is a 1783 brick plantation home that is now a museum, with many public programs for all ages. We promote education in history, historic preservation, community involvement and the arts through a variety of programs, such as hands-on learning opportunities, family programs, festivals, exhibits, lectures, symposiums, concerts and other events.
Program Offerings: GUIDED TOURS OF THE MANSION Trained docents lead tours through the house, highlighting original Snowden artifacts, social history of 18th and 19th century Maryland, architectural details, and other information. Sundays: March – November noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. December – February 1pm and 2pm No reservations required. Fees apply. Age Group: All ages Self – Guided Tours Available Monday – Thursday, any time between 11am and 3pm No reservations required. Fees apply Age Group: All ages Docent Guided Group Tours Same as our docent lead tours, but by special appointment for groups of 8 or more. Advance reservation required. Fees apply. Age Group: All ages
Family and Children’s Programs HANDS-ON HISTORY DAYS Education staff and volunteers teach history through multiple hands-on activities. Themes of these programs vary depending on the time of year, from holiday traditions in December to harvest related activities in the fall. Reservations required. Fees apply. Age Group: Most programs appropriate for all ages, but call to confirm. 301-377-7817. HANDS-ON HISTORY TOURS Same as above, but offered to school groups by reservation only. Content and activities depend on age of group. Can be one or two hours long. Reservations required. Fee varies depending on length of program. Age Group: All ages FAMILY FUN DAYS Offered one Sunday evening in each month of June, July and August. Families are invited to enjoy the house and grounds, play games, play with old-fashioned toys, do a craft, dress up, take a tour of the house, and have some refreshments. No reservations required. No fee. Age Group: All ages MONTPELIER FESTIVAL OF HERBS, TEA AND THE ARTS One of Montpelier’s most popular events, this festival is offered in late April or early May. Features 35 to 40 vendors of fragrant herbs and fine arts and crafts, live music, tea and scones in the mansion, tours of the mansion, cooking and gardening lectures, oldfashioned games and toys for kids, hands-on art projects, live animal exhibit, and more. No fee. Age Group: All ages HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOURS Enjoy refreshments and live holiday music by area performers, then see the mansion decorated with greens and lit by candlelight. Local community groups and garden clubs decorate the rooms. No reservations required. Fees apply. Age Group: All ages STORIES ALIVE! Step into a book and discover the past! Come and hear a story about children long ago, and see their delight as they experience Montpelier the way kids did 200 years ago. They’ll get to dress up, make things and play on the grounds, just like the Snowden children in the 1800s. Fees apply.
Girl Scout Programs BROWNIE TRY- IT PROGRAMS Listening to the Past
Brownies will do the required number of activities to earn their “Listening to the Past” Try-It. Activities include a tour of Montpelier Mansion to learn how people lived, worked and played in early Maryland; a story read aloud about life in the 18th century; dressing up in colonial style clothes; playing with a variety of toys from the past and learning some old games. Reservations required. Fees apply. Age Group: Brownie Girl Scouts MANNERS TRY-IT/ETIQUETTE TEAS Take a tour of the mansion, then practice your tea manners, learn proper table etiquette, conversation skills, and more over a cup of tea and scones. Reservations required. Fees apply. Age Group: Offered to all Girl Scouts, but Brownies can earn their Manners Try-It with this program. JUNIOR BADGE PROGRAMS Folk Arts Badge Girls will do the required number of activities to earn their “Folk Arts” badge, including making each others’ silhouettes, studying 18th century portraits, learning an English country dance, make a craft, play with old-fashioned toys, and tour Montpelier Mansion, an 18th century home. Reservations required. Fees apply. Age Group: Junior Girl Scouts Toymakers Badge Girls will do the required number of activities to earn their “Toymakers” badge, including creating a toy using materials available to 18th century children; creating a physical game using Montpelier’s beautiful and extensive grounds; playing 18th century board games; inventing a game to teach modern girls about 18th century life – or vice versa! Reservations required. Fees apply. Age Group: Junior Girl Scouts Architecture Badge Girls will do the required number of activities to earn their “Architecture” badge, including taking a tour of house and grounds, an introduction to the profession of architecture, and hands-on activities and experiments. Reservations required. Fees apply. Age Group: Junior Girl Scouts
Adult Programs HISTORY LECTURE SERIES Offered in Spring and Fall, these lectures are on topics relevant to the history of Montpelier and the region. Recent topics have included early mills in Maryland, the history of the shipping industry in the Chesapeake Bay, and the history of chocolate. No reservations required. No fee. BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM
In this annual program, an aspect of African American history is examined. Past programs have included a lecture on African American foodways, and an actress portraying Martha Washington’s maidservant, who was a free black woman. Reservations required. Fess apply. SEMINARS An annual day of lectures and presentations on a topic relevant to the history of Montpelier. Fees apply.
Concerts GEORGE WASHINGTON MUSICALE Offered in February, this annual musical event is in celebration of George Washington’s birthday. Past performers include the Maryland State Boychoir and The Hildebrandts. Fees apply.
Exhibits Exhibits are offered each year, like the annual Needleart Exhibit in November and the biannual Woodturners Exhibit in March. Prices vary.
Other Opportunities CALLING ALL WALKING CLUBS, BIRD WATCHERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, AND ANYONE WHO ENJOYS THE GREAT OUTDOORS! Bring your group to Montpelier to hike our beautiful grounds. Over 70 acres with gardens, walking paths, many different varieties of trees, an orchard, even a boxwood maze! Come and enjoy this peaceful oasis of green. Grounds open dawn until dusk. Free admission to the grounds. VOLUNTEER AT MONTPELIER MANSION! If you like history, beautiful antiques, or just having fun, we’d love to have you join our team. Opportunities include leading tours of the historic house, assisting with children’s programs, helping our Collections Manager, office work, gardening, and more. Call 301377-7817 to find out more.
Riversdale House Museum 4811 Riverdale Road Riverdale Park, MD 20737 Phone: 301-864-0420 TTY: 301-699-2544 Fax: 301-927-3498 The elegant c. 1807 Federal era manor house, a National Historic Landmark, was home to Belgian immigrant Rosalie Stier, who married George Calvert, a descendant of Marylandâ€™s founding family. The restored dependency building features an exhibit on the African American Plummer family and open-hearth cooking demonstrations. Historybased programs for all ages are offered throughout the year and reflect the rich heritage found at Riversdale.
Program Offerings: Museum Programs/Events TOURS Riversdale is open for drop-in tours on Fridays and Sundays from noon-3:30pm. Group tours of 10 and more can also be arranged during the week. Fee applies. Age Group: All ages SEASONAL SELECTIONS On select Sundays, the Riversdale Kitchen Guild uses produce from the gardens and orchard to demonstrate 19th century foodways. Selections are inspired by the traditional seasonal cycles of a 19th century farm. Age Group: All ages
Education Programs PINCH, NO SMILES: EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY PLAY AT RIVERSDALE This program is designed to introduce students to Riversdale by using the perspective of a child. George and Rosalie Calvert had nine children, five of whom lived to adulthood. Students on this tour will move from room to room and discover the ways in which an early nineteenth-century child would have played, worked, and lived in each room. In addition, slave children also resided at Riversdale. Students will compare and contrast their living, working, and playing conditions with that of the Calvert children. Students
will also participate in a hands on workshop where they will learn a traditional English country dance and play the game, Pinch, No Smiles. Fulfills VSC Standard: Individuals and society change over time. Fee applies. Age Group: Grades 1 - 4 OUT OF THE SHADOWS: RIVERSDALE’S SERVANTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT This program will highlight the inner economic workings of an early 19th century Maryland estate and working farm. The central role as mistress of the household was to oversee all domestic tasks. She ran a staff of servants composed of free whites and enslaved African Americans who processed the crops, cooked, cleaned, served meals, took care of the children, and made textiles among other duties. Students will view each room in the house from the perspective of a servant and participate in a workshop where each child will role-play servants’ experiences. Fulfills VSC Standards: Economics and African American history. Fee applies. Age Group: Grades 3 - 6 OPEN HEARTH COOKING WORKSHOPS Riversdale’s reproduction dependency kitchen provides the perfect setting for a unique opportunity for school groups. Students will take part in a hands on cooking workshop as they learn about 19th century foodways and work together to make butter and bake a 1-23-4 cake. Fee applies. Age Group: Ages 6 & up
Special Needs Programs SENSING THE PAST This program is designed for students who have physical or mental disabilities. Groups that can negotiate the stairs take a 20 minute tour of the house. Those with physical disabilities tour only the rooms on the ground level – this tour is enhanced by a museum teacher-led interactive PowerPoint presentation of the rest of the rooms. All students participate in a workshop where they use their senses to make history come alive. They will feel, pick, and card wool and they will make an herb sachet to take home. This program can be geared to any level of abilities. Fee applies. Age Group: All ages
Girl Scout Programs HOUSE TOUR PATCH PROGRAM Explore c. 1801 Federal style house and kitchen dependency. As scouts tour the house they will learn about art, architecture, and the Calvert family, particularly about Rosalie Stier Calvert, the empowered Mistress of Riversdale. Fee applies. Age Group: Ages 5-18 OPEN HEARTH COOKING PATCH PROGRAM Riversdale’s reproduction dependency kitchen provides the perfect setting for a unique opportunity for Scouts. Troops will take part in a hands on cooking workshop as they 44
learn about 19th century foodways and work together to make butter and bake a 1-2-3-4 cake. Fee applies. Age Group: Ages 5-18
Brownie Girl Scout Programs COLORS AND SHAPES Colors and shapes will come alive as Brownies tour the Riversdale mansion looking for colors and shapes in the historic artwork, fabrics, and furniture contained within its doors. Scouts will make stamps, weave a placemat, and design their own quilt square. Fee applies. Age Group: Brownies WRITE AWAY The Mistress of Riversdale, Rosalie Calvert, is the perfect role-model for how important letters can be to the study of the past. The extensive collection of letters still in existence between Rosalie Stier Calvert and her family in Belgium provides a remarkable narrative window into the past. Scouts will tour of the house, make marbleized journals, play games, and become reporters to help them build an appreciation for the written word. Fee applies. Age Group: Brownies (Recommended for 3rd Graders or those with strong reading and writing skills) LISTENING TO THE PAST Riversdale House Museum is the perfect environment for scouts to complete the Listening to the Past Try-It. Scouts will tour the house, cook in the open hearth, read wallpaper, and make and play with early American games and toys. Fee applies. Age Group: Brownies
Junior Girl Scout Programs FOLK ARTS Folk traditions are those that are passed down from generation to generation and learned by observation and imitation. The products of folk art are aesthetically embellished objects that have a utilitarian purpose and do not necessarily need the decoration to carry out that purpose. In this program, scouts will compare and contrast fine art with folk art, make theorem paintings, learn an English country dance, and learn about quilts. Fee applies. Age Group: Juniors ARCHITECTURE ADVENTURES Riversdale, completed in 1807, is unique to the area in that it includes elements of both traditional American Federal and European architecture. While touring the house, Scouts will gain an understanding of the main components of these types of architecture. Scouts will also learn about modern design, form, and function when they tour Riversdale's new
Visitor Center building. Afterwards, Scouts will redesign a room and create a three dimensional garden. Fee applies. Age Group: Juniors TOYMAKER 200 years ago, toys and games were quite different than they are today. Riversdale was home to nine of Rosalie and George Calvert's children, as well as the children of their enslaved servants. While touring the house, Scouts will learn about how these children lived and played. They will try their hand at some nineteenth century games, make their own period toy, and create a board game about Riversdale. Fee applies. Age Group: Juniors LOCAL LORE The Town of Riverdale has a rich history with a great deal of importance placed on the Calvert family and their home, Riversdale. Scouts will discover how the Calverts would have lived and why they were so important. After a tour of the house, Scouts will use primary sources to make a poster about the local Battle of Bladensburg, perform a short play about an important event in the history of Riversdale, and become stewards of Riversdale by learning about how important it is to have volunteers work with the paid staff (scouts will lend a hand in a small project to assist the staff). Fee applies. Age Group: Juniors
Hands-On History Days THE ARCHITECT’S APPRENTICE Using Riversdale as their model, children will sculpt, draw, and sketch as they learn about the trade of the architect. Age Group: Ages 8-12 HANDS-ON HISTORY WEEK I: RIVERSDALE TIME TRAVELERS Participants will blast into the past as they explore pastimes, games, food, music, and more from different periods in Riversdale’s 200 year history. Fee applies. Age Group: Ages 8-12 HANDS-ON HISTORY WEEK I: RIVERSDALE TIME TRAVELERS Participants will blast into the past as they explore pastimes, games, food, music, and more from different periods in Riversdale’s 200 year history. Fee applies. Age Group: Ages 5-8
Family Programs BREAKFAST WITH SINT NIKLAAS Children and their parents eat a Belgian-inspired breakfast with Sint Niklaas, the Flemish forerunner of our modern Santa Claus, and children receive a gift bag. Fee applies. Age Group: All ages 46
BATTLE OF BLADENSBURG ENCAMPMENT Bring the family to join British and American War of 1812 troops as they camp on the lawn to prepare for battle. You could be recruited to join the American militia! There are children’s activities, period refreshments, and live music throughout the afternoon. Scouts can also work to earn a patch. Age Group: All ages MOTHER’S DAY & FATHER’S DAY TOURS Bring your parent, grandparent, or other special lady or gentleman on their special days for a free guided tour of the house. One free tour with each paid admission. Age Group: All ages ROME AT RIVERSDALE Early 19th century America was greatly influenced by the classical world. Celebrate ancient Rome as you participate in activities and watch battle demonstrations by Legion XX and enjoy neoclassical pastimes inside the museum. Fee applies. Age Group: All ages
Adult Programs QUARTERLY LECTURES Riversdale hosts guest lecturers throughout the year to speak on a variety of topics related to the museum, including foodways, art, the Battle of Bladensburg, and more. Fee applies. Age Group: Ages 16 & up THE ART OF COOKERY Riversdale serves up a bountiful dinner buffet using historic recipes to prepare produce from our own kitchen garden and orchard. Fee applies. Age Group: Ages 18 & up TAVERN NIGHT Join us for an evening of rousing entertainment by the Ship’s Company Chanteymen and partake of tavern-style food and beverages. Fee applies. Age Group: Ages 21 & up
Concerts JAZZ ON THE LAWN Enjoy free summer concerts on Thursdays! On your way to the concert, stop at the Riverdale Park Farmers Market. Buy dinner at the market or mansion, bring a blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy some of the area’s top jazz musicians. Age Group: All ages
Surratt House Museum 9118 Brandywine Road Clinton, MD 20735 Phone: 301-868-1121 Fax: 301-868-8177 TTY: 301-699-2544 Built in 1852 as a middle-class farm house for the family of John and Mary Surratt, the historic Surratt House also served as a tavern and hostelry, a post office and polling place during the crucial decade before the Civil War. In the fall of 1864, the Surratt family became entangled in a plot by John Wilkes Booth to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln. Booth’s scheme turned to assassination on April 14, 1865. The assassin stopped at the tavern on his flight out of Washington to retrieve weapons and supplies which had been hidden there. As a result, Mary Surratt was tried and convicted of conspiracy to assassinate the President. On July 7, 1865, she became the first woman to be executed by the federal government. Today the museum presents a variety of programs and events, recapturing the history of mid-19th century life and focusing on the fascinating web of the Lincoln assassination conspiracy. In addition to the special programs and events the Surratt House Museum offers guided tours of the historic house with knowledgeable and experienced costumed guides. The museum also offers educational tours to school groups K- 12. School tours meet Maryland’s voluntary state curriculum standards. All tours begin at the Surratt Visitor’s Center and Gift Shop. A small admission fee benefits the preservation of the Surratt House, a historic property of The MarylandNational Capitol Park and Planning Commission. The museum is open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays, 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. and Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm to 4pm from mid-January through midDecember. During the months of July and August, tours are also offered on Wednesdays from 11am to 3pm. The last tour on all days begins one-half hour before the closing times listed. Tours for groups of ten or more may be requested by calling 301-868-1121. The James O. Hall Research Center is open for those researching the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and other relevant topics. To make an appointment, please call 301-868-6185.
Program Offerings: MARYLAND: A HOUSE DIVIDED A special exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and its effect on our home state. This is included in the regular public tour admission and is on display through 2012. Age Group: All ages MEET MR. FREDERICK DOUGLASS Bill Grimmette joins us for a first-person presentation on this remarkable man, a native of Maryland who rose from slavery to author, noted speaker, and statesman – one of the most influential figures of 19thcentury America. Age Group: All ages LINCOLN ASSASSINATION SYMPOSIUM A three-day conference where scholars explore various aspects of the Lincoln assassination story with topics such as a biographical history of the famous Booth family, events surrounding the trial and execution of the conspirators, possible Confederate involvement, and more. Also included are off-site bus tours and a dinner program. Reservations and payment required in advance. Bus tours priced separately. Age Group: Ages 12 years old & up REBEL HEELS AND NORTHERN SCUM: MARYLAND’S ROLE IN THE CIVIL WAR Author Thomas Clements gives a history lesson on how Maryland played a pivotal role in the American Civil War. Age Group: Ages 10 years & over LIFE OF THE CIVIL WAR SOLDIER The 3rd U.S. Regular Infantry reenactment group will demonstrate the living conditions, uniforms, equipment and weapons, food and cooking skills, and drill practices of the regular army soldier of 1861-1865. Age Group: All ages MID-SUMMER OPEN HOUSE History can be cool – especially in an air-conditioned museum! Enjoy a weekend of FREE guided tours of this Civil War home and learn of its role in American history. No reservations required. Age Group: All ages
MARYLAND AND MUSIC OF THE CIVIL WAR Recording artist and music historian Doug Jimerson and his Civil War Comrades discuss and perform music of the Civil War era with special emphasis on conditions in Maryland that influenced that music. Age Group: All ages HOLLYWOOD AND THE CIVIL WAR See the Civil War through the eyes of Hollywood by kicking off a new series with the classic Gone With The Wind Age Group: Ages 8 years & up SONGS AND STORIES OF THE CIVIL WAR Experience the Civil War through a multi-sensory program with presenter Judy Cook. Period music coupled with pictures and readings from personal letters and diaries evoke the emotions of this time of American conflict. Age Group: Ages 10 years & up ELIZABETH KECKLY: MY FIRST YEAR IN THE WHITE HOUSE Hear from Mrs. Keckly, designer, seamstress, and confidante to First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, as she discusses her first year in the White House. Presented by Kandie Carle Productions. Age Group: Ages 10 years & up THE LEGEND OF CIVIL WAR SANTA Want to meet Santa…Civil War Santa, that is? Join us as Santa delights us all with tales from the ages. Tour the decorated historic house and join us in getting ready for the holiday season. Age Group: All ages
Traveling Programs JOHN WILKES BOOTH ESCAPE ROUTE TOURS Follow the trail of President Lincoln’s assassin from Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. to his death near Port Royal, Virginia. Relax and enjoy the history and scenery on this 12-hour, fully narrated bus tour. Reservations and payment required in advance. Age Group: Appropriate for ages 10 & up ON THE ROAD AGAIN Travel, see and taste all there is to learn about the local and regional history. Enjoy the scenery, history and cuisine as we visit a new and unique locale on a variety of off-site bus tours offered annually. Reservations are required. Age Group: Appropriate for ages 10 & up
CURRICULUM BASED SCHOOL PROGRAMS On-site and in-school programs are offered throughout the school year to all levels of primary and secondary schools, as well as career days. By appointment only. SUMMER DAY CAMPS FROM THE COMMUNITY Specialized tours and activities on-site by appointment. SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMS Experienced guide will relate what life was like in 19th-century America as the participants tour the historic house in small groups. By appointment only.
Archaeology Program 8204 McClure Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Phone: 301-627-1286 TTY: 301-699-2544 Fax: 301-627-5270 The Archaeology Program provides programs and volunteer opportunities for citizens of all ages. Hands-on volunteer programs, guided tours and lectures, and student internships provide opportunities for citizens and students to become involved in the process of discovering Prince George’s County’s past by participating in archaeological excavations and artifact processing and analysis.
Program Offerings: Archeology Exhibit A CONFLUENCE OF THREE CULTURES Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park features an exhibit, A Confluence of Three Cultures, about the archaeology of Mount Calvert, Prince George’s County’s first town. The exhibit depicts the lifeways of American Indians, English colonists, and African Americans through artifacts, text, and graphics. Exhibit hours are April – October, Saturdays, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. & Sundays, noon – 4:00 P.M. Tours may also be made by appointment. Age Group: All ages
Archaeology in Action MOUNT CALVERT HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLGICAL PARK April through October, Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park. Archaeological excavations open to the public Saturdays from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Park features excavations and ten interpretive signs about American Indians, Prince George’s County’s first town Charles Town, and African Americans. School and group tours available by appointment. Age Group: All ages
Archaeology Site Tours NORHTAMPTON SLAVE QUARTERES AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK This outdoor exhibit features the rebuilt foundations of two former slave quarters of the Northampton tobacco plantation (1673 – 1860). A self-guided tour interprets the lives of enslaved and free African-Americans from the 1790s until the 1930s. Group tours and school trips may be arranged. Age Group: All ages CHERRY HILL CEMETERY Cherry Hill Cemetery is a late 1800s African American family burial ground. Established in 1884 on the farm of Josiah Adams, it is significant as the only intact African American family cemetery in the Bladensburg-Riverdale-Hyattsville area. Graves are marked with slabs of local ironstone and yucca plants. Many African Ame4ican families, such as the Adams, Becketts, and Plummers, buried their loved ones at Cherry Hill from the late 1880s through the 1940s. Age Group: All ages
Getting Involved VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Hands-on volunteer opportunities in archaeological field and lab work. Archaeology staff provides instruction in excavation techniques and artifact processing and analysis. Saturday’s only. No fee. Age Group: 14 & up DIGGING THE PAST INTERNSHIP PROGRAM This program is for Prince George’s County High School students enrolled in the Research Practicum (RP) curriculum. Interns create an original research project following established RP guidelines. Age Group: High School Seniors
Old Maryland Farm 301 Watkins Park Dr. Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 Phone: 301-218-6770 TTY: 301-699-2544 Fax: 301-218-6774 Located just a short walking distance from the miniature train station in Watkins Regional Park, Old Maryland Farm is an educational farm facility open to the public. Its agricultural exhibits, livestock, and display gardens provide a farm experience to visitors. Interpretive programs for students visiting the farm are correlated to the Voluntary State Curriculum (VSC). The facility offers interested visitors of all ages a variety of volunteer opportunities related to animal care, greenhouse and garden maintenance, and visitor services. Old Maryland Farm offers opportunities for birthday parties, pony rides, hay rides, and farm demonstrations. The center is open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., Saturdays from 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., and Sundays and holidays from 11:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Program Offerings: Farm Programs ONLY PONIES Learn about ponies and their history. Discover their special physical features. Learn their care requirements and how they are saddled. Includes a hoof-care demonstration. Age Group: 5 years old & up LEARN ABOUT LIVESTOCK A guided tour through the farm explaining animal origins, characteristics, and habits. Discover the importance of farm animals to people. Includes animal-care demonstration. Age Group: 5 years old & up LLAMAS AND SHEEP Learn the origins, characteristics and care requirements of llamas and sheep. Discover how wool and hair are harvested to make fibers for clothing. Includes demonstration in
wool/hair harvesting. Age Group: 5 years old & up GUIDED GARDEN TOUR Enhances the participant’s knowledge of plants used and grown on a farm. Learn about the use of greenhouses, plant structures, composting, and see the different types of gardens such as vegetable, herb, and flower gardens. This program is available only from May 16 – August 30. Age Group: 5 years old & up
Weekly Activities PONY RIDES Enjoy a ride on one of the ponies. Offered year round. Check our schedule of events for weekly times and dates. Groups of 10 or more people must call to reserve. Age Group: 2 years old & up HAY RIDES Enjoy a hay ride through Watkins Regional Park. Offered year round. Check our schedule of events for weekly times and dates. Groups of 10 or more people must call to reserve. Age Group: All ages CHILDREN’S INTRODUCTION TO HORSEMANSHIP LESSONS Children will learn horse care and riding techniques. Includes an introduction to horse behavior, grooming, mounting, and basic riding skills (walking, stopping, and turning). Age Group: 4–8 years old
Special Events WOOL AND FIBER DAY This spring event brings recognition to an annual event on farms that raise sheep, and llamas for the use of their wool and hair for fiber and clothing. This event features sheep shearing, llama hair shedding demonstration, wool spinning demonstration, and identification of fibers from various animals. This is a free event. Hayrides are available for an additional fee. Age Group: 2 years old & up HALLOWEEN ON THE FARM This fall event features a costume contest, hayrides, crafts, demos, cider and cookies. Pumpkins and pony rides are available for an additional fee. Age Group: 2 years old & up HOLIDAY HAYRIDES
Enjoy a seasonal hayride in Watkins Regional Park through the annual Festival of Lights. Enjoy a variety of whimsical holiday light displays while enjoying an exciting holiday tradition. Includes a brief stop at Watkins Nature Center to warm by the fire, visit the wildlife, and enjoy refreshments. Age Group: All ages
Birthday Parties Enjoy a birthday party down on the farm. Includes the use of a room from noon â€“ 3:00 P.M. for your party, animal feed bags and coloring books for each child guest. Hay rides and/or pony rides are available with your birthday party package for an additional cost. Age Group: 2â€“12 years old
Park Ranger Unit 14955 Pennsylvania Avenue Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Phone: 301-627-7755 TTY: 301-699-2544 Fax: 301-627-4905 The Park Ranger Unit provides an array of programs for all age levels. Numerous opportunities are available to participants through traveling programs, outdoor activities, clubs, natural areas and wildlife programs. The Park Rangers promote conservation efforts, community partnerships, public service, and educational outreach through these program offerings. All programs are available to Prince George’s County residents.
Program Offerings: Traveling Programs NATURE 101 Park Rangers visit your classroom for a one-hour interactive and hands-on presentation on insects, plants, snakes, and other nature related information. Age Group: Grades 3 - 8 BIKE RODEO/BIKE SAFETY Park Rangers provide a skills course, a safety discussion and video, and lead the bicyclist group in a bike safety game. Participants must bring their own bikes and helmets. Age Group: Age 6 - 16 RANGER “JEOPARDY” Join the Park Rangers in their version of the game show “Jeopardy.” The theme is Nature and the categories are: Bicycle Safety, Mammals, Animal Babies, Recycling, Bites and Stings, and more. Age Group: Grades 3 - 6
CAREER DAY Park Rangers discuss job duties and answer questions on Park Ranger related career paths. Age Group: Grades 3 - 12 TEAMBUILDING Have your group or class become a self sustaining team through the use of cooperative games. A Park Ranger will facilitate activities that promote communication, respect, leadership and many other valuable life skills. Age Group: All ages INSECT INVESTIGATION A 45-minutue, trivia game of fascinating facts about insects. Teams of students will answer trivia, play charades and illustrate objects in order to win the game. Age Group: Grades 4 - 6 GARDENING 101 Learn about gardening in a one-hour interactive presentation. Topics include the plant cycle, growing your own food, the importance of pollinators and other garden helpers, and how to maintain a healthy garden. Age Group: All ages
Outdoor Activities SUITLAND BOG TOURS The Suitland Bog, located off Suitland Road, is one of the few remaining bogs in the Washington D.C. area. It is home to many rare and beautiful plants, including carnivorous pitcher plants and sundews. Guided hikes and interpretive programs are available by reservation. Age Group: All ages CHELTENHAM WETLANDS PARK TOURS This 270 acre park features a wetland nature study trail, complete with boardwalks and overlooks, providing excellent opportunities to view wetland wildlife. Inhabitants include frogs, bluebirds, deer, muskrats, hawks, and much more. Guided wetland tours are available by reservation. Age Group: All ages
JUG BAY 10K/5K “RUN FOR WILDLIFE” & 3K FUN WALK This 10K/5K foot race and 3K fun walk take participants along the banks of the Patuxent River and across a 1,000 foot bridge through a wetland area. All proceeds go toward outdoor education and wildlife conservation projects. First Saturday in November. Certified Courses #MD-07001-RT (10K) and #MD-07002-RT (5K). Age Group: All Ages GEOCACHING: PINPOINT YOUR WAYPOINT Learn GPS and Geocaching. Individuals or organized groups can learn how to use handheld Global Positioning (GPS) receivers in order to locate hidden treasures, called caches. Enjoy this technology-driven scavenger hunt in the parks. Age Group: Ages 8 years old & up ARCHERY: Have you ever wanted feel the excitement of shooting a bow and arrow and the thrill of hitting a bulls-eye? Well here is your chance to have a certified Park Ranger teach you about safety and shooting proficiency. Age Group: Ages 10 years old and up CANOE AND KAYAK EXCURSIONS These programs at Lake Artemesia provide an opportunity for persons six (6) years of age and older to see the lake in a different view. Participants will see waterfowl, turtles, fish and other local wildlife. Set dates scheduled and pre-registration is a MUST. Age Group: Ages 6 years old and up
Clubs CONSERVATION CLUB The perfect opportunity for those interested in nature and the outdoors to complete their high school service learning hours. Work with Park Rangers on conservation projects throughout Prince George’s County. Activities include tree planning, trail enhancement, river clean-ups, and outdoor educational opportunities. Age Group: 13–17 years old PARK RANGER EXPERIENCE Are you looking for excitement and adventure? This one week camp will expose you to a variety of activities, such as a challenge ropecourse, kayaking, hiking, geocaching, archery, and so much more. This program instills confidence and promotes leadership skills, while learning about the environment and wildlife. Age Group: 13–15 years old
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Opportunities are provided for completion of Eagle Scout Projects and Girl Scout Gold Award Projects. ADOPT-A-TRAIL Groups can adopt sections of the Anacostia Tributary, Henson Creek, and WB&A hiker/biker trails. Responsibilities include removing debris, reporting trail needs, and performing small projects. Groups are recognized with a sign along their section of the trail. Ideal for scouts, families, schools, community and church groups. Materials provided. Age Group: All ages ADOPT-A-STREAM Individuals or groups can adopt sections of local streams to help keep our waterways clean. Activities may include removing debris from streams and monitoring water quality. Ideal for scouts, families, schools, community and church groups. Age Group: Age restrictions on some events NATURE SEEKERS Conduct wildlife and plant surveys, construct and install wildlife nesting boxes, and assist with environmental projects in natural area parks. Volunteer opportunities include adopting a bluebird nesting box trail. Age Group: All ages WEED WARRIORS Assist with identification, removal, and management of non-native plant species. Help allow native plants to flourish in our forests! Age Group: All ages GUIDED FISHING TRIPS Enjoy fishing with a Park Ranger at various fishing spots throughout Prince Georgeâ€™s County. Equipment is provided or bring your own rod and reel. Maryland fishing license is required for persons 16 years of age & up. Guided fishing trips are available by reservation. Trips are limited to ten participants. Age Group: All ages
Patuxent River 4-H Center 18405 Queen Anne Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 Phone: 301-218-3079 TTY: 301-699-2544 Fax: 301-390-4871 The Patuxent River 4-H Center is operated by a private notfor-profit Foundation along with a partnership with M-NCPPC for Environmental Education, Youth camps, and cognitive youth development skills. Their mission is to deliver a broad range of innovative educational programs to diverse school and youth groups. The 4-H Center sets the standard as the leading provider of these programs in a manner that our image of integrity and leadership enhances the National and State 4-H credo: Learn By Doing.
Program Offerings: (Any of these programs can be adjusted to suit different age/grade levels and meet VCS requirements. Each of these hands-on programs is designed to take 45-90 minutes. We have one-day field trips as well as overnight opportunities. For fee information, call 301-218-3079)
Environmental Education Programs EXPLORING NATURE Includes over 12 nature programs like Birds, Beaks, Wings and Things, Radar for Birding, What’s Bugging You?, Nature Hikes, Habi-tracking, Wood Cookies, Tiny Vampires, Edible Plants, CSI – (Critter Scene Investigation), The Science of Energy, Invasive Aliens and more. FARMING IN MARYLAND Hands on educational activities for students to learn more about agriculture in Maryland. Take a Farm Tour, or learn about crops in The Need for Seeds and/or plant a seed in Let it Grow. MYSTERIES OF THE EARTH Understanding soils, erosion, land use though the following classes - The Worm’s World The Great Disappearing Act, Orienteering. Going, Going Gone.
KEEPERS OF THE EARTH Learn about the American Indians that inhabited the Maryland and East Coast area. Listen to legends from the Keepers of the Earth series, see Native American Artifacts that have been found in the area, learn a Native American Living Skill, or create a Native American Craft. WATER WONDERS These include learning about water conservation and quality. Students can explore a stream in Water Safari (Students need to wear or have old shoes or boots) or they can learn about Wetland Critters or go on a Wetland Hike. They can learn about Ground Water as they interact with our Groundwater model. Who Polluted the Patuxent? Learn the pieces of the puzzle that can answer our questions about pollution. Or just enjoy your time canoeing or fishing. ADVENTURE CHALLENGE: ADVENTURE CONNECTIONS (TEAM BUILDING & TRUST) Learn about Team Building and Problem Solving as your group participates in a variety of challenges. Or build your self-esteem as you experience our High Ropes Challenge course. Age and Other Requirements: Students need permission slips, must be over 12 and/or weight 90 lbs. COST $25 per person. Health information & sign permission slips needed from parent/guardian of anyone under 18 years old and for MNCPPC we need a contract. Call to set-up group reservations for your programs and for more detailed information about each of our individual programs. We will make every effort to tailor programs to your groups needs. Call for cost on each individual program.
Youth Camp Programs DAY CAMPS A fast moving day (8:30A.M. – 4:30 P.M.) filled with fun environmental activities, creative games, fantastic crafts, and S’more fun! Camp also means meeting new friends and creating memories to last a lifetime. Lunch is included in our price. Before and after care can also be provided at an additional cost. *FOR ages 12-15 years, we will be offering “LIT” (Leaders In Training) Camp for a limited number (10-12) of campers planning on becoming future camp counselors. This program will run simultaneously with our Day Camp. The LITs will be learning leadership, team building and communication skills as well as have some hands-on practical experience at our day camp program. MINI-CAMP ADVENTURES This is an optional one night sleep over adventure for the first time and/or younger campers. After several days at our Day Camp, the kids can spend Thursday night at camp. They sleep in our cabins, bring their sleeping bags and personal items (teddy bears are allowed to join us too). There is plenty of TLC to help the youngest campers through
their first night away from home. *You must attend Day Camp to be eligible for Mini-Camp. RESIDENT CAMP A traditional 4-H based overnight Camp with a Chesapeake Bay theme. This year many classes will highlight the Bay and it's wilderness areas. Campers will learn some Chesapeake Bay history, legends and a verity of skills such as canoeing, archery, crafts and foods of the Chesapeake region. We will incorporate many Environmental activities as we learn to appreciate our natural surroundings. Age Group: 10-15 years old
Bladensburg Waterfront Park 4601 Annapolis Road Bladensburg, MD 20710 Phone: 301-779-0371 TTY: 301-699-2544 Fax: 301-927-8166 Visitors to the revitalized Bladensburg Waterfront Park will find a picturesque park in an urban setting. The park is nestled among the port towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Edmonston and Cottage City, Maryland. It provides a unique recreational and historical resource for visitors and residents. The park, formerly known as the Bladensburg Marina, is located on the Anacostia River, east of Bladensburgâ€™s Peace Cross Memorial. The visitor center offers interpretive historical displays and nature exhibits. This unique waterfront park features a paved riverside walk, picnic pavilion, public fishing pier, free boat ramp, community boathouse (storage facility), and canoe, kayak, paddleboat and rowboat rentals on weekends. Canoe and kayak lessons, guided canoe tours, and free boat tours provide ways to explore this urban watershed. A pedestrian bridge over the Anacostia River links the park to the Anacostia Tributary Trail System.
Program Offerings: Nature Programs FISHING CLINICS Groups of 6-12 persons may schedule a clinic to learn basic fishing techniques. Fee applies. Age Group: Ages 5 years old & up BIRDWATCHING Join a park naturalist to locate and identify woodland and water birds along the Anacostia River. Binoculars provided. All ages welcome. An adult must accompany children 16 & under. Fee applies. Age Group: Ages 6 years old & up FAMILY DISCOVERY WALK Join a naturalist to stroll through the woods and along the river. Look for wildlife and learn about river ecology. An adult must accompany children 16 & under. Fee applies.
BICYCLE NATURE TOUR Bring your bicycle and helmet for a guided tour of park trails. An adult must accompany children 16 & under. Fee Applies. Age Group: Ages 10 years old & up NATURE DISCOVERY Enjoy science and discover nature during this hands-on program. Reservations required. An adult must accompany children 16 & under. Fee Applies. Age Group: Ages 5 â€“ 12 years old OPEN HOUSE ON THE WATERFRONT Learn basic fishing and canoe paddling techniques. All necessary materials provided. An adult must accompany children 16 & under. Fee: FREE Age Group: All ages
Boating Programs ANACOSTIA RIVER BOAT TOURS Join a park naturalist on our 40-seat pontoon boat for an environmental or historical tour of the scenic Anacostia River. Groups of 12 people or more may schedule their own tour. An adult must accompany children 16 & under. Fee: FREE. Age Group: All ages welcome ANACOSTIA RIVER TOUR (GUIDED CANOE TOUR) Join a naturalist for a paddling excursion down the Anacostia River. This tour may include a stop at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, river and weather conditions permitting. An adult must accompany children 16 & under. Fee: Per Canoe Age Group: All ages. CANOE LESSON Learn paddling skills from a certified instructor. An adult must accompany children 16 & under. Fee applies. Age Group: 10 years old & up KAYAK LESSON Learn paddling skills from a certified instructor. An adult must accompany children 16 & under. Fee applies. Age Group: 10 years old & up BOAT RENTALS
Our fleet of small crafts is at your service each weekend during the boating season. We offer one and two person kayaks, rowboats, paddleboats, and canoes. Reservations required for mid-week rentals. Daily rates apply. An adult must accompany children 16 & under. Fee applies. Age Group: All ages GUIDED PONTOON BOAT TOURS During the spring, summer and fall months guided pontoon boats tours are offered detailing the history of Bladensburg with a focus on the Battle of Bladensburg. Age Group: All ages
River Cleanups ANACOSTIA RIVER CLEANUPS Dress to get dirty, as we remove trash from the Anacostia River and the surrounding watershed. Gloves, trash bags, and use of our canoes will be provided. Students can earn community service hours. Fee: FREE Age Groups: Ages 6 years old & up
Science Programs ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GROUPS PROGRAMS Bladensburg Waterfront Park offers science programs for elementary and middle school groups. Programs are approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours. All programs are hands-on and may include puppet shows, live animals, historical artifacts, outdoor activities, or worksheets. Lesson plans are provided. Programs can be conducted in the classroom for a fee of $3.00 per student or at BWP for a fee of $2.00 per student. Contact Bernadine Sandy, Park Manager.
Life Science Programs
Earth Science Programs
• Nature Senses • Animal & Habitat Program • What do you eat? • Animal Babies
• Water & You
• Life Cycles
• Land and Water Forms • Water & Weather • Dinosaurs & Fossils
• Animal Characteristics • Amphibian Program
• Food as Energy, Food Chains • Wetland Ecology • Mammal Program • Meteorology & Weather • Natural Resources & Pollution • What's in the River? • Water Free-for-All
Grades 6-7 Grades 7-8
• Rocks & Minerals • Water & Natural Resources of the Earth • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Conservation • Weather Program • Weather, Water Cycle, and Water Conservation • Native Americans on the Anacostia
• Rivers and Community Planning • Matter of Life and Death
*Science Programs are also available for home-school groups, as well as children and adult day-care groups.
Rental Facilities ROPEWALK PAVILION The pavilion is available for daily rentals to organized groups. Maximum capacity is 100 persons, and the use of 14 picnic tables is included. Grilling, alcoholic beverages, and outside food vendors are not permitted. Call for the park for available dates. When the pavilion has not been reserved by a group, use of its picnic tables is free and open to the public. Fee applies. COMMUNITY BOATHOUSE The community boathouse rents storage spaces for canoes, kayaks and rowing shells to individuals and teams. Fee: Monthly rates apply.
Community Event /Programs SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Join us when the waterfront springs to life with music and entertainment. Takes place on Sunday evenings. Fee: FREE Age Group: All ages
MARYLAND BOATING SAFETY CLASS Earn your certificate of Boating Safety Education while you learn how to stay safe on the water. Fee applies Age Group: 12 years old & up A-MAY-ZING Animal Fest Enjoy this family, fun-filled event featuring, birds of prey, reptiles, farm animals, a puppet show, food vendors, arts and crafts and much more. Fee: FREE Age Group: All ages HISTORY PROGRAM: 18TH CENTURY BLADENSBURG Learn about the contributions made by African Americans in the economic development of Bladensburg and Washington, D.C. through a skit and presentation. Fee: FREE Age Group: All ages PORT TOWNS DAY Come enjoy music, prizes, food, crafts, vendors, a movie and other activities cosponsored by the towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Edmonston and Cottage City. Fee: FREE Age Group: All ages MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION: BATTLE OF BLADENSBURG A PowerPoint presentation about the Battle of Bladensburg is available throughout the year. History will come alive as visitors hear about this pivotal battle, during which the British fought their way through Bladensburg and went on to famously march on Washington and burn the Capitol. Visitors will learn the details of this chapter of the War of 1812 from an interpreter dressed in period clothing. Age Group: All ages
Scout Programs Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups can schedule activity badge programs in order to earn merit badges.
Patuxent River Park 16000 Croom Airport Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Phone: 301-627-6074 TTY: 301-699-2544 Fax: 301-954-9752 The Patuxent River Park offers a variety of natural and historical interpretive programs and outdoor recreation activities for the public. Some are offered year round while others are seasonal. A reservation is required for all program activities. There are also many selfguided activities available, such as hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, and boating.
Program Offerings: Interpretive Programs BASKET WEAVING Learn how to weave a basket using natural materials. One-day classes range from 3 to 6 hours long. Limited to 10 participants. Fees apply. Age Group: 12 years old to adult BIRDING TRIPS The Jug Bay area provides for some of the most outstanding birding found anywhere in Maryland. Guided birding trips are available year round. Examples of specific trips include: Blue Heron Tour, Birding Jug Bay, Birding the Patuxent, Wandering Warblers, and The Bluebirds are Back. Limited to 14 participants. Fees apply. Age Group: 13 years old - adult CHESAPEAKE BAY CRITICAL AREA TOUR This four-mile driving tour connects the park with the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. It features educational displays about the history and wildlife of the area, observation towers, and a 1,000-foot-long wooden bridge. Driving the tour permitted Sundays only. Hiking and biking the tour permitted Monday â€“ Sunday. Fees apply if tour is guided. Age Group: All ages
GEARS FROM YESTERYEAR This program tells the story of rural life in southern Maryland 100 years ago. Students learn through observation and hands-on activities. A tour of the Duvall Tool Museum, blacksmith shop, the Duckett log cabin, the Sears House and the Tobacco Farming Museum are included. Fees apply. Age Group: 7 - 12 years old GUIDED NATURE HIKES The Black Walnut Creek Nature Study Area provides a unique opportunity to observe the tidal and nontidal wetlands of the river. Boardwalks provide easy access to these valuable habitats. Fees apply. Age Group: 6 years old - adult JOURNEY INTO JUG BAY’S PAST There is 10,000 years of human history on the Patuxent River. Historians tell the story aboard the park’s pontoon boat with a stop at Mt. Calvert Historical & Archaeological Park. Fees apply. Age Group: 13 years old - adult ON THE WATER This series of three environmental programs offer participants an extensive look at the ecology of wetlands and its wildlife. The Marsh program teaches the functions of wetlands and their importance to the environment. Five-hour program April-October. Limited to 12 participants. The Osprey program teaches how wildlife management practices have helped this bird of prey recover. Visit to Osprey nest included. Five-hour program. June. Limited to 12 participants. The Goose Music program teaches about the biology, management, and conservation of the Canada Goose in Maryland. The lesson will include a dissection, focusing on the anatomy and physiology of the Canada Goose. Five-hour program. November-March. Fees apply. Age Group: 13 years old - adult EYES ON JUG BAY This program focuses on the ecology of freshwater wetlands of the Patuxent River. Participants learn about water quality, microscopic plants and animals, food chains through hands-on activities and outdoor study. Limited to 12 participants. Fees apply. Age Group: 13 years old - adult RIVER ECOLOGY BOAT TOUR A guided boat tour gives participants the opportunity to learn about the river’s wetlands, wildlife, and history from the water. Students will learn the identification of common plants and animals, the current research being conducted by the park staff and the management issues needed to protect the ecosystem. April-October. No Fee. Age Group: 6 years old - adult
Outdoor Activities CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES The park offers several activities that help preserve the resources of the park. Invasive and non-native plants that have invaded the park need to be destroyed or removed. The park also has over 8 miles of trails that need continual maintenance and repair. Lastly, the park sponsors an annual river clean-up event the first Saturday in April. This is done in cooperation with other agencies and conservation organizations along the Patuxent River. No fees. Age Group: Grade 5 - Adult GEOCACHING Try high-tech orienteering and scavenger hunting. Learn how to use a GPS unit and find the treasure in the park. Limited to 20 participants. Fees apply. Age Group: Grade 5 - Adult HEY! LET’S GO FISHING Don’t let the big one get away on this fishing program for beginners. Limited to 12 participants. Fees apply. Age Group: 6 – 10 years old KAYAK KAPER Explore the natural beauty of the Patuxent River on this 3-hour guided kayak trip. Certified instructor. May-October. Limited to 8 participants. Also available with canoes, limited to 16 participants. Fees apply. Age Group: 13 years old - adult CANOE/KAYAK RENTALS Explore the natural beauty of the Patuxent River when you rent a canoe or kayak from the park. Paddles and life jackets are included in the rental fee. Fees apply. Age Group: All ages SUNSET BOAT TOURS The park offers interpretive boat tours at sunset. Abundant wildlife is evident with magnificent views of the river. Age Group: Age 6 - Adult MARYLAND BASIC BOATING SAFETY COURSE With the increase of boating on Maryland’s waterways and boating accidents, the state developed a boating education course for all powerboat operators. The park offers this two-day course several times throughout the year. Age Group: Age 13-Adult
Club THE BASKET BUNCH The Basket Bunch meets once a month to share ideas, to collect natural materials, and to learn how to fashion them into beautiful, interesting, and functional baskets. Membership fee. Age Group: 12 years old to Adult
Natural Resources & Wildlife EAGLE SCOUTS/GOLD AWARDS Opportunities are provided for completion of Eagle Scout projects and Gold Awards. No fee. Age Group: 15 years old & up WEED WARRIORS Assist with identification, removal, and management of non-native, invasive plant species. Help allow native plants to flourish in our forests! No fee. Age Group: 6 years old to adult NATURE CAMP: RIVER ADVENTURES Discover the ecological and historical resources on the Patuxent River in this adventurous day camp. Activities include canoeing, bicycling, geo-caching, archaeology, nature study, boat tours and more. Fee: $160.00 Age Group: 12 - 15 years old THE TRAVELING NATURALIST Visit faraway and exotic places around the world from the comfort of your easy chair. Naturalist led presentations of such places as Yellowstone National Park, Iceland, South America and the Everglades. Age Group: Adult TRAVELING TIDAL TREASURES This curriculum based program for grades K-5 is designed to introduce students to the Patuxent River and its wetlands. A series of hands-on activities teach children about habitats and food webs. Age Group: K-10 NATURE CRAFTS This program for pre-school aged students is designed to introduce them to a specific nature topic through stories, activities and crafts. Topics include owls, leaves and animal tracks. Age Group: Ages 4-5 years old
SKINNY AS A RAIL The secretive Sora Rail, a small marsh bird that migrates through Jug Bay, once numbered in the thousands. Today, their numbers have declined and very little is known about them. On this exploration, participants learn about Soras and why Jug Bay is an important migratory stopover. Age Group: Age 13-Adult STATE OF THE BAY The Chesapeake Bay is an invaluable natural and economic resource of Maryland. This program for high school students draws attention to the environmental issues of the Chesapeake Bay and uses the Patuxent River as a model to identify problems and possible solutions. Age Group: Age 13 â€“ Adult
. *Note: If you see any program of interest in this handbook, please contact the facility directly for more information. Thank you
The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Natural and Historical Resources Division (NHRD) Program Planning Handbook de...
Published on May 19, 2011
The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Natural and Historical Resources Division (NHRD) Program Planning Handbook de...