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Animals: Zoology Fun for Kids (4-6 yrs.)

(4-6 yrs.) Explore the woods, creeks and ponds as we look for all sorts of critters. Learn about frogs, toads, birds, mammals, snakes, turtles, fish and insects through hikes, projects and games. Have lots of fun learning about animal life science. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Animals: Zoology Fun for Kids (4-7 yrs.)

(4-7 yrs.) Explore the woods, creeks and ponds as we look for all sorts of critters. Learn about frogs, toads, birds, mammals, snakes, turtles, fish and insects through hikes, projects and games. Have lots of fun learning about animal life science. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Animals: Zoology Fun for Kids (6-11 yrs.)

(6-11 yrs.) Explore the woods, creeks and ponds as we look for all sorts of critters. Learn about frogs, toads, birds, mammals, snakes, turtles, fish and insects through hikes, projects and games. Have lots of fun learning about animal life science. Cub Run camps will include a daily afternoon swim break. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Birding for Beginners-Winter Birds (12-Adult)

(12-Adult) Learn about winter birds in the park plus some basic identification skills. Program ends with an indoor discussion. Children ages 12 to 16 yrs. must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Birds Around Us

(4-Adult) Beaks, feathers, nests and talons are examined to explore the avian world that surrounds us. Find out about bird life cycles, migration patterns and adaptations that make these creatures fascinating. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Blackwater Birds, MD

(16-Adult) Travel to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge on the Delmarva Peninsula. View endangered fox squirrels, waterfowl, hawks and eagles. Bring binoculars and a bag lunch. Dress for the weather. Van departs from Packard Center, Annandale District Park at 7am and returns at 5pm. Trip cancelation deadline is Nov. 22, 2019. ~


Citizen Science for Gardeners and Nature Lovers

(16 Adult) Explore the concept of data gathering that is available to and for all of us. Gardeners at every level of experience, naturalists and entomologists are recording the world around them through web based social media applications. Bird migration, butterfly numbers, invasive plant spread and insect populations are just some examples of data that is collected from a cyber-community of ecologists and citizen scientists. This is a new source of critical information to scientists in our changing world. Karen Rexrode will introduce you to some applications that will interest you as a gardener and a nature lover.


Courtship in the Animal World Campfire

(4-Adult) What does it take to attract a mate in the animal world. Turtles, frogs, insects, birds and even fish all have unique techniques for finding that special someone. Learn about these unique specialties and enjoy a short hike before sitting around a campfire to roast marshmallows. Canceled in case of inclement weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Eco-Engineers (6-12 yrs.)

(6-12 yrs.) Builders, inventors and experimenters wanted. Search for inspiration from nature’s engineers, honeybees, beavers, birds and plants, all while experimenting with designs of your own. Test out different materials to create things that blend in, shelter, float or fly. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Farm Hand Camp (10-14 yrs.)

(10-14 yrs.) Explore life as a farm hand by milking cow or goats and tending to farm animals. Focus on care, growth and development for farm birds (week 1) or farm mammals (week 2). Farm chores, games, activities and guest speakers are all part of this unique camp experience that introduces young people to farm life. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Feeding Day

(4-13 yrs.) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects and assist in serving dinner. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Home Made Bird Feeders

(2-Adult) Bring your empty milk jugs and/or two liter soda bottles to make bird feeders. We discuss tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home bird feeders. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Homeschool Science- Vertebrate Classification 6-12

(6-12 yrs.) How does an animals body covering, like fur, feathers or scales, help it to survive? Learn the how mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish are classified. Indoor discussion followed by an guided park tour. We use exploration, observation and lab skills to explore this topic.


Little Acorns-Winter

(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature's wonders in this interactive class. Experiences include finger plays, stories, meeting animals and weather permitting, outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics: Dec 2-Polar Animals, Dec 9-Owls, Dec 16-Evergreens, Jan 6-Hibernation, Jan 13-Birds in Winter, Feb 3-Groundhogs, Feb 10-Animal Valentines, Feb 24-Walk, Waddle, Wiggle.


Make Your Own Pinecone Birdfeeders!

Help feed your feathered friends this winter by making and taking home your very own pinecone bird feeder! What birds stay around all winter long? Find out what those familiar bird calls are as we discuss common birds you may see visit your feeder.


Wild Bird Camp (6-11 yrs.)

(6-11 yrs.) Learn to recognize bird calls and appearances and discover tricks birders use to identify winged species. Start your own “life list” and enjoy drawing and journaling about your special bird encounters. Enjoy time on the trails, playing games and making crafts. Bring your own binoculars and field guides if you have them. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Winter Bird Walk

(4-Adult) Take a hike through the woods with a naturalist to listen and look for the Park’s winter avian residents and migrants. Find out what birds do to survive the winter weather.


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