Trail School: November Explorations

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Inspired by one of the great naturalists of the 19th century, Enos Mills, each excursion will take us on an adventure as we explore away from the main trails. Our 182-acre “classroom” is rich with diverse habitats, including streams, forests, wetlands, beaver ponds, and open meadows. This three-week series runs weekly on Thursday afternoons. $30 members; $45 public. Pre-registration is required and the price includes all three weeks. Themes for each week are listed below, so get ready for some November exploration!

Register for Trail School: November Explorations!
Registration Opens October 27

Blending Into the Forest
November 5, 2020 from 1-4pm

Used by creatures of all shapes and size, camouflage helps prey hide and predators stalk. As we traverse
the woods for places to explore, we’ll search for camouflaged critters and observe the adaptations that
keep them hidden.

The Beaver Lands
November 12, 2020 
from 1-4pm

Evidence of beaver activity is found throughout most of the Baltimore Woods preserve. From beaver chews
to old and current dams, we’ll discover the wonders of these aquatic mammals through exploration!

Venture to Peanut Hill
November 19,2020 
from 1-4pm

Do you like to build forts? Let’s hike to Peanut Hill and build a mighty fortress! We’ll explore the forests
along the way and play a grand game at the end of the day!

What can you expect from Trail School? This program focuses on child-led learning through play and exploration with the guidance of a naturalist who knows the preserve and who will provide children with the opportunities to further their interests outside. There will be tools like critter catchers, magnifying glasses, and of course whatever we can make with the natural tools around us that help facilitate children deepening their curiosity and discovery. A lot of our learning will be on-the-spot and there will be imaginative play and time for each child to connect with nature in their own way.

More details: This program is planned to be entirely outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Lessons are suited for ages 5-13. Students must pre-register for the entire series and must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are required to accompany children ages 5-9 during the program. Parents of children ages 10-13 must stay on-site or can join in the fun!  Bring a water bottle and a small snack. At Baltimore Woods Nature Center, the health and safety of our staff and visitors is of utmost importance. All in-person programming will follow best practices for keeping our participants safe, including health screenings, physical distancing and wearing facial coverings.

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