We know you have questions, and we have answers!

Yes! Rain, snow, or sunshine, we will be outside. Be sure to dress for the weather each day. In the event of severe weather (thunderstorms, extreme cold, etc.), we may move inside the Interpretive Center, postpone that day’s session, or cancel that day’s session. Families will be notified by phone or email.

A backpack, one or two bottles of water, a snack, extra socks, rain or snow  gear (if it’s that kind of a day), and a change of clothes.

Yes! There will be time for a small snack break and water is always a good idea. One or two bottles of water is fine, please no glass bottles. 

For Science Adventures in Nature and Trail School, parents must remain on site at Baltimore Woods and are invited to accompany the program. Children in the Nature’s Little Explorers program must be accompanied by an adult during the program. 

Parents can utilize our tables and wi-fi inside the program room of the Interpretive Center if they would like to do work while waiting for their children. At this time, masks are required for all persons inside the building regardless of vaccination status.

Sure! If you have other children who are too young for our programs, you are welcome to bring them along, just be sure to let us know how many in the registration forms so we can best prepare for the group size. Older children should register for Science Adventures in Nature or Trail School.

You can easily register online – saving everyone time and paper, and a few trees in the process. On each program description page, find the link that says “Register Now!” You will be redirected to our program registration portal where you’ll find step-by-step instructions. Simply select your programs, fill out the forms, submit your payment, and you will get instant confirmation through your email. Be sure to set up an account to make future registrations even easier.

No, children must register for the full month.

You can pay online with a credit card or Electronic Funds Transfer through our secure registration partner, Active Network. 

No, but being a member can save you money! Members receive discounted prices on our programs, as well as discounts in our gift shop and early notice of upcoming programs and events, including summer camp registration opening dates. Purchasing a single, one-year, family-level membership during your registration process will allow you to save on all programs you and your family members register for! You can purchase a membership while registering for your programs, or through our website. For more information on memberships, click here: 

https://baltimorewoods.org/memberships/

Active Network is a national company that provides camp and class registration and database management tools for camps and schools. We have been using Active Network for our summer camp registration since 2013. 

Yes! The weekly program topic will be the same for each day and some of the activities may be repeated, but our educators will certainly mix things up and keep each day fun and engaging.

Absolutely. Each program invites children to learn about nature from slightly different perspectives and both are great experiences for curious children who love to be outside. Science Adventures in Nature is a thematic program with guided activities, experiments, and exploration. Trail School is based on the concepts of nature play and child-led inquiry and learning.

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 physical distancing and wearing facial coverings. All participants, parents, and siblings will undergo a verbal health screening and temperature check before entering the program space. Registering for our programs includes signing an agreement to follow our protocols during the program. 

Age recommendations and restrictions are made for each individual program based on terrain and hiking distance, time of day, and content of the program. In an effort to offer a high quality experience, we ask that you consider these recommendations when registering.

Baltimore Woods may cancel a program due to weather or low enrollment. Pre-registrants will be notified by email or phone in the event of a cancellation and any pre-payments will be refunded in that case.

Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Program registration fees are non-refundable except in cases of family/medical emergencies. Baltimore Woods may cancel a program due to weather or low enrollment. Pre-registrants will be notified by email or phone in the event of a cancellation and any pre-payments will be refunded in that case.