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May 16, 2013

Fort Frederick to Host Families in Nature Program

by Martha
Children identifying organisms in the water

Children identifying organisms in the water

Who: Open to the Public

When: May 25 to 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd, Big Pool

Cost: Maryland residents: $3 per car; Non-residents: $5 per car

Contact: 301-842-2155

Fort Frederick State Park will be hosting a Memorial Day weekend filled with outdoor fun for the entire family. There will be a variety of nature programs, exhibits, demonstrations and activities throughout the three day event.

Staff-led programs start at the following times on all days:

  • 10 a.m. Guided nature hikes
  • 11 a.m. Nature crafts
  • 1 p.m. Wildlife visitors
  • 2 p.m. Wildlife identification

On Sunday at 1 p.m., a rattlesnake biologist will exhibit and handle live snakes, including a rattlesnake, copperhead, and rat and corn snakes. Guests will learn how to identify venomous and non-venomous snakes, and have the chance to hold a non-venomous snake.

There will be a variety of other self-guided and park-led nature activities for all ages and interests, with staff on duty to answer any questions or help with itinerary. All programs begin at the Nature Center, located next to Captain Wort’s store. Parking is available at the main lot at the visitor center. Parents are asked to accompany their children during the programs.

Staff recommends participants wear sturdy walking shoes, insect repellant and sunscreen. Camping is available for those who would like to stay for the entire weekend. The park also provides the opportunity for visitors to walk or bike the nearby Western Maryland Rail Trail and C&O canal towpath, boat and fish on Big Pool, bird watch, visit the park’s Nature Center and more. Click here for Fort Frederick State Park’s full calendar of events.

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