Upcoming Programs and Events

    • 17 Jan 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online via zoom
    • 19
    Registration is closed

    ORNC Council Speaker Series – Wild, Wacky and Wonderful Wasps
    Kerry Wixted, Amphibian, Reptile and Invasive Species Program Manager; Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
    Monday, January 17; 7 - 8:30 p.m – Online via zoom
    Learn about the wonderful world of wasps from the pollinators to the predators. The talk will focus on the biology of wasps and fascinating wasp species found in Maryland including the giant ichneumon with her drill-tipped ovipositor, the industrious potter wasps, clepto-parasitic cuckoo wasps, the gall-forming wasps, the gentle giant cicada killer and more. 
    Adults
    FREE
    Registration for this program closes on Friday, January 14th.


    • 20 Jan 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 0
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    Shoots and Letters – Camping
    Thursday, January 20; 10 - 11 a.m.
    Join us as we explore a different nature theme each week. Each session starts with a related story followed by hands-on learning, outdoor adventures, games and crafts.
    Ages 2 - 10 with a participating adult
    Please note that this program is designed for ages 2 - 5.
    $3 per child (includes one participating adult)
    Adult must be a registered guest. Additional adults who are added as guests will incur the $3 fee. To avoid the additional fee a second adult/child should start a new registration.
    Registration for this program closes on Tuesday, January 18th.


    • 22 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 25
    Register

    That's Wild! Underwater Creatures
    Saturday, January 22; 1 - 2 p.m.
    Join us every Saturday and Sunday in January as our Naturalists present 8 Wild Programs. Come take a closer look at who is living in the streams and ponds in the winter and find out how they survive winter's cold.
    All ages
    $3 per person ($2 for ORNCC Members)
    Registration for this program closes on Thursday, January 20th.


    • 23 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 24
    Register

    That's Wild! Fishy Tales
    Sunday, January 23; 1 - 2 p.m.
    Join us every Saturday and Sunday in January as our Naturalists present 8 Wild Programs. On January 23rd, you can explore the underwater world of the fish that call Oregon Ridge home and make a really cool fish craft to take home.
    All ages
    $3 per person ($2 for ORNCC Members)
    Registration for this program closes on Thursday, January 20th.


    • 24 Jan 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online via zoom
    • 8
    Register

    Nature Book Club – Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
    Monday, January 24; 7 - 8 p.m. via Zoom
    Annie Dillard's personal narrative highlights one year's exploration on foot in the Virginia region through which Tinker Creek runs. In the summer, she stalks muskrats in the creek and contemplates wave mechanics; in the fall, she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She tries to con a coot; she collects pond water and examines it under a microscope. She unties a snake skin, witnesses a flood, and plays King of the Meadow with a field of grasshoppers. The result is an exhilarating tale of nature and its seasons.
    Adults
    FREE
    Registration for this program closes on Friday, January 21st.


    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 12
    Register

    Shoots and Letters – Hunting and Gathering in Winter
    Thursday, January 27; 10 - 11 a.m.
    Join us as we explore a different nature theme each week. Each session starts with a related story followed by hands-on learning, outdoor adventures, games and crafts.
    Ages 2 - 10 with a participating adult
    Please note that this program is designed for ages 2 - 5.
    $3 per child (includes one participating adult)
    Adult must be a registered guest. Additional adults who are added as guests will incur the $3 fee. To avoid the additional fee a second adult/child should start a new registration.
    Registration for this program closes on Tuesday, January 25th.


    • 29 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 20
    Register

    That's Wild! Sssssnakes!
    Saturday, January 29; 1 - 2 p.m.
    Join us every Saturday and Sunday in January as our Naturalists present 8 Wild Programs. One of our most popular programs returns on January 29th. Get all your snake questions answered as you visit with several of our resident snakes.
    All ages
    $3 per person ($2 for ORNCC Members)
    Registration for this program closes on Thursday, January 27th.


    • 30 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 28
    Register

    That's Wild! Diamonds are a Terrapin's Best Friend
    Sunday, January 30; 1 - 2 p.m.
    Join us every Saturday and Sunday in January as our Naturalists present 8 Wild Programs. On January 30th, you'll have an opportunity to meet our diamondback Terrapin animal ambassador and learn more about these aquatic turtles.
    All ages
    $3 per person ($2 for ORNCC Members)
    Registration for this program closes on Thursday, January 27th.


    • 01 Feb 2022
    • 03 Feb 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 10
    Register

    Trail Guide Training
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; February 1, 2 and 3; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    The Nature Center is in need of volunteers to help with small group programs, Tuesday thru Friday, year-round and our Maple Sugaring Programs on weekends in February. volunteers lead small groups of students or families around the park for a hands-on experience! No minimum time commitment. This season's topics include Maple Sugaring, Insects and their Kin and Animals and their Habitats.
    Adults
    $25 for first time participants
    Registration for this program closes on Friday, January 28th.


    • 03 Feb 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 19
    Register

    Shoots and Letters – Winter Weather
    Thursday, February 3; 10 - 11 a.m.
    Join us as we explore a different nature theme each week. Each session starts with a related story followed by hands-on learning, outdoor adventures, games and crafts.
    Ages 2 - 10 with a participating adult
    Please note that this program is designed for ages 2 - 5.
    $3 per child (includes one participating adult)
    Adult must be a registered guest. Additional adults who are added as guests will incur the $3 fee. To avoid the additional fee a second adult/child should start a new registration.
    Registration for this program closes on Tuesday, February 1st.


    • 04 Feb 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 16
    Register

    Bookworm Story Time
    Friday, February 4; 11 - 11:45 a.m. 
    Enjoy a nature story with the storyteller’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft. This program is in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Library.
    Toddler to age 6
    FREE (donations appreciated)
    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 2nd.



    • 05 Feb 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 13
    Register

    Nature Olympics
    Saturday, February 5; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    The Winter Olympics have begun! Let's celebrate with a family friendly competition of nature themed events in the park!
    Adults and children 4+
    $5 per person ($3 for ORNCC Members)
    Registration for this program closes on Thursday, February 3rd.


    • 06 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 18
    Register

    Evergreens at Oregon Ridge
    Sunday, February 6; 1 - 3 p.m.
    Enjoy an easy winter hike in the park while learning about some of our trees like pines, hemlock and holly that stay green year round. We will end the hike with a sampling of hot pine needle tea.
    Adults and children 4+
    $5 per person ($3 for ORNCC Members)
    Registration for this program closes on Thursday, February 3rd.


    • 10 Feb 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 15
    Register

    Shoots and Letters – Winter Birds
    Thursday, February 10; 10 - 11 a.m.
    Join us as we explore a different nature theme each week. Each session starts with a related story followed by hands-on learning, outdoor adventures, games and crafts.
    Ages 2 - 10 with a participating adult
    Please note that this program is designed for ages 2 - 5.
    $3 per child (includes one participating adult)
    Adult must be a registered guest. Additional adults who are added as guests will incur the $3 fee. To avoid the additional fee a second adult/child should start a new registration.
    Registration for this program closes on Tuesday, February 8th.


    • 12 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 7
    Register

    Feed the Birds
    Saturday, February 12; 1 - 2:30 p.m.
    Join us as we talk about backyard birds and make a simple bird feeder to take home in order to attract birds that you can watch in your backyard.
    Adults and children 3+
    $5 per person ($3 for ORNCC Members)
    Registration for this program closes on Thursday, February 10th.


    • 13 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 16
    Register

    Feed the Birds
    Sunday, February 13; 1 - 2:30 p.m.
    Join us as we talk about backyard birds and make a simple bird feeder to take home in order to attract birds that you can watch in your backyard.
    Adults and children 3+
    $5 per person ($3 for ORNCC Members)
    Registration for this program closes on Thursday, February 10th.


    • 17 Feb 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 13
    Register

    Shoots and Letters – Winter Trees
    Thursday, February 17; 10 - 11 a.m.
    Join us as we explore a different nature theme each week. Each session starts with a related story followed by hands-on learning, outdoor adventures, games and crafts.
    Ages 2 - 10 with a participating adult
    Please note that this program is designed for ages 2 - 5.
    $3 per child (includes one participating adult)
    Adult must be a registered guest. Additional adults who are added as guests will incur the $3 fee. To avoid the additional fee a second adult/child should start a new registration.
    Registration for this program closes on Tuesday, February 15th.


    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 14
    Register

    Senior Stroll
    Saturday; February 19, 10:30 a.m. 
    Experience the many wellness benefits of sharing time walking in nature together. Join us at the Nature Center then we'll head out for a leisurely stroll in the park. Afterwards, stay for a guided reflection activity.
    Adults
    FREE (donations appreciated)
    Registration for this program closes on Thursday, February 17th.


    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Saturday, February 19; 11 a.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 11:30 AM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Saturday, February 19; 11:30 a.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Saturday, February 19; 12 p.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 12:30 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Saturday, February 19; 12:30 p.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Saturday, February 19; 1 p.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 1:30 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Saturday, February 19; 1:30 p.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 1
    Register

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Saturday, February 19; 2 p.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 2:30 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 10
    Register

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Saturday, February 19; 2:30 p.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Saturday, February 19; 3 p.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 3
    Register

    Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    Saturday, February 19; 7 - 8:30 p.m.
    Bright stars, constellations, a star cluster and a galaxy are easy to find on a dark clear winter's night. Join us for an evening among the stars for some stellar object viewing and some star story telling around the campfire.
    Adults and children 6+
    $7 per person ($5 for ORNCC Members)
    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 17th.


    • 20 Feb 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Sunday, February 20; 11 a.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 20 Feb 2022
    • 11:30 AM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Sunday, February 20; 11:30 a.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 20 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Sunday, February 20; 12 p.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 20 Feb 2022
    • 12:30 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 5
    Register

    Maple Sugaring Weekend
    Sunday, February 20; 12:30 p.m. Arrival time
    Learn to make maple syrup from start to finish. Participants will leave the registration area for the Maple Sugaring Trail based on their arrival time. They'll visit stations where a naturalist will describe each step of the process. Individuals and families only. No groups, please!
    (Groups can inquire about our Small Group Maple Sugaring Workshop Days or Maple Sugaring Field Trips by contacting the Nature Center at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org)
    All ages
    $3 per person - Online Payment required for this program.

    Registration for this program closes on Wednesday, February 16.


    • 20 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Oregon Ridge Nature Center
    • 5
    Register