SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announces a robust schedule of great events this fall to get everyone out enjoying nature and our parks. Below please find a line-up of fall events taking place in our parks during September and October. Many of these events offer opportunities for volunteering. Please visit www.parkvolunteers.org to learn how to get involved.
SEPTEMBER 2013 EVENTSPooch Party! Saturday, September 7, 10AM – 4PM South Germantown Splash Playground 18056 Central Park Circle Boyds, MD 20841 Admission: $5 per dog www.SplashandGolf.com
Bring your well-behaved pooches and let them splash off-leash while you catch some end-of-summer rays and meet other dog owners. Rain date: Sunday, September 8,The PawPaw Festival Sunday, September 8, 12 Noon – 4PM Meadowside Nature Center (Rock Creek Regional Park) 5100 Meadowside Lane Rockville, MD 20855 Admission: $5 www.MeadowsideNature.org www.ParkPASS.org (Course #247802)
Learn about the rich history of America’s largest native tree fruits, the Pawpaw (asimina triloba) at this family friendly event featuring crafts, music, live animals and more.Back in Grandma’s Day Saturday, September 14, 12 Noon – 4PM Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park 3610 Brookeville Road Olney, MD 20832 FREE www.HistoryInTheParks.org
Bring the family and delight in African American fables and fantastic stories provided by the Griots’ Circle of Maryland! Enjoy guided tours of the historic 19th century cabin and make crafts to take home. Celebrate Grandparents’ Day by receiving a free Park Pass if you bring your grandparent to the event! For more information contact: 301.650.4373Bluegrass on the Farm Saturday, September 14, 12 Noon – 6PM Agricultural History Farm Park 18400 Muncaster Road Derwood, MD 20855 Admission: $12 in advance (online), $15 at the gate. Food will be available for purchase. www.BluegrassOnTheFarm.com
Join the Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park for their annual celebration of bluegrass in the great outdoors. This year’s stellar lineup includes Danny Paisley and Southern Grass, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and Maryland’s own Clear Spring. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy great bluegrass in the great outdoors! Pets are welcome, and kids under 12 are free with an adult.Children’s Day: School’s Outside! Saturday, September 21, 11AM – 4PM Brookside Gardens (Wheaton Regional Park) 1800 Glenallan Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902 Free Entry; some activities have a nominal fee www.ParkPass.org www.BrooksideGardens.org
This year’s events will take children and families through various activity tents related to math, science, reading, art and music featuring crafts, displays, story time and more.Kingsley Schoolhouse Open House Sunday, September 22, 1PM – 4PM Little Bennett Regional Park Clarksburg Road Clarksburg, MD 20871 *Park in Kingsley parking area or Froggy Hollow Trailhead parking area FREE www.HistoryInTheParks.org
Join our trained volunteer docents for free interpretive tours of this 19th century one-room school house located in Montgomery Parks’ largest park, and learn about what school was like in Montgomery County back in the 1920s.National Public Lands Day Volunteer Trail Work at Blockhouse Point Saturday, September 28, 8:30AM – 1PM Blockhouse Point Conservation Park 14750 River Road Darnestown, MD 20815 FREE www.ParkVolunteers.org
Show your support for our parks by volunteering at this trail work day. Wear clothes and shoes appropriate for working on a trail. Gloves and tools will be provided. Please bring water to drink.National Public Lands Day Little Seneca Lake Litter Clean Up Saturday, September 28, 9AM – 12 Noon Black Hill Visitors Center (Black Hill Regional Park) 20926 Lake Ridge Drive Boyds, MD 20841 FREE For more information email Katrina.Fauss@MontgomeryParks.org or call 301-528-3482
Help clean up Little Seneca Lake by boat and on land. Join us to cruise the lake and park to pick up litter. Feel free to bring your own kayak or canoe as well. Please wear clothes and shoes suitable for getting wet and dirty. Please bring water to drink.
OCTOBER 2013 EVENTS23rd Annual Harvest Festival Saturday, October 5, 11AM – 4PM Agricultural History Farm Park 18400 Muncaster Road Derwood, MD 20855 Admission: $10 per car, some activities have nominal fees www.AgHistoryFarm.org
Get a taste of farm life from the 1850s to present day at this annual festival featuring activities, live music, food and loads of hands-on activities such as sack races and pumpkin rolling races, hayrides, scarecrow making, a huge corn maze and more.2013 MoCo Epic Mountain Bike Rides and Festival Saturday, October 12, 10AM – 8PM; Sunday, October 13, 6:30AM – 8PM South Germantown Recreational Park 18010 Central Park Circle Boyds, MD 20841 Festival entry is Free. Registration and fees required for participation in Epic rides. www.MoCoEpic.com
Celebrate mountain biking in Montgomery County with four epic rides that span as many as 11 parks in Montgomery Parks system. The two-day event kicks off Saturday with a festival featuring food and beverages, live music, bike clinics, beginner rides on the Mountain Bike and BMX Pump Track and more.
Botanical Happy Hour and Lecture with Amy Stewart Thursday, October 17, 6:30PM – 9:00PM Brookside Gardens Visitors Center (Wheaton Regional Park) 1800 Glenallan Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902 $40; Friends of Brookside Gardens $30 www.BrooksideGardens.org www.ParkPASS.org (Course #245899)
Join Amy Stewart, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Drunken Botanist,” for an exploration of the dizzying array of plants that humans have contrived to transform into alcohol.Great Pumpkin Fun Friday, October 18, 10AM – 1PM Meadowside Nature Center (Rock Creek Regional Park) 5100 Meadowside Lane Rockville, MD 20855 Admission: $5 www.ParkPass.org (Course #247249) www.MeadowsideNature.org
Children ages 3 – 8 will enjoy activities at this special event featuring a self-guided trail hunt, crafts, games and more. Participants are encouraged to wear trail-friendly costumes.Nocturnal Neighbors Festival Saturday, October 19, 5PM – 8PM Locust Grove Nature Center 7777 Democracy Blvd. Bethesda, MD 28017 Admission: $5 www.ParkPASS.org (Course #246551) www.LocustGroveNature.org
Celebrate the night by taking a hike, learning from nocturnal animal experts, meet live animals, enjoy a toasty treat around a campfire, games and crafts.Fall Apple Festival Sunday, October 20, 11AM – 4PM Brookside Nature Center (Wheaton Regional Park) 1400 Glenallan Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902 $5 admission www.ParkPASS.org (Course #247599) www.BrooksideNature.org
Enjoy fresh homemade apple cider and gooey crisp caramel apples at our annual Fall Apple Festival featuring games, folklore, crafts and learn to make fresh pressed cider.Community Service Day Sunday, October 27, Noon – 3PM Hillmead Neighborhood Park 8609 Ridge Road Bethesda, MD 20817 FREE http://www.montgomeryserves.org/community-service-day-2013
Join volunteers across the county on this annual day dedicated to service. Help rid Hillmead Neighborhood Park of unwelcome, non-native invasive species as part of the parks Weed Warriors program. For more details and to participate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning – Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org
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Friday, February 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Brookside Gardens
SILVER SPRING, MD–Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will host the 2013 Green Matters Symposium, titled “The New American Landscape” on Friday, February 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The program will be held in the auditorium of Brookside Gardens and costs $89. Participants will examine the next chapter of American horticulture and the emphasis on sustainability that will drive landscape design in the coming decades. Sessions will highlight how sustainability has entered the mainstream, including its association with our food, building materials, and even the Olympics, shedding light on what this means and how it applies to landscape design.
Seminar Topics include:
- Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes by Heather Venhaus, Principal at Regenerative Environmental Design
- Ecological-and Beautiful-Stormwater Management by Steven Torgerson – ASLA, RLA; A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc.
- Creating Diverse and Sustainable Gardens Inspired by Nature by Rick Lewandowski – Horticulturist, Naturalist, Lecturer and Consultant
- Sustainable in the Material World by Meg Calkins – ALSA LEED AP, Ball State University
To register visit www.ParkPASS.org and enter course # 212968 in the search bar. A Happy Hour will take place immediately following the Symposium for just $15, register with course # 224799.
For more information, call 301-962-1451 or visit us online at www.BrooksideGreen.org. M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks’ Brookside Gardens is located at 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902.
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Most parks and facilities will be open Monday with the exception of Brookside Gardens and the Nature Centers.
SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, January 21, 2013 with a special Weed Warrior National Day of Service project at Rock Creek Regional Park. Weed Warrior volunteers directed by Montgomery Parks’ staff will work in collaboration with staff from Go Ape!—the treetop adventure course located in the park—to remove non-native invasive plants. Volunteers are welcome to participate in the effort and can learn more about how to get involved here or by emailing email@example.com.
Montgomery Parks’ Weed Warrior program, started in 1999, is comprised of an estimated 800 citizen volunteers who assist park staff on a regular basis in monitoring and removing non-native invasive plant species (NNIs) from parkland.
MLK JR. HOLIDAY OPERATING SCHEDULE
Montgomery Parks will observe the following operating hours for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21, 2013:
Ice skating rinks will observe standard operating schedules.
- Cabin John Ice: Open 8AM – 6:15PM. Visit www.CabinJohnIce.com or call 301-765-8620 for skating session times.
- Wheaton Ice Arena: Open 10AM – 6:45PM. Visit www.WheatonIceArena.com or call 301-905-300 for skating session times.
Tennis centers will observe standard operating schedules.
- Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center at Cabin John Regional Park: Open 6AM – midnight. Visit www.CabinJohnTennis.com or call 301-765-8650 for court availability.
- Wheaton Indoor Tennis at Wheaton Regional Park: Open 8AM – 11PM. Visit www.WheatonTennis.com or call 301-905-3030 for court availability.
Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and Conservatories will be closed. The grounds will be open and previously booked programs /events will run as scheduled.
Montgomery Parks Nature Centers will be closed. The nature center grounds will be open for exploration.
- Black Hill Visitors Center
- Brookside Nature Center
- Locust Grove Nature Center
- Meadowside Nature Center
The Montgomery Parks Permit Office will be closed including both synthetic turf fields at Blair High School and Fairland Recreational Park. All the Park Activity Buildings will be open for customers with existing reservations.
*All other parks and facilities are operating on standard schedules listed on www.MontgomeryParks.org.
About M-NCPPC and the Montgomery Parks
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks throughout the County. The Department of Parks is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is ranked as a national model of excellence in park and recreation management by other park systems and by the National Recreation and Parks Association.www.MontgomeryParks.org
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Registration opens January 9 for Montgomery Parks’ programs; January 22 for Department of Recreation programs.
SILVER SPRING, MD— M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation announce a diverse line-up of summer camps and programs for 2013, featuring hundreds of affordably priced camps spanning a variety of interests, including aquatics, ice skating, tennis, theatre, outdoor adventure and nature, robotics and golf. Camps and summer programs are available for tots to teens at all skill levels and at hundreds of locations across the county.
Details on the line-up are available in the new 2013 Summer Camp Guide (a joint publication this year), which is available online at www.MontgomeryParks.org/guide, and www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec. Print copies may be found at select Montgomery Parks’ facilities, Montgomery County Recreation centers, government buildings and libraries while supplies last. More information on Montgomery Parks’ summer camps is available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/camps.
Online registration for summer programs and camps for Montgomery Parks is available at www.ParkPASS.org; Online registration for the Department of Recreation is available at https://recweb.montgomerycountymd.gov/.
Register Early to Save $25 on Select Montgomery Parks’ Camps
For those who register before March 1, 2013, Montgomery Parks is offering a $25 discount on 15 different 2013 Summer and Spring Break Camps . More details are available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/camps.
Montgomery Parks’ and Montgomery County Recreation staff will be on hand at the upcoming 18th Annual Camp and Summer Program Expo at White Flint Mall in Rockville on Saturday, January 26 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, January 27 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm, to answer questions and distribute information about this year’s camps.
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WHEATON—M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks is excited to partner with industry leaders in environmental education for an evening showcase of programs designed to enhance environmental literacy in the classroom. On Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 5-8pm, the region’s top environmental education (EE) providers will gather at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland to demonstrate their programs and talk with teachers face-to-face.
In 2011, Maryland became the first state in the nation to require students to meet environmental literacy standards before graduating from high school. There are eight state standards: Environmental Issues; Interactions of Earth’s Systems; Flow of Matter and Energy; Populations, Communities and Ecosystems; Humans and Natural Resources; Environment and Health; Environment and Society; Sustainability. Regional EE providers have geared outreach and field trip opportunities to assist schools, teachers and students in meeting these standards and many of the programs fulfill Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) requirements, as well.
Teachers attending the event will find a myriad of innovative resources from Meadowside Nature Center’s Live Raptor Program and Izaak Walton League’s Creek Freaks to NASA’s STEM Academy and NOAA’s Estuaries 101. Other exhibitors presenting include, American Chestnut Society, Audubon Naturalist Society, Brickyard Educational Farm, Casey Trees, Croydon Creek Nature Center, Living Classrooms, MAEOE, Marian Koshland Science Museum, National Children’s Museum, National Park Service, Patuxent Research Refuge, Red Wiggler Community Farm, Robinson Nature Center, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and Watkins Nature Center.
This is a free event; however space is limited so teachers should register by calling 301-258-4037 or 301-962-1472. For more information, please visit our website www.brooksidegardens.org.