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Jul 2 14

Montgomery Parks Reminds Public That “Wings of Fancy” Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit Has Been Cancelled for 2014

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has made a difficult decision to cancel this year’s “Wings of Fancy” live butterfly & caterpillar exhibit held annually at Brookside Gardens. The exhibit has been cancelled due to construction underway at the entrance and parking areas of Brookside Gardens.

 

Brookside Gardens and the Conservatory remain open during the construction, and a free summer Conservatory Display is open daily until Sunday September 21. The “Wings of Fancy” exhibit will return in 2015.

 

For more information about the construction at Brookside Gardens, including alternate parking areas, please visit www.BrooksideGardens.org.

 

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About Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 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

 

Jun 3 14

Montgomery Parks Brookside Gardens Selected as 2014 Maryland Green Center by The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announces that Brookside Gardens has been certified as a 2014 Maryland Green Center by The Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)

Maryland Green Centers are part of the Maryland Green School Program, a nationally recognized program begun in 1999 to promote environmental literacy, sustainability and best practices. Brookside Gardens’ certification was earned through a holistic, integrated approach to incorporating environmental education and practices with community stewardship.

 

Brookside Gardens staff, Stephanie Oberle (pictured left) and Ellen Hartranft (pictured left) are joined by MAEOE representative to receive their 2014 Green Center Award.

Brookside Gardens staff, Stephanie Oberle (pictured left) and Ellen Hartranft (pictured right) are joined by MAEOE representative (Laura Collard, center) to receive their 2014 Green Center Award.

“Brookside Gardens has long been a resource for local schools, teachers and students, providing hands-on learning experiences that support school curriculum, said Stephanie Oberle, Director of Brookside Gardens.  “As a much loved and visited Montgomery Parks system facility, it is extremely important that our operations model environmental stewardship behaviors that everyone can adopt in their own home or workplace.  This certification goes a long way in showcasing those efforts by our staff and the community as a whole.”

 

Brookside Gardens, a 50-acre public display garden located within Wheaton Regional Park, Maryland, supports environmental literacy through curriculum based programs that have reached more than 3,000 students in the past two years. Factors contributing to Brookside Gardens’ certification include:

  • Two major sections of its Strategic Plan are focused on sustainability and environmental literacy intended to foster a greener organization, dedicated to promoting environmental literacy;
  • Green Thumbs Up interpretive panels were created to highlight sustainable products and practices throughout the Gardens;
  • A partnership was formed with Glenallan Elementary School in which Brookside Gardens serves as a resource on environmental issues;
  • The annual Green Matters Symposium is held to provides the community important information on a variety of environmental and sustainable topics.

“Building a framework today for sustainable environmental structures at school, home and in the community, that is what the Maryland Green Schools program brings to the children of Maryland,” says Laura Johnson Collard, MAEOE Executive Director. The outdoor settings are used to develop an integrated context for learning from elementary school through high school. The children have an impact on their school, homes and their communities. The Maryland Green Schools program plays an important role in fulfilling the state’s commitment to ensure our young people become environmentally literate by the time they graduate.”

 

About MAEOE

A Recipient of the Governor’s Smart, Green, and Growing Award, MAEOE is a non-profit membership association that encourages, educates, and supports Maryland educators to inspire the people of Maryland by increasing understanding of the natural resources that exist in the state and engaging adults and children to act responsibly as they enjoy being outside. MAEOE s Maryland Green School program began in 1997. For a complete listing of Green Schools and Green Centers visit www.maeoe.org .

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 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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Jan 27 14

Are You Ready for the Summer? Montgomery Parks’ 88 Different Summer Camps Include Nature, Sports, Adventure Programs and More.

by Melissa Chotiner

$25 discount on select camps for early registration; Visit Summer Camp Expos to meet camp program directors and learn more about the different camps 

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SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is offering 88 unique summer camps in 2014 spanning a variety of interests including ice skating, tennis, golf, gardening, outdoor adventure, nature, and more. Summer camps are available for tots to teens at all skill levels and at hundreds of locations across the county. A $25 discount is being offered for early registration for a select group of camps. Registration is open at www.ParkPASS.org.

A sampling of 2014 summer camps is outlined below; a complete list can be found at www.MontgomeryParks.org/camps, where camp searches may be filtered by age, location and key words. The 2014 Summer Camps guide is available online at www.MontgomeryParks.org/guide. Print copies may be found at select Montgomery Parks’ facilities, Montgomery County Recreation centers, government buildings and libraries while supplies last.

 a variety of interests including ice skating, tennis, golf, gardening, outdoor adventure, nature, and more. Summer camps are available for tots to teens at all skill levels and at hundreds of locations across the county. A $25 discount is being offered for early registration for a select group of camps. Registration is open at www.ParkPASS.org. 

A Sampling of Montgomery Parks’ 2014 Summer Camps

SPORTS CAMPS

  • Golf & So Much More! Camp at South Germantown Driving Range

Ages 6-14, Offered throughout the summer

This 50/50 split camp gives kids time to try golf with a PGA pro in the morning, then let loose in the afternoon playing tennis, basketball, archery, mini-golf and other fun activities.

  • Ice Hockey and Figure Skating Camps at Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena

Ages 6-12, Offered throughout the summer

Campers will brush up on their skating, form, and gain conditioning on the ice. Specialty ice skating camps include dance clinics, theatre on ice, and synchronized skating. Summer Fun Ice Skating Camp offers activities off the ice such as tennis, arts and crafts and outdoor games.

  • Summer Skateboard and Inline Skating Camps at Olney Manor Skate Park

Ages 6-13, Offered throughout the summer

In skateboard camp, participants learn to push, ride, tack, turn olly, kick flip grind, stall, drop in and get air—all from professional instructors from American Inline Skating. Inline Skating Camp teaches campers to gear up, stand up, skate, stop, avoid falling down, turn, crossover, skate backwards, negotiate obstacles and skate safely.

  • Tennis and Tennis Combo Camps at Pauline Betz Addie Tennis and Wheaton Indoor Tennis

Ages 5 – 14, Offered throughout the summer

Montgomery Parks offers all-day tennis camp and combo camps featuring a half-day of tennis instruction paired with other sports and activities such as golf, ice skating, outdoor games and more.

 

NATURE, GARDENING AND SCIENCE CAMPS

  • Uncaged: The Wild World of Birds at Meadowside Nature Center

Ages 9-12, Offered week of 6/23

Campers learn to identify birds by sight and sound, from the tiny hummingbird to the majestic eagle and everything in between. Activities include feeding and caring for the hawks, eagle and other raptors that live at Meadowside, learning how and why we band birds, following a bluebird trail, games and a field trip to band real ospreys at Patuxent River Park.

  •  Nature Film School Camp at Locust Grove Nature Center

Ages 8-10, Offered the week of 6/23

Campers learn how nature documentaries get made including how to design and document natural subjects. Each camper produces his own film to screen for friends and family.

  •  Lakeside Arts Camp at Black Hill Visitor Center

Ages 6-8, Offered week of 8/18

Children will explore nature through the arts, gaining inspiration from the lake, streams, meadows, and forests of Black Hill Regional Park. Campers experiment with different art mediums such as painting, nature journaling, sculpting, drama and music, and at the end of the week, invite their friends and family to an art show featuring their new masterpieces.

  •  Parent and Child Nature Camp at Brookside Nature Center

Ages 4-6, Offered the week of 8/11

Parents and children explore nature together investigating the woods, stream, ponds and forest edge to learn about plants and animals that live there. Finish the week on Friday with a campfire and lunch.

  •  Farms, Food, Fun, and Sun!

Ages 9-11, Offered the week of 7/11

Have a week of fun learning about farms and food. Visit three farms, a farmer’s market and learn where food comes from and how to cook it. Participate in a cooking class, harvest a few veggies and fruits, see the countryside and take a hayride! Campers also plant their own container vegetable gardens, and take a trip to the famous Herr’s chip factory.

 CAMPER FAVORITES

  • Week in the Park at Wheaton Ice Arena

Ages 6 – 12, Offered throughout the summer

Montgomery Parks’ most popular camp features indoor tennis and ice skating lessons, a field trip to South Germantown Splash Playground and Miniature Golf, nature walks, and miniature train and carousel rides among other activities.

  • Outdoor Adventure Camp at Cabin John Ice Rink

Ages 8 – 14, Offered throughout the summer

Campers discover the outdoors in this high-adventure day camp with activities ranging from white water rafting, zip lines, rappelling, aerial obstacle and ropes courses, fishing, canoeing, go-carting and more.

  •  Archaeology Camp for Children at Needwood Mansion

Ages 9 – 13, Offered throughout the summer

Campers find out what it takes to be an archaeologist working alongside trained professionals. Hands-on activities include mapping, soil identification and artifact processing. Campers also take a field trip to a historic site to do some real excavating.

Meet Montgomery Parks Summer Camps Staff in Person at Summer Camp Expos

Montgomery Parks’ staff will be at several upcoming Summer Camp Expos to answer questions and provide detailed, information in-person, about this year’s camps. Expos include:

Summer Camp Expo at Seneca Lodge
Sunday, February 9, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
14500-A Clopper Road
Boyds, MD 20841
301-563-7510
 
Summer Camp Expo at Cabin John Ice Rink
Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. – noon
10610 Westlake Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
301-765-8620
 
Summer Camp Expo at Wheaton Ice Arena
Sunday, March 16, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
11717 Orebaugh Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-905-3000

 

About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission 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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Aug 28 13

Montgomery Parks 2013 Labor Day Weekend Activities and Operating Hours

by Melissa Chotiner

Enjoy campfires, nature walks, guided historic hikes and tours and the annual Monarch Fiesta Day and more!

SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is offering a variety of fun and educational activities the whole family will enjoy this Labor Day weekend. Please find a sampling below and visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/guide for a complete listing of programs.

MONTGOMERY PARKS LABOR DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

Friday, August 30, 2013:

 

Saturday, August 31, 2013:

  • Underground Railroad Free Guided Hike at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Join talented volunteer conductors on a simulated Underground Railroad Experience hike along a two mile trail. You’ll learn about various techniques freedom seekers used to elude trackers, find food and navigate their way north to freedom.

 

  •  The annual Monarch Fiesta Day at Black Hill Regional Park from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. A free celebration of the Monarch butterfly and its amazing annual migration to Mexico, featuring Monarch tagging and release, tours of the Monarch Waystation, an insect hunt, Monarch movies and more.

 

Sunday, September 1, 2013:

  • Can You Canoe at Black Hill Regional Park at 9:00 a.m. Spend two hours with an expert instructor learning various ways to use a canoe. Canoes, paddles and vests are all provided with registration fee of $16. Visit www.ParkPASS.org (Course #245960) to register.

 

 

MONTGOMERY PARKS LABOR DAY WEEKEND OPERATING HOURS:

Black Hill Regional Park:

    • Black Hill Boats: Open August 31 – September 2, 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Last boat is rented at 5:30 p.m.)
    • Black Hill Visitor Center: Open August 31, 10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m., September 1 and 2, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Cabin John Regional Park:

 

Little Bennett Regional Park:

  • Little Bennett Campground: Open August 31, 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., September 1, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., September 2, 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.  (Two-night minimum stay required.)

 

Olney Manor Recreational Park:

  • Olney Skate Park: Open August 31, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Beat the Heat Session; ½ Price Admission); September 1, 1p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Open Skate Session); September 2, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Open Skate Session).

 

Rock Creek Regional Park:

 

South Germantown Recreational Park

 

Wheaton Regional Park:

“Wings of Fancy” Exhibit: Open August 31 – September 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Brookside Gardens Conservatory: Open August 31 – September 2, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.;

Marylandica Gift Shops: Open August 31 – September 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Park Permits Office: CLOSED all weekend: August 31 – September 2

  • All regional and recreational fields: CLOSED Labor Day, Monday, September 2

*All other parks and facilities are operating on standard schedules listed on www.MontgomeryParks.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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Aug 16 13

Montgomery Parks Fall into Fun Events for September and October 2013

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery 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 EVENTS

Pooch 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: 301.650.4373

 
Bluegrass 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 EVENTS

23rd 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 mcp-weedwarriors@montgomeryparks.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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Feb 4 13

Montgomery Parks Will Host 2013 Green Matters Symposium: “The New American Landscape”

by Melissa Chotiner

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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Jan 17 13

Montgomery Parks Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with National Day of Service Weed Warrior Project at Rock Creek Regional Park

by Melissa Chotiner

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 mcp-weedwarriors@mncppc-mc.org.

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:

OPEN:

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.

CLOSED:

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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Jan 9 13

Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation Announce 2013 Summer Camps

by Melissa Chotiner

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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Dec 19 12

Montgomery Parks Announces Family-Friendly Programming During Holiday Break, and Holiday Operating Schedule

by Melissa Chotiner

Family-friendly programming includes Brookside Gardens’ Garden of Lights and Train Exhibit, Winter Solstice Celebrations, Winter Doubles Tournament at Wheaton Indoor Tennis, Sugarloaf Mountain Hike, and more.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announces a broad array of family-friendly programming options available this holiday break, including:

Brookside Gardens’ Garden of Lights and Train Exhibit
Open through January 6 (every night except December 24 and 25 and January 1-3)
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 5:30PM – 9:00PM; Friday and Saturday: 5:30PM – 10PM
(Last car admitted 30 minutes before closing time.)
Cost: $20 per car / van Monday – Thursday; $25 Friday – Sunday
*Advance sale tickets available for $20 good for any night; cash only tickets at entrance

Visitors enjoy a walk-through holiday light show and a miniature G-scale train exhibit. Refreshments, shopping and nightly performances by local musicians are offered in the Brookside Visitors Center.
For more information call 301-962-1453 or visit www.BrooksideGardens.org

Winter Solstice Celebrations
Friday December 21, 2012
BLACK HILL VISITOR CENTER 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (FREE)
Enjoy an invigorating hike with a Park Naturalist on 10 Mile Creek, an area frequented by water fowl and resident bald eagles.
Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #221251 or click here)

LITTLE BENNETT CAMPGROUND 7PM– 8PM (Fee: $5)
Participants will hear and tell stories around the campfire, make paper lanterns and toast marshmallows.
Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #220073 or click here)

LOCUST GROVE NATURE CENTER 7PM – 8:30PM (Fee: $5)
Celebrate the start of winter with a campfire, cider, lantern making, candle lighting and stories.
Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #218549 or click here)

Saturday, December 22, 2012
BROOKSIDE NATURE CENTER 1:30PM – 5:30PM (Fee: $5)
Festivities include shadow puppet shows, cultural crafts from around the World, live music, and the warmth of the Pioneer Cabin fire ring.
Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #217399 or click here)

Make It and Take It: Pine Print Gift Wrap Class at Meadowside Nature Center (Ages 3 – 12)
Saturday, December 22, 2012, 2PM – 3PM (Fee: $5)
Learn to print your own gift wrap with pine boughs, paint and other natural materials.
Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #219800 or click here)

Eco-TEEN Montgomery Sugarloaf Mountain Hike (Ages 13 – 17)
Thursday, December 27, 2012, 10AM – 2PM (Fee: $10)
Teens will take a fun, vigorous hike exploring trails and learning about the mountain’s natural and cultural history. Participants meet at Meadowside Nature Center.
Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #220063 or click here)

Little House on the Prairie Winter Days at Agricultural History Farm Park (Ages 8 – 13)
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, 10:30AM – 2:30PM (Fee: $25)
Spend a day on the farm enjoying food and seasonal activities while exploring the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family.
Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #220220 or click here)

Park Play Days at Cabin John Ice (Ages 6-12)
December 26, 27 & 28, 9AM-5PM (Fee: $40)
No school? No problem! Bring the kids to Cabin John Ice Rink for a day full of activities, including ice skating lessons, arts & crafts, and fun team games and sports.
Register at www.ParkPASS.org or click here.

Winter Doubles Tournament at Wheaton Indoor Tennis
December 28, 29 and 30, 2012, Times Vary (Fee: $25)
Participants 18 and older will be guaranteed at least two matches in this women’s, men’s and mixed doubles tournament. Participants may sign up with partners or be paired by skill level by Wheaton Indoor Tennis staff. Deadline for registration is December 21, 2012.
Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #216949 or click here)

MONTGOMERY PARKS’ HOLIDAY OPERATING SCHEDULE

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2012
OPEN:
Cabin John Ice Rink: Visit website for public skating times.
Wheaton Ice Rink: Visit website for public skating times.
Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center: 6AM–6PM
Wheaton Indoor Tennis: 8AM–6PM
South Germantown Driving Range: 11AM–3PM (weather permitting)
Brookside Gardens Visitors Center: 9AM–5PM
Brookside Gardens Conservatory: 10AM–5PM

CLOSED:
Brookside Gardens’ Garden of Lights and Train Exhibit

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2012
All Montgomery Parks’ facilities are closed on Christmas Day including ice rinks, tennis centers, the South Germantown Driving Range, Brookside Gardens Visitor Center, Conservatory, Garden of Lights and Train Exhibit.

New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, 2012
OPEN:
Cabin John Ice Rink: Visit website for public skating times.
Wheaton Ice Rink: Visit website for public skating times.
Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center: 6AM–6PM
Wheaton Indoor Tennis: 8AM–6PM
South Germantown Driving Range: 11AM–3PM (weather permitting)
Brookside Gardens Visitors Center: 9AM–5PM
Brookside Gardens Conservatory: 10AM–5PM
Brookside Gardens Garden of Lights: 5:30PM – 9PM
*The last car is admitted at 8:30PM.

New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013
OPEN
Cabin John Ice Rink: Visit website for public skating times.
Wheaton Ice Rink: Visit website for public skating times.
Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center: 11AM–8PM
Wheaton Indoor Tennis: 11AM–8PM

CLOSED:
South Germantown Driving Range
Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, Conservatory, Garden of Lights and Train Exhibit

*All other parks and facilities are operating on standard schedules listed on www.MontgomeryParks.org.
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Sep 20 12

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks Hosts Environmental Education Night for Teachers on October 11, 2012

by Melissa Chotiner

WHEATONM-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.

 

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