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December Newsletter
Greetings and welcome to the December issue of the Carrie Murray Nature Center's newsletter! As Winter approaches and the wildlife in our park begin to cozy up for colder days ahead there is much to observe and discover! In this month's issue, we have exciting news, events, and more to share with you! You'll find updates about our Master Naturalists as well as highlights from some of our recent programs and happenings at the park. You'll even find a downloadable seasonal coloring page designed by one of our staff members! There is something for the whole family in this month's edition of the Carrie Murray Nature Center's newsletter!

While the Nature Center remains closed due to COVID-19 protocols we are overjoyed to be able to continue offering an array of outdoor programs for all ages during the week and on weekends. 

As always thank you so much for reading and for your support. We can't wait to see you on your next visit to the park!

Warm wishes,

Mary Hardcastle
CMNC Director

Click on the calendar icon to view our upcoming events!
On our website, we use a traditional calendar view to display all of our upcoming events. Take a look at what we have planned in the coming weeks!
 
Current and Upcoming Events
Introducing: Virtual Field Trips to CMNC
We are pleased to announce that we are now offering Virtual Field Trips with our partner Every Kid Outdoors (EKO). These trips are designed for 4th-8th graders in all Baltimore City Public Schools and Title I schools across Maryland. All trips are FREE. Bring classroom content to life as you survey the Gwynns Falls stream valley or explore wildlife adaptations! 

To register click here or learn more at https://www.carriemurraynaturecenter.org/virtual-field-trips
Welcome Winter Hike
Saturday, January 2 from 1:00p-2:30p 

Come out to the park and give winter a warm hug hello! We'll look for signs of the season change and take time to enjoy the park in a quieter state. While this is a period of dormancy for many plants and animals there is still life all around us!

To register click here or go to https://www.carriemurraynaturecenter.org/calendar
News & Highlights
Therapeutic Recreation in the Park!
Last month, our Therapeutic Recreation Department joined us in the park for a morning filled with fun! We went for a nature walk, collected natural wonders, and made nature crafts. We even celebrated our wonderful time outside together by throwing nature confetti! It was a delight to spend the morning with awesome members of our community.
Wild Haven Happenings
With almost two months under their belt, Wild Haven is in full swing of their school year! From forest fungus to leaf piles, there is no lack of treasures to discover on the trails. Highlights include seeing box turtles, learning what bugs do during the winter, and gorgeous hikes to Winans Meadow. They are preparing for the colder months by talking about how animals survive the chilly temperatures. In December, they will hold a virtual Bare Branches ceremony as a way to celebrate the new season and to bring light into our lives during the shortest days of the year.
Master Naturalist News
Our Master Naturalist Trainees have learned so much over the course of the past few months! With just a few weeks left in the course, they have learned about all different aspects of our local ecosystem in the Piedmont Region of Maryland. Next, they will take their final exam and present their proposals for their group projects. Stay tuned to see the awesome projects they are working on!
Seasonal Activities & More!
Goodbye Autumn, Welcome Winter!
As we say our final goodbye to Autumn and welcome in a fresh new season we invite you to reflect on these beautiful words written by Barbara Vance.

Winter
When the geese are flying south
And the sky is grey, my dears,
Close your eyes, and lift your nose;
Listen with your careful ears.

Feel the winter coming on,
Hear it in the crackling trees;
Note the crisping, quivering wind
Sharply snapping at their leaves.

Feel it on the windowpanes –
Chilly glass on fingertips –
Mark the biting of the air,
Heated breath on numbing lips.

See it in the early eves,
In the glowing sunset where
Shadows of the naked trees
Rattle in the biting air.

Watch the nuthatch and the wren;
They know it is time once more
To abandon careful nests,
As they’ve done each year before.

Let it rest upon your face,
Let it reach and pull you in.
See how pretty nature is
When she ushers winter in.

- Barbara Vance
FREE Coloring Page Download!
Our CCC Member Darrea created this awesome coloring page to help us unwind and spark our creativity as we welcome in winter! Click HERE to download it and print it out. Snap a picture of your artwork when your done and tag us on Instagram or Facebook, we'd love to see your beautiful coloring!
We'll see you on the trails!
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Carrie Murray Nature Center
1901 Ridgetop Rd. Baltimore, MD 21207
Our Nature Center is currently closed due to COVID-19 protocols, but our entrance to the park is open for all! 
Monday-Friday 9AM - 4PM
Saturday 10AM - 3PM
Sunday Closed

    

Thank you!
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1901 Ridgetop Road, Baltimore, MD 21207


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