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January Newsletter
Dear CMNC Community,

Hello and welcome to the first issue of the Carrie Murray Nature Center's newsletter in 2021! As we leave behind the losses and pain of 2020 let us keep moving forward with action that ends structured racism and ensures the rights of black, brown, and indigenous people of color. Let us conserve land, water, and wildlife. And let us remember the silver linings of a devastating pandemic. So many people walked, ran, and played indoors & outdoors to stay healthy. We discovered the peace and quiet of our urban natural spaces. We explored new ways of connecting with people virtually, bringing awareness, knowledge, comfort, laughter, music, dance, silliness, and joy. It is my wish that your small holiday gatherings brought you large amounts of peace, love and good health. As our first responders so bravely and tirelessly did, let us all take care of each other and the natural world as we enter the new light of 2021.

We are thrilled for a fresh new year and all the adventures it will hold. What will you discover this year? In this month's issue, we have exciting news and reflections to share with you. As well as updates and new programs that we are offering! You'll even find some inspiration and fun seasonal activities. 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 and virtual 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!

In Winter Light,

Mary Hardcastle
CMNC Director

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Current and Upcoming Events
Virtual Field Trips to CMNC
We are offering Virtual Field Trips with our partner Every Kid Outdoors (EKO). These virtual experiences 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
Family Nature Hike
Saturdays from 1:00p-2:30p

Bundle up and hit the trails! Come join our Naturalists and explore the park as a family. This is an invigorating way to experience nature in winter and ask questions with a naturalist. Warm hats, coats, boots, and mittens recommended.  These hikes are open to just two families so head over to registration ASAP and come join us for an afternoon of wintery fun.

To register click here or learn more at

Virtual Visit to CMNC
Offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2:00p, 3:00p, and 4:00p

Bring your family, organizational group, or social gathering to a virtual trip to the Carrie Murray Nature Center and Gwynns Falls Leakin Park! This program is available for up to 20 people in your group and is priced at $20 per family or group. Come virtually experience the wonders of CMNC and learn more about our amazing park. See you all soon!

For more information and registration click here or go to
We Are Not Disposable Art Contest
Submissions due Jan 17, 2021

Calling all artists! We Are Not Disposable, an art contest sponsored by Baltimore Beyond Plastic for youth ages 10-18 is happening now! Youth in Baltimore City are invited to participate in the contest around the theme We Are Not Disposable. Any and all forms of art will be accepted through Jan 17. The first-place prize is $100, and two runner-ups will receive hoodies. All winning submissions will be displayed with local partners around town.

Submit your work here!

City Nature Challange 2021
April 30-May 3, 2021

Mark your calendars! This Spring Carrie Murray will be hosting the Leakin Park BioBlitz for all of our neighbors to discover the biodiversity in Gwynns Falls Leakin Park during the 2021 City Nature Challenge.

Interested in participating? Click the button below to find out more information!
Interested? Click here!
News & Highlights
Outdoor Discovery Wraps Up
Last month we held our last few weeks of Outdoor Discovery for the season. We investigated how the natural world changes with the seasons and what wildlife does in winter. We ended our last day by watching a beautiful sunset over Gwynns Falls Leakin Park next to a cozy campfire with yummy fireside treats! We are so grateful we had the opportunity to hold this program and offer a time of outdoor exploration to the youth in our community. Stay tuned for updates about this program in the Spring!
What are the CCC'ers up to?
Over Thanksgiving week, our Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member, Darrea Frazier, captured the title of 2020-2021 National All-American Miss Teen! Through the Maryland Master Naturalist program and other education and conservation efforts, she was able to highlight her community service with the Nature Center and the Chesapeake Bay Trust on a national stage. A massive congratulations to Darrea on this incredible accomplishment. We are honored to have you represent not only our Nature Center but also the great city of Baltimore.
Wild Haven Happenings
Wild Haven is welcoming 2021 with wide open arms! The snow was a wonderful surprise; we loved sledding in it, painting on it, and tasting it! We're spotting tracks on the trails, scat in the grass, and winter buds on the branches as we hike on into the new year.
Master Naturalist News
After 6 months of classes, trainings, and field trips our master naturalists have now gone from trainees to interns, and once they finish all their volunteer hours and they’ll be official Master Naturalists! Last month they all celebrated their amazing accomplishments with a campfire and certificate presentation. We are so excited to see all the great things this group will contribute to making our park the best that it can be. A HUGE thank you to Ela-Sita Carpenter for all the hard work she put into coordinating this program and all the support she’s given to this great group. Happy trails, Master Naturalists! We can’t wait to see what you all do in the future!
Seasonal Activities & More!
FREE Activity Page Download!
Our CCC Member Christiana created this activity page to help inspire us and spark our creativity as we begin a new year! We invite you to write down your hopes, goals, and dreams for 2021 in the provided spaces. Click on the image or click HERE to download it and print it out. Snap a picture of your artwork when you're done and tag us on Instagram or Facebook, we'd love to be inspired by you all as we enter into the New Year!
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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