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Hello, and thank you for reading the Carrie Murray Nature Center's very first newsletter! We are excited to use our newsletter to announce fun upcoming events, volunteering programs, and important news that impacts the Gwynns Falls Leakin Park community.

Below is our Instagram picture of the month, courtesy of Erin Goodloe. Click on the image to check out our new account!

Upcoming Events - December 2018

CMNC Bear Tracking:
1:30-4pm – Ages 5-8 – $20/child
Wednesday, December 5

BCPS schools have early dismissal, so come learn about Maryland’s black bears! We’ll hike, build dens, and have ‘beary’ hearty snacks!
CMNC Mother Nature Story Time: 10-10:45am – Ages 0-5 – FREE
, December 7
Free for kids and caregivers to drop-in to hear interactive stories about nature, sing, and meet live animals! Stories take place outside, weather permitting.
CMNC It’s a Birdie Holiday:
10am-12pm – All Ages
Saturday, December 8
Let’s go on a winter bird walk and then make feeders to decorate our trees (or yours) with tasty treats! $5 per person, or $10 per family.

Holiday Caroling: 3-5pm – All Ages
Sunday, December 9
Sponsored by Friends of Gwynns Falls Leakin Park, we’ll be meeting at Winans Chapel on Eagle Drive!
CMNC Birds of Prey Night Out:
6-8pm – All Ages – $5 per person
Friday, December 14

Gather with fellow nature enthusiasts to meet birds of prey!

Recurring Events - December 2018
Gentle Hikes: 9-10am – FREE
Thursdays, Dec 6, 13, 20, 27
Meet at Winans Meadows and explore with the Friends of Gwynns Falls Trails and Leakin Park!
parkrun: FREE 5k timed run/walk 9am, rain or shine
Saturdays, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Register before your first run!
5200 N. Franklintown Rd.
CMNC Feeding Time with Animals:
12:30-1:30 pm – All Ages – FREE
Saturdays, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Help feed delicious salads, blueberries, and strawberries to our live turtle and lizard friends!
Work Group: 9-10am                              
Tuesdays, Dec 4, 11, 18, 25
Weather permitting, meet at the Trail House on Eagle Drive. Contact to confirm the starting location!
On the Horizon
This upcoming February, one of our Naturalists, Lloyd Tydings, will be hosting the Carrie Murray Nature Center's 1st Annual Seed Exchange. Save the date: Februrary 9, 2019 from 11am to 2pm. For more information, check out the Facebook Event.
Volunteering Programs
We are starting a weekly trail maintenance and trash cleanup program every Thursday, weather permitting. From 10 - 11am, we will have tools and gloves available so we can work together and remove non-native plants and litter!
Seasonal Changes

Late autumn is a great time to notice that many trees are not completely bare. Come out and hike our trails, and if you look closely you might notice that some trees keep their dead leaves throughout the late fall and winter (a process called marcescence). Many trees already have leaf buds in preparation for the spring ahead. The American Beech is a great example of a tree that grows new leaf buds while holding onto its dead leaves. You can see many American Beech trees on the trails directly behind our Campfire Circle. 
Wrap Up

Use the buttons below to check out our website, Facebook, awesome Instagram nature pictures, or to send us an email! Or pop in to say hi - the Carrie Murray Nature Center is located at 1901 Ridgetop Rd. Baltimore, MD 21207.

Thank you!
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