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March Newsletter
Dear CMNC Community,
Welcome to the March edition of the Carrie Murray monthly newsletter! Can you believe that March is here? February certainly seemed to fly by and Spring is on the move! What changes have you noticed outside? The natural world is beginning to stir and we'll be thrilled when Spring emerges at long last.
In this month's issue, we are delighted to share fun and exciting announcements of new and returning programs. Spring is in the air and we're offering more opportunities to get outside with your family and friends! We are thrilled to share these announcements with you and hope you feel as excited about them as we do.

While the Nature Center remains closed due to COVID-19 protocols we are continuing to offer 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!

Under sunny skies,

Mary Hardcastle
CMNC Director

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Current and Upcoming Events

Paint an Animal Ambassador 
Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 10:00p-11:30p

Join us for this program that lets your creativity shine! During this program, you’ll get to meet and greet an animal ambassador and then we'll show you step-by-step how to make your new friend come alive in watercolor. All art supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring along any of your own materials. Registration is required so scurry on over to claim your spot at this super fun program!

To register click here or learn more at

Nature Mobile Making
Saturday, March 13, 2021
from 1:00p-3:00p

Come out for a make-and-take crafting session inspired by nature! We'll head out on the trails to gather materials for our nature mobile. We'll craft beautiful nature-inspired pieces together, you won't want to miss it! All other supplies will be provided. Registration is required for this event so fly on over to our website to secure a spot at the fun program.

To register click here or learn more at

Welcome Spring Hike
Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 10:00p-11:30p

Come out to the park and give spring a big hello on this awesome hike! While we spend time enjoying being out in the park we will look for animal clues, tree buds, and nature's signs that spring has awakened. We can’t wait to join you on the trails as we welcome this beautiful new season. Registration is required so make sure to head on over to our site before joining us for an afternoon of fresh air and fun.

To register click here or learn more at


Sounds and Songs of Spring 
Saturday, March 27, 2021
from 1:00p-2:30p

Listen to the music of the forest in Gywnns Falls Leakin Park! Join us on a melodious hike as we search for frogs and birds who call the park home. Binoculars will be provided during the program.

To register click here or learn more at
Mother Nature Storytime
March 9th, 23rd, and 30th
from 10:00a- 10:45a

Come join us for Mother Nature Storytime! This month we'll be having storytime on Mach 9th, 23rd, and 30th from 10:00a-10:45a. We will read stories about nature and things happening in the natural world. After the story, we will either go on a nature walk, meet an animal ambassador, or do a seasonal craft. This program is perfect for little ones but is open to all ages, registration is required. 

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
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
News & Highlights
Mother Nature Storytime Returns
Last month we started Mother Nature Storytime back up, and we have since held two wonderful storytimes with more planned for March! During our February storytimes we read about winter, hibernation, and exploring nature in its coolest season (literally!). After storytime, our Animal Ambassadors made new friends with our visitors and we even spent some time outside looking for tracks in the snow on a sunny day! We are looking forward to more storytimes and moments of wonder as Spring approaches.
Outdoor Discovery Adventures On
A little bit of snow couldn't stop us from exploring during Outdoor Discovery last month- actually it made it even more fun! Last month we explored in snow and on sunny days and discovered what different parts of our park and the wildlife who live here are like in winter. We are excited for sunnier Spring days ahead and what adventures await us.
Wild Haven Happenings
Wild Haven prepares to say goodbye to winter by celebrating the sap run! In March, we will practice using hand drills, learning about evaporators, trying sap from the trees in our park (and its final product), and making syrup paintings. It's a real sweet time in the forest.
Beautiful Dried Flower Arrangements at CMNC 
We had a wonderful time at our Dried Flower Arranging Program last month. During our program, we went for a walk and then came back to decorate recycled vases and create beautiful dried flower arrangements from plants found in the park and cultivated ones, too. A huge thank you to Rawlings Conservatory for letting us use your celosia. We learned how to identify and collect natural materials and the participants left with beautiful arrangements to brighten their homes.
Come Visit Us And View Beautiful Birds!
Have you visited our bird feeder? We have a lovely ABA-accessible bird feeder and sitting area out in the front of the nature center. This spot is perfect for sunny days and can easily be accessed by all. This time of year you can spot chickadees, cardinals, and more! Come and visit us and enjoy some delightful bird watching.
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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