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November Newsletter
Greetings and welcome to the November issue of the Carrie Murray Nature Center's newsletter! This month we have more exciting programs, events, and more to share with you. In this edition of the Carrie Murray Newsletter, you'll find updates about Master Naturalists and CCC members, as well as highlights from some of our recent programs and happenings at the park. You'll also find a mindful activity that allows for a moment of reflection on moments of gratitude in this season.

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

Thanks for reading and we are so grateful for our visitors (and readers!) and the joy they bring to our corner of the world. We can't wait to see you at your next visit to the park!

In Autumn light,

Mary Hardcastle
CMNC Director

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Current and Upcoming Events
Nature Journaling with Naturalists
Saturday, November 14 from 1p-3p

Come join us this Saturday and find out how journaling can connect you with the rest of the natural world! Learn how to make an easy, personalized journal to take on the trails. A Naturalist will guide you through this activity. Registration is required for this program.

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Mother Nature Storytime 
Every Thursday at 10:00a- 10:45a
Join us with your little ones to hear stories about nature! After the story, we will either go on a nature walk, meet an animal ambassador, or do a craft. Storytime will take place outdoors, weather permitting, so be sure to bring a blanket to sit on.
Registration is required.

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Gentle Giants Forest Hike
Saturday, November 21 from 1p-3p

There’s magic in the trees! We’ll explore the park and get to know some of the gentle giants that call it home. We'll go over common tree identification while savoring autumn’s color. A craft may be included toward the end of the program.

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Outdoor Discovery Update
Every Tuesday from 3:00p-5:15p 

We have adjusted the time for our after-school program! Outdoor Discovery now takes place on Tuesdays from 3:00p-5:15p. With a different theme every week there's always something new and exciting to learn at Outdoor Discovery! Registration is required for this program.

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News & Highlights
Tree Planting in the Park!
Last month, The Friends of Gwynns Falls/ Leakin Park in partnership with Baltimore City Trees and the Baltimore Tree Trust organized an tree-mendously successful tree planting. Volunteers from the local community and all 3 organizations came out to help our park's tree count grow! It was great to see all their teamwork and collaboration result in a unbe-leaf-able contribution to the park. 
Wild Haven Happenings
At Wild Haven Forest Preschool the children are enjoying exploring the trails, engaging with the flora and fauna found in the park, and spending as much time as possible outdoors. They're even napping under the beautiful, Autumn skies! 
What are the CCC'ers up to? 
Darrea and Christiana, our Chesapeake Conservation Corp Members, took a trip to the Eastern Shore last month to help the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in their celery seed pod project! They spent the day on the water collecting celery seed pods that are going to be studied, propagated, and then planted in streams that need their help! This type of aquatic grass is extremely helpful in keeping local streams clean and healthy. Thanks Darrea and Christiana!
Cub Scout Fun Day comes to CMNC
Carrie Murray hosted over 60 children and their chaperones last week for a Cub Scout Fun Day. The kids experienced Archery, Rockets and Wildlife, oh my! The photo below shows one of our Naturalists Sarah Lank showing our Black Rat Snake to one of the small groups since the day followed all COVID-19 guidelines -- small groups, social distancing and wearing masks.
Master Naturalist News
Last week our Master Naturalist Trainees learned about the Science of Science with Paula Becker from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. During the field portion of this training the Trainees learned how to use their bodies as a means for measurement and participated in a fun activity that taught them about ecosystem health. The trainees have learned so much already and are excited to apply this knowledge in the field using these new strategies. 
Seasonal Activities & More!
A Season of Gratitude
As Autumn has settled in and like the scurrying creatures of the forest we begin to prepare for the Winter ahead, let us not forget to take the time to reflect and sit in moments of gratefulness. While this year has been full of surprises, disappointments, and even heartbreak there is still much to be grateful for. 

To celebrate this time of thankfulness here are a few things that the Staff at Carrie Murray are grateful for during this season: 

"I'm grateful for the beautiful fall foliage we've had in our park this year, for the kindness I've received, and for hope and peace as we enter this new season."

"I'm grateful for supportive friends and good health."

"I'm very grateful for all my pets and the joy and comfort they bring!"

What are you grateful for? We encourage you to take time this week to sit outside in your favorite spot, breathe deeply, and reflect on the things you are thankful for. You could even write them down in a journal or share them with a friend! 
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


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