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Hello! We are rejoicing and excitedly welcoming springtime and April at the Nature Center! Exploring Gwynns Falls Leakin Park is a special treat during this time of year - there is so much to appreciate! The forest feels energized again with the sounds of birds and with fresh buds on trees.

As always, thank you for reading the Carrie Murray Nature Center's monthly newsletter. Here you will find information on all of our upcoming April events and announcements. There are also details on this month's volunteer programs and important news that involves the greater Gwynns Falls Leakin Park community.

Next, we'd like to highlight our favorite Instagram post from March - check out this wild Black Rat Snake! Click on the picture to check out more special moments.

Upcoming Events - April 2019

Mother Nature Story Time
Friday, April 5; 10-10:45 a.m.
Age: 0 to 5 years with caregiver; Cost is Free

Drop-in with your little one to hear stories about nature. You can count on singing, interactive stories, and meeting a live animal during your visit! Story hour take place outside weather permitting; bring a blanket! No need to register but large groups should call ahead.
Project Clean Stream
Saturday, April 6; 9-12 p.m.
Age: All; Cost is Free

Every spring, tens of thousands of volunteers come together to pick up trash from local streams, creeks, rivers, parks, and neighborhood as part of the Alliance’s Project Clean Stream – the largest cleanup event in the Chesapeake Bay region!

Spring Ephemerals Hike
Saturday, April 6; 1:30-3 p.m.
Age: All; Cost is Free
What’s blooming? Let’s go find out! Lovely spring ephemerals pepper the woodlands in the park. Feel free to bring your camera to photograph what we discover. A naturalist will help with identification of early spring bloomers.

Bird Banding
Sunday, April 14; 10:00-2 p.m.
Age: All; Cost is Free

Come join us at the Nature Center every second Sunday of the month with expert ornithologist, Eric Fishel, as he demonstrates missed-nets and bird banding in the Park. Eric is working in conjunction with the 
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and we are pleased to announce that he has chosen our Nature Center as a bird banding site!

Sunday Spring Hike
Sunday, April 14; 10:30-12 p.m.
Age: All; Cost is Free

What’s blooming in the park? Join us for a naturalist-led tour to find out! We’ll search for signs of the season during a leisurely walk in Gwynns Falls Leakin Park. Please dress for the weather. Feel free to bring your camera, binoculars, and water bottle, too!

Family Volunteer Day
Saturday, April 20; 10-12 p.m.
Age: All; Cost is Free

Dedicate some family time to support environmental education programs at Carrie Murray Nature Center. No experience is necessary but be ready to get your hands dirty! Please bring a canteen; snacks provided. We'll meet at the Nature Center, and no registration is necessary!

Urban Garden Series: Composting 101
Saturday, April 20; 2-4 p.m.
Age: Adults; Cost is Free

Join us for part two of this three-part gardening series to learn the basics of composting. We will discuss various ways to compost and how to speed up the process.

Leakin Park BioBlitz 2019
Saturday, April 27; 11:00-4 p.m.
Age: All; Cost is Free

This year's event is going to be AWESOME! BioBlitz events bring citizens and experts together to spot, identify and record as many living organisms as they can find. Join naturalists, families and volunteers as we learn by looking for plants and animals in Leakin Park! Results from this event will count toward Baltimore’s totals for the international City Nature Challenge!

April (Recurring)

Gentle Hikes
Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25; 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Age: All; Cost is Free

Meet at Winans Meadow - weather permitting. Gentle walks are guided, are about 2 miles, and explore different trails in Gwynns Falls Leakin Park. For information contact Heide at or (410) 945-0586.
CMNC Invasive Vine Removal
Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Age: Adults; Cost is Free
CMNC staff will be leading a volunteer group to support local tree health.

parkrun: FREE 5k timed run/walk
Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27; 9:00 a.m.
Age: All; Cost is Free

We always run rain or shine. Please register before your first run! Meet at 5200 N. Franklintown Rd.

CMNC Feeding Time with Live Animals
Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27; 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Age: All; Cost is Free

Help prepare and feed delicious salads to live turtles and lizards. Watch our animal friends gobble up their tasty meals of blueberries, strawberries, and other nutritious foods! Feel free to drop-in - no registration required.
On the Horizon
Our Master Naturalists are AMAZING! Do you also love learning and teaching about nature? Do you want to join our team of Master Naturalists? Sign-ups are still available! To apply, fill out this application!
Volunteer Programs
The Nature Center needs volunteer help at this year's Leakin Park BioBlitz!
When: Saturday, April 27th; 11am to 4pm
Where: 1900 Eagle Dr. Baltimore, MD
What: Volunteers are needed to assist our local environmental experts during fun interactive activities. Also, volunteers can co-lead immersive nature hikes!
Please email James if you are available to help on April 27th!
Seasonal Changes
Springbeauty, or Claytonia virginica, is one of our favorite spring ephemerals. Ephemerals are flowers that only bloom for a short period of time. Keep your eyes out while walking along the Ravine Trail - you're sure to see some amazing patches of happy Springbeauty. Other amazing flowers to look for during April are Hepatica, Wood Poppies, and Trout Lilies.
Wrap Up

We'll see you on the trails! Use the buttons below to visit our website, Facebook page, Instagram pictures, or to send us an email. And, as always, please visit us in person - the Carrie Murray Nature Center is located at 1901 Ridgetop Rd. Baltimore, MD 21207.

Nature Center Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
Second Sundays: 10am - 3pm
Thank you!
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