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February Newsletter
Dear CMNC Community,
Hello and welcome to the February edition of the Carrie Murray monthly newsletter! As this wintery month brings us chilly days and snowy nights we hope your hearts are filled with the warmth of love for one another. Just as the animals in our forest have cozied up in their burrows and nests we hope that you're able to take time to relax and slow down.

In this month's issue, we are celebrating Black History Month by remembering Carrie Murray. We also have fun news and reflections to share with you. As well as announcements of new and returning programs that we are offering! We are overjoyed 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!

With love,

Mary Hardcastle
CMNC Director
A Tribute to Carrie Murray
As we celebrate Black History Month and recognize some of the incredible individuals that have made history with their acts of courage, strength, and love we wanted to take time to recognize the incredible woman that our nature center is named after. In 1985 our nature center was dedicated to Carrie Murray by her son Orioles baseball hall-of-fame legend Eddie Murray. Ms. Murray’s gentle spirit and strength of character greatly influenced her twelve children. She instilled in them the importance of family, respect for nature, and a sense of responsibility, leadership, and accomplishment. We are honored to play a small part in carrying on her legacy and we are inspired daily to fulfill her mission to care for nature and each other.
Carrie Murray and a picture from the dedication of the Carrie Murray Nature Center in 1985!

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On our website, we use a traditional calendar view to display all of our upcoming events. Take a look at what we have planned in the coming weeks!
Current and Upcoming Events
Couples Owl Prowl
Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 6:30p-8:00p

Back by popular demand, our Owl Prowl is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your special someone. Do something unique to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year! Meet our resident owls, dissect owl pellets, and enjoy a romantic fire while learning about these beautiful birds. This fun event is available to visitors ages 18+ and is $20 per couple, registration is required.
To register click here or learn more at

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
Mother Nature Storytime
February 9th and 23rd
from 10:00a- 10:45a

We are thrilled to be bringing back our Mother Nature Storytime program! This program will occur on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month 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
Dried Flower Arrangements 
Saturday, February 20, 2021
from 1:00p-3:00p

Join us to decorate a recycled vase and create a beautiful floral arrangement from plants found in the park. We will go on a short hike to learn how to identify and collect natural materials. All other supplies will be provided. This program is available to visitors ages 12 and up and is $5 per person, registration is required.  

To register click here or learn more at
News & Highlights
Snowflake Festivus at CMNC
Last month we held our annual Snowflake Festivus with our Therapeutic Recreation Department! Together we welcomed in winter and celebrated the beauty and wonder of snow and the natural world in its chilliest season. Our animal ambassadors even made an appearance to meet their new friends. It was amazing to celebrate the fresh new year and season with such wonderful company and fun wintery crafts! 
Education Anywhere
Field Trips have returned to the Carrie Murray Nature Center, although they are looking a bit different these days! We were thrilled to launch our newest virtual offering through our partnership with Every Kid Outdoors. Through our virtual field trips students have been able to meet animal ambassadors and learn all about Gwynns Falls Leakin Park. We are thrilled to be able to continue to engage with students even from afar. Make sure to checkout our website for more details if you are interested in having a virtual experience of your own! We are offering programs for a variety of groups and interests.
Wild Haven Happenings
Rain, snow, and ice can't stop Wild Haven adventurers from playing and learning in the forest! While the weather might be wet and muddy, so much joy is found every day on the trails together. In February, the children participate in "Love Day," a celebration of gratitude for each other and the forest. We will exchange cards from recycled materials, share a special snack, and leave some treats outside for the animals. There's no better time to give our forest friends some extra love than in February!
Come Visit Us And View Beautiful Winter 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 winter 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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