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Carrie Murray Newsletter
Greetings and welcome to our "special edition" of the Carrie Murray Nature Center's newsletter! Typically these newsletters roll out on a monthly basis, but we wanted to share some exciting updates with you. As Autumn begins to settle in, we are excited to announce some exciting events and reflect on some of the joys this Summer held. While the center building is still closed to visitors during COVID-19, center staff are leading fun and engaging outdoor programs on our campus for all ages during the week and on Saturdays. The park trails are open and picnic areas are available for visitors practicing social distancing and following public health guidelines. Public parks are open to everyone, providing equitable access to nature for all.

Thanks for reading and we can't wait to see you at your next visit to the park!

In Autumn light,

Mary Hardcastle
CMNC Director

Click on the calendar icon to view our upcoming events!
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
Outdoor Discovery

Every Tuesday from 2:00p-4:30p & Wednesday from 8:30a-4:00p

We are is thrilled to announce that we are offering full- and half-day programs for kids at Carrie Murray Nature Center! Outdoor Discovery takes place on Tuesday, from 2p-4:30p, and Wednesdays, from 8:30a-4p.
During Outdoor Discovery, kids engage in outdoor play and nature education using all of their senses and honing in on motor skills, all while noticing and inquiring about the multi-faceted world around them. There is hiking, inquiry, exploration, and of course nature-themed activities. Check out our Calander on our website to register!
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.
News & Highlights
Summer Nature Camp
From native birds, insects, and trees, to fish and invertebrates in the stream, we explored it all at Summer Nature Camp. Children ages 6-11 were immersed in nature studies, investigations, arts, and games. A camp favorite was the Forest Game that helped us understand different kinds of trees. With each week having a unique focus, there was always something new to discover!

Welcome CCC Members!
Carrie Murray has the pleasure of hosting two new Chesapeake Conservation Corp Members this year. Throughout their year of service, Christiana and Darrea will aid the CMNC in their conservation efforts, educational programs, and they'll even get to know some of our Animal Ambassadors. Make sure to follow us on our social media to see some of the neat things our CCC members are up to. Welcome, Darrea and Christiana!
Christiana Wilhelm-Glab
Darrea Frazier
Wild Haven
We're happy to share that Wild Haven Forest Immersion Pre-school and Childcare program re-opened and is serving families.
Maryland Master Naturalist
For the past few weeks, our Maryland Master Naturalists Trainees have been learning about so many different aspects of our local ecosystem! In the picture below you can see some of the Trainees learning more about Fungi with William Needham, the president of the Mycological Association of Washington.
Each Monday we’ll be highlighting some of the neat things our Trainees are learning as well as awesome projects they are working on, on our Instagram and Facebook so be sure to follow along!
Seasonal Activities & More!
Autumn is the perfect time for finding natural wonders! As the trees begin to drop their beautiful leaves and fascinating nuts, go outdoors and see what you can find. You might just be delightfully surprised by what incredible treasures you can discover in your own neighborhood.
Leaf Rainbow
This time of year brings so many shades of yellow, red, and orange. This simple craft helps us appreciate the beauty that we can find in nature.

  1. Be creative! Think of what color patterns you may want to create and which colored leaves you need to make it. 
  2. Begin by collecting 5-10 leaves that vary in color.
  3. Now that you have your leaves you can start crafting!  Your leaves can either be glued to paper in your desired order, or you could hole punch them and hang them on a string.
Now you have a beautiful leaf raindbow!

Note: When picking your leaves, try to only pick up leaves that have fallen or that are plentiful (over 100 present). 

Want to ID some of the fabulous leaves in your leaf rainbow? Try using apps such as iNaturalist, Leafsnap, and Seek to help!

We'd love to see your beautiful creations! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook so we can see your creativity come alive.
Seasonal Changes 
October brings chillier nights as well as beautiful fall foliage! Interestingly enough, both of these new changes can be attributed to having shorter days and less sunlight. The leaves stay green all Spring and Summer because they are producing chlorophyll but with less sunlight, there is less chlorophyll being produced which gives other chemical compounds that produce colors of red, orange, and yellow the opportunity to shine through! 
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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