First Annual Member’s Day

Dear Loyal Members,

Over the years YOUR, annual membership fee has supported Charlotte’s Quest, directly contributing to affordable local environmental education and countless widely-anticipated community events. Building community around environmental education is important work, and we think YOU deserve some appreciation.

All members of Charlotte’s Quest are welcome to join us on Saturday, April 13th from 11am to 1pm to for a free* afternoon of fun in the park!

  • Bring the whole family, and moonbounce your heart out!
  • Don’t forget your baskets, because back by popular demand, we will host an EGG HUNT for ages 12 and under!
  • Explore a story trail and a visit from the Book Mobile before lunch!
  • Free* lunch of hotdogs and snacks served at 12:00pm.

*All activities free with proof of membership at entrance.

Not a member? Visit charlottesquest.org to see benefits of membership and sign up now, or arrive early to Member’s Day to begin your membership the day-of! 

Full Moon Yoga

Add some serenity to the start of your week with Full Moon Yoga in the Park!

This outdoor class will start as the sun is beginning to set and wrap up as the full moon lights the sky. Full Moon Yoga is for adults and youth ages 14 and up (leave the littles at home so we can all fully unwind!). We are excited to have Kristin Darby, RYT 200 certified yoga instructor and Manchester local, taking us on this relaxation journey.

Tickets are $5 per person, non-refundable unless the event is cancelled due to weather.

Fall Wild Things: Early Tuesday

This Fall, spend Tuesday mornings enjoying the outdoors with your Wild Thing in a fun and structured setting.

We start our time together with a good story, a short lesson and a craft, which guide our learning as we venture outside to play games and explore the natural world around us. Topics include seasons, local critters and habitats that can be found in our park and maybe your own backyard!
This 6-Class Session of Wild Things meets for one hour every-other Tuesday at 9:30 am on the following dates:

  • September 11
  • September 25
  • October 9
  • October 23
  • November 6
  • November 20

Purchase tickets and register your preschooler(s) below!

  • Receive a discount when you register more than one preschooler using coupon code KIDS
  • Bringing children outside the 2-5 yr age range? Great! See ticket options below to help us accommodate your little- or big- kid.
  • A member discount of 20% will be applied automatically for all logged-in members. Not a member? Learn more.
  • Pay online or at the Nature Center when you arrive.

This day or time doesn’t work for you? See other options here.

Reach out to Holly, the program coordinator, with any questions at learn@charlottesquest.org

Fall Wild Things: Early Friday

This Fall, spend Friday mornings enjoying the outdoors with your Wild Thing in a fun and structured setting.

We start our time together with a good story, a short lesson and a craft, which guide our learning as we venture outside to play games and explore the natural world around us. Topics include seasons, local critters and habitats that can be found in our park and maybe your own backyard!
This 6-Class Session of Wild Things meets for one hour every-other Friday at 9:30 am on the following dates:

  • September 21
  • October 5
  • October 19
  • November 2
  • November 16
  • November 30

Purchase tickets and register your preschooler(s) below!

  • Receive a discount when you register more than one preschooler using coupon code KIDS
  • Bringing children outside the 2-5 yr age range? Great! See ticket options below to help us accommodate your little- or big- kid.
  • A member discount of 20% will be applied automatically for all logged-in members. Not a member? Learn more.
  • Pay online or at the Nature Center when you arrive.

This day or time doesn’t work for you? See other options here.

Reach out to Holly, the program coordinator, with any questions at learn@charlottesquest.org

Fall Wild Things: Mid-morning Tuesday

This Fall, spend Tuesday mid-mornings enjoying the outdoors with your Wild Thing in a fun and structured setting.

We start our time together with a good story, a short lesson and a craft, which guide our learning as we venture outside to play games and explore the natural world around us. Topics include seasons, local critters and habitats that can be found in our park and maybe your own backyard!
This 6-Class Session of Wild Things meets for one hour every-other Tuesday at 11:00 am on the following dates:

  • September 11
  • September 25
  • October 9
  • October 23
  • November 6
  • November 20

Purchase tickets and register your preschooler(s) below!

  • Receive a discount when you register more than one preschooler using coupon code KIDS
  • Bringing children outside the 2-5 yr age range? Great! See ticket options below to help us accommodate your little- or big- kid.
  • A member discount of 20% will be applied automatically for all logged-in members. Not a member? Learn more.
  • Pay online or at the Nature Center when you arrive.

This day or time doesn’t work for you? See other options here.

Reach out to Holly, the program coordinator, with any questions at learn@charlottesquest.org

Campfire and Critter Search

Bring the family (ages 4 and up) for an evening of fun, adventure, and s’mores!

After a campfire chat focused on bat conservation, we will focus our search for new critters around the various water sources near Charlotte’s Quest.

Charlotte’s Quest is continuing an initiative to learn all of the flora and fauna that inhabit our park, and we need YOUR HELP to grow our list! Let’s see which types of animals visit the pond and streams as the sun is setting!

Kids (adults too!) will feel like real Citizen Scientists as we break out the insect nets, binoculars, and magnifying glasses. This program will be led by Ryan Davis from Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and our own Ms. Holly. $3 per person.

BioBlitz

Join us for a 24-Hour BioBlitz at Pine Valley Park.

Welcome to our Park:

Pine Valley is an 80 acre park owned by the Town of Manchester. Though relatively small in area, this Northern Carroll County park boasts a large variety of microhabitats including:

  • mixed hardwood and pine forests
  • meadows
  • large and small streams
  • a pond
  • natural springs and seepage zones
  • mowed fields

This area has never been biologically surveyed; we need you to share your expertise and help us catalogue our flora and
fauna!

BioBlitz Details:

  • The event begins Friday, August 10th at 5:00 pm and continues until 5:00 pm Saturday, August 11th.
  • Tent camping and other accommodations available for those specialists who require an overnight stay.
  • Volunteers and naturalists will host nature walks, open to the public, Saturday afternoon between roughly 12:00pm and 4:00pm.
  • We plan to close our event with a public celebration to begin at 5:00 pm Saturday, which you are welcome to join.

We require all participants to register. This allows us to plan accordingly and communicate relevant and timely event information to be sure we are all prepared for a successful BioBlitz. You can find the link to register below.

Charlotte’s Quest looks forward to a successful BioBlitz. Please contact Holly at learn@charlottesquest.org with any questions.

 

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Weekly Weed Series: The Japanese Barberry

Coming straight from the Carroll County Forestry Board by way of Bethany Slaughter, here are some great tips on how to identify and control Japanese Barberry in Maryland, as well as the ways in which it threatens our local ecology.

 

Barberry is native to China and Japan, then was introduced as an ornamental plant. The seeds are eaten by mammals and birds, spreading it throughout the eastern U.S. The berries of this plant are also edible with a bitter taste and a hint of sweetness. You could try using them with other fruits in pies or jelly preserves to add a tart flavor.

 

How to Identify the Japanese Barberry:

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The Ecological Threat:

Japanese Barberry produces a large number of seeds as well as rhizomes to form new plants that shade out and displace native species. The thorns and dense foliage also provide refuge for small mammals that host the deer tick, the carrier of Lyme and other diseases. That makes this species a human health hazard.

Likely Habitat:

Japanese Barberry can tolerate a range of conditions but grows best in sunny, fertile, moist, and well-drained soil. It spreads from gardens to natural areas that are suitable for its growth and establishment.

How to Control:

Do not plant or encourage the planting of this species. Some garden supply dealers and landscapers have agreed to stop selling Japanese Barberry. When removing this species, pull out the entire plant including the roots to prevent regrowth.

 

Join us next week when we explore Oriental Bittersweet.