2020 BioBlitz

Hello! We hope you’ll 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 is our second-ever BioBlitz; we need you to share your expertise and help us catalog our flora and fauna!

BioBlitz Details:

  • The event begins Saturday, April 18th at 5:00 pm and continues until 5:00 pm Sunday, April 19th
  • We will be hosting a public BioBlitz on Sunday, April 19th from 2-5 pm to wrap up the event and engage the community.
  • Tent camping and other accommodations available for those specialists who require an overnight stay.
  • Meals provided for all participating experts!

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 Vicky Crouthamel at volunteer@charlottesquest.org with any questions.

Thank you!

Nature Valentine Workshop

Join us at the nature center Sunday, Feb 9th for a free workshop to create natural and nature-themed Valentine crafts.


Bring only your creativity.


Enjoy strawberry milk or hot chocolate and a snack as you craft! 

Fall Fridays

Join us at the Nature Center Friday mornings for self-guided activities!

Thanks to a growing team of volunteers, YOU will have access to the resources within the Nature Center on a weekly basis. Each Friday this Fall, explore a collection of these resources to explore one seasonal topic.

Stay tuned to this event for more information including weekly topic announcements, or stop by the park on Fridays between 10am and 12pm to catch us there!

Our sincere hope is that the growing Charlotte’s Quest community takes advantage of this new opportunity!

Volunteers make this possible. To learn more about our Volunteer Program, or to become a Volunteer, reach out to Vicky at volunteer@charlottesquest.org or join our Friends of Charlotte’s Quest Facebook Group.

Family Camp-Out

Attention families! Grab your tents and bug spray, Charlotte’s Quest is hosting our first overnight Family Camp-Out in the park! Get a rare look at the park after dark as we:

  • Observe Nocturnal Creatures
  • Catch Fireflies
  • Toast S’mores over the Campfire
  • Stargaze using Telescopes with the guidance of the Westminster Astronomical Society
  • Watch a Movie and Share Popcorn on the lawn
  • Sleep Under the Stars in your Tent
  • Wake up to Donuts and Bagels for Breakfast

Tent camping only, with a limit of five people or immediate family per “site”. Our park offers primitive resources which does not include traditional campsites. Porta-potties and drinking water will be available and centrally located.

Members of Charlotte’s Quest receive a $5 discount! Not a member? Learn more about membership or become a member here.

Rain Date for this event is August 2nd. We are unable to process refunds. If the event is rescheduled and you are unable to make the Rain Date, please consider the cost of your campsite a donation to Charlotte’s Quest Nature Center.

This event is a fundraiser for Charlotte’s Quest. As always, proceeds benefit environmental education in your community. We appreciate your continued support.


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How Volunteering Helps Our Community Thrive

Charlotte’s Quest is so lucky to be situated in the heart of the Town of Manchester. We still have a small-town feel that can be so easily lost in today’s hustle and bustle and urban sprawl. The annual 4th of July parade and carnival is always such a quintessential reminder of the wonderful sense of community that a town like ours can foster. 

We have always been an organization that is of and for the community, almost completely dependent on volunteers to carry out our mission. Some of our Board Members have been dedicating time to Charlotte’s Quest since its inception over 25 years ago. They do it because they love it, but also because they see how this community service positively impacts their town.

Yes, volunteering with Charlotte’s Quest helps keep the nature center up and running, and our organization benefits greatly from these efforts. But the bigger picture is that our community members have hiking trails to explore, programs to learn from, and fun family events to enjoy.  Charlotte’s Quest is certainly not the only game in town – volunteers support our schools, operate the pool, rallied together to build a skate park, and so much more. This town, and so many others, would not be recognizable if you took away everything that has come out of volunteer service.

A community in which residents voluntarily jump in to contribute to the greater good stands to gain so much from the collective efforts of everyone involved. We gain a sense of pride in our neighbors and our hometown, and we teach our younger generations what it means to be part of something larger than ourselves. This is one reason why we are so excited by the ongoing and growing scout involvement at Charlotte’s Quest – not only do they help make the park a more beautiful place, but we get to watch these young community members understand the powerful impact they can make when they choose to dedicate their time to a worthy cause. 

So as we gather this week to celebrate in wonderful, small-town fashion, take a moment to look past the rides and games to the people that surround you. Maybe you don’t recognize them all, but chances are good that many of the folks you see have had a hand in making our town what it is. Let’s all do our part to keep that spirit of community service alive!

Volunteer Potluck Mixer

Join us for a potluck lunch on Sunday, June 30th from 1-3 pm where service-minded people from our community can come together.

Vicky will share our Volunteer Project Wish-list during a short walk around the park so you can find the best way to share your talents and skills! 

All ages, abilities, skills and talents are welcome!


Click the sign up genius link below to join in on the potluck fun.


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