Early Friday Wild Things

This Spring, spend early Friday mornings enjoying the outdoors with your 2-5-year-old 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 5-Class Session of Wild Things meets for one hour every-other Friday at 9:30 am this Spring.
We meet our friends for the first time on April 13th and end the session on June 8th, just in time for Wild Things Summer Session to begin!

This 5-class Session of Wild Things meets for one hour every-other Friday at 9:30 am on the following dates:

  • April 13th
  • April 27th
  • May 11th
  • May 25th
  • June 8th

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

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Fossil Hunts, Star Parties and Campfires of Summer

Summer was an exciting time at Charlotte’s Quest as we enjoyed a much more active calendar of programs than in recent years. Nothing says summer like a campfire, and our Twilight Skies series brought children and adults alike outdoors to enjoy the magical evening hours. Kids of all ages explored the recent history of our park as they participated in an archaeological dig at the Wilhelm Farmhouse site. Many of summer’s most successful programs were made possible through the work of dedicated volunteers and partnerships with other local organizations. Pine Valley Park has hosted various activities of the Archaeological Society of Maryland and the Westminster Astronomical Society for many years, and it has been wonderful to team up with them to enhance our public program offerings.

The Central Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Maryland

has investigated both the recent and ancient history of Pine Valley Park over the course of many years and multiple dig locations. They have found spear points and other artifacts left behind by Native Americans between 2,000-4,000 year ago! Archaeologists have also helped provide insights into our more recent past through investigations of the site where a Nineteenth Century farmhouse once stood, not far from our interpretive building. This summer, volunteers Tom Smith and Stephen Israel shared their expertise and enthusiasm with our visitors through not only the Wilhelm Farmhouse dig, but also a hands-on lesson with shark teeth and other fossils.

Westminster Astronomical Society

is a fixture at Pine Valley Park, thanks in large part to the permanent addition of Pine Observatory. Throughout the year they host regularly scheduled public events as well as special viewings when particularly interesting astronomical features are in sight. In partnering with them to host Twilight Skies events this summer, we were able to introduce families who might not be able to attend late night events to the exciting world of astronomy. There are so many exciting features of the sun and moon that can be seen before dark! And, of course, there was the eclipse – the Astronomical Society put us on the map as a viewing location and helped draw well over 300 people to the park. Special thanks to Bob Clarke and Chris Bennett, the dedicated Astronomical Society volunteers who made these programs possible. Keep an eye out for their events on our calendar, they are always open to the public and they love to see new faces.

We want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to these partners for sharing their time and talents with our visitors. Charlotte’s Quest is made all the more dynamic by these groups who open our eyes to the wonders beneath our feet and over our heads!

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Our Programs Exist to Serve You

When I first visited Charlotte’s Quest a few years ago, I was struck with the charm and warmth of this hometown gem. I remember thinking that I wanted to make sure this became a familiar and special place for my family. At the time I did not imagine I would become a part of the Charlotte’s Quest team, and I am thrilled to be able to bring my passions and experience to this organization. As a Naturalist, I’ll be getting back to my roots.

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