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: Mid-morning Friday

This Fall, spend Friday 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 Friday at 11:00 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: 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.

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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.

Summer Wild Things: Early Friday

This Summer, 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:

  • June 15th
  • June 29th
  • July 13th
  • July 27th
  • August 10th
  • August 24th

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

Brook Trout Walkabout

We are pleased to be partnering with Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to bring this Ecology Treks series to Charlotte’s Quest. Chesapeake Forests Program Manager for the Alliance, Ryan Davis, will be leading this four-part series, sharing his expertise and passion for wildlife to allow participants the chance to dive deeper into the ecology of our beautiful park.

Topics will include animal and plant ID as well as regional conservation issues related to forests and watershed health.

Our third Ecology Trek takes us streamside to discuss Eastern Brook Trout ecology and conservation.  These stunning native trout species live in the cool, clean headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, but populations are far below what they were historically. Learn how forest preservation and restoration can help support these charismatic and economically important fish.  This program will start with a presentation in the nature center, followed by a hike that will take participants to our stream – South Branch of the Gunpowder Falls.

Please note: The conversation will be at an adult level; children are welcome to attend these events, but please be sure that your children are ready for serious learning and adult-paced hiking.

Charlotte’s Quest is thrilled to be able to offer these events at no cost to members and $3 per person for non-members. Not a member? Learn more and become a member.