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.

 

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.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E49A8AB2EA0F85-volunteer

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.