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    Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

    Maryland

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  • No public programs Monday August 25, 2014

    The Park will be open but there will be no public programs on Monday August 25, 2014. Meet the Dairy Cow, the Wagon Ride, and Chicken & Egg programs will not be happening on this day. Please call the park at 301.839.1176 if you have any questions.

  • No public programs Wednesday August 27 through Saturday August 30, 2014 & Monday, September 1, 2014

    The Park will be open but there will be no public programs Wednesday August 27 through Saturday August 30, 2014 and Monday, September 1, 2014. Please call the park at 301.839.1176 if you have any questions.

Things To Know Before You Come

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Tips For Your Visit

The best seasons to visit Oxon Hill Farm is winter and the cooler months of spring and fall. During the cooler months, the animals stay close to the fence and can be easily seen. During the warmer months the animals graze in the pastures, find shade to keep cool, and are not often seen during park hours.

However, if you do visit the park on a hot day, there are still things to do. Check our schedule for daily programs and special events, explore the historical structures, take a self guided tour or nature hike. Make sure you check the air quality on the day that you visit. We may cancel programs on code red or code orange days.

Fall and spring are peak times for school groups, but family groups are welcome to join the programs if space is available. Call ahead for program availability. Groups of five or more require reservations and must be made at least two weeks in advance.

  • When you arrive at the park, stop at the Visitor Center Bookstore, where park rangers will greet you and can answer questions.- While at the park, take frequent breaks-especially with preschoolers. The Visitor Barn Bookstore has a great selection of children's books and a children's corner where you will find stories, activities, a hands-on touch table, and farm related games and toys to play with.
  • Make sure that you wear comfortable shoes and clothing because your experience at the park will be most enjoyable if you are comfortably dressed. It's always a good idea to check the weather forecast before you go in order to prepare accordingly. If it's going to be a warm day you might want to consider bringing drinking water with you. Programs may be cancelled due to poor air quality.
  • Programs take place in the rain except during thunderstorms. Call ahead to see if programs will be taking place on the day of your visit due to the weather.
  • Don't forget you camera. Photos are always a great memento of your park experience, Binoculars are great to bring along, too
  • If you are visiting the park with children, it is often helpful to read a book or two with the kids about agriculture, nature, wildlife, and early American History. Reading can get children very excited about their visit and they really can learn a lot, too.
  • Remember that all farm animals are domesticated and look friendly and nonthreatening.
    However, please do not pet the animals unless you are participating in a program with a ranger. Also, please don't feed any of the animals or chase any of the naturally roaming animals.


More Tips to Make Your Visit a Great One

  • With the exception of guide dogs, pets are not allowed.
  • Camping areas are not available at Oxon Cove Park
  • When hiking, stay on the established trail and watch your footing.
  • Food is not available in the park. After leaving the park you can find a variety of restaurants within a mile. There are picnicking areas but are
  • available first come - first served.
  • Please respect park resources and keep bicycles on paved roads and designated trails.
 
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Did You Know?

draft horses at White House

Each year the Oxon Hill Farm draft horses deliver a Christmas tree to the White House that is donated by the National Christmas Tree Growers Association.