Programs

Poster showing details for NPS Centennial Extravaganza Event

Centennial Extravaganza!

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Camp Greentop

Join the staff and park partners at Camp Greentop in celebration of the National Park Service's 100th Birthday! Events will include: Guest speakers, presentations, ranger led hikes, exhibitors tents, craft demonstrations, and much, much more!

GPS address: 15001 Park Central Road, Thurmont, MD 21788

 
Image of Cicada Program Poster
Look Who's Back!
Singing Cicadas
Saturday, August 27, 2016
5:00PM –6:00PM

Join a Park Ranger to learn about the amazing return of the 17 Year Periodic Cicadas that's happening right now in Catoctin Mountain Park! You'll also get the opportunity to make your very own Origami Cicada!

This program is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: Call 301-663-9388

GPS: Owens Creek Campground
1588 Foxville Deerfield Road
Sabillasville, MD 21780

August 27 Cicada Program Poster 508 Complaint (pdf 595 kb)

 
2016 Summer Programs in the Park

Saturday, June 11, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.Salamander Safari.Explore the woods looking for salamanders and find out what they can tell us about our environment.Lead by Frederick County Outdoor Teacher, Brett Querry.Meet at Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater, 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville, MD21780. Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388. FREE

Saturday, June 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Blacksmith Demonstration.Join us at the historic WPA Blacksmith Shop at Camp Round Meadow and discover the history of blacksmithing on Catoctin Mountain.Demonstration will highlight the art and skill of forging and shaping metal.Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388.FREE

Saturday, July 2, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Ranger Program.Meet at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater for a program about nature or the history of Catoctin Mountain Park.GPS Address: 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville, MD21780.Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388. FREE

Saturday, July 9, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Ranger Program - Guardians of the Forest: The Importantance of Pollinators. Join a Ranger at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater and discover the vital role that some of Nature's smallest creatures provide to the overall health and logevity of the forest ecosystem A kid's craft and fress art poster will also be included. 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville, MD21780.Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388. FREE

Saturday, July 16, 9:30 a.m.1:00 p.m. Hands-on Trail Workshop - Learn how to improve the grade and tread of a trail with this hands-on workshop while helping to preserve and restore a section of park trail.No experience necessary.Space is limited.Reservations can be made by calling 301-663-9388 or email Ron_Harvey@nps.gov.FREE

Saturday, July 16, 10:a.m. - 11:00 a.m. K-9 Search and Rescue: Hug-a-Tree. The Western Maryland K-9 Search and Rescue group will educate children on basic and vital survival principles that can help save their lives and help them be found if they are ever lost or separated from their parents/guardians. A live K-9 demonstration will reinforce the lessons learned. Program courtesy of our 2016 partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries.This program is designed for children (ages 3-5 and elementary) with an adult. Location: Chestnut Picnic Area - Follow Park Central Road and look for signs. FREE

Saturday, July 16, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Ranger Program - Amazing Animal Adaptations! Meet at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater to learn how animals use their unique and amazing adaptations to ensure survival in the forest. Fun activities for children. 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville, MD21780.Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388. FREE

Saturday, July 23, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Ranger Program - Will I See a Bear? Meet at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater. 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville, MD21780. Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388. FREE

Friday, July 29, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Outdoor Skill for Teens. Discover essential camping skills from experienced instructors.Learn "Leave No Trace" principles, set up a tent, food prep, weather and other fun activities included while gaining an appreciation for the wildlife and environment in the Park. This program is in conjunction with the Frederick County Public Libraries.Grades 6-12.Register online atwww.fcpl.org. Location: Camp Round Meadow, GPS address: 14840 Manahan Road, Sabillasville, MD 21780.Events signup starts onJune 1, 2016 10:00 am.(Part Two is scheduled for Friday, August 5th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.)FREE

Saturday, July 30, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Blacksmith Demonstration.Join us at the historic WPA Blacksmith Shop at Camp Round Meadow and discover the history of blacksmithing on Catoctin Mountain.Demonstration will highlight the art and skill of forging and shaping metal.Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388.FREE

Saturday, July 30, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Ranger Program. Meet at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater, 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville, MD21780. Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388. FREE

CANCELLED - Sunday, July 31, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Charcoal Trail Walk and Rubbing. Join us for an easy 1/2 mile walk on the Charcoal Trail and enjoy the outdoor museum. Learn about trees in the park and do a charcoal leaf rubbing. The trail is about a mile past the Visitor Center on Park Central Rd.For all ages.This program is in conjunction with the Frederick County Public Libraries.

Friday, August 5, 2016, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Outdoor Skills for Teens, Part II.Use "Leave No Trace" principles to learn how to safely prepare a campfire for simple outdoor meals and basic first aid.Outdoor cooking will include hotdogs and roasting marshmallows over the campfire. Attendance of Part 1 of this program is not mandatory. Grades 6-12. Register online at www.fcpl.org. Location: Camp Round Meadow, GPS address: 14840 Manahan Road, Sabillasville, MD 21780.Events signup starts onJune 1, 2016 10:00 am.FREE

Saturday, August 6, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Hands-on Trail Workshop - Learn how to improve the grade and tread of a trail with this hands-on workshop while helping to preserve and restore a section of park trail.No experience necessary.Space is limited.Reservations can be made by calling 301-663-9388 or email Ron_Harvey@nps.gov. FREE

Saturday, August 6, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Ranger Program. Meet at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater, 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville, MD21780. Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388. FREE

Saturday, August 13, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Salamander Safari.Explore the woods looking for salamanders and find out what they can tell us about our environment.Lead by Frederick County Outdoor Teacher, Scott McIntosh.Meet at Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater, 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville, MD21780. Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388. FREE

Saturday, August 13, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Hands-on Trail Workshop - Learn how to improve the grade and tread of a trail with this hands-on workshop while helping to preserve and restore a section of park trail.No experience necessary.Space is limited.Reservations can be made by calling 301-663-9388 or email Ron_Harvey@nps.gov.

Saturday, August 20, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Ranger Program. Meet at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater, 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville, MD21780. Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388. FREE

Saturday, August 27, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Ranger Program. Meet at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater, 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville, MD21780. Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388. FREE

Saturday, September 3, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Ranger Program. Meet at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater, 15882 Foxville Deerfield Road, Sabillasville, MD21780. Call the visitor center for details 301-663-9388. FREE

 

Catoctin Mountain Park offers a wide variety of interpretive opportunities. Click on a program type below to find out more information:

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Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

Phone:

(301) 663-9388
This phone number is for the visitor center and is answered during regular operating hours. An outgoing voicemail message provides information when the visitor center is closed.

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