Greenbelt Park Campfire Programs

Fall 2023 Free Campfire programs
Come and enjoy a Free campfire program under the stars of Greenbelt Park!

Saturday September 9 7:00 p.m. The birth and origins of Greenbelt Park

Built in conjunction with the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, which bisects the park, Greenbelt offers a natural suburban oasis just ten miles from downtown D.C. Developed during the N.P.S. "Mission '66" initiative, Greenbelt Park has welcomed visitors seeking a green refuge for hiking, picnicking, and camping buffered from the bustle its urban surroundings.

Saturday September 16 7:00 p.m."Stories From the Road & Live Music" with Bob Reilly and Joe Goulait

Come to the Campfire to hear a storyteller-musician sing songs of travel and the experience of the open road. Guitarist Bob Reilly and Joe Goulait will offer their folklore of travelling and the songs that make the trip an enjoyable experience.

Saturday September 23 7:00 p.m. The History and Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

Where did the birds go? Ranger John explores the history of the Passenger Pigeon.

Saturday September 30 7:00 p.m Drum Circle with Katy Gaughan
Join local musician and folklorist Katy Gaughan of Greenbelt for a Fall celebration of rhythmic drumming. Feel your inner natural rhythm and beat it out on the drum to resound through the forest expressing your connection to nature and the vitality of Fall!

Saturday October 7 6:30 p.m. All about Owls- live owl program

Have you ever met a live owl? You can at Greenbelt Park on October 7th. Secret Garden Birds and Bees will be there with our Wildlife Ambassador to tell you all about the wild owls that live in the park and probably right in your own backyard too! You’ll learn what they look like and how they sound, where they nest, what they eat, how they raise their young, and why they are very good neighbors. We’ll even give you some hints on how to find them and what we can all do to create a healthy environment where they can thrive.

Saturday October 14 6:30 p.m College Park Museum of Aviation- Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines-
Did you know there are many aviation firsts close by at the College Park Airport? The College Park Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting aviation innovations at College Park Airport and in Prince George's County while fostering research, inventiveness, and lifelong curiosity about the history and science of flight.

Saturday October 21 6:30 p.m. Cold War Defenses of Washington How did Washington D.C. defend the nation's capital during the Cold War?

Saturday October 28 6:30 p.m Goatman Legends and Lore

As Hallowe’en approaches, shiver with the frost on the pumpkin (or with fear of the Goatman?), and warm yourself before a fire, as a park ranger describes the myth (or is it?!) of the “Goatman,” a bizarre creature sighted frequently in this vicinity. Beware, because the Goatman may be in the Greenbelt woods, and may be glimpsed in the firelight! The Goatman lives!

 
one hundred people sitting on benches enjoying a talk with a campfire in the forefront
Enjoy a beautiful campfire under the stars at Greenbelt Park Maryland- Free Campfire programs in Spring and Fall.

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Spring 2023
Come and enjoy a Free campfire program under the stars of Greenbelt Park!

Saturday June 3 8:00 p.m.
(POSTPONED from Saturday May 20)

Movie Night "Coco" at the Sweetgum Picnic Area.
Come and enjoy a Movie night under the stars of Greenbelt Park!
*Ice cream truck from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.*

In Disney/Pixar’s vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster Hector becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions.

Saturday June 10 8:00 p.m.
Campfire Program: Sheila Maffay- Tuthill of the City of Greenbelt Museum presents the fascinating history of the City of Greenbelt.

Built as a relief project during the Great Depression, Greenbelt City is a "green town" planned from its birth to provide modern amenities and comforts for its residents. Greenbelt today preserves the original functional art deco architecture and public statuary adornments of Lenore Thomas, a WPA artist. A visit there is like a step back in time to 1938.

2023 FREE Spring Campfire Programs

Cancelled due to bad weather-Saturday April 1 7:30 p.m. Passenger Pigeon-

How does the extinction of a bird happen?

Saturday April 8 7:30 p.m. NASA Goddard-

Discover more about Space and the contributions of NASA Goddard. Special Guest Speaker Dr. Agnes Conaty of the NASA Globe Project and Park volunteer Mr. Larry Hilliard, of NASA's Space Geodesy Project will join forces to describe International GLOBE Citizen Science and Space Geodesy that are done right here in Greenbelt!

Saturday April 15 7:30 p.m. The Goatman

For 70 years, a legend of a half-man, half goat creature lurking in the woods of Greenbelt have thrilled park visitors. Similar cryptids (mysterious creatures) stalk forests and fields across the country, but our local Goatman is the most infamous. Beware, for the bleat of a goat can sometimes be heard in the night, just beyond the flickering light of the campfire, and the creature has been known to haunt these talks. The Goatman lives!

Saturday April 22 7:30 p.m.
Drum Circle postponed due to weather to Saturday April 29.

Celebrate the ending of National Park Week

Saturday April 29 7:30
Earth Day Drum Circle by Katy Gaughan
- Join local musician and folklorist Katy Gaughan of Greenbelt for an Earth Day celebration of rhythmic drumming. Feel your inner natural rhythm and beat it out on the drum to resound through the forest expressing your connection to nature and the vitality of spring!

Saturday May 6th- 8:00 p.m. Bob Reilly Songs and Stories of Travel

Come to the Campfire to hear a storyteller-musician sing songs of travel and the experience of the open road. Guitarist Bob Reilly will offer his folklore of travelling and the songs that make the trip an enjoyable experience.

Saturday May 13 8:00 p.m. City of Greenbelt Museum and the history of the City of Greenbelt
Postponed to June 10

Built as a relief project during the Great Depression, Greenbelt City is a "green town" planned from its birth to provide modern amenities and comforts for its residents. Greenbelt today preserves the original functional art deco architecture and public statuary adornments of Lenore Thomas, a WPA artist. A visit there is like a step back in time to 1938.

Saturday May 20 8:00 p.m.
POSTPONED to Saturday June 3-
Movie Night "Coco" at the Sweetgum Picnic Area. (moved from campfire circle)
Come and enjoy a Movie night under the stars of Greenbelt Park!

In Disney/Pixar’s vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster Hector becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions.

Saturday May 27 8:00 p.m. The U.S. Army as National Park Stewards:

Before the N.P.S. was established in 1916, troops of the U.S. Army patrolled and protected some of the iconic parks in the West, like Sequoia with its mammoth Redwood trees. Among these soldiers were some of the African-American troopers of the cavalry who served as the first "park rangers" building roads and conserving the wildlife. Park rangers wear the "flat hat" in tribute to the army campaign hat that they wore with its "Montana Peak" crown and broad brim.

 
Campfire Program at Greenbelt Park with park ranger presenting a program before an audience of 50
Come enjoy a Campfire program at Greenbelt Park

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Campfire program

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Last updated: September 3, 2023

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Mailing Address:

6565 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Phone:

771-208-1588
Ranger Station near the campground

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