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Full Moon Fridays - PLGNC0001

Join us for the magic of the full moon for a hike and campfire on each Friday nearest the full moon. We offer a variety of Full Moon Friday programs for a variety of ages
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0001-100001 Full Moon Fridays 03/22/2024 -03/22/2024 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 10 and up $8.00/$8.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0001-100002 Full Moon Fridays 04/26/2024 -04/26/2024 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 10 and up $8.00/$8.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0001-100003 Full Moon Fridays 05/24/2024 -05/24/2024 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 10 and up $8.00/$8.00 Available
Unavailable PLGNC0001-400003 A Night Under the Stars 02/09/2024 -02/09/2024 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 18 and up $8.00/$8.00 Unavailable

Migratory Bird Watch - PLGNC0002

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day here in Cabin John Regional Park. Join us as we keep track of the different migratory birds that pass through the park this time of year. Ask our naturalist any bird related questions as well. All levels of birders welcome, you are welcome to bring your own pair of binoculars, the nature will have pairs to borrow if necessary. Registration is required for this program.
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0002-100002 Migratory Bird Watch- Families 05/11/2024 -05/11/2024 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Sa Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 8 and up $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0002-100003 Migratory Bird Watch-Dawn Chorus 05/11/2024 -05/11/2024 7:00 am - 9:00 am Sa Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 55 and up $0.00/$0.00 Available

Native Plant Sale - PLGNC0004

Beautify your backyard with native plants! New- we are moving the Spring sale to our nursery location at Pope Farm. Ask the experts your questions about growing low-maintenance and pest-resistant varieties that help attract wildlife to your garden. Shop a unique selection of the highest quality plants and seeds. Free Admission. No Registration Required. Sales support educational programs at Locust Grove Nature Center. The Live, in person sale will be held at Pope Farm Nursery 7400 Airpark Rd. in Gaithersburg (only one greenhouse will be open to the public for these sale hours only- Pope farm is closed the rest of the year)
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0004-100001 Spring Native Plant Sale 05/18/2024 -05/19/2024 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Su, Sa Locust Grove Nature Center All $0.00/$0.00 Available

Theme Months - PLGNC0005

Even though it may be cold outside, there is still a lot to see out in nature. Join us for our winter season theme of "Animals in Winter". All season long learn about how different animals survive and thrive in the cold winter months through self guided activities and programs at the nature center. This theme month will be span over the winter season starting on December 2 and ending on February 29 .
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Unavailable PLGNC0005-400001 Animals in Winter 12/01/2023 -02/29/2024 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Su, Sa Locust Grove Nature Center All $0.00/$0.00 Unavailable

Family Nature Hikes - PLGNC0006

Join a Park Naturalist for a weekly hike exploring the changing of the seasons in Cabin John Regional Park. Children will also be introduced to our Nature Center's resident animal ambassadors and engage in nature based play and exploration. Program is intended for children 3 to 5 ½ years old and requires the accompaniment of an adult to ensure safety. The majority of each class will be outdoors (barring extreme weather) so be sure to dress appropriately. This trail difficulty is moderate. The trail is on natural surfaces with dirt, rock and rut. Trails steepness varies and some trails will only be accessible with stairs.
Register each child. An adult guardian must accompany the child. Each class meets Wednesdays, March 13 to May 22, skipping March 27 with May 29 for weather makeup (10 classes).
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0006-100001 Family Nature Hikes- Spring 03/13/2024 -05/22/2024 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm W Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 3 to 5 $150.00/$150.00 Available

Nature Families - PLGNC0007

In this 10-week session, Caregivers will have the chance to play, create and learn right alongside their little nature explorers. Each one-and-a-half hour class will include a hike, storytime and hands-on, nature-based activities that encourages imaginative play, curiosity, and cooperation.Program is intended for children 1 1/2 to 3 years old.The majority of each class will be outdoors (barring extreme weather) so be sure to dress appropriately. This trail difficulty is moderate. The trail is on natural surfaces with dirt, rock and rut. Trails steepness varies and some trails will only be accessible with stairs.
Register each child. An adult guardian must accompany the child. Each class meets Wednesdays, March 13 to May 22, skipping March 27 with May 29 for weather makeup (10 classes).
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0007-100001 Nature Families- Spring 03/13/2024 -05/22/2024 10:30 am -12:00 pm W Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 1.5 to 3 $150.00/$150.00 Available

Baby and Me Nature Walks - PLGNC0008

Studies show that babies as young as a few weeks old thrive with daily outside time. So pack your baby in a carrier and join us for a low-key nature walk lead by one of our naturalists. Get to know other local parents while enjoying the fresh air and beauty of Cabin John forest. The trail is on natural surfaces with dirt, rock and rut. Trails steepness varies and some trails will only be accessible with stairs. Trails are not stroller accessible. Fee is for one child and their adult for the entire Spring session, which meets Thursdays from April 13 to May 18, with May 30 for weather makeup (6 classes).
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0008-100001 Baby and Me- Spring 04/18/2024 -05/23/2024 11:00 am -12:00 pm Th Locust Grove Nature Center Age 0 to 1.5 $45.00/$45.00 Available

Fairy House Walk - PLGNC0011

Step into the enchanted forest of Cabin John Kingdom. On this day, the fairies have agreed to make their village visible to humankind. Take a walk along the trail and see their houses of many colors, then build your own fairy habitat in the woods. Adults and children ages 2 and up must register.   The trail is on natural surfaces with dirt, rock and rut. Trails steepness varies and some trails will only be accessible with stairs. Trails are not stroller accessible. Severe weather cancels the program.  
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Unavailable PLGNC0011-100001 Fairy House Walk 1pm 03/17/2024 -03/17/2024 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center All $3.00/$3.00 Full
Add To Selection List PLGNC0011-100002 Fairy House Walk 1:15pm 03/17/2024 -03/17/2024 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center All $3.00/$3.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0011-100003 Fairy House Walk 1:30pm 03/17/2024 -03/17/2024 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center All $3.00/$3.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0011-100004 Fairy House Walk 1:45pm 03/17/2024 -03/17/2024 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center All $3.00/$3.00 Available
Unavailable PLGNC0011-100005 Fairy House Walk 2:00pm 03/17/2024 -03/17/2024 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center All $3.00/$3.00 Full
Add To Selection List PLGNC0011-100006 Fairy House Walk 2:15pm 03/17/2024 -03/17/2024 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center All $3.00/$3.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0011-100007 Fairy House Walk 2:30pm 03/17/2024 -03/17/2024 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center All $3.00/$3.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0011-100008 Fairy House Walk 2:45pm 03/17/2024 -03/17/2024 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center All $3.00/$3.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0011-100009 Fairy House Walk 3:00pm 03/17/2024 -03/17/2024 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center All $3.00/$3.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0011-100010 Fairy House Walk 3:15pm 03/17/2024 -03/17/2024 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center All $3.00/$3.00 Available
Unavailable PLGNC0011-100011 Fairy House Walk 3:30pm 03/17/2024 -03/17/2024 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center All $3.00/$3.00 Full

Guided Labyrinth Walk & Campfire - PLGNC0012

Spring is for new beginnings. We'll take a moment to restore, recharge, and welcome positive new things into our lives. Choose a guided activity for our meditation labyrinth, then warm up by the fire and roast a marshmallow. Campfire will be put out at 7:45pm in order to have the embers cool completely by the end of the program. Adults and children ages 5 and up must register. This trail difficulty is moderate. The trail is on natural surfaces with dirt, rock and rut. Trails steepness varies and some trails will only be accessible with stairs.
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0012-100001 Spring Equinox 03/17/2024 -03/17/2024 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 5 and up $6.00/$6.00 Available

Nature Make & Take - PLGNC0014

Create an array of nature themed crafts with any of our Nature Make and Take programs.
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0014-100001 Make a Toad Abode 04/18/2024 -04/18/2024 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Th Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 4 and up $3.00/$3.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0014-100007 Make a Butterfly Puddling Station 05/16/2024 -05/16/2024 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Th Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 4 and up $3.00/$3.00 Available

Forest Bathing - PLGNC0015

Forest bathing promotes wellness through deepening our connection to natural environments. Based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates as “taking in the atmosphere of the forest,". This 2-hour session, led by certified forest therapy guide Adria S. Zeldin, will guide you through mindfulness-based sensory invitations to help you slow down, awaken your senses, and reconnect with nature.

Please dress comfortably with the weather in mind. We will be outdoors and moving slowly so you may want to bring extra layers. There may be times that you wish to sit, so a blanket or mat may make your experience more enjoyable. This trail difficulty is moderate. The trail is on natural surfaces with dirt, rock and rut. Trails steepness varies and some trails will only be accessible with stairs. Registration required for 18 and up.
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0015-100001 Spring Forest Bathing- April 04/27/2024 -04/27/2024 10:00 am -12:00 pm Sa Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 18 and up $10.00/$10.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0015-100002 Spring Forest Bathing- May 05/18/2024 -05/18/2024 10:00 am -12:00 pm Sa Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 18 and up $10.00/$10.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0015-100003 Spring Forest Bathing- June 06/08/2024 -06/08/2024 10:00 am -12:00 pm Sa Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 18 and up $10.00/$10.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0015-100004 Spring Forest Bathing- March 03/30/2024 -03/30/2024 10:00 am -12:00 pm Sa Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 18 and up $10.00/$10.00 Available

Lost! Wilderness Survival Camp - PLGNC0016

Think you have what it takes? In this action-packed adventure that closely follows a storyline, you and your friends must work together to survive in the wilderness. You'll build your confidence outdoors by meeting daily challenges to find food, water and shelter. Can you identify wild edible plants? Build a solar still to purify drinking water? Start a fire without matches? We'll learn together through fiercely fun games and collaborative activities.
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Add To Waitlist PLGNC0016-500001 Lost! Camp- July 07/08/2024 -07/12/2024 9:00 am - 3:30 pm M, Tu, W, Th, F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 6-10 years $350.00/$350.00 Waitlist

Project FeederWatch - PLGNC0018

"Are you interested in birding? Do you want to be part of a national community science project? Then, join us at Locust Grove Nature Center for Project FeederWatch.
Project FeederWatch is a seasonal community science project, where participants count the different species of birds that flock to a bird feeder. All levels of birders are welcome.
We advise you to dress appropriately for the weather and to bring your binoculars if you have them. Registration is encouraged, just so we can notify participants of cancellations. You are not required to attend all the sessions in the season, come to as many as you like If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to [email protected]."
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0018-100001 FeederWatch Thursdays 03/07/2024 -04/25/2024 11:00 am -12:00 pm Th Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 5 and up $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0018-100002 FeederWatch Fridays 03/08/2024 -04/26/2024 11:00 am -12:00 pm F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 5 and up $0.00/$0.00 Available
Unavailable PLGNC0018-400001 FeederWatch Thursdays 12/07/2023 -02/29/2024 11:00 am -12:00 pm Th Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 5 and up $0.00/$0.00 Unavailable
Unavailable PLGNC0018-400002 FeederWatch Fridays 12/08/2023 -03/01/2024 11:00 am -12:00 pm F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 5 and up $0.00/$0.00 Unavailable

Preschool Camp - PLGNC0019

A camp just for our younger explorers to play and learn alongside our animal neighbors, such as chipmunks, frogs, turtles, birds and more! Campers will be introduced to our Nature Center's resident animal ambassadors and engage in nature based play and exploration. Campers must be fully toilet trained and able to dress themselves.
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Add To Waitlist PLGNC0019-500001 Animal Neighbors Preschool Camp 06/24/2024 -06/28/2024 9:00 am -12:00 pm M, Tu, W, Th, F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 4-5 $200.00/$200.00 Waitlist
Add To Waitlist PLGNC0019-500005 Bugs and Butterflies Preschool Camp 07/15/2024 -07/19/2024 9:00 am -12:00 pm M, Tu, W, Th, F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 4-5 $200.00/$200.00 Waitlist
Add To Waitlist PLGNC0019-500006 Wonderful Water Preschool Camp 07/29/2024 -08/02/2024 9:00 am -12:00 pm M, Tu, W, Th, F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 4-5 $200.00/$200.00 Waitlist

Camper Assistant Program - PLGNC0020

Summer Campers don't have to "age-out" anymore- now they can start learning responsibility and the skills necessary to become a confident and competent camp counselor. Camper Assistants will work with Naturalists and Counselors to develop leadership and group management skills. They will spend most of the day with younger campers, gaining experience with different activities from arts and crafts to nature exploration.
This is restricted to former LGNC campers and only two spots are available for each session so contact the nature center to apply now at [email protected]
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Unavailable PLGNC0020-500001 Animal Neighbors Camper Assistant 06/24/2024 -06/28/2024 8:30 am - 1:00 pm M, Tu, W, Th, F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 11-13 $150.00/$150.00 Full
Unavailable PLGNC0020-500003 Wonderful Water Camper Assistant 07/29/2024 -08/02/2024 8:30 am - 1:00 pm M, Tu, W, Th, F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 11-13 $150.00/$150.00 Full
Unavailable PLGNC0020-500004 Bugs and Butterflies Camper Assistant 07/15/2024 -07/19/2024 8:30 am - 1:00 pm M, Tu, W, Th, F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 11-13 $150.00/$150.00 Full

Wildflower Walks - PLGNC0022

For just a few magical weeks in the Spring, the forest floor is studded with our most beautiful woodland wildflowers, including spring beauties, bluebells, and bloodroot. Take a leisurely stroll through the park with our Master Naturalists who will interpret this spectacular show before it disappears entirely (at least until next spring!). Now a three part series, you may join us for one class or sign up for all three to watch the season unfold before your eyes. This trail difficulty is moderate. The trail is on natural surfaces with dirt, rock and rut. Trails steepness varies and some trails will only be accessible with stairs.
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0022-100001 Spring Wildflower Walk: March 03/24/2024 -03/24/2024 10:00 am -11:30 am Su Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 16 and up $7.00/$7.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0022-100002 Spring Wildflower Walk: April 04/14/2024 -04/14/2024 10:00 am -11:30 am Su Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 16 and up $7.00/$7.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0022-100003 Spring Wildflower Walk: May 05/05/2024 -05/05/2024 10:00 am -11:30 am Su Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 16 and up $7.00/$7.00 Available

Morning Tweets and Tea - PLGNC0024

Do you have an interest in birding? Then join us for a morning of bird watching at Cabin John Regional Park. Bring a thermos of your favorite breakfast beverage to enjoy as you learn beginner birding techniques . Bring your own pair of binoculars or borrow a pair from the nature center, we will show you how to use them. Registration is required for this program.
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0024-100002 Morning Tweets and Tea 04/05/2024 -04/05/2024 9:00 am -10:00 am F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 18 and up $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0024-100003 Morning Tweets and Tea 05/03/2024 -05/03/2024 9:00 am -10:00 am F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 18 and up $0.00/$0.00 Available

Outdoor Skills Workshop - PLGNC0027

Learn a variety of outdoor skills by checking out programs for our outdoor skills workshops
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0027-100002 How Not To Get Lost in the Woods 05/05/2024 -05/05/2024 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 6 and up $10.00/$10.00 Available
Add To Selection List PLGNC0027-100003 From Couch to Campground-Camping 101 05/12/2024 -05/12/2024 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Su Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 6 and up $10.00/$10.00 Available

Creek Week at LGNC Camp - PLGNC0029

Get wet and go wild this summer with Creek Explorer's Camp ! This water world camp will explore the cool things happening near and in our local stream. Learn through games, demonstrations, experiments and play about the unique aspects of stream life and how to keep our streams healthy. Water shoes, a towel, and a change of clothes are required! Warning: You will get wet!
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Add To Waitlist PLGNC0029-500001 Creek Explorer's Camp 08/05/2024 -08/09/2024 9:00 am - 3:30 pm M, Tu, W, Th, F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 6-10 $350.00/$350.00 Waitlist

Junior Naturalist - PLGNC0035

Hike a mile in a Naturalist's shoes! Spend a week learning what it's like to care for our live animal ambassadors, steward our gardens and stream, be a community scientist and an advocate for wildlife. Each day we'll learn through wildly fun games, imaginative play, and activities that give back to nature.
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Add To Waitlist PLGNC0035-500001 Junior Naturalist Camp 07/22/2024 -07/26/2024 9:00 am - 3:30 pm M, Tu, W, Th, F Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 6-10 years $350.00/$350.00 Waitlist

Nature Kids Care - PLGNC0042

Need a break? Drop the kids for a Nature Night In and enjoy a Parent’s Night Out. We will have a fun filled night with natured based games, crafts, a picnic dinner, and a hike on natural surface trails if weather permits. Children must be potty trained and dressed appropriately for weather. Please pack a nut-free dinner, snack, and a water. Register each child for this program
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Add To Selection List PLGNC0042-100001 Nature Night In 04/20/2024 -04/20/2024 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Sa Locust Grove Nature Center Ages 4-6 $20.00/$20.00 Available