5 Ways to Get Closer to Nature This Summer

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“So, what should we do this summer?” is a question many parents might hear coming from the ice cream -mustached mouths of their children this season.

Besides the conventional summertime mainstays, such as beaches, swimming pools and ice cream, young people often express the desire to do something different.

Exploring nature—and engaging with the outdoor world—is a great alternative.

Here are five events at Baltimore’s Marshy Point Nature Center that will connect your child with green grass, rustling leaves and the great big world around them. Located in Middle River, the center offers a number of free events throughout June ranging from leisurely walks to informative excursions.

Friday Walks

Each Friday at 10 a.m., families can join nature center staff on “Friday Walks” along one of Marshy Point’s trails. Participants will explore a different trail on each outing. All you need to bring is a love for nature—along with a desire to hike and explore!

Sunday Bird Walk

For some people, birds are just tiny specks amidst the clouds. For others, they are a source of intrigue and wonder. If you fit the second group, or if you are simply interested in learning more about the aerial world, the 9 a.m. Sunday Bird Walk on June 9 gives curious children and their parents or guardians the opportunity to not only explore the estuary but also to learn from expert bird watchers.

Archaeology Dig Day

Human beings, like all living things, leave physical traces throughout history—some of them underground. If that world intrigues you, the Archaeology Dig Day at Marshy Point on June 15 is the opportunity to explore it. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., dress for the weather—and wear work gloves—to excavate Marshy Point’s history and dig away beneath the ground. Following an analysis of the discovered relics, they will be put on display in Marshy Point’s auditorium.

Wetlands Alive

Life is an omnipresent force. Though this assertion might sound philosophical, the Wetlands Alive event scheduled for June 23 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. is a tangible embodiment of the same. Taking place in Marshy Point’s Wetlands, the event invites potential participants to “find life everywhere in the wetlands, from cattails to ponds to the reeds in between!” according to its web description.

Rad Reptiles

You might have heard about a search for gold coins, or even a search for hidden treasures—but have you ever heard about a quest for reptiles? On June 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Marshy Point is hosting what it calls ‘a cold-blooded creature search,’ where staff call upon potential participants to quest for repto-dudes and dudettes—the center’s super cool scaly stars!



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