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Visit our Programs & Events Page to learn more about Summer Camp 2023 and our Maple Sugaring Weekends!

Visit our Programs & Events Page to learn more about Summer Camp 2023 and our Maple Sugaring Weekends!

View and Register for Events Online

Remember that many programs open to members first. If you are a member, make sure to sign in to view all the programs that are only open to members. Check back often as new programs are added and opened to non-members every week.
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View and Register for Events Online

Remember that many programs open to members first. If you are a member, make sure to sign in to view all the programs that are only open to members. Check back often as new programs are added and opened to non-members every week.

View and Register for Events Online

PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS:

The Speakers Series programs are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of January, March, April, May, September, October and November. Our speakers give presentations on a wide range of nature-related subjects. These talks are Free for members or $10 for non-members. They take place either online via zoom or in-person at the Nature Center.

The Nature Book Club meets on Mondays eight times a year at 7:00 p.m. The schedule for the year and the choice of books to be read and discussed are set by club members in the Fall. This is a Free program and will take place either online via zoom or in-person. Weather permitting, we will use a pavilion for a safe in-person gathering.

Both of these programs require advance registration which can be done online at:
www.OregonRidgeNatureCenter.WildApricot.org

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SUMMER CAMP AT OREGON RIDGE NATURE CENTER

An invitation to register went out to all Members in Good Standing on January 15, 2023.

Registration will open to New and Renewing Members on a first-come, first-serve basis on February 14, 2023.

Registration will open to the General Public and to Members who would like to register their child for an additional week of camp on a first-come, first-serve basis starting on February 28, 2023.

Registration (3 forms and payment) is only accepted via U.S. mail or in-person, phone and email are not an option.

Applications for either of the first-come, first-serve rounds of registration that are received prior to 9:00 a.m. the day that round of camp opens for registration will be held until the day after that round of camp opened, in order to fairly facilitate the first-come, first-serve registration.

We will make every effort to post availability on this website prior to each round of registration.

A family membership can be purchased at www.OregonRidgeNatureCenter.WildApricot.org you can also check your membership status and renewal date at this same site by clicking on your name in the upper right after signing in.

Please submit any questions or concerns via email to info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org. Weekend and part-time staff are not able to answer questions about Summer Camp.

Events and Festivals

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council sponsors several Annual Events and Festivals each year.

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Maple Sugaring Weekends

Saturdays, February 18 and 25; Sundays, February 19 and 26
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us at the Sugar Shack any time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to learn the magic behind the fascinating process of making maple syrup! Take a guided hike (offered every hour on the hour) to the sugar bush to tap a tree for sap. Stop by the Sugar Shack to see other demonstrations, learn how the syrup is made and taste real maple syrup and sugar. Pure Maple Candy and Syrup will be sold in the Nature Center. In the event of inclement weather, check our website or Facebook page for updates. Please note, this program is not stroller friendly.

Groups of 10-15 must register in advance by submitting a Group Request Form. We are not able to accommodate groups larger than 15 at our weekend events. Larger groups can book a weekday date and time from the School Field Trip page of our website.

Advance registration is not required for individuals or families of less than 10 people. 

Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at the Oregon Ridge Lodge

(The first weekend in March)
The Pancake Breakfast is back!  After the Covid hiatus the Pancake Breakfast returns this year on March 4th and 5th (8am to noon).

Music in the Woods 2023

(The first Saturday in June)
2023 details to be announced.

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Honey Harvest Festival 2023

(The first weekend in October)
2023 details to be announced.

Field Trips and Group Programs

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School Field Trips

The Oregon Ridge Staff, assisted by our volunteer Trail Guides, provide a variety of nature-based field trip opportunities. These programs are available to public and private school groups as well as community and homeschool groups.

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Summer Outreach Programs

When school is out, we switch directions and move from School Field Trips to Summer Outreach Programs. Our Summer Outreach Specialist is available to provide programming to Summer Schools, Summer Camps, Summer Playground Programs, Day Care facilities and other groups looking to provide nature-based educational opportunities to their participants. Our Summer Outreach Program Registration opens on May 1st.

Scout Workshops

We have developed several Cub Scout Adventure Loops and Pins, and Girl Scout Badge Workshops. We have adjusted our scout programs to meet the Nature Center COVID Guidelines. This means all programs are primarily outdoors, usually in one of our pavilions. Most programs are 1-1/2 hours with a capacity of 20 people, including at least 2 leaders/chaperones. The cost of a 1-1/2-hour program is $100.

Other Group Programs

Our Naturalists are well versed and able to provide programming on any number of nature-based topics. Whether you are looking for an on-site or off-site program for your group, we look forward to hearing from you and will do our very best to accommodate your requests.

Nature Quest

Year-round Fun! The Great Outdoors! Prizes!

Nature Quest provides a great opportunity to experience the outdoors and be active with friends and family while discovering some of the best parks and trails in Baltimore County. The Quest is ongoing, but questers that complete at least 5 trails each year receive free admission to that year’s Quest Fest and are entered into raffles for great prizes.

MAEOE

We are a Maryland Green Center and available to assist local schools wishing to become or recertify as a MAEOE-certified Green School

In 2015 ORNC was certified by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) as a Maryland Green Center. In addition to supporting community environmental learning and being a model for various sustainability practices, the key criteria for becoming a Maryland Green Center is helping local schools become MAEOE-certified Green Schools. ORNC is here to encourage and support schools to apply (or re-apply) for Green School Certification from MAEOE.