Oregon ridge nature center council

Due to the impending storm the Honey Harvest festival has been cancelled.
Master Plan Input (in person) Meeting Rescheduled for Oct. 8th - Details on the News and Views page

Due to the impending storm the Honey Harvest festival has been cancelled.

Master Plan Input (in person) Meeting Rescheduled for Oct. 8th - Details on the News and Views page

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:

ORNC Council Speaker Series and Nature Book Club

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

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 and take place either online via zoom or in-person at the Nature Center (check the program descriptions for details).
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.

Events and Festivals

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

Honey Harvest Festival 2022

Cancelled due to weather, no rain date, see you in 2023

Everything you ever wanted to know about honey, honeybees and more! Participants will have the opportunity to look inside the Oregon Ridge Hives at our Open Hive Demos and see how honey goes from hive to bottle at our Honey Extraction Demos. Families will enjoy the Education Stations that cover everything from planting for pollinators to beekeeping equipment to types of honey and more. Make sure to allow enough time to see and do it all… children’s crafts, animal encounters, pumpkin painting, cider making, tenant house tours, fall family games, vendors and crafters. Take the time to chat with the local beekeepers who will be there to sell their wares and answer your beekeeping questions.

All Ages
$5 PER CAR AT THE GATE Credit accepted, cash or check preferred!
Advance registration is not required for this event.

Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at the Oregon Ridge Lodge

(The first weekend in March)
There will not be a Pancake Breakfast in 2022, we are looking forward to it returning in 2023!

maple sugaring

Maple Sugaring Weekends 2022

(The last two weekends in February)
2023 details to be announced.

Music in the Woods 2022

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

Field Trips and Group Programs

school field trips

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.

summer outreach programs

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.