Oregon ridge nature center council

Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Lodge!
Saturday and Sunday - March 2nd and 3rd, 8AM - Noon.
Visit our Programs and Events page for details.

Speaker Series and Nature Book Club

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

The ORNC Council Speakers Series presents informative and engaging talks on a wide range of nature-related topics, by some of the area’s leading specialists in the environmental sciences, natural history, and related fields. You can find details of our upcoming Speaker Series on the Programs and Events Page of this website.  These talks are Free for members or $10 for non-members. Most programs are held in-person at the Nature Center, with Zoom presentations if circumstances require.

The Nature Book Club meets on Mondays 8 times a year at 7:00 p.m. The schedule for the year and choice of books to be read and discussed are set by club members in the Fall. This is a Free program and will either take place online via zoom or in-person. Weather permitting, we will use a pavilion for a safe in-person gathering.

If you would like to speak or have a suggestion for an interesting speaker please contact the Nature Center via email at info@oregonridgenaturecenter.org.

ORNC Council Speaker Series

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2024; 7-8:30 PM : "Wildlife Rehabilitation: What we do, why we do it and how you can help us succeed” by Kathleen Woods, Founder and Director, Phoenix Wildlife Center, Inc.  (Oregon Ridge Nature Center Auditorium)
    Online registration required – https://oregonridgenaturecenter.wildapricot.org/event-5510955
    Adults  - $10 per person (FREE for ORNCC Members)

  • Sunday, April 14, 2024; 1:30-3 PM : “Building Forest Resiliency at Catoctin Mountain Park” by Lindsey Donaldson, Catoctin Mountain Park, Chief of Resource Management. (Oregon Ridge Nature Center Auditorium)
    Online registration required – https://oregonridgenaturecenter.wildapricot.org/event-5510954
    Adults  - $10 per person (FREE for ORNCC Members)

Nature Book Club

  • Monday, January 22, 7 - 8 p.m.: Heaven's Breath: A Natural History of the Wind – Lyall Watson
  • Monday, March 4, 7 - 8 p.m.: A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds – Scott Weidensaul
  • Monday, April 22, 7 - 8 p.m.: Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard – Douglas Tallamy
  • Monday, June 3; 7-8 PM: Origins: How Earth’s History Shaped Human History - Lewis Dartnell
  • Monday, July 15: 7-8 PM:  Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History - Xiaoming Wang and Richard Tedford
  • Monday, August 26; 7-8 PM:  Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution’s Creativity and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction - David George Haskell
  • Monday, October 7; 7-8 PM:  Bitch: On the Female of the Species - Lucy Cooke

If you would like to speak or have a suggestion for an interesting speaker please call the Nature Center at 410-887-1815.