For kids and families

Blacksmith Demonstration — 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Camp Round Meadow, 14840 Manahan Road, Sabillasville. Meet at the historic WPA blacksmith shop and discover the art of blacksmithing and see the forge in action. Free. 301-663-9388 or

Nature Exploration Weekend — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool. Family event includes outdoor activities for all ages and interest levels until 5 p.m. each day. Special night program at 8 p.m. Saturday. $3 per vehicle for Md. residents, $5 per vehicle for nom-Md. residents. 301-842-2155.

Scales & Tales — 7 p.m. Saturday, Rock Run Amphitheatre, Gambrill State Park, 8602 Gambrill Park Road, Frederick. Learn about native wildlife and see a few up close. All ages. 301-271-3676.

Birds and Butterflies

Backyard Birding and Bird Feeding — 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Learn proven ways to attract birds to your backyard with photographs by naturalist Wil Hershberger. 301-600-7254 or


Weed Warriors Attack! – 10 a.m. Saturday, Falls Trailhead, Houck Area, Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont. Join a park naturalist and wage war on invasive plants. Hike to the falls and learn about these pesky plants and remove them to make room for native plants. BYO water. Tools and work gloves provided. 301-271-3676.

History Hike — 11 a.m. Saturday, Manor Area Visitor Center, Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont. Hike the Catoctin Furnace Trail while learning the history of the furnace and surrounding areas. 301-271-3676.

AT: Wolfsville Road to Black Rock Cliffs — Saturday, with the Mountain Club of Md. 10 1/2-mile out-and-back hike on the AT in Frederick County. Challenging climbs, extremely rocky trail. For strong hikers. Details at 443-864-2154.

Twilight Hike — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center, 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick. Prowl around the park with a Ranger and search the trails for wildlife. Meet at the Gambrill Mill. Free. 301-662-3515 or

Hunter Education Classes

Register at Must attend all classes in a session to pass. Under age 14 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Free. For general information, call DNR at 410-643-8502. Online education classes also available. For more information on each class and to register, visit

Clear Spring Izaak Walton League, 12759 Independence Road, Clear Spring — 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 to 28

Mount Airy IWLA, 6642 Woodville Road, Mount Airy — 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 6 and 9, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7

Frederick County IWLA, 4719 Reels Mill Road, Frederick — 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6, 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7

Damascus Izaak Walton League, 26430 Mullinix Mill Road, Damascus, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and 13, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14

BCC-Poolesville IWLA, 20601 Izaak Walton Way, Poolesville — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8

McClellan Rod & Gun Club, 5241 Redhill Road, Keedysville — 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9, 10 and 11

Other activities

Archery Range — 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Manor Area, Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont. Learn and enjoy the sport of archery. Equipment provided. $5 per person. 301-271-3676.

Outdoor Women’s Life (OWL) Fall Mini Weekend — 6 p.m.Sept. 27, through Sept. 28, Smith Bridgeport Retreat, Taneytown. Activities include dog demonstration, shotguns, tomahawk and knife throwing, Monocacy River fishing (Md. fishing license required), handguns and archery. $100 ages 16 and over, $85 under age 16 with accompanying adult. Saturday only: $60 ages 16 and older, $45 youth. Registration due by Sept. 18 to OWL, 4027 Baptist Road, Taneytown, MD 21742. Email for registration form or more information.

Club meetings

Scott Key Campers — meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, at South End Baptist Church, 506 Carrollton Ave., Frederick. Monthly camping trips. For novices and experienced campers, or anyone interested in the RV experience. 301-845-8696.

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