For kids and families

Junior Rangers and Park Pals — 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool. Junior Rangers (8-14 years) and Park Pals (5-7 years) are nature-based outdoor education programs designed to get kids into nature. Pre-registration is required. $20 per child.

Colonial Children’s Day: An Officer and a Gentleman — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool. For ages 8-12, a day of hands-on 18th-century activities. Experience the life of an officer stationed at Fort Frederick during the French and Indian War. Lunch is included. Advanced registration is required and limited. $20 per child. 301-842-2155 or

Scales & Tales Campfire — 8 p.m. Saturday, Houck Amphitheatre, Cunningham Falls State Park,Thurmont. Learn about Maryland wildlife. 301-271-3676.

Beyond BOW Family Day — 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 29, Gambrill State Park, 8602 Gambrill Park Road, Frederick. For ages 7 and older, maximum of five people per family, including parent/guardian. Camps skills, fishing, outdoor cooking. Must register by June 14. $55 per family. 301-791-4736, ext. 103.

Birds and Butterflies

Bob Schaefer Nature Walk — 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary, 6011 Boyers Mill Road, New Market. Searching for orioles and many other birds, and learning to listen for their songs to help spot them. Also, may see butterflies and dragonflies. All ages. Meet at the sanctuary entrance. No restroom facilities. Inclement weather will cancel.


Cunningham Falls State Park — Wednesday, with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Approximately 13-mile loop hike starts at Catoctin Furnace parking area and follows the Catoctin Trail to White Rock overlook, lunch at the Mountaindale overlook and returns to the Catoctin Trail. Several long climbs. For details, call 443-805-5408.

Catoctin Trail/Gambrll State Park Hike — Saturday, with the Mountain Club of Maryland. 12-mile out-and-back hike includes some extremely rocky sections of trail, stream crossings and a few challenging climbs. For more information, call 410-747-2868.

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

Frederick County IWLA, 4719 Reels Mill Road, Frederick — 6:30 to 10 p.m. July 11 and 12, 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13

Brownsville Church of the Brethren, 1911 Rohrersville Road, Brownsville — 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5, 6 and 9, and 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 10

Burkittsville Ruritan Club, 500 E. Main St., Burkittsville — 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 19, 20 and 23, and 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 24.

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