For kids and families

Provincial Muster — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool. Learn about the role the fort and regional troops played during the Forbes Campaign of 1758. Reenactors, cannon firing demonstrations, musket firing presentations, military and children’s drill. Park entrance fees apply. 301-842-2155.

Spy Training — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater, Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont. Join a ranger to learn about a little-known aspect of Catoctin’s history: the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, precursor to the CIA) trained here! The presentation will be followed by activities to test your spy abilities. 301-663-9388.


Frederick Municipal Forest Hike — Wednesday, with the Mountain Club of Md. 11-mile loop hike starts on the Catoctin Trail’s Hamburg Road parking area and then branch off onto the trails and paths that network this forest. 443-805-5408.

Nature Walk — 3 p.m. Friday, meet at the Hog Rock parking area, Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont. Explore the animals, plants and trees that live in the park on this family-friendly 45-minute walk. 301-663-9388.

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

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

Thurmont Sportsman Conservation Club, 11617 Hunt Club Road, Thurmont — 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19, and 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 20

Damascus Izaak Walton League, 26430 Mullinix Mill Road, Damascus — 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5

Conococheague Sportsman’s Club, 17150 Canal Road, Sharpsburg — 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2

Bowhunter Education Courses

Mayberry Archers, 2559 Mayberry Road, Westminster — 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sep. 29

Other activities

Woodmont Lodge Open House and Guided Hike — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Woodmont Lodge, 11761 Woodmont Road, Hancock. Showcasing the picturesque and historic lodge. Guided hike at 1 p.m. Directional signs will be placed on Woodmont Road. 301-842-2155 or

WCBM 680 Outdoorsman Radio Show — 5 to 7 a.m. Saturday. John Mulligan, Maryland DNR, will be speaking about fall trout fishing on the Upper Potomac River.

Governor’s Day to Serve — 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Cunningham Falls State Park, Manor Area Visitor Center, Thurmont. Join a Master Naturalist to help collect and plant native seeds and remove invasive plants. BYO work gloves, water and snack. Adult participation and supervision required for ages under 12. 301-271-3676.

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.

Birds & Brew — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Sheraton Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, Va. Talk grouse hunting, tell tall tales, drink good beer with the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society. Plans to start a chapter in the D.C./Northern Virginia area. RSVP by Sept. 13 to Steve Doyle at or Dave Hansroth, regional director, at daveh@ruffedgrousesociety. Snacks provided, cash bar. Habitat work in Virginia will be discussed including the new Eastern Woodcock Migration Study.

Outdoor Women’s Life (OWL) Fall Mini Weekend — 6 p.m. Sept. 27, through 4:30 p.m. 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. Eamil for registration form or more information.

Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry Md. Benefit Banquet and Auction — 6 p.m. Oct. 4, Tri-State Fellowship, 13153 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown. Silent and live auctions of 100+ items, meal provided by Outback Steakhouse. $15 person. RSVP by Sept. 27. 301-739-3000, or

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