Upcoming Events

Call 410-822-4903 to register!

Flight of the Timberdoodle
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:00 – 8:30pm
$5.00 per person
As winter breaks and spring begins to emerge the timberdoodle awakens. At dusk the male woodcock spirals into the sky, creating a trilling sound with its wings. Then he descends, fluttering, warbling and zigzagging back to the spot he began. This unusual mating ritual will take place in Pickering Creeks’ warm season grass meadows provide ideal habitat for this annual late winter event.

Spring Trail Day
Saturday, March 17, 2018
9:00AM-12:00 PM

Help us prepare our woodland trails for visitors on Spring school field trips We will continue ongoing trail maintenance and care, including mulching and lining along the Farm to Bay trails as well as some pruning and do some pruning and clipping as needed.

Signs of Spring Woodland Walk
Friday, March 23, 2018
4:00-5:30 PM
$5.00 per person
Come out and enjoy the first signs of spring on this stroll through the woodlands of Pickering Creek. As the days are getting longer and warmer, we'll look for birds singing their spring songs before they are hidden by new tree leaves and learn to identify early emerging woodland plants. Stretch out your legs and shake off the winter blahs as you explore signs of life gearing up for the season

Paddling at Prime Hook
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Depart Pickering at 7:30am, Return at 5:30pm
$35.00 per person
Join Delaware Nature Society and Pickering Creek Audubon Center Staff on a paddling adventure in Delaware’s Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. This winding, 7-mile paddle takes you through freshwater marshland into the open brackish waters nestled behind Prime Hook Beach. Ospreys, Belted Kingfishers, herons & egrets, eagles, beavers, turtles, shorebirds, and waterfowl abound! Plan for a 4-5 hour paddle; pack a bagged lunch and water. Van Transportation and paddling equipment from Pickering provided.

Pickering Garden Day
Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:00AM-12:00 PM

Come out to tidy our garden beds at Pickering Creek Audubon Center. We’ll be weeding  and more as needed in garden beds at the main campus of Pickering Creek and at Peterson Woods.

Planting for Birds 
Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm
$20.00 per person
Do you enjoy watching hummingbirds hovering in the flower bed or finches at the bird feeder?  Invite feathered friends to your yard with plants that provide birds with what they need. Planting native plants is a great way to enhance the beauty of your yard and help birds and other wildlife at the same time.  Find out how native plants help birds and get tips for incorporating them into your yard and garden in this informative program.

Community Plant and Seed Swap
Saturday, April 14, 2018
12:00-2:00 PM
Free of charge
Have you ever gazed with envy at your neighbor's gardens? Wanted to try a new flower or vegetable variety, without spending an arm and a leg? Divided your bulbs and wondered what to do with the excess? Wanted to add a few native plants to your yard but you weren’t sure were to start?  Bring a few treasures and treats from your own garden to the Community Plant and Seed Swap on Saturday and find the next new thing you want to try in your yard from your neighbors.

Estate and Planned Giving Seminar
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Free of charge

Volunteers and friends of Pickering Creek Audubon Center are invited to attend an Estate and Planned Giving Seminar. Guest presenter, Heather Hackett of National Audubon Society’s Gift Planning Office, will share helpful information and tips on different ways you can support your favorite charity through estate planning. Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s Director, Mark Scallion, will provide information about Pickering Creek’s 30+ years of success as well as vision to expand the Center's acres and connect more people with nature and the tools to protect our environment. You will also learn how planned gifts have made and continue to make an impact on Chesapeake Bay conservation. This event will be held at Peterson Woods at Pickering Creek and will include a lunch catered by Garden & Garnish. Space is limited so an RSVP is required. Email or call 410-822-4903.

Boats, Birds, & Brews
Saturday, April 21, 2018
2:00 – 8:00pm
$75.00 per person
Unwind on a Saturday. Start the afternoon with a Springtime paddle – we’ll explore the wetland inlets as we make our way to the open waters of Wye River. Paddle back to Peterson Woods and relax on the lawn as the nocturnal creek life starts to wake. Challenge your friends to a few lawn games with some local brews and other refreshments by your side. Unwind further with a provided dinner and s’mores over a campfire. Space limited to 12 people, ages 21+ only.

Wetland Wandering
Thursday, April 26, 2018
5:30 – 7:00pm
$5.00 per person
Discover the slippery, slimy, and scaly creatures that call the wetlands at Pickering Creek home! Equipped with chest waders, boots, and large seine nets, we’ll spend the evening exploring and investigating a mysterious, wet, and watery world filled fish, frogs, and plenty of mud!

Introduction to Bird Language
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm
$20.00 per person
Discover the language of birds and listen in on what they tell us about the world around us during this fun morning at Peterson Woods. Sharpen your observation skills and uncover the keys to understanding unique patterns behavior common to birds through guided instruction and outdoor activities. You’ll see birds and the world we share with them in a whole new way.

Summer Camp Prep Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018
9:00AM-12:00 PM

Help us get read for summer camp. We’ll mulch the boat ramp and dock trail, prep fishing gear, clean out canoes and more in preparation for season of summertime fun for kids at Pickering Creek.

Tiny Tots:  Birds of a Feather
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
10:00 – 11:00am
$5.00 per child
Spring and Summer is the time for birds! Bring your 3 to 5 year old to a fun morning of learning about our backyard birds, going on a bird hike, and searching for early nests. The little explorers will go home with window clings to help keep our local birds safe while living among us in our neighborhoods.

Birds and Climate Change
Saturday, May 12, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm
$20.00 per person
Curious about the climate impacts to the beloved birds found in Maryland? Join us at Peterson Woods to learn about Audubon’s Birds and Climate Report and study the shifting ranges of 314 North American birds. Find out how Audubon is working both locally and nationwide to build climate resiliency and monitor changes in bird populations and ranges. Be a part of our climate solution – get involved!

Spring Birding with Citizen Scientists
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm
$20.00 per person
Calling all early birds! Join Pickering Creek naturalists along the pathways at Pickering Creek Audubon Center for a close look at two closely monitored bird species: Eastern Bluebirds and Wood Ducks. Citizen scientist volunteers adopt trails and monitor birds each spring and summer as they build nests, lay eggs and raise their young. Learn about the process of monitoring built bird habitats and appreciate some of nature’s cutest animals: baby birds!

Tour, Toast & Taste
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Explore one of Talbot County’s rarely seen estates, enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d’ouevres and bidding on unique items during the annual gala event to support of Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s education programs. More information available in April 2018 at

Tea in the Garden
Thursday, June 14, 2018
5:30PM – 7:30PM
$20.00 per person
You are invited to join Pickering Creek staff and volunteers for an evening tea in the garden at Peterson Woods. Let the sounds of late spring soothe your spirit as you stroll the wooded pathways on this unique part of Pickering Creek. Watch for the late burst of bustling birds in the gardens and jumping fish on the creek as the sun begins to set. A selection of refreshing tea and light fare will be served.  

Summer Solstice Night Hike
Thursday, June 21, 2018
8:00pm – 10:00pm
$5.00 per person
Explore the evening skies on the longest day of the year with Pickering Creek naturalists! As the sun sets, set your senses free while walking the trails of the 410-acre wildlife sanctuary and listening for the sounds of the nocturnal world. Test your night vision by looking for owls, bats, opossum and fox under darkening skies. Catch fireflies and gaze at the stars to kick off a summer full of wonder!

Summer Wetlands
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
6:30 – 8:00pm
$5.00 per person
Share our summer campers’ favorite activity with your whole family! Summer is the best time to find newly hatched turtles and tadpoles of all shapes and colors – or, just play in the mud! Come in water shoes and shorts and be prepared to get muddy.

Saturday Service Day
Saturday, July 14, 2018
9:00AM-12:00 PM

Activities to be determined based on need. Look back for more details Spring 2018.


Tour, Toast & Taste
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Tour, Toast & Taste

Join us on June 9, 2018 at an area estate to support Pickering Creek Audubon Center's work to connect people with nature. Call 410-822-4903 for details.

Conservation Education
Students & Teachers

Building Environmentally Literate Citizens

Maryland requires all students graduate high school as environmentally literate citizens. Pickering Creek Audubon Center is leading the way on the Shore to provide meaningful outdoor experiences throughout the school career.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Joins us on March 8th or 9th for a Volunteer Open House

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