Upcoming Events

Call 410-822-4903 to register!

Monarch Tagging
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4:30pm – 6:00pm

Join Pickering Creek Audubon Center naturalists for Monarch butterfly tagging on two dates in September. Witness the incredible migration of the monarch while exploring the trails on the 410-acre wildlife sanctuary. Participate in the University of Kansas’s widespread Monarch Watch tagging program and learn how to protect monarch habitat in your backyard or community! Register by calling 410-822-4903.

Welcome Fall! Campfire
Friday, September 22, 2017
6:00pm – 7:30pm
$5.00 per person

The temperatures are slowly cooling, and soon the leaves will be falling! Bid farewell to summer and welcome autumn with a wagon ride and campfire at Pickering Creek Audubon Center ! We’ll meet at the Welcome Center before catching a wagon ride to the campfire pit by the creek. Enjoy s’mores and a short program led by Pickering Creek staff. Register by calling 410-822-4903

Nature Trivia Night
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Eastern Shore Conservation Center
$15.00 per person
Join the fun at Nature Trivia Night! Come on your own or with a team of up to 6 people to test your nature knowledge. Plants, animals, oceans, or planets—no matter what your nature IQ, the goal is to have fun and learn some cool nature facts. This program is in partnership with Adkins Arboretum, CBF, Waterfowl Chesapeake, ESLC, EC, MRC, TNC, UMCES, and CBEC. The winning person or team will win a fabulous prize! The emcee will try and  stump all you wise owls with some gnarly questions. Food and a cash bar will be available. Register early by calling Adkins Arboretum at 410-634-2847.

Restoring Habitat in the Chesapeake Bay Region of the Atlantic Flyway
Thursday, September 28, 2017

A FREE workshop for landowners and those who work with them to enhance and protect the value of open space.
Learn the value of large-tract habitat restoration projects to birds, wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay. Explore restoration methods like warm season grass meadows, forest buffers and especially restored wetlands. See on the ground examples at Pickering Creek Audubon Center. The workshop will include presentation materials that can be used to share information with other interested persons or community groups. Resource materials will also include contact information for technical and financial assistance required to initiate a restoration project. Lunch provided.
To register, email Mark Scallion at or call Pickering Creek Audubon Center at 410.822.4903 by September 22nd. Please indicate dietary preference when registering.

Harvest Hoedown
Sunday, October 8, 2017
11am – 4pm

Fun for the whole family at the annual “open house” event. Bluegrass, food, kids activities, artisans, boat rides and more! Visit for more information.

Fall Foliage Paddle
Thursday, October 12, 2017
5:00 – 6:30pm

$15.00 per person
Cruise along Pickering Creek while taking in the colorful sights of autumn on this guided canoe paddle.  Admire nature's art as red, orange, and yellow leaves shimmer and reflect off the water's surface.  Spy for fall migrants, breathe in the crisp autumn air, and meander through the bends and turns along the shoreline.  Canoes, paddles, PFDs, and guided tour provided.  Please wear shoes securely attached to your feet (no flip flops!). 

Ponding Around at Pickering
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
4:30 – 5:30pm

$5.00 per person
Explore the pond at Pickering and discover how large the animals grew over the summer! We will be dip netting and walking seine nets through the water to catch tadpoles, frogs, catfish, crawfish, turtles, and much more. Come see what the waters are hiding! Please dress in waterproof boots.

Introduction to Bird Language
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00 – 11:00am
$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.

Hoot and Holler Owl Prowl
Friday, November 10, 2017
5:30PM – 7:30pm
$5 per person
Escape the Waterfowl Festival crowds in town and use your senses to discover night life on an evening hike at Pickering Creek! Listen for Barred Owls calling, "Whoooo cooks for youuu," identify the rambunctious hoots of the Great Horned Owl, and awe at the whinnies coming from our smallest, the Eastern Screech Owl. 

Tiny Tots:  Totally Turkeys!
Thursday, November 16, 2017
10:00 – 11:00am
$5.00 per child
Let’s talk turkey!  Bring your 3 to 5 year old to Pickering Creek for a morning of turkey tales, outdoor exploration, and a craft.  We’ll start with a fall-theme turkey story before adventuring outside in search of turkey habitat!  Your tiny turkey will leave with a fun and creative turkey craft. 

EcoCamp Survivor Village: Winter Edition
Friday, January 26, 2018
8:30am – 5:30pm
$60.00 per child 5th -7th grade
Winter months bring new ways to explore the wooded trails and test your survival knowledge. Participants will practice teamwork, navigational, shelter-building, and fire-building skills while experiencing a different kind of day outdoors. Survivors should pack a lunch, snack, and be prepared to be outside. Limited to 20 participants, call to learn more.
*Optional limited Transportation from Kohl’s in Easton for an extra $10.00 per child.
Pick-up at 8:00am, drop-off at 6:00pm.

Beginner Birding Basics
Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$20.00 per person
Interested in learning how to bird, but not sure where to start? Join Pickering Creek staff and knowledgeable birders for a fun and engaging morning honing your birding skills at Peterson Woods. We’ll start our day indoors before heading out in the field. You’ll leave with a greater understanding for identifying birds in the field by sight or sound, as well as a plan for continuing your birding education! Binoculars and field guides provided. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Animal Olympics: Day Off EcoCamp
Monday, February 19, 2017
8:30am – 5:30pm
$60.00 per child
Is your 2nd-4th grader off school for President’s Day?  Do they love the Winter Olympics?  Send them to Pickering Creek for a day of Olympic-style animal investigations and outdoor explorations!  Can you flap your “wings” as fast as a hummingbird, sniff out your food as quickly as a fox, or fly from South America to Canada?  Olympians should be dressed for the weather, pack a lunch and snack, and be ready to discover their inner animal! Space is limited to 20 participants. *Optional Limited Transportation from Kohl’s in Easton for an extra $10.00 per child. Pick-up at 8:00am, drop-off at 6:00pm.

Tiny Tots:  Winter Wonderland
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
10:00 – 11:00am
$5.00 per child
Though the cold may keep us inside – many animals stay active all winter long! Explore the outdoors with your 3 to 5 year old and Pickering Naturalists as we discover our winter forests. We’ll learn to identify winter birds and mammal tracks and go home with a fun craft!

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.

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.

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 evening program. 

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.

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

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.


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Tour, Toast & Taste

Join us on June 10, 2017 at the Harleigh Estate in Oxford to support Pickering Creek Audubon Center's work to connect people with nature. Call 410-822-4903 for details.

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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

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Next Volunteer Day-- May 20, 2017 Project Clean Stream

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