Programs

Upcoming Events

Call 410-822-4903 to register!


Audubon Wetlands Tour
Thursday, March 9, 2017
9:00- 10:30AM
Free of Charge

Visit Pickering Creek Audubon Center to learn about the 90 acres of constructed wetlands created in partnership with Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage. Learn about the value of large-tract habitat restoration projects to birds, other wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay.  Expect to see waterfowl and wading birds, winter resident birds, and raptors.  We'll tour about two miles of trails on foot across flat but uneven ground.  Delightful views of the wetlands from two viewing platforms will be enjoyed along the way.
This program is supported through a grant from Waterfowl Chesapeake.
 

Flight of the Timberdoodle
Monday, March 13, 2017
7:00–8:30PM
$5 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.

Tales & Trails for Tots-Signs of Spring!
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
1:00-2:00 PM
$5 per child with adult

Exploring the outdoors with your young one is the number one way to help them form a lifelong bond with nature. Come on an adventure of reading and the outdoors. Storytime, followed by a tot-sized walk will open eyes to the wonderful world of nature, while sharpening your skills to be their guide and teacher. Appropriate for children ages 2-5.


Pickering Trail Day
Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:00AM-12PM
Saturday Service Day. Volunteers of all ages are invited to assist with mulching and other trail maintenance.


Welcome Spring! Campfire
Monday, March 20, 2017
6:00-7:00PM
$5 per person

Ring in the first day of spring by learning about spring migrants and other harbingers of spring while sitting around a campfire, enjoying s'mores, and catching a ride on Pickering Creek's hay wagon! 


Audubon Wetlands Tour
Thursday, April 6, 2017
9:00- 10:30AM
Free of Charge

Visit Pickering Creek Audubon Center to learn about the 90 acres of constructed wetlands created in partnership with Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage. Learn about the value of large-tract habitat restoration projects to birds, other wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay.  Expect to see waterfowl and wading birds, migrants, and raptors.  We'll tour about two miles of trails on foot across flat but uneven ground.  Delightful views of the wetlands from two viewing platforms will be enjoyed along the way.
This program is supported through a grant from Waterfowl Chesapeake.


Tales & Trails for Tots- Best Nests
Monday, April 10, 2017
1:00-2:00 PM
$5 per child with adult

Exploring the outdoors with your young one is the number one way to help them form a lifelong bond with nature. Come on an adventure of reading and the outdoors. Storytime, followed by a tot-sized walk will open eyes to the wonderful world of nature, while sharpening your skills to be their guide and teacher. Appropriate for children ages 2-5.


Tides: the Science and Spirit of the Ocean with Author Jonathan White
Monday, April 17, 2017
6:00- 8:00
Location to Be Announced
Take a global journey through the science and wonder of the oceans.

In Tides, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-MichelTides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.
This is a joint program with the Talbot Bird Club


Ponding at Pickering Creek
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
5:30-6:30PM
$5 per child

Slippery fish, slithering tadpoles, and dragonfly nymphs!  Use dip nets and buckets to discover the unique and fascinating creatures that call the Pickering Creek pond home. Fun for all ages! 
 

Gardening Day at Pickering
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00AM-12PM
Saturday Service Day.Volunteers of all ages are welcome. We will be weeding and cleaning out garden beds at the Center. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch and stay for Canoe cleaning and volunteer paddle afterwards.


Audubon Wetlands Tour
Thursday, May 11, 2017
9:00- 10:30AM
Free of Charge

Visit Pickering Creek Audubon Center to learn about the 90 acres of constructed wetlands created in partnership with Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage. Learn about the value of large-tract habitat restoration projects to birds, other wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay.  Expect to see wading birds, late migrants, and raptors.  We'll tour about two miles of trails on foot across flat but uneven ground.  Delightful views of the wetlands from two viewing platforms will be enjoyed along the way.
This program is supported through a grant from Waterfowl Chesapeake.


Horseshoe Crabs and the Delaware Bay
Saturday, May 13, 2017
$45 per perso
n
Experience the mystery and magic of these living fossils during an excursion to the Delaware Bay. Pack a picnic lunch, shoes that can get wet and stay secure on your feet (no flip flops!), and a sense of adventure as we explore the Delaware Bay coast in search of horseshoe crabs and the shorebirds that depend on them. Transportation provided. Space is limited so register early!


Project Clean Stream Cleanup
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:00AM-12PM
Saturday Service Day. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. We will remove trash from wet woodlands across Sharp Rd as part of statewide activities for Project Clean Stream.


Tour, Toast & Taste
Saturday, June 10, 2017
5:00 to 8:00PM

Mark your calendars for Pickering’s gala event at Harleigh!


Native Planting Day
Saturday, June 17, 2017
9:00AM-12PM
Saturday Service Day. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Dig in and further improve habitat for wildlife. We will plant native plants in various spots throughout the Center. 


Summer Solstice Evening Paddle
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
6:00-8:00PM
$15 per person

Celebrate summer on the waters of Pickering Creek during this guided canoe paddle. Look out for ospreys and eagles flying overhead and fish jumping in the water. Maybe we’ll even see a ray or two cruising in the creek. PFD’s and paddles provided. Children must be at least 13 years or older and must be accompanied by an adult.

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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

Next Volunteer Day-- January 28, 10am-12pm Weed Warriors & Birdfeeder making!

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