Upcoming Events

Call 410-822-4903 to register!

Summer Solstice Evening Paddle
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
$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. Call 410-822-4903 to register.

Magic of Summer Night Hike
Monday, June 26, 2017
8:00pm – 9:30pm
$5.00 per person

Summer nights are a magical time at Pickering Creek Audubon Center!  Test your senses as we hike the trails, investigate the after-dark mysteries of nocturnal wildlife at Pickering Creek, and take in the dramatic light show of thousands of fireflies.  We will be putting our night vision to the test, so no flashlights please!  Register by calling 410-822-4903.

Berry Delicious Blackberry Brunch
Sunday, July 9, 2017 10AM for Berry Picking 11AM for Brunch only
Only six spaces left!
$60 per person, of which $35 is tax deductible. Reservation required.

Support Audubon’s work on the shore while having a great brunch! The day will start with picking copious wild blackberries at Pickering Creek Audubon Center.  We’ll then gather for a summer brunch featuring blackberry pancakes, blackberry wine and blackberry tea.  We’ll finish off the event with a delicious blackberry dessert.  Needless to say, it will be berry delicious.

Birding by Boat at Pickering Creek Audubon Center
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
8:00am – 10:00am
$15.00 per person

Grab your binoculars and your sense of adventure as we spend the morning birding by boat – or, rather, canoes! We’ll paddle Pickering Creek and search for birds high in the sky and low on the shores of the Creek. Appropriate for beginner birders. Some paddling experience is helpful but not required. Canoes, basic instruction, paddles, binoculars, and PFD’s provided.  Please wear shoes securely attached to your feet – no flip flops! Advance registration required call 410-822-4903 to do so.

Salamander Search
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
6:00pm – 7:30pm
$5.00 per person

Trek through the woods at Pickering Creek Audubon Center on a search for salamanders and other amphibians!  We’ll flip logs, peer under cover boards, and discuss salamander research and monitoring efforts at Pickering Creek.  Come prepared to cover 1-2 miles of trails. Register by calling 410-822-4903.

Painting Prep and Picnic at Pickering Volunteer Event
Thursday, July 20, 2017
4:00pm – 7:00pm

We’ve got many buildings to take care of at the farm, so put on your painting clothes and come out to Pickering Creek Audubon Center after work this evening for our Paint Party prep day and potluck picnic 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Bring your skills, willing hands, and a dish to share. Call Samantha at 410-822-4903, to sign up.

Pickering Paint Party
Saturday, July 22, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm

We'll spend a morning tackling a variety of important painting projects around the farm at Pickering Creek Audubon Center including the people mover, garden shed, and more. Many paint brushes make light work! Call Samantha at 410-822-4903, to sign up.

Magic of Summer Wetlands
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
7:30pm – 9:00pm
$5.00 per person

Discover the slippery, slimy, and scaly creatures that call the wetlands at Pickering Creek Audubon Center home!  Equipped with chest waders, boots, large seine nets, and small hand nets, we’ll spend the evening exploring and investigating a mysterious, wet, and muddy world while being serenaded by the wetland’s most vocal residents – frogs!  Thousands of frogs join the chorus each night, creating an unforgettable summer soundtrack.  Join us after hours to experience these unique sights and sounds! Register by calling 410-822-4903.

Spectacular Summer Butterflies
Saturday, August 12, 2017
10:30am – 12:30pm
$10.00 per person

Summer is the perfect time to marvel at elegant, vibrant butterflies! Join Pickering Creek staff and butterfly experts Theresa Murray and Frank Boyle on a summer butterfly walk. Learn about identifying features of these exquisite insects and observe the beautiful blooming plants that bring them in.  Theresa Murray has been learning about butterflies and their life cycles over the past 20 years. She currently maintains gardens with nectar plants and host plants for several butterflies including monarchs.  Frank Boyle is a naturalist and butterfly specialist from Rohrersville, MD. He leads several NABA (North American Butterfly Association) annual 4th of July butterfly counts in Maryland and the mountains of Virginia. He has been chasing and gardening for butterflies for 23 years. Advance registration required call 410-822-4903 to do so.

Boating Picnic
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 4:00 PM
Only two spaces remain!
$75 per person, a portion of your tickets is tax deductible, must be 21 years of age.

Bring your family or friends for an evening on the Tred Avon River with Coard Benson aboard ‘Drifter’, a Custom Bay-built 46’ Markley finished as a Yacht Cruiser.  All the amenities of home are onboard to entertain your family and friends.  You can cruise up the river or step out to the bay, your cruise and your party.  Picnic fare and libations included.  Reservation required.

Eclipse Garden Party at Peterson Woods
Monday, August 21, 2017
1:00pm – 3:00pm
$10.00 per person

Come out for an informal lawn party at Peterson Woods, the newest addition to Pickering Creek Audubon Center. Enjoy lawn games with staff, tour the trails and gardens, then grab a lawn chair for a front row seat to the Great North American Eclipse. While we won’t see totality in Maryland, it will still be a great show!  Advance registration required call 410-822-4903 to do so.

Wind Down at Rise Up
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:00 pm
Only eight spaces left!
$50 per person

Join the folks at Rise Up Coffee after hours for a close-up look at how they source their coffee. Sample several different roasts and learn about the intricacies of each while learning about the roasting processes, their recent collaboration with Lyon Rum and their plans for the future.  Your tasting will be accompanied by a selection of elegant desserts that employ the Rise Up brews and Lyon Coffee Rum.  FYI the desserts will likely be Espresso Ice Cream, Doughnuts with chocolate coffee dipping sauce,  Lyon Rise Up Coffee Rum Tasting & a surprise! Reservation required.

Classic Crab Feast on Hope Creek
Saturday, August 26 2017, 5:30 PM
Only six spaces remain!
$100 per person, a portion of your ticket is tax deductible.

Grab your wooden mallet and enjoy the best of the Bay! Rick Scobey and Bruce Ragsdale are laying on a traditional crab feast with all the fixings -- crabs straight from the steamer, corn and tomatoes from a nearby farm, coleslaw, potato salad, chips, and lots of beer. Wear your jeans, catch up with friends, and enjoy the views of Hope Creek, as you crack open some jimmies. And for those who lose stamina --there will also be hot dogs and hamburgers to tide them over! Reservation required.

Sunday Morning Paddle
Sunday, August 27, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm
$15.00 per person

Get a long summer day off to a relaxing start. Enjoy a lazy Sunday morning paddle on Pickering Creek departing from Pickering Creek Audubon Center. You are also invited to join Chesapeake Audubon Society for an optional bird walk along the Wetland and Pond loop trails following the paddle. Canoes, basic instruction, paddles, binoculars, and PFD’s provided.  Please wear shoes securely attached to your feet – no flip flops! Advance registration required call 410-822-4903 to do so.

Monarch Tagging
Wednesdays, September 13 and 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.


Tour, Toast & Taste
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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.

Conservation Education
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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

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

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