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Columbia Families in Nature – Summer Events

Summer is here and the days are long and the nights are filled with fireflies! We are excited to offer some great events this summer! Please read on to learn about opportunities to get outside and have fun as a family this season!

Registration is required for all events on the website or via Facebook.


All Ages CFIN Events – The following are our all ages CFIN events that are happening in addition to the Appalachian Trail hike events.

  1. July 29 – Howard County Conservancy

  2. August 19 – Terrapin Nature Park and Beach

  3. September 15 – Monarch Tagging with Audubon

  4. September 21 – Annual Fall Camping Trip

CFIN Seedlings – The Seedlings events are held on Wednesday for our youngest explorers—kiddos 0-3 primarily, but up to 5 years old.

  1. July 18 – Hammerman Beach

  2. Aug 1 – Cascade Trail from Landing Rd

  3. Aug 15- Howard County Conservancy

  4. Aug 29 – Sunflowers @ Maryland Agricultural Resource Council

Forest Forensics Events for Teens – This year we launched a season series of “forest forensics” events designed to engage teens in studying a natural landscape and using the evidence to piece together what has happened in the past. Participants will act as “detectives” as they explore the natural landscape of distinct parts of the Patapsco State Park system.  The summer event is on August 12th!

MD Appalachian Trail Hikes – In April we began a series of seven hikes that will take us along the entire 41.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail that crosses through Maryland. These hikes will range in length from 3 to 8 miles and have limited spaces available to families that have already participated in at least one other CFIN event. The next one is on July 15th. You can find these events posted on our Facebook page.

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Columbia Families in Nature is the flagship program of the Community Ecology Institute, a young 501c3 non-profit with a mission to enhance community health and well-being by fostering diverse connections between people and the natural world. To grow our work we need a community of people committed to this mission who will help us to grow. Please support our work with a donation or through volunteering.

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