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Snow News is Good News for Poconos Dog Sledding

Image Courtesy of Arctic Paws and SIH Photography

Image Courtesy of Arctic Paws and SIH Photography

For a decidedly different twist to travel, book and adventure with Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours . Their premier dog sled adventure is located at Skytop Lodge in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Enjoy the team of professional and friendly huskies who take you on the pristine dog sled trails at Skytop Lodge to the Indian Ladder Waterfall. Best of all you and your family mush the sled (stand on the back and drive the dogs sled.)

They are open, operating and booked for this weekend, but still have a view spaces available for March 14, 2015

One hour tours include:
•Learning how to dog sled
•Meeting the amazing huskies
•Taking photographs
•Riding on the back of the sled and sitting in the basket
•Enjoying the incredible scenery on a pine tree lined trail to a waterfall

Schedule:
•Friday afternoons 2 – 4 PM (reserved for our Bring Your Own Dog Program)
•Saturday & Sunday 9 AM – 4 PM
•Presidents Day 16 February 2015 9 AM – 4 PM

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The 47th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival, Lewes, DE

Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware

Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware

The weather may be frightful, so think warm thoughts and brush off your kite building skills in anticipation of the 47th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park on Friday, April 3, 2015.

There is no entry fee for competitors. The competitions are in three age categories: Children-Up to age 12; Teens-13-17 and Adults-18 & older. Within each age category, kite flyers are judged by the type of kite they are flying — home-made or store-bought. The Special Class awards include the Open Individual Ballet (free flight performance accompanied by music which the entrant provides), Individual Precision (compulsory figures including “The Square,” “The Mount,” and “Ladder Down” judged on technical execution), Most Senior Flyer, Youngest Flyer, Flyer Furthest From Home, Smallest Kite and Largest Kite.

The Highest Kite Award category is open to all ages and takes place at approximately 12:15 p.m. There is no charge to watch. Entrance fees apply for cars to enter Cape Henlopen State Park which will be collected at the entrance to the park – $5 per car for Delaware license tags and $10 per car for out-of-state tags. The Jolly Trolley will transport spectators at no cost to the competition field from the state park’s beach parking lot and handicap parking is available at the Seaside Nature Center parking lot.

For those who have not made their own kites and want to participate, Kids’ Ketch and Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company will be on-site selling a wide variety of kites with amply space adjacent to the competition field to practice in advance of the competitions which begin at 10 a.m. Additionally, there are food vendors, a face painter and community organizations set up surrounding the field.

I may have to get my kites out. Back in the day, my high school had kite flying contests, and I took first place in two different categories two years in a row- once for smallest kite and once for highest flyer. Kite day was held half-day on a school day, and I missed about an hour of class winding my kite back in. If other students had known they would be excused from class, they might have entered.

Those kites are long gone, so I may take by dragon kite out for a whirl in 2015!

Schedule
10:00 am Registration begins
11:00 am Egg hunt
11:30 am Competition begins
12:30 pm First awards ceremony
1:15 pm Egg toss
1:45 pm Adult competition begins
2:15 pm Stunt flying demonstrations
2:45 pm Final awards ceremony
See more at: http://www.leweschamber.com/event/great-delaware-kite-festival#sthash.1BBHV2ih.dpuf


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Mid Atlantic Air Museum 2015 WWII Weekend in Reading PA

Image Courtesy of MAAM

Image Courtesy of MAAM

Tickets for the 25th Anniversary Mid Atlantic Air Museum WWII Weekend, “A GATHERING OF WARBIRDS,” are already on sale. This extremely popular event, scheduled for June 5, 6 & 7, 2015, draws visitors from across the United States.

The weekend event is packed full of activities. The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team of Frederick, Oklahoma will make their premier appearance at the 2015 World War II Weekend. Show attendees will be able to watch as the paratroopers “chuting-up” in correct WWII uniforms and equipment. On Saturday and Sunday a full stick of paratroopers will execute a static line jump from the ADT’s combat veteran C-47 “Boogie Baby”.

Additionally, 32 WWII veterans are scheduled to appear as special guests.

Image Courtesy of MAAM

Image Courtesy of MAAM

While there is plenty to see at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend, visitors also have the rare opportunity to fly in one or more of the most famous and successful aircraft of World War II. Seats will fill quickly and some may sell out prior to the show, so make your reservations early. You can choose to fly in an open cockpit Boeing Stearman N2S-1″Kaydet”, a Fairchild PT-19 “Cornell”, a SNJ-4B “Texan”; Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless among others.

To see the schedule and buy advance tickets, go to:
http://www.maam.org/maamwwii.html


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Dinosaurs of the Deep Invade New Jersey

Get the jump on the all things dinosaur in anticipation of Universal’s new movie, Jurassic World, scheduled to open in June of 2015 by visiting the Adventure Aquarium’s new limited time exhibit, Dinosaurs of the Deep.

Enormous prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront starting January 16, 2015. For a limited time only, five thousand square feet of large-scale skeletons, ancient fossils and more than 20 life-size replicas will be on display throughout the aquarium to teach guests about the most intriguing sea monsters that ever existed – from massive pliosaurs and prehistoric armored fish to the whales, sharks and turtles that inhabit our oceans today.

Come face-to-face with life-sized replicas of some of the most ferocious and feared species that ever lived, including a 42-foot Elasmosaurus, 20-foot Kronosaurus, 21-foot Zygorhiza, 16-foot Dunkleosteus.

Image Courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

Image Courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

Meet the 34-foot full scale Liopleurodon, one of the ancient oceans’ most dangerous predators, whose teeth were 4-inches long. The larger-than-life exhibit will also feature a replica fossil of a Tylosaur still stuck in stone and a life-sized coral reef teeming with trilobites and prehistoric fish.

Interactive dioramas and educational stations situated throughout the aquarium help guests learn about the enthralling world of ancient aquatic life through hands-on exploration. Along the way, visitors get the chance to touch a horseshoe crab at the “Touch a Living Dinosaur” exhibit and become a paleontologist by examining fossils of a variety of shark species and the largest sea turtles that ever lived.

Discover and learn more during your visit by taking in special programming. Check out some of the shows and talks available exclusively during Dinosaurs of the Deep. All live programs are included with general admission.

Ocean Realm: An Evolutionary Tale
Travel back 400 million years during the Devonian Period when sharks and fish made their first appearance on Earth. During this live show, guests will hear from an Animal Experience Specialist who will discuss the evolution of these living fossils and bridge the connection between the ferocious marine reptiles of Dinosaurs of the Deep with the animals on exhibit today inside Ocean Realm. Monday – Friday 1:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm Ocean Realm Theater

Sea Turtle Chat
Learn more about history’s greatest animal navigators! Their appearance may have changed little since the 200 million years when they first appeared on Earth, but a closer look will show just how drastically they’ve evolved. During daily Sea Turtle Chats, an Animal Experience Specialist will explore these differences and how ancient sea turtles compare to our loggerhead and green sea turtle species. Daily live chats; Ocean Realm Panoramic Window

Elasmosaurus Q&A
Get to know the massive 42 foot monster of the deep that’s taken up residence in the Rotunda! The Elasmosaurus was the largest of Plesiosaurs, measuring an average 46 feet long and weighing 2 tons. Adventure Aquarium biologists will discuss the Elasmosaurus and the amazing facts scientists have learned about this extinct species. Daily live chats; Rotunda

Shark Life in Jurassic Waters
Sharks have ruled the oceans for over 450 million years. During this live show, Adventure Aquarium biologists will discuss the evolution of these incredible species, including the great white shark and megalodon. Learn where fossilized evidence of sharks have been found, dive into some of the reasons how sharks were able to survive five mass extinctions and understand more about the connection between ancient and modern sharks. Monday – Friday 12:15 pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm; Shark Realm

Liopleurodon Q&A
An Animal Experience Specialist will be on hand daily to answer questions about the larger-than-life Liopleurodon. Gather under ‘Lio’s’ massive jaws to learn more about this incredible prehistoric monster, and to find out why he was known as the ‘biggest and baddest’ of his day. Daily live chats; Dinosaurs of the Deep Gallery

To learn more or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.AdventureAquarium.com


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PEEPSFEST is almost here! Win Trip to Universal Studios Hollywood!

Gail A Sisolak Copyright 2014.

Gail A Sisolak Copyright 2014.

Just in case you haven’t had enough sweetness during you holiday season, head out to the SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA to enjoy all things Peeps at the PEEPSFEST™. Enjoy this dynamic, interactive family event highlighting the beloved marshmallow confection. PEEPSFEST™ features two days of live music, art and PEEPS®-related programming. The event, presented by Just Born, Inc., the company that makes PEEPS®, and ArtsQuest, culminates Dec. 31 at 5:15 p.m. with the poplar PEEPS® Chick and fireworks to welcome the New Year!

December 30 – December 31, 2014 • view days & times
Venue: ArtsQuest Center
Price: Free (some activities may include a fee)
SteelStacks, First Street and Founders Way
Phone: (610) 332-3378
http://www.steelstacks.org/event/142/peepsfest-trade/#daystimes

Plus, one lucky entry will win a trip for four to experience THE DESPICABLE ME® MINION MAYHEM RIDE at Universal Studios Hollywood.

THE GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

A TRIP FOR 4
◾Round-trip airfare
◾3 day, 2-night stay
◾Tickets and front of line passes to Universal Studios Hollywood

http://www.marshmallowpeeps.com/promotions/minion-mayhem#

PEEPSFEST™ Schedule

Tuesday, December 30

Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons
(1st floor ArtsQuest Center)
The PEEPS & Q’s Performance Series is presented by The Lesson Center.
• 10am – 3pm • Big Jeff and Magician – Eddy Ray
•3-4pm • Diorama Winner Announce
•10am – 4:00pm • NEW! The Lesson Center
Mini music lesson demonstrations Thelessoncenter.com

Fowler Blast Furnace Room
(2nd floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10am – 4pm • NEW! Dutch Springs
Kids activities including Rub a Dub Dub – Scuba in a Tub, PEEPS(R) Spaghetti Build and meet a Dog Sled team member. Complete the Dutch Springs word scramble map for a free Just Born sample!

Loft
(2nd floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10am – 4pm • NEW! Pinebrook Family Answers
Temporary tattoos and stickers
•10am – 4pm • NEW! Concern Professional Services
Snowman activity papers and bean bag toss
•10am – 4pm • The Literacy Center
Bookmark coloring activity
•10am – 4pm • Wildlands Conservancy
Fairy and wizard wand making
•10am – 4pm • FLYLVIA
FLYLVIA balsa wood planes and 4 ticket giveaways

Lee & Stella Yee Family Connect Zone
(1st floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10am – 4pm • Face Painting by Pleasant Valley Promotions
Price varies by design.
•10am – 4pm • NEW! Ed Youtz, Wood Turner
Spinning tops for kids; $5 per top.
•10am – 4pm • Five Star Home Foods
•10am – 4pm • NEW! Try Dye
Make your own Tie Dye Creations $10-$15
•10am – 4pm • Expanded PEEPSFEST™ Merchandise Area

Musikfest Café™
(3rd floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10am – 4pm • Family Disco Lounge feat. Baze and His Silly Friends
$5 for ages 17 and under, free for adults with ticketed kids. Dance the afternoon away as the Musikfest Café is transformed into a disco lounge. You’ll enjoy a family-friendly DJ, bounce house, balloon art by Tootsee and Friends & more.

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
(1st floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10:30am – 3:00pm • KIDS CINEMA sponsored by Spark Orthodontics
◦ Candy Craze: How PEEPS® Are Made video (10:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30 pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm)
◦PBS’ Sesame Street Celebrates New Year’s Eve Around the World (11:00am, 1pm, 3pm)

SteelStacks Campus
•10 – 4pm • PEEPS® Scavenger Hunt
Forms located at the ArtsQuest Center 1st floor information desk
Kids and adults alike are invited to search the PEEPSFEST™ campus including the ArtsQuest Center and PBS 39 for hidden PEEPS® Chicks. Once they’re all found and the race numbers they are wearing are recorded, families can turn in their completed scavenger hunt form and they’ll be entered into a drawing to win a PEEPS & COMPANY® $30 Gift Certificate.

Air Products Town Square
•10am – 4pm • Make Your Own PEEPS® S’mores
1 S’mores Kit, $2 | 3 S’mores Kits, $5
•10am – 4pm • PEEPSMOBILE®
Guess the weight of the PEEPSMOBILE®. Be the closest to the actual weight and you’ll win a PEEPS & COMPANY® $30 Gift Certificate!
•10am – 4pm • St. Luke’s University Health Network
Join St. Luke’s nurses on the HealthStar van to make your own first aid kit.
•10am – 4pm • PEEPS® Chick Ice Sculpture
•10am – 4pm • NEW! Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Hockey shoot inflatable and appearances by meLVin.

PBS39
•10am – 4pm • PEEPS® Diorama Competition (1st floor)
Vote for your favorite PEEPS® Diorama.

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
•1pm, 2pm, 3pm • NEW! Bethlehem Mounted Police
Appearances by Pharoah & Raven; with a special presentation on the horses.

Wednesday, December 31

Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons
(1st floor ArtsQuest Center)
The PEEPS & Q’s Performance Series is presented by The Lesson Center.
•10am – 3pm • Dave Fry and Magician – Eddy Ray
•10am – 4:30pm • NEW! The Lesson Center
Mini music lesson demonstrations Thelessoncenter.com

Fowler Blast Furnace Room
(2nd floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10am – 4:30pm • NEW! Dutch Springs
Kids activities including Rub a Dub Dub – Scuba in a Tub, PEEPS(R) Spaghetti Build and meet a Dog Sled team member. Complete the Dutch Springs word scramble map for a free Just Born sample!

Loft (2nd floor ArtsQuest Center)

•10am – 4:30pm • Wildlands Conservancy
Fairy and wizard wand making
•10am – 4:30pm • Allentown Art Museum
Holiday exhibition themed hands-on activity
•10am – 4:30pm • FLYLVIA
FLYLVIA balsa wood planes and 4 ticket giveaways

Lee & Stella Yee Family Connect Zone
(1st floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10am – 4:30pm • Face Painting by Pleasant Valley Promotions
Price varies by design.
•10am – 4:30pm • NEW! Ed Youtz, Wood Turner
Spinning tops for kids; $5 per top.
•10am – 4:30pm • Five Star Home Foods
•10am – 4:30pm • NEW! Try Dye
Make your own Tie Dye Creations $10-$15
•10am – 4:30pm • Expanded PEEPSFEST™ Merchandise Area

Musikfest Café™ (3rd floor ArtsQuest Center )
•10am – 4:30pm • Family Disco Lounge feat. Little Rockers Band
$5 for ages 17 and under, free for adults with ticketed kids. Dance the afternoon away as the Musikfest Café is transformed into a disco lounge. You’ll enjoy a family-friendly DJ, bounce house, balloon art by Tootsee and Friends & more.

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
(1st floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10:30am – 3:00pm • KIDS CINEMA sponsored by Spark Orthodontics
◦Candy Craze: How PEEPS® Are Made video (10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm)
◦PBS’ Sesame Street Celebrates New Year’s Eve Around the World (11am, 3pm)
•12:10, 1:10, 2:10pm • Lehigh Valley Zoo presentation

SteelStacks Campus
•10 – 4:30pm • PEEPS® Scavenger Hunt
Forms located at the ArtsQuest Center 1st floor information desk
Kids and adults alike are invited to search the PEEPSFEST™ campus including the ArtsQuest Center and PBS 39 for hidden PEEPS® Chicks. Once they’re all found and the race numbers they are wearing are recorded, families can turn in their completed scavenger hunt form and they’ll be entered into a drawing to win a PEEPS & COMPANY® $30 Gift Certificate.

•12:30pm • Mascot Dash
Sponsored by Red Robin
Featuring popular area mascots! Starts at the ArtsQuest Center.
•12:40pm • Kids Fun Run
Sponsored by Red Robin
Different age groups compete in a 50 yard dash. Tickets can be purchased on site day of event, $10 per child. Begins at the ArtsQuest Center.

•1pm • PEEPSFEST™ 5K (Starts at the ArtsQuest Center)
Registration/Packet pickup begins at noon
Sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network and Red Robin
Run, jog, or walk your way into the New Year with the PEEPSFEST™ 5K. Prizes awarded to the overall winners and in each age category. The first 500 to register receive a long-sleeved race shirt and goodie bag.

Air Products Town Square
•10am – 4:30pm • Make Your Own PEEPS® S’mores
1 S’mores Kit, $2 | 3 S’mores Kits, $5
•10am – 4:30pm • PEEPSMOBILE®
Guess the weight of the PEEPSMOBILE®. Be the closest to the actual weight and you’ll win a PEEPS & COMPANY® $30 Gift Certificate!
•10am – 4:30pm • St. Luke’s University Health Network
Join St. Luke’s nurses on the HealthStar van to make your own first aid kit.
•10am – 4:30pm • NEW! Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Hockey shoot inflatable and appearances by meLVin.
•10am – 4:30pm • PEEPS® Diorama Competition (1st floor)
Vote for your favorite PEEPS® Diorama.

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
•1pm, 2pm, 3pm • NEW! Bethlehem Mounted Police
Appearances by Pharoah & Raven; with a special presentation on the horses.
•4:30pm • PEEPS® New Year’s Eve Party
Kid friendly rock band We Kids Rock gets the PEEPS® party started and pumped up for the PEEPS® Chick Drop.
•5:15pm • PEEPS® Chick Drop and Fireworks
Join us as we celebrate this uniquely Bethlehem tradition – the dropping of a 4.5-foot tall, 85 lb. lighted PEEPS® Chick and fireworks to welcome in the New Year!


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Maryland State Park First Day Hikes 2015

Image Courtesy of Maryland State Parks

Image Courtesy of Maryland State Parks

Maryland State Parks First Day Hikes 2015

Would you like to start the New Year off with a new tradition?

On January 1st Maryland State Parks are leading 27 different First Day Hikes at parks across Maryland. The hikes are free, and there is sure to be one for your activity level.

Dogs are welcome at many hikes! Be sure to RSVP so the rangers know who to expect!
http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/firstdayhikes.aspx

Image Courtesy of Maryland State Parks

Image Courtesy of Maryland State Parks

Assateague State Park First Day Hike

Ilia Fehrer / Judy Johnson Memorial Beach Walk

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Assateague State Park concession building

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families of all ages. The guided hike will take place on the beach toward the north end of the island.

Length of Trail: One mile round trip

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking. Hot chocolate will be served on the concession deck following the walk.
RSVP: Call Assateague State Park at 410-641-1094 to register

Additional Information: Join Ranger Bill Yates and Volunteer Interpreter Chris Seymour for this year’s hike “Finding your own Island?”

Assateague’s eco-zones provide unique ways to experience the island. While the ocean provides one of the largest habitats around the island, there are many other on the interior of the island you may not realize exist. You’ll explore the island from its sandy beach to its salty marshes exploring each habitat as its own mini island and taking a moment to realize that they offer unique experiences for humans that sit there a spell and absorb the sights and sounds of that particular zone.

The first Assateague Beach Walk was held on January 1, 1970. The newly formed Committee to Preserve Assateague Island hosted the inaugural event to draw attention to Assateague’s wild beauty. The committee was created by Ilia Fehrer, Judy Johnson and a few friends who had organized to rally against early plans for development of Assateague Island, which included a 25-mile highway and a number of commercial enterprises, and the Ocean Beach resort, much like Ocean City. A series of 1962 nor-easters interrupted construction, and eventually National and State Parks were established. The committee became the organization, Assateague Coastal Trust, who along with Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park sponsor the New Year’s Day walk each year.

Cedarville State Forest First Day Hike
A Winter Hike in the Forest

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the park’s headquarters office parking lot on Bee Oak Road.

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families.

Minimum Age for Children: Age 5, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Length of Trail: Three miles on the Orange and White Trails. Hike will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

RSVP: Call Cedarville State Forest at 301-888-1410 to register

Additional Information: Join the Friends of Cedarville State Forest on a steady winter hike in the forest and make a fresh start in the new year. Hot chocolate and refreshments will be provided in the headquarters office after the hike.

Cunningham Falls State Park First Day Hike
Lower Falls Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Call the park at 301-271-7574 to register and for details on the meeting location.

Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families.

Minimum Age for Children: None. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Length of Trail: 1 mile round trip

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for
drinking.

RSVP: Call Cunningham Falls State Park at 301-271-7574 to register

Additional Information: Follow a stone dust path, smooth enough for jogging-style strollers, all the way to Maryland’s longest cascading waterfall. Allow 20 minutes at the falls for photos, rest and relaxation.

Dan’s Mountain State Park First Day Hike
A Sunset on a New Year

Time of Event: 4 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the fishing pond parking lot on Water Station Run Road

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike along farm roads and single-track trail. This trail contains natural features that become more challenging when ice and snow are present.

Length of Trail: Approximately 1 mile.

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the outdoors, and water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Dan’s Mountain State Park at 301-895-5453

Additional Information: Complete your New Year’s Day with a sunset hike along the Dye School Trail. Dusk on Dan’s Mountain is ideal for quiet reflection and wildlife viewing. A ranger will lead the group and remark on the natural and cultural history of the park. If weather permits, participants can drive to the top of the park on Recreation Road to witness an Appalachian sunset. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Deep Creek Lake State Park First Day Hike
Hike the Discovery Center

Time of Event: 10 a.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Discovery Center

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families of all ages. The guided hike will take place in and around the Discovery Center mainly dictated by the weather of the day.

Minimum age for kids: Age 5

Length of Trail: 1 mile round trip.

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the outdoors should the weather permit, and can bring camera and binoculars. Hot chocolate will be served at the Discovery Center following the walk.

RSVP: Call Deep Creek Lake State Park at 301-387-7067 to let us know you are going to join us!

Additional Information: Join naturalists Sam Dixon and Alana Morgan as you “Hike the Discovery Center.” Tour our displays, discover fossils in our building, tracks in our walls, tour the indoor mine, meet animals up close, venture outside to our aviary. If the weather permits, we will walk to the beach and back discovering the uniqueness of nature in winter.

Elk Neck State Park First Day Hike
Beaver Marsh!

Time of Event: 1 to 3 p.m.

Meeting Location: Beaver Marsh trailhead in the Rogue’s Harbor area

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike for families

Length of Trail: Approximately 2 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Elk Neck State Park at 410-287-5333

Additional Information: Join a park ranger on an invigorating two mile trek on the Beaver Marsh Trail, exploring upland forests and marshy habitats along the way.

Fair Hill NRMA First Day Hike

Time of Event: 11 a.m. Hike may cover some rocky and steep terrain

Meeting Location: Covered Bridge Parking Lot

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families of all ages

Length of Trail: 4 miles round trip

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Fair Hill NRMA at 410-398-1246

Additional Information: Set to reconnect with the natural world as we journey to and from Centre School, a one room schoolhouse that has been restored and was last used in 1924. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Fort Frederick State Park First Day Hike
The Civil War comes to “old Fort Frederick”

Time of Event: 11 a.m. Hike will last approximately 2 hours

Meeting Location: Fort Frederick State Park Visitor Center

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families

Length of Trail: Approximately 2 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Fort Frederick State Park at 301-842-2155

Additional Information: Join a park ranger and learn about the activities of the 1st Maryland Infantry, USA during the winter of 1861-1862 while they garrisoned “old Fort Frederick.” While stationed there, the 1st was involved in several skirmishes with Confederate troops including Christmas Day 1961 and New Year’s Day 1862. Other aspects of the war at the fort will be discussed as well.

Gambrill State Park First Day Hike
Green and Black Locust Trails

Time of Event: 4 p.m. Hike is not stroller accessible and not appropriate for adults carrying children in backpacks.

Meeting Location: Call Gambrill State Park at 301-271-7574 to RSVP and for meeting location.

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike.

Length of Trail: 1/2 mile round trip

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking, and a camera.

RSVP: Reservations are recommended. Call Gambrill State Park at 301-271-7574

Additional Information: Join a Park Ranger on the Green and Black Locust Trails in the High Knob area, which follow the contour of the mountain to three beautiful overlooks. Take advantage of the rare chance to view these spots at sunset. Make sure to bring your camera.

Greenbrier State Park First Day Hike
Winter Wonderland Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m. Hike around the lake will last approximately 1.5 hours

Meeting Location: Meet at the Greenbrier Visitor Center

Degree of Difficulty: We are offering two hikes this year – an easy hike around the lake for all ages and a moderate-to-strenuous, hilly hike for more experienced hikers

Length of Trail: The lakeside hike is about 1.5 miles, which will take about 1.5 hours and the more strenuous hike is about 3 miles and will last 2-3 hours

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking, and a camera (optional).

RSVP: Reservations are recommended. Call Greenbrier State Park at 301-791-4767

Additional Information: Join Park Rangers on New Year’s Day at Greenbrier State Park for a “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” hike around the lake. Two hikes will be offered this year. Take the easy lakeside trail hike and learn about the lake, trees and wildlife, including bald eagles, white-tailed deer, squirrels, chipmunks and red-tailed hawks that make their habitat in and around the state park. More experienced hikers can take the 2-3 hour, 3-mile hike on Greenbrier trails and enjoy a steady hike through the woods in the winter.

Gunpowder Falls State Park First Day Hike
Hike at Jerusalem Mill

Time of Event: 1 to 3 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Blacksmith Shop in Jerusalem Village

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families. This trail contains natural features that become more challenging when ice and snow are present.

Length of Trail: Approximately 1.75 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Gunpowder Falls State Park at 410-592-2897

Additional Information: The Friends of Jerusalem Mill will lead hikers along the Little Gunpowder Falls. The hike will cover some wet or uneven terrain. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop in Jerusalem for refreshments before the hike. Please call to register.

Herrington Manor State Park First Day Hike
Start the New year with Mystery

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Herrington Manor Ranger Station. Hikers will caravan to the trailhead located approximately 3.5 miles from the Ranger Station.

Degree of Difficulty: A moderate hike for families. Recommended for ages 7 and above.

Length of Trail: 1.5 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Herrington Manor State Park at 301-334-9180

Additional Information: Hike with a park ranger through the state forest to one of the best kept secrets in Garrett County. This hike will feature a unique destination that is definitely high on the COOL factor. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Janes Island State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at camper check-in lot near the park store and nature center

Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families.

Length of Trail: 2 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Janes Island State Park at 410-968-1565

Additional Information: Join park rangers for a leisurely hike through the park grounds in search of deer, turkeys and bald eagles. The hike includes views of some of the park’s 30 miles of water trails, a reclaimed agricultural field and a portion of the campground.

New Germany State Park First Day Hike
Healthy Parks, Healthy Hemlocks, Healthy You!

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the New Germany Lake House

Degree of Difficulty: A moderate loop hike with approximately 120 feet of elevation change along a singletrack trail. A short section of the hike will be on a paved road. The hike should take no longer than an hour to complete.

Length of Trail: 1.5 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking. Weather depending, snowshoes are recommended and available to rent.

RSVP: Call New Germany State Park at 301-895-5453

Additional Information: Start your New Year off right with an invigorating winter hike that either jump-starts or supports your healthy lifestyle. A ranger will lead hikers along trails showcasing park history, scenic views of Poplar Lick Run, and lush hemlock forests. Well behaved dogs on a leash are welcome.

Patapsco Valley State Park
Hike for Your Health at Hollofield

Time of Event: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Meeting Location: Hollofield – Headquarters parking lot

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families. Recommended for children ages 12 and older

Length of Trail: Approximately 1 mile

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Patapsco Valley State Park at 410-461-5005

Additional Information: Start the New Year off healthy in your own back yard. Learn how to get the most out of your hike and live a healthier lifestyle. This is the first in a series of ranger lead “Hike For Your Health” to show guests different trails throughout the park.

Patapsco Valley State Park
Orange Grove History and Cascade Falls Trail Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Meeting Location: Orange Grove parking lot

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate to dfficult hike

Length of Trail: Approximately 2.5 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Patapsco Valley State Park at 410-461-5005

Additional Information: Hike the Cascade Falls loop and learn about the history of Orange Grove, the mill town, flour mill, swinging bridge, Civilian Conservation Corps and camping in the 1920’s. This hike will be moderately difficult so wear sturdy boots.


Patapsco Valley State Park
Sunrise Hike at Hollofield Overlook

Time of Event: 6:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Meeting Location: Hollofield parking lot to the right of the ranger station

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families

Length of Trail: Approximately 1 mile
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Patapsco Valley State Park at 410-461-5005 or Mark Jennys at 410-917-2239

Additional Information: Meet at the Patapsco Valley State Park State Park Hollofield area before sunrise to photograph the sunrise of the new year. The class discusses the dangers of photography in direct sunlight. After the photo shoot you will learn how to process your photos. Tripods are recommended but optional. Registration is required.

Pocomoke River State Park First Day Hike

Time of event: 10 a.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Shad Landing Administration Building

Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for all ages

Length of Trail: 2 miles round trip

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and sturdy hiking shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Pocomoke River State Park at 410-632-2566

Additional Information: Where can you experience native stands of loblolly pines, stands of mixed pine/hardwoods, and a cypress swamp all in a 2 mile trip? Right on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at Pocomoke River State Park. Join a ranger and travel down the Hudson Tract to see the Cypress swamp in winter. You may even encounter an overwintering Bald Eagle or catch a glimpse of a Wild Turkey. This is a great way to start a New Year.

Rocky Gap State Park First Day Hike
Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Time of Event: 2 p.m.

Meeting Location: Rocky Gap State Park Nature Center parking lot

Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families

Length of Trail: 1 mile

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and encouraged to bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Rocky Gap State Park at 301-722-1480

Additional Information: Rocky Gap State Park and the American Cancer Society invite you to join us for our annual First Day Hike. This partnership promotes healthy lifestyles and the importance of daily physical activity. Donations are $5 per person with children 12 and under free. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Allegany County, which helps raise funds for cancer research and patient programs. Dogs on a leash are welcome.


Sandy Point State Park First Day Hike
Hound-dog Hike

Time of Event: 10 a.m.

Meeting Location: East Beach shelter area

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families

Length of Trail: approximately 1 mile
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and encouraged to bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Sandy Point State Park at 410-974-2149

Additional Information: There’s nothing better to help get your year started on the right path like a hike with your favorite K-9 along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Hikers without pets are welcome. After the hike toast the New Year with sparkling cider and treats for your pet.

Seneca Creek State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the park office

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for all ages

Length of Trail: 1.5 miles round trip

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and encouraged to bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Seneca Creek State Park at 301-924-2127 to let us know you are coming

Additional Information: Join the rangers of Seneca Creek State Park for a hike near the historical Woodlands area of the park. The hike will follow a portion of Great Seneca Creek for some fantastic photo opportunities. Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. Afterward, warm up with hot cocoa in the park office.

Seneca Creek State Park First Day Bike Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the park office

Degree of Difficulty: Easy for all ages

Length of Trail: 1.5 miles round trip

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to bring their own bike, helmet and water for drinking, and to dress appropriate for the weather.

RSVP: Call Seneca Creek State Park at 301-924-2127 to let us know you are coming

Additional Information: Start the New Year with a leisurely bike ride on the roads of Seneca Creek State Park. We will view the 90-acre lake and see evidence of some of the winter critters that live in the area. Afterward, warm up with hot cocoa in the park office. Please note: this event is weather-dependent. If the roads are deemed unsafe by park staff, registrants may participate in the hike that is scheduled at the same location and time.

Smallwood State Park First Day Hike
Sunrise at Smallwood

Time of Event: 7 a.m.

Meeting Location: Sweden Point Discovery Center

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike for families
Length of Trail: 2.5 miles round trip

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and encouraged to bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Smallwood State Park at 301-743-7613

Additional Information: Join a park ranger on a brisk nature hike through the park exploring beaver and duck habitats. After the hike enjoy warm beverages and danish. This trail is stoller accessible, but jogging strollers are highly recommended. Dogs on a leash are welcome in the park, but are not permitted in the Discovery Center.


St. Mary’s River State Park First Day Hike
A New Year for Nature

Time of Event: 10 a.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the parking lot of St. Mary’s River State Park

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike along the shoreline of St. Mary’s Lake

Length of Trail: 3 to 4 miles

Things to Bring: Participants should come prepared to be outside for an extended period of time in possibly very cold and windy weather conditions. Please bring water for drinking and wear sturdy shoes. Bring a camera to remember the beautiful scenery.

RSVP: Call St. Mary’s River State Park at 301-872-5688

Additional Information: Start the year off right and reconnect with nature as you journey along the lakeside with a park ranger. The forested area around the lake provides an excellent opportunity to catch a look at the local wildlife. The guided portion of the hike will be about 3 miles of the 7.5 mile loop; you can return with the ranger or continue the trail at your own pace and leisure. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Susquehanna State Park First Day Hike
Explore the Greenway

Time of Event: Noon

Meeting Location: Meet at Fisherman’s Park below the Conowingo Dam at the end of Shures Landing Road.

Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families

Length of Trail: 2 miles

Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.

RSVP: Call Susquehanna State Park at 410-557-7994

Additional Information: Start your New Year off right with fantastic views of the Susquehanna River. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Tawes Garden First Day Hike
A Winter Walk Through “Maryland in Miniature”

Time of Event: 1 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Garden’s weekend entrance on Herbert M. Sachs Drive between the Courts of Appeals building and the Maryland
Judicial Center.

Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families with children of any age. Trail is a combination of paving, boardwalk and pavers. This hike is stroller friendly and well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.

Length of Trail: Approximately 1/2 half mile round trip.

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow, cold). Bring along drinking water and binoculars for bird spotting. Hot cocoa will be served after the walk.

RSVP: Reservations are recommended. Call Tawes Garden at 410-260-8189

Additional Information: Get your New Year off to a refreshing start in this urban green space in downtown Annapolis. Join the park ranger and a naturalist for a leisurely walk through the Maryland Park Service’s only public garden and arboretum. You’ll hear how this once inhospitable lot was transformed to the 5-acre oasis it is today. We’ll scout for winter songbirds and other wildlife among areas that demonstrate Maryland’s native mountain west, central piedmont and coastal plain regions.

Tuckahoe State Park First Day Hike
Holiday Walk Up With Morning Sunshine

Time of Event: 11 a.m.

Meeting Location: Meet at the Lake Pavilion

Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for all ages

Length of Trail: 2 miles

Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking, and a camera (optional).

RSVP: Call Tuckahoe State Park at 410-820-1668

Additional Information: Hike will begin along the lake’s edge with great views of wildlife (maybe a bald eagle or two!) before heading into the woods with views of flooded woodlands and mature forests. Topics will include changing forests and wildlife habitats. The hike will last approximately 1.5 hours.


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The Ultimate Pumpkin Experience in Kenova, WV; October 24 & 25, 2014

Image Courtesy of C-K Autumn Fest, Inc.

Image Courtesy of C-K Autumn Fest, Inc.

Many people drive miles to see elaborate Christmas displays, but Kenova West Virginia lights up the night for another holiday celebration—Halloween. In 1978, the Pumpkin House tradition began with only 5 pumpkins carved for a Halloween display. Since then, the number of hand-carved pumpkins has grown to 3,000. At night, the lights can be seen from across the river in Ohio.

Image Courtesy of C-K Autumn Fest, Inc.

Image Courtesy of C-K Autumn Fest, Inc.

Every Halloween season, the house at 748 Beech Street in Kenova, West Virginia is transformed into the Great Pumpkin House. The owner, Ric Griffith and hundreds of other volunteers carve thousands of pumpkins for display at his home every Halloween.

Image Courtesy of C-K Autumn Fest, Inc.

Image Courtesy of C-K Autumn Fest, Inc.

This illuminated wonder, which welcomes nearly 30,000 visitors each year, takes center stage at a Victorian house, dating back to 1891, at 748 Beech Street. Formerly, the house was notable as a stopping place for President Grover Cleveland. Now, it’s famous the number of glowing jack-o’-lanterns.

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