Programs

Upcoming Events

Call 410-822-4903 to register, or signup online!

Woodland Work Day- Volunteer Event
Saturday January 26

9:00am-12:00pm
Join Audubon staff for a day in the Woodlands of Pickering Creek We’ll be mulching and portions woodland trails as well as removing invasive periwinkle and English ivy and privet in the forested area near the main office. We’ll wrap up the morning with a warm beverage. Call 410-822-4903 to register.

Winter Climate Watch Survey- Volunteer Event
Friday, February 1

8:00-11:00am
Additional volunteers are invited to join Wayne Bell and Audubon staff person for this winters Climate Watch bird count. We will meet at Pickering Creek's front parking area and follow a driving route to cover two 10-mile square survey areas and do 5 minute counts at each stop.   The purpose of Climate Watch is to monitor specifically for bluebirds and nuthatches, to measure whether or how their range is expanding, contracting, or not as anticipated in Audubon’s 2014 Birds and Climate Change Report.  To read more about Climate Watch, check out Audubon's website here: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/climate-watch. Call 410-822-4903 to register

 

Sharing Nature with Kids
Saturday, February 2, 2019
9am to 12pm
$15/person
Join Pickering Creek’s early childhood educators at our adjacent property, Peterson Woods, for a morning of hands-on activities to do with your little explorers. We will share tips, crafts, and activities designed to ignite a curiosity and love of nature for the preschoolers in our lives. Parents, grandparents, caregivers, classroom teachers, aunts, uncles…all are welcome! REGISTER


Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:00AM-12:00PM
No Charge
Visitors of all ages are invited to join experienced birders for a morning of bird watching and counting on a center-wide winter bird survey and participate in the nationwide Great Backyard Bird Count! You don’t have to be an expert! All levels of birding expertise are welcome as guides will lead visitors to and a family-friendly bird walk is scheduled, complete with a scavenger hunt for little ones. All visitors are invited to wrap up the morning’s activities with hot chocolate, coffee or tea at the Center office and utilize your creative skills to make and take a treat home for birds in your backyard. Then, continue the fun of bird watching at home throughout Great Backyard Bird Count weekend, which runs through Monday, February 18.   REGISTER


Birds and Brews: Dance of the Timberdoodle
Thursday, March 14, 2019
7:00PM to 8:30PM
$15 per person
With a local brew in hand, walk with Pickering Creek naturalists as we look for the male Timberdoodle. In early spring, the unusual Timberdoodle mating ritual fills the skies around Pickering Creek’s meadows. Enjoy of leisurely stroll as we scan for the male spiraling high in the sky then zigzagging and fluttering back to earth in hopes of attracting a mate. REGISTER


Pickering Garden Day- Volunteer Event
Saturday, March 16, 2019

9:00am-12:00pm
Help us get our gardens ready for the spring.  We’ll clean out the garden beds, prune and weed as needed in Pickering gardens at the Center entrance, Byron House, the Settlers Cottage and near the office. Call 410-822-4903 to register

Designing Your Bird-Friendly Landscape
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
5:30pm-7:00pm
$20 per person
Do you love the idea of gardening to attract birds, but wonder how best to design your home landscape? Get some helpful hints on how to design your planting beds for rich bird life. Kick off spring by creating a new or improved planting plan. Find out how native plants help birds and get concrete tips for incorporating them into your yard and garden in this informative program. This workshop will cover basics you need to get started from scratch or how to enrich your existing planting beds with bird-friendly natives. REGISTER


Whimsey: Fairy and Gnome Houses
Friday, March 22, 2019
4:30PM-6:00PM
$5 per person
Can you help the fairies and gnomes rebuild their homes for spring? Bring your little ones to come explore the magic of a 100-year-old forest at Pickering Creek and ignite their imagination to build small shelters in the woods for our fairy friends.  We'll build, play, and listen to a story under the beech trees and hope for a glimpse of some woodland creatures!  REGISTER


Birds and Blooms Paddle 
Thursday, April 18, 2019
5:00PM-7:00PM
$20 per person
Come explore Pickering Creek from the water! Springtime is here and our Ospreys, Barn Swallows, Purple Martins and many other birds are arriving again in Maryland after their long migration. We will be canoeing our waterways looking for wildlife and spring blooms along the creek. Canoes, basic instruction, and PFD’s provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes that secure tightly to your feet (no flip-flops!). REGISTER


4th Annual Community Plant and Seed Swap
Saturday, April 20, 2019
10:00am-12:00pm
Free of Charge
Celebrate Earth Day outdoors at Pickering Creek. Bring a few treasures and treats from your own garden to the Community Plant and Seed Swap. Native plants are highly encouraged. Bring plant divisions, cuttings, seeds, or seedlings of your favorite native garden plants and exchange them for FREE with other community members. Annuals, perennials, herbs, fruits/vegetables, shrubs, and trees are all welcome. Stay for a picnic or a walk around the grounds of Pickering Creek Audubon Center, which is open free of charge from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Check out some of Pickering Creek's bird-friendly garden spaces for ideas and inspiration. Master Gardeners, Chesapeake Herb Society members, and volunteers will be available to answer all of your gardening questions. REGISTER


Mad Men 60’s Dinner: a Classic Early Sixties Supper
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Space is limited, advance reservation required.
$150 per person
With a generous amount of fresh ingredients, you will undoubtedly enjoy this home-cooked 60’s retro buffet meal , paired perfectly with wines from the cellar and era appropriate beverages! Enjoy a pleasurable evening with hosts at a local magnificent estate on the shores of Pickering Creek, all in support of Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s work. Call 410-822-4903 to register.


Spring Migration Up Close! 
Saturday, May 4, 2019 
Rain Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
6:30AM-12:00PM
$85 per person
Join Pickering Creek educators for an incredible field trip to Chestertown to visit Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory and witness bird banding up close! Listen for the distinctive bob...white! song while visiting restored grasslands to hear about recovering quail and sparrows. Learn directly from skilled field ecologists as they measure and band migratory and local birds in the middle of the spring season. Get an up-close look at warblers, vireos, thrushes and more and hear how the data collected at Foreman’s Branch tells a story about bird patterns, health and future.  Limited to 11 participants. Meet at Pickering Creek at 6:30AM before departing in the Pickering Creek van. Some snacks will be provided. The van will return to Pickering Creek by noon. REGISTER


Herb Garden Tour and Tea
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
5:00PM-6:30PM
$5 per person
Tour the herb garden at Pickering Creek with Chesapeake Bay Herb Society members. Breathe in the fragrant spring air as you learn about commonly known culinary herbs. Wander the winding garden pathways and search for visiting pollinators like butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Enjoy some Herbal Tea and Herbal Cookies and take home some herbs to share. REGISTER


"Down by the Bay” at Pickering!
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
4:30PM – 6:30PM
$5 per person
Pickering Creek leads into the Chesapeake Bay and is home to many different aquatic species. Want to know more about the different types of fish that live in the Chesapeake Bay? Have you ever wanted to try out fishing and wanted some instruction? Learn how to fish and seine and practice identifying what you find with Pickering Creek naturalists! Come on out for this fun hands-on activity for all ages! Fishing rods and bait provided. REGISTER

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