Programs

Upcoming Events

Monarch Tagging
Friday, September 20, 2019, 4:30PM – 6:00PM
$5 per person
Join Pickering Creek Audubon Center naturalists for Monarch butterfly tagging on three 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 HERE

Nature on the DuPont Estates
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 8:00AM - 4:00PM
$65 per person
Travel to northern Delaware “Chateau Country” for a guided naturalist tour of several estates in the rolling hills and beauty of the Brandywine Valley.  Walk through the Delaware Nature Society’s Flint Woods Preserve and tour the society’s Coverdale Farm Preserve, two DuPont estates that are now nature preserves.  Van transportation from Pickering Creek and box lunch included. Trip limited to 10 participants. RSVP deadline Septmber 30. REGISTER HERE

Family Adventure Night 
Friday, October 11, 2019, 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Free
Meet the Pickering Creek naturalists at “Back to Pickering Night” with the whole family! Talbot County students visit Pickering Creek throughout the school year, this fall the whole family is invited to walk the trails and see the sights. Wade into the freshwater wetlands, catch a butterfly, search for salamanders in the woods, or fish in the creek! Bring your picnic dinner! This is a chance for parents and their learners to visit and explore Pickering Creek together. RSVP Deadline October 8th. REGISTER HERE

Outdoor Photography
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
$20 per person
Join Royce Ball, Pickering Creek’s “unofficial photographer” to learn all about nature photography and capturing the perfect outdoor images. The class is open to professional and amateur photographers alike and to anyone with a camera or camera phone! Join us as we wander through wetlands & meander through meadows to find inspiration in the changing season. REGISTER HERE

Hello Hibernation!
Friday, November 1, 2019, 4:00PM - 5:30 pm
$5 per person
Where do rabbits, squirrels, turtles and frogs go during the winter? Can your young ones help our forest friends get ready for hibernation and the cold winter months? Join us as we build shelters for animals big and small, collect food for hungry critters and listen to stories about the fall, leaves changing colors, hibernation and more!  Recommended for ages 3-6, but all ages are welcome! REGISTER HERE

Waterfowl n’ Waders
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 8:00AM – 10:00AM
$5 per person
Get into waders to visit our freshwater wetlands to watch migrating waterfowl as they move through the area. Learn about Mallards, Teal, Pintails, Geese, and more. Join us as we talk about why waterfowl migrates, and the history of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting here on the Eastern Shore and get ready for the Waterfowl Festival that weekend! REGISTER HERE

Starry Starry Night
Friday, December 13, 2019, 8:00PM - 10:00PM
$5 per person
Come join us for a night of starry wonder and adventure! Take a look through our telescope as we explore our galaxy and watch for shooting stars during the amazing Geminids meteor shower. Listen to stories about how the constellations were born and make your own constellation to take home with you! REGISTER HERE

Wine & Art Night
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 3:00PM – 5:00PM
$30 per person
Every season is beautiful here at Pickering Creek, but winter offers us some amazing scenery. Frozen wetlands, snow laced trees and winter residents all make Pickering Creek into a winter wonderland. Join us as we travel across the creek to Peterson Woods to paint &/or create mosaics inspired by our love of nature and feel free to bring your own wine or beer! REGISTER HERE

Very Birdy Craft Day
Monday, February 10, 2020, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
$5 per person
Looking to add some color into someone’s life? Come to Pickering Creek to make birdfeeders for overwintering species, create beautiful and unique bird crafts and make some homemade binoculars to help you gear up and get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count.  Recommended for ages 3-6, but all ages are welcome! REGISTER HERE

Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 15, 2020, 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Free
Join us at Pickering Creek for the Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, February 15 with activities for adults and families from 9am-12pm. Work with experienced birders for a morning of bird watching and counting on a center-wide winter bird survey. Adult-only teams will cover most of our regular e-Bird monitoring routes that are covered on a monthly basis. A family-friendly bird walk is also 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. REGISTER HERE

Birds & Brews: Flight of the Timberdoodle
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 , 7:30PM - 9:00PM
$10 per person
As winter breaks and spring begins to emerge, the timberdoodle start dancing. 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 which provide ideal habitat for this annual late winter event. We’ll spend a portion of our time in our rustic classroom learning the basics about this unique upland shorebird before going out at dusk, with a local brew in hand, to listen to the sounds of the evening, including owls, frogs and ducks overhead before focusing in on hearing and seeing the woodcocks display. REGISTER HERE

Nature writing: Spring Sonnets & Vibrant Verses
Friday, March 19, 2020, 5:30PM – 7:00PM
$5 per person
Whether you’re a loquacious lyricist or a trepidatious transcendentalist, we all appreciate and express our love of nature in our own unique way. Join us as we explore Pickering Creek for poetic inspiration, visit the Gilbert Byron house and read selections of poems inspired by nature.

Owl Prowl
Friday, April 10, 2020, 7:00PM – 9:00PM
$5 per person
Who’s calling so loudly at night? Come out and join Pickering Creek naturalists as we venture out into the spring night in search of our nocturnal feathered friends. We’ll hike around the wetlands, meadows and forests in search of Barred, Great Horned or Eastern Screech owls during our annual owl prowl. 

Azalea Bloom with Author Bryan Mackay
May 2, 2020
$85 Per Person with Lunch and Transportation
The National Arboretum is one of the lesser known gems of Washington, DC, but nowhere else are the glories of spring so abundantly displayed.  We expect more than 50,000 azaleas to be near peak flowering!  We'll stroll the wood chip paths of Azalea Hill in search of the perfect bush.  The National Bonsai Museum never fails to enchant, and the National Capitol Columns adorn a nearby meadow.  Finally, we'll walk the trails of Fern Valley in search of native wildflowers, where our naturalist guide and author of Hike Maryland and A Year Across Maryland, Bryan MacKay will delight you with tales of botanical trivia.  To cap off the morning, we'll enjoy a gourmet lunch at picnic tables under large shade trees. Van transportation from Pickering Creek to the National Arboretum provided. Call 410-822-4903.  REGISTER HERE

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