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March Programs

LIVE ANIMAL SHOW

Meet some of the nature center's native and exotic reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. You will have a chance to touch live animals and learn about their habitats, behaviors, and adaptations.

  • Date: Saturday, March 1, SMARTlink #1386319
  • Time: 10-11 am
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 2 & up
JEWELRY: GEM CUTTING—CABOCHONS

Learn the basics of gem cutting as you create your own cabochon using diamond saws, grinders, and polishing equipment. Students are required to bring a pair of safety goggles to class. It is recommended that you bring an apron to protect clothing or wear clothes that can get wet and oily. Members of the Southern Maryland Rock and Mineral Club receive a discount on the cost of the class.

  • Date: Saturday, March 1, SMARTlink #1387670
  • Time: 9 am-3 pm
  • Fee (members): Resident $10; Non-Resident $12
  • Fee (non-members): Resident $30; Non-Resident $36
  • Ages: 18 & up
  • Note: Last day to register is February 27, 2014. Must register via SMARTlink. Drop-ins are not permitted for this program. This class is full. You may sign up for the waitlist and you will be contacted if a space becomes available.
CAMPFIRE
Enjoy an afternoon nature program while roasting marshmallows. Roasting sticks and marshmallows will be provided. You may bring your own hot dogs and drinks if you wish.

  • Date: Saturday, March 15, SMARTlink #1386276
  • Time: 1-2:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $3; Non-Resident $4
  • Ages: 2 & up
SCOUTING: NATURE SKILLS
Explore the natural world by completing requirements for a Scout merit badge. This all-day program is taught by staff currently registered as merit badge counselors with the National Capital Area Council. This program is not limited to Boy Scoutsmembers of Girl Scouts, Spiral Scouts, or other youth groups should explore how activities fit into their advancement programs. Participants need to bring a bag lunch/drink and dress for outdoor activities. Boy Scouts will need to bring a blue card (signed by their scout leader). Space is limited. Scouts ages 11-12 must have a parent or scout leader accompany them during the program.

  • Topic: Paper & Pulp
  • Date: Saturday, March 15, SMARTlink #1387568
  • Time: 9:30 am-3:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $10; No-Resident $12
  • Ages: 11-17

JEWELRY: knotting beads
Students will make a 16- to 20-inch necklace using knots between gem beads and will learn to use a bead tip tool.
  • Date: Saturday, March 22, SMARTlink #1387667
  • Time: 10 am-4:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $40; Non-Resident $48
  • Ages: 16 & up
TADPOLES
This program offers fun nature-oriented activities for preschool-aged children and their parent or guardian.
  • Date: Monday, March 24, SMARTlink #1387520
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 am
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 3-5
JEWELRY: CHAIN BRACELETS
Students will use small circles of bronze, copper, sterling silver, or artistic wire to learn to make a wiggly-patterned chain bracelet. Byzantine and square patterns will also be available for purchase during the class.
  • Date: Saturday, March 29, SMARTlink #1387668
  • Time: 10 am-4:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $40; Non-Resident $48
  • Ages: 16 & up

April Programs

LIVE ANIMAL SHOW

Meet  some of the nature center's native and exotic reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.  You will have a chance to touch live animals and learn about their habitats, behaviors, and adaptations.

  • Date: Saturday, April 5, SMARTlink #1386320
  • Time: 10-11 am
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 2 & up
JEWELRY: GEM CUTTING—CABOCHONS

Learn the basics of gem cutting as you create your own cabochon using diamond saws, grinders, and polishing equipment. Students are required to bring a pair of safety goggles to class. It is recommended that you bring an apron to protect clothing or wear clothes that can get wet and oily. Members of the Southern Maryland Rock and Mineral Club receive a discount on the cost of the class. This class is full. You may sign up for the waitlist and you will be contacted if a space becomes available.

  • Date: Saturday, April 5, SMARTlink #1387671
  • Time: 9 am-3 pm
  • Fee (members): Resident $10; Non-Resident $12
  • Fee (non-members): Resident $30; Non-Resident $36
  • Ages: 18 & up
  • Note: Last day to register is April 3, 2014. Must register via SMARTlink. Drop-ins are not permitted for this program.
SCOUTING: NATURE SKILLS
Explore the natural world by completing requirements for a Scout merit badge. This all-day program is taught by staff currently registered as merit badge counselors with the National Capital Area Council. This program is not limited to Boy Scoutsmembers of Girl Scouts, Spiral Scouts, or other youth groups should explore how activities fit into their advancement programs. Participants need to bring a bag lunch/drink and dress for outdoor activities. Boy Scouts will need to bring a blue card (signed by their scout leader). Space is limited. Scouts ages 11-12 must have a parent or scout leader accompany them during the program.

  • Topic: Geology
  • Date: Saturday, April 12, SMARTlink #1387569
  • Time: 9:30 am-3:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $10; No-Resident $12
  • Ages: 11-17

JEWELRY: WIRE WRAPPING
Students will learn to bend, twist, and wrap decorative wire to make a simple pair of earrings and a pendant.

  • Date: Saturday, April 12, SMARTlink #1387669
  • Time: 9:30 am-4:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $40; Non-Resident $48
  • Ages: 16 & up

FABRIC ARTS: NATURAL DYEING
Join members of the Natural Dye Group to explore the colors that can be obtained from plants and other natural materials and experiment with a variety of traditional dye techniques. For students of all skill levels. Some projects may have a nominal materials fee (usually under $5).

  • Date: Sunday, April 13, SMARTlink #1386277
  • Time: 1-4 pm
  • Fee: FREE
  • Ages: 13 & up

NATURE: SCAVENGER HUNT
Explore the outdoors in a whole new way. Participants will challenge their nature scavenging skills with a naturalist.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 15, SMARTlink #1387567
  • Time: 10:30 am-12 pm
  • Fee: Resident $2; No-Resident $3
  • Ages: 5 & up
FAMILY FOSSIL HUNT

Travel by van or carpool to a local fossil site to collect these unique specimens from the past. Bring a sturdy bag and wear boots so you can walk into the shallow stream to collect fossils.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 16, SMARTlink #1386318
  • Time: 1-3 pm
  • Fee: Resident $3; No-Resident $4
  • Ages: 6 & up

FAMILY DISCOVERY HIKE
Join a park naturalist on a hike to discover the sights and sounds of nature.

  • Date: Thursday, April 17, SMARTlink #1386317
  • Time: 1-2 pm
  • Fee: Resident $2; No-Resident $3
  • Ages: 5 & up

NATURAL EGG DYEING
Experience and share in the age-old tradition of natural egg-dyeing. Each participant will need to bring 6-12 hard boiled eggs for dyeing.

  • Date: Friday, April 18, SMARTlink #1387517
  • Time: 12-1 pm
  • Fee: Resident $3; No-Resident $4
  • Ages: 5 & up
  • Date: Friday, April 18, SMARTlink #1387518
  • Time: 1-2 pm
  • Fee: Resident $3; No-Resident $4
  • Ages: 5 & up

  • Date: Friday, April 18, SMARTlink #1387519
  • Time: 2-3 pm
  • Fee: Resident $3; No-Resident $4
  • Ages: 5 & up

TADPOLES
This program offers fun nature-oriented activities for preschool-aged children and their parent or guardian.

  • Date: Monday, April 28, SMARTlink #1387521
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 am
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 3-5

May Programs

LIVE ANIMAL SHOW

Meet some of the nature center's native and exotic reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.  You will have a chance to touch live animals and learn about their habitats, behaviors, and adaptations.

  • Date: Saturday, May 3, SMARTlink #1386321
  • Time: 10-11 am
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 2 & up

JEWELRY: GEM CUTTING—CABOCHONS
Learn the basics of gem cutting as you create your own cabochon using diamond saws, grinders, and polishing equipment. Students are required to bring a pair of safety goggles to class. It is recommended that you bring an apron to protect clothing or wear clothes that can get wet and oily. Members of the Southern Maryland Rock and Mineral Club receive a discount on the cost of the class.

  • Date: Saturday, May 3, SMARTlink #1387672
  • Time: 9 am-3 pm
  • Fee (members): Resident $10; Non-Resident $12
  • Fee (non-members): Resident $30; Non-Resident $36
  • Ages: 18 & up
  • Note: Last day to register is May 1, 2014. Must register via SMARTlink. Drop-ins are not permitted for this program.

SCOUTING: NATURE SKILLS
Explore the natural world by completing requirements for a Scout merit badge. This all-day program is taught by staff currently registered as merit badge counselors with the National Capital Area Council. This program is not limited to Boy Scoutsmembers of Girl Scouts, Spiral Scouts, or other youth groups should explore how activities fit into their advancement programs. Participants need to bring a bag lunch/drink and dress for outdoor activities. Boy Scouts will need to bring a blue card (signed by their scout leader). Space is limited. Scouts ages 11-12 must have a parent or scout leader accompany them during the program.

  • Topic: Nature
  • Date: Saturday, May 10, SMARTlink #1387570
  • Time: 9:30 am-3:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $10; No-Resident $12
  • Ages: 11-17

TADPOLES

This program offers fun nature-oriented activities for preschool-aged children and their parent or guardian.

  • Date: Monday, May 26, SMARTlink #1387522
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 am
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 3-5

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Program Information

Program Registration
  • To guarantee your spot within a program, advance registration is required for all programs with a SMARTlink course number. Drop-in admission (no registration) for programs are accepted only as space permits. Space availability is never guaranteed for drop-ins. Programs may be canceled 24-48 hours prior to the start of the program due to insufficient registrations via SMARTlink.
  • If you already have a SMARTlink account, please register for programs via SMARTlink. Most of our programs allow for "spots booked" where only one person in the family needs to have a SMARTlink account to register for the total number of spaces wanted. However, for programs that do not allow for spots booked, each person wanting to attend the program must have their own SMARTlink account and be registered individually.
  • Don't have a SMARTlink account yet? Check out the SMARTlink account page for information on how to go about setting up a SMARTlink account for yourself and your family.
  • For programs that do not have a SMARTlink course number, please call Clearwater Nature Center at 301-297-4575 to sign up.
Program Requirements
  • Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult for most programs. In other words, adults must register and participate in the program too. Unless a program says otherwise you may not drop your child off and leave.
  • Check the age requirements for each program before registering. All participants must meet the age requirement to attend a program.
  • Make sure that your email and other contact information is up-to-date on your SMARTlink account prior to registration. Staff may need to contact you if they have questions or in the event that a program must be cancelled due to inclement weather or other reasons.
Program Fees
  • Fees for programs are based on your residency.
  • Residents (R): individuals who live within Prince George's or Montgomery Counties
  • Non-Residents (NR): individuals who live in all other jurisdictions.

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