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September 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, September 6, SMARTlink #1495977
  • 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, September 6, SMARTlink #1495974
  • 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 September 4, 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 Scouts—members 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: Weather
  • Date: Saturday, September 13, SMARTlink #1495986
  • 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, September 22, SMARTlink #1495980
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 am
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 3-5

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October 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, October 4, SMARTlink #1495978
  • 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, October 4, SMARTlink #1495975
  • 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 October 2, 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 Scouts—members 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: Fish & Wildlife Management
  • Date: Saturday, October 11, SMARTlink #1495987
  • Time: 9:30 am-3:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $10; No-Resident $1
  • Ages: 11-17

FABRIC ARTS: NATURAL DYEING
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 have a material fee (under $5)
  • Date: Sunday, October 12, SMARTlink #1495971
  • Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Fee: FREE
  • Ages: 13 & up
Jewelry: wire bracelets
Students will make a bracelet using simple wire patterns. Round and half-round wire and 6-8 mm stone glass beads will be used in the class. If time permits, a pair of earrings may also be made. A $12-20 material kit fee (cash/check) is due at the start of the class. Cost depends on the selection of items used. Note: This is not a beginner class. Students must already know how to properly hold and use the tools provided to bend, twist, and wrap bundles of wire.
  • Date: Saturday, October 18, SMARTlink #1543117
  • Time: 9:30-4:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $40; Non-Resident $48
  • Ages: 16 & up
HALLOWEENIE ROAST
Join us for a non-scary, Halloween event. Sit around the campfire, enjoy nature tales, and see live animals. Dress up in costume if you wish. Drinks, hot dogs, marshmallows, and roasting sticks will be provided.
  • Date: Saturday, October 25, SMARTlink #1495973
  • Time: 12:00-3:00 pm
  • Fee: Resident $4; Non-Resident $5
  • Ages: 2 & up
TADPOLES

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

  • Date: Monday, October 27, SMARTlink #1495981
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 am
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 3-5

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November 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, November 1, SMARTlink #1495979
  • 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, November 1, SMARTlink #1495976
  • 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 October 30, 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 Scouts—members 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: Mammal Study
  • Date: Saturday, November 8, SMARTlink #1495988
  • Time: 9:30 am-3:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $10; No-Resident $1
  • Ages: 11-17

Campfire
Come 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, November 15, SMARTlink #1496027
  • Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $3; Non-Resident $4
  • Ages: 2 & up
WEED WARRIORS-2014 Fall Session orientation
Weed warriors help staff remove invasive plants from Cosca Regional Park and assist with outdoor environmental projects. Registration through SMARTlink is required. No drop-ins accepted. After registering on-line, you should pick up an application at Clearwater Nature Center during normal business hours. Applications are due by Nov. 8.
  • Date: Saturday, November 22, SMARTlink #1495990
  • Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Fee: FREE
  • Ages: 13 & up
FAMILY DISCOVERY HIKE
Join a park naturalist on a hike to help celebrate National Public Lands Day and discover the sights and sounds of nature.
  • Date: Wednesday, November 26, SMARTlink #1495972
  • Time: 10:00-11:00 am
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 5 & up
TADPOLES

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

  • Date: Monday, November 24, SMARTlink #1495982
  • 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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