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August Programs


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, August 2, SMARTlink #1456971
  • Time: 10-11 am
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 2 & up

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, August 2, SMARTlink #1456923
  • 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 July 31, 2014. Must register via SMARTlink. Drop-ins are not permitted for this program.
Explore, examine, and identify the many creatures found in a local creek using dip nets. Dress to get wet. Wear wading boots, water shoes, or old sneakers that can get wet or muddy.
  • Date: Tuesday, August 5, SMARTlink #1456918
  • Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 5 & up
Meet and learn about a variety of reptiles from the nature center's collection and touch one if you like. Then join a naturalist for a short hike to look for reptiles in the park.
  • Date: Thursday, August 7, SMARTlink #1457267
  • Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 5 & up
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: Forestry
  • Date: Saturday, August 9, SMARTlink #1457317
  • Time: 9:30 am-3:30 pm
  • Fee: Resident $10; No-Resident $12
  • Ages: 11-17

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.Explore
  • Date: Wednesday, August 13, SMARTlink #1456972
  • Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 2 & up
Come take a walk on the wild side with a park naturalist to look for and learn about nocturnal creatures such as bats, beavers, insects, and owls. This program is not appropriate for young children who are easily scared of the dark.
  • Date: Friday, August 15, SMARTlink #1456867
  • Time: 7:30-9:00 pm
  • Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3
  • Ages: 5 & up

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

  • Date: Monday, August 25, SMARTlink #1457379
  • 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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