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Outdoors & Recreation calendar

Gunpowder nature hike

Wednesday, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Masemore Road. The Hereford area of the Gunpowder houses some rare native plants. This three-mile hike will be very slow, but there will be some steep hills and a scramble over rocks. Call 410-366-7239 for details.

Seeds of success

Monday, 11 a.m.-noon, Cunningham Falls State Park, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont. Meet a naturalist at the Manor Area Visitor Center to learn all about seeds. Park entrance fee applies. Phone: John Zuke, 301-271-3676. Email: jzuke@dnr.state.md.us.

Compass course

Monday, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Susquehanna State Park, 4122 Wilkinson Road, Havre de Grace. Learn to use a compass, then take a shot at it. Meet at the tollhouse. Children under 12 need an adult. Free. Call Amy Lang, 410-734-9035. Email: alang@dnr.state.md.us.

Observant owls

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Soldier's Delight N.E.A., 5100 Deer Park Road, Owings Mills. Learn about and see owls native to Maryland. Enjoy a story and a craft with a naturalist. Suitable for children 3-5 years old. Meet in the kids room at the visitors center. Call 410-461-5005 to register. Cost: $5 per child.

Explore Kilgore Falls

Friday, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Rocks State Park, 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road, Jarrettsville. Join park naturalist to explore the falls and discover who's living there among the rocks and ferns. Meet at Rocks State Park-Falling Branch parking area. All ages. Free. Phone: Amy Lang, 410-734-9035. Email: alang@dnr.state.md.us.

Trail service trip

Saturday, Help maintain Mountain Club of Maryland's portions of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Work for all skill levels is available. Call 410-377-5625 or 410-737-9084.

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