Fishing event is part of Robert E. Lee Park summer schedule

Youngsters, parents and anglers of all ages enjoyed mild temperatures and a pre-Father's Dayatmosphere on June 16 to catch a little cane pole fishing on Lake Roland at Robert E Lee Park, at 1000 Lakeside Drive.

The park, which is operated by the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and parks, is hosting a series of summer activities for kids and families.

For Saturday's event, rangers helped youngsters learn the ropes of old-fashioned fishing, with a cane poles provided by the park, as well as bobbers, hooks and worms.

On June 23-24, beginning Saturday evening at 6 p.m. and ending Sunday at 9 a.m., the park is hosting a family overnight camping event for beginning and experienced campers.

For this event, rangers will lead participants on a night hike, and the evening will end with a campfire program and s'mores. Campers can bring their own dinner Saturday or bring food to cook on the fire. On Sunday morning, breakfast will be provided.

The event is open to those with their own equipment — but also those who don't have everything they need. Some tents are available that can be borrowed.

The cost for the event is $10 per family. Registration is limited and required. Call 410-887-4156 to register, or go to for more details.

Additional programs coming up at the park include:

• A bike rodeo on Saturday, July 14, 1 to 3 p.m., with activities including an obstacle course, bike tours and bicycle care and safety presentations.

• A Harry Potter Party on Tuesday, July 31, 2 to 4 p.m. ($3), with instruction in building your own wand and broom and some Quidditch play.

• And Tuesday Bird Walks, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28, at 8 a.m. each day, led by members of the Baltimore Bird Club. Contact for details.

In addition, the park is accepting applications through July 10 for a Maryland Master Naturalist Training Program, running Mondays and some Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sept. 10-Oct. 29. The program trains individuals to as stewards of local natural ecosystems and resources through education and volunteer service, with 60 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on training. The cost is $250 for training and manual. Call 443-415-9524 for details.

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