Get out, enjoy nature at Eden Mill

The Aegis

It's summer and it's hot, but it's still a good time to get outside and enjoy nature.

Eden Mill is just the place, with a series of upcoming camps, seasonal programs and a new Storywalk for the entire family.

The second series of Storywalk, a program among Eden Mill Nature Council, Harford County Public Library and Harford County Parks and Recreation, was installed recently along the nature trail at the Pylesville nature center.

Storywalk allows parents and children to walk the nature trail and enjoy reading a story along the way.

Each of the 17 pages tells a story and encourages the reader to participate in an outdoor activity until reaching the next page. The story changes each season of the year.

The first book was "Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms" by Julia Roawlinson, a story about Fletcher, a confused fox who thinks it's snowing in spring.

The summer book is "It's a Firefly Night" by Dianne Ochiltree, a story in which "lilting rhymes chronicle a little girl's capture and release of fireflies, one by one, capped off by a collection of fascinating firefly facts."

Camps

Three of the remaining camp sessions have openings, according to Eden Mill staff.

Hunters of the Sky Camp, Aug. 7 to 11, had four openings, as of Thursday. Explore the world of flight from a tiny honey bee to a red-tailed hawk. Dissect owl pellets, learn native owl calls, examine a live honeybee up close and much more.

Monarch Monitoring Madness Camp, with two openings, is Aug. 21 to 25, where campers will work alongside naturalists to collect data for the Minnesota Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. They will observe the various stages of the Monarch butterfly as they wander through bountiful milkweed plants. Become an expert on Monarchs and learn how to start a monitoring site at home.

The Park's Paranormal Activity Camp, also from Aug. 21 to 25, has four openings. Explore the haunted mill and hear stories of paranormal experiences. Listen to actual audio captured during real paranormal investigations of the mill. Take a step back in time and visit the Stansbury cemetery, if you dare.

All three camps are for ages 6 to 11 and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Camps are $175 for Eden Mill members, $190 for non-members. Campers must pre-register.

Seasonal programs

Some of the other programs include:

Family Adventure Treemendous Trees, July 29, 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 12 to adult. Cost is $5 for members, $6 for non-members. It's a family experience at Eden Mill. Investigate trees and all the ways they benefit the earth. Learn easy leaf identification using a key. Program will include nature games and activities, earth friendly craft and a hike exploring the landscape.

Make and Take - Worm Bin, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to noon, for ages 6 and older with an adult. Cost is $20 for members, $23 for non-members. Join in this summer for a fun make and take project. All supplies are included. Compost your food scraps in your worm bin.

Insect Study for Scouts, Aug. 20 and 27, 1 to 4 p.m., ages 12 to 17. Cost is $30 per Scout. This satisfies the requirements for earning official insect study scout badge learning about insect adaptations; effects on us and the environment; field collection and identification.

Sunrise/sunset canoe trips

These are a regular feature at Eden Mill on Saturdays, 9 to 11:30 a.m., or Thursdays, 5:45 to 8:15 p.m., through mid-October.

Canoe rides are for ages 6 to adult (all minors must be accompanied by an adult). Cost is $5 for members and $8 for non-member.

Join in on a guided hike, but on the water in a canoe. This program is designed to acquaint participants with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek. Exploration of the environment is enhanced by the use of canoes to travel along the creek. The emphasis, during these relaxed excursions, is on environmental education and interpretation, provided by the naturalist who accompanies the group.

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