Here are 3 things to do in Harford County with the kids this fall to enjoy the great outdoors
By Valerie Bonk
For Baltimore Sun Media|
Aug 19, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Searching for an outdoor experience the whole family can enjoy? This fall you can go on a canoe trip, take photos in a local sunflower field and celebrate Halloween at a “trunk or treat."
Go on a canoe adventure
Discover the grounds and animals of the Eden Mill Nature Center by water with a guided sunset canoe trip on Deer Creek. The experience is focused on environmental education provided by a volunteer naturalist who takes the group through the course.
“We try to get both children and adults engaged in nature and appreciating what they see,” said Gerry Schmitt, a Eden Mill Nature Center volunteer and canoe trip guide.
The excursions are geared toward ages 6 and older and no prior canoe experience is needed. Everyone gets a five-minute lesson before heading out.
Everything is included in the price of the exploration including the canoe rental, life jackets and tour guide. Schmitt says that there’s always an element of surprise with each trip as there’s no guarantee as to which animals, birds and other creatures are going to be out and greeting canoers.
“It’s always exciting to look around and point out the nature that’s all around us,” Schmitt said. “Just in the last few weeks we’ve seen a bald eagle, blue herons, wood ducks and a beaver kit.”
Sunset canoe trips at the Eden Mill Nature Center are held Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. through August and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. in September and October. Cost is $8 per person for non-members and $5 per person for Eden Mill members. 1617 Eden Mill Road, Pylesville. 410-836-3050. edenmill.org.
Take a family portrait in a field of sunflowers
A field of blooming sunflowers not only provides a fun backdrop for a new family photo but it also will help the community through a local fall-themed fundraising project.
“Sunflowers in Jarrettsville” kicks off the last week in September and features food, face painting, a photo opportunity and the option to purchase sunflowers to bring home.
All of the funds collected through the event will be donated to local organizations to help those in need in the community. Funds have previously been used to help pay mortgages, make home repairs and provide hotels for the homeless.
“It’s really a beautiful sight to see when you walk up to the field,” said Nancy Rose, a volunteer with Sunflowers in Jarrettsville. “We enjoy seeing all of the people come out to enjoy and in turn to help make lives in the community brighter through sunflowers.”
A safe and festive Halloween trick-or-treat adventure is the goal for the Havre de Grace Housing Authority with its fall “Trunk or Treat.” The free event features decorated vehicles and is sponsored by local organizations who will be handing out candy as well as festive non-food items in the spirit of Halloween.
“It’s a great event for parents to spend some quality time with their kids without having to spend a lot of money,” said Shannon Scott of the Hagerstown Housing Authority.
“Trunk or Treat” with the Havre de Grace Housing Authority will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Admission is free. Somerset Manor parking lot, 101 Stansbury Court, Havre de Grace. 410-939-2097. hdgha.org.