August 31
Woodpeckers: Nature’s Carpenters
Have you seen the flash of a red headed bird or heard the forest drumming? Learn about how woodpecker’s adaptations make them the park’s best homebuilders. Meet at Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater at 7 PM.

September 6, 20
Charcoal Hike

Learn about the charcoal production process in the area and how it contributed to industry and population growth for the town of Thurmont on this 45 minute hike along the Charcoal Trail. Meet at the Thurmont Vista Parking Area at 3 PM.

September 13, 27
Nature Walk

Explore the animals, plants, and trees that live in Catoctin Mountain Park on this family-friendly 45 minute walk. Meet at the Hog Rock Parking Area at 3 PM.

September 6
Storytime and Hike

Join a ranger and children’s librarian at the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center. The program is targeted for 3 to 5 year olds. Sponsored by the Thurmont Library and Catoctin Mountain Park. Program starts at the Visitor Center at 10 :30 AM.

September 7, 14
Spy Training

Join a ranger to learn about a little-known aspect of Catoctin’s history: the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, precursor to the CIA) trained here! The presentation will be followed by activities to test your spy abilities. Meet at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater at 7:30 PM.

September 21, 28
Earning a Mountain Living
How did people make a living 200 years ago? Learn about how farmers, colliers, moonshiners, and blacksmiths used the mountain’s resources to survive and thrive. Meet at the Owens Creek Campground Amphitheater at 7:30 PM.

September 22
Blacksmith Demonstration

Meet at the historic WPA Blacksmith Shop and discover the art of blacksmithing. See the forge in ac­tion! Demonstrations will run from 1 to 4 PM at Camp Round Meadow, 14840 Manahan Rd, Sabillas­ville, MD.

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NPS - Catoctin Mountain Park

Throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons, Catoctin Mountain Park offers a variety of interpretive programs, hikes, and demonstrations geared for all ages and interests. Check this page periodically to see what's coming up soon!

Are you young or young at heart? Visit our Discovery Room at the Visitor Center or become a Junior Ranger.

Last updated: August 29, 2019

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6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788


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