Some outdoor things to do over winter break
The state Department of Natural Resources offers a host of events for adventurers, and those who are bored over winter vacation. Here are a few to consider:
--Mountain Reflections: Every day until January 1, 2010, 6 to 9:30 p.m.; $7 per car, $15 per van, $50 per tour bus. Rocky Gap State Park, 12500 Pleasant Valley Road, Flintstone (Allegany County). Mountain Reflections is a premiere seasonal light show that features over 60 animated and stationary colorful lit displays. This is truly a delightful experience for all ages. Proceeds from the show benefit the American Red Cross. For information, call 240-215-7576.
--Bad Bad Plants: January 2 from 1 to 2 p.m.; $2 per person. Patapsco Valley State Park, Halethorpe (Baltimore County). Ever thrown a dead plant outside thinking it would do no harm? Come find out if it does. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water for a stroll to discover invasive species. This program is recommended for ages 5-11. We will meet at the picnic tables at Lost Lake. For information or to sign-up, call 410-461-5005.
--Owl Prowl: January 2 from 8 to 10 p.m.; $2 per person. Patapsco Valley State Park, Halethorpe (Baltimore County). Take a hike to listen for owls, followed by a program with owls from Scales & Tales. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at the visitor’s center. This program is recommended for ages 7 and up. For information or to sign-up in advance, call 410-461-5005.
--Eagle Watch: January 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.; $5 per person. Pokomoke River State Park, Pocomoke City (Worcester County). Catch a glimpse of the majestic bald eagle along the banks of the wild and scenic Pocomoke River. Join a naturalist for a short walk and explore the wonderful world of the bald eagle. For information or to sign-up, call 410-632-2566.
--Star Gazing: January 9 from 8 to 10 p.m.; free, but donations are welcome. Soldier’s Delight N.E.A., Owings Mills (Baltimore County). Join the Westminster Astronomy Club as they see Orion take on all challengers: the bull, the whale and the twins. Who will win? Rain or Shine. For information or to sign-up, call 410-549-3026.
Baltimore Sun file photo of Potapsco Valley State Park