Piney Run Park announces schedule for pontoon summer programs on lake

June 06, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Piney Run Park will offer a number of pontoon rides on the lake during the summer. Pontoon programs are available for all age groups.

Registration for all rides is required, and payment is due within one week of registering. Call 410-795-3274 for details, including the park's cancellation policies.

Child rates apply to those under 12; Senior rates apply for those 62 and older. Pontoon programs for children and an adult are:

Mickey Mouse Pontoon: Bring a favorite Mickey Mouse or wear a Mickey outfit, at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. June 18 and 25; July 9, 16 and 30; and Aug. 6 and 20. Fees are $2 per person.

Animal Friends Pontoon Picnic, with a favorite stuffed animal and story, at noon and 1 p.m. June 18, July 16 and Aug. 5 and 19. Fees are $2 a person.

FYI Cruise for all ages offers information about the park, lake and wildlife during a 90-minute ride. Times and dates are 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. June 17 and Aug. 12; and 5 p.m. July 1, 15 and 29. Fees are $2 for adults and $1.50 for children and seniors.

Disney Story Time on the Lake Pontoon with your favorite Disney memorabilia and music from recent movies. Pontoons are at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Stories are "A Bug's Life" June 25, "101 Dalmatians" July 9, "Pocahontas" July 23, "The Lion King" Aug. 6, and "Mulan" Aug. 20. Fees are $1.50 for adults; $1 for children and seniors.

Beaver Search Pontoon includes a look at the beaver lodges around the lake at 7 p.m. July 1, 15 and 29 and Aug. 12. Fees are $2 for adults and $1.50 for children and seniors.

Wildlife Safari for children under 10 and their parents to search for wildlife and learn about the native inhabitants. Pontoons are at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. June 24; July 8 and 22; and Aug. 5 and 19. Fees are $1.50 for adults and $1 for children and seniors.

Native American Pontoon looks for the secrets of Native Americans who lived in the area. A short hike to see a dugout canoe is included. Pontoons are at noon and 2 p.m. June 24; July 8 and 22; and Aug. 13. Fees are $2 for adults and $1.50 for children and seniors.

Anyone interested in hiring the pontoon for private groups may do so for $25 an hour. Limited times are available. The pontoon holds 20 to 25 people.

Nature center offers wildlife programs

Piney Run Nature Center is offering wildlife programs for all ages during the month.

Payment within one week of registration is required. If severe weather is forecast, call the center before going to a program.

Play Group: Parents with preschool children are invited to meet from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the large playground for informal socializing and play. Rain day is Wednesday. Free; no registration required.

Critter Dinner Times: Join the staff as they feed the resident animals at 4 p.m. Thursdays and learn about the "Adopt-a-Critter" program. Free; no registration required.

Piney Run Nature Camp: Dates are July 12 to Aug. 6 for children completing kindergarten through eighth grade. Call for information on openings.

Mountain Laurel Pontoon Tour: Ride the lake from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday to see the blooming laurel and spring plant and animal life. Bring binoculars if you have them. Cost is $5 for members and $6 for nonmembers.

Living Wreath Centerpiece: Bring low-growing annuals (18 to 24 plugs) to add to the center's frame, soil and other materials to make a wreath resembling a miniature garden. The workshop is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday for age 14 to adult. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers.

Children's Pet Show: Youngsters 5 to 12 can bring their pets to the park Saturday for the annual show. Sign-in is at 12: 30 p.m., with the show from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ribbons and trophies will be awarded for dogs, cats and other pets. A best in costume or decorated cage class will be held for all pets.

Dogs and cats must be at least six months old and have rabies shots. All animals must be on a leash or in a cage, and children must be able to handle their own pets. Cost is 50 cents a pet.

Meet a Snake: People of all ages can watch a film about snakes, see a live nonvenomous snake and learn about snakes' habitats and prey at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Adopt-A-Critter For Dad: Participants can adopt a critter and provide food, bedding and medicine for the park animals. Take home a certificate and picture of you and your critter in a frame you decorate. Select the animal you wish to adopt from the nature center's litter. Adoption costs vary with the animals. The program is from 3: 30 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. June 19.

Summer Kayak Tours: Take a one-on-one kayak ride with a naturalist for a mini-lesson in nature and wildlife. A limited number of two-person kayaks are available upon request. Life jackets are provided, but participants must know how to swim.

Kayak tours are wind- and weather-permitting: Beaver Country Tour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 19; Morning Mist Tour from 6: 30 a.m. to 8: 30 a.m. June 30; Bullfrog Tour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 31; Barred Owl Tour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 21. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

Trip to Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm: For adults, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Willow Oak has 14 specialty gardens and the owner, Maria Price, will discuss medicinal herbs. Have an herbal picnic lunch on the grounds.

Hike at Prettyboy Watershed: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23, for adults and children age 8 and older accompanied by an adult. Cost is $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Hike a hilly trail to view the blossoming flora along the Gunpowder Falls. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a lunch.

The park is at 30 Martz Road, near Eldersburg. Nature center summer hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Information: 410-795-6043.

Pub Date: 6/06/99

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