From gazing at stars to watching eagles soar, park programs help beat winter blahs

December 26, 2009|By a Baltimore Sun reporter

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers events for adventurers, and those who are bored over winter vacation. Here are a few to consider:

Mountain Reflections: Every day until Jan. 1, 6 p.m. 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 seasonal light show with more than 60 animated and stationary colorful lit displays. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross. Call 240-215-7576.

Bad Bad Plants: Jan. 2 from 1 p.m. 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 take water for a stroll to discover invasive species. This program is recommended for ages 5-11. Meet at the picnic tables at Lost Lake. For information or to sign up, call 410-461-5005.

Owl Prowl: Jan. 2 from 8 p.m. 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 take water. Meet at the visitors center. This program is recommended for ages 7 and older. For information or to sign up in advance, call 410-461-5005.

Eagle Watch: Jan. 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; $5 per person. Pocomoke 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 world of the bald eagle. For information or to sign up, call 410-632-2566.

Stargazing: Jan. 9 from 8 p.m. 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. Rain or shine. For information or to sign up, call 410-549-3026.

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