Parks’ Picks

Birding, hiking, crafting, volunteering, and more! Discover these and other activities happening around Montgomery Parks this weekend.

Two people stand and look at a full moon through a telescope. There are the outlines of two buildings in the distance.

Nature

Help Locust Grove Nature Center staff with a community science project during FeederWatch Fridays this Friday, February 3, from 11 am to 12 pm. Dress for the weather and come count birds at feeders around the facility. Free program.

Take the self-guided Maple Sugaring Walk outdoors around Brookside Nature Center and learn about the process of making maple syrup. Free and open sunrise to sunset every day in February.

Bring the kids to Black Hill Visitor Center for the Nature Hunt: Waterfowl Edition on Saturday, February 4. Drop in between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm to pick up your scavenger hunt sheet. Then, go outdoors and search for waterfowl and other natural treasures. Return your sheet and get a prize. Free but registration is required.

Join Black Hill Nature Programs staff for their Night Hike on Saturday, February 4, 5:30 pm, to listen for creatures active after sunset. Registration is required.

And, join staff at Black Hill Visitor Center for Full Moon Viewing with telescopes and binoculars on Sunday, February 5, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Marvel at this natural phenomenon and meet other celestial observers. Please register.

Crafts

During Sensory Days at Meadowside Nature Center, families with persons with sensory processing differences, autism spectrum disorder, or developmental disabilities participate in self-guided activities and create. On Saturday, February 4, 10 am, you can Make and Take Your Own Liquid Motion Bubble Toy in an upcycled container to take home. Registration required.

Volunteering

Individuals, groups, and families can give back and volunteer with Montgomery Parks this weekend. Pick up litter in the Park and Stream Cleanup at Sligo Mill Nature Conservation Area on Saturday, February 4, 12 pm to 2 pm. Save trees by removing invasive, nonnative plants during the Weed Warrior event on Friday, February 3, 9 am to 11 am, at Long Branch Stream Valley Park at the community center. Participants must register.

And, we have three other activity ideas! Step indoors, stroll through the Conservatory at Brookside Gardens, and enjoy the warmth and blooms on a cold wintry day. Enjoy ice skating during public skating sessions at our indoor ice rinks. Finally, take your tennis game indoors and play a singles or doubles match at one of our tennis centers.

Last Updated: February 2, 2023