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This is a group for people in and around the state of Maryland who are looking to explore Gunpowder Falls State Park (located in Baltimore and Harford Counties) and participate in activities that highlight the special natural, cultural, historical and recreational opportunities that our park has to offer. Come join us!

All questions and RSVPs can be fielded through Meetup or by contacting Ranger Andrea Townsley-Sapp by email at andrea.townsley-sapp@maryland.gov

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Upcoming events (5)

Navigation Basics and Intro to Orienteering

Sweet Air

Learn how to use a compass and topographical map and take off on an adventure around the park! Originally a training exercise in land navigation for military officers, orienteering has become a globally popular sport. Naturalists will discuss the activity and then send participants on a ~2.5 mile course through the woods. Please bring water and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

Tubing at Monkton

Monkton Train Station


Beat the summer heat with a leisurely tubing trip down the Big Gunpowder Falls. Meet at Monkton Station for a 1.8 mile hike up the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail then a two-hour float back to Monkton Station. Wear sunscreen, swimsuits or shorts and sturdy shoes that can get wet. Secure your car keys. Tubes and lifejackets are provided. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY - parking spaces are at a premium at this location; follow signs posted along road because towing is enforced. Participants must be at least 10 years old to participate. This is a shine-only event. Pre-registration is required - register through Meetup or email [masked]. Participation limited to 24 people. $5/person. Payment collected onsite before the event, in the form of cash or check.

Discover Monarchs

Days Cove Road

Participate in a search through milkweed patches, looking for Monarch caterpillars and other insects that call milkweed home! We will be collecting caterpillars to raise and release as part of the Monarch Watch program. We will discuss the importance of milkweed as well as the Monarch life cycle and migration. Please wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, closed-toe shoes, and bring insect repellant and water. Days Cove is located at the end of Days Cove Rd, off Rt. 40 in White Marsh, MD. Keep driving past the refuse center and the split for the reclamation center, keep left and travel down the gravel road (there is a sign out front that says "Days Cove Environmental Education Center”).

Guided Tour of the Historic Jerusalem Mill Village

Jerusalem Mill Village

Join naturalists for a guided tour of the Historic Jerusalem Mill Village and hear the story of how Lee’s Merchant Mill became the cornerstone of a thriving Quaker milling village in the 1800’s. Tour several of the renovated historic structures, including the Blacksmith Shop, Miller’s House, Percy Lee Bank Barn and McCourtney’s General Store. Donations to the Friends of Jerusalem Mill encouraged. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring water.

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Horse Discovery Day

Graham Equestrian Center

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