Family & Children’s Programs

We are excited and looking forward to our 2021 season. Our programs are all about being creative and flexible, with that, we may have to make adjustments as we get closer to opening 2021.  Below are just a few of the amazing programs we normally offer throughout the year.  Contact us if you have any questions and we can’t wait to see you!

Preschool Nature Series

Preschool Nature Series

Bring your preschooler to Eden Mill to discover the wonder of nature! Programs will include nature games and activities, a story, craft, and a hike exploring the landscape.

$9/member; $7/member sibling; or $11/non-member per session

Owl Prowl

Join us after dark to search the woods of Eden Mill for some of Maryland’s native owls and wildlife!

Learn about these incredible creatures while we call them, and track them through the woods.

$7/member or $9/non-member

Summer Fun Soothing Herbal Remedies Workshop

Saturday, July 17 from 1-3:30 pm

Discover the beneficial healing properties of herbs to soothe our hot, dry summer skin.  We’ll discuss how herbs are used for healing, explore the variety of herbal preparations, and learn how to use them.  We’ll make an infused facial mist, a soothing skin salve, and a skin-softening bath soak.

$27/member or $35/non-member

Wee Wonders Summer 2021

Wee Wonders Summer 2021

A week long program for your wee one.  Bring your preschooler to Eden Mill to discover the wonder of nature! 

Each day we will enjoy nature games and activities, a story, craft and a hike exploring the landscape.

$50/member; $40/member sibling; or $65/non-member



Adventures with Plants Summer Camp

Leaves, Twigs, & Buds – Oh My!  Explore what’s growing in the fields, forests, and gardens at Eden Mill  Observe pollinators and other nature friends.  Engage with the outdoor, natural world with fun plant-themed crafts and activities.  We’ll discover why plants are so special.

$175/member or $193/non-member


Canoe Trips

Sunrise/Sunset Canoe Trips

July - September
Thursday evenings at 5:45 p.m. and select Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.

Join us for a guided hike, but on the water in a canoe! This canoe trip is designed to acquaint participants with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek. Exploration of the environment is enhanced by the use of canoes to travel along the creek. The emphasis, during these relaxed excursions, is on environmental education and interpretation, provided by the naturalist who accompanies the group. Bring your family, group, or a friend and enjoy the wildness of Deer Creek.

Offered on Thursday evenings and select Saturday mornings July -September for ages 6 – adult. 

$10/member or $12/non-member

Nature Storybook Art​

Nature Storybook Art

Coming soon. No date is currently scheduled for this program.

Nature Storybook Art allows children to become more aware of book illustration by experiencing hands-on techniques as part of easy art projects.  The wide variety of activities require no prior expertise. Each activity builds new awareness about books, illustrators, and their art techniques. Each illustrator is paired with a book and presented to the child artist for an art activity of creative value.  Children will see a relationship of book illustrations to their own art explorations.   Art techniques include drawing, painting, collage, crafting/constructing.  

Offered on select Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30 PM for ages 6-12 without an adult

$42/member or $44/non-member for each session

Richard Anderson’s Creature Features

Richard Anderson’s Creature Features

Contact us for more information about this program

Eden Mill is proud to partner with Richard Anderson to make his Creature Features low cost education programs available to Maryland school students.

Hunting the Haunted

Hunting the Haunted

Coming soon. No date is currently scheduled for this program.

Join Adam Elliot, a professional storyteller and local historian, for an evening of TRUE ghost stories and a guided ghost hunt. A session of chilling tales supported by photographs, documents, and paranormal evidence from the mill will be followed by ghost hunts of the mill and cemetery (weather permitting).

Offered on select Saturdays in the spring and fall.  Ages 10 and up (minors must be accompanied by a paying adult). 

$11/member; $16/non-member

Bird Banding

Bird Banding

Coming soon. No date is currently scheduled for this program.

Bird banding is the process of attaching a small metal or plastic band or tag around a bird’s leg in order to identify individual birds from the band’s unique number

Join Mark Johnson banding birds. Banding will take place at the Joe Vangrin Memorial Pavilion, located near the trail head, with intermittent walks to check the nets. Select dates in the spring and fall.  Free.  All ages.

If you have found or harvested a banded bird, please report it at You’ll need the band number, or numbers, if the bird has more than one band.

Eden Mill Nature Committee Covid-19 Protocol

Eden Mill CANOE PROGRAM Covid 19 Protocols

Recognizing that everyone is at different stages with the Covid pandemic and desiring to create a safe, welcoming environment for all community members as well as our staff and volunteers, all programs sponsored by the Eden Mill Nature Committee will follow these protocols for the time being:
  • All program participants, ages 5 and up, must wear a mask (covering nose and mouth) at all times during the program (see below for “mask-break”), as well as observe 6-foot distancing from other participants not a part of your family/pod/bubble.
  • Exceptions to the mask-wearing requirement are for those individuals with a bona-fide safety/health risk.  If this applies to you, we request that you notify us in advance, via email, so our Program Leaders and Volunteers can be prepared.
  • The Program Leader will include a short “mask-break” during the program. All participants wishing to briefly remove their mask may step away from the group and do so.
  • If you have a personal reason for choosing not to wear a mask, at this time we request that you not participate in an EMNC-sponsored program.
  • At this time, we will not be sharing/exchanging supplies and materials.
  • Animal mounts and other program props are not to be touched.
  • Please bring your own water bottle, etc.
  • Your personal items (such as water bottle, outerwear, etc.) should be placed away from other participant’s belongings if you need to set them down.
  • Please note there are no indoor restrooms at Eden Mill; spot-a-pots are available for your use.
Please be aware that all of our Program Leaders are following Harford County Parks & Recreation guidelines regarding sanitizing of program areas and program materials.

This bulletin identifies changes to normal procedures for Eden Mill canoe trips. These changes will be in place until pandemic conditions and public health advice allow a return to normal.
1.      We will limit all trips to no more than 4 participant canoes and two Eden Mill volunteer canoes.
2.      Eden Mill will provide canoes, life jackets, and paddles. You are welcome to use your own properly sized class 2 or class 3 life jacket, and/or your own paddle if desired.  All Eden Mill equipment is sanitized between its use by different participants.
3.      Masks covering both nose and mouth are required during all pre-trip and post-trip activities.
4.      Six feet of social distancing between family* groups is required at all times. This includes pre and post trip activities on land, and separation between boats while on the creek.
5.      After launch, and before docking, occupants of any boat may mutually decide to remove masks based on their own judgement of the risk for their boat.
* For the purpose of this discussion, a family group means people who normally interact with each other unmasked.