Family & Children’s Programs

 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!


Sunrise/Sunset Canoe Trips

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.

Age Restricted Program: 6 and older.

  • 6-8 years: 1 adult : 1 child
  • 9-15 years: 1 adult : 2 children

 $12/member or child; $15/ non-members

Minimum of 2 participants per canoe

Grow It Eat It : Betwixt and Between

Join our Master Gardeners at Eden Mill!  This is a program for the intermediate gardener who is more than a novice, but not quite a master.  Participants should wear comfortable shoes since the group will be touring the Eden Mill Demonstration Gardens to gain first hand knowledge.  Bring a lunch to enjoy under the garden pavilion.

Programmers: Anne Blocher, Cindy Monius, and Ginger Huller

Ages 16 and up

Free  Registration Required


Summer Camp At Eden Mill

Join us for a summer camp adventure at Eden Mill! Meet the critters in the nature center, explore the park, the creek, the wetlands, and make memories with new friends.

Ages 6-11


$140 for June Adventure
$175 for July or August Adventure

Mindfulness Hike and Kundalini Yoga

Join us for a gentle stroll through the Eden Mill trails where we will use all of our senses to observe our deep connection to nature.  Afterwards we will set up our mats and move into a short Kundalini yoga practice.  Kundalini yoga is a meditative yoga practice, where we move through various poses and breathing techniques in order to center the mind and restore balance to the body.

Programmer:  Bridgette Jester

$7/member or $10/non-member per date

Addicks duck photo

Wildlife Photography

Explore the Eden Mill property and learn how to photograph the vas array of wildlife found in and around the park!  Learn more about the how, when, and where of wildlife photography.  All skill levels are welcome.  We will be outside for the program so please dress accordingly for the weather!  Bring your own camera, lens(es), and other equipment.  

Programmer: Matthew Addicks

Age Restricted Program: Ages 16+

 $11/member or $13/non-member 

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.

Age Restricted Program: 8 and over; 15 and under with a registered adult

Programmer: Jill Kane

$10/member or $12/non-member

Wee Wonders Summer 2021

Wee Wonders Summer

A multi day 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.
exploring the landscape.

Programmer: Laura Seiple

Ages 2-5 with an adult

$63/member, $52 member sibling or $78/non-member

Hunting the Haunted

Hunting the Haunted

Saturday, April 23 from 7:30-10pm

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

 Programmer: Adam Elliott

Age Restricted Program: Ages 10 and up (minors must be accompanied by a paying adult). 

$11/member; $16/non-member

Parks and Rec Programs at Eden Mill

Preschool Programs!
5 Senses Nature Walk: Saturday, June 18 from 10:00am-11:30am.
Exploring the Bug Life: Saturday, June 25 from 10:00am-11:30am.

Adult Programs!
Women in the Outdoors: Tuesdays, June 14, July 12, and August 30 from 6:00pm-7:30pm.
Forest Bathing: Saturday, August 27 from 7:30am-8:30am.
Nature Journaling: Saturday, August 27 from 8:45am-10:00am.

Night Wonders Hike: Wednesdays, June 8, July 6, and August 24 from 7:45pm-9:00pm.
Breeding Bird Atlas Hike: Saturday, June 11 from 9:00am-10:30am.
All About Eagles Hike: Tuesday, July 5 from 10:00am-11:30am.
Day Hike: Saturday, July 30 from 1:00pm-2:00pm.

S'mores Off: Saturday, June 4 from 2:00pm-3:30pm.
Bonfire and Snacks: Saturday, July 2 from 8:00pm-9:00pm.
Campfire Sing-Along: Saturday, July 9 from 7:00pm-8:15pm

Youth Programs!
Kids in the Creek: Saturday, July 8 from 2:00pm-3:30pm.
Creek Crawlers: Saturday, July 30 from 1:30pm-2:30pm.

Summer Camps! (Mon-Fri 9:00am-3:00pm, ages 6-12)
Just Around the Riverbend: June 27-July1
Junior Naturalist: July 18-July 22
All About Animals: July 25-July 29
Deer Creek Daze: August 8-August 12
Aquatic Adventures: August 25-August 19
HallowEEK: August 22-August 26

Animal Encounters!
Family Feed:
Saturdays, June 25, July 16 and 23, and August 6, 13, and 20 from 11:30am-12:00pm.

Bird Banding

Bird Banding

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.

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.