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!

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 

$12/member or $14/non-member


30 Years of Wildlife Photography at Eden Mill

Register Now! Wednesday, March 29
6:30-8:00 pm

Join Frank Marsden, who has spent 30 years at Eden Mill observing, photographing, and teaching about the wildlife of Eden Mill for a photography presentation, lively conversation, the stories behind the photographs, and loads of interesting facts about the critters of Eden Mill. The program will be held in the classroom.

 Programmer: Frank Marsden

Age Restricted Program: AGES 12 and up ONLY

There is no fee for this program.

Pre-registration is required.

Preschool Nature Series

Preschool Nature Series

Spring Registration Now Open!

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.

Programmer: Laura

Ages 2-5 with an adult

 Tuesdays This Spring

Session 1: 9:45 am – 10:45 am  

Session 2: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm                                      

 $9/member; or $11/non-member per date

Hunting the Haunted

Hunting the Haunted

Registration Now Open!
Saturday, April 22 7:30-10:00 pm

Join Adam Elliott, a professional storyteller, licensed educator, historical researcher, and paranormal investigator, for an evening of TRUE ghost stories and a guided ghost hunt featuring cutting-edge tech equipment.  Enjoy some chilling local ghost stories, hear and see paranormal evidence collected at past investigations, and participate in guided 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). 

$12/member; $17/non-member


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.

Camp is for ages 6-11 and runs from 9am-3pm (NO before or aftercare available)

$140 for June camp (4 days); $175 for July & August camps (5 days)

June 20 – June 23: Wildlife Signs We may not always see animals on a hike, but they often leave signs behind that tell us they were there. Spend a week learning about different animal signs and how to identify them while enjoying the beautiful Eden Mill park!

July 17- July 21: Junior Rangers – Join us as we become junior rangers at Eden Mill.  We will handle and feed our critters, learn to identify common plants and animals along our main trail, take bird walks, make nature crafts, and understand outdoor skills. We will spend one day at camp paddling on Deer Creek.

August 14- August 18: Nature NavigatorsJoin us as we explore the park in search of living organisms and learn about biodiversity!  Have a blast at Eden Mill, all while enjoying being outside in the summer sun!

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. This program runs from 10-11:30am each day. 

Programmer: Laura Seiple

July 3, 5, 6, 7 with Ages 2-5 with an adult

$63/member or $78/non-member


Sunrise/Sunset Canoe Trips

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

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

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.  No pre-registration needed.  All ages.

Spring Dates at 8am: April 15th, 21st, 29th & May 5th, May 13th

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.

Parks and Rec Programs at Eden Mill

Preschool Programs!

Homeschool Programs!
Nature Homeschool- Creek Life: Wednesdays, May 3, 10, and 17 from 10:00am-12:00pm.
May Nature Art: Wednesdays, May 3, 10, and 17 from 12:15pm-2:00pm.

Family Programs
Herp Hunt: Saturday, May 6 from 9:00am-10:30am.
Springtime Flowers: Saturday, May 20 from 10:00am-11:30am.

Adult Programs!
Wood Duck Box Monitoring: Friday, May 12 from 10:00am-11:00am.
Composting at Home: Saturday, May 6 from 1:00pm-2:30pm.
Warbler Walk: Saturday, May 20 from 7:30am-9:30am.

Youth Programs!
Endangered Species Day: Saturday, May 13 from 9:00am-10:30am.
World Turtle Day Shell-A-Bration: Saturday, May 27 from 9:30am-11:00am.

Summer Camps!
The World of Water: Monday-Friday, June 26-30 from 9:00am-3:00pm.
Life on the Creek: Monday-Friday, July 24-28 from 9:00am-3:00pm.
Bear Necessities: Monday-Friday, July 31- August 4 from 9:00am-3:00pm.
Incredible Insects: Monday-Friday, August 21-25 from 9:00am-3:00pm.

Family Feed Programs!
Every Tuesday at a time of your choosing!


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.