Upcoming Events

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Fall Cleanup
Saturday, December 9, 2017
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Join us for the last Saturday Service Day of the year. Volunteers are needed for our fall cleanup at Pickering Creek. There are tasks inside and outside to tackle. We will be painting inside the classrooms during this down time between the fall and spring school field trip season.  We’ll also be clearing the leaves from the waterfront picnic area near the office. Join us for a hearty morning of activity then stay for potluck lunch. There are rumors flowing that the Volunteer Coordinator is making chili for all.  Feel free to bring a side dish or desert if you desire.

EcoCamp Survivor Village: Winter Edition
Friday, January 26, 2018
8:30am – 5:30pm $60.00 per child 5th -7th grade Winter months bring new ways to explore the wooded trails and test your survival knowledge. Participants will practice teamwork, navigational, shelter-building, and fire-building skills while experiencing a different kind of day outdoors. Survivors should pack a lunch, snack, and be prepared to be outside. Limited to 20 participants, call to learn more. *Optional limited Transportation from Kohl’s in Easton for an extra $10.00 per child.

Pick-up at 8:00am, drop-off at 6:00pm.

Beginner Birding Basics
Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm $20.00 per person

Interested in learning how to bird, but not sure where to start? Join Pickering Creek staff and knowledgeable birders for a fun and engaging morning honing your birding skills at Peterson Woods. We’ll start our day indoors before heading out in the field. You’ll leave with a greater understanding for identifying birds in the field by sight or sound, as well as a plan for continuing your birding education! Binoculars and field guides provided. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Animal Olympics: Day Off EcoCamp
Monday, February 19, 2017
8:30am – 5:30pm $60.00 per child

Is your 2nd-4th grader off school for President’s Day?  Do they love the Winter Olympics?  Send them to Pickering Creek for a day of Olympic-style animal investigations and outdoor explorations!  Can you flap your “wings” as fast as a hummingbird, sniff out your food as quickly as a fox, or fly from South America to Canada?  Olympians should be dressed for the weather, pack a lunch and snack, and be ready to discover their inner animal! Space is limited to 20 participants. *Optional Limited Transportation from Kohl’s in Easton for an extra $10.00 per child. Pick-up at 8:00am, drop-off at 6:00pm.

Tiny Tots:  Winter Wonderland
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
10:00 – 11:00am $5.00 per child

Though the cold may keep us inside – many animals stay active all winter long! Explore the outdoors with your 3 to 5 year old and Pickering Naturalists as we discover our winter forests. We’ll learn to identify winter birds and mammal tracks and go home with a fun craft!

Flight of the Timberdoodle
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:00 – 8:30pm $5.00 per person

As winter breaks and spring begins to emerge the timberdoodle awakens. At dusk the male woodcock spirals into the sky, creating a trilling sound with its wings. Then he descends, fluttering, warbling and zigzagging back to the spot he began. This unusual mating ritual will take place in Pickering Creeks’ warm season grass meadows provide ideal habitat for this annual late winter event.

Paddling at Prime Hook
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Depart Pickering at 7:30am, Return at 5:30pm $35.00 per person

Join Delaware Nature Society and Pickering Creek Audubon Center Staff on a paddling adventure in Delaware’s Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. This winding, 7-mile paddle takes you through freshwater marshland into the open brackish waters nestled behind Prime Hook Beach. Ospreys, Belted Kingfishers, herons & egrets, eagles, beavers, turtles, shorebirds, and waterfowl abound! Plan for a 4-5 hour paddle; pack a bagged lunch and water. Van Transportation and paddling equipment from Pickering provided.

Planting for Birds 
Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm $20.00 per person

Do you enjoy watching hummingbirds hovering in the flower bed or finches at the bird feeder?  Invite feathered friends to your yard with plants that provide birds with what they need. Planting native plants is a great way to enhance the beauty of your yard and help birds and other wildlife at the same time.  Find out how native plants help birds and get tips for incorporating them into your yard and garden in this informative evening program. 

Boats, Birds, & Brews
Saturday, April 21, 2018
2:00 – 8:00pm $75.00 per person

Unwind on a Saturday. Start the afternoon with a Springtime paddle – we’ll explore the wetland inlets as we make our way to the open waters of Wye River. Paddle back to Peterson Woods and relax on the lawn as the nocturnal creek life starts to wake. Challenge your friends to a few lawn games with some local brews and other refreshments by your side. Unwind further with a provided dinner and s’mores over a campfire. Space limited to 12 people, ages 21+ only.

Wetland Wandering
Thursday, April 26, 2018
5:30 – 7:00pm $5.00 per person

Discover the slippery, slimy, and scaly creatures that call the wetlands at Pickering Creek home! Equipped with chest waders, boots, and large seine nets, we’ll spend the evening exploring and investigating a mysterious, wet, and watery world filled fish, frogs, and plenty of mud!

Introduction to Bird Language
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm $20.00 per person

Discover the language of birds and listen in on what they tell us about the world around us during this fun morning at Peterson Woods. Sharpen your observation skills and uncover the keys to understanding unique patterns behavior common to birds through guided instruction and outdoor activities. You’ll see birds and the world we share with them in a whole new way.

Tiny Tots:  Birds of a Feather
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
10:00 – 11:00am $5.00 per child

Spring and Summer is the time for birds! Bring your 3 to 5 year old to a fun morning of learning about our backyard birds, going on a bird hike, and searching for early nests. The little explorers will go home with window clings to help keep our local birds safe while living among us in our neighborhoods.

Birds and Climate Change
Saturday, May 12, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm $20.00 per person

Curious about the climate impacts to the beloved birds found in Maryland? Join us at Peterson Woods to learn about Audubon’s Birds and Climate Report and study the shifting ranges of 314 North American birds. Find out how Audubon is working both locally and nationwide to build climate resiliency and monitor changes in bird populations and ranges. Be a part of our climate solution – get involved!

Spring Birding with Citizen Scientists
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm $20.00 per person

Calling all early birds! Join Pickering Creek naturalists along the pathways at Pickering Creek Audubon Center for a close look at two closely monitored bird species: Eastern Bluebirds and Wood Ducks. Citizen scientist volunteers adopt trails and monitor birds each spring and summer as they build nests, lay eggs and raise their young. Learn about the process of monitoring built bird habitats and appreciate some of nature’s cutest animals: baby birds!

Tour, Toast & Taste
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Explore one of Talbot County’s rarely seen estates, enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d’ouevres and bidding on unique items during the annual gala event to support of Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s education programs. More information available in April 2018 at www.pcacevents.org

Summer Solstice Night Hike
Thursday, June 21, 2018
8:00pm – 10:00pm $5.00 per person

Explore the evening skies on the longest day of the year with Pickering Creek naturalists! As the sun sets, set your senses free while walking the trails of the 410-acre wildlife sanctuary and listening for the sounds of the nocturnal world. Test your night vision by looking for owls, bats, opossum and fox under darkening skies. Catch fireflies and gaze at the stars to kick off a summer full of wonder!

Summer Wetlands
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
6:30 – 8:00pm $5.00 per person

Share our summer campers’ favorite activity with your whole family! Summer is the best time to find newly hatched turtles and tadpoles of all shapes and colors – or, just play in the mud! Come in water shoes and shorts and be prepared to get muddy.