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 EDEN MILL NATURE CENTER 

 
EDEN MILL NATURE CENTER

Historic Gristmill Museum & Park
1617 Eden Mill Rd.
Pylesville, MD 21132
Aimee Harris,
Recreation Specialist V

410.836.3050
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Eden Mill   

EDEN MILL NATURE CENTER, HISTORIC GRISTMILL MUSEUM, & PARK

Office Location:

1617 Eden Mill Road , Pylesville, MD 21132
Phone 410-836-3050 Phone
Office Hours: M-F 9-4pm, Saturdays 9am-2:30pm, Sundays 1-4pm, 9am - 2pm; Nature Center 9am-4pm- Call to confirm
Recreation Specialist V: Aimee Harris

In 1964, Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation acquired the mill and 57 acres that comprise Eden Mill Nature Center and Park.

In 1991 a group of community leaders and educators created the Eden Mill Nature Center to "Provide an opportunity for all people to develop a greater appreciation and awareness of the historical and natural resources of the area." This community group became the Eden Mill Nature Committee, Inc.

Through their efforts and with support of Harford County Parks and Recreation as well as many businesses in the community, they have sustained the nature center. They also designed, built, and maintained over 5 miles of hiking trails, initiated the preservation of the 200 year old mill, purchased ten canoes and developed and set standards for conducting enviromental canoe trips. They built a new community meeting room, worked with Harford County to have a pavilion and pedestrian bridge constucted, developed and conducted enviromental education programs that have reached over 40,000 people in the last 6 years, and initiated the design and development of an accessible canoe launch that will allow everyone to enjoy the wonders of nature. They have provided a resource of naturalist, enviromental, and experiential educators that work with other educational facilties throughout Harford County. They initiated evening, family-oriented canoe trips, and developed and constructed kid friendly exhibits in the nature center. They established a canoe training program used by Harford County Schools, and have and continue to conduct and develop numerous outdoor education programs. Without the invaluable interest and dedication of this group of community leaders, the Eden Mill facility would still most likely be today - a vacant building.

For further program listings and information, please go to our website, www.edenmill.org.

Last Updated: October 14, 2014
ARTS & CRAFTS
Nature Storybook Art:
Select Tuesdays each month; 4:15- 6:00pm; ages 5-10 Fee: $52.00/member or $55.00/non-member per month (4 classes) Nature Storybook Art, developed and taught by Brenda Marsden, allows children to become more aware of book illustration by experiencing hands-on techniques as part of easy art projects. Children are invited to explore art activities with materials readily available in most homes and schools. 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. Must pre-register!  
Preschool Nature Series:
Select Fridays, monthy; 10-11:30am; ages 2-5 with an adult Fee: $8/member with $6/member sibling or $10/non-member per date This exciting Nature Series features activities, live animals, crafts, snacks, and exploration of various parts of Eden Mill Park. Taught by Tiny Wonders instructor, Kim Truxel. Must pre-register!
CAMPS
Babes in the Woods Summer Camps:
Ages 4-5; Select dates Monday-Friday from 10am-1pm; June-August; Eden Mill Nature Center; Preschoolers will enjoy a day exploring nature through hands-on activities such as hikes, games and arts & crafts. Pre-registration Required! Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Summer Camps for ages 6-8:
Ages 6-8; Select weeks throughout the summer; Monday-Friday from 9:30am-3:00pm; Eden Mill Nature Center; Each week is based on a theme; Enjoy stories, crafts and many other exciting activities. We will end each day with swimming in the creek and end our week with a canoe ride on Deer Creek! Pre-registration Required; Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Summer Camps for ages 9-11:
Ages 9-11; Select weeks throughout the summer; Monday-Friday from 9:30am-3:00pm; Eden Mill Nature Center; Each week is based on a theme; We will end each day with swimming in the creek and end our week with a canoe ride on Deer Creek! Pre-registration Required! Info:http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Wee Wonders Summer Camp:
Ages 2-3; Select dates Monday-Friday from 10:15-11:30 w/adult; June-August; Eden Mill Nature Center; Led by Tiny Wonders instructor, Kim Truxel, Wee Wonders is a stimulating gathering for 2-3 year olds. Planned activities will provide opportunities for creative movement, language development, nature exploration and the five senses. Pre-registration Required! Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
CANOEING
American Canoe Association Workshops:
Ages 14 +; Select dates in spring; Eden Mill Nature Center
Courses offered:
Quickstart Your Canoe: Level 1- A brief, three-hour introduction to paddling a canoe. Students are presented with basic information on boat control, paddling apparel, potential hazards and simple rescues. An entry level of paddling skills is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and effectively maneuver on flat-water. While designed as stand-alone courses, the interested paddler can progress to more advanced levels of instruction.   PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Introduction to (Solo) Canoe: Level 1- A 1 day course focusing on the basic canoe skills for the solo and/or tandem canoeist. Students are presented with basic information on boat control, paddling apparel, potential hazards and simple rescues. An entry level of paddling skills is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and effectively maneuver on flat-water.   PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Introduction to (Tandem) Canoe: Level 1- A 1 day course focusing on the basic canoe skills for the tandem canoeist. Students are presented with basic information on boat control, paddling apparel, potential hazards and simple rescues. An entry level of paddling skills is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and effectively maneuver on flat-water. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Essentials of River Canoeing (2-day)- The Class I-II conditions on upper Deer Creek and the wind and waves of the Susquehanna are waiting! Join our ACA Certified Instructor on this two day course reviews skills from Intro to Canoe and builds new skills on moving water with lots of hands-on-the-water time.  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Family Canoe Trips:
Ages 6+; Thurs evenings from 5:45-8/8:30pm and Sat mornings from 8:15-11:00am; May-Sept, Eden Mill Nature Center; The program is designed to acquaint the participant with the natural surroundings on Deer Creek at Eden Mill. Exploration of the environment, both the land and the water, is enhanced by the use of canoes to travel along Deer Creek. The emphasis, during these relaxed excursions is on environmental education and interpretation, provided by the naturalist who accompanies the group. It is a quiet time of learning, exploration, and enjoying nature. Basic paddling instruction is provided before the trip. Canoes, paddles, and personal floatation devices (lifejackets) are provided. This is a "flatwater" paddle-no rapids or riffles are encountered. Reservations are required. Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Twilights.html
EDUCATIONAL
Bird Banding:
All ages welcome; Select dates 7:00am-noon; Spring and Fall; Eden Mill Nature Center; Bird banding is a universal and indispensable technique for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. Join Mark Johnson and Les Eastman as they band birds. Banding takes place at the Joe Vangrin Memorial Pavilion with intermittent walks to check the nets. Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Full Seven Day Beekeepers Workshop:
Ages:14+; Course scheduled each March-April; Eden Mill Nature Center; Take your fascination and curiosity about honeybees one step further and join instructor Cybil Preston for our complete 7 day course on becoming a hobbyist beekeeper. The course is geared for beginning beekeepers; however experienced beekeepers seeking current information are more than welcome. Tpocs include: Introduction to Bees & Beekeeping; Equipment Assembly; Selecting an Apiary Site; Bee Biology; Spring Management; Summer Management; Disease and Pest Management; Hiving Packages; Making Divisions;Preparing Colonies for Winter;Producing a Honey Crop; Honey tasting; Honey: From Colony to Customer. Activities include lectures, videos and hands-on training. After completing this course almost anyone will be able to set up and manage his or her own beehive. Course Instructor: Cybil Preston co owns a local small beekeeping and produce business. She is the past president of the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association and is currently Head Beekeeper for Eden Mill Nature Center and an Apiary Inspector for the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Pre-registration erquired. Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Homeschool Programs:
Ages 6-12; Three Select Mondays a month from 9:30-11:30 or 1:00-3:00pm; September-May; Eden Mill Nature Center; Each month is a themed session.  Pre-registration Required! Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Honeybee Hive Maintenance:
All ages; Select Tuesdays at 4:30pm; May-October; Eden Mill Nature Center; Eden Mill's head beekeeper, Cybil Preston, will be on hand to answer questions about honeybees, crop management, honeybee pests and diseases, as well as demonstrating hive maintenance. There is no registration for this free demonstration! Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Introduction to Honeybees and the Art of Beekeeping:
Ages 12+; select date in February each year; Eden Mill Nature Center; Delve into the secret world of honeybees! Learn about the honeybee itself, the hierarchy, the habits within a colony, and the art of beekeeping! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED; Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Nature Storybook Art:
Select Tuesdays each month; 4:15- 6:00pm; ages 5-10 Fee: $52.00/member or $55.00/non-member per month (4 classes) Nature Storybook Art, developed and taught by Brenda Marsden, allows children to become more aware of book illustration by experiencing hands-on techniques as part of easy art projects. Children are invited to explore art activities with materials readily available in most homes and schools. 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. Must pre-register!  
Tiny Wonders:
Ages 2-5; Select Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11:30am; September-May; Eden Mill Nature Center; What do preschoolers wonder about? A former teacher works to cultivate a child's natural curiosity through stories, music, crafts, movement, and dramatic play. Pre-registration Required! http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
FIELD TRIPS
Field Trips:
Eden Mill offers customized field trips for small groups. Trips are specialized to accommodate your group's learning objectives & are appropriate for grades Pre-K through 12.
HIKING
Hiking Trails:
All ages; Open from dawn-dusk year round; Eden Mill Nature Center; Over 5 miles of trails are available for your enjoyment; Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Trails-and-Maps.html
HOLIDAY
Preschool Holiday-Themed Parties:
Ages: Preschool; select dates revolving around holidays; Halloween Party, St. Patrick's Day Party, etc; Eden Mill Nature Center; Pre-registration Required! Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
NATURE & ENVIRONMENTAL
American Canoe Association Workshops:
Ages 14 +; Select dates in spring; Eden Mill Nature Center
Courses offered:
Quickstart Your Canoe: Level 1- A brief, three-hour introduction to paddling a canoe. Students are presented with basic information on boat control, paddling apparel, potential hazards and simple rescues. An entry level of paddling skills is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and effectively maneuver on flat-water. While designed as stand-alone courses, the interested paddler can progress to more advanced levels of instruction.   PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Introduction to (Solo) Canoe: Level 1- A 1 day course focusing on the basic canoe skills for the solo and/or tandem canoeist. Students are presented with basic information on boat control, paddling apparel, potential hazards and simple rescues. An entry level of paddling skills is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and effectively maneuver on flat-water.   PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Introduction to (Tandem) Canoe: Level 1- A 1 day course focusing on the basic canoe skills for the tandem canoeist. Students are presented with basic information on boat control, paddling apparel, potential hazards and simple rescues. An entry level of paddling skills is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and effectively maneuver on flat-water. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Essentials of River Canoeing (2-day)- The Class I-II conditions on upper Deer Creek and the wind and waves of the Susquehanna are waiting! Join our ACA Certified Instructor on this two day course reviews skills from Intro to Canoe and builds new skills on moving water with lots of hands-on-the-water time.  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Babes in the Woods Summer Camps:
Ages 4-5; Select dates Monday-Friday from 10am-1pm; June-August; Eden Mill Nature Center; Preschoolers will enjoy a day exploring nature through hands-on activities such as hikes, games and arts & crafts. Pre-registration Required! Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Bird Banding:
All ages welcome; Select dates 7:00am-noon; Spring and Fall; Eden Mill Nature Center; Bird banding is a universal and indispensable technique for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. Join Mark Johnson and Les Eastman as they band birds. Banding takes place at the Joe Vangrin Memorial Pavilion with intermittent walks to check the nets. Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Full Seven Day Beekeepers Workshop:
Ages:14+; Course scheduled each March-April; Eden Mill Nature Center; Take your fascination and curiosity about honeybees one step further and join instructor Cybil Preston for our complete 7 day course on becoming a hobbyist beekeeper. The course is geared for beginning beekeepers; however experienced beekeepers seeking current information are more than welcome. Tpocs include: Introduction to Bees & Beekeeping; Equipment Assembly; Selecting an Apiary Site; Bee Biology; Spring Management; Summer Management; Disease and Pest Management; Hiving Packages; Making Divisions;Preparing Colonies for Winter;Producing a Honey Crop; Honey tasting; Honey: From Colony to Customer. Activities include lectures, videos and hands-on training. After completing this course almost anyone will be able to set up and manage his or her own beehive. Course Instructor: Cybil Preston co owns a local small beekeeping and produce business. She is the past president of the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association and is currently Head Beekeeper for Eden Mill Nature Center and an Apiary Inspector for the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Pre-registration erquired. Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Hiking Trails:
All ages; Open from dawn-dusk year round; Eden Mill Nature Center; Over 5 miles of trails are available for your enjoyment; Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Trails-and-Maps.html
Homeschool Programs:
Ages 6-12; Three Select Mondays a month from 9:30-11:30 or 1:00-3:00pm; September-May; Eden Mill Nature Center; Each month is a themed session.  Pre-registration Required! Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Honeybee Hive Maintenance:
All ages; Select Tuesdays at 4:30pm; May-October; Eden Mill Nature Center; Eden Mill's head beekeeper, Cybil Preston, will be on hand to answer questions about honeybees, crop management, honeybee pests and diseases, as well as demonstrating hive maintenance. There is no registration for this free demonstration! Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Introduction to Honeybees and the Art of Beekeeping:
Ages 12+; select date in February each year; Eden Mill Nature Center; Delve into the secret world of honeybees! Learn about the honeybee itself, the hierarchy, the habits within a colony, and the art of beekeeping! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED; Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Preschool Nature Series:
Select Fridays, monthy; 10-11:30am; ages 2-5 with an adult Fee: $8/member with $6/member sibling or $10/non-member per date This exciting Nature Series features activities, live animals, crafts, snacks, and exploration of various parts of Eden Mill Park. Taught by Tiny Wonders instructor, Kim Truxel. Must pre-register!
Summer Camps for ages 6-8:
Ages 6-8; Select weeks throughout the summer; Monday-Friday from 9:30am-3:00pm; Eden Mill Nature Center; Each week is based on a theme; Enjoy stories, crafts and many other exciting activities. We will end each day with swimming in the creek and end our week with a canoe ride on Deer Creek! Pre-registration Required; Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Summer Camps for ages 9-11:
Ages 9-11; Select weeks throughout the summer; Monday-Friday from 9:30am-3:00pm; Eden Mill Nature Center; Each week is based on a theme; We will end each day with swimming in the creek and end our week with a canoe ride on Deer Creek! Pre-registration Required! Info:http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Tiny Wonders:
Ages 2-5; Select Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11:30am; September-May; Eden Mill Nature Center; What do preschoolers wonder about? A former teacher works to cultivate a child's natural curiosity through stories, music, crafts, movement, and dramatic play. Pre-registration Required! http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
Volunteer Opportunities:
All ages; year-round opportunities; Eden Mill Nature Center; Eden Mill is composed primarily of volunteers. Volunteer Teams include Bird Boxes and Feeders, Building Maintenance; Canoe and Kayak; Critter Care; Disability Awareness; Friends of the Land at Eden Mill; Fundraising and Grants; Gift Shop; Grist Mill Museum; Membership; Micro Hydro Project; Nature Center; Newsletter; Programming; Recycling; Special Events; Trails; Wetlands; Youth Corps (Junior Volunteers); Volunteer; Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Volunteers.html
Wee Wonders Summer Camp:
Ages 2-3; Select dates Monday-Friday from 10:15-11:30 w/adult; June-August; Eden Mill Nature Center; Led by Tiny Wonders instructor, Kim Truxel, Wee Wonders is a stimulating gathering for 2-3 year olds. Planned activities will provide opportunities for creative movement, language development, nature exploration and the five senses. Pre-registration Required! Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Programs.html
WALKING
Hiking Trails:
All ages; Open from dawn-dusk year round; Eden Mill Nature Center; Over 5 miles of trails are available for your enjoyment; Info: http://www.edenmill.org/Trails-and-Maps.html
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