Activities ⇒ Naturalist Program Log 

Thank you for visiting our program log! Below you will find details and registration information for all of our naturalist-led offerings. Please note that all programs require registration at least 24-hours in advance to allow for adequate planning.

Please select the program that you are interested in learning more about:

Wild Things Preschool Program:

All summer sessions of Wild Things are currently full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list or are interest in dropping in for an individual class, please email the naturalist at to check for availability.

Our updated program for preschool age children, Wild Things, offers outdoor educational experiences in a fun and structured setting. Appropriate for ages 2-5, these hour-long classes will include a themed storytime, active game, craft, and nature hike. Topics will include seasons, local critters, and habitats that can be found within our park. Whenever possible, age appropriate practice of letters, numbers, and other basics will be incorporated into the lessons. Caregivers are expected to remain with the children and take part in the fun!

Wild Things Schedule:

For Summer 2017 this program will be offered as a six-class session, held every other week on either Tuesdays or Fridays as outlined below. The lessons presented will be the same on corresponding Tuesdays and Fridays, so it is appropriate to only attend one or the other. Children will get the most out of the program and you will get the best value by registering for a full session. In the event that sessions do not fill to capacity, drop-in space may be available on select days/times. **Please note changes in start times**

  Friday Session Dates: CURRENTLY FULL
    August 4; August 18
  Friday Session Time:

  Tuesday Session Dates:
    July 25; August 8; August 22
  Tuesday Session Times:
    9:30 - 10:30 am CURRENTLY FULL
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm CURRENTLY FULL

This popular program registers children for full sessions of classes first, and accepts drop-ins for individual classes if space allows. If you are interested in attending this summer, please visit our website for the most up-to-date information on drop-in availability.

Wild Things will be returning this Fall, on Fridays, beginning September 22 and on Tuesdays, beginning September 26. Our valued members will have priority registration for the Fall Session; members-only registration will be open online from August 8-22, with registration for the general public opening on August 22. We hope you will take advantage of this membership benefit to secure a spot for your child in this fun program!

Wild Thing Program Pricing:

Not a member?

When registering for a 6-week session you have the opportunity to add a family membership for only $10 (a $5 savings, essentially offering you the member cost for the program). As a member, you will receive advance notice and discounts on future programs, quarterly copies of our newsletter, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to support our mission!

Registration information: Wild Things Registration Form

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Holly Fowler via email at or call 215-828-2354.

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Twilight Skies Campfire Program:

We've teamed up with Westminster Astronomical Society to bring you a family-friendly campfire program that gives you a glimpse into evenings in our world and waaaay beyond! We will begin at 6:30 pm with the first round of telescope viewing from Pine Observatory at Charlotte's Quest (we can view the moon before dark!) and a casual campfire talk. As the sun begins to set we will take a naturalist guided twilight hike to observe the park's transition between day and night, with a focus on a different evening dweller each month. Following the hike those interested can return to the telescope to see Jupiter and other features of the early night sky. We will provide marshmallows for roasting! All children must be accompanied by a paying adult caregiver. These events are intended for children at least 5 years old because of the fire, telescopes, and darkness - younger children are permitted to attend, but must be constantly supervised. Please use your discretion and do not bring young children who cannot handle the boundaries that the situation requires.

Fee: $5/non-member, $4/member of Charlotte's Quest or Westminster Astronomical Society
Registration: Twilight Campfire Program Registration Form
Please include all pertinent information, especially your membership.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Holly Fowler via email at or call 215-828-2354.

Summertime Family Adventures:

When school's out, learning outside is in! Let us help you keep your school-age children busy with engaging nature-based activities that are fun and hands-on. These programs and activities were developed with elementary-age children in mind, and caregivers will have an opportunity to adjust the pace to suit the specific needs of each family's age structure. When registering, please list any and all dates you plan to attend.

Fee: $5/non-member, $4/member of Charlotte's Quest
Registration: Summertime Family Adventures Registration Form
Please include all pertinent information, especially your membership to receive your discount.

Please remember to check back to this page or to see our Online Calendar for further added programming as the year progresses.

Open Volunteer Session:

Dates: Wednesday, June 28, July 12, August 9
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ages: School service hour age

Do you like working outdoors? Want to get a jump on logging some service hours before school starts in the fall? Join us for a 2-hour volunteer session! Volunteer efforts are crucial to Charlotte's Quest operations. Tasks will include regular park and building maintenance such as weeding gardens, clearing trails, and cleaning and organizing inside activities. Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring plenty of drinking water. Please remember to register. See below.

Fee: No fee.
Registration: Open Volunteer Session Registration Form

Please remember to check back to this page or to see our Online Calendar for further added programming as the year progresses.

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Charlotte's Quest

3400 Wilhelm Lane
PO Box 864
Manchester, Maryland 21102

A Non-Profit