The Notchcliff Natural Learning Community offers programs that encourage nature connection, environmental stewardship, sustainable living, and appreciation for our shared natural world.

These community-based programs are offered at Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm, Maryland.

Learn about our mission, vision, and core beliefs here.


playful outdoor learning 
for children 3-5 years old


intergenerational learning
with elders in our community

year-round opportunities
for nature connection


We can't wait to explore nature with your little one! Children ages 3-5 years old will have immersive, playful experiences in nature each week. In our pilot year (Sept. 2019 - May 2020), we will offer Forest Fridays! This drop-off program runs from 9:30-12:30 p.m. on Fridays and meets entirely outdoors. We welcome families and elders at Glen Meadows Retirement Community to join us for special hands-on learning opportunities throughout the year. Family field trips are also built into the program to help families discover the many incredible wild places in our local community.

Pilot program begins Fri., Sept. 6, 2019. Space is limited! Contact Monica for details or register today.

Glen Meadows Retirement Community is situated on expansive rolling fields and lush woodlands in Glen Arm, Maryland, northeast of Baltimore City. Formerly a convalescent home for nuns, and Notch Cliff horse farm prior to that, Glen Meadows is a beautiful 482 acre campus brimming with places to explore. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the elders in our community who reside there.

What is 'intergenerational learning'?
When learning involves multiple generations - like grandparent to parent to grandchild - it is intergenerational learning. The elders in every society are the keepers of the past and anchors that help us navigate the future. We appreciate elders for their sage perspectives and want to help children cultivate respect and appreciation for all the elders in our midst.

Notchcliff Nature Preschool offers special opportunities for Glen Meadows residents to hike with us, play outdoor games, tell stories, demonstrate handcrafts, garden, cook, or make special play things for us to use during outdoor adventures.

You can learn more about the history of Glen Meadows in this Baltimore Sun article and preview the location on Google Earth.

"Springtime orchards are shell pink and white. Summer light lingers on the meadows . . . autumn means the gum tree will be flaming . . .  winter brings whiteness and an almost paradisine beauty."

                                                                                                                     - Maura Eichner, a sister and former resident


Family Nature Play Day
Sun., August 18 from 10-2 p.m. 
Cromwell Valley Park, Parkville, MD
Families welcome, pay what you can
Enjoy a summer day of good old-fashioned nature play! Outdoor games, guided trail walks, stream-searching, mud face painting, song circles, storytelling, live animal encounters, and natural art experiences are all part of the fun! Choose your outdoor adventures from a rotating schedule of activities and guided experiences. Nature-based educators will help you dig into all kinds of nature play you’re sure to love – in rain or shine!

Forest Storytime
Sat., August 24 at 10 a.m.
Glen Meadows Retirement Community, Glen Arm, MD

Open to all ages - and yes, it's FREE!

Drop-in for a FREE Forest Storytime at Glen Meadows. This interactive storytime includes songs, story, nature artifacts, and the occasional puppet. It's a sweet way to enjoy stories among the trees! Directions: Follow the driveway all the way to the visitor parking on the left. Walk up the path to the Labrynth and look for us under the dogwood tree. 

This Notchcliff Natural Learning Community is a project of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

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