Family Nature Play DAY!

Sunday, August 18, 2019  from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m
Cromwell Valley Park, Towson, MD

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!


Open-ended activities are available throughout the event, but there are also special guided activities that rotate every 30 minutes. (Did someone say puppet!) Check out these great activities and get your tickets now!

  • Guided nature walks to the forest, stream, and meadow                    

  • Nature art and gardening workshops            

  • Outdoor games                         

  • Scavenger hunt                         

  • Mud face painting

  • Song Circle           

  • Storytelling 

  • Nature Puppet shows

  • Wool/fiber spinning demonstration  

  • Family Yoga


Have your face painted with mud paints, make nature crafts, create tree spirits and fairy homes with loose parts, and much more! You can also learn about local forest and nature programs as well as schools for your children.

Don't miss our raffle of a "nature play pack" full of fantastic nature play experiences and products donated by generous local businesses. All proceeds will benefit the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools, Inc.

This is a zero-waste event so please bring a cup or water bottle. Treats and ‘wheely good’ smoothie bike will be on hand if you want to grab a bite in the shade, or feel free to bring a picnic.


10-10:30 a.m.

Nature Games


Nature Art: Things with Wings

10:30-11 a.m.

Song Circle

10:30-11:15 a.m.

Guided nature walk: Into the Meadow

Razz Family Yoga

11-11:30 a.m.

Interactive Storytelling with the Waldorf School of Baltimore

Nature Games

Edible Eden Garden Workshop

11:30-12:15 p.m.

Guided nature walk: Edible Plants of the Forest

11:30-12 p.m.

Song Circle

Razz Family Yoga

12-12:30 p.m.

Interactive Storytelling with the Waldorf School of Baltimore

Nature Games with Irvine Nature Center

12:30-1:15 p.m.

Guided nature walk: Stream search

12:30 p.m.

Razz Family Yoga

1-1:30 p.m.

Animal puppet show

Nature Games

1:30 p.m.

Edible Eden Garden Workshop

1-2 p.m.

Spinning wool demo

Ticket Information

Online tickets now available. We strongly encourage you to purchase tickets in advance so you don't have to wait in line! Tickets will also be available on the day of the event by either cash or credit card (on your phone through our website). Get your tickets now!

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We Give Special thanks To these community partners & SPONSORS:


Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks
Cromwell Valley Park Council
Acorn Naturalists
Razz Yoga
Waldorf School of Baltimore
Ladew Topiary Gardens
Irvine Nature Center
Michele's Granola
Badger Natural & Organic Body & Skin Care Products
Edible Eden Baltimore Foodscapes


Just like nature preschool, our event is rain or shine! In case of extreme weather that could pose dangerous outdoor conditions, we may choose to cancel all or part of the day's event. If you are unable to attend due to the cancellation of the event, you may either donate your ticket price to our 501(c)(3) nonprofit or let us know within 24 hours if you'd like a full refund.

No weapons of any kind permitted. Pets are welcome but must be leashed per Cromwell Valley Park's rules.  We reserve the right to inspect bags and backpacks.  If you require special accommodations, please let us know so we can help ensure everyone has a great experience in the park!

During registration, attendees must sign a Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnification Agreement found here.

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