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Master falconer and bird-of-prey expert Mike Dupuy shares his love of the 4,000-year-old sport of falconry during exciting and informative demonstrations with his avian costars. A professional public speaker, Mike entertains his audiences with personal anecdotes and motivational speeches that use falconry as a metaphor to encourage them to follow their dreams. Guests also get to learn about each feathered raptor while it surveys the crowd for wild Energizer bunnies, and Mike encourages audience interaction by inviting volunteers from the audience to hold the hawk and try in vain to teach it to bark like a dog.
12234 Tullamore Road
Lutherville Timonium,
MD
US
On a 187-acre parcel of Gunpowder Falls State Park sits Graham Equestrian Center, a horse haven named one of the region's best places for horseback riding by CBS Baltimore. Here, trainers specialize in all facets of equine education, teaching students how to handle and ride horses in a way that's both safe and fun. Visitors can put these lessons to use in a number of settings; the center features access to many miles of tree-lined trails, as well as a large outdoor arena and training pen.
10301 Harford Rd
Glen Arm,
MD
US
Home to more than 17,000 animals including jellyfish, blacktip reef sharks, and honeycomb stingrays, the exhibits here immerse kids in underwater life. Visitors can meet piranhas and caimans in the Amazon River Forest, or go eye-to-eye with ocean predators in the 225,000-gallon, ring-shaped Shark Alley.
501 East Pratt Street
Baltimore,
MD
US
The team of educators at Wildlife Adventures has escorted party animals to birthday celebrations since 1999. These aren't the kind of party animals who dance on tables or put lampshades on their heads, though?they're actual animals brought in to teach kids and adults about non-human species and the importance environmental stewardship. Party organizers can choose from several options geared towards the age of attendees, including the all-ages option, "Tricks That Animals Play," which teaches attendees about the devious methods animals use for survival. Partygoers can even get up close and personal with the creatures, which can include the likes of rabbits, ducks, hedgehogs, tarantulas, and snakes. Wildlife Adventures also hosts after-school programs and camps for kids who want to take their love of animals to the next level.
2120 Schuster Rd
Jarrettsville,
MD
US
The Marshy Point Nature Center is enshrouded in nearly 3,000 acres of natural terrain from the combined Marshy Point Park and neighboring federal land. In this emerald oasis, a variety of wildlife including Barred Owls, Bald Eagles, and Red Fox make their home amongst the three miles of wooded trails and ponds. Hikers and birdwatchers can gather to see these creatures in their natural habitats or take a canoe out to the middle of the Dundee Creek and practice walking back to shore. Throughout the year, the Marshy Point Nature Center also runs activities including a spring festival with a muddy obstacle course and the Popsicle Plunge, which immerses swimmers into the Chesapeake Bay for the sake of charity or really sweaty tendencies.
7130 Marshy Point Road
Baltimore,
MD
US
Hoping to instill a sense of wonder and appreciation for nature, EcoAdventures offers a variety of enriching programs to educate curious kids. With a number of themes to engage children in interests that range from sharks and bugs to hiking through nature and digging for fossils, programs are offered alongside weekly parent-children classes, drop-ins, and even birthday parties. With a staff of highly educated specialists ranging from marine biologists to biomedical engineers, the instructors work closely with kids to share their own knowledge, experience, and stories of being in the field with crocodiles and sharks.
216 Najoles Rd.
Millersville,
MD
US
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