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Nature Almanac

A Year in the Greenbelt

Here is a sampling of what takes place in the Greenbelt throughout the year. Come for a visit  to be part of these wondrous activities.   Each month offers distinctive and special happenings.  And when the full moon hangs over the Greenbeltt, all’s right with the world. East coast Native Indians gave names to each full moon, which we have listed.

January: Wolf Moon

Great horned owls begin nesting –  Sledding at LaTourette Park

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods 10-mile Hike

February: Snow Moon

Resident birds beginning to sing: black-capped chickadee, northern cardinal, red-breasted nuthatches

Winter recess programs

Cold Feat 10-k Trail Run, LaTourette

March: Worm Moon

Spring Peepers are singing and breeding –

April: Pink Moon

Woodland wildflowers – bloodroot, spring beauty, trout lily, red trillium, wild ginger – are blooming

High Rock Challenge 10-k Adventure Race

May: Flower Moon

Hummingbirds, warblers, vireos, thrushes, finches and more are abundant

Carousel opens on the first Saturday

June: Strawberry Moon

National Trails Day is first Saturday

Aquatic turtles excavating nests and laying eggs

Train to become a camp counselor or volunteer

Great golfing at LaTourette

July: Buck Moon

Butterflies peak!

Greenbelt Summer Camp begins

Annual Barbecue at the Recreation Center

Catch-and-release fishing in Willowbrook Lake

Mini-camp for little ones

August: Sturgeon Moon

Wild mushroom season starts

The Carousel is open 7 days a week

September: Harvest Moon

Small birds begin migrating south

School visits begin

Guided hikes from the Nature Center – all seasons

October: Hunters’ Moon

Peak of autumn foliage (second week of October)

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Annual 10-mile Hike

November: Beaver Moon

Leonid meteor showers in constellation Leo: mid-month

Fall Flat 5-k Run along the White Trail

“Turkey Be Gone” Hike day after Thanksgiving from Nature Center

December: Winter Moon

Winter ducks enjoy their season

Trail Run Festival – 50K, 25K, 10K and 5K race

Squirrels, raccoons and chipmunks den-up

Art workshops and more at the Nature Center