Treasure Hunt in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park: Spring
As you explore Gwynns Falls Leakin Park this Spring look for the following natural treasures.
Recommendations for trail users on observing social distancing minimums
-Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
-Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
-Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
-Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
-Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
-Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers
Check as many as you find. Unless noted otherwise, all images captured by a Carrie Murray Nature Center naturalist in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, Baltimore City
Groundhog / (Google image) Learn more:
Deer / Learn More:
Deer tracks (Google Image) / Learn More:
. There are many activities one can do with a dandelion. Some examples here:
Daffodils / Learn More:
Spring Beauty / Learn More:
May Apple / Learn More
Skunk Cabbage Flower / Learn More:
Tulip Tree Bloom / Learn More:
Violet / Learn More:
Trout Lily / Learn More:
Magnolia Flower / Learn More:
Flowering Trees in the distance
Clouds (Google Image) / For more information about clouds:
Sensitive Fern / Learn More:
Maple Seeds on a tree
Old Brown Maple seeds / Tree ID Guide:
Garlic Mustard / Learn More:
Millipede / Learn More:
Leopard slug / Learn More:
American Toad / Learn More:
Pileated Woodpecker (Google Image) / Learn More:
Tree Swallows (Google Image) / Learn More: Often seen flying quickly in large open areas. They return to our area in spring and nest in May. More information here:
Vultures in Flight / Learn More:
An interesting rock. This example is marble. / Learn More:
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