We have been waiting for spring to arrive for a long time, and will greet the vernal equinox on Friday, March 20 at 6:45 p.m. What warm weather activities do enjoy when winter ends? Many Baltimoreans like to hike through the parks or gardens near their homes to enjoy the new flora and fauna. So conquer that cabin fever by taking a hike to discover the signs of the season at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park this March and April.
On Saturday, March 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park is offering Bluebird Basics, a program suitable for adults and children 7 and older.
The cost is $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members . Advanced registration is required as walk-ins are not allowed.
The arrival of the bluebird is a sure sign of spring. Explore the world of bluebirds by observing their behaviors. Learn how to monitor them and build a “nest box to take home”.
Spring has Sprung
On Saturday, April 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park is offering Spring has Sprung, a program suitable for children ages 4 and older with an adult.
The cost is $2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members. Advanced registration is required as walk-ins are not allowed.
Children can celebrate spring with a hike to search for the sights and sounds of the season. They will also collect “natural treasures” for special crafts. Some of the crafts include sun catchers and pine cone critters.
Schools Out: It’s a Treasure Hunt
On Thursday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park is offering Schools Out: It’s a Treasure Hunt, a program suitable for families/groups with children 5 and older.
The cost is $6.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. Advanced registration is required as walk-ins are not allowed.
Bring a lunch and the kids to learn about Geocaching basics to start treasure hunting. The day begins with An Introduction to Geocaching, and after lunch Advanced Geocaching and Travel Bugs. This is a great way to keep the kids busy during spring break.
What You Need to Know
Baltimore families interested in African-American history or astronomy will find the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum interesting. The museum offers a short movie about the life of Benjamin Banneker, starring a young Ossie Davis.
There are exhibits of artifacts that were found as part of an archeological dig on the site. A replica of Benjamin Banneker’s original work desk is showcased. Another important item on exhibit is the telescope loaned to him by the George Ellicott.
Outside the museum in the park itself are many hiking trails. Currently the museum has restored the original barn and has made extensive improvements to the park. They even have plans to purchase additional plots of the original land when made available.
Check out the So check out the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in March and April for spring related activities. Directions and visitor information for the park and museum can be found at the link below.
Have a great day!
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
300 Oella Avenue
Oella, MD 21228