Fall is here and the change can be felt in the air. That means it is time for the Martinak State Park Fall Festival with freshly made apple butter, scarecrow making, hayrides, and games.  Entertainment includes Driven Women, Square Dancers, and the Choptank River Big Band! The Fall Fest will be held on Saturday, October 20 from noon until 4:00 PM. 

In addition, Healthy Parks and Healthy People’s fall calendar reflects the cooling temperatures and the diminishing sunlight so make sure to read the details below.   Many of our walking and yoga programs will continue, but the Monday evening programs have shifted to Tuesday evening and the time has changed.  For children, a Park Discovery program has been added to engage children in the outdoors.  Art in the Park, Disc Golf, Star Gazing and Tuckahoe Treks are programs returning to the calendar.  A Tuckahoe Trail Bicycle Ride has been added for beginners.

It is a perfect time of year to step away from cell phones, begin a exercise routine or take a deep breath of fresh air.  See you at the park! 

MARTINAK STATE PARK FALL FEST OCTOBER 20, NOON TILL 4:00 PM

Bring the family to a free fall festival to enjoy the apple butter and children’s activities from 12:00-4:00 PM. Entertainment starts at 12:30 with Driven Women, Square Dancing and followed by the Choptank River Big Band at 2:00 PM at Martinak State Park.

WALKS

Senior Stroll: Meet up with others to walk the paved fitness trail on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October at 10:30 AM, at the Martinak State Park Office.

Nich’s Rise-Up Walk:  Meet at Nich’s Coffee Shop, 5N 3rd St. in Denton on Saturday October 27 at 8:00 AM for a 3 -mile walk.  Join the group for coffee after the walk. There is a .50 discount per cup for walkers!

Mind Over Miles: How many steps equal a mile, and how many miles can you do walking at a moderate+ pace?  Meet at the Martinak Nature Center at 9:00 AM on Thursday, October 4 and 25. Walk15 will be held in the Nature Center during inclement weather.

Tuckahoe Trek: Meet for a fall evening 3+ mile hike at the Tuckahoe Park Office on October 5 and 26 at 4:30 PM. Bring bug spray and water.

YOGA AND DANCE

Yoga Practice: Improve your flexibility, core development, and balance on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 4, 23, 25, 30 at 8:00 AM, at the Martinak State Park Amphitheater.  Bring a mat or towel.

Evening Yoga: Yoga is perfect for winding down after a busy day. Stretch major muscle groups, become flexible, and feel calm at the Martinak State Park Nature Center on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM.

Zumba Gold: Kathy Leary leads a perfect low intensity workout to music for adults on Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 9:00 AM at the Martinak State Park Nature Center.  Come join the fun!

Walk 15: Join a group exercise class for everyone of all fitness levels. Walk 2 miles to music in 30 minutes.  This is a great aerobic workout for busy people at the Martinak State Park Amphitheater on Tuesdays, October 9, 23, 30 at 6:30 PM.

Rock Painting: Join us at the Nature Center October 6 at 1:00 PM to paint your own rock! It’s fun for all ages so bring your friends and family and be ready to create your own masterpiece. 

Paint Afternoon: Paint a lovely nature scene and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Martinak State Park Nature Center on Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 PM.  The cost is $15.00 per canvas. Light refreshments included. RSVP by calling or texting 410-924-1529.

Martinak Park Discovery: Children ages 6-10 can come to Martinak State Park on Tuesdays at 5:00 PM to complete nature activities, games, and crafts. The program is free. Call 410-924-1529 to reserve a space.

PARTNER PROGRAMS

First Saturdays: Discover native habitats at Adkins Arboretum. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, Free for members and Park RX holders on October 6 at 10:00 AM.

Dog Walk: Meet with fellow dog lovers to walk at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor Center at 9:00 AM, on October 4. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.

Fall Color, Fruits, Buds, and Bark Walk: Stroll through Adkins Arboretum with master naturalist Margen Glover on Sunday, October 7 at 1:00 PM.

The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.

Monarch Tagging: Join Adkins Arboretum naturalists for tagging as monarchs stop for rest and nectar during their migration to Mexico. Participate in the University of Kansas widespread Monarch Watch tagging program on Friday, October 12 at 3:00 PM, and learn how to protect monarch habitat in your backyard or community. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.

Family Bee Workshop: Master Naturalist Jay Falstad will share his expertise of honeybees and solitary bees with the entire family at Adkins Arboretum on Sunday October 14 at 1:00 PM. Get a close-up look at bees through an observation hive, and learn how bees pollinate the foods we love to eat. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.

How to Speak about Climate Change: Join Coreen Weilminster and Mary Helen Gillen at Adkins Arboretum to learn to speak effectively, accurately, and confidently about climate change on Wednesday, October 31 at 1:00 PM. The training will explore the social factors that influence opinions, beliefs, and perceptions of climate change. The cost is $5.00 for non-members, free for members and Park RX holders.

Paddling Adventures: Discover the beauty of the Red Bridges to Greensboro Choptank River trail on October 20 by joining the Recreation and Parks paddle. Fee includes snacks, trained guides, up to 2-3 hours on the river and mugs of warm cider. Meet at the Greensboro boat ramp at 2:00 PM to shuttle boats and paddlers to Red Bridges. The cos is $25 and includes the kayak rental or $15 for Y members or if you bring your own kayak. Call Recreation and Parks at 410-479-812 for questions and for reservations by October 17.

BIKING, PADDLING, DISC GOLF AND STAR GAZING

Star Gazing: Come to Tuckahoe State Park Ball Field on Saturday October 6 at 7:00 PM and join the Delmarva Star Gazers to look at the night sky!  Bring blankets and flashlights.

Disc Golf: Join others to play a round of disc golf at the course at Tuckahoe State Park on Saturday, October 27 at 3:00 PM.  Beginners are encouraged to try it!  Discs can be borrowed from the park.

Easy Breezy Ride: Borrow a beach bike and join the group for a ride at Martinak State Park on Thursdays, October 4 and 25 at 9:00 AM.  Meet at the Martinak Nature Center.

Caroline Cycles: Cycle 25+ miles through country roads.  Bike helmet required.  Water, lights and bright clothing suggested. 13 mph ride. Call 410-924-7402 for more information.  Meet on Saturday, October 6 at 9:00 AM across from Mary’s Country Store on Route 16 in Harmony, MD.  Call 410-924-7402 for more information.

Tuckahoe Trail Ride: Meet at the Tuckahoe Lake Parking area with a bike appropriate for off road riding to ride the trails in the park at 12:30 PM.   Bike helmet required and water suggested.  This ride is suggested for those experienced in riding a bike but new to trail riding.  Call 410-924-7402 for questions.

Last Chance Paddle Meet Up: Drop everything and bring your kayak and gear to paddle Tuckahoe on Monday, October 8 at 10:00 AM.  Meet at the Tuckahoe State Park boat ramp. Life jacket required.  Call 410-924-1529 for questions.

Check our website for more park activities by clicking on the calendar of events at http://dnr.maryland.gov/Publiclands/Pages/outdooreduc.aspx