As seasonal CFIN members, your family will receive weekly invitations to join an Event Leader and other member families on planned nature outings. Enjoy community building with other families, exploration and free play in nature, and thoughtful activities planned by your leader; outings may include hiking, learning about seasonal changes, creative fun, land stewardship opportunities, and more.
In addition, CFIN currently offers one FREE community event each season. In the spring of 2024 we will also be offering a series of FREE community gardening events as we improve and update the pollinator gardens we tend on Columbia Association Open Space property; be on the lookout for Event information in late winter 2024! Find Registration buttons for all upcoming events below.
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Below, enjoy some photos from recent events and learn more about current and upcoming opportunities to join us!
Current Registration information
We wrapped up CFIN:Autumn 2023 on November 26th. Member families are enjoyed events at locations such as Savage Park, Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary, our Adopt-a-Spot in the Faulkner Ridge neighborhood, Freetown Farm, the Green Farmacy Garden, Cedar Lane Park, and the Hilton Area of Patapsco State Park! This season we have offered a number of events FREE to the wider community, including CFIN's traditional Opt Outside: Green Friday Fun! Event at Patapsco Valley State Park: Hilton Area; participants enjoyed a warming hike, hang out time in the pavilion with a roaring fire and warm drinks, snacks, a used outdoor wear swap, crafts and games; we had the wonderful Nature Center opened up, and kids of all ages enjoyed the iconic tire playground.
We are excited to have partnered with the Howard County Health Department to provide two FREE Walktober Events and look forward to participating again next year! We hope you had a beautiful, active Walktober!
We held a few events to tend our pollinator gardens on CA Open Space property; these CFIN:Gardeners Events will return in the spring of 2024! This is a great way to volunteer as a family and maybe learn a little about how to create or enhance your own garden to welcome pollinators!
Registration for CFIN:Winter 2024 is open; see the registration link below!
Read on if you have general questions about seasonal memberships, our upcoming winter season, other CFIN offerings, and be sure to check out our FAQs at the very end of the page.
Our Seasonal Memberships include 10 unique outdoor events for your entire family! Follow us on Facebook and/or join our mailing list to receive updates and reminders for registration (buttons above). Almost all of our outings take place on Sunday afternoons (2:00PM-4:00PM). Our pricing ($30 -$120 per family per season) is set up so that families can choose a membership level that best meets their budget and the number of outings they expect to be able to attend (while we are always excited to see in our attendance data that a family attended all 10 events in a season, it is normal for families to have conflicts on some Sundays -- sign up does not commit you to full time attendance!). A fully-sponsored membership is also available for families who need additional financial assistance; please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and guidance before registering. Read through our FAQs below for more information about memberships and feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have questions!
Registration for CFIN:Winter 2024 has begun; events will be held Sunday, January 14th through Sunday, March 17th. A Family Membership--in addition to offering you ten curated opportunities to get outside for some winter family-fun--guarantees your family a spot on the guest list for CFIN's Tenth Anniversary (!!) Event.
Following us on Facebook and joining our CFIN mailing list will ensure you receive the most up to date information on CFIN happenings (buttons for that are at the top of this page!).
With respect to COVID-19 and masking procedures, masks are welcome, but not required; participants are encouraged to make the masking decision that feels best for themselves and their family.
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