AGES | 13 and up
TIME | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (unless otherwise noted)
FEE | $10 Members | $25 Non-members

Inclement weather policy: Classes will be held in light rain. In the event of forecasted severe weather, classes will be cancelled in advance by email. We will do our best to reschedule. In the event we cannot reschedule the class, or you are unable to make the rain date, we will issue a refund or transfer you to another class of interest.

Questions: Contact Rachelle Fowler at 410.557.9570 x225 or


Tuesday, April 30 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Spring Bird Count with Ecologist John Canoles of Eco-Science Professionals
Ecologist John Canoles will lead us through the meadows and Nature Walk to experience the spring migration. Hopes will be high to catch glimpses of migrating warblers and resident birds preparing for summer.


Thursday, May 16 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Forage and Cordage with Nick Spero of the Natural History Society

Nick Spero returns to explore the gardens and forest with you in search of nature snacks. You will learn to make your own cordage out of natural materials.  Nick is a biologist and longtime forager who teaches courses on wild edibles for the Natural History Society of Maryland.



Tuesday, May 28 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The Trees of Ladew with Vanessa Beauchamp
Towson University Professor, Vanessa Beauchamp, will lead us on an exploration of the trees at Ladew. Learn how to correctly identify various species of trees and discover other fun facts along the way.

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Saturday, June 15 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Maryland Biodiversity Project with David Webb

Learn how the Maryland Biodiversity Project promotes conservation by documenting living things using i-Naturalist. Hike with David Webb to identify and catalog insects, birds, and plants in the meadows and the forest of the Nature Walk.


Tuesday, July 9 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Evening Birding with Ecologist John Canoles

Explore the grounds on this Twilight Tuesday with Ecologist John Canoles to catch a glimpse of the summer resident birds before they tuck themselves in for the evening.


Friday, July 19 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Native Bees with Sally Lent from the Interagency Native Bee Lab

Did you know there are about 400 native bee species in Maryland? Explore the gardens, meadows, and forest in search of the many different species found at Ladew. Sally Lent is an American Conservation Experience Intern with the Interagency Native Bee Lab and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Friday, August 9 | 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Nocturnal Night at Ladew

Ladew at night is a very busy place! Peek into the world of nocturnal insects at our mothing ID station with David Webb from the Maryland Biodiversity Project. ** Rain date: August 23 **


Thursday, August 22 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Lessons from Ladew with Sarah Oktavec

So many stories to be told about Harvey Ladew, the evolution of the gardens, and everything in between then and now. Who better to hear it from than our former Lead Horticulturist, Sarah Oktavec? From planting designs, “happy accidents” along the way, and even what it was like to live at Ladew, this walk will be packed full of stories, lessons learned as a horticulturist, and a shared wealth of knowledge as we explore the grounds.


Saturday, September 14 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Fall Bird Count with Ecologist John Canoles

Join us for a walk along the Nature Trail to catalog the fall bird activity on the property. John Canoles will help to identify confusing fall warblers. We also hope to see some raptors and other fall migrating species.


Tuesday, October 8 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Fantastic Fungi with Nick Spero of the Natural History Society of Maryland

Enjoy a fall walk with Nick Spero as we search for and learn about magical world of fungi. Nick is a biologist and longtime forager who teaches for the Natural History Society of Maryland.