Hashawha Environmental Center & Bear Branch Nature Center, Westminster

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Bear Branch Nature Center is a nature center in Carroll County, Maryland near Westminster. It features interpretive exhibits about local plants and animals, an outdoor water feature and play area, a Discovery Room for children, an observation beehive, live animals including an eagle, hawks, owls, snakes, salamanders, turtles, frogs, and toads, a planetarium and observatory. The center is a facility of Carroll County Recreation & Parks.The nature center is adjacent to Hashawha Environmental Center, a residential facility that is also operated by Carroll County Recreation & Parks. Hashawha Environmental Center is home to Carroll County Public Schools' Outdoor School, a residential environmental education program open to every sixth grade student in the county.The two facilities are located on approximately 320 acres, with more than five miles of multi-use trails, a restored 19th century cabin, a lake, a pond, and access to both Bear Branch and Big Pipe Creek.HistoryIn 1972, the county purchased the land on which Bear Branch Nature Center and Hashawha Environmental Center are built. The name "Hashawha" is a Native American word meaning "old fields."Hashawha TowerThe Hashawha Tower is a 10m tall windmill donated to Hashawha Westminster, Maryland, located at Hashawha Environmental Center.
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  • This county-owned property provides a wonderful opportunity to get outside and explore nature. There are numerous paths to follow throughout the property. On a mild November afternoon, we explored...  more »
  • We started early on a hot day and did a nice loop which eventually crossed a creek. You have to either take your shoes off or walk/slither across a falls tree. Great shade all the way through and...  more »

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