Dr. Bowie wrote that she wanted Bowie Nature Park to be preserved so that the public could study and appreciate the wildlife and its preservation.  Bowie Nature Park’s programming reflects her wish by using the beautiful land she donated to teach children and adults about our natural world.

The Educational staff at Bowie Nature Park is dedicated to inspiring environmental stewardship in the community. By offering hands-on educational programs for all ages, we hope to encourage current and future generations to explore, respect and protect the natural world.

What’s New Inside Bowie Park Programs

For dates and times of upcoming programs and classes please download and view the following:

Download Program Guide & Event Schedule

Below is a description of some of the programs we provide throughout the year.

School Field Trips

The Nature Center Staff and volunteers provide educational field trips for many different school programs. Public, private, Montessori, Homeschool Co-ops, and more. If you are interested in bringing you school group to Bowie for a field trip, check out the Field Trip Guide below.


Unfortunately Camp Bowie for Summer 2020 Has Been Canceled

Camp Bowie

Our summer day camps are a great way for kids to learn about nature while having fun.  Each week we offer fun games, guided hikes around our park, arts and crafts, and exciting nature study for explorers–ages 5-12!

Learn More About Camp Bowie 2020

Nature Strollers

Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors! During the program, we will read a book, sing songs, play games, make a craft, and go on a child friendly hike. Each month there will be a new theme and a new book to enjoy. For more information on the subjects and books, check out the Bowie Blog by clicking under the News & Events tab.

Night Hikes

Night Hikes are a chance for participants to experience the wonders of Bowie Nature Park at night.  We meet and have an introduction inside the nature center and then go explore the trails.  On the trails we listen for the animals out and about at night as we enjoy a relaxing stroll through the forest.  There is limited space so registration is required.

Star Parties

Star parties are a great way to become acquainted with the real night sky. Astronomy enthusiasts from all around the area gather under a clear night sky to view the astronomical sights above. Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society volunteers share their knowledge and telescopes in a very informal educational way. Even if you’re just a beginner, a star party can be a great introduction to the night sky. If you have a telescope or binoculars, bring them along – the more, the merrier!