2019 WCFS                      Fall/Winter                      Field Trips

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Friday, September 20, 10am-3pm

Come join us for a time of learning and hiking to explore God’s glorious creation. We’ll start at the Catoctin Mountain Park Visitor Center; they have a Children’s Discovery Room. Then we’ll drive up the road a bit to park for a 1-mile hike on the Charcoal trail and end with a picnic by the trail. For more information on the Park’s Junior Ranger Program, visit https://www.nps.gov/cato/learn/kidsyouth/index.htm

To Bring: Water, lunch, bug spray, appropriate shoes for the woods/trails.

Registration: September 18 

There will be a rain date of September 27.

Cost: FREE!

Catoctin Mountain Park Hike & Explore

Visitor Center –
14707 Park Central Road, Thurmont 21788 


Friday, October 11, 10am-4pm

Come and meet a variety of the Lord’s precious creation from all over the world. The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve houses animals from our own wonderful continent, as well as some from

Australia and Africa. You can tackle the whole zoo in one day making it convenient and workable for
those with small or many children. 


To Bring: Bug spray, sunblock, lunch and drinks. Strollers are great! You can also purchase “zoo food”
for the petting zoo.

Registration: October 9th. It is imperative that you meet at 10 am in the side parking lot and enter with Dawn Adams’ family to receive your discount. Late-comers will need to pay the general admission price.

There will be a rain date of  October 25.

Cost: The Adams’ family are members of the zoo, therefore any guests that enter with them receive a 20% discount on admission. The following are regular, and then the reduced admission prices for the field trip. You can bring your own food and drinks. It is imperative that you meet at 10 am in the side parking lot and enter with Dawn Adams’ family to receive your discount. Late-comers will need to pay the general admission price.

Adults 13+: $22.50/ $18
Children (ages 3-12): $16.50/ $13.20
Seniors 65/Military: $21.50/ $17.20

Wildlife Preserve

13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd.
Thurmont, MD 21788

Fire Safety Day and FEMA

Nat'l Fire Heritage Ctr.

300 B South Seton Ave.

Emmitsburg, MD 21727 

Friday, November 8, 10am-2pm  

National Fire Heritage Center and Vigilant Hose Company Description: First we will begin at the National Fire Heritage Center to learn the history of firefighting. Then we’ll travel over to the Vigilant Hose Company to go on a tour, see the engines up close, and learn about fire safety and modern firefighting. They can split the group into
older and younger children to better accommodate different ages.


FEMA tour description: This part of the day is only for students ages 13 and older. You may have noticed that this is the same day as the Firefighting/ Fire Safety Day. The younger children who have older siblings can continue to play at the park until we meet up again. Younger than 13 MAY NOT participate or enter, per FEMA’s rules. Dress code is business casual and comfortable shoes (for the walking). WCFS Staff will assist in this part of the field trip. The projected length of time for this is 40 minutes.
More details about logistics to follow.

To bring: Stroller (if it makes it easier) and something to occupy little ones.

Registration: October 25 (we need to give age ranges and number of children to Vigilant Hose so they can tailor their presentation). For FEMA we  will need a list of names of students attending by
this date for clearance.

Cost: FREE!

Pump it Up! Frederick

8420 Gas House Pike

Suite P

Frederick, MD 21701 

Friday, December 6, 10am-12pm

Come and jump out that energy! Pump It Up features several rooms of massive and many inflatables. A  waiver will need to be signed upon entry. Children must be 34” tall to play on the apparatus; there is plenty on the floor for the little ones to be entertained. Go here for more details. 

To Bring: Water, snacks for the ride home (your kids will be thirsty and  hungry!). Children MUST be wearing socks. 

Registration: You must register by December 1. A minimum number of participants is needed for this trip, so please register by the deadline. 

Cost: $8/child + tax, adults are free!

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