Great Explorations Club

Great Explorations Adventure Club is a weekend club for CES families.   These activities would occur on weekends to provide some outdoor fun and hopefully some increased knowledge of our local history and environment.  We explore some great places nearby and throughout the DMV area.  Some of our outings from the previous years have been: Kingsley Schoolhouse in Little Bennett Park, Gathland State Park, Underground Railroad Experience Trail, Calvert Cliffs State Park, Historic St. Mary's City, Mt. Vernon, Breezy Point Beach, Great Falls National Park, Seneca Creek State Park, and Washington Monument State Park.  We would return to some of these and add some new and exciting places to enjoy.  We meet about once a month to enjoy nature and history.

For our first adventure, I would like to go to Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool, Maryland on Saturday, September 30th.   This fort was built in the western frontier of Maryland during the French and Indian War.   Here is a link for information about Fort Frederick

If your family is interested in joining please complete the Google Form and you will receive information about the club and all of our exciting events.    Please email Karen Earp at with any questions.

If your family is looking for something fun to do on the weekend of September 16th, I highly recommend visiting Fort McHenry National Historic Shrine.  The park will be celebrating Defender's Day when the American soldiers at Fort McHenry were able to stop the advance of the British during the War of 1812.  Check out the National Park Service website for more information.  Be sure to stay for the fireworks!

Additional information for fourth grade families:  If you have a fourth-grade student they are eligible for a special program through the National Park Service called Every Kid Outdoors.  Visit this website for more information and get a FREE pass ($80 value) to National Parks for one year for your entire family.

There is also a slide presentation for Back to School Night with registration information.