Kiwanis Park

 371 Dynasty Dr. Hagerstown, MD 21740
Kiwanis Park provides the community access to Antietam Creek. A pavilion overlooking the Antietam Creek, a paved parking lot, and paths and boardwalks have been constructed by City staff. The historic stone structure, the Saylor House, is the first thing visitors see upon entering the parking lot at Kiwanis Park. This historic homestead is being restored in partnership with Washington County Historical Trust for the purposes for educational and recreational programming in history and nature. 
Officially opened on April 30, 2016, explore Kiwanis park to learn about kayaking opportunities on the Antietam Creek, protecting Monarch butterflies by planting a "Way station," and join in the exploration of restoring the historic stone house on the property.

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Mills Park Bird Watching
For the Lovers of Fish

Saylor House 

Dig It Saylor House Archology
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. 
April 7- May 12 (activity #5980)
May 19- June 30 (activity #6035)
July 7- August 11 (activity #6036)
This unique exploratory archaeology and excavation program involves hands-on instruction at a real, on-going archaeological project at the Saylor House in Kiwanis Park. Work alongside archaeologist, Scott Parker, as he gives instruction in all aspects of archaeology from digging and screening to artifact identification and processing, to remote sensing (looking into the ground without digging). Adults, ages 15+; ages 12+ may participate when supervised by an adult enrolled in the program. $95/6-week series.
Bird Watching
Sundays, 8:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. 
April 29, 2018 (activity #6032)
May 27, 2018 (activity #6033)
June 24, 2018 (activity #6034)
Learn to identify by sight and sound the many bird species that inhabit our urban parks. Children welcome. Bring binoculars. Program offered by the Washington County Bird Club. Free. Click links above to register & for more details. 
To the Lovers of Fish
The Antietam Fish Company and the History of Fish Conservation
Saturday, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. 
April 28, 2018 (activity #6071)
Join the Washington County Historical Trust and historian, Mark Madison, PhD, of the National Conservation Training Center, at the Trilogy Building, 1165 Imperial Dr. Hagerstown, MD 21740, second floor conference room for this free program, followed by a tour of the historic Saylor House in adjacent Kiwanis Park. Learn about early resident of this historic home, Peter Saylor's hand in enacting the first recorded fish conservation efforts of the Antietam Creek in 1824. An optional tour of the un-renovated 200 year old home is available following the lecture. Free.  

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Antietam Creek

Antietam Paddle Fun
Friday, 4pm- 7pm 
July 20  (activity #5978)
Saturday, 1pm-4pm
October 6 (activity #6037)
Sundays, 1pm-4pm
May 20 (activity #6038)
June 17 (activity #6039)
September 16 (activity #6040)
River & Trail Outfitter will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles and two certified guides to give basic instruction and ensure safety. Both directions on the creek will be available for paddling. Choose a single kayak, or a canoe for two when you register. Age 10+. $30/kayak (one-seat); $20/person/canoe (two seats).

Monarch Butterfly Way Station

Monarch ID Caterpillar, Butterfly, Plant Workshop
Saturday, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. 
August 11 (activity #5979)
Experience the wonder of the epic Monarch Butterfly at the first official City of Hagerstown Parks Monarch Butterfly Way Station. Enjoy this fun family educational opportunity for free at Kiwanis Park, by the Monarch Alliance. Learn about the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. Instructors will bring live Monarch caterpillars, pupa, and if available, adult Monarch Butterflies. Learn about the native plants and milkweed in the garden and about all of the pollinators that inhabit this ecosystem. 
Learn how to make your garden an attractive spot for Monarch butterflies and pollinators by planting Monarch butterfly way station with milkweed plant. Free program.