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Holiday Compass Course

Families can enjoy the beautiful scenery at Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm while practicing to use a base plate compass.

WHEN: December 14, 2020 – January 13, 2021. You can go to the park with your family any day, dawn to dusk, throughout this time period.

LOCATION: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm.

  • Park at the main entrance; however, most of the compass courses begin on the equestrian side of the park.
  • Quickest Path to the Equestrian Side from Main Parking Area.
    • From the Trail Map kiosk, face Grays Road. The tobacco barn is to the left, up on the hill, through the trees (don't get confused by the Plumer-Cranford Barn). Hike past the tobacco barn and follow the trail down the hill where it opens into a field where the equestrian area begins. The equestrian parking lot is at the top of the driveway.

HOW TO DO IT:

  • You will need to provide your own base plate compass. What is that, you ask?
  • Watch the instructional video below.
  • Download to your mobile device or print the  Holiday Compass Course Clues (pdf). These instructions will also be posted at each of the 10 start points. This document includes:
    • Clues for each compass course
    • Witten instructions for how to use a compass
    • No-Hunting Safety Zone map
    • Tree ID page
  • Follow the compass course instructions to find the 5 checkpoints (or clues) for each. The checkpoints are small laminated pictures of the bird that matches the name of the course. They will be hanging from tree branches, signs and stumps throughout the safe zones of the park.
  • Please do NOT remove the checkpoints.
  • Each course takes 20 - 40 minutes to complete.
  • Although you do NOT need to register for this program, we would love to hear stories or see pictures of your compass adventures. Please share them on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BattleCreekNatureEducationSociety or email them to CypressSwamp@calvertcountymd.gov

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