The Anne Arundel Bird Club is a wonderful way to meet new people, get outdoors, learn about and experience the fascinating world of birds! AABC hosts numerous guided field trips, monthly meetings with distinguished speakers, and other activities throughout the year. All field trips are led by experienced birdwatchers who take the time to not only point out the species, but also share how to identify them by their unique characteristics. These trips are planned to give field experience for all levels of bird watching skills, and to visit different habitats so that there is an opportunity to see a wide variety of birds.
The Anne Arundel Bird Club website has a wealth of information on local birding hot spots, upcoming events and links to helpful birding resources.
The Antique Equipment and Sawmill Club is a group that maintain and operate the farm’s authentic antique sawmill. Using lumber that they cut and milled from local fallen trees, the club has constructed cabinets, counters, and tables for the park’s Visitors Center. The group usually gathers to work at the sawmill on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 A.M. to around lunchtime.
New members are always welcome, leave your name and contact information at the park office in the Visitors Center or email the information to Friends of Kinder Farm Park.
The Antique Tractor Club maintains and operates the Friends of Kinder Farm Park collection of thirteen antique tractors. The tractors are very popular and the club represents the Friends at community and park events such as the Memorial Day Parade in Glen Burnie, the Independence Day Parade in Severna Park, and at both the October Fall Harvest Festival and December Jingle Bell Hayride in the park.
The following is an invitation from Rod O’Brian the leader of the Antique Tractor Club.
“We are looking for a few good men and women, and we’re not the United States Marine Corp, nope, we’re looking for people that want to drive, work on, and just plain enjoy these antique tractors of ours. If you’ve never driven an old tractor but have a hanker’n to learn, we’d love to spend some time with you; teaching you and passing on our love for these historic work horses. If you’ve driven tractors in the past and have been looking to rekindle that excitement, you’re at the right place for that too. The Friends of Kinder Farm Park are always looking for new (and old) blood to help us get our fleet of old tractors out where people can see them running around and maybe entice them to come visit us Down On The Farm and maybe, just maybe, plant the seed of appreciation for the good ole days of agriculture and life on the farm before tractors with air-conditioned cabs, Sirius Radio, GPS, and on-board beverage coolers.”
For more information leave your name and contact information at the park office in the Visitors Center or email the information to Friends of Kinder Farm Park.
Chesapeake Forge Guild meets every Monday night from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. at the forge in Kinder Farm Park. The forge is also open on Sundays from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Stop by and watch the blacksmiths at work.
Annual dues for regular club members are $45. This includes use of the club tools and the forge. Metal is also provided for small projects.
New members are expected to attend an "Introduction to Blacksmithing" class. The class is held on occasional Saturdays from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Kinder Farm Park. Advanced registration is required for all classes. You can contact the president to find out when classes are scheduled and to be assigned to a class. Cost for the class is $100, which includes a one year membership in the guild. Our insurance requires that you be at least 18 years old to attend.
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For more information visit Chesapeake Forge Guild.
The Kinder Farm Disc Golf Club is responsible for course design, course improvement, basket placement, local tournaments, future planning, and maintaining the beauty of the disc golf course in the park. The club partners with the Friends of Kinder Farm Park and Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks on all disc golf course related activities.
The Farm Education and Livestock Group is a standing committee of the Friends of Kinder Farm Park and operates with four sub groups: Goat Squad, Dairy Goats, Dairy Cows and Sheep Squad. The popular Goat Squad’s mission is to clear invasive plants at the park. The Dairy Goats and Dairy Cows are bred and milked for educational experiences and making cheese. The Sheep Squad provides the 4H Livestock Club with quality lambs at a reduced price to raise and show at the county fair.
The four groups share in a common mission to educate and give Kinder Farm Park visitors the best farm animal experience possible. They accomplish this by providing quality animals and volunteers for this program. There are 18 families and 63 different volunteers who care for and maintain the animals.
For more information email Roy Fielder.
Some of the animals at the park are owned and cared for by the Kinder Farm Park 4H Livestock Club. These include chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats, and sheep.
For more information visit Freestate Happy Wanderers.
A program teaching eco-friendly and sustainable basic vegetable gardening skills to families is located at the Apprentice Garden and is sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension Office Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners.
If you’ve ever tasted a home-grown vegetable, you know it can’t be duplicated. Now you can grow your own while learning the basics with Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners at the Apprentice Garden in Kinder Farm Park. This fun and educational program is for mothers, fathers, grandparents and/or guardians AND their children aged 5 and older. All members of this project are committed to providing you with a plot, lots of seeds and plants, and knowledge about good, environmentally safe and sustainable gardening skills. Additional activities include speakers, workshops, field trips, and more.
This program will begin in early April with an informational meeting. The group meets every Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. to dusk during the growing season and will end in September. Due to space limitations, participation will be on a first come, first serve basis.
If you are interested in being a participant or would like more information on the program, email Janet Clauson.
The members of the Chartwell Garden Club have enjoyed working with the Friends of Kinder Farm Park over the years to preserve this special family farm museum for future generations to enjoy. Throughout the year our members maintain the kitchen garden adjacent to the historic farmhouse, provide floral decorations for the various park buildings, and decorate the Kinder Farmhouse for the Christmas holidays.
The Chartwell Garden Club is open to all, and we encourage anyone interested in learning more about floral design, horticulture and the wonders of nature to join us. It’s a great way to make new friends and learn new things! We generally meet the 2nd Monday of the month at 9:30 A.M. from September to June at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church located at 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park.
For more information please email Membership Chair Julie Mann or phone 410-315-7844.
Kinder Farm Park's community gardening program currently has 113, 20’X 30' gardening plots with water provided. More than 100 gardeners rent plots each year for $40 a plot to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, herbs, and flowers.
The community gardening program remains a highly-regarded leisure-time pursuit for many of Anne Arundel County citizens. A recent resurgence of people cultivating home-grown food is sweeping the country. Both the White House and the Maryland Governor's Mansion have their own vegetable gardens reminiscent of the famed "Victory Gardens" which were popular during WWII.
Due to the increased interest in gardening, the waiting list for plots increases with each passing year. The current minimum wait for a plot is 3 years.
For more information about this program or to add your name to the wait list, please email Park Ranger Shawna Chesto.
The Woodland Garden was inspired by the book, Open Spaces, Sacred Places by Tom Stoner and Carolyn Rapp. This one acre garden began in 2008 as a Master Gardener Project. Fallen debris and invasive plants were removed by park staff and volunteers. Over the years, the group “Unity Gardens” provided numerous grants for the purchase of native trees, shrubs, and perennials that were planted. Three benches provide a respite to contemplate nature away from the beaten path. Many plants are labeled with scientific and common names to encourage visitors to learn what they are. You are welcome to stop by as you wander the perimeter trail.
For more information email Friends of Kinder Farm Park.
The Historical Society is a standing committee of the Friends of Kinder Farm Park with the mission to portray the agricultural history of Anne Arundel County. The members do this by sharing the history of the land that became Kinder Farm Park. The Historical Society formed in 2010 soon after the ground was broken for the park’s Visitors Center. The members developed displays for the Exhibit Hall that show off the Friends’ collection of artifacts centered on an enormous tobacco press. The Exhibit Hall opened in 2011 and would be the first of three historic display areas in the park which the Historical Society would be involved.
The same year the restoration of the first floor of the Henry Kinder Farmhouse began under the sponsorship of the Historical Society. The project would take two and a half years and thousands of volunteer hours before the farmhouse opened in 2014. During that time the Historical Society played a supporting role for a team of park rangers who revamped the Tobacco Barn into a display area for some larger farming artifacts and opened it to the public in 2012.
In addition to projects like these the Historical Society’s activities include:
The Historical Society meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (except in October and December) at 4:00 P.M.
To join or for more information email Historical Society.
Kinder Farm Park Quilters’ Guild meets at the Jaycees Building between 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. on the third Tuesday of each month. Included in this organization will be programs, workshops, fellowship, and the opportunity to work on your own quilting projects.