The following events, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, are open for preregistration.
CHILDREN'S NATURE PROGRAMS, for ages 4-5, "Tiny Tykes Nature Adventures," learn about animals and insects through songs, stories, games and more, one-week sessions, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 21-July 22, no session the week of July 5; for ages 6-9, "Junior Ranger Nature Camp," hiking, visiting a swamp, searching for bugs, identifying trees, flowers and plants, and more, plus a visit from a representative of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Scales and Tales program, which will exhibit reptiles, birds and other animals, one-week sessions, 9 a.m.-noon weekdays, June 21-Aug. 6, no session week of July 5; both programs meet at Centennial Park, Route 108, Ellicott City. "Tiny Tykes" program, $51; "Junior Ranger" camp, $77; preregistration required. 410-313-7275 or www.co.ho.md.us/RAP.
AQUATIC ADVENTURE CAMP, for children in grades 5-7, one-week camps, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, June 21-25, July 5-9 and July 12-16; explore lakes, streams and wetlands; bike along county pathways in search of animals along the trails; make your own fishing pole to catch and release fish at a wetland park; simulate an oil spill, search for aquatic life while canoeing on Centennial Lake; take field trips; and more, Centennial Park, Route 108, Ellicott City. $99; preregistration required. 410-313-7275 or www.co.ho.md.us/RAP.
SENIORS PENNSYLVANIA CELTIC TRIP, for seniors and their friends of all ages, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 27, travel by bus to Cornwall, Pa., for the Renaissance Faire, includes songfest, dancing the Irish jig, watching border collies work sheep, a bagpipe competition and more, call for departure points in Howard County. Ages 12 and older, $52; ages 11 and younger, $42; preregistration required. 410-313-7279.
SENIORS PHILADELPHIA TRIP, for ages 55 and older, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. July 1, by bus to the National Liberty Museum for a production of "We the People," includes lunch at Lamberti's Cucina, call for departure points in Howard County. $80; preregistration required. 410-313-7279.
-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES