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Building Features 

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Catoctin Creek Nature Center has many green features that decrease the amount of energy needed to operate the building. Our green roof is covered in plants instead of the conventional shingles. These plants produce oxygen, and provide additional wildlife habitat. In addition, the green roof collects rainfall, and absorbs outside temperatures keeping the inside temperature more constant.

Other green features include:

  • 100% recycled playground equipment
  • Trash can made out of old milk gallon jugs
  • Skylights for more natural light
  • Water efficient plumbing fixtures


Turtle Pond Renovation Project
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In the Spring of 2012, we opened our renovated indoor turtle pond exhibit. This exhibit features larger areas for turtles to bask, swim, explore, and a shallow pool where visitors of all ages can interact with our pond creatures. The designers of our original pond Poole’s Stone & Garden volunteered to come back and expand our current indoor turtle pond exhibit.

Poole's Stone and Garden is a local Landscape Architecture and Construction company. For more than two decades Poole’s Stone & Garden has specialized in the art of stone masonry. Poole’s Stone & Garden volunteers their services to the Frederick County Community in a number of ways: sponsoring a Rock Painting tent for the Art in the Point Festival of Arts in Point of Rocks; the Weinberg “Walk of Fame; a dual chimney for Rose Hill Manor Park; and the sign at the Point of Rocks Community Center.

The founder of
Poole’s Stone & Garden, Bruce Poole, is a native Marylander who grew up in the Laurel, MD area. Bruce has 34 years of experience working in the landscaping & stone work field.

Bruce’s projects are unique and custom made. His creativity, attention to detail, and passion for stone masonry are truly a work of art and a wonder to behold. We would like to thank Bruce, along with his Foremen Pedro “Pete” Romero and Nicho Cortes for returning to construct our new turtle pond exhibit.


For questions relating to this project, please call Susan Matthews, Park Naturalist at 301-600-2050.