Trips and Tips

Featured Events This Week


Jug Bay Woodcock Watch
Join experienced volunteer naturalist Mike Quinlan on a late winter evening to observe the "sky dance," as Aldo Leopold put it, of the male American woodcock. This annual mating ritual takes place right in the meadow. Dress for the weather. Ages 10 and older. Fee: $6 per vehicle park entrance fee. March 2, 5:45pm to 6:30 pm; Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. Registration and more information.

Dance of the Timberdoodle
Walk with Pickering Creek naturalists as we look for the male woodcock. In early spring, the unusual timberdoodle mating ritual fills the skies around Pickering Creek’s meadows. Enjoy a leisurely stroll as we scan for the male spiraling high in the sky then zigzagging and fluttering back to earth in hopes of attracting a mate. REGISTER by Thursday, March 14, at 9am. $15 per person. March 14, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm; Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton. Registration and more information.

Humane Gardening: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife
Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action at this presentation at the Howard County Conservancy. Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting wildlife nurseries, eliminating unintended hazards, nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures. This is a free event. Feb. 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Howard County Conservancy, Woodstock. More information.

Patterson Park Guided Bird Watching Walk
Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park, an important migratory stopover in Baltimore City! Audubon experts will lead us in search of avian friends! Bring the whole family - all ages and abilities welcome! No experience necessary. If you would like to borrow binoculars, drop us an email – we have plenty to share!  There is no need to RSVP for this event, just arrive ready to explore! Feb. 23, 8:00 am to 9:30 am Patterson Park Audubon, Baltimore. More details.

On the Hampton Plantation
Dressed in Antebellum period attire, Park Ranger Anokwale will guide visitors around the grounds of Hampton and give voice to the enslaved African Americans and European indentured servants who made the Ridgelys' lavish lifestyle possible. Participants will have the opportunity to experience first hand, replicas of items used on the plantation during the 1800s. Admission and parking are free on a first come, first serve basis. ADA accessible. Reservations are not required. Feb. 24, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.  More details.

Beaver/Otter Hike
Early evening is a good time to look for beavers and otters! Chuck Hatcher, one of our Friends of Jug Bay experienced volunteer naturalists will walk you through the woods to the Beaver Pond to look/listen for any activity of these amazing creatures while sharing some interesting facts! Bring a flashlight. All ages with ability to walk 2 miles. Free with $6 per vehicle park entrance fee. Participation is limited to 12 people, so please call us to reserve your spot! Feb. 24, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. Registration and more information.


Woodcock Walk
Take an evening stroll through the forest at Huntley Meadows Park to one of the park's largest meadows. We'll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. It’s an approximately 1.5-mile walk on uneven terrain. The walk runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $9. Adults only. This event will be canceled in the event of rain. Feb. 23, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm; Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria. Registration and more information.

Heron Mania
Love is in the air for Great Blue Herons. Caledon Marsh is home to a spectacular Heron Rookery, and we get the opportunity to get an up close and personal view of these awesome birds in their natural habitat. Explore the various species that call Caledon Marsh home, including our resident Bald Eagles. $3.00 per person, or $8.00 per family. Feb. 24, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Caledon State Park, King George. Reservations and more details.

Dead of Winter Walk & Talk
This casual and informative late winter walk through Norfolk Botanical Gardens will allow plenty of time for questions and photos. Pre-registration not required. Walking required. Included with Garden admission! Feb. 26, 9:30 am to 11:00 am; Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Norfolk. More details.

After Angelo:  Celebrating Black Women in America
African-American women, from 1619 to today, are celebrated with a day of music, dramatic performance and historical presentations at Jamestown Settlement. Learn about Angelo, an enslaved woman from the Portuguese colony of Angola, arrived in Virginia in 1619 and saw no one who looked like her. Throughout the day, enjoy live entertainment, storytelling, character portrayals and historical interpretations. Families also can enjoy face painting, crafts and games. Included with admission. Feb. 23, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg. More details.

Potomac Overlook Night Hike and Campfire
Join the park naturalist after the sun goes down and the full moon goes up as we explore our park and learn about nocturnal wildlife. Learn what makes these creatures so adapted to night-life and meet a few of them up close! Reservations required.  Appropriate for families with children ages 6 and up.  $10 per participant. Feb. 23, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm; Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington. Registration and more information.


Gifford Pinchot Winter Walk
Get outside this winter and join us for an easy to moderate walk at Pinchot Park. Led by the park naturalist, we will explore the trails in the Conewago Day Use area. This is a free program, and is family friendly. Meet the group at the main day use building in the Conewago Day Use area, off of Alpine Road, in time to begin promptly at 1:00 pm. Be sure to dress for the weather, with layers for comfort, warmth and to stay dry! Bring your own water bottle and/or snacks as desired. Please call the park office if you have any questions or concerns, especially about the weather conditions. Feb. 22, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm; Gifford Pinchot State Park, Lewisberry. More details.

February 19, 2019

Main image: Will Parson, Chesapeake Bay Program