Trips and Tips

Featured Events This Week


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Patapsco Hidden Corners Hike
Hike several miles and rediscover little known historic features of northern Patapsco Valley State Park, including foundations of the old Warfield College and the Elba Iron Furnace. Shine only.  Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Gloves, hats, and warm closing recommended. Registration Required by 1/26. Feb. 2, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm; Patapsco Valley State Park, Marriotsville. More details.

Songs of Freedom – Underground Railroad Lecture
The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum will be presenting the first in a series of free lectures on the Underground Railroad. "Other Voices of Freedom"  will focus on the Upper Chesapeake Bay and Lower Susquehanna region. The speaker for this first lecture will be Diana Harris, a Public History major at Harford Community College. Her topic is the songs of freedom and redemption from the era of American slavery, as well as songs about the Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century. Join us to learn through word and song about "coding" and pathways to escape and freedom, abolitionism, and the ongoing struggles of African Americans. Followed by a Q&A. Jan. 25, 10:00 am to 11:00 am; Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Havre de Grace. More information.

A History of Lighthouses
“Smoke by Day, Fire by Night: A History of Lighthouses including those of the Chesapeake Bay” covers the history of lighthouses from the Ancient Egypt to modern automated beacons, their construction, technological development and cultural significance. Examples include many Chesapeake Bay lighthouses as well as Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark. Presented by author and historian Ralph Eshelman. $10 for nonmembers. Feb. 13, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. More details.

Electronic Navigation for Non-Technical People
Capt. Jerry Friedman will provide short, non-technical descriptions of how GPS, GPS plotters, radar, depth sounders, and automatic identification systems work. Capt. Jerry Friedman is a 100-ton, USCG-licensed Master. These are common electronic navigation systems used on recreational and commercial boats. $25 for nonmembers. Feb. 1, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Registration.


Poppy the Groundhog
Come visit Poppy the Groundhog and enjoy some pre-Groundhog Day festivities. Join Susquehanna National Heritage Area to support Raven Ridge Wildlife Center! Enjoy a brief yet informative and fun presentation on groundhogs and some trivia surrounding one of Pennsylvania’s most celebrated holidays; Groundhog Day!  There will be coloring for kids, a groundhog pelt, skeleton parts, replica scat and footprints for those interested, voting for whether you feel 6 more weeks of winter or an early spring, stuffed groundhog toys for purchase, and of course, meeting Poppy!  Poppy will make her first prognostication! Minimum donation of $5 per person, children under 5 are free. All proceeds benefit Raven Ridge Wildlife Center. Feb. 1, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm; Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, Columbia. More details.

Gettysburg Backyard Bird Count
Gettysburg National Military Park and the South Mountain Audubon Society invite the public to participate in a free guided bird walk. The walk will take place at the Emmanuel Harman farm, a battlefield site that is the former Gettysburg Country Club. The hike will be about one and a half miles in length over flat terrain. Wildlife specialists will offer information and help with identification of birds wintering in the Gettysburg area. Birders of all levels are welcome. Free, no reservations required. Bring binoculars and guide books if you have them. Be prepared for winter conditions and dress appropriately. In case of rain or snow the walk will be postponed to the following day, February 16 at the same time and location. Feb. 15, 9:00 am to 10:00 am; Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg. More information.

Winter Blast!
Go sledding, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, do some ice skating, try the 5K Fun Run/Walk, or play Winter Bingo. You can also learn about animal furs, winter birds and bird feeding, outdoor winter safety, ice fishing, and more - or just cozy up by the bonfire. Equipment for all activities will be provided on a first-come/first-served basis, but you may wish to bring your own sled and ice skates. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided by the Friends of Prince Gallitzin State Park. No fee or pre-registration to participate. Free. Feb. 8, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Prince Gallitzin State Park, Patton. More details.


The Underground Railroad Network and Leesylvania SP
Learn about aspects of Leesylvania State Park's rich and diverse history as we celebrate Black History Month.
The Leesylvania property is associated with the escape of multiple enslaved women and men starting from 1784 through 1861. Within that time, three women and nine men escaped; Cate (22), Sinah (20), Andrew (21), James (19), Daniel (Approx. 45), Henry (27), Betsy (24), Moses (between 30-32), Abram (28), Littleton (unknown), Armstead (unknown) and Tom (unknown). Also, discover the hidden messages behind the beautiful, handmade quilt donated by Stone House Quilters. Feb. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-29; Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge. More details.

Expedition Photography
Join Ranger Clint on a tour of High Bridge lead by inspiration, wildlife, and history. Bring your camera and/or your cellphone. View the bridge through a camera lens and take home a never seen before photo taken by you. Free to the public. Parking fees still apply. Open to all ages. Jan. 26, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm; High Bridge Trail State Park, Green Bay. More details.

Winter Wildlife Festival
This event includes educational workshops, engaging excursions, an exhibit hall and children's activities sure to captivate all participants. Virginia Beach, False Cape State Park, First Landing State Park and several conservation groups host the Winter Wildlife Festival. First Landing State Park activities include a Nature Walk. Registration required.To find more information and other activities throughout the Virginia Beach area visit Jan. 24, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach. More details.

World Wetlands Day River Walk
Unaware of what a vernal pool is? Come take a dip with us into this informative program that showcases the importance of biodiversity in wetlands. Wetlands are considered the most biologically-diverse of all ecosystems. The theme of this year's World Wetlands Days is "Biodiversity in Wetlands". Even though we have no Wetlands on the park property we do have vernal pools. Event is free to the public and open to all ages. Feb. 2, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm; High Bridge Trail State Park, Green Bay. More details.


Full Moon Forest Bathing
Join certified nature and forest therapy guide Clare Kelley and her team for an unforgettable experience in the National Arboretum.  In the two-hour program, Clare will guide you through invitations: sensory and interactive experiences to reap the healing gifts of nature. Relax deeply, raise your mood, immune system, and sense of coherency. Reconnect with the earth’s beauty and wisdom. This is a good alternative to those who want to experience the full moon, but not hike 3 miles in 2 hours. You are still moving some, but it’s a slower pace and with more intention. Tickets are $35 dollars, plus the additional Eventbrite processing fee. Feb. 8, 9, 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm; U.S. National Arboretum. More details and registration.

January 19, 2020

Main image: Photo courtesy Wendy Crowe, Maryland DNR