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Featured Events This Week


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What’s the Buzz on Bees
Celebrate World Honey Bee Day by learning about the importance of bees, their jobs in colonies, and role in your backyard and the world! Aug. 17, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm; Patapsco Valley State Park, Catonsville. More information.

Magic of Monarchs
Monarchs are fascinating insects, as they go through metamorphosis and an annual migration to Mexico. Come learn more about these amazing butterflies and learn how we can protect them and how you can be a Citizen Scientist! Free. Aug. 17, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm; Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, Owings Mills. More details.

Friends of Patuxent Pollinator Festival
Discover the wonder of the annual 3,000 mile migration of the monarch butterfly and the role bees play in your local environment. This special event includes games for kids, nature walks, and monarch tagging. Milkweed seeds will be available while supplies last. All ages, no registration. Sept. 21, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel. More details.

The Hive and the Honey Bee
Join the Marshy Point Nature Center and enter the  world of honey bees and taste their honey. Free!
Visitors can also enjoy the adjacent native butterfly garden, visit an enclosure with resident turkeys and chickens, and explore a traditional Native American hut structure and dugout canoe. Aug. 25, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm; Marshy Point Park, Baltimore. More details.

Full Sturgeon Moon Kayak
Witness the beauty of this fascinatingly fishy (almost) full moon, while paddling on the serene waters of Otter Point Creek. $12/person. Ages 8 - adult, under 13 w/adult. Aug. 16, 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm; Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon. More details and registration.

St. Clement’s Island Museum Children’s Day
Join St. Clement's Island Museum for a FREE day of kid-friendly fun on the beautiful waterside lawn of St. Clement's Island Museum. Families can enjoy lots of activities including games, crafts, face painting, a bike raffle, snow cones, balloons and lots more. Outside exhibitors include the local Fire Department and Rescue Squad and many more. This event encourages families with young children to visit the St. Clement’s Island Museum and enjoy a day of community fun. Aug. 17, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm; St Clement’s Island Museum, Coltons Point. More details.

Sultana Public Sail
Departing and returning from SULTANA’s home port of historic Chestertown, SULTANA’s two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using Sultana’s seven-foot long tiller, and explore the authentically reproduced crew’s quarters below-decks. Aug. 17, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Sultana Education Foundation, Chestertown. More details and registration.


Belle Isle Butterfly Safari
Are you quick enough to catch a butterfly? They are faster than they look. Not only are butterflies beautiful but they also play an important role in our ecosystems. Discover the life of a butterfly and go on an expedition to find some examples. Then we will gather back together to make a beautiful butterfly to take home. Free and open to all ages. Aug. 16, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm; Belle Isle State Park, Lancaster. More details.

National Honeybee Day at Sky Meadows
Learn about beekeeping, honey bees and the art of apiculture from Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah. The bees are buzzing at Sky Meadows State Park. Meet the Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah as they perform a honey extraction.Support beekeeping and the Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah by purchasing local honey from club members. Also, stop by the Log Cabin and enjoy a honey treat cooked over the hearth with a park ranger or volunteer. Free and open to all ages. Aug. 17, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane. More details.

Muscadine, Tuckahoe, and Rice Family Paddle
Paddle through wetlands and around islands to find and reap the fruits of the growing season. Learn some of the plants that provide food for wildlife and people. Single and tandem sit-on-top kayaks are available. This Dutch Gap program will review basic paddling skills and give you a chance to paddle and explore the tidal lagoon. An adult must accompany children 7-14 years of age. Paddling time is approximately two hours. Registration required no later than one week in advance. $13 per person. Aug. 30, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm; departs from Henricus Visitor Center, Chester. More details and registration.

Kayak Tour-Wildlife of the Potomac
Watch for deer foraging on the islands, osprey and bald eagles searching for fish and more as you paddle through this wildlife-rich section of the Potomac River. (14-Adult) This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. Kayaks provided, one person per kayak. Download this waiver and bring completed to tour. This tour will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. $41. Aug. 17 and Aug. 31, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm; Riverbend Park, Great Falls. More details and registration.

Virginia Honey Bee Festival
Join the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia and Norfolk Botanical Garden again this year for a fun filled day with bee products, activities, vendors and great information. Learn how to raise bees and purchase “bee” plants to create a bee friendly yard. Taste honey samples, look inside a bee hive and participate in great activities for the entire family! Kids that come dressed as a bee get a free honey stick! Special activities also in the Children’s Garden. FREE with Garden Admission. Aug. 17, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk. More details.


August 5, 2019

Main image: Sultana, NPS photo
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