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June 23, 2019


Misery Trail Advanced Hike
Join a naturalist on a guided hike on one of the best trails in the park! Strenuous but enchanting, this trail-less-traveled offers rare views of popular park features that will inspire you to come back for more! June 30, 10:00 am to 11:30 am; Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont. More details.

Monocacy National Battlefield Twilight Hike
Explore the wild side of Monocacy National Battlefield by joining a park…

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Celebrate the 4th of July with these Unique Spots

by Kelsey Everett June 24, 2019

Independence Day. Even the words conjure up images of family gatherings, barbecues, parades, and of course, fireworks! The evening fireworks are the culmination of July 4th celebrations, literally ending the holiday with a “bang!”. There are many historical and scenic areas throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed that draw in throngs of people, hoping to catch a glimpse of these breathtaking, colorful explosions.

For those wishing to view the fireworks in a less crowded…

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Finding a Susquehanna Sanctuary

by Scott McDaniel June 20, 2019

There are few better remedies for an overabundance of worry and stress than the powerful, life-giving waters of the Susquehanna River.  As I sit here on the crooked trunk of a river birch, looking out across the rushing flow from the bank of Susquehanna State Park, I can’t help but ponder when I first fell in love with this place. This is the view that would renew my passion for the natural…

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A Geocacher’s First Time: Adventures Along the Find Your Chesapeake GeoTour

by Kenny Fletcher June 14, 2019

A month ago I knew nothing about geocaching. But I’m always up for exploring, so when I heard about the Find Your Chesapeake GeoTour I figured I had a great excuse to head out somewhere new.

I quickly learned that geocaching involves using a smartphone app to follow GPS coordinates and hints to caches – small hidden containers full of items left by previous visitors. When you find a cache, you write your name…

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Paddling the Curtis Creek Ship Graveyard

by Saki June 6, 2019

Shipwrecks, ghost fleet, boat ruins, ship graveyard, boat scrapyard.  Regardless of the choice of words, these all conjure up images of large, decaying watercraft from years past.  Many are visible only to divers when water clarity is good.  But in the Chesapeake Bay area, there are a few spots where some can be seen above the waterline.  Many kayakers are familiar with Mallows Bay and its nearly 200 known vessels dating back to the…

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Canoeing and Kayaking Pennsylvania's Scenic Waterways in the Age of Climate Change

May 31, 2019

​​The great American conservationist, Aldo Leopold, wrote these words in 1940 as development began to swallow up his favorite wilderness areas:

“…perhaps our grandsons, having never seen a wild river, will never miss the chance to set a canoe in singing waters…..glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in.”

But unlike the wilderness waters of the Midwest that this great American conservationist feared lost, waterways that course through Pennsylvania’s state forestlands…

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