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How much do you really know about the Chesapeake Bay? Get out & Get educated!

Jun 09, 2016 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
Do you love the state of Maryland and the beautiful surrounding water? Join the fun and exciting Bay-related activities all across the Chesapeake watershed in the first annual Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. The events will range from nature workshops for children and families to restoration activities such as trash clean-ups and invasive plant removals. Check out the remaining events and have some fun! For more information visit 

Canoe Tour

Kenilworth Park and Gardens, Thursday, June 9th, 5:30 p.m.
Put on your life vest and head over to Kenilworth Park to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Anacostia River on a guided canoe tour. During the tour you will get the opportunity to see the area wildlife and stunning views of Washington, D.C.

Photo by Mike Busada: Mike B Photography

Bands in the Sands

Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, Saturday, June 11th, 5:00 p.m.
Join a fun-filled evening on the water’s edge with great friends, amazing live music, cool drinks, and mouth-watering grilled food! Bands that will be performing include Mad Planet (5 p.m.), The Wailers (6:45 p.m.) and Misspent Youth (8:30 p.m.). So grab a beach chair, sit back, relax and dig your toes in the sand for an unforgettable evening.

Creek Critters Service Learning

Croydon Creek Nature Center, Saturday, June 11th, 1 p.m.
Learn how to use the Audubon Naturalist Society’s Creek Critters app to identify critters as you explore different streams and creeks throughout the park. The information gathered while exploring will be used to generate a steam health report for the creek! The event is free and will run from 1–3:30 p.m.

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Baltimore Floatilla for a Healthy Harbor

Canton Waterfront Park, Saturday, June 11th, 8 a.m.
Sunny weather and gorgeous views, what more could you ask for? Show your support for cleaning up Baltimore’s streams and harbor with a 5-mile paddle (kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards, dragon boats, etc.) from Canton Waterfront Park to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Once you’ve hit the harbor, raise your banners, paddles and voices for clean water. Once you’ve finished the Rally, paddle back to Canton for an after party filled with great food and live music!

Geocaching: Get Outside for Nature Quest

Mt. Pleasant, Saturday, June 11th, 10 a.m.
Take a stroll around the Mt. Pleasant farm through geocaching! With a GPS, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the animals, many different habitats and ecosystem the land has to offer. Children will get the chance to select a prize at the completion of the nature quest. Pack a lunch and stay for your very own picnic.

Clear Creeks Project Community Celebration

Park View at Miramar Landing, Sunday, June 12th, 1 p.m.
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy invites the public for an unveiling of a new park at Miramar Landing. There will be live music, a cookout and plenty of free activities. Take a garden tour of the conservation gardens, help plant the community children’s garden, learn about Bay-friendly steps from homeowners, conserve water by purchasing a rain barrel and give back to the community by volunteering.

Bernie Fowlers Annual Wade-In

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Sunday, June 12th, 1 p.m.
Join Senator Bernie Fowler and his famous cowboy hat as he wades into the Patuxent River in an effort to educate the community about the importance of ensuring the rivers restoration. In its 29th year, you can expect to see the retired senator sporting his original white sneakers to determine just how clean the river is!

Progressive Tour and Blessing of Riverwise Congregations

Empowering Believers Church of the Apostolic Faith, Sunday, June 12th, 2 p.m.
Hop in the car and be a part of an interactive event tour of three congregations that have installed storm water projects, trained master watershed stewards and started environmental ministries. The tour will begin at 2 p.m. at the Empowering Believers Church, 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4 p.m. at Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church. You may join at anytime throughout the tour schedule!

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