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Join in the fun as we celebrate Earth Day with a day of activities, learning and being out in the great outdoors. There will be children and adult activities, face painting and henna, live displays, environmental and science partnerships, park ranger-led programs, food from Caliente Grill and more.
Free Park Entry During the Event!
For additional information please contact 410-222-1777.
Sponsored by the Friends of Quiet Waters Park and Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks
Run for Nature Registration: http://www.active.com/annapolis-md/running/distance-running-races/2nd-annual-run-for-nature-earth-day-5k-2017?int=72-3-A3 Race starts at 9:00 am.
ALL DAY: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ask-a-Ranger Table: Learn abut this exciting career field and about what Park Rangers do. Bring your questions about the park too.
Exhibitor Tables (See below for exhibitor descriptions!)
Junior Ranger Activities: Children will receive a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet and can collect stamps from exhibitors. Once they have finished, children may exchange their stamps for a Junior Ranger Patch!
Nature Craft Table: Children can play and learn about nature with various nature crafts. They will earn a stamp for each activity!
Nature Table w/ Ranger Dave: Join Ranger Dave at his Nature Table where he will go over
Ranger Live Native Reptiles! The Rangers will display a few live local specimans from the Park.
10:30 am: Bird Hike w/ Anne Arundel Bird Club. Meet in Blue Heron Center parking lot for this one hour hike. Bring binoculars if you have them. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
10:30 am: Kayaking w/ Ranger Nate.Meet in the Blue Heron Parking lot near the Paddle or Pedal Kayak sign. This 90 minute program will take us on beautiful Harness Creek. For ages 9 and up. Children under 15 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Space is limited to 10. Preregistration is required by emailed Park Ranger Nate Cramer at email@example.com or call 410-222-1777.
11:30 am: Toddler Storytime & Activities. All children (18-36 months) must be accompanied by a caring adult. Story title TBA
12:00 pm: Ranger Dave's Nature Hike. Noon. Meet at the Blue Heron Sculpture next to the Visitor Center. Recommended for ages 8 and up. We should find wildflowers that have just sprung plus we'll look for any wildlife that may cross our path. This half mile, 45 minute walk will be on paved park trails and lead through meadows and forested areas of the park. Preregister by emailing Ranger DeVault at firstname.lastname@example.org
1:00 pm: Toddler Storytime & Activities. All children (18-36 months) must be accompanied by a caring adult. Story title TBA
1:00 pm: Composting Demonstration w/ Master Gardeners Compost Project. Meet at the Wildwood Trail Compost site near Blue Heron parking lot.
2:00 pm: Beehive Demonstration w/ Master Gardeners Beekeeping Project. Meet at Parking Lot "J" near Visitor Center.
Annapolis Henna: Will offer face painting and henna services for purchase.
Anne Arundel Bird Club: In addition to hosting the Bird Hike, the Anne Arundel Bird Club will have a booth describing their club activities and a bird matching game for youth and adults.
Arlington Echo: Hands on games for kids of all ages: Giant jenga, "Wheel of Echo," and leaf drawings.
Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners - Beekeeping Project: Members of the Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners Beekeeping Project will have a table in the formal garden next to the Blue Heron Center and will discuss beekeeping, including the life and decline of honeybees and how we can create safe and welcoming habitats for all pollinators by planting native plants and practicing sustainable gardening techniques. Weather permitting, we will have an "observation hive", allowing visitors to watch honeybee activity without concern of being stung.
Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy
Browsing Green Goats: Browsing Green Goats, Eco-friendly goats for rent in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Invasive Plant Species Control is a never ending problem in Maryland and Browsing Green Goats is a sustainable way to combat that problem. Renting Goats for invasive species management saves the pollinators and the environment. Visit www.browsinggreengoats.com or call 443-964-4972 for more information. Be sure to stop by our booth to meet Nadia the Wonder Goat and her friends and chat with Jacqueline the Education Coordinator for Browsing Green Goats.
Caliente Grill: Is the Park's in-house cafe. Feel free to stop by their cafe in the Visitor Center beginning at 4:00 pm!
Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center: Their exhibit will showcase their 510 acre nature preserve and environmental education programs. Nature artifacts will be on display. An oyster reef bay will be on display with an interpreter to talk about oyster reefs.
The mission of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is to promote stewardship and sustainability through environmental education and habitat restoration. CBEC is a 510 acre peninsula that offers up 4 miles of hiking trails showcasing woodlands, meadows, ponds, salt marshes, and captive Birds of Prey on display. Throughout the year visitors can participate in guided hikes and kayak trips. Check out all the offerings at www.bayrestoration.org
Chesapeake Woodturners - Woodturning Demonstration: Members will demonstrate and discuss forms of woodturning on a lathe. The Chesapeake Woodturners (CW) is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. The club was formed and certified as a local chapter in February 1992. Sixteen founding members brought with them a wide range of experience from beginner to advanced - some with over 20 years of woodturning experience. Our purpose is to expand the knowledge of woodturning among ourselves and others in our community. CW has grown to approximately 70 members - mostly from the central Maryland area.
Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library: The library will have an information table with handouts and brochures promoting the Anne Arundel County Public Library System. They will also have a spin wheel with prizes. The Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library, part of the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL), expands life's possibilities by sharing resources for knowledge, entertainment and community engagement. We provide discovery tools and innovative spaces to expand minds and create learning opportunities from early childhood through adulthood. Note: They will be present 10am to 12pm.
The Friends of Quiet Waters Park: Information on how you can help Quiet Waters Park. They will host the Run for Nature 5K the morning before the Earth Day event.
J.C. Sharp (Author): J.C. Sharp will have two authored books: 1) The Barns of Southern Maryland and 2) The Fascinating Autobiography of Author J. Carlton Sharp.
Maryland Department of Environment: They will have infromation from the Department's "Scoop the Poop" campaign. It is the mission of the Maryland Department of the Environment to protect and restore the environment for the health and well-being of all Marylanders. Stop by our exhibit and learn why cleaning up pet waste is so important for teh health of waterways and the bottom of our shoes!
Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Wild Acres Program: They will have a display and will answer questions. This program encourages Maryland citizens to create backyard wildlife habitat that can increase food and shelter for wildlife, control soil erosion, reduce sediment in waterways, conserve water, improve water quality, inspire stewardship and beautify the landscape.
Master Gardeners Compost Project: Along with a compost talk (demonstration) at 1pm at the composte site on the Wildwood Trail, the Master Gardeners on the Compost Team will staff a table, hand out compost literature, and answer questions about home composting.
NASA's Goddard Space Center: Glenn Bock will have a Hydrogen-Alpha Telescope on-hand for the only safe way of observing the sun. You won't want to miss this.
Oyster Recovery Partnership: Oyster Recovery Partnership will have the shellacked oyster shells that show the life cycle of oysters from tiny spat to adult oyster. Note: they will be present after 12pm.
SPCA of Anne Arundel County: They will be bringing the SPCA Waggin' Tails Mobile Unit to showcase adoptable animals and to discuss caring for shelter pets while they await their forever homes.The mobile unit will be available to all attendees. Volunteers will provide supervised access/education for the animals. Note: they will be present 10am to 1pm.