Public garden near Annapolis seeking programming consultant
Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, MD, is seeking an educational consultant with a strong background in nature, environmental, and/or public garden programming to work with our public programs staff from the fall of 2017 to the spring of 2018 to create educational programs focusing on developing a love of nature and environmental understanding in students in pre-K through 3rd grade.
By the end of this project, we will have program outlines and lists of resources and materials for two environmental literacy programs: one for students in pre-K through kindergarten and another for first through third graders. These programs should focus on instilling a love of the natural world and beginning to build content knowledge about the environment through hands-on activities and play. More information can be found on our website.
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Director of Public Programs
Historic London Town & Gardens
Free Screening of Hometown Habitat, Wine and Popcorn and Free Fall Mum, Aster or Cabbage!
The native plant nursery at Lauren’s Garden Service in Glenwood, MD is having a free screening of Catherine Zimmerman’s Hometown Habitat this weekend! We’ll be offering wine, popcorn and a free 10in annual- kale, asters, mums to attendees. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you plan to watch the movie with us.
3575 Sharp Rd, Glenwood MD 21738
Saturday October 7th- sale from 4-7pm, movie from 7-8pm
Festival del Rio Anacostia
Join us on October 14th for the 2nd Festival del Rio Anacostia!
This is a FREE family-friendly event. From hands on activities, crafts, entertainment, delicious ethnic food and more, there’s something for everyone. Experience the outdoors with new eyes, as you join nature walks, boat trips, and see local fish and birds close up. All activities will be conducted in Spanish! Meet representatives from groups around the region (including, but not limited to, the Anacostia Watershed Society, Chesapeake Bay Program, Chesapeake Collective, Friends of Sligo Creek, and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission).
Don’t miss this fun and free event!
Natural History Society of MD: Baltimore Bats WALK with Ela-Sita Carpenter
To supplement a spoooooky and fascinating lecture on bats, Baltimore native, Ms. Ela-Sita Carpenter, a PhD student at the University of Missouri, will also be leading a bat walk in one of Baltimore’s parks! We will be using bat detectors to record bats as they fly by! We are so lucky to have this bat expert with us and you don’t want to miss this adventurous evening! Stay tuned for the time and location!
Note: Ela-Sita’s lecture will be held on Wednesday October 18 at 7pm. Her Bat walk will be held on Saturday October 21 (time and location TBD)
Cost: $10 per person. You can either pay in cash at the event or prepay by following the link below.
Natural History Society of MD: Baltimore Bats LECTURE with Ela-Sita Carpenter
Get ready for Halloween and come learn all about one of the spookiest animals, BATS! Even more than being spooky, bats are actually one of the most fascinating and beneficial animals! And in Baltimore, they are one of the least studied, which is why we are so lucky to have Baltimore native, Ms. Ela-Sita Carpenter, a PhD student at the University of Missouri, coming to talk about the research she is currently doing on bats of Baltimore for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. She studies the factors that can predict what species are present in Baltimore. She will show us how beneficial bats are and what we can do to help them! Please join us at the Natural History Society of Maryland at 6908 Belair Road on Wednesday October 18, 2017 at 7pm.
Note: Ela-Sita will also be leading a bat walk in one of Baltimore’s parks on Saturday October 21 in the evening (time and location TBD).
Cost: $10 per person. You can either pay in cash at the event or prepay by following the link below.
Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative 2017-2018 grant program: Request for Letters of Inquiry
Request for Letters of Inquiry
Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative Grants Program
Colleagues and friends in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed:
We are pleased to announce a new round of grantmaking for 2017-2018 through the Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative.
A partnership of the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network and the Land Trust Alliance, the Chesapeake Bay Land and Water Initiative seeks projects that will accelerate land conservation and stewardship on conserved lands to protect and restore water quality in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
We invite Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from eligible organizations undertaking projects that positively impact water quality and meet the stated goals and interests of the Initiative’s grantmaking program.
The full Request for LOIs, with further details, is attached to this post and also available here. Learn about projects funded in our inaugural 2016-2017 grant round here. Also attached are general FAQs for operating the Alliance’s online application system.
Funding requests of $10,000-30,000 will be considered, and approximately $180,000 will be available in this second year of the program. LOIs will be accepted through November 14, 2017, and successful applicants will be invited in late December 2017 to submit full proposals for consideration.
Prospective grantees are invited and encouraged to attend a conference call and webinar on Wednesday, October 11 at 10:30 am to learn more about the grantmaking program and LOI process. More information and registration is available here.
If you have questions or need more information after reviewing the Request for LOIs, please contact Jennifer Miller Herzog, Chesapeake Program Manager at the Land Trust Alliance at email@example.com or 406-580-6410.
Jamie Baxter Jennifer Miller Herzog
Program Director Chesapeake Program Manager
Chesapeake Bay Funders Network Land Trust Alliance
FAQs Using the Online Grant Application and Reporting System, Oct 2017
Chesapeake Land and Water Initiative Call for LOIs, Oct 2017 FINAL
Watershed Advocacy & Stewardship 101 Workshop
Photo Credit Flickr / Howard Lake
Is your community stream being threatened by development? Pollution a problem? Could your local official do something to help? Want to know what you can do at home to help the health of our streams and creeks? Join Audubon Naturalist Society’s experts for a fun and empowering afternoon at Woodend for an introduction to environmental advocacy & watershed stewardship! All are welcome. Click here to register!
The focus is on clean water but the skills can apply to any environmental issue–learn how you can raise your voice for local conservation.
This is a shorter version of the workshop described in the ANS Spring 2017 Naturalist Quarterly article “Good Changes for the Environment in Our Hands.” We will cover the following topics:
The importance of protecting water and watersheds, and the biggest threats to them
A brief introduction to the on-the-ground solutions that are needed at the home and community level, like rain gardens, planting trees, and responsible development practices
The Clean Water Act and how it works to move states, counties, and towns towards cleaner streams
How you can get involved: an introduction to advocacy skills
Identifying problems and solutions
Developing an action plan
Talking to decision-makers
Building coalitions to broaden support for your issue
Leaders: Eliza Cava (ANS Director of Conservation) and Bruce Gilmore (Maryland stormwater policy expert)
Cost: Members $15; Nonmembers $25.
Click here to register!
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The Patapsco Heritage Greenway is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, interpreting, and restoring the environment, history and culture of Maryland’s Patapsco Valley between Daniels and Elkridge. The organization seeks an experienced, goal-oriented individual to serve as Executive Director. The successful candidate will have proven leadership abilities and strong communication skills, and assist the Board of Directors to develop and implement initiatives, working under the approved Management Plan for the Patapsco Heritage Area.
Weed Warrior Training
Learn about the invasive vegetation issues private and public land are facing in Anne Arundel County and join the efforts to manage some of these destructive species.
October Guided Hikes and Kayak Trips at CBEC
October Events at CBEC
Guided Kayak Trips
October 5th at 5:30pm
October 15th at 1:00pm
October 19th at 5:30pm
An ACA certified Kayak Instructor and Naturalist will guide you through basic kayak instruction and then lead you on a paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek. While kayaking, you may encounter wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshlands. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes! If nothing else, the ebb and flow of the tide through gently swaying marsh grass is the sure remedy for nature-deficit disorder! Guided trips are offered three times a month from May through October during the 2017 season. These trips are for beginner to intermediate kayakers and include instruction on equipment, paddling/safety techniques, and loading and unloading the vessels. The experience will give you up to two hours of paddling time with a self-provided snack break at the halfway point.
Pre-registration is required by required by completing the online form: https://www.bayrestoration.org/guided-kayak-tours/
Guided Hike: Meditation in Nature “Forest Bathing
October 12th at 1pm
Join us for a guided hike on CBEC’s Lake Trail for this unique opportunity to appreciate some of the natural features and treasures found on our property. Along our journey, we’ll practice “Forest Bathing”, a mindfulness approach that helps us deepen our engagement with nature through attentiveness, noticing, silence and stillness. With a Meditative Facilitator serving as guide, we’ll pause along the trail to immerse ourselves in each habitat experience. The trail is a 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula, with a half-way rest stop with restroom accessibility. Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, and binoculars. Duration is approximately 2 hours. Trips are subject to cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Check-in and hike begin at the Visitor Center.
Cost is FREE to CBEC Members, $5 for Non Members
Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum and maximum for this trip.
Guided Hike: Name That Tree on South Meadow Trail
October 21st at 1pm
Join us for a guided hike on CBEC’s South Meadow Trail for interpretation on the succession of this meadow into a young forest. CBEC’s Certified Interpretive Guide will be paired with visiting Naturalists to identify the trees and shrubs along our journey pointing out identifying characteristics, ecological implications, unique host relationships, and human interdependent relationships.
Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, and binoculars. Duration is approximately 2 hours. Trips are subject to cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Check-in and hike begin at the Visitor Center.
Cost is FREE to CBEC Members, $5 for Non Members
Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum and maximum for this trip by completing the online form:
Questions can be sent to Courtney Leigh Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-262-2032. Space is limited
Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees & People in the American Cityscape by Jill Jonnes
Join Adkins Arboretum and the Academy Art Museum for a talk by Jill Jonnes on her recent book Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees & People in the American Cityscape. The talk will be Thursday, October 5 from 4-6 pm at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. Tickets are $20.
In her latest book, Urban Forests, Jill Jonnes tells the story of urban trees and the Americans—presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, nurserymen, and tree nerds—who have passionately promoted the greening of our cities. Ranging from Jefferson’s day through the present, Jonnes celebrates the nation’s arboreal advocates, from the founders of Arbor Day, arboretums, and tree surgery to the current generation of tree evangelists and scientists who employ the latest technology to illuminate the value of trees as green infrastructure and their importance to public health.
Jonnes holds a PhD in American history from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Eiffel’s Tower, Conquering Gotham, Empires of Light, and South Bronx Rising. Founder of the non-profit Baltimore Tree Trust, she is leading the Baltimore City Forestry Board’s new initiative, Baltimore’s Flowering Tree Trails. As a staff member of the 2010 Presidential National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, she wrote the first chapter of the report Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling. In the fall of 2011, she was a scholar studying Trees as Green Infrastructure at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Jonnes was also named a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar and has received several grants from the Ford Foundation.
2017 Patuxent River Conference Early Bird Registration Ends Soon
2017 Patuxent River Conference Early Bird Registration Ends November 6!
The members of the planning team for the Patuxent River Conference are excited to announce that registration is now open for PAXCON 2017 which will take place Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD. The theme of this year’s conference is River Management Stories: Making the leap from information to application. With a schedule that includes in-depth science presentations, panel sessions, and roundtable discussions all framed around one of the main strands- invasive species management, living shorelines, stormwater best management practices and stream restoration the conference committee hopes participants will leave the conference not just with new knowledge about research relevant to the Patuxent River Watershed but also a network of colleagues that are inspired to take action to improve the river.
Register today at http://www.paxcon.org/register.html . Early bird registration of $30 ends November 6th!
Graduate Student Scholarships
Recognizing the value, merit, and creativity of the next generation of Patuxent River stewards, the Conference Planning Committee warmly welcomes and strongly encourages student involvement and is offering two student scholarships. Recipients of student scholarships will receive a waived conference fee which includes access to all of the conference sessions, lunch, and assorted refreshments throughout the day. Scholarship applications will be accepted until October 15 and applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 31.
Spread the Word
We’re always looking to grow the network of people interested in learning more about the Patuxent River. Please forward this email to colleagues, partners, and community members who may be interested in attending the conference.
Learn more about the Patuxent River Conference www.paxcon.org
NHSM Nature Connections: National Fossil Day
Hi Chesapeake Network!
Join us to learn all about fossils in celebration of National Fossil Day 2017 on Sunday October 15. This is a FREE program going on from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Feel free to stay the entire time or just stop in for a few minutes. Some local fossil collectors and experts will be in showing off their amazing fossil collections. Learn about how fossils are created and found and you might even be able to take some fossils home with you. And come and be the first ones to check out the Natural History Society’s newly acquired megaladaon shark jaws!
Note: This program is a continuation of our celebration of National Fossil Day that will follow our fossil lecture night with Dr. Stephen Godfrey from the Calvert Marine Museum on Wednesday October 15 which you can register for at http://marylandnature.org/events/.
PARKING INFORMATION: Our parking lot has been renovated with a stormwater management system, with native landscaping. It’s beautiful!, but we have fewer parking spots. Click here for information, directions, and maps to alternative over-flow parking. Once parked, come to the double glass doors at the top of the ramp and stairs.
Thank you so much and hope to see you all there!
Jillie at NHSM
Jillie Drutz**Natural History Society of Marylandemail@example.com
Keep the Natural History Society of Maryland going! Please consider donating and becoming a member of NHSM. Find out more here: http://marylandnature.org/support-maryland-nature/
International Coastal Cleanup Event at Masonville Cove
Join us at South Baltimore’s hidden gem, Masonville Cove, in an effort to remove harmful debris and plastic pollution from the shoreline. Data collected at this event will contribute to the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Pre-register at aqua.org/conservation-events. International Coastal Cleanup at Masonville Cove
Administrative Officer III Recruitment #17-002247-0043
This position serves the departmental outreach coordinator for underserved populations. The core function of the position is to assist the department in building better relationships with diverse and underrepresented communities for the purpose of enhancing customer services to all communities served by the Department of Natural Resources. In addition, the position will support the DNR Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator with the implementation of the Strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan (SDEIP). Bilingual skill is preferred for this position but not required.
Science Integrator Vacancy at Integration and Application Network
Integrate Science and Data Analysis into Science Communication Projects
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) invites applications for a Science Integrator. The successful candidate will work with an established and dynamic team at the Integration and Application Network (IAN). IAN’s mission is to accomplish positive environmental change through scientific synthesis, engagement, and communication. Effective science communication is fundamental to all aspects of IAN’s work. This position will be located in Cambridge or Annapolis, Maryland, based on the needs of the team.
Science Integrators manage projects, analyze data, and synthesize and interpret results for multidisciplinary projects. Science Integrators initiate, plan, and facilitate meetings with partners and stakeholders with other IAN staff, and communicate the findings of project results through written and oral means to multiple audiences, including peer review publication. Science Integrators write grant applications and proposals, and are expected to identify and negotiate projects and manage those projects from inception to completion. Other activities include participation in IAN-led classes and trainings, directing junior and senior staff in the development of tasks and activities, and completing project administrative reporting and administrative functions. Periodic domestic and international travel to project meetings and conferences is expected.
Skills and attributes
The Science Integrator is expected to work with diverse partners, government agencies, and non-government organizations to organize, coordinate, and complete projects, which may be located locally, regionally, or globally. Excellent communication skills are required as is the ability to lead teams, be self-directing, and learn and use new software. Knowledge of ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or statistical software programs preferred. Grant writing, project management, and workshop facilitation experience is also desirable.
Applicants are expected to have a PhD in a relevant environmental field and two years of experience or a Masters Degree with five or more years of experience. The successful candidate is entitled to University benefits and salary is commensurate with experience.
Please e-mail a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references prior to 15 November 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The position will remain open until filled. UMCES is an AA/EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, minorities, and women are encouraged to apply.
Funding Available for Watershed Restoration Projects in Anne Arundel County!
Dear Anne Arundel County Community Partners:
The Anne Arundel County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a grant program to support watershed restoration projects and programs throughout Anne Arundel County. This program aims to improve water quality in the County’s local streams and waterways, as called for in the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit and Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), which require reductions in storm flow volume and pollutants entering the County’s waterways.
This grant program will fund a variety of restoration projects including:
Bioretention cells, bioswales, rain gardens, and other low impact development stormwater practices;
Stormwater wetland and marsh creation and enhancement;
Stream and wetland restoration;
Regenerative conveyance systems (coastal plain outfalls, step pool storm conveyance, etc.);
Living shorelines (with significant habitat enhancement); and
Partnerships with schools, local non-profits, community associations, faith-based organizations, and more are encouraged.
The Trust is accepting applications now through December 6, 2017. We urge you to reach out early to discuss project ideas and schedule a site visit with Trust and County staff!
Detailed information about this grant, including the full RFP and deadlines can be found here.
I look forward to discussing ideas with potential applicants in the near future!
Senior Program Officer
Chesapeake Bay Trust
410-974-2941 ext 106
Horn Point Open House
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory invites the public to a free Open House on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located along the banks of the Choptank River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the laboratory is renowned for its study of marine ecosystems.
The theme for this year’s event is “Bay Strong – fighting for a clean environment.” It features exhibits by the laboratory’s scientists of their investigations in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal areas along the Atlantic Coast. This year’s theme will introduce our visitors to the super heroes fighting for a healthier Chesapeake Bay. All Community Open House activities are free and open to the public, and children will receive a free t-shirt.
“This is the best day of the year for the community to learn about the science of the Bay. Everyone at the lab is on deck to explain their research with activities and displays that make it easy to understand,” said Horn Point Laboratory Director Mike Roman.
The open house is designed to interest all ages and will take place rain or shine. The Horn Point Laboratory campus is located 2020 Horns Point Road on Route 343 outside of Cambridge, Maryland.
Solar Development / Generating Guidelines for Appropriate Locations
Please join the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis for a discussion with Al Bartlett, M.D., and Lynn Davidson from the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter.
It seems almost everybody accepts that there will need to be a major expansion of solar energy as Maryland moves toward a clean renewable energy future. However, when you get into the details of where all that solar energy will be built, there’s a lot less certainty. Even environmental activists and those who will make decisions about future development appear to have different visions. Some folks have a preferred approach to solar development, but don’t really know whether that approach can provide all the solar energy we will need. Some have specific places where they definitely don’t want solar arrays to be built. The discussions are sometimes passionate, but often short of facts.
The Sierra Club Maryland Chapter has received a small grant to explore the questions and concerns about where to locate solar projects, identify evidence and experience that addresses these concerns, and help local jurisdictions develop environment-, agriculture-, economy- and community-friendly approaches to solar development that also respond to Maryland’s urgent need to expand clean renewable energy.
This session will present the Sierra Club’s findings so far, and provide ample time for discussion of the issues with those attending.
7-9 PM, Thursday, October 19 at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD
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Chasing Coral – Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis Movie Night
Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”-a sign of mass coral death-has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater. Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography and startling emotional sense of emergency, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that is sure to move audiences to alarm and action. The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Mark Eakin, a Chief Scientific Advisor to the film. Please join us for this Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis Movie Night, 7 PM, Friday, October 13 at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD.
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