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    1st Annual Little Bobbers Fishing Derby at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center



    WHEN: August 12, 2017 from 10AM-2PM (Check-In begins at 9AM near Visitor Center)

    WHERE: The ponds on-site at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville

    WHO: Children ages 5-12 (Must be accompanied by an adult at all times)

    COST: FREE thanks to our sponsors! (Pre-registration online is required)

    WHAT: All children will receive a goody bag, lunch, snacks, T-shirt and a chance to win awards and prizes.  Awards will be given for each age group to the girl and boy who catch the biggest fish of the Largemouth Bass and Bluegill species. The event will be capped at 100 participants so please register online to save your spot.


    For more information and/or to register a child please visit or call 410-827-6694

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    From the Ashes

    Join the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis to watch and discuss an advance screening of From the Ashes, a groundbreaking new documentary produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies. Presented by National Geographic, the film captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry, and what its future should be under the Trump administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often-heartbreaking stories about what is at stake for our economy, health and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

    Free, all are welcome. Light refreshments served. Discussion following the screening.  Screening at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 23 at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse.

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    Friends of Jug Bay Annual Plant Sale

    The Friends of Jug Bay Annual Plant Sale is June 3-4, 10am – 3pm! The sale is located in the Butterfly Garden at the Glendening Nature Preserve.

    FOJB volunteers will help you find native trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers, as well as plants for pollinators – birds, butterflies, and bees. Also you’ll be able to purchase nature related crafts. The volunteers will be easy to spot, as each will be wearing a green apron.

    We have updated our plant lists, so for a list of plants by common name, botanical name and more information about the sale, click here.


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    Guided Bird Hike At The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Guided Hike:  Birding-Call, Behavior,and Habitat

    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    May 23 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

    Birding enthusiasts will love this perspective bird hike around Lake Knapp focusing our observations on bird habitat, calls, and behaviors to shape our identification and appreciation of our avian friends. Participants will be co- led by CBEC’s Certified Interpretative Guide and Naturalist, Courtney Leigh and two Maryland renowned Birders Daniel and Jonathan Irons. Participants should bring their own binoculars, field guide, water bottle, and a small snack for energy. We will meet at the Visitor Center at 8am. Duration is 2 hours with a restroom stop at the halfway point.

    Cost: CBEC Members are Free, Non Members $5

    Pre-Registration is required as their is a minimum and maximum for this event:

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    Sustainability Manager

    The Sustainability Manager is responsible for advancing our mission to teach people of all ages how to become caretakers of the environment.  The manager will identify opportunities within Boxerwood to integrate low-impact conservation best practices into our physical space and our standard operating procedures.  Reaching beyond the boundaries of our facilities at Boxerwood, the manager will drive our “green living” education initiatives through outreach and community partnerships.  The manager will play an important role in fund raising for projects, initiatives and operating budgets.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Master Plan implementation

    Working with Grounds and Facilities Manager, prioritizes, plans and directs grounds/facilities projects that are included in the Master Plan

    Example: the permeable surface parking lot and driveway project
    Example: installation of interpretive trail stations

    Establishes baselines for measuring Boxerwood’s ecological footprint, develops plans for improvement, monitoring and communicating our efforts

    Example: Improve our internal recycling efforts

    Coordinates project implementation with Grounds & Facilities Manager and Education staff; consults with this team for input and feedback
    Provides progress reports including quantitative and qualitative data

    Community Outreach and Sustainability Education

    Partner with the Education staff to develop and deliver environmental stewardship education programs and initiatives

    Example: a Tree Stewardship program

    Cultivate collaborative partnerships with organizations on a local, regional and national level
    Prepare educational outreach materials to promote sustainable living and our initiatives
    Deliver presentations, workshops, training sessions, classes for people of all ages—Pre-K through Senior Citizen

    Capacity Building

    Seek, identify, and pursue opportunities for revenue generation and grant funding for related to Master Plan implementation and Sustainability Education
    Leverages Boxerwood’s core competencies to strengthen our position as a Center of Environmental Education Excellence
    Collaborates with fellow team members on Boxerwood’s communications, education, grounds/facility needs, events and fundraising efforts

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    Last Call for Presentation Proposals for the Chesapeake Watershed Forum!

    Only 10 days left to submit your presentation proposals!
    The 2017 Chesapeake Watershed Forum Planning Committee is now accepting workshop proposals!

    This year’s theme, Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters, Healthy People, was chosen so that we can explore the connection between the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and its effect on those of us living here. Proposals that highlight this connection or engage the health care community will receive strong consideration. Learn more on the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s website.

    Click here to read the guidelines.

    For further information or questions about the guidelines please contact Lou Etgen at or (443) 949-0575.

    The submission deadline is May 31, 2017.
    Submit Now!

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    i-Tree Online Workshop: State of the Science, 5/24 1 PM EST

    i-Tree Online Workshop: State of the Science
    This i-Tree Web Learning Session is offered by the Urban Natural Resources Institute, an initiative of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    1:00 PM (Eastern)
    i-Tree Online Workshop: State of the Science

    This month, please join Dr. David Nowak, US Forest Service, as he discusses the science that is powering i-Tree, and looks at the planned future features of scientific research that i-Tree will offer to users. Plan to join this one-hour, interactive session, and learn about the importance and value of science, as we move forward on bringing urban forest inventory and analysis tools to the marketplace.

    i-Tree 2017 is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide. For more information on i-Tree 2017, please visit

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for session in order to provide the most streamlined user experience. PLEASE VISIT TO REGISTER.

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    Stewards for Streams Seeks Volunteers for Cambridge Church Planting

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and St. Luke United Methodist Church in Cambridge are seeking volunteers to help plant over 400 native flowers and grasses on Tuesday, May 30 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Volunteers will be helping to plant a sloped ditched called a bio-swale that collects rain water draining into our rivers. Native species help filter and clean rain water, thus reducing pollution before it reaches our rivers, all the while beautifying the church grounds. Native species to be planted include black-eyed Susans, seashore mallow, and switchgrass. St. Luke is planting their bio-swale as a part of the Stewards for Streams: Faith Based Conservation program, funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Stewards for Streams works with congregations of any denomination to connect faith with environmental stewardship action. St. Luke is located at 712 Bradley Avenue. If you would like to volunteer please contact Suzanne at or call 443-385-0511. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is also looking for more congregations to join the Stewards for Streams movement and spread environmental stewardship actions throughout local communities. Please contact Suzanne if you would like to get your congregation involved.

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    Join ICPRB for a fun and educational hike!

    Join ICPRB June 3rd at Point of Rocks, Md. where we’ll take a short hike while discussing the flora, fauna, and natural and social history of the Potomac River basin, introducing the concepts of watershed management, water resources, and drinking water source protection in a natural, fun environment. The guide for this Walk in the Woods, Potomac Edition is retired ICPRB biologist, Jim Cummins.  Jim is full of great stories and interesting history. You won’t want to miss this Walk in the Woods!

    Learn more or RSVP here:

    We will meet at the boat ramp parking lot at 9:00am.

    Questions? Please contact Renee Bourassa at

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    Native Plant Sale- Lauren’s Garden Service

    Lauren’s Garden Service Native Plant Nursery is having their last weekend sale of spring! Come shop a variety of native plants and check out our nursery!

    Purchase plants that are locally native and locally grown!

    For more information on our native plant sales, please check out the events tab of our webpage:

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    RiverPalooza Kick Off: Tubing, Rafting & Kick Off Party

    You don’t want to miss our upcoming RiverPalooza Kick Off                                                                        event on June 3rd! We have a day of paddle trips planned in Harpers Ferry followed by a BBQ & Bluegrass Party. Music will be provided by Barefoot Movement, called “the future of Tennessee bluegrass” by Rollling Stone. Sign up online today!

    If you can’t make it that day we have over a dozen other adventures from June through September for all ages and skill levels. While most involve a canoe, kayak, raft, tube or stand up paddle board, there is also a bike trip and snorkeling in Shenandoah.

    Participation in any of these trips gets you a free membership to Potomac Riverkeeper Network and supports our work fighting to keep our rivers clean. Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls said it best: “If you’re thinking of getting out on the river this year, RiverPalooza is the best way to do it. You can save a little money while saving our rivers.” There could not be a more relevant time to have such a fun, uplifting and impactful series of events on our rivers. We can’t do our work without the support of our local communities.

    We hope to see you on the river soon!

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    Climate Change Policy – Advocating from a Faith Perspective

    Come hear what values and methods faith-based advocates bring to climate change policy making and how policy makers respond to those values.  The moral call for action on climate change is heard by policy makers from diverse political backgrounds.   Learn what steps for advocacy and action on climate change you should be considering and how local faith-based groups can be effective climate change policy advocates.


    Emily Wirzba, Legislative Representative, Friends Committee on National Legislation
    Jose Aguto, Associate Director, Catholic Climate Covenant
    Joelle Novey, Director, Interfaith Power & Light DC.MD.NoVA

    Speakers Series sponsored by: Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis, Maryland Climate Coalition and Greater Annapolis Interfaith Network

    Thursday, June 15, 7-9 PM at Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401

    Free and open to the public.

    All are welcome.

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    CITY OF TREES Film (Watershed Forum Keynote) is now on Netflix!

    JUST ANNOUNCED: The award-winning documentary film, CITY OF TREES, which was the Keynote Address at our Chesapeake Watershed Forum in 2016 is now on Netflix! If you weren’t able to see it last fall, be sure to ADD IT TO YOUR WATCHLIST and RATE AND REVIEW the film. Also available on iTunes, Amazon Video, and Google Play.

    CITY OF TREES is a deeply personal story about the struggle to create jobs and restore neglected green spaces in our cities. Told through an unflinching verité approach, CITY OF TREES thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes changemakers face in urban communities everyday.

    After streaming the film at home, bring the conversation about environmental justice to your own communities and libraries by purchasing the full community screening kit to screen CITY OF TREES. Email for more information.

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    Guided Hike and Kayak Trips at CBEC This Week

    Guided Kayak Trips

    May 18th at 5:30pm

    May 21st at 1:00pm

    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.

    Cost is $15 per CBEC Member and $20 per Non Member

    Pre-registration is required by required by completing the online form:

    Guided Yoga Hike
    May 20th at 1:00pm
    Join us for a guided hike on CBEC’s Lake Trail for this unique opportunity to discover some of the natural features and treasures found on our property. Your journey will be co-led by CBEC’s Certified Interpretative Guide and Naturalist, Courtney Leigh with Debbie Roschli, a Certified Yoga Instructor. As we walk the 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula we will take moments of pause, reflection, and be led through gentle Vinyasa Yoga Postures. There is a half-way rest stop with restroom accessibility. Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, and a Yoga matt. 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 or 443-262-2032. Space is limited

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    Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors professional development workshop July 10-12

    Appalachian Watershed and Stream Monitors
    Professional Development Workshop July 10-12, 2017
    Investigate the water quality of a headwater stream.
    The AWSM workshop will provide resources and inspiration for educators seeking to engage students and enhance curriculum through outdoor education. 

    This year’s workshop will include:

    Frameworks that work! Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences and U.S. Green Ribbon Schools (Peter M. Mecca and Vicki Fenwick-Judy)
    How to implement a stream study using Save our Streams citizen-science protocols (Glenn Nelson)
    Project Learning Tree training and curriculum (Linda Carnell)
    Optional caving in the Sinks of Gandy, exploring Spruce Knob, astronomy, and more!

    Explore the Sinks of Gandy cave to see the effects of karst topography.

    Workshop Details:

    Cost is $300 and includes room, board and materials.

    Scholarships are available for WV educators.

    Guests (spouse, children, friend, etc) are invited to attend for the discounted rate of $50/person.

    Three continuing education graduate credit hours are available through Marshall University for an additional $365.
    Register on our website
    Please contact Kellee Waddell for more details: 304.567.2632 or

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    Solitary Bee Workshop Series

    Solitary Bees play a key role in our diet. Native solitary bees can improve the productivity of your edible space. Providing these beneficial insects year long habitat and foraging grounds will improve their potential on your property. The Solitary Bee Workshop Series will include an informative presentation and discussion, ‘bee condo’ build, and identification on the class day and a outdoor field identification experience on a date chosen by participants. Learn to invite, host, and identify Mid-Atlantic native solitary bees and congregate with others that share your passion.

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    Upcoming Workshop! – Data to Decisions – Why Your Water Quality Data Matter

    Upcoming Workshop! – Data to Decisions – Why Your Water Quality Data Matter

     Are you part of a monitoring program or citizen science organization that collects water quality data in Maryland? Would you like your data used in decision making?  Does your organization need additional technical resources and advanced training opportunities?  Would you like to learn about submitting your data to Maryland state agencies and federal agencies?

    This FREE workshop is designed to assist NGOs collecting water quality data in Maryland to have their data considered for a variety of regulatory, assessment, modeling, and restoration purposes.  The Maryland Water Monitoring Council has organized presenters from state, federal, and nonprofit organizations that will explain and be available for questions regarding:

    Collecting data, and how is it used by the agencies
    Understanding different levels of data quality
    Determining the basic steps needed for data of known quality
    Finding technical assistance
    Integrating your data into agency databases and assessments
    Maryland’s Integrated Report and TMDLs
    Maryland Biological Stream Survey and Stream Waders

    Food and drink will be provided. Space is limited!

    Please note that this workshop will cover the same material as that presented at the workshop held on October 8, 2016 at Arlington Echo.


    Date:                  Wednesday, June 21st 2017

    Time:                   6:00-8:00 pm (Social and Sandwiches from 5:30-6:00)

    Location:             Wye Research & Education Center

    124 Wye Narrows Drive

    Queenstown, MD 21658

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    Additional Info:   Agenda is attached.

    To register:         Registration is required (no walk ins) by June 14th.

    Click here to register.

    Cost:                    FREE


    All inquiries should be directed to:

    Matthew Stover

    Phone: 410-537-3611

    Science Services Administration

    Maryland Department of the Environment

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    Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring (classroom session)

    The Audubon Naturalist Society sponsors a volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program for benthic macroinvertebrates. Find out how these small organisms that live on the bottom of our streams help us assess stream health and learn how to identify them to the taxonomic level of order. The classroom session will begin with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by examination of preserved specimens. Registration is required. Please go to

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    Assistant Water Quality Manager

    The City’ of Durham’s Stormwater and GIS Division is seeking a highly qualified and experienced candidate to help manage technical staff and active programs in fast-pace and challenging environment. This position is within the Water Quality Unit. Examples of work produced by the unit include:

    2017 IECA: Evaluation of Pollutants in Wastewater Produced from Air Conditioning Cleaning Operations:

    2016 CWP National Watershed and Stormwater Conference: Illicit Discharges:

    ACWI: Evaluation of Pollutants in Wastewater Generated by Mobile Car Washing Operations:

    Algal turf scrubber pilot project:

    The City of Durham is a dynamic, multicultural city, a destination for food and entertainment as highlighted in a recent article in Vogue magazine.  Home to Duke University and North Carolina Central University, Durham is also a short distance from North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina, USGS offices, and Research Triangle Park. The Water Quality Unit periodically works with researchers at these institutions on specific issues of concern. Challenges include receiving waters sensitive to nitrogen and phosphorus.

    To maintain compliance with the City’s Stormwater National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit.  This position manages water quality programs, provides advanced technical supervision and assists with the management of the Water Quality Section. This is accomplished by directly and indirectly supervising technical staff, development of the City’s monitoring and assessment programs, preparing reports regarding the monitoring and assessment programs, providing project management of internal and external studies and contracts, supporting and/or developing watershed plans for watersheds and streams in the City, identifying areas needing additional information for regulatory purposes, advanced statistical analysis and water quality modeling, reviewing draft permits, and responding to public inquiries regarding pollution. Other duties include providing support and education to public and City personnel.

    Refer to the job posting on the web site for duties/responsibilities, minimum qualifications, benefits, supplemental questions, and job application information. Position is open until filled.

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    Special Evening Dinner & Lecture: The Foodscape Revolution with Brie Arthur

    Join us for a special evening dinner and lecture featuring horticulturist Brie Arthur as she shares her passion for plants and design and what she deems ‘the foodscape revolution’. Edible landscaping has become more popular, especially in urban areas. Learn how you can pair traditional landscaping with edibles for a more productive garden. Brie’s book, The Foodscape Revolution, will be for sale.

    Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Location: Ladew Gardens

    Time: 5 PM-6:45 PM Dinner in cafe/stroll the gardens;  7 PM Lecture in the Barn Gallery

    Tickets: Members $40, Non-members $50 (Garden admission, dinner/drink & lecture included)


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