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

    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Presents:

     

    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 https://www.bayrestoration.org/fishing-derby/ 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:
    https://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/birding-call-behavior-habitat/

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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 letgen@allianceforthebay.org or (443) 949-0575.

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

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    RESTORATION DESIGNER – Warrenton, VA

    Angler Environmental, a RES Company is accepting applications for Restoration Designers with various levels (minimum of 3 – 5 years’ experience) in our Warrenton, Virginia office. The desired candidate’s tasks will include, but are not limited to responsibility for all aspects of fieldwork, writing technical reports and approaches, collecting and organizing data, concept development for stream site restoration plans, site feasibility for restoration potential, and assistance with final stream construction plans.

    The preferred candidate will possess a B.S. in an engineering, ecology, biology or environmental science field (such as but not limited to ecology, botany, geology, soils, etc.) and supplemental training (such as but not limited to Rosgen Level 1-4, NC State Stream Restoration Training Courses, or other sources of relevant graduate coursework or training). Candidates will have excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of Federal/State/Local environmental regulations is a plus.

    For the full job position description, follow this link: Restoration Designer – Northern Virginia

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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 Suzanne@midshoreriverkeeper.org 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/995335030600391/

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

    Questions? Please contact Renee Bourassa at rbourassa@icprb.org

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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: http://www.laurensgardenservice.com/2017-events/

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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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    Pennsylvania’s Phase 3 Watershed Improvement Plan Kickoff and Listening Session

    Pennsylvanians, you’re invited to Pennsylvania’s Phase 3 Watershed Improvement Plan Kickoff and Listening Session.

    Come share your views on how Pennsylvania should clean up streams, rivers, and lakes in our 43 counties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed at a public event hosted by DEP on June 5.

    Your active participation is needed to make this kickoff a success. Please join us! See the agenda and register by May 24.

     

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    Philadelphia Area Program Manager

    The Student Conservation Association is Hiring: Philadelphia Area Program Manager

    SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Every day SCA provides opportunities for young people to make a positive impact on the world around them. Every year we motivate and deploy thousands of young people who care passionately about improving their natural world. We put them to work in our parks and public lands and urban green spaces to make improvements and learn conservation and sustainability practices. We teach them how to plan, enact, and lead, all while making a tangible impact in conservation.

    SCA fielded its first community conservation program in Philadelphia in 2009. In 2012 we launched our programming in Camden, New Jersey. We run both summer and school year programs from our main office located inside the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum visitor’s center. Since that first year, hundreds of youth in the Philadelphia region have participated in SCA programs. Thanks to the City of Philadelphia and the City of Camden, environmental organizations, schools, youth development organizations, and numerous community groups, SCA continues to provide conservation opportunities to Philadelphia young people each year.

    The ideal candidate will be from or familiar with Philadelphia and have experience leading volunteers in an environmental or service based program. This position will be filled asap with an ideal start in June.
    Job Description
    Work as part of a regional team to lead all field based programming for youth in the Philadelphia Area (including Camden, NJ). The Program Manager is responsible for recruiting program participants, supervising Crew Leaders, delivering support for members, and building relationships with partner organizations while representing the SCA brand throughout the Philadelphia area.

    Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in environmental studies, natural resource management, education, youth development or like-minded field of study. • 3-5 years of experience in personnel management, program management, leading and creating programs for youth and young adults.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Relationship development a plus.
    • Strong computer skills with experience in MS Office and Salesforce a plus.
    • Willingness and ability to travel locally and regionally. Aprox. 15% of the time.
    • Current First Aid and CPR certification
    • Must pass SCA criminal background check and obtain appropriate State of Pennsylvania clearances.

    Essential Functions

    Planning and Program Delivery:
    • Maintain relationships with current partners and build new ones for additional program opportunities.
    • Help create a safe and educational environment that fosters curiosity and appreciation for the natural world.
    • Recruit, interview, and hire program members and leaders.
    • Ensure that programs adhere to SCA’s guidelines of providing safe, educational programming.
    • Maintain all equipment and supplies in good order.
    • Assist with curriculum enhancement and development.
    • Work to resolve any program or staff issues that may arise.
    • Lead and or attend conferences, community meetings, and events as needed.

    Supervision:
    • Supervise up to 20 seasonal leaders
    • Supervise seasonal Program Assistant
    • Provide leaders and program assistants with guidance on supervising members.
    • Participate in annual leader training and member training.

    Administrative and Financial Responsibility:
    • Manage annual program budget
    • Ensure program surveys and reporting is complete

    Location:
    SCA Field Office at
    John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
    8601 Lindbergh Blvd
    Philadelphia, PA 19153

    To Apply:
    Send resume and cover letter to: Randall Rupp, Regional Program Manager rrupp@thesca.org

    Applications are being reviewed as received and position will be filled once a candidate is identified with a June start date preferred.

    Posted May 17, 2017

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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.

    Speakers:

    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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    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 http://www.itreetools.org/.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for session in order to provide the most streamlined user experience. PLEASE VISIT https://goo.gl/WsyOj4 TO REGISTER.

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    Two weeks left to submit your workshop proposals for the Chesapeake Watershed Forum!

    There are only two weeks left to submit your workshop proposals for the 2017 Chesapeake Watershed Forum! This years theme is “Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters, Healthy People.” Each track will incorporate one or more sessions that speak to the health connection between the Chesapeake Bay watershed and those of us living in it. Proposals that highlight this connection or engage the health care community will receive strong consideration.

    Read the RFP!

    Learn more OR submit your proposal!

    Contact Lou Etgen at letgen@allianceforthebay.org or (443) 949-0575 for any questions about the guidelines.

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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 lisa@meridianhillpictures.com 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:  https://www.bayrestoration.org/guided-kayak-tours/

    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:
    https://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/property-tour-guided-hike-7/

    Questions can be sent to Courtney Leigh Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at cleigh@bayrestoration.org 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 https://experience-learning.org/learn/professional-development/.
    Please contact Kellee Waddell for more details: 304.567.2632 or
    kwaddell@experience-learning.org

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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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