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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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    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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    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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    Guided Hike at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center: Introduction to Birding

    Guided Hike on Thursday, May 11th 1pm! Join us for a short Introduction to Birding before we take to the trails to practice our new skills in identifying some of the migratory Passerines that may be stopping through CBEC’s property. Our team of Certified Interpretative Guides and Maryland Master Naturalists along with local expert Birders will help the novice Birder become more equipped as they advance on their Birding Journey. Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, Bird Field Guides to the Passerine’s, 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: https://www.bayrestoration.org/…/property-tour-guided-hike…

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    Paddlepalooza at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Come join us for a fun day on the water! Experience the wonders of the
    wetlands that surround CBEC as you circumnavigate our “Horsehead
    Peninsula”. This 3 mile, safety supported paddle through the waters of
    Cabin Creek, Kent Narrows, and Marshy Creek will give you a new
    perspective of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.
    Entertainment, food, and brews await the participants at our after party!

    WHEN: July 15, 2017 (Check in starting at 8am; Rolling starts beginning at 9am)
    WHERE: Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, MD
    WHY: To benefit CBEC’s Kayak Wetland Education Programs
    WHO: Kayaks, Canoes, SUPs (Bring your own or rent on site)
    COST: $60 from 4/1-4/30 $65 from 5/1- 6/15 $70 from 6/16-7/1
    (Pre-registration is required)
    For more information and to pre-register visit: https://www.bayrestoration.org/paddlepalooza/

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    Guided Kayak Trip at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Guided Kayak Trip at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center:  Sunday, May 7th at 1pm

    Cost:  $15 per CBEC Member, $20 per Non Member

    A docent 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 completing online form:

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/guided-kayak-trip-22/

    Questions can be sent to  Courtney Leigh at cleigh@bayrestoration.org or 443-262-2032.  Space is limited.

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    Guided Hike at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center: Birding by Call and Behavior

    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/hiking/

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    May Events at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    May Events at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center:

    Creepy Crawler Pre-School Programs

    ​May 1st & 2nd 10:00am-Turtle Tales
    May 15th 10:00am-From Seed to Sprout
    https://www.bayrestoration.org/creepy-crawlers/

    Guided Hikes

    ​May 11th 1pm-Introduction to Birding
    May 20th 1pm-Yoga in Nature
    https://www.bayrestoration.org/hiking/

    Guided Kayak Trips

    ​​​May 7th 1pm
    May 18th 5:30pm
    May 21st 1pm
    https://www.bayrestoration.org/guided-kayak-tours/

    Questions about events please contact:
    Courtney Leigh, Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at 410-827-6694 or cleigh@bayrestoration.org

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    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center Hosts Jr. Naturalist Summer Camp

    CBEC Hosts Jr. Naturalist Summer Camp

    Grades 7th -12th

    June 26th-30th 9am-3:30pm

    Cost:  $250/week for non-CBEC Members, $225/week for CBEC Members

    Nature is full of wonders to explore, understand, and enjoy!  Campers will learn how to identify commonly found flora and fauna found at CBEC.  Led by certified Maryland Master Naturalists, campers will explore CBEC’s habitats using field guides and field collecting equipment with the goal of discovery and understanding of our natural world.  Field Investigations will be complimented with eco-recreation activities, homes, and nature-inspired art.

    Register now by clicking on the link below:

    bayrestoration.org/camps

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    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center Hosts Maryland Master Naturalist Fall 2017

     

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    Guided Hikes at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center: Birding and Forest Bathing

    Guided Hike: Birding-Habitat, Call and Behavior on Thursday, April 20th at 8am at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    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:  REGISTER NOW!

    Guided Hike:  Meditation in Nature-“Forest Bathing”, April 22nd at 1pm at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    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. Along our journey will take moments to pause, and internally reflect on each habitat experience as a Meditative Facilitator guides us through a brief meditation. We will have several short meditation moments all while walking a 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula. 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 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:  REGISTER NOW!

    More information and questions can be directed to Courtney Leigh, Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at cleigh@bayrestoration.org or 410-827-6694

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    Guided Hike at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center: Birding-Habitat, Call, and Behavior

    Guided Hike: Birding-Habitat, Call and Behavior on Thursday, April 20th at 8am at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    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:  REGISTER NOW!

    More information and questions can be directed to Courtney Leigh, Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at cleigh@bayrestoration.org or 410-827-6694

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    Guided Hike at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center: Meditation in Nature-“Forest Bathing”

    Guided Hike:  Meditation in Nature-“Forest Bathing”, April 22nd at 1pm at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    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. Along our journey will take moments to pause, and internally reflect on each habitat experience as a Meditative Facilitator guides us through a brief meditation. We will have several short meditation moments all while walking a 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula. 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 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:  REGISTER NOW!

    More information and questions can be directed to Courtney Leigh, Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at cleigh@bayrestoration.org or 410-827-6694

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    Guided Hike: Yoga in Nature

    Guided Hike: Yoga in Nature on Thursday, April 13th at 1pm at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Join Carol Ibex, Yoga Instructor from Foundations Island Yoga, as she joins forces with CBEC’s Naturalist to lead a hike around Lake Knapp stopping three times for a series of Yoga postures that connect you with the unique habitats of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Register now: https://www.bayrestoration.org/hiking/

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    Guided Hike at CBEC: Introduction To Birding: The Migration of the Passerines

    Guided Hike:  Saturday, March 18th at 1pm
     
    Introduction to Birding:  Migration of the Passerines and the Art of Pishing
    Join us for a short Introduction to Birding before we take to the trails to practice our new skills in identifying some of the migratory Passerines that may be stopping through CBEC’s property. Our team of Certified Interpretative Guides and Maryland Master Naturalists along with local expert Birders will help the novice Birder become more equipped as they advance on their Birding Journey. Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, Bird Field Guides to the Passerines, 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.

    Register Now!

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    Guided Hike at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    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. A docent will lead participants on a journey to explore topics of Hummock Succession, Oyster Reef Ecology, Salt Marsh Plants, Lake Knapp Bird Residents, and Resident Raptors all while walking a 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula. 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 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.

    Register Now

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    March Events at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

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    Volunteer Winter Meeting:  Happy Hour
    Thursday, March 2nd 5pm
    All interested in Volunteering at CBEC are encouraged to attend this informational meeting. Courtney Leigh, Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator,  will describe volunteer opportunities, incentives, trainings, and offer up tips on how to become an effective volunteer.
    Come and mingle with like minded individuals.

    Guided Hikes
    Thursday, March 2nd 1pm
    General Property Tour

    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. A docent will lead participants on a journey to explore topics of Hummock Succession, Oyster Reef Ecology, Salt Marsh Plants, Lake Knapp Bird Residents, and Resident Raptors all while walking a 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula.  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 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.
    http://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/property-tour-guided-hike-3/

    Saturday, March 18th 1pm
    Introduction to Birding: Migration, Passerines, The Art of Pishing

    Join us for a short Introduction to Birding before we take to the trails to practice our new skills in identifying some of the migratory Passerines that may be stopping through CBEC’s property. Our team of Certified Interpretative Guides and Maryland Master Naturalists along with local expert Birders will help the novice Birder become more equipped as they advance on their Birding Journey.  Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, Bird Field Guides to the Passerine’s, 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.
    http://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/property-tour-guided-hike-4/

    Critters and Cocktails
    March 22nd 6:30pm
    Crabs, Old Bay and Beer
    Speaker:  Tuck Hines
    Dr. Anson “Tuck” Hines, Director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on the Rhode River, is a world-renowned expert on Chesapeake Blue Crabs.  We all love to feast on them, and have probably caught them, but what else do we know about this iconic Bay critter?  Come to this presentation and learn about the fascinating life history of our “Jimmies” and “Sooks”.
    Appetizers and Beverages sponsored by:  The Narrows Restaurant and The Winery
    CBEC Members: $8, Non Members:  $10
    Pre-Registation is Required:
    http://www.bayrestoration.org/speaker-series/

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    Guided Hike at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Scheduled Guide Hike At The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center:  Saturday, February, 18th at 1pm

    Guided Hikes will lead participants on CBEC’s Lake Trail for a unique opportunity to discover several ecologically important habitats to the Chesapeake Bay watershed found on our 510 acre peninsula in Grasonville, MD. A docent will lead participants on a journey to explore topics of Hummock Succession, Oyster Reef Ecology, Salt Marsh Plants, Lake Knapp Bird Residents, and Resident Raptors all while walking a 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula. Each month we will be announcing a specialty topic for these hikes led by a Maryland Master Naturalist, please check our calendar on our website for these announcements. Specialty topics include: Birding, Botany, Fungus, or Reptiles/Amphibians. 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 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 at 600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, MD.

    Cost is FREE to CBEC Members, $5 for Non Members

    All Hikes are from 1-3 pm and Schedule of 2017 Hikes are found on our website: http://www.bayrestoration.org/hiking/

    Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum and maximum for this trip. Registration is found on our website: Pre-Register Here

    Questions can be directed to Courtney Leigh, Volunteer/Stewardship Coordinator at 410-827-6694 or cleigh@bayrestoration.org

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    Critters and Cocktails-Unique Lecture Series at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Join us at CBEC for an entertaining and educational talk on wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay Region paired with appetizers and beverages from:

    Bridges on the Narrows Restaurant and The Winery

     
    Wednesday, February 22nd 6:30pm    Judy Wink: Wet-N-Wild Turkeys
    Did you know that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national symbol? Join our very own acclaimed ornithologist, CBEC Executive Director, Judy Wink, for a wild discussion on a fascinating yet over looked bird… the turkey.  Who knew turkeys had such interesting sex lives?  Be prepared to have fun and even participate in a turkey calling contest at the end of the lecture.  What you learn at this session will make your next Thanksgiving dinner conversation a memorable one!

    Pre- Registration is recommended:  Cost is $8 for CBEC Members, $10 for Non CBEC Members

    We Only Have 25 Spots Left!

    Pre-Register Here

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    Chesapeake Bay Education/Stewardship Program for Adults: LIFE 2017 at CBEC

    Legacy Institute For The Environment
    (LIFE) Program:  Final Call For Applications!

    What is LIFE? 
    LIFE is an interactive adult environmental education program held in the spring with a mission of promoting environmental stewardship, providing life-long learning opportunities, and creating a legacy of protecting our environment. To date, the LIFE program has fostered over 120 Legacy Stewards whose work has left a lasting impact on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 
     
    What is included in the program?

    Nine weeks of fascinating educational sessions and guided site visits led by expert scientists, environmental educators, and professional consultants
    Classes are held Wednesdays: March 1 to April 26, 9 am to 3 pm
    The opportunity to work among like-minded individuals with an overall goal of creating a legacy of environmental stewardship

    What does this program cost?

    Through grants provided by different agencies, this program is FREE; however, participants are expected to commit to 40 hours of volunteer service that will be completed within one year of the program. 
     
    Start Your Legacy. Apply Today.
     
    Learn more
     
    For more information you can also contact Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator,
    Courtney Leigh, at cleigh@bayrestoration.org

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