At this week’s free Nature Connections we will be bringing the stream indoors!  Join us for an exciting afternoon where we will take an in-depth look at streams by examining how urban infrastructure affects a stream’s health and biology.  View a variety of live aquatic insects under a microscope and discover how living in different communities influences their ecosystem. Come join Natural History Society of Maryland for another great program.

Special Presentation: 1:15pm: Dr. Ken Belt talk, The 4 Dimensions of Urban Streams & The Strong Connections Between Watersheds, Groundwater and Stream Ecosystems

About Our Guest Presenter: Dr. Ken Belt has studied urban streams and their ecology in Baltimore for 40 yrs.  He has worked for Baltimore City DPW, the USDA Forest Service & the Baltimore Ecosystem, and now teaches at the department of Geography and Environmental Science at UMBC. His perspective has been holistic, with an eye for both the engineering of the urban landscape and the connections to aquatic ecosystems.


Nature Connections are free and made possible by our amazing volunteers and sponsors. If you would like to volunteer in a Nature Connections please contact Renee Bieretz at


NATURE CONNECTIONS: Streams” is being presented in honor of Water/Ways, the newest traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program.The Historical Society of Baltimore County (HSBC) is the first of six Maryland sites to host Water/Ways and the Natural History Society of Maryland is joining HSBC and many local organizations and businesses to promote water-themed programming from May 25, 2019 to July 6, 2019 to raise people’s understanding of what water means to our community. Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Humanities Council, and was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.


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