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A tour of a landfill, a plant lab, and other Maryland green events

Black-eyed Susans  are the state flower of Maryland
Black-eyed Susans are the state flower of Maryland
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The Natural History Society of Maryland is holding a plant lab at the Maryland Naturalist Center in Baltimore on Aug 11. The hours are 7 - 9 p.m. Participants will help identify plants and learn plant identification techniques. The Society will have hand lenses and plant keys available. There will be a second lab on August 25. Members of the Society may pay $15.00 for both labs. Walk-ins pay $10.00. For more information, visit

The Irvine Nature Center in Owing Mills is offering an Intro to Birding on Aug 12. The hours will be 8 - 10 a.m. Participants will learn techniques for identifying birds. A light breakfast will be included. Attendees may borrow binoculars from the center or being their own. Registration is required. Ages 10 and up. To learn more, contact Clare Naldrett at (443) 738-9220.

The Soldier's Delight N.E.A. in Owings Mills is offering Flower Power on Aug 12. It will run 1 - 2:30 p.m. A naturalist will take visitors on a 1 mile hike and teach people about flowers and how to identify them. Afterwards, participants may paint a clay pot and plant a seed to take home. Hikers should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Flower Power is designed for children in elementary and middle school. Admission costs $5.00 per person. For more information, contact the park at (410) 461-5005 or

The Sierra Club is offering a tour of the Prince George's landfill in Upper Marlboro on Aug 15. The hours are 9 - 11 a.m. Visitors will learn how a landfill works and about such matters as environmental safeguards and the harvesting of methane. The tour is limited to 10 - 15 people, so registration is required. For more information, contact Martha Ainsworth at

The Natural History Society of Maryland is holding a Songs of Insects Walk at the Carrie Murray Center in Baltimore on August 15. It will start at 8 p.m. Naturalists will guide visitors on a walk where they can listen to insect songs and maybe spot the singers, which are crickets and katydids. For more information, visit

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