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BioBlitz, canoe trip, and other Maryland green events

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The National Wildlife Federation is sponsoring the Great American Backyard Campout on June 28 as part of their "Be Out There" initiative, which is intended to encourage youngsters to spend more time outdoors, experiencing nature. Several public campgrounds and state parks will be participating. To learn more or find a participating site, visit www.nwf.org/Great-American-Backyard-Campout.aspx.

The Masonville Cove Project seeks volunteers for the Masonville Cove BioBlitz on June 28. A bioblitz is an all-day event where scientists, naturalists, and other volunteers try to find, identify, and record as many organisms as they can. Participants will use the iNaturalist program to identify, photograph, and document their finds. Volunteers must be at least 8 years old, and anybody under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. To learn more, e-mail conserve@aqua.org or call (410) 659-4236.

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center seeks volunteers for a citizen science field day on June 28. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will help the park's naturalists collect data for the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas by looking for amphibians and reptiles, photographing them, and documenting them. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. For more information, call (410) 887-1815 or e-mail info@oregonridgenaturecenter.org.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitors' Center is holding a pond exploration workshop on June 28. The hours are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants learn about the lifecycles of dragonflies and frogs and explore the park's ponds looking for creatures like tadpoles, water bears, and dragonfly nymphs. Visitors must be at 6 years old and should wear clothes that can get wet. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at (301) 888-1377 or kjarboe@dnr.state.md.us.

The Tuckahoe State Park is offering a guided canoe trip of the Tuckahoe Creek on June 28. It will take place 6 - 7:30 p.m. Canoeists will meet at the boathouse. Registration is required and admission costs $8.00 for 14 and under, and $10.00 for anybody over 14. For more information, contact Jessica Conley at (410) 820-1668 or park-tuckahoe@dnr.state.md.us.

The Clean Water Concert Series continues on June 28. The XPD's, a Washington-based band will at a block party on Harrison Street in Easton. The party starts at 6 p.m., and the band will play 7 - 9 p.m. There will also be displays and activities by local environmental groups. For more information, call (410) 543-1999.

Soldier's Delight in Owings Mills is holding "Feathered Friends" on June 29. It will run 12 - 1 p.m. A naturalist will give a talk about a specific bird every Sunday in June at the Visitors' Center. To learn more, call (410) 461-5005.

The Prince George's County chapter of the Sierra Club is holding their Annual Picnic and Environmental Service Award Ceremony on June 29. It will be held at the Allen Pond Park in Bowie from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Registration is required. Admission costs $5.00 for people who bring food to share, and $10.00 for people who do not. For more information, contact Janis Oppelt at janis.oppelt@mdsierra.org or (301) 474-5358.

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