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Bowie Green Expo, salamander hunt, and other Maryland green events

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The Native Plant Nursery at the Adkins Arboretum opens this weekend. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday hours are 12 - 4 p.m. The Native Plant Nursery offers the largest selection of ornamental native plants in the region. Master Gardeners will answer questions and Arboretum docents will offer guided walks. To learn more, call (410) 634-2847 ext 0 or e-mail info@adkinsareboretum.org.

The Maryland Native Plant Society is offering a field trip to the Governor Bridge Natural Area in Bowie on April 12. The hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will hike along the Patuxent River and look for spring wildflowers like Dutchman's Breeches, Virginia Bluebells, and Trout Lily. Hikers should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Bringing a hand lens and a field guide is also recommended. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Karyn Molines at mnps@chesapeake.net.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks volunteers to pot trees at the Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro on April 12. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will pot tree and shrub saplings in 3-gallon pots. The saplings belong to native species and will eventually be used in environmental restoration projects throughout the Bay watershed. To learn more, contact Carmera Thomas at cthomas@cbf.org or (443) 482-2156.

The Irvine Nature Center is offering a class on the eBird website on April 12. The hours are 1 - 3 p.m. Participants will bring along a laptop or smart device and go on a short walk. eBird lets amateurs and experts share their sightings of birds, study maps and graphs, and learn about the best spots for seeing given birds. The class is for people 9 and up. Registration is required, and the course is free for members, but costs $10 for non-members. To learn more, contact Clare Naldrett at (443) 738-9220.

The Adkins Arboretum is offering a class, "Beekeeping: Open Hive Frames" on April 12. The hours are 1 - 3 p.m. It is the second is a six-part series on beekeeping. The first class had been on native bee species. Later classes will cover dividing hives, extracting honey, building equipment, and making candles. Members pay $15.00 per class or $75.00 for the whole program, while non-members pay $20.00 per class or $95.00 for the whole program. Registration is required. To learn more, call (410) 634-2847 ext 0 or e-mail info@adkinsareboretum.org.

The Bowie Green Expo will be held at the Kenhill Center on April 12. The hours are 1 - 4 p.m. Visitors will learn about going green from local organizations and businesses. There will be animal exhibits. A re-purposed wood boat will be on display. To learn more, contact John Allender at (301) 262-2193 or terp4life66@verizon.net.

The Sierra Club is holding the Montgomery County Salamander Hunt on April 13. It will run from 2- 3:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the Kemp Mill Shopping Center. Four species were found during the last official survey in 1998, and hunters will be looking for adults, tadpoles, and egg masses. For more information, contact Marc Imlay at (301) 442-5657 or ialm@erols.com.

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