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Endangered Species Day, garden tours, and other Maryland green events

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The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is holding Endangered Species Day on May 17. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will spotlight endangered animals at the zoo. There will be many keeper encounters during which keepers will describe the environmental concerns facing such as animals as rhinos, cheetahs, or polar bears, and the conservation plans designed to help them. There will also be puppet shows and an information booth about palm oil. To learn more, call (443) 552-5276 or e-mail

The Adkins Arboretum will be hosting its 2nd Annual Native Garden Tour featuring gardens in Queen Anne's County on May 17. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will both emphasize the importance of native plants in a biodiverse landscape and celebrate their beauty. Tickets cost $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. For more information, visit or call (410) 634-2847.

Bowie Gardens 4 Wildlife will be offering a Backyard Certified Habitat Tour on May 17. The hours are 1 - 4:30 p.m. The tour will take place at the Kenilworth Elementary School plus four homes where the yards have been certified as wildlife habitats. Visitors can learn how to get their own yards certified. The process involves using sustainable gardening practices and improving the environment for both wildlife and humans. To learn more, contact Tiffany Wright at or (301) 809-3043.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitors' Center in Prince George's County is holding a workshop, "Nature Up Close: Frogs and Toads," on May 17. It will run from 2 - 3 p.m. It is the first in a series of workshops. It is a hands-on program, so participants should wear clothing and shoes that can get dirty and/or wet. For more information, contact Karen Jarboe at or (301) 888-1377.

The Hilton Nature Center in Catonsville is holding an open house on May 17. The hours are 12 - 3 p.m. Visitors can talk to naturalists and check out the new activities and features being offered. For more information, contact the Patapsco Valley State Park at or (410) 461-5005.

Calvert Cliffs State Park is holding a workshop, "Creek Critters," on May 18. It will run from 2 - 3 p.m. Participants will learn about the various animals that live in a creek, and should wear shoes and clothing that can get wet and/or dirty. For more information, contact Karen Jarboe at or (301) 888-1377.

Cylburn Arboretum and the UME Master Gardeners are offering the Baywise Garden Tour in Mt. Washington and Dickeyville on May 18. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will tour gardens that have Baywise Certification, which means their owners follow environmentally sound practices in planting and caring for their garden. Gardeners will be available to answer questions. Tickets cost $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members. To learn more, call (410) 367-2217 or e-mail