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The 6th Annual Envirofest will be held at the West Village Commons in Towson University on Feb 15. The hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The overall topic is "Six Degrees of Sustainability," and there will be talks about sustainable living at home, at work, in politics, in healthcare, at school, and on one's community. For more information, contact Scott Hackett at shackett@towson.edu or call (410) 704-4804.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center in Prince George's County is participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb 15. The hours are 9 - 11 a.m. Participants will join a ranger and count the bird species at Merkle for a citizen scientist-based bird count To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at kjarboe@dnr.state.md.us or (301) 888-1377.

The Maryland Native Plant Society and the Cheverly Green Infrastructure Committee are offering a nature hike at Woodworth Park on Feb 15. Hikers will also take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen scientist project sponsored by the Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It will run from 9 - 10 a.m. Experienced bird watchers will lead the hike. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars and field guides. To learn more, contact Matt Salo at mtsalo1@gmail.com or (301) 341-1261.

The Irvine Nature Center is holding Maple Magic on Feb 15 and 16 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. A naturalist will teach participants how to identify maple trees, correctly tap into a tree to collect the sap, and then make syrup out of the sap. Maple Magic is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free for members, and $10.00 for non-members. Registration is recommended. To learn more, call (443) 738-9220.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center in Prince George's County is holding a volunteer open house on Feb 15. It will run from 2 - 3 p.m. Visitors will learn about volunteer opportunities and meet staff and other volunteers. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at kjarboe@dnr.state.md.us or (301) 888-1377.

The Maryland Native Plant Society and the Cheverly Green Infrastructure Committee are offering a nature hike at Nature Park on Feb 16. Hikers will also take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count. It will run from 10 - 11 a.m. Experienced bird watchers will lead the hike. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars and field guides. To learn more, contact Matt Salo at mtsalo1@gmail.com or (301) 341-1261.

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