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Festivals, habitat restoration, and other Maryland green events

The American Beech can grow to be 100 feet tall.
The American Beech can grow to be 100 feet tall.
Photo by Tim Ross (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) seeks volunteers for the Masonville Cove Living Shoreline Restoration on May 10. Masonville Cove is along the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old and anybody under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. For more information, e-mail or call (410) 576-1014.

The Patterson Park Audubon Center is holding their Maryland Native Plant Sale on May 10. It will start at 8 a.. and run until they sell out. Many of the plants attract and feed birds and insects. To learn more e-mail or call (410) 558-2473.

The Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) is holding their 9th Bi-annual Big Trees Sale on May 10 at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park in Cockeysville. The hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale offers such native big trees as oaks and maples, which are good for shade, soaking up excess storm water, and providing habitat for birds and other creatures. The trees sold are typically four to six feet tall. For more information, visit or e-mail

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks volunteers for the Living Shoreline Habitat Restoration at Ferry Point Park in Queen Anne's County on May 10. The hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will plant grasses along the shoreline, which will help protect the shoreline from wind and storms and also help create nesting grounds for terrapins. To learn more, contact Carmera Thomas at

The Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival takes place in the New Germany State Park on May 10. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be speakers, a scavenger hunt, a bird count, and a search for invasive plants. Native plants will be on sale. For more information, visit or

The Real Food Farm is holding its "Who Wants to be an Urban Farmer?" workshops on May 10. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Topics will include raising rabbits, making and using compost, types of garden tools, and advice on selling produce. Registration is required. Tickets bought on-line cost $ 7.00 for CGRN members and $12.00 for non-members; tickets bought at the door cost $10.00 for CGRN members and $15.00 for non-members. Attendees under 18 get in free, and attendees under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. To learn more, call (443) 531-8346.

The 10th Annual Greenbelt Green Man Festival will be held on May 10 and 11 at the Roosevelt Center. It will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Festival is desctibed as a celebration of Greenbelt's commitment "to preserve its acres of forests." This year's theme will be pollinators, especially butterflies. There will be a Maypole, music, face painting, and other activities for both adults and children. For more information, e-mail or call (202) 664-7572.

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