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Green Fest, Project Clean Stream, and other Maryland green events

The bog turtle is the smallest turtle in North America.
The bog turtle is the smallest turtle in North America.Photo by Pete Pattavina, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks volunteers to pot trees at the Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro on April 5. 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 Howard County GreenFest will take place at the Howard County Community College on April 5. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year's theme will be water quality, and vendors and non-profits will have information about how to improve water quality and adopt a greener lifestyle. There will be a farmer's market, a live animal display, workshops, and tree-planting. To learn more, contact Sue Muller at (301) 498-8462 or smuller@howardcountymd.gov.

The Aquarium Conservation Team seeks volunteers to plant Atlantic white cedar seedlings at the Nassawango Creek Preserve in Snow Hill on April 5. The Atlantic white cedar is a rare species in Maryland. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old, and those who are under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. For more information, e-mail conserve@aqua.org.

The Point Lookout Lighthouse Preservation Society will hold an open house on April 5. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors may enter the lighthouse and talk to the docents. Admission to the park costs $5.00 per Maryland car and $7.00 per out-of-state car. To learn more, contact Ranger Jonas Williams at (301) 872-5688 or jwilliams@dnr.state.md.us.

The Sierra Club seeks volunteers for a Project Clean Stream event at the Hammond Elementary School in Laurel on April 6. The hours will be 12 - 3 p.m. The event will combine a stream clean-up with an amphibian and reptile search. Volunteers should wear boots, and bring drinks, snacks, and work gloves. Camera will also be needed to photograph animals for the Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas. To learn more, contact Sue Muller at smuller@howardcountymd.gov.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitors' Center is offering a class, "Composting 101," on April 6. It will run from 2 - 3 p.m. Students will learn several different methods for composting, which provides nutrient-rich soil that can be added to plants as they are first put in the ground. It also keeps waste out of landfills. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather, as part of the class will be outdoors. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at kjarboe@dnr.state.md.us or (301) 888-1377.