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The Gunpowder Falls State Park is holding a holiday open house on Dec 14 and 15. The hours on both days are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests may enjoy hot cider, crafts, history interpretation, and winter nature. To learn more, contact Nancy Gardner
at ngardner@dnr.md.state.us or (410) 592-2897.

Blue Water Baltimore seeks volunteers to plant trees at Cherry Hill Park on Dec 14. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will be planting over 100 trees to improve the buffer along the Patapsco River. Volunteers should bring water and wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty. The project is rain or shine. Registration is required. For more information, e-mail volunteer@bluewaterbaltimore.org or call (410) 254-1577.

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and the Friends of Druid Hill Park seek volunteers for a Druid Hill work day on Dec 14. The hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will be caring for the 150th anniversary trees in the park. Tasks will include mulching, weeding, and pruning. Volunteers will meet at the Lakeside Pavilion and enjoy refreshments before starting work. Registration is required. To learn more, visit www.druidhillpark.org.

The Adkins Arboretum is holding a Candlelit Caroling Celebration on Dec 14. The hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a wine bar, plus live music performed by Driven Women, Bells of Praise, and Dovetail. There will also be candlelit walks, hayrides, and stargazing. Admission costs $20.00 for adult members, $25.00 for adult non-members, $6.00 for children 18 and under. Children 2 and under are free. Registration is required. To learn more, e-mail info@adkinsarboretum.org or call (410) 634-2847 ext 0.

The Maryland Native Plant Society is offering a field trip to Chapman Forest in Charles County on Dec 15. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should bring snacks, lunch, and water and wear sturdy shoes. The field trip will be canceled in the event of heavy snow, sleet, or pouring rain, but not flurries or drizzle. For more information, contact Liz Jones at elksjones@aol.com.

The Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area (NEA) is holding a holiday open house on Dec 15. The hours are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests may visit the private aviary housing the raptors and other animals used in the Scales and Tales programs. There will also be a crafts program and a bake sale. Admission is free, except for the crafts program, which costs $5.00. To learn more, call (410) 922-9690 or (410) 922-3044.

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