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Howard County climate, junior naturalists, and other Maryland green events

Maryland has around eight species of pine tree.
Maryland has around eight species of pine tree.
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The Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville is holding weekend animal encounters on Jan 18 and 19 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on both days. Visitors will join a naturalist for an animal and an activity. The latter may be a story, craft, or hike. To learn more, e-mail

The Irvine Nature Center is offering a Junior Naturalists program for children between 5 and 9 on Jan 18. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Activities include arts and crafts, hiking, keeping a nature journal, and working on citizen scientist projects. Youngsters will be divided into two groups: 5 and 6, and 7, 8, and 9. There will be five sessions altogether: Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 15, Mar 1, and Mar 15. Registration is recommended. Cost: 1 Session: $15 (members) $25 (non-members); 3 Sessions: $36 (members) $60 (non-members); and 5 Sessions: $50 (members) $75 (non-members). To learn more, call (443) 738-9220.

The Maryland Native Plant Society is offering a field trip to Carderock on Jan 18. The hours are 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn to identify trees and shrubs along the Potomac. Walkers might want to bring water, snacks, field guides, binoculars, note pad, and a camera and wear good hiking shoes. The walk will be canceled if it's raining or snowing. To learn more, contact Matt Cohen at

The Earth Forum of Howard County will offer a talk, "Better Food, Better Health, Better Climate for Howard County," on Jan 19 at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County. It will run from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more, e-mail or call (410) 730‑3545.