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

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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 info@oregonridgenaturecenter.org.

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 matt@mattshabitats.com.

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 earthforum@firstpreshc.org or call (410) 730‑3545.

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