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Maple syrup demonstrations, beekeeping classes, and other Maryland green events

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The Swallow Falls State Park in Oakland is holding a Sap to Syrup Demonstration on March 15. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Attendees will learn how maple sap is boiled into syrup and will also see trees being tapped. Admission is $3.00 per car for people from Maryland and $5.00 per car for people from out of state. To learn more, contact Sue Steyer at or (301) 334-9180.

The Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills is offering a course on beekeeping on March 15 and March 22. The hours on both days are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will learn about honeybee biology, equipment, year-round management, and bee diseases. They will also work in an apiary. The course costs $40.00 for members and $50.00 for non-members. Couples pay $60.00 if they are members and $75.00 if they are non-members. Registration is required. To learn more, call (443) 738-9220.

The 44th Annual Maple Syrup Making Demonstrations will be held at the Cunningham Falls State Park in Frederick County on March 15 and 16. The hours on both days will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can watch demonstrations of the traditional methods for making maple syrup. There will also be crafts, live music, and a pancake and sausage breakfast. Admission costs $2.00 per person and $1.00 for anybody with a youth group. The pancake breakfast costs extra. To learn more, call (301) 271-7574 or e-mail

The Adkins Arboretum is offering a six-part series on beekeeping beginning on March 15. The hours are 1 - 3 p.m. The first course is called "Beekeeping: Native Bees." The admission is $15 per program or $75 for the series for members; $20 per program or $95 for the series for non-members. Registration is required. To learn more, call (410) 634-2847 ext 0 or e-mail

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center is holding a talk, "What Is a Watershed?" on March 15. It will run from 2 - 3 p.m. For more information, contact Karen Jarboe at (301) 888-1377 or

Blue Water Baltimore is holding the Great Seedling Shuffle at the Herring Run Nursery on March 16. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will re-pot, prune, weed, and organize seedlings and shrubs. The Nursery will provide gloves, tools, and training. Beginners and families are welcome, but BWB would like to know ahead of time if a volunteer plans to bring small children. The Seedling Shuffle will also be held on March 23 and 30. There will be a cap of 10 volunteers per day, so registration is required. To learn more, contact Debra at or (410) 254-1577 ext 100.