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Maryland green events: field trip, animal encounters, and Real Food Farm

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The Real Food Farm seeks volunteers to work at the farm on Jan 4. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Real Food Farm provides locally grown, pesticide-free food to low-income people in the area. Projects are likely to include planting, weeding, compost spreading, and hoophouse construction. Participants should bring a water bottle, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and wear work clothes. Volunteers under 18 will need a parent's signature on a waiver before starting work. To learn more, e-mail

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville is holding weekend animal encounters on Jan 4 and 5 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 or call (410) 887-1815.

The Maryland Native Plant Society is offering a field trip to Fort Bayard in Washington, D.C. on Jan 5. The hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants should bring water and a snack or lunch. There will be hot chocolate and coffee at the end. The walk will be cancelled if it's raining. To learn more, contact Mary Pat Rowan at or (202) 526-8821.



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