The 21st Environmental Film Festival will continue to be held in Washington, D.C. from March 16 to March 24. The Festival will show 190 films from 50 countries. Films screened this weekend will include The Roots of Heaven, a 1958 John Huston movie about one man's struggles to save African elephants, The Last Ocean, which is about the Ross Sea, the most pristine marine environment in the world, and Jane's Journey, a biopic about Jane Goodall. Films about rivers, this year's theme, include Rock the Boat--Saving America's Wildest River, The Anacostia Rive, and Journey to the Source of the Lena. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.
The Irvine Nature Center is offering a course, Beekeeping Basics: How to Start Your Own Hive, on March 16 and March 23. The hours on both days are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two-session course is tailored for beginning and intermediate beekeepers, plus anybody interested in honeybees. Students will learn about beekeeping equipment, bee biology, diseases, extracting honey, managing hives, and swarms. The course does include hands-on work in an apiary. Steve McDaniel, a beekeeper and naturalist, is the instructor. Registration is required. Admission costs $40.00 for members and $50.00 for non-members. To learn more, call (443) 738-9220.
Blue Water Baltimore (BWB) is holding the Great Seedling Shuffle on March 16 at the Herring Run Nursery in Baltimore. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will help repot baby trees and shrubs. BWB will provide the gloves, tools, and training. Registration is required. For more information, contact Debra at firstname.lastname@example.org or (410) 254-1577 ext.100.
The Sierra Club, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Montgomery County Bird Club seek volunteers to remove invasive plants from the Oaks Landfill, which used to be a birding hotspot on March 17. The hours are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The diversity of bird species has dropped off recently and the event's organizers hope to rectify this by clearing out the invasive plants to make way for the native plants the birds like. Participants should wear long sleeves and sturdy shoes and bring their own tools. Water, a hat, insect repellent, and sunscreen are also recommended. Volunteers should meet at the Zion Road park entrance. For more information, contact Mimi Abdu at (301) 919-6060 or email@example.com.
Cylburn Arboretum is offering a class, "Support Native Pollinators--Make Your Own Mason Bee House" on March 17 at the Greenhouse Classroom. It will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Naturalist Kathryn Kadow will describe solitary bees and easy methods for providing habitats for them in one's yard. Participants will also receive a solitary bee house. The class costs $20 and registration is required. For more information, call (410) 367-2217 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.