National Plug-In Day will take place over the weekend of Sep 28 and 29. It is a nationwide celebration designed to raise awareness of plug-in vehicles and their benefits, which include reducing dependence on foreign fuel, promoting local jobs, and helping the environment. To learn more, or to find an event in your area, visit http://pluginday.org/index.php.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks volunteers to work at Clagett Farm for their Harvest Day on Sep 28. The hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Not only will volunteers harvest vegetables, they will learn about sustainable agriculture and how farms can keep nutrients out of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information, contact Carmera Thomas at MDRestoration@cbf.org.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) seeks volunteers to plant trees at the McKeldin Area of the Patapsco Valley State Park in Carroll County on Sep 28. The hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will also install weedmats and deer protection tubes. Participants should bring water, gloves, and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old. For more information, contact Beth Sanders at (410) 848-9290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DNR is offering a course called Stream Search on Sep 29 at the Cunningham Falls State Park in Frederick County. It will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A naturalist will teach attendees how to identify the various animals living in Little Hunting Creek, and how to use a dip net and seine. Participants should wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy. The class will meet at the Manor Visitor Center. For more information, contact Amanda Wobbleton at email@example.com or (301) 271-3676.
DNR invites people to join Monarch Watch, a citizen scientist project on Sep 29 at Smallwood State Park in Charles County. It will run from 2p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants would learn about the monarch butterfly's life cycle, how to distinguish the sexes, and its conservation. Afterwards, the park naturalist will lead people on a search for monarchs in the park in order to catch and tag them. Admission costs $3.00 per person for Marylanders and $5.00 for people from out of state. For more information, contact Ranger Elena Bode at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 743-7613.
The Washington Ethical Society is showing a documentary, The Vanishing of the Bees, on Sep 29 at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. The film will run from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. The film describes how beekeepers first observed Colony Collapse Disorder, in which bees abandon their hives. snacks will be provided. To learn more, contact Carol Rawie at email@example.com.