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Naturalist training, film festival, and other Maryland green events

Urban farming increases the availability of fresh produce to city dwellers.
Urban farming increases the availability of fresh produce to city dwellers.
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The 22nd Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital will continue from March 24 and will last until March 30. This year's theme is Our Cities, Our Planet. Different movies will depict the impacts cities have on the environment and the efforts made by some cities to balance environmental and economic needs. Films showing during the week will include The Venice Syndrome, which is about how the city is losing residents despite a booming tourist industry, Ecopia, a pair of films about green cities, and Growing Cities, which is about urban farming. To learn more, call (202) 342-2564 or e-mail or visit

The Irvine Nature Center is offering volunteer naturalist training. It will be a three-session class held on March 25, 27, and 29. The hours on Tuesday and Thursday will be 6 - 8:30 p.m., while the hours on Saturday will 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn about field trip themes, teaching techniques, and natural history. Students must pay a $30.00 deposit that will be refunded at the end. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Clare Naldrett at (443) 738-9220.

The Sierra Club seeks volunteers to remove invasive plants from the Middle Patuxent Area in Clarksville on March 25. The hours will be 9 - 11:30 a.m. Participants should wear long-sleeve shirts and pants. Work gloves will be provided. To learn more, contact Jeff Claffy at (410) 313-6209.

Wheaton Green Drinks will meet at the Limerick Pub on March 27. The hours will be 5 - 8 p.m. There will be free appetizers and drinks. A $5.00 donation is requested. To learn more, call (301) 946-5091 or e-mail