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Plant identification lab, boat trip, and other Maryland green events

The wild geranium is native to eastern North America.
The wild geranium is native to eastern North America.
Photo by Rob Duval (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The Maryland Naturalist Center is holding a plant identification lab on July 14. The hours are 7 - 9 p.m. Participants will use plant keys, microscopes, reference collections and hand lenses while working with the plants. The plants being studied will include trees, shrubs, grasses, and herbaceous plants. There will be another lab on July 28. Members of the Center may pay $15.00 for both labs. Walk-ins pay $10.00 for individual sessions. To learn more, visit

The Wildlife Habitat Council's Conservation Academy is offering a series of lectures about working with given government agencies or conservation organizations. The first lecture, Forming Productive Partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service, will be held on July 16. The class will run 1 - 2 p.m. and it will cost $55.00 a person. To learn more, contact Julie Napolitano at (240) 247-0918 or

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is offering a Baltimore Harbor Boat Trip on July 16. The hours are 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Guests will tour the harbor one the CBF's 46-foot workboat, Snow Goose, and learn about the ecology of the Patapsco. Guests may also troll for fish and dredge for oysters. The trip costs $15.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. Registration is required by July 14. For more information, contact Danielle Green at or (410) 268-8816.

The USGBC Maryland is holding their monthly Networking Happy Hour on July 16 at McCormick & Schmick's in Baltimore. The hours are 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. General admission is $20.00, but members of the U.S. Green Building Council get in free. Attendees may also check out the new solar and tide powered trash collector in the Inner Harbor, that is a short walk from the restaurant. Registration is required. To learn more, e-mail or (443) 416-5848.

The Sierra Club is offering "Wacky Weather on Weird Worlds," a multimedia lecture about weather phenomena on other planets in our solar system. Some of this research can be used to help us understand the weather and climate of our own planet. The lecture will be held at the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia on July 17. It will run 7:30 - 9 p.m. To learn more, contact Sue Muller at (301) 498-8462 or

The Maryland Native Plant Society is offering a workshop, Wildflower ID for Beginners on July 18 at the Elk Ridge Native Plant Preserve in Grantsville. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will learn how to identify wildflowers using the Newcomb's Wildflower Guide. The class costs $50.00 and registration is required. For more information, contact Liz McDowell at or (301) 895-3686.

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