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Solar Day of Action, butterflies, and other Maryland green events

A monarch butterfly has emerged from its chrysalis.
A monarch butterfly has emerged from its chrysalis.
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There will be a Pollinator Party at the Silver Spring Farmers' Market on June 21, as part of the Pollinator Week celebrations. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Silver Spring Green, the Brookside Nature Center, and author Alison Gillespie will have displays, crafts, and information about bees, including items on how to help and protect them. Gillespie will also have copies of her latest book, Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World. For more information, visit

As part of Pollinator Week (June 16 -22), the Adkins Arboretum is offering a lecture on Monarch Butterflies on June 21. It will run from 11:45 a.m. to 12: 45 p.m. Jim Wilson will discuss the Monarch migration, the reasons for this butterfly's decline, and what can be done to help the Monarchs. Admission is free for members, and $5.00 for non-members. To learn more e-mail or call (410) 634-2847 ext. 0.

Prince George's County Organizing for Action volunteers are holding a Solar Day of Action as part of Climate Reality Project's Put Solar on It initiative. It will be held at the University Park Church of the Brethren in Hyattsville -- one of the first churches in the U.S. to go solar -- on June 21. The hours are 3 - 5 p.m. Visitors will learn what is being done to promote solar power, how the P.G. County Council is having solar panels installed on new buildings, and one private citizen's experiences with going solar. To learn more, visit

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitors' Center is holding There Be Dragons! on June 22. It will run 10 - 11:30 a.m. Visitors will walk along Stump Pond looking for dragonflies and their nymphs (young). Participants will also learn about dragonflies and some of the other creatures living in the pond. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at or (301) 888-1377.

Soldier's Delight in Owings Mills is holding "Feathered Friends" on June 22. It will run 12 - 1 p.m. A naturalist will give a talk about a specific bird every Sunday in June at the Visitors' Center. To learn more, call (410) 461-5005.

The Calvert Cliffs State Park is holding a butterfly hike on June 22. It will run 2 - 3 p.m. A naturalist will take participants on a short hike and point out the kinds of butterflies at the park. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, insect repellent, and sunscreen are recommended. Admission is $5.00 per car. For more information, contact Karen Jarboe at or (301) 888-1377.

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