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Critics of fracking point out that fracking uses up a lot of water -- and California is in the middle of a drought.
Critics of fracking point out that fracking uses up a lot of water -- and California is in the middle of a drought.Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

The Fair Hill NRMA in Elkton seeks volunteers for a Trail Work Day on July 12. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will help staff clean and maintain the park's trails. Volunteers should wear clothes that can get dirty and wear sturdy shoes. Participants should bring work gloves, insect repellent, snacks, and water. Workers will meet at the maintenance shop at 8:45 a.m. For more information, contact Steve Youngkin at syoungkin@dnr.state.md.us or (410) 398-1246.

The Robert E. Lee Park seeks volunteers to work with the Habitat & Trail Team on July 12. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. To learn more, e-mail releepark-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov or call (410) 887-4156.

Blue Water Baltimore and Baltimore City Recreation & Parks seek volunteers for Canoe-N-Scoop Trash Cleanup at Middle Branch Park on July 12. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All canoeing, kayaking, and trash pickup supplies will be provided, but participants should wear clothes that can get wet/dirty. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and small children who weigh less than 55 pounds are not allowed. Registration is required. To learn more, call (410) 254-1577 or visit www.bluewaterbaltimore.org.

The Point Lookout State Park is holding a lighthouse open house on July 12. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Docents from the Point Lookout Lighthouse Preservation Society will be available to answer questions. Admission to the park costs $5.00 per in-state car and $7.00 per out-of-state car. For more information, contact Ranger Jonas Williams at jwilliams@dnr.state.md.us or (301) 872-5688.

The Sierra Club seeks volunteers to remove invasive plants at the Ruth B. Swann Park in Charles County on July 12. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will also learn plant identification and have lunch on the beach. Volunteers should wear long sleeves and sturdy shoes and bring water, lunch, a hat, and insect repellent. To learn more, contact Marc Imlay at ialm@erols.com or (301) 283-0808.

The Calvert Cliffs State Park in Lusby is holding "Fireflies and Dark Skies" on July 12. The hours are 8 - 10 p.m. Attendees will learn about fireflies and why dark skies are important to their survival. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and a hat, and bring insect repellent. Admission costs $5.00 per car. For more information, contact Karen Jarboe at kjarboe@dnr.state.md.us or (301) 888-1377.

Soldier's Delight in Owings Mills is holding "Feathered Friends" on July 13. 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 or e-mail park-patapsco@dnr.state.md.us.

Stop Fracked Gas Exports: Cove Point & Beyond will be held in Washington, D.C., on July 13. The hours are 12:30 to 4 p.m. Activists will be protesting the proposed liquid natural gas facility at Cove Point. If it is built, there will be more fracking of the Marcellus Shale region and consequently more water and air pollution. Protestors will meet west of the Capitol Reflecting Pool. For more information, contact David O'Leary at daveol@earthlink.net or (301) 277-7111.

The Gunpowder Falls State Park is holding an open house at the renovated Sparks Nature Center on July 13. The hours are 1 - 4 p.m. There will be activities, crafts and a 2 p.m. "creature feature" with a Ranger. For more information, contact Sarah Witcher at sarah.witcher@maryland.gov or (410) 592-2897.