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Urban farming, tree planting, and other Maryland green events

Planting trees can prevent erosion.
Planting trees can prevent erosion.
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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks volunteers to pot trees at the Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro on April 8, 9, and 10. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will pot tree and shrub saplings in 3-gallon pots. The saplings belong to native species and will eventually be used in environmental restoration projects throughout the Bay watershed. To learn more, contact Carmera Thomas at or (443) 482-2156.

The U.S. Green Building Council is holding its Spring Networking Happy Hour at Nick's Fish House & Grill in Baltimore on April 9. The hours are 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Drinks and appetizers will be served. Admission is free for USGBC members and $20.00 for non-members. Registration is required. To learn more, e-mail or call (443) 416-5848.

The Real Food Farm is offering a series of classes about urban farming, beginning on April 9. The classes will be held at 2640 St. Paul Street on April 9, 16, and 23. The hours for all three days will be 6 - 9 p.m. Registration is required, and the classes cost $15.00. Dinner will be provided. To learn more, visit or call (443) 366-1831.

Blue Water Baltimore is holding a lecture, "Monarch Butterflies and More," at the BWB Watershed Center in Baltimore on April 10. It will run from 6 - 8 p.m. Attendees will learn how to grow native plants in order to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. There will also be an overview of the benefits of using native plants, advice on which plants are most attractive to a given pollinator, ways to design gardens to attract insects, and which cultivars of native plants should be used and which should be avoided. Registration is required and admission costs $10.00 per person. To learn more, call (410) 254-1577.

The Baltimore Tree Trust and TreeKeepers seek volunteers to plant trees in the McElderry Park neighborhood on April 11. The hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All tools and gloves will be provided. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear clothes that can get dirty. Bringing a water bottle is also recommended. Registration is required. To learn more e-mail

The Youth Birding League will meet at the Irvine Nature Center on April 11. The hours are 7 - 9 p.m. Attendees will learn about birds songs and owls. Participants will also learn identification techniques. The League is for youngsters between 10 and 15 years old. Registration is recommended. To learn more, contact Clare Naldrett at (443) 738-9220.

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