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World Oceans Day, National Trails Day, and other Maryland green events

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The American Hiking Society is celebrating National Trails Day, which honors America's Trail System, on June 7. Individuals, clubs, and organizations -- including state parks -- will host events to share their love of trails. The events will include hiking, canoeing, cycling, bird-watching, and other activities. To learn more, visit www.americanhiking.org or call (301) 565-6704.

The Point Lookout Lighthouse Preservation Society will hold an open house on June 7. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees may visit the lighthouse and the surrounding state park. Docents from the 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 (301) 872-5688 or jwilliams@dnr.state.md.us.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitors' Center is holding Owls of Maryland on May 7. It will run 2 - 3 p.m. Visitors will earn about owls native to Maryland, including the barn owl, barred owl, screech owl, and great horned owl. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at kjarboe@dnr.state.md.us or (301) 888-1377.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Avalon Foundation present the Clean Water Concert Series on June 7. The band Chester River Runoff will be playing at Harrison Street in Easton 6 - 9 p.m. The group will perform bluegrass. There will also be displays and activities by local conservation groups. To learn more, e-mail chesapeake@cbf.org or call (410) 543-1999.

The National Aquarium is holding a Worlds Ocean Day Festival on June 7 and 8. The hours on both days will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free activities outside on the Waterfront Plaza plus indoor activities that will be covered by the standard admission. There will be live music, cooking demos, and exhibits by conservation groups. To learn more, call (410) 576-3800 or visit www.aqua.org.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitors' Center seeks volunteers for a meadow monitoring on June 8. It will run 2 - 3 p.m. Participants will join a park naturalist to look for all the wildlife in the meadows, including butterflies, birds, foxes, and groundhogs. The monitoring is part of a citizen scientist initiative. For more information, contact Karen Jarboe at kjarboe@dnr.state.md.us or (301) 888-1377.

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