Explore Patapsco Valley State Park + spot wildlife with the aquarium

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MARYLAND – Spring is here, so it’s time to get outside. Marylanders can kayak in Patapsco Valley State Park or view animals at the National Aquarium. Residents can also catch a musical performance about Harriet Tubman, learn about forest bathing, or take a hike.

Patch recently partnered with several local organizations to bring you their latest news. This guest contribution comes from National Park Service Chesapeake Gateways and the Chesapeake Conservancy. Here’s what Jody Hedeman Couser submitted to help you explore the Chesapeake Bay:

“A spring paddle on the Patapsco

One of Saki’s favorite spring paddles is the Daniels area of ​​Patapsco Valley State Park. The Patapsco River just upstream from Daniels Dam is a calm, deep stretch that is navigable for about two miles and full of wildlife, especially in the park. While this section of the park is great for many outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, and exploring historic sites, in the spring Saki’s favorite career is all things amphibian, especially toads. and the peepers whose reproductive activities are fun to observe and discover. Read Spring Peeper Paddle on the Patapsco.”

“Join the City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge is a collaborative effort between cities around the world to see which city can find and document the most wild plants and animals over a four-day period. More than 145 cities around the world are expected to participate this year. The National Aquarium coordinates all City Nature Challenge efforts for the Baltimore metro area, and you are invited to make wildlife sightings that will provide data to scientists and your community, helping them study and protect species. local. Last year, 833 participants made 12,815 sightings and 1,501 species were identified in and around Baltimore. From April 29 to May 2. Learn more and commit to participating. Challenge events are also being held in Washington, DC, Charlottesville and Norfolk.”

“Harriet Tubman’s Birthday Musical Celebration

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park hosts a musical presentation by Not What You Think, an a cappella ensemble dedicated to social justice. Their program will express the journey for equality, freedom and peace, exemplified by the life of Harriet Tubman. Free and open to all. April 16, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, Church Creek, MD. More information.”

“Woodend Forest Bathing

If you’ve heard of forest bathing but haven’t had a chance to try it yet, now is a great time to find out all about it. Join naturalist and certified forest therapy guide, Ana Ka’ahanui, for an introduction to forest bathing. “Shinrin-yoku,” or soaking up the atmosphere of the forest with all of your senses, is a way to slow down, relax, and connect with the natural world. Come explore, maybe even discover, the wonders of Woodend with this relaxing mindfulness practice. $30 for non-members. April 24, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD. More information and registration.”

“Hike wild hyacinths

Leight Park hosted a springtime hike in Susquehanna State Park in search of springtime mayflies, including wild bellflowers. You’ll want to bring your camera to capture the flowers! 5 years old to adult, under 13 years old with adult; $10/family. April 9, 1-2:30 p.m., Susquehanna State Park, Havre de Grace, MD. More information and registration.”

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