Jump Into June! Exciting News and Events Happening all over the Chesapeake Bay Watershed! Brought to you by the Chesapeake Conservancy

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Can you identify the photo of the week? Send an email with your best guess and be enetred into a drawing to recieve a Chesapeake Bay Pocket Naturalist guide. Hint: It takes you back in time.
Thanks to all the readers who filled out our survey! Your insights and ideas have been amazing. We’d love to hear more. So, if you haven’t taken the survey, please do. It’s quick and easy. Click here to learn more.
National Trails Day Badge
National Trails Day is this Saturday, June 4. Get Outdoors and celebrate it. You can participate in a local hike, bike, horseback ride, maintenance project, paddle trip, health fair, and more.
It’s an event guaranteed to make you grin. So check out your local and state parks for fun activities, or just take a walk with the family. Click your state below for a list of events.
Chesapeake Trips and Tips is a partnership project of theChesapeake Conservancy and the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails are special places that tell the story of the Bay.
Explore the stories and routes of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail atwww.smithtrail.net
The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trailcommemorates the Chesapeake campaign of the War of 1812.
Help kick off The Captain John Smith Geotrail. Learn how to geocache and enjoy great views of the Potomac, and the many trails and other attractions at Accokeek Foundation in Accokeek, Md. The geotrail includes more than 40 caches placed at sites in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. June 4, 10a.m. – 12p.m. on June 4th at the Accokeek Foundation in Accokeek, Maryland. Click here for more information.

Mount Harmon Colonial Picnic 

Visit Mount Harmon and experience its colonial history and plantation hospitality is at the annual Colonial Picnic. The Picnic features Colonial Reenactors and Demonstrations, a gourmet Eastern Shore picnic, Manor House Tours, Silent Auction, and Plantation Wagon Rides. Proceeds benefit Mount Harmon Plantation. June 5, 12 to 4 p.m.. Adults $35, Children $10.
Celebrate National Trails Day on a nature walk with Jim Smith, PPL naturalist. He will guide a walk to discover the wonders of wetlands: red-winged blackbirds, common and swamp milkweed, and turtles lined up to sun themselves. Bring binoculars, dress for outdoor weather. June 5, 2011, 2:30-3:30p.m., Wood Duck Pavilion, Brunner Island Wetlands. Contact Karen Ament at 717-284-6274 orkament@pplweb.com.

Learn about the constellations, novae, and other celestial happenings in the sky and receive a star map. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and telescopes; a limited number will be available. Belle Isle State Park picnic area, June 4,  9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free. 804-462-5030

This forested floodplain of the Patuxent River, near Bowie State University is home to a wide variety of wildlife and wildflowers. Meet members of the Prince George’s Audubon Society on the 1st Saturday of the month for bird/nature walks. June 4, Fran Uhler Area, Patuxent River Park, 7:30 a.m. Contact Bill Sefton atkiwisuits@msn.com. For more information click here.

Explore the parts of trees from roots to branches, examine what trees do for people, and learn how foresters measure trees. June 8, 10–11 a.m. & 1:30–2:30 p.m.Reed Education Center of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Md., Ages 3–4. Registration required. $7, siblings $3. Call 443-482-2300
Annapolis Maritime Museum’s 11th annual Summertime Maritime Concert series features Chesapeake Bay musicians as well as artist from other watersheds across the country. All concerts feature traditional songs or original material written by the artists. Thursday evenings, June 9 and through August 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Cap’n Herbie Sadler Waterman’s Park on the Museum campus, 723 Second Street, Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis. Free, but $12 donation much appreciated. 410-295-0104. 

Star Party, Laser Show 

In the cool of the evening enjoy Virginia Living Museum’s Conservation Garden, Butterfly House, and then stay for star gazing and planetarium programs. Starting at 6:30 p.m., a live animal program in the amphitheater, story time on the lawn. Telescope viewing begins at dusk (weather permitting). Tour the current night sky in the planetarium program “Virginia Skies” at 7:30, followed by laser music shows: Laser U2 (family) at 8:30, Hypnotica (hard rock) at 10, and “Pink Floyd’s The Wall” at 11:30. June 11, 6:30-12:15 p.m.Planetarium shows are $6 each; other activities free. Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, Va. Call 757-595-1900  

2011 Nanticoke River Jamboree  

It’s your pick of fun at this jamboree: an overnight paddle, a day paddle, music, fun for kids such as touch-tanks and fish mobile, native plant sale, and talks and interpretations of history. All at Handsell, a National Register Historic Site near Vienna, Md. June 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Click to lean more.

Friday Unwind Hike

Relieve your week stress with an evening hike with a park ranger. Hikes take up to two hours. Dress appropriately; bring water and snack. Fair weather only. June 20, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Mt. Carmel Rd. Hereford, Md. 6 to 8 p.m. Free, registration required. 410-592-2897 or email llangrehr@dnr.state.md.us
The Chesapeake Bay Trust will be holding a grant workshop on June 7, 2011, 1pm-4pm, to introduce changes to our Restoration, Outreach, and Watershed Assistance Grant Programs for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The purpose of the workshop is for prospective grant applicants to learn about the individual grant programs from the Trust’s program officers. Potential applicants then will have significant time to ask specific project or grant-related questions with the
individual program officers who oversee the grant programs.
Potential applicants with lengthy, minimal, or no grant history with the Chesapeake Bay Trust are all welcome to attend. Please visit our website at www.cbtrust.org to learn more about these grant programs and read the most recent Requests for Proposals (RFPs) prior to attending the workshop.
Want to help keep our air smog-free and save a bit of money as well? Drive thrifty! Here are some gas-saving tips for summer trips. Check this site.
Oh, what to do with those left over lawn trimmings and the bits of veggie peels? Compost them! Be the envy of your neighborhood’s gardeners. Learn more here.