Great Outdoors

Registration open: Themed summer camps announced for area pre-schoolers to teens

EASTON, MD –  Summertime presents one of those Catch 22 situations for most parents. Gone are the evenings of plowing through homework and the endless searches through backpacks for the field trip permission slip or that important note from their child’s school. With this seemingly carefree time comes the inevitable realization that you need to engage your child in a safe and somewhat productive, and fun activity while you are at work. Fortunately summer program opportunities often foot the bill.

            Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Easton, Md., has announced its summer program offerings at two locations in Easton as well as St. Michaels, Cordova and Trappe. Each camp session is one week in length and is programmed with a unique theme. Sessions are operated from 6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Camp for pre-schoolers ranges from $88 to $150 per week and school-age program ranges from $78 to $120 per week. Costs vary by program and age. Breakfast, a lunch supplement and a snack is included.

            Themes include: Wild, Wild West; Beach Goers; Art; Splish, Splash; Mystery Week; Ahoy Matey;

The Schooner Sultana Prepares for Her 12th Season Under-Sail

Talented New Crew Arrives in Chestertown

Captain Tanya Banks-Christensen and Chief Mate Forrest Richards rig the schooner SULTANA in preparation for her 2012 sailing season.

   Chestertown, Maryland:  The crew has arrived, the sails are bent on, and by this time next week the schooner SULTANA will be sailing out on the Chester River, beginning her twelfth season of education under-sail. The six members of SULTANA's 2012 crew gathered in Chestertown earlier this March, and have been hard at work rigging and prepping the schooner ever since - all under the watchful eye of fourth year Captain Tanya Banks-Christensen. This year's crew is an impressive bunch, with undergraduate degrees ranging from Colonial History and Environmental Science to English Literature and Film Production.   In addition to their previous experience and academic knowledge, the crew is also participating in extensive training to prepare them for the unique opportunities and challenges of teaching onboard SULTANA.


. . . And once the schooner is up and sailing, and the crew is fully trained, there will be plenty of work to do.   SULTANA's 2012 programming calendar is completely full, with scheduled programs for students in Calvert, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties. SULTANA is also scheduled to appear in this June's OpSail 2012 festivities in both Virginia and Maryland. By the time SULTANA's season is complete in November, more than 5,000 elementary and middle school students will have sailed on her decks to learn more about the history and environment of the Chesapeake Bay.

아메리칸 룰렛Blackwater NWR 12th Annual Eagle Festival

Saturday, March 10, 2012
9:00am - 4:00pm


Blackwater Refuge is home to one of the largest breeding populations of bald eagles in the United States. Bring the family and spend a fun day at the Refuge learning about bald eagles and spotting them in the wild.
  • Entrance and all events free, including our popular Eagle Prowl
  • Except for the bird walk, programs will run approximately 30-45 minutes
  • Note that the Festival will be held rain or shine
Resources -
Tenative Schedule of Events including children's activities (PDF file, 1 pp. 214KB)
Festival Flyer (PDF file, 1p, 250KB)
Driving directions to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge



Adkins Arboretum has announced the winter and spring lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms and fleeting ephemeral flowers. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s woodland, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. Offerings include:

Seeking Snow and Winter Warmth
Sat., Feb. 18, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Search out green plants that cherish the warm winter sun, and possibly snow-covered plants, on this wintry walk. Plants of interest include mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves, pine and red cedar needles, Christmas fern and the stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu: Chicken soup with greens and sweet potatoes, broccoli bud salad, pumpernickel bread with mint jelly, and gingerbread with lemon sauce.

Buds and Early Blooms
Sat., March 17, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Many trees and shrubs are sporting new spring buds, fiddleheads are emerging on Christmas fern, and early pink and purple blooms are beginning to appear. Register for a one-hour or two-hour walk to check out skunk cabbage, spring beauty, and bloodroot blooms and the soft buds of paw paw, dogwood, hickory and tulip tree. Menu: Carrot and cauliflower soup with herbs, avocado and pink grapefruit salad, dill rye bread with strawberry jam, and chocolate walnut cookies.

Upcoming Bus Trips through St. Michaels Community Center


February 4, 2012 - Saturday - Fiddler On The Roof at The Lyric Opera House. $106 includes show tickets and bus fare with tip. Dinner stop will be on your own at The Old Country Buffet in Annapolis. Pick up in St. Michaels at 11:15, pick up in Easton at 11:45. Showtime 2:00. Registration and payment deadline is Jan. 13. SEATS STILL AVAILABLE !! HURRY!!
February 28, 2012 - Tuesday - Harrington Slots and Casino day trip ($35 - includes lunch buffet & play card, bus fare and tip). Pick up in St. Michaels at 8:30, pick up in Easton at 9 am. Departing from Harrington at 3 pm. Registration and payment deadline is February 10.
March 8, 2012 - Thursday - Philadelphia Flower Show, Islands of Aloha, $77 includes admission and bus fare with tip. Lunch/Dinner is on your own on show grounds or at venues across the street. Pick up in St. Michaels at 7:45 am, pick up in Easton at 8:15 am. Depart for home at 4 pm. Register and payment deadline is February 24.

5th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament

Join us for the 5th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament benefiting the Tim Kern Memorial Foundation.

The TK Sporting Clays Tournament will be held at the Hopkins Game Farm in Kennedyville, Maryland on Saturday, March 31st. Each entry into the tournament requires a fee of $40.00 with all proceeds benefiting the Tim Kern Memorial Foundation.  Hopkins Game Farm will be hosting the tournament again this year. The facility will be open all week for you to brush up on your skills in preparation for the 12:00 p.m. “shotgun” start. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. If you have any further questions, please contact the Hopkins Game Farm at (410) 348-5287.

Following the tournament, everyone is welcome to participate in the post-event party to be held at Sunset Bar and Grill in Betterton, Maryland. Beer and wings will be provided free of charge to all tournament participants. A $10 donation is required at the door for individuals that do not participate in the shoot. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, please contact the Tim Kern Memorial Foundation at (410) 778-4060 or by e-mail at chestertown3@gmail.com.

An evening with biologist and nature writer Joan Maloof

Pickering Creek Audubon Center presents....

Adventures in Eastern Old Growth Forests with
Author Joan Maloof

November 9 at 5:30 PM

In her new book, biologist and nature writer Joan Maloof takes readers on both a practical and lyrical journey to some of the oldest and least known forests in the land. Join us for hearing her talk about her wonderful experiences around the writing of this exceptional book.

Light refreshments served

RSVP by calling 410-822-4903

Held at
Pickering Creek Audubon Center
11450 Audubon Lane
Easton, MD 21601

Click here for directions




Caroline Habitat 5K Race

Caroline Habitat’s 3rd Annual Halloween-5K DASH/1 Mile Fun Walk

Sunday, October 23, 2010 @ 9 a.m.

Lake Creek Court, Federalsburg Maryland

(Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)

Early Registration: $20.00 through Friday,

10/14 guaranteed Race T-Shirt

Late Registration: $25.00 after 10/15- Race Day

Sleepwalker Registration Option: $25 to stay in bed, no sweat and contribute to CCHFH

Registration forms can be downloaded from the Habitat website at http://www.carolinehabitat.org

Or call- 410 479-9200


Guided Bird Tours on Shore

ESLC Announces Guided Bird Tours on Shore:  Dorchester, Cecil Properties Sites for Two Events

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy has announced two guided bird tours this season. The two tours will be held on Friday, September 2nd  in Dorchester County and Saturday, October 8 in Cecil County as part of ESLC’s ongoing efforts to allow the public to get up close and personal with some of the beautiful places ESLC  has preserved on the Eastern Shore.

Thanks to the generosity of one of ESLC’s conservation easement donors, September’s Dorchester tour takes place at a private property on the Transquaking River . The walk will guide visitors along the Transquaking River, through open meadows and into a lowland forest in search of fall migrants, waders, eagles and other Dorchester specialties.

October’s Cecil Tour takes place thanks to the generosity of an ESLC Director, who will open up his farm in the Elk River for the guided bird walk. This walk will take visitors around fields, hedgerows and forest edge along the Elk River in search of fall migrants including songbirds, waterfowl and raptors. Both tours will be led by lifelong birder and ESLC Land Protection Specialist, Jared Parks. Registrants for the September tour will meet at 7:30 at the farm, October registrants will meet at 8 a.m. at the farm. All registrants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather, bring your binoculars and bug spray and join ESLC for a great birding opportunity.

12th Annual Broadkill River Canoe and Kayak Race


Saturday, August 27, 2011
Day of Race Check-in Starts at 8:30 AM
Race Starts Promptly at 10 AM
Start - the end of Oyster Rocks Rd (off Rt 1 near Lewes)
Finish - Milton Memorial Park


The historic Milton Theatre brings the drama outdoors at the "wild & wet" 12th Annual Canoe and Kayak Race to support the future of the theatre. This popular race invites both pros and amateurs to paddle 10 miles on the beautiful, unspoiled Broadkill River for the greater glory of personal accomplishment, a bit of recognition and a medal.

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