The Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian not only protects and preserves a diverse ecosystem, it also provides fun, entertainment, and educational opportunities in nature for families and individuals of all ages.
On June 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., join the Patuxent River Clean Up by Canoe. Have fun on the water and help clean up the Patuxent River. Paddle the Patuxent River and Western Branch tributary picking up trash along the way.
The sanctuary will provide gloves, bags and paddle gear. Bring water, sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, a lunch and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. It is designed for ages 8 and up. Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by two paddling adults.
Admission is free but registration is required. Go to www.tinyurl.com/jugbayvolunteers to sign up.
Later that day, Jug Bay will hold the Great American Campout, starting at 6 p.m. and ending 10 a.m. June 24. Spend the night under the stars at Jug Bay. Start with a potluck campfire cookout, explore the night with an owl prowl, then share stories and s'mores around the fire.
In the morning, enjoy a light breakfast and a short hike. Bring your own camping gear and a side dish and drink to share for dinner. The sanctuary will provide hot dogs, buns, condiments, s’mores, plates, cups, forks and a light breakfast. There will be limited tents available to use. If you would like a tent, call 410-741-9330.
Families with children ages 5 and older are $40; individuals ages 18 and older are $15 per person. Vehicle entrance fee is included in admission. Registration required.
On June 24 from 6 to 8 p.m., join the beaver and otter hike. Early evening is a good time to look for beavers and otters. Chuck Hatcher, one of the Friends of Jug Bay experienced volunteer naturalists, will walk attendees through the woods to the beaver pond to look/listen for any activity while sharing some interesting facts.
Bring a flashlight. For all ages. Fee is the $6 per vehicle entrance fee. Participation is limited to 12 people, so call to reserve your spot. Registration required.
On June 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., join Free Paddle Play Day. Families are welcome to enjoy a fun day on the water at Wootons Landing Wetland Park. You will have the opportunity to try their kayaks and paddle boards, fish, hike or play games. Water and snacks will be provided. This is a free event.
Jug Bay always needs volunteers, particularly Butterfly Garden volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Join fellow gardeners, butterfly watchers and native plant enthusiasts in the Jug Bay garden maintenance group. Volunteers weed, water, prune, and maintain the Butterfly Garden at the Glendening Preserve and surrounding gardens.
Bring work gloves, a snack, a refillable water bottle, hat, sun screen, and clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Walk-ins are welcome. Volunteer benefits include garden design resources, plant and insect identification experience, and free plants and cuttings to take home. The Butterfly Garden is at 5702 Plummer Lane in Lothian. Register online at www.jugbay.org/volunteer_calendar.
If you want to register for events or have questions, contact Melinda Fegler at rpfegL00@aacounty.org or call 410-741-9330.
For more information, visit www.jugbay.org.
Horses Help Heroes
Support Horses Help Heroes on the waterfront at Pirates Cove Restaurant, 4817 Riverside Drive in Galesville, at 1 p.m. June 23. There will be a buffet, live music, 50/50 raffle and silent auction.
Tickets are $25. Price includes the buffet and two drinks (beer, wine or soft drink). There will be a cash bar. You can purchase tickets at www.horseshelpheroes.org/fundraiser.html or by calling 240-696-1732.
The Three Rivers Sportsmen will hold their all-you-can-eat annual shrimp feast from 4 to 7 p.m. July 14 at 219 Three Rivers Road in Harwood.
The menu includes: shrimp, coleslaw, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, iced tea and soda. Beer will be available for purchase.
Admission is $25 for adults, $6 for ages 6 to 11 and free for those younger than 6.
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See a member to purchase tickets or, for more information, contact Carolyn Swan at 410-991-1466 or Curtis Criste at 714-322-4196.