Trips and Tips

Looking for a fun way to explore the Chesapeake Bay region? Interested in visiting a historic community, a nature preserve, or paddling down a river near your home? Our “Trips and Tips” newsletter has the information you’re looking for! Each week, Trips & Tips highlights interesting, unusual and off-the-beaten path events taking place from the mouth of Bay to the Susquehanna and everywhere in between. You’ll find out about fun things to do around the watershed such as cruises in southern Maryland, hikes in on the Susquehanna, paddles on the Nanticoke, or festivals in Baltimore or Richmond. You can receive the Trips and Trips weekly e-newsletter straight to your inbox. Click here to sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter,Trips and Tips.


A Mindful Walk in the Woods

Take a vacation from technology for a little while. Let go of the demands, distractions and anxiety of modern living. Experience nature in a way you never have before, and let Mother Nature lovingly bathe you in the sights, sounds, smells, textures and sensations of the forest. Uncover the magic under each leaf, within each flower, gentle breeze, babbling brook and blade of grass. Welcome in the experience of total awareness. The grounded relaxation it brings to your body, the gentle calm it brings to your mind and the loving way Mother Nature soothes and nourishes your soul. Free and open to adults. March 21 and 25, 10:30am-12pm; Pocahontas State ParkChestefield. More details.

Patuxent Research Refuge Birthday Bash!

This year celebrate the Refuge System’s 115th birthday! All of the festivities will be held at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. This year's theme is "The Family of Earth". Some of the highlights of the day will include a live puppet show, crafts for kids, raptor demonstrations, live music, and tours through the forest on our electric tram. March 24, 10am-3pm; Laurel. All ages, no registration. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Program. More information.

Maryland Day at Historic St. Mary’s City

Celebrate Maryland’s 384th anniversary with ceremony, pageantry, speeches, and free admission to living history and museum exhibits. The official program begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Inn at Brome Howard.  Join us for the opening of our new exhibit in the Brome Quarter entitled, Struggle for Freedom:  African American Life in St. Mary’s City in the 19th and 20th Centuries, which tells the story of African American people during the period of enslavement, post-emancipation, and into the 20th century — a story of resilience and self-determination. March 24, 10am-4pm. More information.

Atlantic White Cedar Tree Planting in Nassawango Creek

Join the National Aquarium Conservation Team in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the Chesapeake Bay Trust to restore the Atlantic white cedar habitat in Nassawango Creek Preserve. The 15-square-mile preserve is comprised of wetland and upland habitat and is home to 60 species of migratory birds and a number of rare plant species. This planting is part of an ongoing restoration effort through the Aquarium's Atlantic White Cedar Program, which encourages students in Worcester and Somerset counties to become environmental stewards through hands-on opportunities to care for trees in a nursery pond on their school grounds. March 24, 9am-2pm; Snow Hill. More information and pre-registration.

Stream to Sea Stroll

Take a walk to and discover life in the four different aquatic ecosystems found at York River State Park .  Hike to a small woodland and marsh stream, freshwater pond, and brackish/saltwater river.  Net and identify different crustaceans, fish, and take note of plant life.  This is a good hike for home-schoolers and students on a break or vacation.  Free and open to all ages. March 27, 10am-12pm; Williamsburg. Photo courtesy Virginia State Parks. More information.

Defending Harpers Ferry During the War of 1812

Visit a Living History 1812 military recruitment station at the town's oldest structure. See how the town's citizens react to the British invasion and the response by the armory workers. Free. Park entrance fees still apply. March 24-25, 11am-4pm. Photo courtesy NPS, photo volunteer Alexander Harvey. More details.