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.


Chicone Village Day

In honor of the Native People of Delmarva you are invited to Chicone Village Day at Handsell. Tour a replica Native American Longhouse and native garden and work shelter. There will be presentations by the Pocomoke Indian Nation, with representatives from Cherokee, Lenni Lenape Tribes and others. There will be an appearance by Daniel Firehawk Abbott.  Sample authentic native foods at the Native Foods Tents and tour Handsell House and Kitchen. $2 admission for adults, children 12 and under free. April 28, 10am-5pm; Vienna. Photo by David Harp. More details.

Shoppe Until Ye Drop 18th Century Market Fair

History fans will delight in visiting the 18th century Market Fair at Fort Frederick State Park. The annual event features entertainment, food and merchants from the colonial time period adjacent to the park’s historic stone fort built during the French and Indian War in 1756. The event features hundreds of re-enactors and merchants selling modern-day and colonial-period food and pastries as well as museum-quality reproductions of merchandise such as books, camp gear, clothing, lanterns, muskets, pottery, paintings and prints and other wares. Free on-site entertainers will include magicians, musicians and puppeteers. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children ages 6–12, and free for children 5 and under. April 26-28, 9am-5pm and April 29 9am-3pm; Big Pool. More details.

Guided Birding at Blackwater NWR

Guided bird watching with Harry Armistead.  Meet at the Blackwater Visitor Center at 8:00 am.  Bring binoculars and field guides, and dress appropriately for the weather. There is no charge and no preregistration required for this activity. April 28, 8am-10am; Cambridge. More information.

National Aquarium 2018 City Nature Challenge

The National Aquarium is excited to coordinate regional efforts for the 2018 City Nature Challenge, an international effort to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. This friendly competition between cities to see which metropolitan area can make the most observations of nature, identify the most species, and engage the most people will be held in over 60 cities, spanning 17 countries on 5 continents.  All observations made in the following counties and uploaded to iNaturalist during the challenge will automatically be counted towards Baltimore's City Nature Challenge: Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties. April 27-30; Baltimore. More information and sign up.

Adkins Arboretum Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale

Members, new members, and the public are invited to shop the region's largest selection of native landscape-quality trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, and vines, all ready to take home to your garden. Shop the region's largest selection of landscape-ready native trees, shrubs, perennials, ferns, and grasses for spring planting. On Friday, April 27, Chris Pax will offer a free Featured Native Plants program to help you determine the best plants for your landscape. April 27-29; Ridgely. More details.

Introduction to Canoeing

Learn to canoe with instruction from James River Association staff members certified by the American Canoe Association. This program will provide participants with basic canoeing skills. Ages 16+, $10 per person. Registration required. April 30, 5:30pm-7:30pm; Henrico. More information.