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.


Blackwater Eagle Festival

A celebration of birds of prey at Blackwater NWR for the entire family. programs featuring live eagles and other raptors, kid’s activities, kid’s bird box construction, eagle prowls, Wildlife Drive tours, wildlife exhibits, live bird exhibits, and food all day! Photo by Middleton Evans.March 17, 9am-4pm; Cambridge. More information.

Wetlands Walk at Seneca Creek

Join a ranger on a nearby hike through the marsh wetlands in search of different wetland creatures. We hope to observe the sounds of different early spring time toads and frogs. Meet at park office. March 16, 4pm-5pm; Gaithersburg. Photo courtesy MD DNR, John Gambriel. More details.

Signs of Spring at Cedarville State Forest

Join the Sierra Club to look for signs of Spring at the headwaters of Zekiah Swamp at Cedarville State Forest. This is a 3-mile easy hike along the Swamp and Plantation trails, through a pine forest and beside a pond. We can expect to see some interesting swamp plants as well as waterfowl. This hike is best for adults and children 8-years-old and older. Beginners are welcome. March 17, 9:30am-12:00pm; Brandywine. More information and registration.

Rappahannock Waterfowl Art Show

This festival is a unique venue showcasing waterfowl art. Refuge staff man a booth to showcase the National Duck Stamp winners. The Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show benefits the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department. All proceeds from the show go towards the fire department’s annual operating expenses. Many different types of art are on display like original paintings, prints, carvings of life-size and miniature birds of all kinds, decoys for display or hunting, antique decoys, exquisite bronze sculptures, photography, taxidermy, and handcrafted jewelry. Many pieces on display are also for purchase from the vendors. March 17, 10am-5pm and March 18, 10am-4pm; White Stone. More information.

Shenandoah Astronomical Society

Don't miss out on this opportunity to view some really cool night sky objects. The club will set up their huge telescopes and find interesting things for you to observe. They will be available to answer all of your questions about this fascinating hobby. Please drive very slowly into the parking area as people will be walking around. Flashlights and bug spray are recommended. Programs begin at sunset and are weather permitting. Photo courtesy Johnathan Piques, Virginia State Parks. March 17, 6pm-10pm; Bentonville. More details.

Irish Brigade at Antietam Battlefield Hike

Commemorate St. Patrick’s Day by following the attack of the Irish Brigade on the Sunken Road.  The hike will be a little over one mile in length over uneven terrain and will last approximately two hours.  Meet the ranger at the New York State Monument, behind the visitor center, at 1:00 p.m. $10 per car or $5 per person. March 17, 1pm-3pm; Sharpsburg. More details.