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Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show
Experience the Fleet Week Festival, stretching from Rash Field and the Maryland Science Center around the promenade to the National Aquarium, filling the Inner Harbor with exhibitors and vendors from maritime, military, cultural, and historical organizations! Fort McHenry will be open for the event and makes a great place for viewing the air show. U.S., Canadian, and British Navy vessels along with U.S. Coast Guard will be docked around the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Tide Point, and North Locust Point, with tours available. While you’re at Rash Field stop by the National Park Service’s Roving Ranger mobile visitor center. October 3-9; Baltimore. More info on land, air and sea events.

Parkers Creek Guided Canoe Trip
The American Chestnut Land Trust invites you to join them in their guided paddle up Parkers Creek, one of the most cared for and protected environments on the Chesapeake Bay’s western shore. The creek is surrounded by 3,000 acres of wildlands and natural forests–leave civilization behind as you experience this marsh as visitors have for hundreds of years. Trips are 3 hours long and challenging (not recommended for children 7 and under). ACLT allows you the option to use their canoes (2 person) or you are welcome to bring your own canoe or kayak. Oct. 6, 12:30pm-3:30pm; Parkers Creek Watershed Nature Preserve, Prince Frederick. More details and registration.

Fall Harvest & Craft Festival
This FUNdraiser presented by Stepping Stone Farm Musuem will feature craft booths, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing, cider pressing, apple butter making, hay rides, animals, bluegrass music, food vendors, historic tours, & more! The museum will be selling mums, apples, pumpkins, kettle corn, apple butter and more for your fall decorating and munching needs! Free admission. Sept. 29-30, 11am-4pm; Susquehanna State Park, Havre de Grace. More details.

Patuxent Sunset Paddle
TGIF! Join Naturalist Liana Vitali for an after hours sunset paddle on the Patuxent River to decompress after a long work week and soak up that last warm nights of summer. We will discover the abundant wildlife in the Patuxent River wetlands and paddle up some of the smaller branches of the river to look for beavers, birds, and late-season flowering wetland plants. $20; ages 7+. Sept. 28, 4pm-8pm; Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary, Lothian. More details and registration.

Intro to Rigging
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is hosting a two-day Introduction to Rigging workshop when participants will join CBMM Shipwright Apprentice Sam Hilgartner to learn more about the methodology, terminology, and the materials used in various rigs. Participants will gain more in-depth knowledge of line handling, basic knots, and sail theory. Materials and tools will be provided. $115 for nonmembers. Oct. 13-14, 10am-4pm; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Registration and more information.


High Bridge Fall Foliage Series
Come see all the beautiful leaves changing color at High Bridge Trail State Park with the Fall Foliage Series. Each day holds a new adventure, from hiking to photography tips, to learning the science behind leaves changing color. All events are free and open to all ages. Sept. 28-30; 10am-4pm; High Bridge Trail State Park, Green Bay. More information.

American Indian Intertribal Powwow
Jamestown Settlement will present an American Indian Intertribal Powwow featuring song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, storytelling and children’s activities. Weekend event activities include singing and dancing (Chickahominy, Lakota, Diné and Nansemond), flute music, story telling, and children’s activities. The daytime event is included with admission: $17 for adults, $8 for ages 6 through 12, and children under 6 are free. Sept. 29-30, 9am-5pm; Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg. More information and tickets.

Outdoor Exploration Day
Celebrate the great outdoors of the Eastern Shore at this free, family friendly event. Get up close and personal with wildlife through live animal presentations including Flight of the Raptor and the walk through Butterfly Tent. Participate in hands-on programs, crafts, and many more fun activities for all ages. Rent a kayak, take a hike, or join us on a wagon ride and learn more about the different ecosystems, area history, and the unique culture of the Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore of Virginia. Free and open to all ages. Be sure to stop by and say hello to the National Park Service’s Roving Ranger, mobile visitor center. Visitors to the Roving Ranger can collect a National Park passport stamp, pick up special junior ranger program books related to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and participate in an interpretive program. Sept. 29, 10am-4pm; Kiptopeke State Park, Cape Charles. More information.

Appomattox Lantern Tours
You are invited to a special edition of the annual Appomattox Court House Lantern Tours. Experience the park you love in a whole new light. This year two nights are offered, each featuring six new stories about the historic women of Appomattox. 2018. Each evening has six rounds of tours. Friday Tours begin at 6:30 and continue every 20 minutes until 8:10pm. 6:30, 6:50, 7:10, 7:30, 7:50, 8:10. $12/adults; $5/children up to age 13. Not recommended for younger children. Sept. 28-29; Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Appomattox. More information and tickets.

Leesylvania Canoe Tour
A great opportunity to learn the basics of paddling and enjoy wildlife and scenic views. Experienced individuals are also encouraged to come to enjoy the wildlife and scenic views. The cost is $9 per person, or $6 per person for groups of 4 or more. Sept. 30, 10:30am-12:30pm; Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge. More information and reservations.


Bald Eagle State Park Nature Inn Package Weekend
One of the best ways to truly experience the majesty of fall is a visit to the Pennsylvania Wilds coupled with a stay at the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle. Enjoy an all-inclusive weekend stay at the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle combined with an auto tour of the Pennsylvania Wilds and elk viewing at the Elk Country Visitor Center. Package includes 2 night accommodations, meals, and guided programming throughout the weekend. Oct. 5-7; Bald Eagle State Park, Howard. More details and reservations.

Rain Garden Workshop
Learn about the Susquehanna River watershed and how rain gardens can be a cost effective and beautiful way to reduce runoff from your property. Enjoy an interactive program about everything that goes into planting a rain garden and learn how to ID some plants and animals in the Center’s garden. Catch and tag Monarch butterflies as they begin their migration south. All free programs. Sept. 29-30; 10am-12pm; Zimmerman Center for Heritage, Wrightsville. More details.