CBEC to hold guided hikes

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GRA­SONVILLE — The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter has an­nounced the 2017 guided hike sched­ule, start­ing this month.

Guided hikes will lead par­tic­i­pants on CBEC’s lake trail for a unique op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover sev­eral eco­log­i­cally im­por­tant habi­tats to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay wa­ter­shed found on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 510-acre penin­sula in Gra­sonville.

A do­cent will lead par­tic­i­pants on a jour­ney to ex­plore top­ics of hum­mock suc­ces­sion, oys­ter reef ecol­ogy, salt marsh plants, Lake Knapp bird res­i­dents, and res­i­dent rap­tors, all while walk­ing a 1.5 mile flat path around the cen­ter of the penin­sula.

Each month, CBEC will be an­nounc­ing a spe­cialty topic for these hikes led by a Mary­land mas­ter nat­u­ral­ist. Check the cal­en­dar on the CBEC web­site for these an­nounce­ments.

Spe­cialty top­ics in­clude bird­ing, botany, fun­gus, or rep­tiles/am­phib­ians. There is a half-way rest stop with re­stroom ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour- aged to dress for weather and bring along a wa­ter bot­tle, small snack, and binoc­u­lars. The du­ra­tion is ap­prox­i­mately two hours. Trips are sub­ject to can­cel­la­tion due to weather or low en­roll­ment. Check-in and hikes begin at the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter at 600 Dis­cov­ery Lane, Gra­sonville.

Cost is free to CBEC mem­bers, $5 for non-mem­bers

All hikes are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the sched­ule of the hikes are found on the group’s web­site, bayrestora­tion.org, un­der cal­en­dar of events. The hike dates are Jan. 12 and 21, Feb. 9 and 18, March 9 and 18, April 13 and 22, May 11 and 20, June 8 and 17, July 22 and 27, Aug. 12 and 17, Sept. 14 and 23, Oct. 12 and 21, Nov. 9 and 18, and Dec. 14 and 23.

Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired as there is a min­i­mum and max­i­mum for this trip. Reg­is­tra­tion is found on the group’s web­site un­der cal­en­dar of events

Ques­tions should be di­rected to Court­ney Leigh, vol­un­teer/ste­ward­ship co­or­di­na­tor, at 410-827-6694 or cleigh@bayrestora­tion.org.

Santa and his team of vol­un­teer elves helped at­ten­dees get into the hol­i­day spirit at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter’s sixth an­nual Satur­day with Santa. Fam­i­lies and friends en­joyed a guided na­ture hike, crafts and break­fast. Santa ar­rived just in time to join the chil­dren for carols and story time, fol­lowed by time for each child to re­lay their Christ­mas wishes to Santa. The event raised al­most $3,000 for CBEC’s en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram­ming. Next year’s event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.bayrestora­tion.org/sat­ur­day­with­santa.

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