CBEC to hold guided hikes
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 email@example.com.
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.