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Fri­day, July 1

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Pup­pet Show: A Fox Tale 10:3011:30 a.m. July 1 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Dis­cover the night­time world of crit­ters found at Patux­ent Re­search Refuge. Length of in­tro­duc­tion and pup­pet show runs ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes to­tal. All ages. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/patux­ent/ visit/ public pro­grams.html.

Satur­day, July 2

Ac­co­keek Foun­da­tion at Pis­cat­away Park will hold H2oooh! Amer­i­can Wa­ter Use Re­vealed ex­hibit 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Satur­days and noon-4 p.m. Sun­days through Aug. 7 at Na­tional Colo­nial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Ac­co­keek. De­cid- ing what to have for lunch based on its im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment? One hid­den fac­tor most peo­ple don’t con­sider is a food’s “wa­ter foot­print.” Ex­plore the se­cret life of wa­ter in this eye-open­ing ex­hibit and then travel back in time to take a look at how the colo­nials lived with 20 times less of this pre­cious re­source. Don’t be sur­prised if the res­i­dents of the Na­tional Colo­nial Farm en­gage you in a friendly dis­cus­sion about their wa­ter habits or en­list you to help them cook or tend to the gar­den. Free. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to ac­co­keek­foun­da­tion.org.

will hold Med­i­ta­tion Hike 2-3:30 p.m. July 2 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Be­come one with na­ture on this slower-paced, guided hike to pre­de­ter­mined land­marks for 10 minute ses­sions of med­i­ta­tion. Hike leader will gen­tly guide med­i­ta­tion ses­sions to help par­tic­i­pants truly ab­sorb their sur­round­ings. No med­i­ta­tion ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired. Bring wa­ter. Dress for weather. Wear sturdy shoes. Do­na­tions ac­cepted. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http:// dnr2. mary­land .gov/public lands/ pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Sun­day, July 3

Ac­co­keek First Church of God in­vites res­i­dents of south­ern Prince Ge­orge’s County for a time of spir­i­tual re­newal, en­rich­ment, growth and restora­tion at the church, 15821 Liv­ingston Road. Free trans­porta­tion is of­fered to and from Sun­day School that be­gins 9 a.m. or Sun­day morn­ing ser­vices, 1011:45 a.m. for res­i­dents in need of trans­porta­tion. Call 301-2832116 or email pas­tor@ac­co­keek­chog.org.

will host Whoop­ing Crane Ob­ser­va­tory Tour 1-2:30 p.m. July 3 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Take a guided tour to the Whoop­ing Crane Ob­ser­va­tory to ob­serve a pair of en­dan­gered adult whoop­ing cranes. Learn about the whoop­ing crane pop­u­la­tion re­cov­ery pro­gram. Ages 14 and older. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Space is lim­ited. Ar­rive early; tour will leave on time. Reg­is­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http:// www.fws.gov/refuge/patux­ent/ visit/public pro­grams. html.

Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter will hold Chicken Rear­ing Work­shop 2-3 p.m. July 3 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Stop in for a short work­shop to pre­pare you with ev­ery­thing you need to know about state/county laws on chick­ens on res­i­den­tial land, breeds of chick­ens, food, clean­ing, shel­ter, and the rooster de­bate. Do­na­tions ac­cepted. Please reg­is­ter in ad­vance; call 301-888-1377 or email vjones1310@gmail.com. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http:// dnr2.mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/ pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Thurs­day, July 7

will host Learn to Fish 2-4 p.m. July 7 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Learn how to cast a rod, iden­tify types of fish and en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of fish­ing in this hands on pro­gram for chil­dren. All fish­ing equip­ment will be pro­vided. Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants will meet at Vis­i­tor Cen­ter. Space is lim­ited; par­tic­i­pants may se­lect only one date. Ages 15 and un­der. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Reg­is­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/ refuge/patux­ent/visit/pub­licpro­grams.html.

Fri­day, July 8

will host Fam­ily Fun: In­sects 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 8 and July 9 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Dis­cover just who is fly­ing, swim­ming, and crawl­ing around at Patux­ent. Ex­plore this in­cred­i­ble mini world of in­sects through in­door and out­door games and hikes (weather per­mit­ting), hands on ac­tiv­i­ties and crafts for all ages. Ages 3 and older. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Drop in pro­gram; no reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www. fws.gov/refuge/patux­ent/visit/ pub­licpro­grams.html.

will host Moth Sur­vey 8-11 p.m. July 8 at the north tract, 230 Bald Ea­gle Drive, Lau­rel. Ex­plore the amaz­ing ar­ray of col­ors and shapes of these night­time mar­vels with the help of nat­u­ral­ists. Par­tic­i­pate

at sev­eral sta­tions in this night­time count and learn how to con­duct your own back­yard sur­vey while help­ing log moth species for the Mary­land Bio­di­ver­sity Project and the refuge. Parts of this pro­gram will be con­ducted af­ter dark so wear pants, close toed shoes and long sleeves to stay com­fort­able. Bugspray and cam­eras highly rec­om­mended. Ages 8 and older. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Reg­is­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/ refuge/patux­ent/visit/pub­licpro­grams.html.

Satur­day, July 9

Ac­co­keek Foun­da­tion at Pis­cat­away Park will hold H2oooh! Amer­i­can Wa­ter Use Re­vealed ex­hibit 10 a.m.4 p.m. Satur­days and noon-4 p.m. Sun­days through Aug. 7 at Na­tional Colo­nial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Ac­co­keek. De­cid­ing what to have for lunch based on its im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment? One hid­den fac­tor most peo­ple don’t con­sider is a food’s “wa­ter foot­print.” Ex­plore the se­cret life of wa­ter in this eye-open­ing ex­hibit and then travel back in time to take a look at how the colo­nials lived with 20 times less of this pre­cious re­source. Don’t be sur­prised if the res­i­dents of the Na­tional Colo­nial Farm en­gage you in a friendly dis­cus­sion about their wa­ter habits or en­list you to help them cook or tend to the gar­den. Free. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to ac­co­keek­foun­da­tion.org.

will host What’s Bug­gin Bats 8-9:30 p.m. July 9 at the north tract, 230 Bald Ea­gle Drive, Lau­rel. Dis­cover Mary­land’s bats and the dan­gers they face. Learn the vi­tal role bats play in the en­vi­ron­ment and why they are so help­ful. Ages 5 and older. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Reg­is­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www. fws.gov/refuge/patux­ent/ visit/public pro­grams.html.

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