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Thurs­day, July 7

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge 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 younger. Free pro­gram; dona­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Regis­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-4975887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http:// www.fws.gov/refuge/ patux­ent/visit/pub­licpro­grams.html.

Fri­day, July 8

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge 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. Patux­ent Re­search Refuge 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. Patux­ent Re­search Refuge 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/ pub­licpro­grams.html. Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter

will hold Creek Crit­ters 2-3 p.m. July 9 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Creeks are won­der­ful habi­tats for crit­ters. You’ll have an op­por­tu­nity to meet these crit­ters up close and per­sonal and get your hands a lit­tle dirty too. Wear cloth­ing you don’t mind get­ting wet and shoes you don’t mind get­ting dirty. Dona­tions ac­cepted. Please reg­is­ter in ad­vance; call 301-888-1377. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2.maryland. gov/pub­li­clands/pages/ south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Sun­day, July 10

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 301-283-2116 or email pas­tor@ac­co­keek­chog.org. Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Bird Walk 8-10 a.m. July 10 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Search for early spring mi­grants in var­i­ous refuge habi­tats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoc­u­lars rec­om­mended. Ages 8 and older. Free pro­gram; dona­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Regis­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-4975887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http:// www.fws.gov/refuge/ patux­ent/visit/pub­licpro­grams.html. Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter

will hold Bird Watch­ing Hike 2-3 p.m. July 10 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Learn how to ID com­mon birds found at Merkle dur­ing the sum­mer months. For new or ex­pe­ri­enced bird­ers. Bring binoc­u­lars if you have or bor­row ours. Dress for weather. Wear com­fort­able walk­ing shoes. Dona­tions ac­cepted. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2. maryland.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/ merkle.aspx.

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