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Satur­day, June 4

Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter will hold Na­tional Trails Day Guided Hike 2-4 p.m. June 4 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Take ap­prox­i­mately 6 mile guided hike through Po­plar Springs, Paw Paw, and Mounds trail. Ob­serve in­ter­ac­tions be­tween plants, an­i­mals, and hu­mans. Bring wa­ter. Dress for weather. Wear com­fort­able boots that may get muddy. Dona­tions ac­cepted. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2.mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Ac­co­keek Foun­da­tion at Pis­cat­away Park will host Na­tional Trails Day Pad­dle and Hike 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 4 at the park, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Ac­co­keek. Ex­plore the in­dige­nous cul­tural land­scape and dis­cover the rich nat­u­ral his­tory of Pis­cat­away Park while pad­dling or hik­ing along the Po­tomac on a guided tour. Reser­va­tions for guided kayak and hik­ing tours re­quired. Kayak tour $20 per per­son. To make reser­va­tions or for more in­for­ma­tion, go to www. ac­co­keek­foun­da­tion.org or call 301-283-2113.

Sun­day, June 5

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Whoop­ing Crane Ob­ser­va­tory Tour 1-2:30 p.m. June 5 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Take a

guided tour to the Whoop­ing Crane Ob­ser­va­tory to ob­serve a pair of adult whoop­ing cranes. Learn about the whoop­ing crane pop­u­la­tion re­cov­ery pro­gram. Ages 14 and older. Free pro­gram; dona­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Space is lim­ited. Ar­rive early. Regis­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patux­ent. Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Visi

tor’s Cen­ter will hold Herp Search 2-3 p.m. June 5 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Learn about dif­fer­ent am­phib­ians and rep­tiles that hang out at Merkle and in your back­yard. See live am­phib­ians up close and per­sonal. Wear clothes you don’t mind get­ting dirty and shoes that might end up wet and/ or muddy. Dona­tions ac­cepted. To reg­is­ter, call 301-888-1377. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2.mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Wed­nes­day, June 8

Doc­tors Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal will hold free stroke sup­port group 1-3 p.m. sec­ond Wed­nes­day of each month at the hospi­tal’s Pro­fes­sional Of­fice Build­ing, First Floor Con­fer­ence Room, 8116 Good Luck Road, Lan­ham. Call 301-324-4968.

Thurs­day, June 9

Vol­un­teers for Marl­boro Food Bank are needed June 9-11 at Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church, 14515 Church St., Up­per Marl­boro. Food sort­ing 7 p.m. June 9; food bag­ging 8 a.m. June 10; food dis­tri­bu­tion 7-9 a.m. June 11. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-627-2636.

Satur­day, June 11

Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter will hold Star Party 8:30-9:30 p.m. June 11 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Join the Astron­omy Club of South­ern Mary­land as they ob­serve the night sky. Tele­scopes of var­i­ous sorts will be pro­vided or you can bring your own. Dress for weather. Bring lawn chair. Dona­tions ac­cepted. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2.mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Sun­day, June 12

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Bird Walk 8-10 a.m. June 12 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 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patux­ent.

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Tiny Tots: Na­ture and Mu­sic 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 12 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Come learn about the wildlife at the refuge through songs and rhyming. Parental par­tic­i­pa­tion re­quired. Ages 16-42 months. Free pro­gram; dona­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Regis­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/ refuge/Patux­ent. Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and

Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter will hold Gar­den­ing Work­shop Three 2-3 p.m. June 12 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Last class in the 3 ses­sion gar­den­ing work­shop. Top­ics will in­clude plant­ing/trans­plant­ing trees, pests, plant dis­ease, nat­u­ral pest con­trol, as well as ideas to keep your gar­den pro­duc­tive through the sum­mer and over win­ter. Dona­tions ac­cepted. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2. mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Mon­day, June 13

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Tiny Tots: Na­ture and Mu­sic 10:30-11:15 a.m. June 13 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Come learn about the wildlife at the refuge through songs and rhyming. Parental par­tic­i­pa­tion

re­quired. Ages 16-42 months. Free pro­gram; dona­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Regis­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/ refuge/Patux­ent.

Doc­tors Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal will hold free grief sup­port group 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. sec­ond Mon­day of each month at the hospi­tal’s Main Build­ing, Crit­i­cal Care Con­fer­ence Room, Sec­ond Floor, Lan­ham. Call 301-808-5671.

Tues­day, June 14

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Flut­terby But­ter­fly 1-2:30 p.m. June 14 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Dis­cover the in­cred­i­ble life of the beau­ti­ful but­ter­fly through sto­ries, crafts, and a hike in this fun pro­gram. Ages 5-7. Free pro­gram; dona­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Regis­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patux­ent.

Wed­nes­day, June 15

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Bird Walk 8-10 a.m. June 15 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 14 and older. Free pro­gram; dona­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Regis­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patux­ent.

Satur­day, June 18

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Rid­ing Bi­cy­cles to Ex­pe­ri­ence the North Tract 1-3 p.m. June 18 at the north tract, 230 Bald Ea­gle Drive, Lau­rel. Take a fam­ily-ori­ented bi­cy­cle out­ing on the North Tract. Dis­cover lo­cal wildlife, plants and his­tor­i­cal sites. Learn the im­por­tance of re­duc­ing your foot­print and leav­ing no trace on this 5-mile guided bi­cy­cle ride. Bring your own bike (wide tire hy­brid and moun­tain bikes only — nar­row tire road bikes are not suit­able for sev­eral of the trails), wa­ter bot­tle and hel­met. Weather

de­pen­dent. Ages 10 and older. Free pro­gram; dona­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Regis­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/ refuge/Patux­ent.

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Evening Wild­flower Walk 6-8 p.m. June 18 at the north tract, 230 Bald Ea­gle Drive, Lau­rel. Join a guided car­a­van tour in the com­fort of your own ve­hi­cle. Travel along the wildlife loop stop­ping at mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions to learn about beau­ti­ful sum­mer blooms. 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. Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter will hold Art in the Park 2-3 p.m. June 18 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Hone you or your lit­tle ones artis­tic skills in­spired by the scenic nat­u­ral sur­round­ings. Ba­sic art sup­plies will be pro­vided. Pro­gram geared for fam­i­lies with younger chil­dren but ex­pe­ri­enced painters wel­come. Bring wa­ter. Dress for weather. Dona­tions ac­cepted. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2.mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Sun­day, June 19

Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter will hold Fathers Day Fish­ing Work­shop 10 a.m.-noon June 19 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Go over some ba­sic steps in how to set up your rod and ba­sic sup­plies you would need. Prac­tice your skills at one of our park ponds. Fish­ers will meet at the vis­i­tor cen­ter. Please reg­is­ter ahead of time by call­ing 301-8881377 or email [email protected] Dona­tions ac­cepted. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2.mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Mon­day, June 20

Doc­tors Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal will hold free di­a­betes sup­port group 6-7:30 p.m. third Mon­day of each month at the hospi­tal’s North Build­ing, Fifth Floor, DSE Room, 8100 Good Luck Road, Lan­ham. To reg­is­ter or re­quest a free di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tional brochure, call 301-324-4968.

Tues­day, June 21

Doc­tors Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal will hold free breast cancer sup­port group 7-9 p.m. third Tues­day of each month at the hospi­tal’s North Build­ing, Fourth Floor, Room 415, 8100 Good Luck Road, Lan­ham. To reg­is­ter or re­quest a free breast care ed­u­ca­tional brochure, call 301-324-4968.

Doc­tors Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal will hold free breast cancer-male care­giver sup­port group 7-9 p.m. third Tues­day of each month at the hospi­tal’s North Build­ing, Fifth Floor, DSE Room, 8100 Good Luck Road, Lan­ham. Call 301-324-4968.

Thurs­day, June 23

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Learn to Fish 2-4 p.m. June 23 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 a sin­gle 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.

Fri­day, June 24

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Fam­ily Fun: Won­der­ful Wet­lands 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 24 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Dis­cover who lives un­der the wa­ter’s sur­face in Patux­ent’s wet­lands and ponds through in­door and out­door games and hikes. Hands on ac­tiv­i­ties and crafts for all ages. Weather per­mit­ting. Ages 3 and older. Free pro­gram; dona­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Drop-in pro­gram; no regis­tra­tion re­quired. Come any time; leave when you wish. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws. gov/refuge/Patux­ent.

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