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  • Sunday, January 9, 2022

    • Blacksmith Shop Workday Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Locations: Kinder Farm Park Details: Stop by the Kinder Farm Park Blacksmith Shop and watch the Chesapeake Forge Blacksmith Guild members forging metal, using various tools. Stand on the sidelines and view a trade that is over 100 years old but still very much alive today at Kinder Farm Park. The Blacksmith Shop is open on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Monday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 10, 2022

    • Chesapeake Forge Blacksmith Guild Meeting Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm Locations: Kinder Farm Park Details: The Chesapeake Forge Blacksmith Guild meets every Monday at 7:00 p.m. Members learn and practice new techniques as they work on their projects. No registration required. No gate fees. 
  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022

    • Preschool Explorers! Time: 10:00am - 11:30am Locations: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Details: Bring the little ones to explore nature! Learn about a nature topic and then head out to experience the Sanctuary. We look, feel, listen, and discover at preschooler speed. Dress for the weather – we will always try to go outside! Parents play along with their children. Ages: 3-5. Fee: $6 per child. No refunds. Register at Program #27117. For questions call 410-222-8006 or email [email protected]
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022

    • Coffee with a Ranger Time: 9:00am - 10:00am Locations: Fort Smallwood Park Details: Come join a ranger at the Cedar Pavilion of Fort Smallwood Park on Wednesday's from 9-10 AM for a free cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa! Ask questions about the park, local flora and fauna, or simply get to know the rangers a little bit better while you enjoy a warm beverage. This is a FREE program, excluding the $6 park entrance fee. All ages welcome, no registration required.
    • Pollinator Wednesday Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Locations: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Details:

      Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary - Emory Waters Nature Preserve

      Join staff and volunteers on Wednesdays 9 am - 12 noon at the Emory Waters Nature Preserve to work in our pollinator gardens. To beat the heat we will meet 8-11 am June 21-Sept 15. See Jug Bay’s newest property and learn about native perennials that support our native butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Volunteers will weed, mulch, prune, and plant to revive, maintain, and build pollinator gardens. Meet new friends and enjoy interesting conversations. Bring gardening gloves, your favorite tools, and plenty of drinking water. Current health guidelines will be enforced. Ages: 12 and up, minors must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Walk-ins welcome! Groups of five or more please call Debra at 410-222- 8006 to arrange. Proceed through the driveway gate about 1 mile to the second white house.

    • Recreation Advisory Board Meeting Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Locations: Virtual Meeting Details:

      Recreation Advisory Board meets bi-monthly on the first Wednesday of that month from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Individuals wishing to make a presentation before the Board should call the Director's Office at (410) 222-7867 in advance of the next meeting. 


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    • Planning Advisory Board Meeting Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm Locations: Zoom Meeting - see details below Details:


      The Board’s tentative agenda is:
      *Call to Order
      *Approval of Agenda
      *Approval of Minutes (December 8, 2021)

      Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan
      *Presentation from Recreation and Parks Staff
      *PAB Discussion and Questions
      Public Hearing – Oral Testimony
      * Indicates Planning Advisory Board discussion. No public comment will be received during these items.

      You must sign up to speak

      The 2022 draft update to the Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (LPPRP) is available
      on the Department of Recreation and Parks website. To sign up to provide oral testimony about
      the LPPRP please submit a request to [email protected] or call 410-222-7432 by 5 PM on
      Monday, January 10, 2022.

      HOAs, groups, and representatives may speak for 5 minutes. The speaker must provide
      permission to speak for this organization on the organization’s letterhead.
      Individuals may speak for 3 minutes.
      If you have handouts, please provide a copy to the PAB secretary via
      [email protected] to distribute.

      How to attend this meeting:

      Please use the link below to register for the webinar. After registering to attend the Zoom, you
      will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the webinar. If you require assistance
      registering for the Zoom, call 410-222-7432.

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      follow the steps above if you would like to provide oral testimony.
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      Written Testimony:

      The Department of Recreation and Parks will accept written testimony on the Land Preservation,
      Parks and Recreation Plan at [email protected] from December 15, 2021 through
      February 28, 2022. To provide written testimony for PAB consideration, please submit your
      comments to [email protected] from January 12 through January 24, 2022.

      For more details, please see the full Planning Advisory Board Agenda.

  • Friday, January 14, 2022

    • Field Work Fridays Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Locations: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Details: Kick off the weekend with the great feeling that comes with doing good and important work! Join our Field Work Fridays at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Every Friday rain or shine, volunteers join staff naturalists to tackle a stewardship project in need of support. Projects include invasive plant removals, trash clean-ups, gardening, citizen science monitoring, and more. Volunteers are welcome to bring a bagged lunch to enjoy after our work is completed. No prior training or experience is necessary to join our Field Work Fridays! Free. Ages 8 and up, minors must be accompanied by a guardian. A notification email will be sent on Thursday to registered participants verifying the project and location. To register go to and click on the event.
  • Saturday, January 15, 2022

    • Stream Water Chemistry Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm Locations: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Details:

      Join our Stream Water Chemistry volunteer team to conduct field tests on dissolved oxygen content, and other parameters, at important streams feeding Jug Bay. Water samples are also collected for lab analysis. This is a great way to learn how to use professional equipment, see the park, and become involved in habitat monitoring efforts. Free. Must be 18 to volunteer without a guardian. Current health guidelines will be required. Registration required. To register go to and click on the event.

      2nd Session is from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

    • Winter Habitat Hike Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm Locations: South River Farm Park Details: Come hike with a ranger and learn all about what animals do during the winter and the different ways they deal with the cold. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. To register for this program call 410-222-1978, email [email protected], or register online at
    • Skunk Cabbage Swamp Stomp Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm Locations: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Details: Join volunteer Siobhan Percey, who studied skunk cabbage and learned a lot about this unusual wetland inhabitant. Walk off-trail to visit this fascinating plant, in bloom, along the swamp edges. Wear boots that can get wet. Bring a small flashlight if you have one. Ages: 12+. Fee: $5 per person. Registration and current health guidelines required. To register go to and click on the event.