Otter event in MD + Cherry Blossoms near Peak Bloom

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MARYLAND — A museum in Maryland is hosting an Otter Appreciation Day this month. Residents can also attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival in the District of Columbia.

Other outdoor activities include a hike on the first day of spring, a farm history event and an oyster planting workshop.

Patch recently partnered with several local organizations to bring you their latest news. This guest post is from National Park Service Chesapeake Gateways and Chesapeake Conservancy. Here’s what Jody Hedeman Couser submitted to help you explore the Chesapeake Bay:

OtterMania!

You are invited to the Calvert Marine Museum to celebrate one of the most beloved mammals of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Learn incredible facts about the North American river otter at learning stations throughout the museum and build an otter craft. Don’t forget to visit Chumley, Calvert and Chessie Grace, the museum’s resident otter ambassadors. All activities are included with museum admission. March 26, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Calvert Naval Museum, Solomon Islands, MD. More information.

“It’s cherry blossom time!

The National Park Service has predicted that the cherry blossom tree season in Washington, DC this spring will be March 23-25. Those of the parking service Bloom Watch page has regular updates on peak flowering, a record of flowering over the past few years dating back to 2004, and illustrations of the flowering stage – from green buds to swollen buds. Valet parking made it possible to experience this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival virtually (great preview!). From this pageYou can explore the Tidal Basin on foot or by boat with 360-degree views, participate in park ranger programs, and take virtual tours of the Tidal Basin National Cherry Blossom Festivaland watch the performances from their stage.”

Jug Bay Equinox hike

The official season change from winter to spring takes place on Sunday, March 20th at 11:32 am and is called the vernal equinox. Ring in the new spring season with Jug Bay Volunteer and Maryland Master Naturalist Mike Quinlan and enjoy a rare after-hours visit to the Sanctuary. Looking for signs of spring, you’ll end the day on the observation deck to hopefully watch a beautiful sunset. $5 per person; open to all ages that can walk 2-4 miles. March 20, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary; Lothian, MD. More information and registration.

Peasant History Day

Enjoy blacksmithing demonstrations at Mt. Pleasant’s historic blacksmith shop, tours of the 18th-century farmhouse, and presentations by local groups on animal husbandry and other historical practices related to life in the country. Free, but pre-registration required. March 26, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Mountain Pleasant, Woodstock, MD. More information and registration.

Help Clean Baltimore’s Inner Harbor: Oyster Cleaning Workshops

Baby oysters are farmed in oyster gardens along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, including the waterfront campus of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Oysters have an amazing ability to filter contaminants out of water – an adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day! You can volunteer to help establish and maintain large public oyster gardens in Canton and near Federal Hill. From October to December and from March to June there are oyster gardening events on two Saturday mornings per month. Children from 10 years are welcome. Registration for the workshops on March 19 and March 26 is now open. More information and registration.

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