Public Programs

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FREE Guided Tour: Discover Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Jun 02, 2023 1:00PM—1:30PM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

Join a Jug Bay Naturalist for a free guided tour of the wetland boardwalk to discover the wonderful and unique plants and animals found here at the Sanctuary! Tour is 45 minutes in length and is free with the $6 per vehicle entrance fee. No registration required. Meet outside the Jug Bay Visitor Center promptly…

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Bird Walk

Jun 03, 2023 7:00AM—11:00AM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

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Join an avid Jug Bay birder to learn skills for identifying birds by sight and sound. Novice and experienced birders are welcome on this 2-3 mile walk to explore the forests and wetlands in search of the 250+ species of birds that call Jug Bay home, or migrate through. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for…

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Mysteries of the Marsh – Family Canoe Paddle

Jun 03, 2023 9:00AM—1:30PM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

Get the kids outside for exercise and nature. This canoe paddle is geared for families and children with little or no experience in canoes. We will teach you how to paddle a canoe and provide the equipment needed. We will launch canoes and paddle the Patuxent River and Western Branch to look for wetland animals.…

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Archaeology of the Patuxent River: Canoeing through History

Jun 04, 2023 10:00AM—2:00PM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

Join expert archaeologist Stephanie Sperling, M.A.A., Senior Archaeologist, Archaeology Office of Natural and Historical Resources Division M-NCPPC, in a canoeing expedition to learn about the archaeological and cultural history along the Patuxent River. Stephanie will share how archaeological sites inform us about past ways of life from early occupations over 10,000 years ago to historic…

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Homeschool Ecology Inquiry for Middle Schoolers

Jun 05, 2023 9:30AM—12:00PM

Parris N. Glendening Nature Preserve 5207 Plummer Lane Lothian, MD 20711

Middle School Homeschool Ecology Inquiry Program 9:30 am – noon, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5. Parris N. Glendening Nature Preserve. 5207 Plummer Lane, Lothian, MD 20711   Does your kid ask lots of questions and always want to know how things work? Do they crave a deeper understanding of life? Do they…

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Homeschool Hikers

Jun 07, 2023 10:00AM—12:00PM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

Bring your homeschooler to explore Jug Bay and get outside. Our Spring programs cover a variety of topics but are all linked to a central theme and build on each other over the 4 sessions. We encourage signing up for all 4. There is a short lesson followed by outside hiking time and activities. Dress…

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Jug Bay Paddle-A-Thon

Jun 10, 2023 6:00AM—5:00PM

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary - Emory Waters Nature Preserve 6032 Pindell Road Lothian, MD 20711

Put your paddling skills to the test this summer by joining Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Friends of Jug Bay and Patuxent River Park for a paddle on the Patuxent River, Maryland’s longest and most beautiful river. The Patuxent River Paddle-A-Thon provides two paddle opportunities: 4.2 and 11 mile paddles. Paddlers are encouraged to bring their…

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Tree Identification Hike

Jun 24, 2023 10:00AM—11:30AM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

Ever wonder what kind of tree you are looking at during your hike? Please join experienced Anne Arundel County Forester Earl “Bud” Reaves for a hike through Jug Bay’s forests to learn or practice your skills on tree identification. We will look at signs such as leaves, bark, buds, and twigs. Fee: $10 per person.…

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Forest Discovery Camp 

Jun 26, 2023 9:30AM—Jun 30, 2023 1:30PM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

Let your child’s curiosity bloom through outdoor summer fun along the Patuxent River at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Stomp in a creek, squish through the marsh, and experience the quiet of the woods. Rain or shine, we’ll spend our time outside engaged in hands-on, nature-themed play and activities designed to encourage independent thinking, observation, and…

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Firefly Frenzy

Jul 01, 2023 7:30PM—10:00PM

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary - Emory Waters Nature Preserve 6032 Pindell Road Lothian, MD 20711

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Whether you call them lightning bugs or fireflies, these spectacular beetles have been a favorite childhood memory for so many. Join staff naturalist, Debra Gage, to observe these gems of the night along the forest edge and open fields at Emory Waters Nature Preserve. Learn more about lightning bugs, observe the different flash patterns and…

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Past | Archive

Women on the Water (WOW) Kayak

May 27, 2023 9:30AM—3:30PM

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary - Emory Waters Nature Preserve 6032 Pindell Road Lothian, MD 20711

Wild Turtle Week

May 27, 2023 12:00PM—2:00PM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

Preschool Explorers! 

May 17, 2023 10:00AM—11:30AM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

Bird Walk

May 06, 2023 7:00AM—11:00AM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

FREE Guided Tour: Discover Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

May 05, 2023 1:00PM—1:30PM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

Homeschool Hikers

May 03, 2023 10:00AM—12:00PM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711