Public Programs

Current & Upcoming

Bird Walk

Oct 01, 2022 7:00AM—10:00AM

Jug Bay Wetlands 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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Fall Equinox Hike

Oct 01, 2022 5:00PM—7:00PM

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

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 Join Maryland Master Naturalist and longtime Jug Bay volunteer, Mike Quinlan, for an after-hours, leisurely stroll through the Sanctuary. We will welcome Fall and observe the natural changes which are taking place as we leave Summer behind. The hike will end on the Observation Deck, one of Jug Bay’s best places to enjoy the sunset.…

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Homeschool Hikers

Oct 05, 2022 10:00AM—12:00PM

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

Bring the kids to Jug Bay to get outside and experience nature. We will learn about a variety of nature topics and then head outside to hike and explore. Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. Ages 6 to 10. Fee: $6 per child. No refunds. This is a drop-off program.  Registration and current…

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FREE Guided Tour: Discover Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Oct 07, 2022 1:00PM—1:30PM

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Rd 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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Archaeology of the Patuxent River: Kayaking through History

Oct 09, 2022 10:00AM—2:00PM

Jug Bay’s Emory Waters Nature Preserve 6032 Pindell 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 kayaking 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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Jug Bay Ghost Canoe Paddle

Oct 15, 2022 5:00PM—9:30PM

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

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Up for a “SPOOKY”, but fun evening in the water? Join volunteer Philippe Hensel and Patricia Delgado (Park Superintendent) for a one of a kind evening paddle along the Patuxent River. We will make one stop by the water’s edge where Philippe will share local legends and ghost stories around a campfire. Enjoying hot cider,…

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Mysteries of the Marsh – Fall Foliage Canoe

Oct 16, 2022 2:00PM—6:00PM

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

The marsh is getting ready to go dormant for the year, but is not finished yet! We’ll look for late season flowers, migratory birds, beaver, otter, and other wildlife. Children must be at least 7 years old. Children under 13 must be accompanied by two paddling adults. The child will sit in the middle of…

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Preschool Explorers! 

Oct 19, 2022 10:00AM—11:30AM

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

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.…

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Women on the Water

Oct 22, 2022 9:30AM—3:30PM

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

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Enjoy a day of serenity spent with other women, submersed in the peacefulness of nature. We will enjoy a  leisurely canoe paddle on the Patuxent River, where we will look for wildlife and flowering wetland plants along the shoreline. We will enjoy a gourmet catered lunch at the historic Riggleman House, located on Jug Bay’s…

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Halloween Critter Crawl

Oct 28, 2022 5:30PM—8:30PM

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

Join Jug Bay staff and volunteers for a Halloween Critter Crawl. Walk through the forest to see different animals and insects displays , and enjoy campfires, s’mores, hayrides, and nature crafts. Family friendly. Please bring your headlamp or flashlight, and wear your costume if you have one. Limited food and gourmet hot chocolate available for…

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Past | Archive

Magnificent Marsh Mammals

Sep 25, 2022 4:00PM—6:00PM

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

Mysteries of the Marsh – Birding Canoe

Sep 24, 2022 4:00PM—8:00PM

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

Preschool Explorers! (Cancelled)

Sep 21, 2022 10:00AM—11:30AM

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

Free Patuxent River Clean Up by Canoe

Sep 18, 2022 10:00AM—2:00PM

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

Fish of Jug Bay Inaugural Citizen Science/Kayak Experience

Sep 17, 2022 7:00AM—12:00PM

Jug Bay’s Emory Waters Nature Preserve 6032 Pindell Road Lothian, MD 20711

Cancelled – Mysteries of the Marsh – Evening Canoe Paddle

Sep 17, 2022 5:00PM—9:00PM

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