The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC), located at 600 Discovery Lane in Grasonville, is a 510-acre wildlife preserve that opens the eyes, ears, mind, and heart to the wildlife and historic landscapes that characterize Maryland’s Eastern Shore. A Visitor Center, gift shop, indoor and outdoor restrooms, and picnic facilities are available. For more information, visit www.bayrestoration.org. CBEC offers the following programs, classes and special events this year:
Creepy Crawler classes are open to 2 to 5-year olds accompanied by an adult. Classes are held the first Monday and Tuesday of each month from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Each class involves story time, craft, hike, live animals (or artifacts), and a snack.
April 2-3 • “The Strange and Amazing Bat”
Discover what makes these flying mammals so important to our ecosystem and why they’re wonderful and not scary.
May 7-8 • “Tadpoles and Frogs”
Do tadpoles turn into frogs, toads or both? Learn about the incredible lifecycle of these amphibian friends and find out.
June 5-6 • “Critters In The Bay”
Grab wading shoes and a dip net and investigate who lives in the shallow water Bay.
July 2-3 • “The Remarkable Oyster”
Explore an oyster reef to discover its use as a habitat and filter for the Chesapeake Bay.
August 6-7 • “Turtle Tales”
Why did the turtle cross the road? Find out the answer and more reptilian facts.
September 4 only • “Caterpillars, Butterflies, and Moths”
What a change from crawler to flyer. Let’s follow the changes that happen with butterflies and moths.
October 1-2 • “Along Came a Spider”
Dare to come face to face with an eight-legged, 10-eyed creepy crawler.
November 5-6 • “Fabulous Foxes”
Furry, fabled, and fabulous. Hike to a fox den and learn if these creatures are as cunning as stories say.
December 4-5 • “Oh Deer!”
Does Rudolph live in Maryland? No, but his cousin the White Tail does. Learn the similarities and differences.
Creepy Crawlers Gardening
Creepy Crawler gardening classes are open to 2 to 5-year olds accompanied by an adult. Classes are held on Mondays from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Each class involves hands-on work in our garden, games or arts and crafts, and a snack.
April 16 • “Composting for the Garden”
Learn why composting is so important. Discover the Three Sisters, then learn how to plant them.
May 21 • “From Seed to Sprout”
Pizza? Colonial? Salsa? Explore our new garden themes and get dirty planting seeds and sprouts.
June 18 • “We’re Eating What?”
Learn about the different parts of plants that we eat then plant potatoes and sunflowers.
July 16 • “Friend or Foe?”
Discover which bugs are helpful and which are not. Help us start pumpkin vines for Halloween.
August 20 • “The Fruits of Labor”
It’s harvest time. What can we make with our bounty? Let’s find out.
September 17 • “The Seasonal Garden”
Replant our spent beds with fall produce and help make a scarecrow for our pumpkin patch.
October 22 • “Halloween Harvest”
Pick pumpkins from our patch, explore what’s inside, and take one home for Halloween.
November 19 • “Replenishing the Soil”
Find out what a cover crop is and what it can do for next year’s garden.
December 17 • “Beautiful, Beneficial Bees”
Learn about the importance of bees and help make a bee hotel for our garden.
Guided hikes will be led by Naturalists and will occur on a Thursday at 10 a.m. and on a Saturday at 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, and binoculars. Duration is about two hours.
April 19 • Lake Trail Hike 10 a.m.
Along the journey, practice “Forest Bathing,” a mindfulness approach that helps us deepen our engagement with nature through attentiveness, noticing, silence and stillness. With a Meditative Facilitator serving as guide, the group will pause along the trail to immerse in each habitat experience.
April 28 • Tree Hike 1 p.m.
Discover the names and natural history of the most common trees found on the property.
2018 hikes are as follows:
May 17, May 26, June 21, June 30, July 19, July 28, August 9, August 25, September 13; September 22; October 11; October 27, November 15, November 24, December 13, December 22
American Canoe Association Kayak Instruction Courses
CBEC is hosting ACA Instruction for Kayak Paddling Skills and Assessments. These courses are designed to expose and develop participants’ skills and/or are designed for participants to be required to successfully complete a checklist of skills in order to receive a skills assessment credential from the ACA. CBEC Instructors are certified ACA Level 1-2 Kayaking Instructors.
April 15 • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Quick Start your Kayak (Dryland Only)
May 20 • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Introduction to Kayaking Level 1 Skills/Assessment
June 1 • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Introduction to Kayaking Level 1 Skills/Assessment
July 29 • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.-Introduction to Kayaking Level 1 Skills/Assessment
August 10 • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Safety and Rescue
September 9 • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Safety and Rescue
Guided Kayak Trips
Experience the wonders of the wetlands via kayak. Paddle with an experienced and certified naturalist/kayak guide and explore the watershed of Marshy Creek. It’s hoped to see wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshlands. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes. Guided trips are as follows: May 6 • 1 p.m.; May 24 • 5:30 p.m.; June 14 • 5:30 p.m.; June 24 • 1 p.m.; July 8 • 1 p.m.; July 19 • 5:30 p.m.; August 16 • 5:30 p.m.; August 19 • 1 p.m.; September 6 • 5:30 p.m.; September 23 • 1 p.m.; October 7 • 1 p.m.; October 18 • 5 p.m.
Maryland Master Naturalist
The Maryland Master Naturalist Program is a structured, science-based certificate program that supports Maryland citizens desire to learn more about the natural history of Maryland and who are willing to share the knowledge gained with others. The Program is designed and offered by the University of Maryland Extension through a host site and facilitator. The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is a host site for the Coastal Plain region with Courtney Leigh, Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator acting as the Facilitator, on Wednesdays, September 5 – December 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Week-long sessions beginning June 18 through August 31
Each week brings unique and engaging sessions with Chesapeake Bay-related themes, catering to campers from 4 to 18 years old.
Paddlepalooza • July 14
Circumnavigate the “Horsehead Peninsula” and party at the Lakeside Pavilion following the paddle with food trucks, beer, and live music.
Little Bobbers Fishing Derby • August 4
Catch fish, win prizes and earn goodie bags.
Wet and Wild Auction • September 15
This event includes cocktails, buffet dinner, live music, and silent/live auctions.
Birdies for the Bay Golf Tournament • October 1
CBEC’s annual golf tournament held at Queenstown Harbor Golf Course.
Haunted Bingo • October 26
Kick off Halloween weekend by testing your luck at old-fashioned Bingo.
Saturday with Santa • December 1
Enjoy a walk, story time with Santa, holiday carols, crafts, treats, pictures, and more.