West and Rhode Riverkeeper

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Mar 13

Spring 2014 Events

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Volunteer Events

SERC BiodiversiTREE Volunteer Monitoring - April 15 to May 31st (with more help needed in beginning of project)

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is looking for volunteers to help us track and monitor trees for our experimental BiodiversiTREE forest. Last year, volunteers helped us plant over 24,000 trees to create an experimental forest that will be followed and studied for the next 100 years. Now, we need help tracking, maintaining, and monitoring our forest. Come spend some time outside and be part of our 100 year experiment to better understand forest biodiversity! 


Time: Volunteers can serve for one or more days throughout the duration of the project and the time is flexible.  Volunteers are needed for weekdays (preferred) and weekends for half day shifts.


Training: No prior knowledge is required.  Necessary training will be provided.


Requirements: Volunteers will be working outside and activities involve a lot of bending and kneeling.


For more information, or to volunteer, contact Alison Cawood; (443) 482-2271, 

Muddy Creek Road Clean-up - April 26th - 9am - 11am

Meet at the empty parking lot across from Christopher's Fine Foods, south side of Shady Side Road.
5611 W Shady Side Road, Churchton, MD

Join your friends and neighbors to clean up the main road leading into the Shady Side peninsula.  Trash can clog stormwater colverts and eventually make it's way into our beloved West River, where it can harm the river's delicate ecosystem.  Bring water and and gardening gloves to help with this important project.


Project Clean Stream - Hot Sox Field at Wilson Park - May 3rd - 9am - 11am

johny pcs 12862 Galesville Road, Galesville, MD 20765

This historic site has been a dumping ground for years and now it's time to fix the damage that was done in the past.  Join us as we clean up Hot Sox Field at Wilson Park so that we can prevent the trash from entering Tenthouse Creek and the West River. Wear long pants and bring gardening gloves if you have them to restore this historic gem to its past beauty.


Dates to Keep in Mind

Scenic Rivers Land Trust - 9th Annual Walk in the Woods - April 13th - 7am - 4pm (participants welcome anytime before 3pm)

Bacon Ridge Natural Area, Crownsville, MD - Marbury Road/Farm Road entranceBacon Ridge Natural Area includes 900+ acres of preserved of woods, wetlands, streams and a historic cemetery in Crownsville, Maryland. Hikes range from one to four miles on trails marked for this event. Bird and nature guides, as well as tours of the historic cemetery, are available Sunday, April 13th. Enjoy a stroll through the upland woods or take on rugged terrain with adventurous friends in a seemingly endless forested stream valley.  
•Hike on your own on miles of trails marked for this event
•Reserve a place on a guided walk atwww.SRLT.org or call 
•Friendly dogs on leash welcome after 10 am

Free event with donations to support  work in Bacon Ridge greatly appreciated!

Report Card Release - date coming soon!

See how our river's did in 2013 with the release of our 2014 Report Card.  Our report cards are full of information about our rivers and ways that you can help fix them.  You can also participate in a volunteer event on the same day.


Honey Dipper Pumpout Boat Service Starts - April 26th


  Visit our Pumpout Boat page to get more information.


Ride for the Rivers - May 10th - 9am

ride4therivers2014West River Sailing Club - 911 Galesville Road, Galesville, MD 20765
This charity ride will have two routes, a metric century (60 miles) and a 40 mile course.  Both courses will start and finish at the Carrie Weedon Science Center in Galesville.  The courses will cover Southern Anne Arundel County and stretch along the West and Rhode River's and Herring Bay watersheds with two rest stops aong the way.
The rides will begin at 9am at the Carrie Weedon Science Center and finish in the same spot with a BBQ buffet after party starting a noon.
Registration fee is $40.
Includes food, one beverage and event t-shirt contributed by Under Armour.
Mapmyride.com and Under Armour are sponsoring an en-route contest to the first finishers for each course.
Prize packages donated by Under Armour.
For more information and to register Click Here.

Free Community Kayaking Starts - June 5th at 5pm.

Discovery Village - 4800 Atwell Road, Shady Side, MD 20764

Come out for your chance to explore the West River by kayak for FREE!  Visit our Community Kayaking page for more information.

Riverfest - June 14th - 12pm - 6pm

Discovery Village - 4800 Atwell Road, Shady Side, MD 20764

The River Fest will be an eco/heritage event gathering visitors from throughout the region to enjoy an experience of the ecology, heritage and beauty of southern Anne Arundel County. An afternoon of bluegrass music, fresh Chesapeake Bay seafood including a good old-fashioned fish fry, kayak rides, boat tours on the Historic Richard Lee, exhibits of fine maritime art, heritage sites and fun activities for the whole family. 
Anyone interested in exhibiting, volunteering or participating should contact Amy at WRK office, 410-867-7171 or .  
Tickets $10 per adult and $4 per child under 12yrs and FREE under 6 yrs.