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Upcoming Online Events

WEBINAR: Exploring Human Connections with Trees
April 29, 2021
7:00 – 8:00 pm
FREE

Trees provide us with so much more than shade and aesthetic appeal. They are interconnected with each other, other living things and ourselves in a myriad of ways. This program will explore some fascinating characteristics of native trees as well as unravel some of those threads of connection between us and the natural world. We’ll also explore human held values of trees throughout history and across cultures.

Agnes Kedmenecz is the Woodland Stewardship Coordinator for the University of Maryland Extension, with statewide responsibility offering educational opportunities to woodland landowners and tree lovers alike. Topics such as forest health, forest regeneration and sustainable use are among her favorite topics. And being out in the Forest, taking in all the sights, sounds, and smells of woodlands is a favorite activity. Register here

IN-PERSON: Spring Migration Bird Walk
May 1, 2021
7:30 – 9:30 am
$10 per person

Calling new birders! The past year has made new birders out of many of us! Observing birds through our windows, yards, and neighborhoods provides a glimpse into the exciting behavior and colorful plumage that makes birding so fun! Take your new hobby a step further by joining Pickering Creek naturalists for a fun spring bird walk around the Center. We’ll look for new migrants in their spring plumage making their way north and listen for melodic bird songs as resident birds and new arrivals set up nesting territories. Register Here

WEBINAR: Kids Science Center: Seeds on the Grow!
May 7, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 pm
FREE

Plants are amazing but before the mightiest oak tree towers over the ground, it has to start as a seed! Join Pickering Creek educators as we talk all about super seeds and how they grow then conduct some fun at home seed experiments! Recommended for ages 4-8 but all ages are welcome!

Sammi Ocher loves to share her passion for birds, nature, and art with explorers of all ages! She enjoys using her experience as an educator and summer camp director to introduce young people to the beauty and marvels of nature, and helping people connect with the outdoors with her interest in art and crafting. Register here

WEBINAR: Love is in the Air: Native Plants for Pollinators
May 20, 2021
7:00 – 8:00 pm
FREE

Spring is a critical season for pollinators that are emerging to look for food and mates. It is typical to associate pollinators with meadows and flowers, but native trees fill a very important void in the early season of spring. We'll talk about the importance of seasonality, the influence of climate change, and what native plants can support a wide variety of pollinators.

Mikaela Boley is Senior Agent Associate for University of Maryland Extension in Talbot County for Urban Horticulture and coordinates the local Master Gardener volunteer program. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Minnesota, and finished her Master's in Applied Entomology from UMD in 2017. Mikaela's expertise is in native plants of the Mid-Atlantic, habitats for wildlife, and bay-friendly practices. You can also find her co-hosting The Garden Thyme Podcast with fellow UMD associates Rachel Rhodes and Emily Zobel. Register here


WEBINAR: Unhuggables
June 23, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
FREE

Join Pickering Creek Naturalists for an afternoon of getting to know our animal ambassadors! We’ll be doing a live talk all about the turtles and snakes that Pickering Creek uses in schools and other programs. After our show and tell, stay awhile for a mid-day storytime! Recommended for ages 4-8 but all ages are welcome!

Harrison Jackson is a teacher naturalist at Pickering Creek Audubon Center. When he’s not conducting public programs or teaching K-12 students across the Eastern Shore, he can be found wandering through wetlands in search of waterfowl.  Register here


WEBINAR: Plentiful Plankton
June 29, 2021
7:00 – 8:00 pm
$5 per person

Plankton are drifters, tiny (for the most part) marine organisms that support all life in the ocean! Some plankton spend their entire lives microscopically, but others grow up to become fish, crabs, shrimp, and many other animals we depend on. Learn what makes a plankton a plankton, why they’re such an important part of the marine food web, what animals start out life as a plankton, and the challenges that plankton face today.

Sammi Ocher has her Master’s in Marine Biology, when she developed a fascination for the variety of life under the waves and the amazing adaptations that marine organisms use to survive. Register Here
 

WEBINAR: Flower Power Craft Hour
July 9, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 pm
FREE

Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colors! From deep blues to magnificent reds, stunning whites to bright yellows, flowers make the world so much more colorful! Join Pickering Creek Educators for an afternoon of fun flower and plant themed arts and crafts to celebrate summer.

Samantha Pitts is the Volunteer Coordinator and a Teacher Naturalist at Pickering Creek Audubon Center. She is grateful to live and work at the Center, which allows her daily connections to nature. She particularly enjoys observing seasonal changes in the landscape. Registration Coming Soon

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