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    • 18 Jun 2022
    • 22 Oct 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
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    Q. What’s the Overlea Farmer’s Market have that no other farmers market has?

    A. A Natural History Museum.

    The Natural History Society of Maryland has hosted the Overlea Farmer’s Market in its parking lot for the past three years. This year, on select Market Days, the Museum will be open to the public. After you have filled your bellies, come inside and fill your minds. There are animals, fossils, plants, rocks, archaeological artifacts and more waiting for you. Complete the scavenger hunt, and win a prize. The gift store features a suite of items you can’t find anywhere else like a fossil hunt in a bag. Or pick up a pair of shark toothed cufflinks for that special someone.

    • 01 Jul 2022
    • 9:35 AM
    • 30 Sep 2022
    • 11:55 PM
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    This year we are literally scavenging for scavengers in the 2022 NHSM Photo Safari!

    Scavengers and decomposers play an important role in the health, vitality, and function of ecosystems. Just imagine a world without them – piles of rotting bodies, bones, poop, leaves, and wood. Scavengers and decomposers help to recycle nutrients through ecosystems. As a refresher, scavengers consume dead plants and animals (carrion). Decomposers or saprotrophs break down organic material into component nutrients that are easily recycled.

    Some animals are obligate scavengers, meaning that the entirety of the diet is dead plants and animals. Perhaps, the most iconic obligate scavenger is the vulture. Some animals partake in carrion when it is available. These are opportunistic scavengers. Most water turtles fall into this category. For the purposes of this hunt, we are including in the mix obligate and opportunistic scavengers. While some argue that fungi are natural scavengers, the consensus is that they function as decomposers along with bacteria and earthworms. Yep, earthworms are considered decomposers, not scavengers. While most of the scavengers take care of the dead animal matter, fungi break down plant material like lignin and cellulose. They also break down surface waste and release nitrogen back into the soil, crucial for plant growth.

    We utilize the honor system for this Scavenger Hunt. The Spreadsheet, which will be emailed to you along with additional information, has fields for you to record date, time, location and notes for each scavenger/decomposer. We encourage you to record your sightings in photos. A special iNaturalist project has been set up to serve as a clearinghouse for all observations. You will receive access information when you sign up.

    Compete on your own or in a team of up to five friends/family members.

    • 08 Jul 2022
    • 8:30 PM
    • 09 Jul 2022
    • 1:00 AM
    • Gunpowder Falls State Park. Exact meeting location will be provided to registrants the week before the program.
    • 21
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    If crack-of-dawn birding excursions aren’t your thing, maybe it’s time to give moth-watching a try. Since moths come out when the sun goes down, moth-watching (aka mothing) is a great activity for night owls.

    In partnership with the DNR, join members of the NHSM Lep* Club in exploring the Sweet Air Area. Beginning at 8:30 PM Tim Hoen and Ranger Jen Cashell will set up a mercury vapor light and begin drawing in moths and creatures of the night. This is an observational night time event to witness the stunning moths and other insects in Maryland. We never know what we will see. Stay as long as you would like. Many of the big moths don’t come out till past midnight.

    RAIN DATE is July 9th

    Difficulty: Short walk the view point.

    What to wear: Dress appropriately for walking outside in the woods on a summer night. Long pants and closed toe shoes are recommended.

    What to bring: Water, flashlight, chair.

    Location: Exact location will be provided upon registration.

    *Lep is short for Lepidoptera the Order of animals that includes moths and butterflies.

    • 09 Jul 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Bromo Seltzer Tower
    • 19
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    Join NHSM Archeology Club for a Tour of Bromo Seltzer Tower. The tour takes you up inside the workings of the largest four dial gravity driven, non-chiming clock in the world. The tour begins with an informative Power Point presentation to learn about the history of the building and Isaac Emerson, understand the clock workings, and Bromo Seltzer, the produce for which it is named. Their museum holds a collection of Bromo Seltzer bottles and ephemera. The building is home to 15 floors of artists, writers, sculptors, and more, some of which may be open the day of your visit. Feel free to visit them while there.

    Accessibility Limitations: The building is not handicap or wheelchair accessible. The last leg up into the tower is a “ships ladder”.

    Ages: 11 years -adults

    What is the COVID risk level? This will be an indoor tour with relatively small spaces. Participants should expect to be within 6 feet of each other.

    Would this need to be cancelled or have a rain date due to weather?  No

    Cancelation Policy: NHSM Field Experiences
    Cancelations made 7 or more days in advance of the field experience, will receive a refund (minus a $5 processing fee). Cancelations made within the week of the event will not receive a refund but can be transferred to a friend.

    • 13 Jul 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
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    Some people go to the Virgin Islands for sun and surf. Others, like NHSM Herp Club member, Russel, go for the Herps. On a recent trip to VI, Russ met Dr. Renata Platenberg, the principal investigator for the Great Virgin Island Frog Count. Russ invited her to present to the club, and we are excited to say that Dr. Platenberg accepted that invitation. Please join us for this special presentation.
    The Great VI Frog Count is a Citizen Science project to map the distribution of frogs across the Virgin Islands. This project is part of a long term study on VI frog activity patterns and distribution. In the past we have been limited to information that could be collected from people trained to recognize frog calls, and to areas where those people were able to access. Using a citizen science approach coupled with sound analysis software, we can increase the areas surveyed and decrease the human error. Long term, these data will provide valuable information on the status of our frogs, the health of their ecosystems, and their response to climate change.


    Project website: https://sites.google.com/view/vifrogcount/home

    Bio: Dr Renata Platenberg is a wildlife biologist with a specialism in night creatures. She earned her Masters of Science in Conservation Biology on invasive rats in the Galapagos from the University of Kent in 1994, going on to earn a PhD in Biology on legless lizard conservation in 1999. She had the good fortune to roam the national parks of the Colorado Plateau looking for herps for the US Geological Survey from 2000-2004, after which she relocated to the US Virgin Islands to serve as the terrestrial wildlife biologist and Endangered Species Coordinator until she made a lateral move to the University of the Virgin Islands to teach environmental science topics in 2013. She is currently looking for the next adventure. 
    Are you fascinated with reptiles and amphibians? The Natural History Society of Maryland’s Herp Club promotes the proper husbandry, conservation, study, and appreciation of reptiles and amphibians. Meet fellow “Herpers”! Amateurs, professionals, and kids of all ages are welcome! Membership to NHSM required. (NHSM membership is $25 for individuals, $35 for families.) Herp Club membership is an additional $5 for individuals and $10 for families annually. https://www.marylandnature.org/club-membership/
    Learn more about NHSM Clubs: https://youtu.be/pIA7naRjXws
    • 14 Jul 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
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    Soricidae, the shrew family, contains more than 385 species.  You can find a shrew species in just about any habitat. Several species of water shrews even take to streams. Eight species of shrews can be found in Maryland. If you can find them. While ubiquitous, they are rarely seen. Upon first glance, one may think shrews are rodents, they are not. They are voracious predators with venom to disable prey. Shrews are a fascinating family of animals that NHSM mammal curator, Steve Sheffield has been trapping and studying for more than 40 years.  Recent field research involving shrews was an 8-year tornado blowdown study in western PA. and a study in West Virginia on arboreal behavior in salamanders to test whether or not heavy shrew predation is causing a “landscape of fear” for the salamanders such that they seek refuge in the trees.

    In addition to his work at Bowie State and NHSM, Steve Sheffield holds Research Associate positions with Carnegie Museum of Natural History and National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Inst).  Originally from upstate New York (Syracuse), Steve earned degrees from SUNY-Oswego (BA – Zoology), Appalachian Environmental Laboratory (Univ of Maryland; MS – Wildlife Ecology), and Oklahoma State University (Ph.D. – Zoology) along with a 2-year postdoc with Oak Ridge National Laboratory/EPA. He has also held faculty positions at Clemson University, George Mason University, and Virginia Tech.

    Photo Credit By Gilles Gonthier from Canada – https://www.flickr.com/photos/46788399@N00/404639049/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2036748

    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Baltimore City
    • 23
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    Baltimore Heritage: Gargoyles, Landmarks, and Lions Downtown Baltimore Walking Tour

    Where can you find a piece of the Berlin Wall, a cannon ball mounted on a Conestoga wagon hitch, and over a hundred lions looking down at you from the tops of Baltimore’s buildings? On our downtown Gargoyle, Landmarks, and Lions tour, of course! In this leisurely stroll, you’ll see and hear the highlights of downtown Baltimore’s history and architecture.

    Accessibility Limitations: This is a walking tour in the city; typical city environment

    Ages: 11 years -adults

    What is the COVID risk level? This is an outdoor event, but people will probably sometime be closer than 6 feet

    Would this need to be cancelled or have a rain date due to weather? It won’t be canceled for rain, but it will be canceled if weather is dangerous

    Cancelation Policy: NHSM Field Experiences
    Cancelations made 7 or more days in advance of the field experience, will receive a refund (minus a $5 processing fee). Cancelations made within the week of the event will not receive a refund but can be transferred to a friend.

    • 17 Jul 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Stratford Cliffs / Stratford Hall Plantation 483 Great House Road, Montross, VA 22520 · Montross, VA
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    Photo credit: Virginia State Parks | CC

    The July Stratford Cliffs event is open NHSM Members!  

    Other Stratford events (August and October) will be open to non-members. 

    Please check out those if you would like to join us. 

     **Please note there are limited spaces on this popular trip. Our Fossil club now has over 325 members! So that as many people as possible can participate in programming, we are asking that people do NOT attend consecutive trips.

    We are returning to Stratford Cliffs for some fossil searching and hope you can join us!

    Stratford Cliffs, located in Montross, Virginia (on the south side of the Potomac River, adjacent to Westmoreland State Park) is part of the Stratford Hall plantation owned by four generations of the Lee family (and is now cared for by the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation).

    The estate encompasses 1900 acres of farmlands and forests on a high bluff overlooking the Potomac River. The Cliffs, which are part of the Calvert Formation, are a rare geological phenomenon. The Calvert Formation cliffs along the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River rank among the most important fossil research sites in the Mid-Atlantic region. They were formed when land replaced an ancient sea. Fossils found here are composed of compacted marine plant and animal matter dating from the Miocene Epoch–approximately 17 to 10 million years ago.  

    Fossilized remains found at this site indicate a sea filled with primitive shark-toothed porpoises, salt-water crocodiles, sea cows, gopher turtles, rays, whales and sharks. Thousands of shark teeth found along this area attest to the frequency of the sharks, largest among them being Carcharodon megalodon, or Giant White Shark, with teeth measuring 7 inches or more.

    Most of the land along the shoreline is privately owned, and public access is severely limited, so we are lucky to have this opportunity!

    The driving time from Baltimore is an estimated 3 hours.

    Difficulty: This field trip is moderately strenuous (derived from the combination of the colder weather by the water and decent hiking). Depending on what storms have impacted the river, there could be washed up trees and debris on the beach, as well as broken glass. There could be a few scramble spots.

    Additional information will be provided to attendees closer to the trip date.

    Cancelation Policy: NHSM Field Experiences

    Cancelations made 7 or more days in advance of the field experience, will receive a refund (minus a $5 processing fee). Cancelations made within the week of the event will not receive a refund but can be transferred to a friend.

     **Please note there are limited spaces on this popular trip. Our Fossil club now has over 325 members! So that as many people as possible can participate in programming, we are asking that people do NOT attend consecutive trips.
    • 22 Jul 2022
    • 8:30 PM
    • 23 Jul 2022
    • Gunpowder Falls State Park. Exact meeting location will be provided to registrants the week before the program.
    • 40
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    If crack-of-dawn birding excursions aren’t your thing, maybe it’s time to give moth-watching a try. Since moths come out when the sun goes down, moth-watching (aka mothing) is a great activity for night owls.

    In partnership with the DNR, join members of the NHSM Lep* Club in exploring moths in northern Baltimore County. Beginning at 8:30 PM Tim Hoen and Ranger Jen Cashell will set up a mercury vapor light and begin drawing in moths and creatures of the night. This is an observational nighttime event to witness the stunning moths and other insects in Maryland. We never know what we will see. Stay as long as you would like. Many of the big moths don’t come out till past midnight.

    RAIN DATE is July 23rd

    Difficulty: Short walk the viewpoint.

    What to wear: Dress appropriately for walking outside in the woods on a summer night. Long pants and closed toe shoes are recommended.

    What to bring: Water, flashlight, chair.

    Location: Exact location will be provided upon registration.

    *Lep is short for Lepidoptera the Order of animals that includes moths and butterflies.

    • 23 Jul 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Chestertown
    • 7
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    Quaker Neck Landing has a significant amount of history buried beneath the sands and the waves. The area that we will explore on this paddle contains the evolving story of humans in Maryland over thousands of years, and the nature and natural resources that drew (and continues to draw them) to Quaker Neck. During a typical voyage, participants paddle through scenic, undeveloped portions of one of the Bay’s tidal tributaries while learning about the flora and fauna that make the region so unique. Kayak programs take place on the National Park Service’s Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and were established with the support of the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Bay Gateways office.

    Kayaks are provided so all you need to bring is water, a snack, and your binoculars!

    Accessibility Limitations:  This is a 3 hour kayaking trip. Unfortunately there are no ADA accessibility accommodations at this time.

    Ages: Adults

    What is the COVID risk level? This will be an outdoor event. Participants may occasionally be closer than 6 feet but risk is minimal.

    Would this need to be cancelled or have a rain date due to weather? yes.

     

    Cancelation Policy: NHSM Field Experiences
    Cancelations made 7 or more days in advance of the field experience, will receive a refund (minus a $5 processing fee). Cancelations made within the week of the event will not receive a refund but can be transferred to a friend.

    • 24 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
    • 9
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    Joan is back to teach more basketry. This time it is a comb basket.
    In early America, combs were precious; made of shell, wood or metal they were expensive,  hard to make and difficult to obtain. Combs were necessary to comb hair as well as locate and remove lice. Most people did not have a dresser or chest of drawers to safely store the combs in.  Native Americans had a basket that served the purpose to safe guard the comb and it hung on the wall.   It is an interesting and unusual basket that has many uses.
    Joan Betzold, a basket weaver and weaving teacher for over 30 years, attends 40+ art, folk art, colonial, fiber and gardening shows a year. She has been honored as the Featured Artist at several nationally recognized shows. Joan designs, dyes the fibers, and weaves her original baskets using centuries old techniques without nails, glue, staples or molds. She is well-known for her award winning custom designs as well as unusual baskets incorporating vintage tools, kitchen items, antlers, or a treasured piece from a loved one. She teaches weaving at many local museums as well as privately. For several years she has been asked to serve as the basket weaving judge at the Maryland State Fair. Learn more: http://www.partnershipcrafts.com/
    TERMS and CONDITIONS: Open to adults and older teens. Because individual material kits are purchased and prepared for each student, cancellations will incur a $20 processing fee. Cancellations not accepted within a week of the course date. Every student will need to bring…a basin or bucket that will hold 2 gallons, spray bottle for water, old towel, 12 large clip type clothes pins, sharpened pencil, measuring tape, a brick or something heavy wrapped in plastic wrap. They need to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Food an drink inside the facility is prohibited. NHSM retains the right to update or change these requirements at any time.
    • 25 Jul 2022
    • 9:45 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Hart Miller Island
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    Hart-Miller Island is naturalists playground and an ecological success story. Join us on a guided tour conducted by the Maryland Environmental Services.

    We will meet the crew boat the land base location in Essex.  It’s about a 15 minute boat ride to the island where we take a driving (bus) tour of the facilities and discuss the history and construction of the island, the importance of the Port of Baltimore, and the need for dredging.  A full tour takes about 2 to 3 hours (including boat transportation). We will have lunch on the island – bring your own. Trip runs rain or shine.

    Hart-Miller Island is a 1,100-acre island located in Baltimore County on the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of Middle River and is a must see for those who want to get away from it all. The island was originally part of a peninsula that extended from Edgemere, Maryland. The two islands, Hart and Miller, were joined by the construction of a dike in 1981, and until 2009, the impoundment was filled with dredge material from Baltimore Harbor, eventually creating Hart-Miller island. In recent years, Hart-Miller Island has become a haven for boaters in the northern Chesapeake Bay, providing the public opportunities to encounter many different species of plants, insects and wildlife along with other fun recreational activities.

    The western shore of the island offers safe mooring, wading and access to a 3,000-foot sandy beach. Hart-Miller Island State Park also includes Hawk Cove and Pleasure Island, which also provide recreational opportunities and camping. The park is well-known for its abundant migrating bird populations.

    Cancelation Policy: NHSM Field Experiences

    Cancelations made 7 or more days in advance of the field experience, will receive a refund (minus a $5 processing fee). Cancelations made within the week of the event will not receive a refund but can be transferred to a friend.

    COVID-19 Policy: The wearing of masks in state facilities is voluntary, but unvaccinated individuals are highly encouraged to wear a mask. If you are
    experiencing any symptoms such as a cough, fever, loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath, please stay home.

    • 28 Jul 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
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    Amphibious fish are those that use a range of terrestrial locomotory modes, such as lateral undulation, tripod-like walking (using paired fins and tail), and jumping.

    A wide diversity of fishes exhibit amphibious behaviors for a variety of reasons. However, it is unknown how most amphibious fishes orient in terrestrial environments. Furthermore, while there has been some research into why fish emerge onto land, motivations for emersion can differ between species and data is deficient for many. Dr. Noah Bressman, Assistant Professor of Physiology at Salisbury University, will help us to better understand this behavior through his research into the senses and cues mangrove rivulus (Kryptolebias marmoratus) and walking catfish (Clarias batrachus) use to orient in terrestrial environments, describe the conditions that encourage emersion in northern snakehead (Channa argus) and walking catfish, and describe the terrestrial locomotor behaviors of northern snakeheads and Neotropical suckermouth catfishes (Loricariidae).

    Dr. Noah Bressman is an Assistant Professor of Physiology at Salisbury University. With a background in marine and organismal biology, his research is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. Dr. Bressman’s research mainly focuses on the amphibious behaviors of invasive fish species, such as Northern Snakeheads and Walking Catfish, investigating why they emerge onto land, how they move around and survive on land, and where they go/how they orient on land. He is also collaborating with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and USGS to investigate the health, biology, and ecology of recreationally-important and/or invasive fish species, such as Blue Catfish and Northern Snakehead. In addition to being a scientist, Dr. Bressman is an avid science communicator, using biological art as a tool for science communication, creating TED-Ed lessons, and writing scientific blogs for a variety of journals, scientific societies, and shows. When not researching fish, Dr. Bressman is competitive fisherman on a mission to catch every species of fish – currently at 447!

    • 03 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
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    The Cleveland Shale is a well-known deposit from the Devonian Period, also known as the Age of Fishes, where fossils of numerous fish are uncovered, including the famous Dunkleosteus.
    Dunkleosteus belonged to a diverse group of fish called placoderms, which dominated the Devonian seas before going extinct during the second major mass extinction in Earth’s history.
    Another group of fish, the sharks, are also well preserved in the Cleveland Shale and were prey to the fearsome Dunkleosteus. Travel back in time to the Late Devonian, approximately 360
    million years ago, to learn about the apex predator, Dunkleosteus. Discover what made this fish so unique and formidable and learn about the other fish, some familiar and some bizarre, that
    coexisted in the ancient marine ecosystem.

    Amanda Mc gee is the Head of Collections and Collections Manager for the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Her responsibilities include
    overseeing the collections management staff, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the vertebrate paleontology collection, and participating in the museum's transformation project,
    including planning all new exhibits, collection storage facilities and lab spaces. Amanda’s fieldwork background includes excavation of Late Cretaceous fauna from Alberta, Canada and
    Late Devonian fish from the Cleveland area.

    Amanda has a Master of Science specializing in Vertebrate Paleontology from the University of Calgary where her research focused on fossil turtles and turtle eggs from the Late Cretaceous of
    Alberta. Amanda also has a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Before joining the staff at the CMNH Amanda worked as a fossil preparator and field assistant that the
    Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller, Alberta, as well as a collections intern at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. In her spare time Amanda enjoys hiking, reading, and
    spending quality time with her husband Cory and their tuxedo cat, Mona.

    • 06 Aug 2022
    • 14 Aug 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
    • 4
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    Grasses and grass-like plants form a key component of most plant communities yet are notoriously difficult to identify. This is due to many factors, the most prominent of which are that grasses, sedges, and rushes (i.e., “the graminoids”) are usually small, narrow-leaved plants with unassuming, diminutive flowers – and they all look alike!

    This course is designed for individuals interested in learning how to tell the difference between these three easily confused groups of plants. It is intended to improve Grass, Sedge and Rush (GSR) identification skills in wetland and adjacent upland habitats with emphasis on key field characteristics of select genera of GSRs. The course will include a combination of in-class lectures, instructor-led keying, and field identification at local habitats.

    28 Contact Hours in total.

    • Saturday, August 6 – 9AM-5PM – CASSROOM 
    • Sunday, August 7 – 9AM-5PM – CLASSROOM
    • Saturday, August 13 – 9AM-5PM – CLASSROOM
    • Sunday, August 14 – 9AM-5PM  – FIELD

    Instructor Bio

    Sean Sipple is a Senior Environmental Scientist for Coastal Resources, Inc. with over 19 years of experience. He co-leads CRI’s Natural Resources Team and oversees water quality and biomonitoring studies in non-tidal and tidal habitats, with broad expertise in natural resources disciplines such as rare, threatened, and endangered species and habitat surveys, waters of the U.S. (including wetlands) delineations, and mitigation monitoring.  He conducts, reviews, and assembles complex natural resource studies related to residential, commercial, transportation, and utility projects, both private and public. He holds numerous accredited certifications, including Professional Wetland Scientist, Professional Wetland Delineator, Benthic Macroinvertebrate Taxonomy, Fish Taxonomy, Fish Crew Leader, Qualified Bog Turtle Surveyor, and Small Whorled Pogonia.  Sean also regularly provides professional training to natural resource professionals in the region in wetland delineation, plant identification, and other technical disciplines.

    Cancellation Policy: NHSM reserves the right to cancel the class if the minimum number of students is not reached or for other circumstances outside our control.

    • Cancellations made 3 months in advance receive 90% refund
    • Cancellations made 1 month in advance receive 50% refund
    • No refunds available if cancellations occur 1 week in advance

    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Stratford Cliffs / Stratford Hall Plantation 483 Great House Road, Montross, VA 22520 · Montross, VA
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    Photo credit: Virginia State Parks | CC

    The August Stratford Cliffs event is open to everyone!  

     **Please note there are limited spaces on this popular trip. Our Fossil club now has over 325 members! So that as many people as possible can participate in programming, we are asking that people do NOT attend consecutive trips.

    We are returning to Stratford Cliffs for some fossil searching and hope you can join us!

    Stratford Cliffs, located in Montross, Virginia (on the south side of the Potomac River, adjacent to Westmoreland State Park) is part of the Stratford Hall plantation owned by four generations of the Lee family (and is now cared for by the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation).

    The estate encompasses 1900 acres of farmlands and forests on a high bluff overlooking the Potomac River. The Cliffs, which are part of the Calvert Formation, are a rare geological phenomenon. The Calvert Formation cliffs along the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River rank among the most important fossil research sites in the Mid-Atlantic region. They were formed when land replaced an ancient sea. Fossils found here are composed of compacted marine plant and animal matter dating from the Miocene Epoch–approximately 17 to 10 million years ago.  

    Fossilized remains found at this site indicate a sea filled with primitive shark-toothed porpoises, salt-water crocodiles, sea cows, gopher turtles, rays, whales and sharks. Thousands of shark teeth found along this area attest to the frequency of the sharks, largest among them being Carcharodon megalodon, or Giant White Shark, with teeth measuring 7 inches or more.

    Most of the land along the shoreline is privately owned, and public access is severely limited, so we are lucky to have this opportunity!

    The driving time from Baltimore is an estimated 3 hours.

    Difficulty: This field trip is moderately strenuous (derived from the combination of the colder weather by the water and decent hiking). Depending on what storms have impacted the river, there could be washed up trees and debris on the beach, as well as broken glass. There could be a few scramble spots.

    Additional information will be provided to attendees closer to the trip date.

    Cancelation Policy: NHSM Field Experiences

    Cancelations made 7 or more days in advance of the field experience, will receive a refund (minus a $5 processing fee). Cancelations made within the week of the event will not receive a refund but can be transferred to a friend.

    • 15 Aug 2022
    • 9:45 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Hart Miller Island
    • 0
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    Hart-Miller Island is naturalists playground and an ecological success story. Join us on a guided tour conducted by the Maryland Environmental Services.

    We will meet the crew boat the land base location in Essex.  It’s about a 15 minute boat ride to the island where we take a driving (bus) tour of the facilities and discuss the history and construction of the island, the importance of the Port of Baltimore, and the need for dredging.  A full tour takes about 2 to 3 hours (including boat transportation). We will have lunch on the island – bring your own. Trip runs rain or shine.

    Hart-Miller Island is a 1,100-acre island located in Baltimore County on the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of Middle River and is a must see for those who want to get away from it all. The island was originally part of a peninsula that extended from Edgemere, Maryland. The two islands, Hart and Miller, were joined by the construction of a dike in 1981, and until 2009, the impoundment was filled with dredge material from Baltimore Harbor, eventually creating Hart-Miller island. In recent years, Hart-Miller Island has become a haven for boaters in the northern Chesapeake Bay, providing the public opportunities to encounter many different species of plants, insects and wildlife along with other fun recreational activities.

    The western shore of the island offers safe mooring, wading and access to a 3,000-foot sandy beach. Hart-Miller Island State Park also includes Hawk Cove and Pleasure Island, which also provide recreational opportunities and camping. The park is well-known for its abundant migrating bird populations.

    Cancelation Policy: NHSM Field Experiences

    Cancelations made 7 or more days in advance of the field experience, will receive a refund (minus a $5 processing fee). Cancelations made within the week of the event will not receive a refund but can be transferred to a friend.

    COVID-19 Policy: The wearing of masks in state facilities is voluntary, but unvaccinated individuals are highly encouraged to wear a mask. If you are
    experiencing any symptoms such as a cough, fever, loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath, please stay home.

    • 18 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
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    Maryland is often called the “United States in miniature” and we have a variety of catfish species that demonstrates this as well.  We will look at the various habitats that these versatile fish prefer (native and introduced), the problems that can result from stocking nonnative fish and the challenges that managers face when dealing with a species that is both loved and reviled.  Presented by Mary Groves, Fisheries Biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services.

    • 27 Aug 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Holt Park and Center for the Arts
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    Holt Park History Presentation

    April Downey and Ethan Bean of the NHSM Archaeology Club will give a presentation about the history of Holt Park and Center for the Arts in Overlea. We will learn how Lillian McCormick Holt gave the property to Baltimore County and the Romani camp that used to station there. Afterward, join our host at the park for a walking tour of Holt’s grounds and visit the inside of two historic log cabins and hear facts about their construction.

    Ages: 10 years -adults

    Accessibility Limitations: Low Difficulty, Cabins are NOT ADA accessible.

    What is the COVID risk level? This will be an indoor tour with relatively small spaces. Participants should expect to be within 6 feet of each other. Please bring a Mask.

    Would this need to be cancelled or have a rain date due to weather? No

    Cancelation Policy: NHSM Field Experiences
    Cancelations made 7 or more days in advance of the field experience, will receive a refund (minus a $5 processing fee). Cancelations made within the week of the event will not receive a refund but can be transferred to a friend.

    • 28 Aug 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
    • 12
    Register

    When you think scrimshaw, images of whaling ships may come to mind. However, the art of scratching images into materials as art can be traced back throughout human history and prehistory. Nate Salzman, Education and Exhibit Specialist from the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum will share with us the history of scrimshaw and then we will learn how to take simple materials (bone, and ink), simple tools (sandpaper and scribe) and turn them into something simply stupendous ….. Scrimshaw! No experience is necessary. If you can draw a straight line, you can scrimshaw.

    This session is open to children aged 10-17 (there is an adult session later on the same day). SPACES are limited. At the time of this posting, masks are optional. This protocol may be changed at any time based on evolving public safety. Cancellations prior to one week before the start of the class will incur a $5 processing fee. Within a week, no refunds will be issued.

    The origin of the word “scrimshaw” is somewhat obscure, but most scholars agree that it probably came from an Old Dutch word which means “a waste of time.” A “scrimshander” was someone who never got much done. Today that word is used to identify etching or carving of bone or other natural materials and is recognized as an American folk art.

    The intersection of art and science has been a foundational pillar of NHSM since its founding in 1929

    • 28 Aug 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
    • 2
    Register

    When you think scrimshaw, images of whaling ships may come to mind. However, the art of scratching images into materials as art can be traced back throughout human history and prehistory. Nate Salzman, Education and Exhibit Specialist from the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum will share with us the history of scrimshaw and then we will learn how to take simple materials (bone, and ink), simple tools (sandpaper and scribe) and turn them into something simply stupendous ….. Scrimshaw! No experience is necessary. If you can draw a straight line, you can scrimshaw.

    This session is open to adults (there is a kid’s session earlier on the same day). SPACES are limited. At the time of this posting, masks are optional. This protocol may be changed at any time based on evolving public safety. Cancellations prior to one week before the start of the class will incur a $5 processing fee. Within a week, no refunds will be issued.

    The origin of the word “scrimshaw” is somewhat obscure, but most scholars agree that it probably came from an Old Dutch word which means “a waste of time.” A “scrimshander” was someone who never got much done. Today that word is used to identify etching or carving of bone or other natural materials and is recognized as an American folk art.

    The intersection of art and science has been a foundational pillar of NHSM since its founding in 1929

    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 08 Oct 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
    • 12
    Register

    Our natural world is a fascinating place. Being able to observe and replicate it through illustration provides insights into life that can change how we think about ourselves and our surroundings. This course is suitable for people looking to enter the illustration discipline as a serious pursuit or just looking to explore a passion Instructor Tim Phelps will show you practical ways to develop your skills from the outset covering the fundamentals of Natural History Illustration, from the first observation to final product. Join us to explore, observe and draw the natural world and become part of a scientific tradition steeped in history.

    Students will be introduced to rendering techniques in drawing and sketching in graphite and pen and ink illustration. Specimens from the museum collection will be provided each week for in-house drawing and take-home use. As the class progresses and the student becomes more confident, specimens with more complexity will be encouraged for illustrating during the 5-week session.
    Students will be encouraged to keep a nature journal of quick sketches between weekly class time.

    • In-class critiques each week will allow students to hear comments and get encouragement from both the instructor and their classmates.
    • Examples of both the instructor’s illustrations and those of his students completed in graduate school projects will be shared.
    • Slide presentations will demonstrate principles on light on form, drawing and sketching
      techniques, and finished published works of others professional work.

    The small size and relaxed workshop atmosphere facilitate interactions among the instructor and participants, allowing the instructor to individualize the instructional program. Participants with different skill levels are welcome, however, basic skills in () are recommended.  Participants may let instructors know ahead of time what their special interests are.

    Tim Phelps, with a BFA from Wittenberg University and MS from the University of Michigan, is currently Professor, Medical Illustrator, and Director of Production teaching and illustrating for 36 years in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. He has received over 40 regional and national awards for his artwork published in textbooks, magazines, and professional journals. Projects have included multiple surgical texts and atlases on Otolaryngology, Orthopedics, Surgical Pathology, and Cardiac Surgery. Tim is a Past President and Past Chair of the Board of the Association of Medical Illustrators. He received the Max Broedel Award for Excellence in Education from Association of Medical Illustrators in 2015. Visit his website phelposmandala.com for his current color and pen and ink nature artwork celebrating biodiversity and encouraging conservancy. Nature Mandala Portfolio https://www.facebook.com/PhelpsNatureMandalas/

    Suggested Materials List:

    • Strathmore papers:
    • Bristol Smooth Pad 9 x 12 in
    • Sketch paper pad 9 x 12 in
    • Drawing Pad 8 x 10 in
    • Optional Tracing paper pad 9 x 12 in
    • Canson Sketchbook for Journaling 5.5 x 8 in  (spiral bound)
    • Stadtler Graphite Pencils 2B HB 1H 2H
    • Pencil sharpener—your choice
    • Stadtler Plastic Eraser
    • Micron Pens (Fine Line) (005/ 02/ 08). Pack of 3 or individually
    • Small Plastic Ruler 12 in.
    • NOTE: Student may bring other art supplies if they wish to discuss with instructor for use in the class.

    Course is limited to maximize personalized instruction. Classes run for 5 consecutive Saturdays from 8am-10:30AM beginning on September 10 and ending on October 8.

    NHSM reserves the right to apply and/or change any and all COVID related policies based on the public health landscape at the time of the course. We appreciate your understanding.

    Cancellations not accepted within a week of the course date. If cancelled more than a week, refunds minus $10 processing fee will be made.

    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Stratford Cliffs / Stratford Hall Plantation 483 Great House Road, Montross, VA 22520 · Montross, VA
    • 40
    Register

    Photo credit: Virginia State Parks | CC

    The September Stratford Cliffs event is open NHSM Members!  

    Other Stratford events (August and October) will be open to non-members.

    Please check out those if you would like to join us. 

     

    We are returning to Stratford Cliffs for some fossil searching and hope you can join us!

    Stratford Cliffs, located in Montross, Virginia (on the south side of the Potomac River, adjacent to Westmoreland State Park) is part of the Stratford Hall plantation owned by four generations of the Lee family (and is now cared for by the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation).

    The estate encompasses 1900 acres of farmlands and forests on a high bluff overlooking the Potomac River. The Cliffs, which are part of the Calvert Formation, are a rare geological phenomenon. The Calvert Formation cliffs along the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River rank among the most important fossil research sites in the Mid-Atlantic region. They were formed when land replaced an ancient sea. Fossils found here are composed of compacted marine plant and animal matter dating from the Miocene Epoch–approximately 17 to 10 million years ago.  

    Fossilized remains found at this site indicate a sea filled with primitive shark-toothed porpoises, salt-water crocodiles, sea cows, gopher turtles, rays, whales and sharks. Thousands of shark teeth found along this area attest to the frequency of the sharks, largest among them being Carcharodon megalodon, or Giant White Shark, with teeth measuring 7 inches or more.

    Most of the land along the shoreline is privately owned, and public access is severely limited, so we are lucky to have this opportunity!

    The driving time from Baltimore is an estimated 3 hours.

    Difficulty: This field trip is moderately strenuous (derived from the combination of the colder weather by the water and decent hiking). Depending on what storms have impacted the river, there could be washed up trees and debris on the beach, as well as broken glass. There could be a few scramble spots.

    Additional information will be provided to attendees closer to the trip date.

    Cancelation Policy: NHSM Field Experiences

    Cancelations made 7 or more days in advance of the field experience, will receive a refund (minus a $5 processing fee). Cancelations made within the week of the event will not receive a refund but can be transferred to a friend.

    • 29 Sep 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    The Maryland Ornithological Society owns ten sanctuaries, totaling about 3,000 acres, spanning the
    state from Garrett County in the west, to Somerset County on the lower Eastern Shore. All of the
    sanctuaries are open to the public every day of the year, at no charge, and represent a microcosm of the
    habitats for birds and other wildlife in Maryland. Two of the sanctuaries, Carey Run and Irish Grove,
    offer overnight lodging in their historic, rustic homes. Many of the other sanctuaries are seldom visited.
    Drawing on the files of the MOS Sanctuary Committee, historic accounts in Maryland Birdlife, and
    photos and materials provided by MOS members from across the state, Marcia will provide profiles of
    the sanctuaries, discuss their birds and habitats, and show maps and photos. Because MOS would
    welcome assistance from naturalists in documenting the flora and fauna at the sites, Marcia will
    conclude with suggestions on how interested individuals can become involved with the sanctuaries.

    About the Presenter ; Marcia Watson is a long-time member of the Maryland Ornithological Society. As a member of the MOS Sanctuary Committee, Marcia is working to foster awareness of the sanctuaries among MOS members and the broader public. Interested in biology and the outdoors from the time she was a little girl, Marcia holds a doctoral degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware, and for over 20 years specialized in research dealing with the environmental signals that animals use to coordinate their lifecycles with seasonal changes such as daylength and temperature. She then moved on to become an academic administrator at University of Delaware and, later, University of Maryland University College. Marcia is now retired and lives with her husband Gene Scarpulla in Bowie, MD. She serves as President and webmaster of the Patuxent Bird Club.

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 16 Oct 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
    • 17
    Register

    From 8-meter mushrooms to zombie ants, we will explore the mysteries of the kingdom Fungi and their importance to us all.

    Taught by mycologist, Serenella Linares, during this course, we will learn about the natural history of these fascinating creatures, their ecological roles, their ever changing taxonomy, how these organisms intersect with different environments, and how crucial fungi are in human lives. This program is a 2 part series, with a lecture portion via zoom followed by an in-person day of discovery and forest exploration to see and identify the organisms in their natural habitat.

    • INSTRUCTION – Saturday, October 15
    • FIELD STUDY – Sunday, October 16

    NOTE: As of publishing, this course is designed to be taught in person at the Natural History Society of Maryland. NHSM will continue to monitor the ever-changing public health environment, and reserves the right to impose public safety measures including moving the course to online if deemed necessary.

    Instructor’s Bio – Serenella Linares serves as Director of Adult Education at Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) and Co-Chair of Naturally Latinos. Through the Naturalist Hour, Natural History Field Studies, and Master Naturalist programs, Serenella utilizes the virtual world as an introductory door into the fascinating aspects of nature and a catalyst for people to get inspired to learn more in person.

    Prior to joining ANS, Ms. Linares worked as an assistant park naturalist with the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation from 2011-2016 at an urban nature center serving predominantly African-American and Hispanic communities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Universidad Metropolitana de Puerto Rico, a Master’s degree in atmospheric science from Howard University, and graduate training in mycology from University of Maryland. When Ms. Linares is not teaching, she explores natural areas, photographs practices nature photography, and participates in citizen science projects.

    • 29 Oct 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
    • 15
    Register

    This workshop will introduce participants to lichen biology, ecology, and diversity.  We will start the workshop in the classroom with an introduction to lichens and a discussion of some of the ways and places that lichens grow. Then we will go on a short walk with an introduction to some of the common lichens of Maryland and a demonstration of how to collect, label, and store specimens. Then we will spend the next 2 hours in the lab, viewing the features of the lichens we’ve collected under the microscopes and using keys to identify them. Participants will also have the option to bring their own specimens to identify. Participants should bring walking shoes and outdoor clothes appropriate to the weather as this event will take place rain or shine. We will provide hand lenses for participants to observe the lichens in the field (but we encourage you to bring your own if you have one!) and microscopes will be available in the lab.

    Natalie Howe has been studying lichens with high or low intensity for the past 14 years, and currently lives in Washington DC.  She is a Biological Scientist at the U.S.D.A., and an adjunct teacher of Mushrooms, Molds, and Society class at George Mason University. In the pre-covid times, she was volunteering with the lichen team at Patuxent Research Refuge in MD, Rock Creek Park in DC and at Liberty State Park in NJ to document the lichens there. For her dissertation research at Rutgers University in New Jersey, she studied the ecology of lichens in the NJ Pinelands.

    Recommended text: Urban Lichens: A Field Guide for Northeastern North America Paperback – November 23, 2021 – by Jessica L Allen (Author), James C Lendemer (Author), Jordan R Hoffman (Illustrator). Purchase is optional. Copies will be available during the class for reference. 

    NHSM reserves the right to apply and/or change any and all COVID related policies based on the public health landscape at the time of the course. We appreciate your understanding.

    • 04 Nov 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
    Register

    Before the doors open to the general public, NHSM Members will get first dibs on the great selection of books. Each year, the Natural History Society of Maryland hosts a big book sale. Proceeds support on-going educational programming. There are tons of great books at garage sale prices including: Field Guides – Nature – Plants – Outdoor Activities – Wildlife – Photography – Archaeology – Fossils – Children’s – Gardening – Textbooks – Periodicals – Historic Pamphlets – Memoirs – Travel Guides – and more…

    If you aren’t a member, it is easy to become one. Memberships start at $25 and are tax deductible.

    General Public Sale – Can’t make it on Friday night, come out to the General Public Day on November 5  to Feed your curiosity with new books.

    Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. Dr. Seuss

    • 05 Nov 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
    Register

    Come one, Come All. Saturday to Feed your curiosity with new books.

    The Natural History Society of Maryland is hosting a book sale. Proceeds support on-going educational programming. Great books at garage sale prices including previously loved: Field Guides – Nature – Plants – Outdoor Activities – Wildlife – Photography – Archaeology – Fossils – Children’s – Gardening – Textbooks – Periodicals – Historic Pamphlets – Memoirs – Travel Guides – and more…

    NOTE: Members Only Night is the night before, November 4 – Before the doors open to the general public, NHSM Members will get first dibs on the great selection of books. If you aren’t a member, it is easy to become one. Memberships start at $25 and are tax deductible.

    Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. Dr. Seuss

Past events

01 Jul 2022 Moth Nights: Harford County MD
25 Jun 2022 SharkFest 2022
24 Jun 2022 Sharkfest Kick Off: Exploring the Hidden Lives of Sharks with Dr. Aaron Carlisle and David Shiffman
22 Jun 2022 Summer Species Swap and Husbandry Panel
19 Jun 2022 PG County Urban Stream Fossil Hunt (Fossil Club Members Only)
18 Jun 2022 Fossil Hunting at Stratford Cliffs (June)
17 Jun 2022 Moth Night in Monkton
16 Jun 2022 COVID in Animals -A Zoo Veterinarian's Perspective
15 Jun 2022 Overlooked Places: Telling the interconnected history of Maryland through recent archaeology in Baltimore
09 Jun 2022 The Marvelous Mysids of Maryland
08 Jun 2022 Timber Rattlesnakes
08 Jun 2022 Public Bird Banding Demonstration at the Museum (2 of 2)
04 Jun 2022 Baltimore Heritage: Federal Hill Walking Tour
04 Jun 2022 Insect Study Merit Badge Class
01 Jun 2022 FIN-tastic Fossil Sharks: A Hands-on fossil club meeting
22 May 2022 World Turtle Day 2022
21 May 2022 Banneker Spring BioBlitz
19 May 2022 Oceans, Atmospheres and Climates of Earth VS. Other Planets and Moons
18 May 2022 Octoraro - Susquehannock Fort or Pre-Contact Town, An Archaeological Mystery
17 May 2022 Darwin Remembers: Recollections of a Life's Journey
15 May 2022 Fossil Collecting from the Middle Devonian at Beltzville State Park, PA
14 May 2022 Gyotaku: The Art of the Japanese Fishprint Workshop: Art and Nature
14 May 2022 Gyotaku: The Art of the Japanese Fishprint Workshop: SESSION II
12 May 2022 The Beltsville Virtual Experience - 7,000 acres in one hour
11 May 2022 The Bog Turtle: Natural History and Conservation in Maryland
11 May 2022 Public Bird Banding Demonstration at the Museum
07 May 2022 Field Trip: Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab (Archeology Club Only)
07 May 2022 Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge Day
06 May 2022 Review Rally: City Nature Challenge
05 May 2022 Bobcats in Maryland - Distribution, Abundance, and Population Genetics
04 May 2022 Sharks: A Journey Through Deep Time
01 May 2022 Fossil Hunting at Stratford Cliffs (May-NHSM Members ONLY)
30 Apr 2022 Archaeology Expo 2022 - The Future of Studying the Past: Innovative Technologies in Maryland Archeology
28 Apr 2022 Community Bird Banding with Birds of Urban Baltimore (B.Ur.B)
27 Apr 2022 Monarch Sister Schools
24 Apr 2022 Teacher Training: Environmental History of Maryland Through Fossils
24 Apr 2022 Wild Edible Field Trip: Morels
23 Apr 2022 Magical Mandalas Workshop
20 Apr 2022 Star-Spangled Archaeology:  Examining the War of 1812 Through Maritime Archaeology
16 Apr 2022 From Forest Floor to the Treetops: An Introduction to Maryland Birds
16 Apr 2022 Fossil Hunting at Stratford Cliffs (April-Fossil Club Members ONLY)
15 Apr 2022 Vernal Pool Series: Gunpowder Trip April 15 (NHSM Members)
14 Apr 2022 I Spy with My Little Eye - An Introduction to City Nature Challenge 2022
13 Apr 2022 Amphibian and Reptile Show and Tell (in-person and virtual)
09 Apr 2022 Private Tour of Hershey Gardens & Butterfly Atrium and Lab
09 Apr 2022 Archaeology Merit Badge Class
07 Apr 2022 CANCELLED The Beltsville Virtual Experience - 7,000 acres in one hour
06 Apr 2022 Dental Detectives - Fossil Teeth
03 Apr 2022 Choctaw Basket Workshop
02 Apr 2022 Founder's Day 2022: Honoring Howard A. Kelly, Surgeon, Naturalist, Author, Collector and Benefactor
31 Mar 2022 Discover the World of Minerals in your Pocket
24 Mar 2022 Meet The Largest Australian Pterosaur - Thapunngaka shawi
23 Mar 2022 Caterpillars Count! Bugs on branches as canaries in the coalmine for global change
17 Mar 2022 The Icelandic Phallological Museum: Interpreting the science and culture of the penis
16 Mar 2022 History of Spiritualism in Baltimore
12 Mar 2022 PYSANKY: Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshop, Art and Nature
11 Mar 2022 Vernal Pool Series: Gunpowder Trip March 11 (Herp Club only)
09 Mar 2022 A Tale of Two Salamanders: A story of a threatened amphibian and the threats of an uncertain future in Appalachia
06 Mar 2022 All About Seeds: Nature Connection
05 Mar 2022 Discover Maryland Tour at the Maryland Center for History & Culture (Archaeology Club)
02 Mar 2022 Morocco: A Fossil Collector’s Paradise
23 Feb 2022 Monarch Rx: Exploring a Little-Known Behavior of a Beloved Butterfly
20 Feb 2022 Eagle Watching at Loch Raven with Nick Spero
17 Feb 2022 Amazing Antlers
16 Feb 2022 We Too Are The Village: Reparative heritage at Catoctin Furnace
12 Feb 2022 Maryland & DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3: Community Science Saturday
10 Feb 2022 Building Holistic Urban Stream Ecosystems Using People, Bugs, Slime, Fish and Concrete
09 Feb 2022 King snakes of the United States and their care, breeding and husbandry
06 Feb 2022 Basket Making 101: Art and Nature; Second Session Added
06 Feb 2022 Advanced Fossil Event at Calvert Cliffs
05 Feb 2022 Basket Making 101: Art and Nature
03 Feb 2022 The "Eyes" Have It: Introduction to The Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory
02 Feb 2022 The Life and Times of the Mosasaurs, Giant Predatory Sea Reptiles
27 Jan 2022 Parasitic Algae of the Air - Downy mildews
22 Jan 2022 Winter Hike 1/22 Patuxent River Park
22 Jan 2022 Towson Glen Winter Tree Identification
20 Jan 2022 A History of Our Most Precious Resource: Watershed Ecology in the Anthropocene
19 Jan 2022 Archaeology Club New Year Meet n Greet Virtual
16 Jan 2022 Last Chance Fossil Collecting @ C&D Canal Delaware
16 Jan 2022 Eagle Watching at Loch Raven with Nick Spero
12 Jan 2022 Wildlife Trafficking: Domestic and International Law Enforcement Responses
06 Jan 2022 Harnessing Europa
01 Jan 2022 Field Trip: New Year's Day Hike
16 Dec 2021 Rattlesnake Conservation: What you should know
11 Dec 2021 DIY Planet Search - Community Science Saturday the James Webb Experience
09 Dec 2021 Coming soon to your neighborhood, get ready for spotted lanternfly
07 Dec 2021 Galaxy Evolution: The James Webb Experience
04 Dec 2021 Archaeology Club Field Trip, Green Mount Cemetery Dec. 4th
04 Dec 2021 Talking Bones: Skull and Bone Identification
02 Dec 2021 Daddy Long Legs: The Art and Natural History of the Marvelously Misunderstood Opiliones
01 Dec 2021 Fossil Sharks of Alabama
24 Nov 2021 Butterfly or Moth, with Lookalikes How do You Know
20 Nov 2021 Field Trip: Fossil Hunting at Dinosaur Park
18 Nov 2021 A Star is Born: James Webb Experience
17 Nov 2021 Indigenous Foods and Native Cuisine of the Chesapeake Bay Region
11 Nov 2021 Exoplanets: The James Webb Experience
10 Nov 2021 Rat Snakes of North America - Captive Husbandry and More
07 Nov 2021 Field Trip: Fossil Hunting at Stratford Cliffs
06 Nov 2021 Fossil Collecting from the Middle Devonian at Beltzville State Park, PA
04 Nov 2021 Space in Infrared, More than Meets the Eye: The James Webb Experience
03 Nov 2021 How to start a fossil collection: cleaning, cataloging, labeling, storing, organizing
28 Oct 2021 History of the Telescope: The James Webb Experience
27 Oct 2021 Butterflies in Space
21 Oct 2021 The Chemistry of Gemstones with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
20 Oct 2021 Rewriting History: Pre-Contact Peoples in Cecil County, Maryland
17 Oct 2021 Field Trip: Looking for Fossils at Stratford Cliffs
16 Oct 2021 The Old Weather Project for Community Science Saturday
14 Oct 2021 Slugs of Maryland: Biodiversity and Biology
13 Oct 2021 The Mysteries of Painted Turtle Stripe and Spot Color
13 Oct 2021 DIY Shark Tooth Necklace
13 Oct 2021 National Fossil Day - Free fossils! Fossil experts & Fossil Fun
10 Oct 2021 Fossil hunt & Geology Field Trip on the beach at Scientists Cliffs #2 (adults only)
09 Oct 2021 Floating Field Trip Exploring the Archaeology of the Patuxent River
07 Oct 2021 20,000 Species and Counting: The Maryland Biodiversity Project
03 Oct 2021 Wild Edible Field Trip: Foraging for Early Fall Plants
26 Sep 2021 Swift Night Out
25 Sep 2021 Banneker Fall BioBlitz: Reptiles, Amphibians and much more
23 Sep 2021 Rocking Rodentia
22 Sep 2021 Moth Friendly Moon Gardens with Maryland Natives
19 Sep 2021 Wild Edible Field Trip: Foraging for Early Fall Plants
18 Sep 2021 Lights Out Baltimore: Community Science Saturday
16 Sep 2021 Rock On Maryland: Celebrate National Collect Rocks Day with Martin Schmidt
15 Sep 2021 A Story of Everyday Life in a Maryland Irish Immigrant Laboring Town
12 Sep 2021 Fossil hunt & Geology Field Trip on the beach at Scientists Cliffs (adults only)
11 Sep 2021 Field Trip: Looking for Fossils at Stratford Cliffs
09 Sep 2021 Ecology and Economics of Oysters and the Chesapeake Bay
08 Sep 2021 Protecting your Right to Possess and Breed Reptiles and Amphibians
02 Sep 2021 Chimney Swifts as Neighbors not Nuisance
01 Sep 2021 Taung: The Nexus of African Palaeoanthropology
28 Aug 2021 Archaeological Artifact Cleaning and Cataloging
26 Aug 2021 Nature's Odd Couple: Spotted Salamanders and Algae
25 Aug 2021 Photographing Butterflies and Moths: Tips and Tricks
19 Aug 2021 The Rise, Fall and Potential Recovery of the American Chestnut Tree
18 Aug 2021 The Caulker's Houses: African American and White Working Class Folk of 19th Century Fell's Point, Baltimore
15 Aug 2021 Virtual Shark Fest
15 Aug 2021 Shark Fest 2021
12 Aug 2021 Invasion Ecology and Community Science
08 Aug 2021 NHSM Book Club - The Monster Shark’s Tooth: Canoeing from the Chesapeake Bay into the Ancient Miocene Sea
07 Aug 2021 Field Trip: Looking for Fossils at Stratford Cliffs
05 Aug 2021 Corals, Fish, and Energy in Maryland – What’s the connection?
04 Aug 2021 Plant Evolution Through Geological Time
01 Aug 2021 Trekking through Taxonomy: 2021 Nature Scavenger Hunt
29 Jul 2021 Maryland's Law Library is for the Birds! Thurgood Marshall State Law Library's Audubon Collection
28 Jul 2021 Ladew Butterfly House NHSM Lep Club Private Tour and Picnic
24 Jul 2021 NEW DATE Moth Night Field Trip #2
24 Jul 2021 Field Trip: Looking for Fossils at Stratford Cliffs
22 Jul 2021 Bio-Plastics: Sculptural Experimentation
21 Jul 2021 Caring for Red-eared Sliders and Snake Sitting: NHSM Herp Club Hybrid Meeting
17 Jul 2021 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER Moth Night Field Trip #2
17 Jul 2021 Nature Book Sale - General Public Day
16 Jul 2021 Nature Book Sale - Members Only Night
15 Jul 2021 Weasels to Wolverines – Meet the Mustelids
14 Jul 2021 British Clay Tobacco Pipes found in the Chesapeake Bay Region
10 Jul 2021 Moth Night Field Trip #1
10 Jul 2021 Purple Martin Landlords Needed - Community Science Saturday
08 Jul 2021 Baltimore Rocks: Playing Golf on the Earth's Crust
07 Jul 2021 Travelling Deep Time Along Country Roads: The Devonian in West Virginia
27 Jun 2021 Field Trip: Looking for Fossils at Stratford Cliffs
26 Jun 2021 Banneker BioBlitz: Herps
24 Jun 2021 The Role of Connection to Nature on Psychological Well-Being and Resiliency
23 Jun 2021 The Maryland Fluted Point Survey: New Insights on the Paleoindian Occupation of Maryland (13,000 to 10,000 ybp)
16 Jun 2021 New Annual Butterfly Count for Maryland – Volunteers Needed
12 Jun 2021 Watching Fireflies for Fun and Conservation: Community Science Saturday
11 Jun 2021 The Natural History Society of Maryland Presents Charming Disaster's Quarantine Livestream
10 Jun 2021 Hiding in Plain Sight, Saw-whet Owls in Maryland
09 Jun 2021 Banneker BioBlitz Orientation: NHSM Herp Club June Meeting
03 Jun 2021 Edible and Non-Edible Fungi
02 Jun 2021 Maryland's Fossil Sharks: What tales do shark teeth tell?
27 May 2021 Hypervelocity Impact Cratering on Earth
26 May 2021 Extirpated and Endangered Butterflies of Maryland
23 May 2021 World Turtle Day: In-Person Turtle Encounters
22 May 2021