MARYLAND – Maryland is known for its love of boats. For some boating fun, attend a rafting concert or a sailboat race on the east coast. You can also experience nature by birding in Lothian or by taking a virtual oyster gardening class.
Patch recently partnered with several local organizations to bring you their latest news. This guest contribution comes from National Park Service Chesapeake Walkways and Chesapeake Conservatory. Here’s what Jody Hedeman Couser submitted to help you explore Chesapeake Bay:
The log canoe is a type of sailboat developed in the Chesapeake Bay area. Based on the canoe, it was the main fishing boat in the bay until the arrival of the bugeyes and skipjack. These days, sailing canoes only run along the Chester, Miles, Choptank and Tred Avon rivers on the east coast of Maryland. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum offers two-hour scenic cruises aboard their purchasing boat, Winnie Estelle, to see the log canoes accelerate at speeds of 10 knots or more, courtesy of the crew members that climb to the ends of the 15-foot planks that hang over the side of the canoe. $ 35 per person. September 11, 12, 18 and 19; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD. More information and tickets.
It’s time to go rafting and relax at Shaw Bay Raft Up! This year, the Wye River Band will bring musical fun and spirit to charming Shaw Bay along the Wye River. Bring your dinghy, paddleboard, kayak or sailboat and enjoy the music and the scenery. This free concert is held annually to raise funds and raise awareness of clean water efforts on Maryland’s east coast and the ShoreRivers Pumping Boat. Sept. 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. More information.
Join an avid Jug Bay birding guide to learn skills to identify birds by sight and sound. Birds and experienced birders alike are welcome on this two to three mile walk to explore forests and wetlands in search of the more than 250 species of birds that inhabit or migrate through Jug Bay. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a spotting scope and binoculars if you have them. 12 years and over. Free with $ 6 per fleet entry fee. September 4, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary, Lothian, MD. More information and registration.
In the virtual classroom presented by the Maritime Museum of the Chesapeake Bay, you’ll learn the practicalities of oyster farming and why oysters are so important to the health of the bay. You can also take this virtual class with the in-person workshop being held at the CBMM campus and build your own oyster cages. Virtual class only is $ 25; the full workshop costs $ 200 and includes the virtual classroom, three cages and oyster seeds. Virtual presentation: Sept. 22, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In person: Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. More information and registration.“