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Beaver Pond Ecology Exploration At Fort Frederick State Park

Big Pool, MD (June 8, 2010) — The Maryland Park Service will host a Beaver Pond Ecology Exploration event at 10 a.m. on June 12 at Fort Frederick State Park. The public is invited to join park naturalist Charles Sullivan on a guided exploration of the beaver pond trail.

Participants will look for signs of an old beaver colony that has long since vanished, explore the freshwater habitat the beavers created and learn about the plants and animals that use it.

Disabled access is available; however, most of the walk is situated on uneven ground, including wetlands, with a variety of rough surfaces. Participants should dress for inclement weather or hot sunny days. Food, gift, and souvenir items will be available for sale at the park store. Rain or shine, the exploration will last approximately 45 minutes.

Participants should meet at the beaver pond parking area. Additional parking is available at the Big Pool parking lot/boat ramp a short distance away.

Fort Frederick State Park is located off of Interstate I-70 exit 12 at State Route 56 near Big Pool, Md. For more information about the Beaver Pond Exploration or other Fort Frederick activities, please call the park at 301-842-2155 during the office hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

   June 8, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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