Wild Acres Public Events

Wild Acres logoAre you interested in making your habitat wildlife friendly? If so, check out our Wild Acres​ page! In addition, we provide public talks, workshops, and online webinars to teach about local wildlife. If you ​are interested in having a Wild Acres presentation for your group or organization, please contact Kerry Wixted: Kerry.wixted@maryland.gov

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Gardening for Pollinators Summer 2020.
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March 16: 6:00-7:00pm
Gardening for Pollinators
Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist

Pollinators in Maryland and across the globe are in decline. Learn about common groups of Maryland’s bees, what plants provide good nectar, what plants are good host plants for butterflies, and about different types of nest boxes for pollinators.

Free! This program is being held in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Library. Registration will open on March 2 at 9:00am on this page: https://aacpl.librarycalendar.com/events/gardening-pollinators


March 18: 6:30-7:30 pm
Sounds of Spring - Beth Schlimm, Conservation Specialist, MD DNR

Spring is the time of year when wetlands come alive. There is no better sign of this than a deafening cacophony of frog calls. This talk will focus on how and why frogs communicate. We will take a deeper look at the complexity of their calls and highlight interesting findings on some of the species that call Maryland home. ​

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded. To register, please fill out the form here: To register, please fill out the form here: http://bit.ly/3rm0m5y. A live transcript will be available via Otter.ai.​​​​​​​


April 8: 7:00-8:30 pm
Fleeting Moments of Spring- Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist

In early spring, spring ephemeral plants poke up in the understory in an attempt to take advantage of a short window of growing opportunities. Learn about these short blooming plants and the fascinating relationships they hold with other organisms in the forest understory.

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded. Registration will be available in late March.​​​​​​​


April 18: 7:00-8:00 pm

Wild-Scaping with Native Plants- Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist

Learn about Kerry’s top ten native plant recommendations for the Piedmont region of Maryland which includes Frederick County, based on ease of growth and wildlife value. Kerry will share tips on what to plant, how to convert lawn to garden while keeping neighbors happy and will address your concerns and questions. At the end of the webinar, we will share places in the Frederick area for purchasing native plants. Join us in learning more about how we can do our part to improve biodiversity right in our own yards.

Free! This webinar is sponsored by MACS and Envision Frederick. It will be hosted on Zoom. To register, please fill out the form here: http://bit.ly/3sJwQa6


April 21: 10:00-11:00 am
From Mountains to Sea: Maryland’s Natural Areas - Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist

From the ancient peatlands in the western part of the state to globally rare serpentine savanna at Soldier’s Delight, Maryland is a small state with a lot to offer. Learn about 31 unique natural areas open to the public.

Free! This program is being held in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Library. Registration will open on April 7 at 9:00am on this page: https://aacpl.librarycalendar.com/events/mountains-seas-marylands-natural-areas


May 5: 7:00-8:30 pm

Create Your Own State Park at Home - Melissa Boyle-Acuti, Chief of Interpretation, MD State Parks

Inspired by Dr. Douglas Tallamy’s books and research, and with more people spending more time at home during the pandemic, the Maryland Park Service launched the “Create Your Own State Park​” Program in 2020, encouraging families to turn their home or yard into their own state park. Learn more about how you can participate in this new program- connecting you and your family to nature, having more fun outdoors all while encouraging conservation at home, and expanding native habitats for wildlife! 

Free! Registration required. This meeting will be recorded. Registration will be available in late April.


May 5: 10:00-11:00 am
Bird Friendly Backyards- Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist

Learn how to make the ultimate bird friendly habitat by enticing bugs, selecting the right seed, providing nest boxes, and more.​

Free! This program is being held in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Library. Registration will open on April 21 at 9:00am on this page: https://aacpl.librarycalendar.com/events/bird-friendly-backyards​

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