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Visit M-NCPPC’s 28th Annual Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park
Creature Features at Watkins Nature Center
The Holidays at Montpelier
Weekend Fun Events on Saturday, December 6, 2014
Holiday Hayrides at Watkins Regional Park
Trip to Kings of Prussia Shopping Mall
Teens and Jeans for the Homeless Walk-a-thon
Department of Parks and Recreation Deer Management Program Announcement
2nd Annual Winter Festival of Lights ‘Trot for a Turkey’
An Afternoon of Austen Fashion
Trash to Treasure: 6th Annual Green Craft Fair
Go to High School, Go to College Fair
A Southern USA Tour
MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION AMONG “BEST OF THE BEST” WITH CAPRA REACCREDITATION
Tales of Land and Sea Lecture Series
Fall Fun at Watkins Nature Center
iTech Robotic Program
Nature Hikes for Homeschoolers at Watkins Nature Center
Nature Hikes for Seniors at Watkins Nature Center
Fall Teas at Montpelier Mansion Historic Site
10 Things Every Young Man Should Know


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 24, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-699-2456; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Visit M-NCPPC’s 28th Annual Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park

Upper Marlboro, MD— Start a family tradition or continue a great one by visiting M-NCPCC’s 28th Annual Winter Festival of Lights in Prince George’s County. This spectacular holiday drive-through event features more than one million twinkling lights, a 52-foot tree, and many new displays. Make a difference this season, too, by bringing canned goods for donation to local food banks.

WHAT: 28th Annual Winter Festival of Lights

WHERE: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774

WHEN: Friday, November 28, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015 5-9:30PM (nightly)


COST: (cash only)
$5/car or van
$10/multi-visit, transferable ticket booklet for cars and vans (3 visits)
$15/mini-bus or limo (seats 13 to 24)
$25/bus (seats 25 or more)
FREE on December 25!

For more information, please call 301-699-2456; TTY 301-218-6768 or visit www.pgparks.com/Festival_of_Lights.htm.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 18, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6712
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Creature Features at Watkins Nature Center

Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Nature Center, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Resident Cost: $ 2; Non-resident Cost: $3

Creature Feature: All About Reptiles (Ages 2 & up)
Come meet and learn about the center's live reptiles.
WHEN: Sunday, December 14, from 10AM - 11AM

Creature Feature: All About Raptors (Ages 3 & up)
Meet and learn about raptors, including hawks and owls.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 23 from 2 PM - 3PM
Saturday, January 10, from 10AM - 11AM
Saturday, January 31, from 10AM - 11AM


For more information and reservations, call 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6712.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 17, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7817; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

The Holidays at Montpelier
Come, Shop and Enjoy

Laurel, MD – Montpelier Historic Site, would like to invite the community to come enjoy the holiday season. The Third Annual Ornament Emporium features original, handmade ornaments by juried artists. Shop for unique gifts, from December 8 – 23 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (closed Wednesdays). The mansion will be decorated in traditional holiday greens. Great place to bring out of town guests.

And, on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13, warm up your winter evenings with festive music, lovely candlelight and traditional holiday greens. Hear the story of this beautiful 18th century home, as local garden clubs display their decorating skills throughout the house. Area performers entertain nightly. Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $3 adults; $1 children ages 6 – 17 and free for ages 5 and under. Special for Laurel residents! If your zip code is 20708, get one free adult or child admission with the purchase of two adult tickets!

Montpelier Historic Site, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 13, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Weekend Fun Events on Saturday, December 6, 2014
With the Department of Parks and Recreation

Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor Art Exhibition 2014
You’re invited to The Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex’s, Learning Center Gallery for the FREE opening reception celebrating the second annual “Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor” Art Contest. The national contest is an initiative created by the Get to Know Program.
Over 1,500 children in Prince George’s County participated in the program and the exhibition will feature their artwork. Participants were urged to get outside and create original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature. Much of the work created was the result of artists working with participants during The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation’s summer camps and playground programs. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
FREE
WHEN: 1PM - 4PM
WHERE: Learning Gallery at Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD 20785


For more information call, 301-446-3466 or TTY: 301-446-3401.

University of Maryland Holiday Community Concert
Come to College Park Community Center and enjoy listening to some holiday compositions performed by University of Maryland students. Light refreshments will be served.

FREE
WHEN: 4PM – 5PM
WHERE: College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740


For more information call, 301-441-2647 or TTY: 301-445-4512

Breakfast with Sint Niklaas
Do you know where the tradition of hanging stockings comes from? Learn about this and other traditions as the Flemish forerunner of our modern-day Santa Claus. Sint Niklaas, makes his annual visit to Riversdale. The gift-giving, kindly bishop will arrive for breakfast at Riversdale to visit with children, ages 3 to 10, that will receive a gift and, along with their parents, are invited to enjoy a Belgian-inspired breakfast as he makes his rounds.

Registration is $10 per child and $7 per attending adult for residents of Prince George’s & Montgomery Counties and $12 per child and $9 per attending adult for non-residents. Advance reservations are required by November 16th. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Register early to ensure a spot! Riversdale celebrates this holiday in honor of Rosalie Stier Calvert, mistress of Riversdale in the early 19th century and a Flemish immigrant, who kept her homeland customs alive for her children.

WHEN: 9AM seating and 11AM seating
WHERE: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737


For more information or to make reservations call, 301-864-0420 or TTY: 301-699-2544.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 12, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Holiday Hayrides at Watkins Regional Park

Upper Marlboro, MD – Enjoy a hayride through the Festival of Lights and a visit to Watkins Nature Center. Warm up by the fire, enjoy refreshments, see the live animals and visit the gift shop.
Cost: $5

WHAT: Holiday Hayrides

WHEN: December: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 from 7PM - 8:30PM

WHERE: Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774


Ages 2 and up

For more information and to register, call 301-218-6702.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 10, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-441-2647; TTY 301-445-4512
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Trip to Kings of Prussia Shopping Mall
Get Started on Your Holiday Shopping

College Park, MD – Come do some out of town holiday shopping to prepare for the upcoming gift giving season. King of Prussia Shopping Mall is one of the largest shopping arenas on the East Coast. Come shop until you drop! Please register no later than November 15, 2014 and arrive promptly the day of the trip. Knock out all of your holiday gift shopping before the rush begins. Don't miss this wonderful trip! Reservations required!

WHAT: Trip to Kings of Prussia Shopping Mall

WHEN: Saturday, November 22, 8AM - 8PM

WHERE:(Leaving from) College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740

Adults Only

Resident Cost: $40 /Non-resident Cost: $48 - SMARTlink #: 1566267


For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 7, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-408-4335; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Teens and Jeans for the Homeless Walk-a-thon

Bladensburg, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation is empowering teens to take action against homelessness by collecting jeans on-site at the walk-a-thon to distribute to shelters and community organizations. Bring the whole family for FREE live entertainment and refreshments. You can also donate from November 1- 20 at any Parks and Recreation community center in Prince George's County. Learn more by visiting by visiting www.pgparks.com.

WHAT: Teens and Jeans for the Homeless Walk-a-thon

WHEN: Saturday, November 22 from 11AM - 2PM

WHERE: Bladensburg Waterfront, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710


For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 4, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Department of Parks and Recreation Deer Management Program Announcement

Riverdale, MD - Beginning in January 2015, the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting nighttime sharpshooting efforts to reduce the local deer populations at select parks. These efforts will utilize specially trained Maryland- National Capital Park Police officers to reduce the deer herd at three parks:
- Enterprise Golf Course in Mitchellville, MD
- Henson Creek Steam Valley Park (Oxon Hill Rd to Temple Hill Rd) in Fort Washington, MD
- Oxon Hill Manor in Fort Washington, MD

Sharpshooting activities will take place at night from January 1 through March 31, 2015. Parks are closed to the public from sunset to sunrise. On-site signage will be placed at each of these parks to remind the public of the sharpshooting activities. Public safety is the program’s top priority.

Much of the Prince George’s County suburban landscape offers ideal deer habitat that provides an abundance of food sources, no natural predators, and limited hunting opportunities. The combination of these factors has contributed to an overpopulation of deer throughout much of the area.

Deer population reductions are needed to address the problems associated with too many deer. These problems can include forest ecology degradation, deer-vehicle collisions, concerns about Lyme Disease, landscape/property damage, agriculture damage, and poor herd health. A reduction in the local deer herds will help alleviate these problems in those immediate areas.

All harvested deer will be donated to local food banks to help feed those in need.
Public comments on the sharpshooting program will be accepted until December 1. To comment, please visit www.pgparks.com/Deer_Management.

In addition to the new sharpshooting program, the Department has traditionally allowed recreational deer hunting in select rural parks, since 1986. In partnership with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, there are currently three parks that allow archery deer hunting: Aquasco Farm, Patuxent River Park-Billingsley, and Gardner Road Park. These parks are multi-use and are still open to the public during the hunting season. For more information, go to dnr.maryland.gov.

For more information about the deer management program, please visit www.pgparks.com or email DeerManagement@pgparks.com. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 28, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

2nd Annual Winter Festival of Lights ‘Trot for a Turkey’

Upper Marlboro, MD - Join us for the 2nd Annual Winter Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey. Participate in a unique opportunity - help families in need by running or walking through the beautiful Winter Festival of Lights! Register to walk or run through the 5K (3.1 mile) course and see the dazzling displays up close. The registration fee includes a long-sleeve commemorative t-shirt and provides one turkey for a local family in need. Start time for the walk/run is 6 p.m.

Register on-line at www.pgparks.com>About Parks & Recreation>E-store, through 5 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2014.

WHAT: 2nd Annual Winter Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey

WHEN: Saturday, November 22, from 6PM - 8PM

WHERE: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772


Registration Cost: $30

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 28, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

An Afternoon of Austen Fashion

Riverdale Park, MD - Wear your Regency finery for an Afternoon of Austen Fashion on Saturday, November 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the Riversdale House Museum. Join fellow Janeites for this fun program, which begins with two illustrated presentations. Riversdale’s own costume historian, Ann Wass, is joined by Norah Worthington, Resident Costumer at the Baltimore School for the Arts, to present “Dressing Darcy: Costume in Pride and Prejudice Adaptions,” with contributions from Alden O’Brien, Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum.

Dr. Wass follows with “Then I Dress for the Day: A Day in the Life of a Regency Lady and Gentleman.”
Then YOU get to show off your ensemble as a model in our ‘flash’ fashion show. Finish the afternoon with Regency-era treats prepared by the Riversdale Kitchen Guild.

WHAT: An Afternoon of Austen Fashion
WHEN: Saturday, November 15 from 1:30PM - 4PM
WHERE: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737


The cost is $20 for residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties and $24 for non-residents.
Reservations and advance payment are required by November 7. Register in SMARTlink

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 23, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6712
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Trash to Treasure: 6th Annual Green Craft Fair

Upper Marlboro, MD – “Go Green” with your holiday shopping this year! Join us, Saturday, November 8, for our 6th Annual "Trash to Treasure: Green Craft Fair" at Watkins Nature Center, located in beautiful Watkins Regional Park.
Explore local crafters and artists who create treasures made from at least 50% recycled, organic, fair trade or sustainably-harvested materials. Items for sale include jewelry, candles, recycled wood carvings, knitwear, bags, paintings and more. All ages welcome!

WHERE: Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD

WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10AM – 4PM


For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 22, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-749-4160; TTY 301-203-6030
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Go to High School, Go to College Fair

Fort Washington, MD - The 9th Annual “Go to High School, Go to College Fair” is an amazing opportunity for youth to explore over 100 colleges and universities at once! This FREE annual college fair brought to the community by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Epsilon Lambda Chapter. The Fair showcases a double-gymnasium full of schools in addition to workshops on how to navigate SAT Prep, Financial Aid and Internships opportunities. The event concludes with iPad and scholarship giveaways.

Audience: Teens and Preteens

WHERE: Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Ft. Washington, MD

WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10AM - 1PM


For more information on the program, visit: Go to High School, Go to College Fair

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 21, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-408-4326
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

A Southern USA Tour

College Park, MD - Take a trip south, with the Department of Parks and Recreation. There will be a motor coach tour of the south from Monday, November 10 – Friday, November 21, 2014, including visiting, St. Augustine, FL. Sarasota; FL, Jekyll Island, GA; Savannah, GA; Hilton Head Island, SC; Beaufort, SC; Charleston, SC; and Myrtle Beach, SC. Adults only.

Motor coach departs from College Park Airport: Monday, November 10 at 6:30AM
1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD 20740
Returns on Friday, November 21, 2014 8:30PM


Resident Cost: $2,990 Non-resident Cost: $3,588

Call 301-408-4326 for brochure or more information.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 17, 2014
Prince George’s Parks and Recreation: KIRA CALM LEWIS
301-704-5272; KiraCalmLewis@pgparks.com
Montgomery Parks: MELISSA CHOTINER
301-650-2866; Melissa.Chotiner@MontgomeryParks.org


MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION AMONG “BEST OF THE BEST” WITH CAPRA REACCREDITATION

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) was reaccredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, receiving the maximum score in every available category, during the National Parks and Recreation Association Congress 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) recognizes park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. Charged with providing high quality services and experiences, park and recreation agencies across the United States turn to CAPRA Accreditation as a credible and efficient means of achieving these goals, while providing assurance to the public that the agency meets national standards of best practice. CAPRA accredits departments and agencies that provide park and recreation programs and services. Agency accreditation is available to all entities administering park and recreation systems, including municipalities, townships, counties, special districts and regional authorities, councils of government, schools, and military installations.

“The Commission is extremely honored and privileged on behalf of the 1.8 million residents we serve in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties and on behalf of our talented and creative staff members and unselfish volunteers” said M-NCPPC Chairman Elizabeth M. Hewlett. “In partnership with our actively engaged citizens, M-NCPPC has worked diligently throughout our 85-plus year history to successfully deliver outstanding, affordable parks and recreation opportunities and experiences for all.”

“I am so proud of the amazing work of our dedicated Parks and Recreation staff,” said M-NCPPC Vice-Chairman Casey Anderson. “We are known for our superb parks system across the region. This reaccreditation proves that, and we will continue to preserve and sustain this valuable resource.”

“It is an honor to serve the community at the highest level and be recognized for that service by the CAPRA organization,” said Ronnie Gathers, Director of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. “The quality of our staff and the delivery and availability of our programs and facilities to the community continue to be our highest priority.”

Established in 1927 by State law to acquire, develop and maintain park land and open space, and to plan for the orderly development of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, M-NCPPC has grown and evolved to keep pace with the growth and diversity of the bi-county area it serves. Under direction of its Montgomery County Department of Parks and Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Commission today maintains more than 57,000 acres of parkland and open space, operates more than 200 recreational facilities, and attracts more than 25 million visitors each year.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org/capra.

For more information about The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, visit mncppc.org. And, for more information about the Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 29, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7817; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Tales of Land and Sea Lecture Series

Laurel, MD - Join us the third Wednesday evening of October and November for history lectures that explore trades that were practiced in early Maryland. Lectures will be held from 7:30 – 9 p.m. no reservations required.
Light refreshments served.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 15, 7:30PM
Beth Christman and Brian Hope will speak on the history of piloting the Chesapeake Bay.

Wednesday, November 19, 7:30PM
“Tobacco: Southern Maryland's Cultural Icon” - Archivist and Maryland historian, Franklin A. Robinson, Jr. discusses the Maryland tobacco culture from colonial times to the tobacco buyout of the late 20th century. Come and hear how tobacco defined a region for generations and how the "blest leaf" was cultivated and cursed!

WHERE: Montpelier Historic Site, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708


For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 12, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Fall Fun at Watkins Nature Center

Upper Marlboro, MD – The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation Watkins Park Nature Center located inside Watkins Regional Park at 301 Watkins Park Road in Upper Marlboro will be hosting family- friendly events the entire fall season and invite the community to come out and enjoy! Reservations required.

Puppet Show (ages 2-10) - Enjoy seasonal-themed puppet shows.
Friday, September 26: 2 - 2:45PM
Friday, October 17: 2 – 2:45PM
(Resident Cost: $2/Non-resident Cost: $3)

Creature Feature (ages 2 and up)
Saturday, September 27: 10 -11AM – Reptiles: Meet and learn about the center’s live reptiles.
Wednesday, November 26: 2 -3PM - Meet and learn about raptors, including hawks and owls.
(Resident Cost: $2/Non-resident Cost: $3)

Campfire (ages 2 and up) - Enjoy nature tales and roasted marshmallows. Bring hot dogs if you like. Patrons will be notified of weather-related cancellations.
Friday, October 3: 7 – 8:30PM
(Resident Cost: $3/Non-resident Cost: $4)

Discovery Hike (ages 4 and up) - Take a hike! Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Saturday, October 4: 10 – 11AM
(Resident Cost: $2/Non-resident Cost: $3)

Small Fry Club (ages 3 - 4) - Stories, games, and crafts for little ones.
Friday, October 10: 10 -11AM – “Animal Adaptations”
Friday, November 14: 10 -11AM – “Invertebrates”
(Resident Cost: $3/Non-resident Cost: $4)

Birding Trip to Cumberland (ages 18 and up) - Join a naturalist for a trip to Waggoner’s Gap to watch the hawk migration. Located on the north side of the Cumberland Valley, this area has been used for hawk watching and counting for many years. (No refunds unless trip is cancelled, or spot is resold. The trip coordinator must approve and process all refunds. Trip depends on sufficient registration; specific registration deadlines may apply.)
Wednesday, October 15: 7AM – 8PM
(Resident Cost: $20/Non-resident Cost: $24)

Live Animal Shows (ages 2 and up) – Meet the nature center’s live animals including reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey.
Saturday, October 25: 10 -11AM
Tuesday, November 11: 2 - 3PM
Saturday, November 29: 10 -11AM
(Resident Cost: $2/Non-resident Cost: $3)

Fall Colors Hike (ages 4 and up) - Take a hike with a park naturalist and learn to identify trees. Stop by the exhibit hall and see live animals and birds of prey.
Saturday, November 1: 10 -11AM
(Resident Cost: $2/Non-resident Cost: $3)

For more information about programs at Watkins Nature Center call 301-218-6702.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 11, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-249-7200; TTY 301-249-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272


iTech Robotic Program

Capitol Heights, MD - This FREE program will provide, boys ages 10-12, cross curricular opportunities in technology, engineering, and math. It will allow for creativity in design and enables students to explore the world of engineering’s complex control systems. The key learning targets are: brainstorming solutions, teamwork-listening to others with understanding and empathy, work with gear ratio, persistence, metacognition - thinking about how they think.
Reservation are required.

WHERE: Oakcrest Community Center Address, 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd, Capitol
Heights, MD 20743
WHEN: Saturdays from 10:30 AM- 12:00 Noon
September 27; October 4, 11, 18; and November 1, 8 and 15.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 11, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Nature Hikes for Homeschoolers at Watkins Nature Center

Upper Marlboro, MD – Join a Park Naturalist and hike for fitness and fun. Start out with stretches and then hike throughout the park, learning about nature and animals as we go. We will focus on a different theme each hike. Please bring a refillable water bottle, binoculars, a small backpack, and comfortable shoes. Dress for the weather. Ages 8-12 years old.
Reservations required. Cost: $4 for Prince George’s County resident; Cost $5 for non-residents.

Watkins Park Nature Center (Inside Watkins Regional Park)
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20744

Thursday, September 25, from 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 23, from 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 11, from 1 – 3:30 p.m.


For more information on the Nature Center or the hikes, please call 301-218-6702.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 11, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Nature Hikes for Seniors at Watkins Nature Center

Upper Marlboro, MD – Attention Seniors! Join a naturalist on a hike looking for wildlife and local plant life throughout the fall. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Reservations required. Cost: $2 for Prince George’s County resident; Cost $3 for non-residents.

Watkins Park Nature Center (Inside Watkins Regional Park)
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20744

Tuesday, September 23, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 28, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

For more information on the Nature Center or the hike, please call 301-218-6702.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 10, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7817; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Fall Teas at Montpelier Mansion Historic Site

Laurel, MD - Ladies and gentlemen (ages 18 and up) are cordially invited to enjoy elegant tea events which feature unique themes at Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708, one of the finest examples of 18th century Georgian architecture in Maryland. Each one includes a seasonal, prix fixe menu of fine finger sandwiches, scrumptious cakes and pastries, buttery scones and your choice of quality loose leaf teas, served on imported English china and tiered silver stands this fall. Tea will be served in Montpelier’s elegant East Wing.

Fees per tea (including gratuity and self-guided history tour of Montpelier) are $29/person; $25/Friends of Montpelier members. Reservations and advance payment required.

The Masquerade Tea, Saturday, October 12 at 1:30 p.m. Costumes or masks encouraged but not required. Prizes will be awarded.

The Needleart Tea, Saturday, November 15 at 1:30 p.m., arrive early for free admission to Needleart 2014, Montpelier’s annual exhibit of exquisite stitched art, sponsored by Stitching Pretty of Laurel. And, bring your current needle art project to share, show off, or get advice on from fellow tea-goers.

For information and reservations call 301-377-7817 or TTY 301-699-2544.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 20, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3409; TTY: 301-446-3402
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

10 Things Every Young Man Should Know

Capital Heights, MD – As young men transition from adolescence to adulthood, they will need to learn a few basic life skills such as "How to maintain a car," "How to handle finances," and "How to cook a meal," and a few other key things. Through mentoring, the program will seek to deter and possibly eliminate destructive behaviors that young men engage in due to lack of guidance, direction, or even boredom.

WHAT: 10 Things Every Young Man Should Know mentoring sessions

WHEN: Beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014 From 6:30PM to 9:00PM

WHERE: Oakcrest Community Center 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd Capital Heights, MD 20743

Registration required SMARTlink #1555217.


For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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