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Trash to Treasure: 6th Annual Green Craft Fair
Go to High School, Go to College Fair
Fun Fall Events for Saturday, November 1, 2014
A Southern USA Tour
MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION AMONG “BEST OF THE BEST” WITH CAPRA REACCREDITATION
2nd Annual Brain STEM Challenge
Harvest Tea
“The Power of She”: Ladies Lounge Poetry and Paints
A Classical Afternoon at Riversdale House Museum
Tucker Road Your Health and Wellness Destination!
Tales of Land and Sea Lecture Series
The 34th Annual Kinderfest
Fall into FUN at Watkins Regional Park
Fall Fun at Watkins Nature Center
iTech Robotic Program
Nature Crafts at Watkins Nature Center
Nature Hikes for Homeschoolers at Watkins Nature Center
Nature Hikes for Seniors at Watkins Nature Center
Tasting the Past: Herbal Infusions
Fall Teas at Montpelier Mansion Historic Site
10 Things Every Young Man Should Know
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Announced as Finalist for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation Competes for prestigious honor in the parks and recreation profession
Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors - Outdoor Art Contest


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 22, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Fun Fall Events for Saturday, November 1, 2014

19th Annual Jug Bay 10K/5K Run for Wildlife & 3K Fun Walk
Program information contact: 301-627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544 www.pgparks.com/jugbayrun.htm
Join us for the 19th Annual Jug Bay 10K/5K Run for Wildlife and 3K Fun Walk! Run along the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Driving Tour of the M-NCPPC/ Maryland DNR. This mostly flat, paved, and dirt road course leads runners along the banks of the Patuxent River. Water stations are located along the racecourse. The proceeds from the event directly support conservation projects, environmental research, and education in the Patuxent River watershed.
Patuxent River Park
Address: 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Audience: all ages
8AM - 11AM
Early registration fees, on-line until 5 p.m., 10/30/14: 10K - $23; 5K - $21; 3K - $19
On-site, race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. On-site, fees: 10K - $27; 5K - $23; 3K - $20


Step Up Ur Game Step Conference
Program information contact: 301-464-1737; TTY 301-218-6768
The step conference is designed to enhance and challenge youth, step teams and coaches in their level of knowledge and abilities in the art form of stepping. There will be structured workshops with instruction and demonstrations of stepping. Cost: $20
Bowie High School Annex, 3021 Belair Dr., Bowie, MD 20715
Ages 9 yrs - adults
9AM - 5PM


Hollywood and the Civil War: "Shenandoah"
Program information contact: 301-868-1121; TTY 301-699-2544
Please join us on Saturday, November 1, 2014 for a special movie night program entitled, Hollywood and the Civil War: Shenandoah. Released in 1965, this movie tells the story of Charlie Anderson, a farmer in Shenandoah, Virginia, and finds himself (and his family) in the middle of the Civil War. He decides not to get involved because he believes it is not “his” war. Eventually, he has no choice when his youngest son is taken prisoner by the North. Shenandoah stars Jimmy Stewart, Doug McClure, Katherine Ross, and Patrick Wayne.
FREE. Please arrive early, seating is limited. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735
Audience: All Ages
6PM - 8:30PM

Gothic Evening: Saints & Sinners
Program information contact: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544 or email Riversdale@pgparks.com
For centuries, legends and myths of the supernatural have surrounded All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day. Enjoy tales of 19th century saints and sinners during a lantern-lit tour of the Riversdale House Museum grounds and decide for yourself if spirits really do walk among us. End the evening with hot cider and refreshments by the light of the fire in the open hearth kitchen.

Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD.
Audience: Ages 12 and up.
Cost: $10 for residents of Prince George’s & Montgomery Counties and $12 for non-residents.
7PM - 8:30PM

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 – October 7, 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

2nd Annual Brain STEM Challenge

Ft. Washington, MD - The BrainSTEM Challenge is a fun and educational Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Competition. Featuring Basketball Math, Crime Science, Green Engineering, and Tech Bites. Pre-registration is required, limited to the first 100 participants. Register in person at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, at 7007 Bock Road, or on the web at PGParks.com/EStore. FREE for students ages 8-16. Registration required.

WHAT: 2nd Annual BrainSTEM Challenge
WHEN: Saturday, October 18, 1 - 4PM
WHERE: South Tech/Rec, 7007 Bock Rd., Ft. Washington, MD 20744


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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 7, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Harvest Tea
Temple Hills Community Center

Temple Hills, MD - Join the Mature Adult Club at Temple Hills Community Center for a Harvest Tea. Enjoy a fashion show, music, and conversation while tasting a variety of teas and refreshments. Don't forget to enter the Fancy Hat & Tea Pot contests! All ages welcome. Reservations required. Cost for residents:$10; non-residents:$12

WHAT: Harvest Tea
WHERE: Temple Hills Community Center, 5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills , MD 20748
WHEN: Wednesday, October 15, from 10AM - 2PM


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 3, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-249-7200; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

“The Power of She”: Ladies Lounge Poetry and Paints

Bowie, MD – “The Power of She” is a series of Girl's Empowerment Sessions. The first session, Ladies Lounge Poetry and Paints, includes female poets performing while artists create self-reflections. Come out and meet local artists and poets. FREE for young ladies ages 13 - 21. No reservations required.

WHEN: Friday, October 17, from 6:30 - 9:30PM
WHERE: Huntington Community Center, 13022 8th Street, Bowie, MD 20715


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 3, 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

A Classical Afternoon at Riversdale House Museum

A Classical Afternoon at Riversdale House Museum

Riverdale Park, MD - Early 19th century America was greatly influenced by the classical world. On Sunday, October 12, from 12 noon - 3:30 p.m., step back into both the federal and ancient worlds during “A Classical Afternoon at Riversdale House Museum.” Roman re-enactors will be on hand with demonstrations and activities for the whole family. Then, enjoy a tour of the historic home, with special highlights on neoclassical architecture, furniture, and dress!
Admission is $3/adults; $2/seniors; $1/students; FREE/children 4 & under and includes all activities. Guided tours depart on the quarter hour, 12:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Riversdale, a historic house museum of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is located at 4811 Riverdale Road in the town of Riverdale Park, Maryland.
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 29, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-203-6000; TTY: 301-203-6030
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Tucker Road Your Health and Wellness Destination!

Fort Washington, MD - Join us for activities that emphasize healthy living on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Participate in biking from 10 a.m. - 12 noon for ages 5 and up by enjoying a scenic ride in the park and on the trail while getting in some cardio fitness. Test your knowledge of the park by participating in the Scavenger Hunt from 10 a.m. - 12 noon for all ages. Use your smartphone and the QR Code reader to take you to fitness videos using the new QR F.I.T. Trail system for self-directed exercising from 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Yoga in the Parks for ages 13 & up from 11 - 11:45 a.m. helps to improve health and flexibility. All activities are held at the Tucker Road Athletic Complex, 1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington, MD.

Visit www.pgparks.com for a full schedule of activities in the Tucker Road Health and Wellness Zone. Activities are free unless otherwise noted and will take place rain or shine.

WHAT: Tucker Road Your Health and Wellness Destination!

WHEN: Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10AM – 12 Noon

WHERE: Tucker Road Athletic Complex, 1770 Tucker Rd Fort Washington 20744


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 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 23, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6700; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

The 34th Annual Kinderfest
Come Join the Fun at Watkins Regional Park!

Upper Marlboro, MD - Join us for the 34th Annual Kinderfest, a Family Festival! Activities include midway games, Kindercrows, pumpkin patch, train rides, live entertainment, interactive exhibits and more! Food concessions on site (cash only).

FREE Admission!

WHAT: KINDERFEST

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

WHEN: Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 12 noon – 5PM

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: 301-218-6700; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272


Fall into FUN at Watkins Regional Park

Upper Marlboro, MD – Bring your family and friends and celebrate Fall at Watkins Regional Park! Ride the train and meander through the woods to see fall leaves. Play a round of mini golf. Visit the animals at Old Maryland Farm. Horse around on the carousel. Take a hayride. Stop by the Nature Center to create a fall craft and enjoy popcorn.

Note: All activities are subject to weather conditions and may be cancelled due to inclement weather. No advance sales.

Cost: $5 for Prince George’s County resident; Cost $6 for non-residents.

WHERE: Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20744

WHEN: Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 1 - 4PM


For more information, please call 301-218-6700.

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 Crafts at Watkins Nature Center

Upper Marlboro, MD – Participants ages, 2-10 years old, will enjoy hands-on nature craft activities.

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

Saturday, September 20, from 11a.m. – 12 noon

Sunday, October 2611, from 11a.m. – 12 noon

Saturday, November 15, from 11a.m. – 12 noon

For more information on the Nature Center, 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 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: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Tasting the Past: Herbal Infusions

Riverdale Park, MD – Oil and vinegar bars are all the rage with foodies, but did you know that flavoring vinegars has a long history? Spend the afternoon with the Riversdale Kitchen Guild while sampling popular blends from the 19th century and learn how to make your own at home.

Tasting the Past takes place on Saturday, September 20, at 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties and $12 for non-residents and registration is required by September 12.
Riversdale, a historic house museum of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is located at 4811 Riverdale Road in the town of Riverdale Park, Maryland. Call or email Riversdale@pgparks.com for 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 – 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 27, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Announced as Finalist for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation Competes for prestigious honor in the parks and recreation profession

Riverdale, MD – The Maryland- National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) was announced as a finalist for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is an unprecedented five-time National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in park and recreation management, competing with the top park and recreation agencies in the nation and winning this award on five separate occasions, most recently in 2003.

“We are proud of the joint award submission of Prince George's and Montgomery counties’ parks, recreation and planning systems,” says Ronnie Gathers, Director, M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County. “The fact that we have been named a finalist in this year’s competition speaks to the benefits of M-NCPPC’s commitment to outstanding parks and recreation opportunities and experiences for all the residents in the bi-county region,” Gathers continued.

The M-NCPPC administers a park system of more than 52,000 acres. It is composed of stream valley parks, large regional parks, neighborhood parks and park-school recreation areas. Since 1927, the M-NCPPC facilities, programs and responsibilities have continued to evolve and expand to keep pace with the needs of the community. From the responsibility for the entire public recreation program in Prince George's County, to building and strengthening ongoing regional business partnerships, the M-NCPPC has continued to plan, fund and deliver quality, innovative programs, facilities and services for nearly a century.

Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of residents, staff and elected officials. M-NCPPC joins three other finalists in the Class I competition including Chicago Park District, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation in Georgia, and Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities in Arizona. Class I is the largest population class that will compete for grand honors this year. The winner will be announced in October at the National Recreation and Park Association Congress.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation communities and one for state park systems.

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a non-profit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks. For more information, visit www.aapra.org.

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.

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 – April 15, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3466; TTY 301-446-3401
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors - Outdoor Art Contest

Upper Marlboro, MD – M-NCPPC and the Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors Foundation are pleased to partner for the second year in presenting the Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor Art Contest. The contest begins on May 1 and ends on November 1, 2014 and is open to youth up to 19 years old.

The Prince George’s County launch will take place on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Watkins Nature Center (301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.) The morning session, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., is reserved for school field trips. The center will be open to the general public to participate in the program from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Local artists will be onsite to work with attendees.

Youth are asked to get outdoors and interpret their outdoor experiences using any art form. So, whether their outdoor experience begins with a single tree in a backyard, neighborhood, regional park or a national forest, the contest offers youth the opportunity to connect with, create and celebrate their local biodiversity.

For information on classes and activities offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation, see www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks.
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