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Our final Mini Grant award announcement goes out to Germantown School Community Heritage Center, Berlin, MD! They received $4,981.20 to create signage for their butterfly migration garden. The outdoor signage will describe the garden, identify the plants, and provide audio recordings of the Germantown community students' memories of butterfly migration in the early to mid-20th century. The Germantown School migration garden provides nourishment for fall migrations for many species of insects; however, the butterfly migrations are remembered vividly by the Germantown community students, and they live on in students’ memories even as populations have diminished. Mini Grant funds will also be used to identify and plant native medicinal plants on the grounds, create a scavenger hunt/walking tour for the medicinal plants and an accompanying coloring book. Native medicinal plants played a critical role in the health of local communities, in particular, native and African American communities well into the 20th century. Doctors were not prevalent in these communities so healing methods relied upon Delmarva’s abundant natural resources and the knowledge of how to use them. For example, spiderwebs were used to heal wounds, Lamb’s-ear was used as a salve, and Sassafras was used as a daily heath tonic. Many of these treatments live on in the memories of the Germantown School students, these memories will be shared via audio tour. ... See MoreSee Less
Attention!👋🏽Registration is now open for Journey Up the Coast 2023!! These free programs will take place on Thursday, July 6 at the Assateague Living Shoreline and Thursday, July 13 at the James Farm Ecological Preserve. 🌲🌊At this interactive educational “Bay Hop”, learners will get the chance to handle local critters, explore different ecosystems, and really hone in on their observation skills with new friends! 🔎These programs are offered through a partnership between Maryland Coastal Bays Program and DE Center for the Inland Bays and are open for children ages 6-12, and participants can register for one or both days. Please visit the following link for more information and to register!tinyurl.com/3tnf7je3... See MoreSee Less
Hey now! How many Diamondback Terrapins reside in our bays? To help understand how the population is doing, we conduct annual community science surveys. Please consider assisting us during the week of May 30th – June 10th by participating! For details visit mdcoastalbays.org/event/terrapins/... See MoreSee Less
MCBP Mini Grant Recipiet: Assateague Coastal Trust's (ACT) Coast Kids program received $4,911 to fund eight summer camp scholarships, transportation for scholarship recipients, and summer camp staff time. Coast Kids "Nature Explorers and Wild Scientists" summer enrichment program is an opportunity for local students to explore the watershed, study backyard life, and make discoveries about our local ecosystems. With the Mini Grant Program funds, Coast Kids is able to offer four scholarships in each camp week for students from low-income families who receive reduced or free meals in school. Scholarship recipients also receive free transportation to and from camp locations. To learn more about the Coast Kids program, visit their website actforbays.org/coastkids. ... See MoreSee Less