During this time of social distancing, our normal environmental stewardship events are on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue celebrating our natural world and engaging in socially distant environmental stewardship! We’ll be continually updating this page to include online resources, fun activities to do in your backyard or at a nearby stream, and virtual trainings, webinars, and games for you and your family to participate in. Be sure to check back for newly added opportunities to celebrate and steward your local environment!

Social Distancing Outdoor Activities (solo or with your immediate family/roommates):

  • Grab a bag or two, walk a nearby trail or stream, and pick up trash along the way. Snap a picture and send it to us at info@patapsco.org for a shout-out! Or fill out a Stream Watch activity form found here.
  • Head out to your backyard or nearby trail to look for invasive plants to remove. Snap a picture and send it to us at info@patapsco.org for a shout-out! You can even get crafty and create your own wreath with invasive vines! To learn more about invasive plants in the Patapsco watershed and why they are bad, go here.

Online Resources:

  • Follow along with our #PatapscoFromHome hashtag on all of our social media platforms to learn more about ways to engage with and learn about the environment, history, and culture of the Patapsco Valley. For Facebook, go here. For Instagram, go here. For Twitter, go here. Visit the #PatpascoFromHome webpage here.
  • Depending on where you live, you may not have access to the various corners of the Patapsco watershed. Instead, take a tour with our 360° virtual reality photos to soak in the beauty of the Patapsco from the comfort of your home! Go here.
  • Dog poop can contain bacteria and pathogens and is also considered an environmental contaminant. We want all dog owners to #DooYourDuty and always pick up after their pups. Want to learn more about about how to #DooYourDuty? Go here. Have a printer at home? Download and print our #DooYourDuty activity book here.
  • Want to help design the next storm drain mural for PHG? Click here to download your own template, and send completed designs to Info@patapsco.org.
  • The DC Environmental Film Festival is hosting many of their films online to watch for free (or with a streaming service subscription). To access these films, go here.
  • Wildlife web cams are another great way to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of our homes. Take a look at the Chesapeake Conservancy’s Great Blue Heron cam found here.
  • Every Monday, from 2-3 PM, Dr. David Shiffman, a marine conservation biologist and science writer from Arizona State University, is having weekly live Q&A sessions all about sharks on Twitter. We may not have any sharks in the Patapsco River, but the actions we take in our watershed can impact the water quality here and the Chesapeake Bay – where you can find 12 species of sharks! If interested, go here.

Virtual Webinars/Trainings/Games (live and recorded):

  • Virtual Webinar: The Magical, Vital Vernal Pool. Learn about vernal pools, the threats they face, and actions governments and individuals can take to support local biodiversity. Click here to watch the webinar recording.
  • Virtual Webinar: Stream Watcher Training. Join this on-line training to learn the tell-tale signs that a stream is in trouble and how to report it, pick up any trash/litter, or if it’s too much for one person to clean, work with us to schedule a future group cleanup. Click here to watch the webinar recording. 
  • Virtual Webinar: Invasive Plants of the Patapsco. Learn more about what invasive plants are, why they are bad, the most common ones found in the Patapsco watershed, and what you can do to help remove them. Click here to watch the webinar recording.
  • Facebook Live: How to Remove Common Invasives of the Patapsco. Watch our recording of this live instructional video here. 
  • Facebook Live: Nature Scavenger Hunt Series in both English and Spanish. Week 1 recording found here. Week 2 recording found here.
  • Marty’s Bird Identification Flash Video Games. Learn about birds found on the East Coast of the United States with this fun bird identification flash video game. Flashcards in a video format! Play the game several times to learn your birds. Click here to play. Be sure to subscribe to the channel by clicking here to be updated when future videos are released.
  • The National Wildlife Federation has lowered the firewall for all of their online magazines, like Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr, including many online games and videos. You can access them here.

Environmental Program

At the heart of the Patapsco River Valley is a network of protected lands along the Patapsco River representative of Maryland’s Piedmont forest and industrial heritage. The Valley’s natural beauty and history combine to provide a unique opportunity for visitors to appreciate and enjoy Maryland’s most dramatic river valley.

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway rallies thousands of volunteers each year to clean up trash, remove invasive species, and plant trees in support of its mission to preserve and protect the natural resources of the valley.

Want to know if we have done a clean up near you?  Take a look at our environmental stewardship map, or check out picture from events over the years, found here.

What You Can Do

PHG has recruited a strong environmental team of volunteers. You can become active in the fight to sustain our natural resources by becoming a part of our team. You can become a certified Stream Watcher, or simply participate in stream cleanups and tree plantings with no prior experience necessary.

Through these coordinated environmental programs we provide volunteers the opportunity to make a positive difference in the health of the Patapsco River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer with your group or company?