Social distancing has changed a lot of social opportunities, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to celebrate our natural world and engage in socially distant environmental stewardship! PHG has renewed our stewardship volunteer season with new events designed with Covid-19 precautions in mind. We have created this page to provide you and your family with additional online resources, fun activities to do in your backyard or at a nearby stream, and virtual trainings, webinars, and games. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
- 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.
- Virtual Webinar Series: Climate Change and Sustainability. Watch this webinar series to learn more about soil, gardening, landscaping, COVID-19, and health in the time of climate change. This series is presented by Dr. Sara Via, a professor and climate extension specialist at the University of Maryland, College Park.
- Webinar #1: Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy Planet. Click here to watch the webinar recording.
- Webinar #2: Regenerative Gardening: Growing food successfully & sustainably in a changing climate. Click here to watch the webinar.
- Webinar #3: Regenerative Landscaping: How to make suburban landscapes part of the climate solution. Click here to watch the webinar.
- Webinar #4: COVID-19 & Climate Change: Why aren’t we responding more effectively? Click here to watch the webinar.
- Webinar #5: Climate Change is Bad for your Health. Click here to watch the webinar.
- Webinar #6: The Power of Individual Climate Solutions. Click here to watch the webinar.
- Virtual Webinar: Environmentally Friendly Fall Practices. Learn more about ways to remain environmentally friendly in the fall. Topics will include proper leaf disposal, the potential harm of bonfires, the impact of road salt on our waterways, and more eco-friendly fall tips. Click here to watch the webinar.