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Plant Invaders: Invasive Plants in the MPEA
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Plant Invaders: Invasive Plants in the MPEA @ The Hawthorn Center | Columbia | Maryland | United States

The Hickory Ridge Community Association and the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) will co-sponsor a FREE presentation about ecological stewardship with a focus on combatting invasive plants in the MPEA on Tuesday, February 24 from 7—9 pm at The Hawthorn Center. Davey Rogner, MPEA’s Invasive Species Project Manager and Executive Director of The Harvest Collective, will talk about the different invasive species that impact the MPEA and how the MPEA is working to remove them. He will also share several ways that individuals can help alleviate the problem at MPEA and improve the ecological health of their own backyards. This should be a very educational and inspiring discussion! Please RSVP to the village office at 410-730-7327.


Community Cleanup Day
Mar 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community Cleanup Day

Hickory Ridge Community Association will sponsor a Community Open Space Stream Cleanup Day in the Clary’s Forest Open Space. This year, the event will be managed by our new Hickory Ridge Watershed Advisory Committee, and will be followed by an optional tree-planting activity in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Volunteers should meet in the Clary’s Forest Pool parking lot and be dressed to work. We will provide gloves, trash bags, and snacks – you provide the manpower! If you are interested in joining this effort, call the village office for more details. This is a great community service opportunity for scout groups, teens and tweens!

Baywise Landscaping Class
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Baywise Landscaping Class @ The Hawthorn Center | Columbia | Maryland | United States

Are you interested in learning how to make your yard more environmentally friendly? Come to The Hawthorn Center on  Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 7:30—9 pm to learn all about Baywise Landscaping from the Howard County Master Gardeners. During this FREE workshop, you’ll learn how to create a desirable and sustainable landscape while reducing the pollutants flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Topics include fertilizing wisely, reducing the use of pesticides, conserving water, controlling soil erosion and rainwater runoff, and composting. Register online or by calling the village office.


Pull & Plant at Clary’s Forest Stream
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Pull & Plant at Clary's Forest Stream @ Clary's Forest Open Space

Join our Watershed Advisory Committee as they pull invasive species from the streams in Clary’s Forest and replace them with native species plants. David Rogner of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area and John McCoy, CA’s Watershed Manager are expected to be on site. The rain date for this event is April 26.

Meeting Place: Watch Chain near Flywheel @ trailhead

Clary’s Forest Stream Walk
May 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Clary's Forest Stream Walk @ Clary's Forest stream

Observe Clary’s Forest Stream conditions and environment with John McCoy, CA’s Watershed Manager.

Meeting Place: Watch Chain near Flywheel @ trailhead


Rain Barrel Workshop
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Chesapeake Environmental Communications and the Hickory Ridge Watershed Advisory Committee are co-sponsoring a Rain Barrel Workshop at The Hawthorn Center on Monday, September 21 from 7—9 pm. This free workshop will teach you everything you need to know about how to install and maintain a rain barrel on your property. This event is made possible through a grant by the Chesapeake Bay Trust to engage the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) community in identifying best management practices for homeowners and finding engineering solutions for the impacts of stormwater-generated erosion and sediment. Please RSVP to by 9/7: The first 30
residents to reply will receive a FREE rain barrel.