Friday, February 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Brookside Gardens
SILVER SPRING, MD–Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will host the 2013 Green Matters Symposium, titled “The New American Landscape” on Friday, February 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The program will be held in the auditorium of Brookside Gardens and costs $89. Participants will examine the next chapter of American horticulture and the emphasis on sustainability that will drive landscape design in the coming decades. Sessions will highlight how sustainability has entered the mainstream, including its association with our food, building materials, and even the Olympics, shedding light on what this means and how it applies to landscape design.
Seminar Topics include:
- Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes by Heather Venhaus, Principal at Regenerative Environmental Design
- Ecological-and Beautiful-Stormwater Management by Steven Torgerson – ASLA, RLA; A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc.
- Creating Diverse and Sustainable Gardens Inspired by Nature by Rick Lewandowski – Horticulturist, Naturalist, Lecturer and Consultant
- Sustainable in the Material World by Meg Calkins – ALSA LEED AP, Ball State University
To register visit www.ParkPASS.org and enter course # 212968 in the search bar. A Happy Hour will take place immediately following the Symposium for just $15, register with course # 224799.
For more information, call 301-962-1451 or visit us online at www.BrooksideGreen.org. M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks’ Brookside Gardens is located at 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902.
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Most parks and facilities will be open Monday with the exception of Brookside Gardens and the Nature Centers.
SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, January 21, 2013 with a special Weed Warrior National Day of Service project at Rock Creek Regional Park. Weed Warrior volunteers directed by Montgomery Parks’ staff will work in collaboration with staff from Go Ape!—the treetop adventure course located in the park—to remove non-native invasive plants. Volunteers are welcome to participate in the effort and can learn more about how to get involved here or by emailing email@example.com.
Montgomery Parks’ Weed Warrior program, started in 1999, is comprised of an estimated 800 citizen volunteers who assist park staff on a regular basis in monitoring and removing non-native invasive plant species (NNIs) from parkland.
MLK JR. HOLIDAY OPERATING SCHEDULE
Montgomery Parks will observe the following operating hours for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21, 2013:
Ice skating rinks will observe standard operating schedules.
- Cabin John Ice: Open 8AM – 6:15PM. Visit www.CabinJohnIce.com or call 301-765-8620 for skating session times.
- Wheaton Ice Arena: Open 10AM – 6:45PM. Visit www.WheatonIceArena.com or call 301-905-300 for skating session times.
Tennis centers will observe standard operating schedules.
- Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center at Cabin John Regional Park: Open 6AM – midnight. Visit www.CabinJohnTennis.com or call 301-765-8650 for court availability.
- Wheaton Indoor Tennis at Wheaton Regional Park: Open 8AM – 11PM. Visit www.WheatonTennis.com or call 301-905-3030 for court availability.
Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and Conservatories will be closed. The grounds will be open and previously booked programs /events will run as scheduled.
Montgomery Parks Nature Centers will be closed. The nature center grounds will be open for exploration.
- Black Hill Visitors Center
- Brookside Nature Center
- Locust Grove Nature Center
- Meadowside Nature Center
The Montgomery Parks Permit Office will be closed including both synthetic turf fields at Blair High School and Fairland Recreational Park. All the Park Activity Buildings will be open for customers with existing reservations.
*All other parks and facilities are operating on standard schedules listed on www.MontgomeryParks.org.
About M-NCPPC and the Montgomery Parks
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks throughout the County. The Department of Parks is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is ranked as a national model of excellence in park and recreation management by other park systems and by the National Recreation and Parks Association.www.MontgomeryParks.org
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Registration opens January 9 for Montgomery Parks’ programs; January 22 for Department of Recreation programs.
SILVER SPRING, MD— M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation announce a diverse line-up of summer camps and programs for 2013, featuring hundreds of affordably priced camps spanning a variety of interests, including aquatics, ice skating, tennis, theatre, outdoor adventure and nature, robotics and golf. Camps and summer programs are available for tots to teens at all skill levels and at hundreds of locations across the county.
Details on the line-up are available in the new 2013 Summer Camp Guide (a joint publication this year), which is available online at www.MontgomeryParks.org/guide, and www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec. Print copies may be found at select Montgomery Parks’ facilities, Montgomery County Recreation centers, government buildings and libraries while supplies last. More information on Montgomery Parks’ summer camps is available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/camps.
Online registration for summer programs and camps for Montgomery Parks is available at www.ParkPASS.org; Online registration for the Department of Recreation is available at https://recweb.montgomerycountymd.gov/.
Register Early to Save $25 on Select Montgomery Parks’ Camps
For those who register before March 1, 2013, Montgomery Parks is offering a $25 discount on 15 different 2013 Summer and Spring Break Camps . More details are available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/camps.
Montgomery Parks’ and Montgomery County Recreation staff will be on hand at the upcoming 18th Annual Camp and Summer Program Expo at White Flint Mall in Rockville on Saturday, January 26 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, January 27 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm, to answer questions and distribute information about this year’s camps.
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WHEATON—M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks is excited to partner with industry leaders in environmental education for an evening showcase of programs designed to enhance environmental literacy in the classroom. On Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 5-8pm, the region’s top environmental education (EE) providers will gather at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland to demonstrate their programs and talk with teachers face-to-face.
In 2011, Maryland became the first state in the nation to require students to meet environmental literacy standards before graduating from high school. There are eight state standards: Environmental Issues; Interactions of Earth’s Systems; Flow of Matter and Energy; Populations, Communities and Ecosystems; Humans and Natural Resources; Environment and Health; Environment and Society; Sustainability. Regional EE providers have geared outreach and field trip opportunities to assist schools, teachers and students in meeting these standards and many of the programs fulfill Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) requirements, as well.
Teachers attending the event will find a myriad of innovative resources from Meadowside Nature Center’s Live Raptor Program and Izaak Walton League’s Creek Freaks to NASA’s STEM Academy and NOAA’s Estuaries 101. Other exhibitors presenting include, American Chestnut Society, Audubon Naturalist Society, Brickyard Educational Farm, Casey Trees, Croydon Creek Nature Center, Living Classrooms, MAEOE, Marian Koshland Science Museum, National Children’s Museum, National Park Service, Patuxent Research Refuge, Red Wiggler Community Farm, Robinson Nature Center, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and Watkins Nature Center.
This is a free event; however space is limited so teachers should register by calling 301-258-4037 or 301-962-1472. For more information, please visit our website www.brooksidegardens.org.