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   Winter  
Welcome to Carrie Murray Nature Center!

Located in the 1200 acres of Gwynns Falls Park, Carrie Murray Nature Center is a great place to discover the natural world in our urban environment.

  In this newsletter, please find events and opportunities and a special tribute to Black History Month!

   Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community.
Volunteers at Carrie Murray make hugely valuable contributions! 

Click On The Calendar for Upcoming  Events!
On our website, we use a traditional calendar view to display all of our upcoming events. Take a look at what we have planned for this winter!
  Highlights  
Last Fall, "Every Kid in a Park" program, sponsored by the National Park Foundation guided Baltimore City Public School 4th graders as they explored the wonders of the Gwynns Falls Trail! 
Emma O'Donnell, our Chesapeake Conservation Corps member serving at Carrie Murray for 2019-2020 has been building capacity by presenting at local conferences, leading volunteers in conservation projects, and assisting with environmental field trips. Thanks, Emma! 
Our Naturalist team visited Liberty Heights Elementary School to discover nature with preschoolers and parents as part of a collaboration with Maryland Public Television. 

Carrie Murray hosted a winter crafting workshop with 50 Baltimore City Rec & Parks Therapeutic Recreation participants.   

The 2nd annual Rock Fest was a great success! 70 people of all ages shared their own rock collections and engaged with Geology experts.  
 
On The Horizon!

Nature Nurtures Summit 
Saturday, March 28, 2020

tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nature-nurtures-tickets-84896845751

Hi-Tech Hike 
Saturday, March 28, 2020
1:00PM-3:00PM
Ages: All
Free

Naturalists will lead a hike with the iNaturalist app! We hope to introduce many more Baltimore City residents to iNaturalist as we prepare to compete against cities around the world in the annual BioBlitz City Nature Challenge (April 25--more info to come, but save the date!).
Black History Month

"Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise." 
-George Washington Carver
 

There is a long-standing, but often unknown, connection between African-Americans and the study, use, and protection of nature and the environment. Here are some Black History facts you may not have known:

  • In the early 1900's several historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) created nature study guides for grade school children to use. Hampton University even had its own Nature Study Bureau and published 17 issues of a children's nature study guide in 1901, which is available online – look for Hampton Institute Course in Nature Study for Primary Grades.

  • Another HBCU that produced nature study guides was Tuskegee Institute. Their guide was written by George Washington Carver. Carver is well-known for his research on peanuts, but did you know he also discovered two species of fungi found on soybeans and helped create over 30 types of dye from soils?

  • Charles Henry Turner was the first black person to receive a PhD in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1907. Much of Dr. Turner's career focused on studying insect behavior. He published over 70 papers and discovered that honeybees could see in color and see patterns! He also discovered that insects could hear and change their behavior based on their past experiences!

  • Black history continues to be made even in present times, and locally! Destiny Watford, a teenager from the Curtis Bay neighborhood, received the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2016 for her efforts to block construction of the country's largest incinerator in her neighborhood. Her community continues to push for clean energy options instead of an incinerator.

Black history isn't just for February, it can be a year-round learning process! To learn about the work of current black scientists, check out the hashtag #blackandSTEM on social media (like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). There are also many books available.  A few examples include: Black and Brown Faces in America's Wild Places by Dudley Edmonson, Black Nature by Camille Dungy, The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham, and for kids Bug Watching with Charles Henry Turner by Michael Ross.

 

Upcoming Maryland Master Naturalist Course at Carrie Murray Nature Center!
 
We will be offering a Maryland Master Naturalist course at the nature center Friday afternoons from May 15- September 11th!  Applications are now being accepted from now until March 15th.

To apply, visit https://www.carriemurraynaturecenter.org/master-naturalist-training.

 
We'll see you on the Trails!
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Carrie Murray Nature Center
1901 Ridgetop Rd. Baltimore, MD 21207
Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
Second Sundays: 10am - 3pm
    

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