This weekend, the last one before school begins, is a good weekend to choose to be outdoors with the kids, because there is plenty to do in nature.
Learn to identify birds by sight and sound at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The class is for those 12 and older and it is free, but there is a $6 per vehicle fee to enter the sanctuary. Call 410-741-9330 to register.
Jug Bay Wetlands is at 1361 Wrighton Road.
Also at Jug Bay tomorrow, you can join archaeologist Dr. Zachary Singer on a canoeing expedition into the archaeological and cultural history along the Patuxent River from its earliest occupation more than 10,000 years ago.
Children must be at least 7 and those under 13 must be accompanied by two paddling adults.
The trip lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes some pretty active paddling. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a sun hat, sunglasses, a lunch and close-toed shoes that can get wet. The fee is $25 and you can register online at activekids.com.
Teach your child to fish!
Fishing instruction for kids under the age of 16 will be held at Dundee Creek Marina in Middle River. The kids will learn how to tie fishing knots, cast a line and reel in their catch.
All resources are provided and no experience is needed. The naturalists on staff will do the teaching from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
This event is subject to cancellation due to weather; please check Twitter (twitter.com/GunpowderSP) for cancellation notices. The marina is located at 7400 Graces Quarters Road.
Historic Londontown in Edgewater has a special weekend of living-history programs scheduled.
“Uncertain Freedom: 1864” will take you back to the waning years of the Civil War, and you will meet the blacks who lived and worked in the Almshouse.
The shadow of slavery continues, even with the impending Union victory. Share in their struggles, and join them in facing the challenges that lie ahead, tomorrow and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program is free for members and included with admission for nonmembers.
And then, “Freedom on the Horizon” will be performed tomorrow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. by living-history interpreter Natassia Parker-Gross.
She is debuting her one-woman show on the extraordinary life of Oney Judge, who escaped in 1796 after spending much of her life enslaved by Martha and George Washington.
Born around 1773 at Mount Vernon, Judge escaped the Washingtons after learning she was to be “gifted” to the first lady’s granddaughter for her wedding.
Her remarkable story was documented by multiple abolitionist newspapers in the 19th century and gives a detailed look into enslaved life in the Chesapeake in the decades leading up to emancipation.
Following the play there will be a question-and-answer session with writer and performer Parker-Gross. The cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers and seating is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended. Visit historiclondontown.org/events.
Paws to Read begins with the start of the school year tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Odenton branch of the Anne Arundel County Library.
Kids will improve their reading skills while enjoying the rapt attention of volunteer canine tutors. Please call the library to book a 15-minute time slot. And check online at aacpl.net/content/paws-read for a date and time at your neighborhood library in the weeks ahead.
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