Discover Nature … Right In Your Own Back Yard
In recent years, many citizens have been seeking ways to reconnect with nature and to experience our natural heritage. What many Southern Maryland residents and visitors may not realize is that there are numerous extraordinary natural sites easily available to them in their community – right in their own back yard!
ACLT has received a generous grant from the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium to launch a program entitled, “In Your Own Back Yard: A Program to Inspire the Southern Maryland Community to Enjoy and Care for Their Local Land, Wildlife and Waterways”. Through this program, we hope to introduce local residents to the benefits, ease, and joys of visiting and assisting in the care of ACLT’s Parkers Creek Preserve and to encourage them to visit the wide selection of local and state parks as well as other lesser-known places offering eco-tourism.
As our tagline says, ACLT’s primary objective is “Connecting People to the Land”. So come along with us and discover all the natural heritage Southern Maryland has to offer!
To kick off this program, we will be hosting the first “Southern Maryland Nature Fest” on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for all the details about this FREE event!
Use the map below to discover nature parks, hiking trails, beaches, eco-tourism farms, and nature museums* right in your back yard!
NOTE: Sites marked with a star are participating in Southern Maryland Nature Fest!
*Note: Many identified sites include more than one of the features listed above!
Be sure to click through to the website to obtain current info about hours, conditions, etc.*
Nature Fest Contest
Enter to win this adorable Raccoon Bluebird Box! It’s easy! To enter, check out our interactive map of Southern Maryland Nature Sites above, visit our Facebook Page, and list the sites you’ve visited in the comments. You may also enter the contest at Nature Fest.
According to the National Audubon Society: “Bluebirds are cavity nesters. Rather than make their own nests, bluebirds take advantage of existing nooks and crannies in trees. But today, as natural cavities have become fewer and farther between, bluebirds increasingly rely on human-made homes. To keep populations healthy, naturalists are urging people across the country to erect and tend bluebird boxes.”
- One entry per person;
- Parks and other nature sites mentioned must be located in Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties);
- Drawing to be held Monday, July 15, 2019. Need not be present to win;
- Entries may be made on our Facebook page or at Nature Fest on July 13th by completing the form with your name, phone # and nature parks you have visited in Southern Maryland;
- This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook. By entering, each entrant releases Facebook of any liability or responsibility.
Are we missing any sites?
If you know of additional nature parks, trails, farms, etc. that we left off our map, please complete the form below with as much information as possible. Please include your name, email and phone # in case we have any questions. Also, please email us if there are any errors on the map: firstname.lastname@example.org