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Jug Bay 5K /10K "Run for Wildlife" and 3K Fun Walk

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Held the first Saturday in November, this 5K/10K foot race and 3K fun walk takes participants along the banks of the Patuxent River and across a 1,000-foot bridge through a wetland area. All proceeds go toward wildlife conservation projects. 

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Trot for a Turkey (Festival of Lights)

For more than 30 years, visitors to the annual Winter Festival of Lights have been dazzled by twinkling light displays as they drove through the meandering roads of Watkins Regional Park. Now, visitors have the opportunity to walk or run through the 5K (3.1 mile) course and see the light show up close. Registration fee will provide a family in need with a holiday turkey.

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Suitland Bog Tour
Home to many rare and beautiful species of plants, including carnivorous pitcher plants and sundews, the Suitland Bog, located off Suitland Road, is one of the few remaining bogs in the Washington, D.C. area. Guided hikes for all ages are available by reservation. Please check SMARTlink for current dates.

Conservation Club

The Conservation Club provides youth with the perfect opportunity to earn volunteer service hours while working with the Park Rangers and enjoying the outdoors. Activities include tree planting, trail enhancement, river clean-ups, and more. Call the Park Ranger Office for available dates.
Ages 13 to 17. 

Bike Rodeo

Participants learn tips on how to ride a bike safely by doing a skills course, bike safety discussion, bike and helmet check, and a basic bike course. Participants provide working bikes and properly fitting helmets. Contact your community center to sponsor a Bike Rodeo.
Ages 6 to 12. 

Kayak Program

The Kayak Program at Lake Artemesia provides an opportunity for persons 12 years of age and older to see the lake from a different perspective. Participants will see waterfowl, turtles, fish and other local wildlife. Persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Tandem kayaks available by request (call 301-627-7755) after registering. Please check SMARTlink for current dates.
Ages 12 & up.

Archery with a Ranger

Archery is one of the oldest sports in the world. Come and learn the basics of using a bow and arrow. Concentration, patience, coordination and safety awareness are just a few of the many skills that archery helps develop. Adult supervision required for persons under 18. This program is held at the archery ranges at Adelphi Manor Community Park in Adelphi or at the Bock Road Maintenance Yard in Fort Washington. Please check SMARTlink for current dates. Ages 8 & up.

Fishing with a Ranger

Join the Park Rangers as they teach you about fishing! Learn casting, handling fish, fishing ethics & safety, and fish biology. Equipment and bait will be provided or bring your own. Program is recommended for beginners. Adult supervision required. This program is generally held at these locations: Schoolhouse Pond in Upper Marlboro, Tucker Pond in Fort Washington, Cosca Lake in Clinton, Lake Artemesia in College Park and Foxhill Pond in Bowie. Please check SMARTlink for current dates. Ages 6 to 12.

Ride with a Ranger

Enjoy a nice bike ride with a Park Ranger on various trails (natural or paved) all throughout the county. Bring your own bike, helmet, snacks and water. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Bike must be in good working condition. Please check SMARTlink for current dates. Ages 13 & up.

Run with a Ranger

Learn about nature and be healthy doing it. Run with a Park Ranger along nature or paved trails located at different places in the county. The ranger will talk about nature and wildlife at different parts of the route. Runs will be at a comfortable pace. Program is weather permitting. Please check SMARTlink for current dates. Ages 12 & up.

The Natural and Historical Resources Division
Program Planning Handbook