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NAS Pax River: Free Guided nature walks (Must have base access)

September 24 @ 9:00 am 11:00 am


Welcome to Southern Maryland – an area  rich in wildlife diversity, fascinating flora, beautiful scenery, and home to the wonderful Chesapeake Bay!  If you enjoy the natural world around you and would like to learn more about it, the PAX Environmental Conservation and Planning Branch  is pleased to announce; A Walk in the Woods with Maryland Master Naturalist Bill Cheeseman.  This is a leisurely stroll through woods alongside the Patuxent River near where it joins the Chesapeake.  This easy walk is about 1 mile with frequent stops to discuss trees, birds, butterflies, or reptiles we find along the way and to discuss the natural history of the area.  How did the Chesapeake Bay form?  Why is the water salty 100 miles up the Bay from the Atlantic?  What kind of trees are here?  Do we have any dangerous animals in the area?

For your comfort, think about appropriate footwear (closed toed is highly recommended) and whether or not you want sunscreen or insect spray.  We will mostly be walking on gravel roads so this walk is fairly accessible to those with mobility challenges.  This time of the year it can get hot, so you might want to bring water with you.


When: September 24th, starting at 0900 and probably wrap up at about 1100.

Where:  Meet at Paradise Grove on Cedar Point Road (near the golf course). **Base access required. Staff and volunteers can not directly sponsor guests to attend this event. Base personnel can bring guests in accordance with security entry policy.

RSVP required:  Please email Bill Cheeseman @   paxbillc@md.metrocast.net. Attendance is capped at 15 participants for safety and ease of communication outside. (Additional dates will be added if interest supports)

The event will go on rain or shine.  In the case of rain, we will stay under the pavilion at the entrance to Paradise Grove.  In those inclement conditions we will have taxidermy mounts and live reptiles from the area to study and discuss.  We will also learn about the development and the mechanics of the Chesapeake.


September 24
9:00 am – 11:00 am
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