Conservation Stewardship Project: Tree Shelter Cleaning & Planting Session

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Middle Patuxent Environmental Area

  • 6 people are interested
Tree Planting
Planting Trees and Shrubs

Non-native, invasive plants are a persistent threat to our habitat restoration efforts, particularly within our shrub planting sites. Several vines and vine-like plants are the worst offenders, strangling and suffocating our young woody plants. Come out and assist us with maintaining affected shelters. Then if time and weather allow we’ll install even more native trees or shrubs.

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About Middle Patuxent Environmental Area


Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks, 7060 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21029, US

Mission Statement

The primary components of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area's mission are natural resource conservation, environmental education, research, and passive recreation. The area is managed using ecosystem management concepts to restore and protect the diversity of communities found in this region.


Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks manages the 1,021-acre Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) in cooperation with the Middle Patuxent Environmental Foundation. This natural area is home to a diversity of wildlife, including an impressive list of about 150 species of birds, over 40 species of mammals, and numerous amphibians, reptiles, fishes, butterflies, plants and other wildlife. Five and one-half miles of hiking trails, with two interpretive nature trail brochures, give visitors an opportunity to enjoy and learn about the area.

The objective of the MPEA volunteer program is to involve members of the community in many aspects of the MPEA's management. Volunteers can become involved in the development and maintenance of our trail system, help fight the invasive exotics that threaten our native species, study the diverse flora and fauna communities, participate in habitat management projects.


Tue Oct 22, 2019
09:00 AM - 11:30 AM  


Middle Patuxent Environmental AreaSouth Wind Circle TrailheadColumbia, MD 21044



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Botany
  • Gardening




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • 2.5 hours.
  • Long sleeved shirt, pants, and closed-toe shoes. Bring your own water and/or snack.

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