Getting Outside is a Perfect Way to Celebrate the Great Outdoors this June

Both President Obama and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has declared June as “Great Outdoors Month,” urging every American to uphold our legacy of conserving lands for future generations. Whether it’s hiking, fishing, kayaking, bird watching–or simply having a picnic and enjoying nature–getting outdoors with loved ones is a perfect way to celebrate the Great Outdoors.…

A Walk in the Park: Springtime Meanderings

Some days it’s just too BEAUTIFUL to be stuck indoors. Today was one of those days–mid 70s and sunny with a slight breeze. Perfect! So I grabbed the camera and headed out for one of my walks in the park. With 6 walking trails and the pedestrian roads connecting the Visitor Center to the barnyard, there are many routes to choose from. Usually I’ll opt for one of the trails; however today I wanted to see what was happening down on the colonial site.

Pic of the Week Caption Contest

One of our favorite things to do at the farm is to take photos — lots and lots of photos! From the barnyard and the colonial site to the river and the gardens and fields, the farm offers a lot of subjects for photography (or any art medium for that matter).

We often have such a good time thinking about fun and sometimes funny captions for many of the photographs that we thought, why should we have all the fun?

So, we ask you (our faithful followers) to join in on a Caption Contest.  Starting NOW, we’ll post a recently shot photo or “Pic” every other week for you to enjoy.  Fans can submit their best caption ideas to the Accokeek Foundation “panel”, which will review entries and select a winner. The winning caption will be posted in the following week’s eNewsletter.

Here is last week’s Pic with an example caption… (just to help you to get your creative juices flowing).

April Launch of Sprouts - Seeds and Spinach
If Jackson Pollock can do it, so can I
–(your name could go here)
Are you ready? After the jump, this week’s Pic is of two of our newest additions to the Heritage breed Hog Island sheep herd…

Take Action to Ensure That No Child is Left Inside

In 2008, Governor Martin O’Malley launched the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature. In September of last year, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) made history by voting unanimously to pass language requiring every local public school system to provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, environmental education program for all students–the first initiative of its kind in the nation. Part of a national movement to get kids back outside and reconnected to nature, Maryland’s No Child Left Inside Coalition, a coalition of 230 organizations, has been front and center in this effort. The Accokeek Foundation was one of its early members. Unfortunately, the original language for the graduation requirement was modified, resulting in a loophole that would allow school systems to meet the requirement by doing nothing new and eliminating any incentive to develop comprehensive environmental literacy programs. The Maryland No Child Left Inside Coalition is urging that the new language be rejected and has asked for everyone who is interested in supporting this effort to make their voices heard.

In response, our Director of Education and Public Programs has submitted a letter to the MSDE encouraging them to reject this new language and instead support efforts toward environmental education. Read her letter below, and take action by submitting your own by February 3.