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Nature Quest is Your Ticket to Outdoor Adventure

Nature Quest logoInterested in an adventure and a chance to find new parks in your area? You’ll love Baltimore County’s Nature Quest! Baltimore County Recreation and Parks, the Baltimore County Local Health Coalition and Wegmans grocery store have partnered to provide this fun, free adventure.

You can experience the outdoors and be active while discovering some of the best parks and trails in Baltimore County. It’s great for families, scout troops, seniors – anyone who wants to get outdoors and have fun. You can bike, hike, or canoe on designated trails and complete the Nature Quest while earning prizes.

All you have to do is finish at least five trails and you can join us on October 17 to celebrate at our Nature Quest Fest. This action- packed event will include various activities such as canoeing, fishing, live animals, crafts and more. So get your family and friends together and begin your adventure!

Complete Your Quest in Three Easy Steps!

1. Get your Passport booklet. Pick up a Nature Quest booklet from your local Wegmans store, at participating parks (Robert E. Lee Park, Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park, Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cromwell Valley Park, Marshy Point Nature Center, Benjamin Banneker Historical Park, or Honeygo Run Regional Park), or print one online at relpnc.org/nature-quest.

2. Start hiking. Take your booklet and a pencil or crayon and head out on the trails. Record your progress by making a rubbing of the trail marker located on each of 13 trails. photo of hiker making rubbing from signpost

3. Collect your prizes. Prizes are awarded after accumulating rubbings from at least five of the 13 trails. In addition to the prizes, questers that complete five trails or more also receive free admission to the Nature Quest Fest on October 17. Extra incentives are available to questers that complete 7 to 13 trails! 

Shannon Davis, Park Ranger, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks


Another Clean Green County Initiative

At beautiful Meadowood Park in Lutherville this morning, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced to recycling advocates and recreation leaders that the County has initiated recycling collection in 12 Baltimore County parks.

“Recycling brings critical environmental benefits, both locally and globally,” Kamenetz said. “Offering our residents the opportunity to recycle conveniently in parks is another step toward a clean, green Baltimore County.”

The parks included in the program are:

  • Banneker Historical Park and Museum
  • Eastern Regional Park
  • Honeygo Regional Park
  • Marshy Point Nature Center
  • Meadowood Regional Park
  • Northwest Regional Park
  • Reisterstown Regional Park
  • Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park
  • Oregon Ridge Lodge and Nature Center
  • Robert E Lee Park
  • Loch Raven Fishing Center (seasonal)
  • Rocky Point Beach and Park

These parks were selected because they already have on-site staff who empty trash and aggregate it in dumpsters for weekly collection. Although no significant additional personnel time will be required, each of these sites will need additional equipment and fixtures to implement the program. The initial cost excluding the weekly hauling is approximately $44,000. 

Either the private hauler for each area or the County’s Property Management staff will empty the dumpsters on a set schedule. Private haulers charge approximately $88 per unit per year depending upon location.

The program began in May and features a combination of blue or white recycling barrels and attractive green trash and recycle containers. Two of the green containers will be placed at each of the designated parks and the number of barrels varies according to the park’s popularity, size and anticipated amount of recyclables.

“It is important to offer residents every opportunity to recycle and I congratulate County Executive Kamenetz on his continuing commitment to protecting our environment,” said County Council Chair Cathy Bevins.

Clean Green County Facts

  • Our residential recycling program continues to break records in terms of tonnage collected, and is generating approximately $2 million in net revenues per year.
        
  • Baltimore County continues to be recognized by the national Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for our investment in community trees, plus we are aggressively pursuing our goal of increasing the County’s overall tree canopy to 50 percent coverage.
      
  • Our stream restoration program is nationally recognized, with seven stream restoration projects completed since 2011 and more than two dozen now in the planning and design stages.
       
  • We are putting the Stormwater Utility Fee funding to work with projects all around the County including:
    • street sweeping
    • storm drain cleaning
    • stormwater facility inspection, maintenance and upgrades
    • shoreline stabilization
    • urban canopy tree planting
    • reforestation
    • monitoring, planning and programming
    • other improvements to impervious surfaces
               
  • DPW is promoting residential recycling with billboards promoting the benefits of recycling, including environmental, jobs and landfill conservation. The three billboards can be viewed on the County’s Facebook page at:

 


At Radebaugh's, We are Always Growing

A Press Release from Radebaugh's Florist...  Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses has operated as a family business at its current location at 120 Burke Avenue in Towson for four generations over the last 90 years and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Over the past several years, we have made numerous changes to enhance our business as well as to provide our customers with a better overall sales experience. These changes include building a new state-of-the-art greenhouse at our wholesale farm in Northern Baltimore County, interior renovations to our floral shop, expanded merchandise lines and enhanced accessibility in our retail greenhouses. All of these changes are all part of our vision and plan to carry us into the next generation.

The surrounding communities and our loyal customers are familiar with our retail floral shop and greenhouses located on Burke Avenue. What many may not know, however, is that the Radebaugh Family operates wholesale greenhouses and a Design & Delivery Center on family-owned property located at the end of Aigburth Avenue. These greenhouses have been in operation since the 1940’s. While they hold a good bit of nostalgia for the family and our employees, they are certainly not the most energy efficient and require a great deal of maintenance. We have struggled for the past few years about what do to with the old greenhouses on that property. There was talk of residential development, but when Baltimore County began a search for open space, it seemed like it may be a better fit. An introduction of a new park at this location seems like a wonderful idea for the community that has supported our family and our business for decades.

As you may have read in the County’s press release and in various news articles, we are currently in the early stages of negotiations with the County; however we want to make it clear that any potential sale of the portion of the property located at the end of Aigburth Avenue will in no way affect any of our daily operations.  In fact, the potential sale will help us facilitate our growth and further renovations in the near future.
satellite view of the proposed parkland

The Radebaugh family has strong ties within the Baltimore community, especially in Towson, and we are here to stay. We look forward to seeing you in the greenhouses, filling your landscaping order, making your holiday tables complete with a gorgeous centerpiece, discussing your wedding flowers, brightening up your office entry, sending the perfect gift basket to a client, and celebrating our 100 year anniversary with you in 2024.   

Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouse, where “Only Nature Has More Experience” ®


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