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By Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

Sing along, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks style! Summertime, and the livin’ is fun, active, interesting and exciting. July brings a Frog Round Up, Very Hungry Caterpillars, Critters in the Creek, Bird Walks, and a Liberty Tea Party. There’s jazz, bluegrass and patriotic favorites with fireworks. With campfires, canoeing and Christmas in July, Baltimore County parks are something to sing about.

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  • Mini Mud Day (registration required)    Lake Roland

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Programs are run by Baltimore County Recreation and Parks and Nature Council volunteers. Many programs are free, but some ask for a donation or have a small fee. Be sure to check the websites to confirm times and locations.

Plan your summer fun. Check out this list and mark your calendars:  Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Summer Listing of Fun Stuff to Do!  With over 200 Baltimore County Parks, there is something to do every day, every week of the summer.





By Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

Here’s your “March-ing” orders for exploration and fun. Check out maple sugaring exhibits. Try yoga as you’ve never done it before. Make a spinning wind catcher or become a world class “weed warrior.” Browse your way on a bird walk and go on a family egg hunt. Spring is almost sprung, so get to know Baltimore County’s 200 parks and nature centers.

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Tuesday, March 6

  • Central Maryland Beekeepers Association – Speaker Series:  “A Year in the Life of a Commercial Beekeeper”    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

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Programs are run by Baltimore County Recreation and Parks and Nature Council volunteers. Many programs are free, but some ask for a donation or have a small fee. Be sure to check the websites to confirm times and locations.

As the weather is changing, enjoy our 200 beautiful Parks and Nature Centers. March is a great time to rediscover Baltimore County Recreation and Parks!



by Joylene John-Sowah, MD MPH, Division Chief, Communicable Diseases, Baltimore County Department of Health & Human Services

Summer brings backyard gatherings, picnics and travel. The fun should not be overshadowed by thoughts of Zika. At the Baltimore County Department of Health, we are doing our part to make this season safe. 

Aedes mosquitos can become infected with the Zika virus if they bite a person that has it. These infected mosquitos can then spread the virus to other people through bites. The majority of people who become infected with Zika never know it, while others may experience fever, rash, headache, joint pain, and/or conjunctivitis (red eyes). These symptoms usually last for several days to a week. Even though symptoms are usually mild and go away with rest and fluids, pregnant women are at risk of passing it on to their unborn babies. Zika has been linked to a number of birth defects, including microcephaly (small head due to small brain) and brain damage.

When travelling this season, it’s important to be aware of the areas with active transmission of Zika virus. In the continental US, active local Zika transmission by mosquitoes has been reported in Miami-Dade County, Florida and Brownsville, Texas.  Find out more about specific areas in the U.S. and other countries with active Zika transmission.

Mosquito control and protection are important to preventing mosquito bites and breeding opportunities. In order to prevent the spread of Zika virus, always remember to WRAP UP!

W: Wear long sleeved shirts, pants and hats.

R: Repair damaged doors and windows.

A: Always empty objects and containers that stay outside and hold water, to avoid creating mosquito breeding sites.

P: Protect yourself with an EPA-registered insect repellent.

U: Use condoms or abstain from sexual activity if you are pregnant, or if you or your partner has been in a Zika infested area.

P: Pregnant women should avoid traveling to areas affected by Zika.

By following these simple steps, we can all do our part to Zap Zika!

If you have a community organization that would be interested in having a representative from the Department of Health give an educational presentation about Zika virus, call 410-887-6011.

Revised September 11, 2017