Due to the COVID 19 pandemic it is currently a requirement to wear a face covering (mask, bandana or face shield) when participating in our events. We are all looking forward to the days when this is no longer necessary but for the time being it is necessary for everyone's safety and strictly enforced in the group. Attempting to attend an event without a face covering or failure to follow social distancing guidelines may result in being dropped from the group.
This meetup is for people in the Silver Spring area who enjoy being outdoors and want to meet and socialize with other area residents. We plan outdoor activities of short duration (typically <3 hours) and within an hour drive of Silver Spring. While the group may host any outdoor activity most of our events involve walking or hiking about four miles. We often walk on the stream valley trails that form a network in and around Silver Spring. In the winter, weeknight walks are more often in neighborhoods where there are streetlights. Members are encouraged to suggest and organize outdoor events. It is helpful if you can post a photo of yourself on your profile (even better if it is outdoors).
Dues for this meet-up are $5 per year. Any member who hosts a meet-up event will automatically be exempt from dues for the calendar year. New members have a free trial of 2 months before paying dues. Members who are inactive for more than two months and have not paid dues may be dropped. Dues are paid in cash to the organizer to avoid processing fees which are high. The dues go to pay the Meetup fee for hosting the website which is currently $198 per year.
Some rules/guidelines: Anyone over 18 can join. Children are welcome as a guest of a member as long as they are supervised and can keep up with the described activity. Dogs are welcome as long as they are friendly, leashed, you pick up after them and they are allowed in the area where we will be. If you have any questions about an event after reading the description, please message the event organizer privately or post a comment.
No Show policy: You are a no show if you have signed up to attend an event (RSVP'd yes) and do not attend. If you change your RSVP at the last minute or e-mail me or the event organizer to say you're not coming that does not count as a no show. COVID 19 has effected the number of people who can participate in our events. If a member shows a pattern of signing up for events and cancelling at the last minute they may be dropped from the group since their RSVPs are preventing others from participating.