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Day at the River Center

Canal Stewards at the River Center
Sunday, July 1, 10 am – 12 pm
River Center at Lock 8, 7906 Riverside Drive, Cabin John, MD 20818
Join us at the River Center! We'll be meeting at 10 am at the River Center to clean up the lockhouse area and the nearby towpath. This cleanup is open to all ages, and we'll provide all the necessary supplies - just wear clothes that can get dirty. This event is part of the National Park Service's Canal Stewards program, engaging volunteers to become long-term caretakers of a site within the C & O Canal National Historical park. Typical activities include picking up trash, pruning vegetation, or repairing the towpath and trails. Contact Hannah Larson at [masked] or (301)[masked] x205 with any questions.

Medicinal Plant Walk
Sunday, July 1, 12 – 1:30 pm
River Center at Lock 8, 7906 Riverside Drive, Cabin John, MD 20818

Join Potomac Conservancy and Randa Steblez for a walk focusing on the history, folklore, and medicinal uses of plants along the C & O Canal. Randa will share information about common trees, weeds, and wildflowers along the Canal whose beauty and medicinal qualities are often overlooked. No registration is necessary. Contact Hannah Larson at [masked] for more information.

Voices of the River: Stories of the Potomac with Hayden Mathews
Sunday, July 1, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
River Center at Lock 8, 7906 Riverside Drive, Cabin John, MD 20818

In this entertaining and informative program, local historian and tour guide, Hayden Mathews, will tell some of his favorite tales about Potomac River history and also provide an overview of the big changes in the river valley that have occurred since humans first arrived here 15,000 years ago. Hear about an amazing slave escape by ship, a tragic accident with a romantic twist, a lucky escape from a man-made 'tsunami', a pig trade gone bad that almost ruined Virginia, and more tales from the valley that shaped this nation's history. Fast-paced, fun and enlightening, this is a talk that will appeal to all ages.
For more information, contact Hannah Larson at [masked].

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