Advocacy 202: Using free online tools and social media for organizing
May
24
6:30 PM18:30

Advocacy 202: Using free online tools and social media for organizing

Led by Eliza Cava and ANS Communications & Marketing Director Caroline Brewer, this workshop will introduce you to the free organizing and communication tool that ANS uses (Action Network) and show you how you can use it for your grassroots group to maximize your communication with members, the public, and decision-makers. You will also learn how to use images and social media to amplify your message!

Learn more, register for all classes, and become a member at www.anshome.org/training.

$15 ANS members/$20 non-members

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Lancaster Water Week
Jun
1
to Jun 9

Lancaster Water Week

Join the Lancaster County Conservancy in Celebration of Clean Water!

 Photos and description courtesy of Lancaster County Conservancy

Photos and description courtesy of Lancaster County Conservancy

Lancaster County is blessed with 1,500 stream miles, but 47 percent of these streams are polluted and cannot support their original aquatic life. Waterways are the core of Lancaster County. They drive economic opportunity and growth that benefits our local economy and agriculture. Our rivers and streams are the source of our drinking water and recreation to be enjoyed by all. To protect these waters, we want to strengthen the sense of stewardship in Lancaster County. Water connects us all!

To find out more about the events of Lancaster Water Week look here, or contact fritz Schroeder,. fschroeder@lancasterconservancy.org.

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Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week
Jun
2
to Jun 10

Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

Join us as we celebrate Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, June 2- 10. This week was created in 2016 to mark a time for all of us to acknowledge the great work happening for our local rivers, streams, and Chesapeake Bay. It is also an opportunity for organizations to host community events, plantings, trash pick ups and more!

If you are hosting an event during Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, please add it to the calendar that will be promoted and circulated as part of our outreach.

Check back for more updates and social media posts you can use to help promote the week!

With questions, please contact Kristin Reilly, reillyk@nwf.org

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4th Annual Clean Water Rally
Jun
5
10:30 AM10:30

4th Annual Clean Water Rally

For over four decades, the Delaware Nature Society has worked aggressively, through a scientific, fact-based approach, to be a leading voice encouraging conservation and protection of our region's natural resources. Now, the Delaware Nature Society needs your help and your voice!

Join the 4th Annual Clean Water Rally on June 5th to stand up for clean water. Celebrate the amazing role water plays in your life with our community of Water Warriors while enjoying festivities like FREE food from local food trucks and presentations! In the afternoon, you have the option of discussing why clean water is important to you with your state representatives.

All ages welcome, free for everyone. Registration is required! 

Help us speak out for water, wildlife, and land conservation so that Delaware's wildlife and communities can thrive. This event is hosted by the Delaware Nature Society and co-sponsored by the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed.

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Choose Clean Water Conference
May
22
to May 23

Choose Clean Water Conference

The 9th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference will be held on Tuesday, May 22 - Wednesday, May 23 at the Lancaster Marriott in Lancaster, PA.

Each year, the Coalition’s Choose Clean Water Conference brings together a comprehensive and diverse group of more than 300 people from throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. The conference provides a 2-day forum for participants to learn about the most important and up-to-date Chesapeake restoration issues, network with fellow Chesapeake Bay supporters and activists, develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals, and learn from successes.

Conference RFP Now Open!

The Coalition is currently soliciting proposals for 1-hour sessions and field trips. This unique gathering offers a tremendous opportunity to gain broad exposure for a wide range of issues facing the Chesapeake. Any person or organization with valuable experience is invited to submit an application to conduct a session at the Conference. The deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5PM.

Please find the RFP here.

With questions, please contact Kristin Reilly, 443-759-3409.

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B'More Wild Festival
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

B'More Wild Festival

Join the National Wildlife Federation for B'more Wild Festival on Saturday, May 12 from 11am to 3pm at Carroll Park. This family-friendly festival will feature wild animals, live music by Stryker's Posse, a stilt walker, snow cones, pony rides, animal yoga and zumba, food trucks, field day games, and more! This free* festival is fun for all ages!

Purchase a B'more Wild Kids Acitivity Pass for additional fun! Each kids pass will be $3 in advance and $5 onsite, (while supplies last), and includes crab cookie decorating, face painting, and a "garden in a jar" craft.

*There will be a small fee for pony rides, the B'more Kids activity area, and the food truck.

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Advocacy 201: Talking with decision makers, writing comment letters and testimony
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Advocacy 201: Talking with decision makers, writing comment letters and testimony

Join Audubon Naturalist Society's event to learn how to go deeper on some key advocacy skills: how to write comment letters and testimony so your recommendations get heard and how to follow up with decision makers so they are not only heard but acted upon. We'll teach via role-play and skill-building practice sessions. Led by Eliza Cava and Bruce Gilmore.

$15 ANS members/$20 non-members 

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Save the Date: Faith Climate Action Week
Apr
14
to Apr 22

Save the Date: Faith Climate Action Week

Celebrations, sermons, service projects, events, and nature walks will be held, all week, around the theme "Charged with Faith: Leading the way to a clean energy future."

We will be focusing on ways we can green our facilities and homes, take action locally, and advocate nationally for positive steps towards a sustainable, 100% renewable energy future. Join Interfaith Power & Light as we celebrate Faith Climate Action Week. Click here for information about how your community can engage with a whole week of Creation celebration and carbon-cutting activities.

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Water is Life (SERCAP)
Apr
11
8:00 AM08:00

Water is Life (SERCAP)

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Southeast Rural Community Assistance Program's annual Water is Life conference will be taking place April 11th in Roanoke, VA.  The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Daniel McLaughlin, an assistant professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. Workshops include a Pipeline Roundtable, Disaster Preparedness, and more! Find out more and register here.

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Community Organizing Summit
Apr
6
to Apr 8

Community Organizing Summit

The Appalachian Gas Working Group (AGWG) invites grassroots groups, organizations, activists, and socially conscious folks who are interested in learning about the grassroots movement, especially those who want to resist the growing threat of oil and gas extraction to attend the Community Organizing Summit.

The goal of the Community Organizing Summit is to empower and strengthen grassroots activism with leadership training, coalition building, and outreach. For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-organizing-summit-hosted-by-the-agwg-tickets-43440355272

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Monthly Webinar: Can Environmental Rights Amendments to State Constitutions Help Protect the Bay?
Mar
27
11:00 AM11:00

Monthly Webinar: Can Environmental Rights Amendments to State Constitutions Help Protect the Bay?

Environmental rights provisions in state constitutions have previously provided few advocacy tools to protect the Chesapeake Bay. A recent Pennsylvania court case has significantly expanded the scope of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment and will likely have far reaching impacts on environmental protection. Pennsylvania’s government now has a clear constitutional mandate to act to protect the environment. Environmental groups will also potentially have new tools to further water quality protection. This presentation will review Bay state’s environmental rights amendments and explore what the recent Pennsylvania court decision means for preserving and protecting environmental resources in Pennsylvania and throughout the watershed.

For more information, please contact Kristin Reilly.

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Taking Nature Black
Feb
28
8:30 AM08:30

Taking Nature Black

ave the date for Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 8:30 am – 6 pm. That’s when the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) and its partners will host the second Taking Nature Black Conference (TNB). This signature one-day event will be held at ANS’s headquarters, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD. For a look back at 2016's historic inaugural TNB Conference, click here.

The Taking Nature Black 2018 conference will feature an all-day Jobs Fair, with networking and professional development components designed to attract college students as well as new and seasoned professionals in environmental fields. Thought-provoking, Ted Talk-style speaker presentations and panels with regional leaders will be scheduled concurrently.

Participants will include African American environmental affairs professionals, activists, and business owners, representatives of regional environmental groups, governmental bodies, as well as regional college students and graduates – all from DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

A light breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will also be provided.

Don't miss this important event! For more information, contact Conference Chair Caroline Brewer at caroline.brewer@anshome.org

Register here.

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Nature For All
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

Nature For All

In honor of Black History Month, the National Aquarium is hosting an evening centered on diversity in conservation. The featured speaker for the event is Dr. Mamie Parker, the first African American Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The evening begins with a complimentary reception featuring community groups on the ground connecting their communities to nature, environmental careers and championing action. Mingle with representatives of these local and regional organizations and discover ways you can get involved.

Click here to find out more information or to buy tickets.

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Webinar: Find Your Database
Feb
27
11:00 AM11:00

Webinar: Find Your Database

Member/donor databases are changing fast.  Old, beloved options are disappearing, and new online databases offer new capabilities – often at higher cost.  What’s best for your organization?  We’ll walk through a matrix to help you assess what you need, what you can afford, and (perhaps most important) what you have the internal capacity to use well.   

 

Baird Straughan Bio:

After a previous life designing databases for nonprofits, Baird has worked for the last twenty years consulting, training and research for environmental and conservation groups.  He spent 9 years as Associate Director at the Institute for Conservation Leadership, and the last 8 as the developer of the WaterGrass database for river groups.

For information on how to join this webinar, contact Kristin Reilly.

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Maryland EJ Screen Webinar
Feb
21
2:00 PM14:00

Maryland EJ Screen Webinar

Webinar: Mapping Environmental Justice in Maryland

February 21st 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Please join the Choose Clean Water Coalition and the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network for a conversation with Dan Engelberg, research associate at the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland, to learn about a new Environmental Justice Mapping Tool for Maryland.  

Building off of tools like EPA's EJ Screen and California's CalEnviroScreen, this new mapping tool provides a more granular picture of the burdens impacting a community by using more local data and is customized based on the concerns of community members.  This tool was co-developed with the Maryland Environmental Health Network and the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the tool, receive a demonstration, and provide feedback for Dan and his team to consider as this map is built out further. 

For information on how to participate, please contact Kristin Reilly.

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Forest Conservation Act: Rally Your Representatives
Feb
20
8:30 AM08:30

Forest Conservation Act: Rally Your Representatives

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Please save the date for February 20th! We are organizing a day where you can join with other advocates and community members to meet with your state senator and delegates in face to face meetings in their offices in Annapolis and talk to them about why they should vote for the FCA and why forests are important to you. More details to come, but please start to organize your members, contacts, networks, and anyone you think might be interested in seeing the FCA pass. For more information, please contact Ben Alexandro.

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