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Volunteers at Greenbelt Park are Seeing the USA, one Park at a Time

Volunteers at Greenbelt Park are Seeing the USA, one Park at a Time

| October 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Meet Mike Maxson, a Master Level Volunteer at Greenbelt Park, shown here helping man the park’s booth at Greenbelt’s Labor Day information event this year. Mike retired six years ago at the age of 60, after careers in the Marines, in manufacturing, for the TSA and then as a paid seasonal ranger at Grand Teton Park and Yellowstone. […]

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Meet Greenbelt Park Superintendent Matt Carroll

Meet Greenbelt Park Superintendent Matt Carroll

| July 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this blog is featuring our very own Greenbelt National Park. Superintendent Matt Carroll was appointed to the job just last summer, so he’s celebrating an anniversary, too. I asked for an interview and he was happy to help Greenbelters get to know him a […]

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Potential Task Force on Yard Solutions for a 21st Century Garden City

Potential Task Force on Yard Solutions for a 21st Century Garden City

| May 30, 2016 | 4 Comments

Does anyone have problems in their GHI yard, or solutions to suggest for others? Then leave a comment here or even better, come to this weeks’ Board of Directors meeting to comment on a task force being proposed to explore solutions in GHI yards. (The meeting is Thursday, June 2 at 7:30.) Below is the proposal […]

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Big Events in Greenbelt Park!

Big Events in Greenbelt Park!

| May 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Some Greenbelters don’t even know we have a National Park just across Greenbelt Road, with campsites, trails, and more. So for 2016, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this blog is featuring Greenbelt Park, starting with a Big Events Update. June 4, 2016 is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration […]

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Plant Swap or Major Give-Away?

Plant Swap or Major Give-Away?

| May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The term “Plant Swap” may not convey what actually happened yesterday outside the GHI offices – the popular event organized by GHI’s Woodlands Committee. Above wearing a baseball cap is Mary-Denise Smith, who organized the event with help from committee chair Kathy Jarva. The swap is always open to all Greenbelters, not just GHI members. […]

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Another large tree comes down in Greenbelt

Another large tree comes down in Greenbelt

| October 27, 2015 | 3 Comments

When a diseased tree was removed from my next-door neighbor’s back yard recently I couldn’t stop watching. It took four men almost two full days and a lot of skill to do the job. Huge pieces of trunk dangled back and forth in the air and had to be guided to exactly the right spot […]

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Help for Gardeners from Greenbelt Public Works

Help for Gardeners from Greenbelt Public Works

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Recycling Plastic Pots These are just some of the plastic pots I unwittingly acquired in April in my yearly fit of plant-buying. I gathered them here to wash them before looking for the least bad way to deal with them, feeling heartsick that plants come with plastic. Is there really no better way to package […]

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Needed: Trail from Eleanor Roosevelt HS to Goddard

Needed: Trail from Eleanor Roosevelt HS to Goddard

| July 2, 2015 | 9 Comments

by Jeff Lemieux Like it or not, Greenbelt Road is our city’s Main Street. But Greenbelt Road is built more like a highway than a neighborhood connector. It has high-speed ramps and wide lanes and overhead signs that are designed to allow outside traffic to speed through Greenbelt, not for local access. As a result, […]

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The Volunteer Bamboo Warriors of GHI

The Volunteer Bamboo Warriors of GHI

| June 24, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Kathie Jarva, chair of the GHI Woodlands Committee A huge THANK YOU to all the neighbors who joined members of the GHI Woodlands Committee on Saturday, June 20,  to cut down a prodigious amount of Golden Bamboo from GHI wooded areas near 2, 4, and 6 Courts of Ridge. Bamboo warriors pictured in front […]

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Greenbelt Elementary School Joins Recycling Initiative

Greenbelt Elementary School Joins Recycling Initiative

| January 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

  By Li’l Dan Celdran, GES parent On Wednesday, December 3 Greenbelt Elementary School hosted an assembly for all its students and staff regarding its new recycling program. Dr. Luisa Robles, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Greenbelt, shared information with us on the items that can be recycled at GES.  Dr. Robles set up […]

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Greenbelt’s Nature Photographers and How to Shoot Fall Foliage

Greenbelt’s Nature Photographers and How to Shoot Fall Foliage

| October 28, 2014 | 2 Comments

I’ve been following some of Greenbelt’s photographers, especially when they post nature shots online somewhere.  Michael Smallwood’s photos are exhibited at the New Deal Cafe.  Harold Anderson shoots both stills and video, most often at the lake. Bill Cornett does videos here on Vimeo,  And Steve Skolnik’s photography and darkroom work will forever grace the home page of the fabulous […]

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Help Green the GHI Landscape

Help Green the GHI Landscape

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Common Area Gardens This post is for you GHIers out there – especially the ones who’d like to see more plants, more biodiversity, more sustenance and shelter for pollinators and birds, and of course more beauty around their neighborhood.  Another benefit from additional perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees will be retaining more stormwater in the soil […]

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Common-Space Makeover

Common-Space Makeover

| August 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Time to show off another garden make-over!  Unlike the earlier street-side make-over at the end of a back yard, this one’s in the common area adjacent to the parking lot for my GHI court – 5 Ridge Road. Here’s a couple of “before” shots that show some lovely plants contributed by neighbors over the years – […]

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Free Public Gardens near Greenbelt

Free Public Gardens near Greenbelt

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

We’re lucky to have so many amazing gardens to visit near us, most of them for free.  (And boy, can public gardens be expensive to see.)  I’m visiting all 16 gardens in the DC area that are open to the public and making videos showing what they look like, by month. So first up, the […]

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Greenbelt Woodlands on Flickr

Greenbelt Woodlands on Flickr

| May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m happy to report a growing resource documenting the natural parts of Old Greenbelt, from the GHI’s Woodlands Committee.  Or to be exact, from member Rachel Channon.  She’s photographed and then uploaded to Flickr these subjects: Animals and Insects in GHI.   My favorite photos of the lot, including the one above.  Gorgeous! Then there are […]

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Greenman Festival Coming Soon – May 10 and 11

Greenman Festival Coming Soon – May 10 and 11

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Greenbelt’s beloved Green Man Festival is almost here, and here’s what’s new and fabulous about it this year, the 10th annual! The theme!  This year we celebrate the beauty and importance of the pollinators… especially the Monarch Butterfly. Because there there are fewer wild fields and open natural spaces where they feed and lay their […]

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Lake Signage Needs Help!

Lake Signage Needs Help!

| March 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

There are two signs at Greenbelt Lake about the wildlife there, funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and they’re terrific.  There’s a sign for fish and the one for other animals – foxes, beavers, Mallards and snakes.  They may well be a sign about birds that I missed. The first one I saw, about “Wildlife,” […]

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Tree Protection doesn’t have to be Anti-Beaver

Tree Protection doesn’t have to be Anti-Beaver

| February 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

The tree-protection project at Greenbelt Lake was in full force today, with 26 volunteers coming out to install wire around trees to protect them from beaver damage.  This fun community/eco project will be repeated next Saturday Feb 8, from 9-12:30.  (Details below.) This joint project of Greenbelt Public Works and CHEARS was directed by Brian […]

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Taproots Environmental Science at Greenbelt Middle School

Taproots Environmental Science at Greenbelt Middle School

| January 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m happy to partner with the Greenbelt Community Foundation to publish reports from its many awesome grantees, in addition to continuing regular blog stories about the Foundation itself.  First up is this report from the Middle School’s environmental science program “Taproots”.  It’s photo-packed and fun!

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1000 Days of Greenbelt Nature – on Kickstarter

1000 Days of Greenbelt Nature – on Kickstarter

| December 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

UPDATE:  The project got full funding through Kickstarter!  Harold Anderson’s Kickstarter campaign is down to the wire, with just 24 hours to go to meet its goal, so go there now and donate!  Just watching this video by Harold inspired me to support the project.  Give it a look. See, 1000 Days of Greenbelt Nature […]

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