Charles County Outings

Ruth Swann Park

Participating organizations include Maryland Native Plant Society and Sierra Club

Dates: Second Saturday of every month

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

There are about 3,000 native plant species in Maryland, with 800 at Chapman Forest and contiguous Swann Park, 49 of which are endangered. Remove invasive non-natives from the 200-acre Swann Park. There will be time for plant identification and a beautiful beach lunch. Learn about best season for species, wet soil condition for pulling, extent of area of natives seen rescued, delayed gratification, targeted use of herbicides, and matching funds for staff to do what volunteers find hard to do. Non-native invasive plant removal will reach maintenance phase following a major work effort at each site in the Mid-Atlantic region and around the world for about 5-7 years to remove the massive populations of species. Regular stewardship projects are conducted in all seasons including winter, early spring, late spring, summer, and late summer. This high-intensity program is followed by a low-intensity annual maintenance program for plants we have missed, plants emerging from the seed bank, and occasional plants migrating in from neighboring areas. Casual clothing, long sleeves and pants, sturdy comfortable walking boots/shoes, and gloves are encouraged for these events.

Information and Map:

Contact: Marc Imlay, 301-283-0808 or 301-442-5657

Directions: On the second Saturday of the month meet at Ruth B. Swann Park - Potomac Branch Library parking lot, 20 miles south of Washington Beltway (I-495) on Rt. 210 (Indian Head Hwy), about a mile and a half south from the traffic light on Rt. 210 in Bryans Road. Give yourself 30 to 40 minutes from the Beltway.

Carpool Information: Meet at Sierra Club Md. Chapter office at 9 a.m.; return 5 p.m. Call Laurel Imlay at 301-277-7111.

Chapel Point State Park

Date: April 21, 2019 (Earth Day)

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Address: Chapel Point State Park, 8855 Chapel Point Rd, Port Tobacco, MD

All hands on deck! Help with invasive plant removal at Chapel Point State Park. The Southern Maryland Audubon Society and the Port Tobacco River Conservancy are helping to protect our native plant species by removal of invasive plants. Come help and celebrate Earth Day. Gloves provided. RSVP to Lynne at or 301-751-8097 (prefer text).