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Green Neighbor Festival Evening Film Announced

“WASTED! The Story of Food Waste”


Sponsored by Frederick Zero Waste Alliance, Envision Frederick County, Sierra Club – Catoctin Group, and Hood – CCWS

Saturday May 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Hood College Hodson Auditorium in the Rosenstock Hall
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. Wasted! exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st century.

See Green Neighbor Festival Website for more Event Info…

GNF2018 Vendor & Sponsor Registration Now Open

Environmentally-conscious business and organizations are sought for vendors at this year’s Green Neighbor Festival

Saturday May 12, 2018
Festival times: 10 am – 4 PM
At Culler Lake in Baker Park, Frederick, MD
West 2nd Street & College Terrace

Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies (CCWS) and the Friends of Baker Park are once again hosting the Green Neighbor Festival, this year on May 12, 2018. This year the goal of the event is to highlight environmentally friendly living practices by providing education and ideas to the community to live more sustainably, conserve resources and shop at local green businesses in Frederick County. Last year’s event attracted nearly 1000 attendees and we anticipate more this year.

Event organizers are expanding the day’s activities and entertainment to include live acoustic music, a sustainability bike-ride around Frederick, sustainable-minded vendors, family-friendly environmental education, sustainability living tips, electric vehicle displays and more. Music will be provided during the Festival by Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise (FAME).

The festival will again be situated around Culler Lake, in Baker Park, Frederick, MD, close to the Hood College campus, and will occur from 10 am – 4 pm. Additional activities are being planned before and after festival hours and the schedule of events will be announced closer to the event date.

Learn more about vendor and sponsor registration details here

Save-the-Date Green Neighbor Festival 2018

Mark your calendars for the next Green Neighbor Festival spring 2018. Held once again at restored Culler Lake Park in Frederick, MD, the Festival will educate and inspire sustainable habits everyone can adopt to protect natural resources.

Vendor information will be published before the end of the calendar year. Until then reserve time in your planner for this one-day event.

For more information, email

Green Neighbor Festival 2017

Held in conjunction with the Celebrate Frederick Behind the Garden Gates Tour, the inaugural Green Neighbor Festival had nearly 1000 attendees to take part activities throughout the day such as: the Culler Lake Tour of newly restored environmental features, nearly 40 vendors, bluegills release and tree tours of the area.

Vendors in attendance included:

 Bartlett Tree Experts  The Bee Connection  Hood College – Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies
 Clean Water Frederick  The Common Market  Direct Energy Solar
 Envision Frederick County  Frederick County Beekeeping Association  Frederick County Master Gardeners
 Frederick County Office of Sustainability & Environmental Resources  Friends of Baker Park  Friends of Waterford Park
 Lucy School  Mom’s Organic Market  Munro Properties
 Naturalawn of America  Randy’s Candies  Scott key Center
 Stream Link Education  Summer Creek Farm  Terressentials Organic
 The Tower Garden  Wood Eye Wood Products

Our 2017 Announcement:

A FREE Public Event
No tickets are necessary and an event guidebook will be offered at the event.
Lake Tour | Plant Sales | Eco-Friendly Vendors | Fish Release | Kid’s Activities | Tree Tours

Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies (CCWS) and the Friends of Baker Park are excited to announce the NEW 2017 Green Neighbor Festival, scheduled for May 20 & 21! Formerly the Green Neighbor Forum, the 2-day festival will be promoting environmental sustainability and “green” practices to protect land, water, and energy resources. Held in conjunction with Celebrate Frederick’s Behind the Garden Gates Tour, the festival will be located around Baker Park’s Culler Lake and will feature an educational walking tour of the newly restored lake structures, eco-friendly vendors, family-friendly activities, a tree tour, a fish release and more!

Held Saturday May 20 & Sunday May 21, 2017
Noon – 5 PM
At Culler Lake in Baker Park, Frederick, MD
West 2nd Street & College Terrace

Green Neighbor Festival is brought to you by:

Maryland Biological Stream Survey at Hood College

The Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies sponsored the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) annual Summer Maryland Biological Stream Survey training which was held at Hood College last week, May 27 – 30. More than fifty people from the DNR, Versar, and other environmental service organizations attended the training to learn more about freshwater taxonomy and stream sampling protocols.

Each day was filled with presentations by representatives from the DNR and biology professors. Trainees learned how to identify freshwater shellfish, herpetofauna, plants, and fish in the field. Many of the participants became certified taxonomists in these areas as well as certified Crew Leaders for stream survey sampling.

The training concluded with a field demonstration of a complete stream survey in Baker Park. The team caught fish by electrofishing, identified them, and then returned them to the creek. The pictures below are from that stream survey in Carroll Creek. The crayfish in the lower left is an invasive species to Maryland, Orconectes virilis. The two fish in the lower right are two different species of Sun Fish: a native Redbreast Sunfish and a non-native Bluegill. Overall the training was a great success and the staff at the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies is looking forward to working with the DNR again in the future.DNRtrainingRoblox Free Unlimited Robux and Tix

To find out more information about the event or future certification training, contact us or visit

Spring has come to Culler Lake

Nycticorax nycticorax is more commonly known as the Black Crowned Night Heron. Black Crowned Night Herons make their summer homes in Frederick (and other areas in North America) to breed, and then travel back down south to Mexico and Central America during their non-breeding season. As their name suggests, they are much more active at night, but during breeding season they must spend as much time hunting as possible, so they can be seen fishing in the lake by day as well. Since the herons nest together as a group, they also take care of one another’s offspring. It’s not uncommon for juveniles to be taken care of by any bird in the nesting area.

Spring has come to Culler Lake, and so has  the Black Crowned Night Heron!

Spring has come to Culler Lake, and so has the Black Crowned Night Heron!

See them for yourselves! They’re currently building nests in the trees on the northwest corner of the lake, by the baseball fields. The adults are mainly a gray and white with a black crown and back. They have red eyes and a thin white feather at the nape of their necks. Make sure you’re on the watch for juveniles at the beginning of summer as well. Each female will have 3-5 in a clutch. The juveniles will be light brown in color with white spots and yellow eyes. Make a trip down to Culler Lake before they head down south for winter!

Architectural plans

Take a look at the architectural plans for the new Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies. Everything is still on task to begin construction at the end of May.

Check back for more photos.


CCWS Design Plans