HSMC Plant Sale 2013
Elms Native Plant Nursery will be selling some of its inventory at Historic St. Mary's City's Annual Plant Sale.
This is your chance to get low cost native plants. Mark your calender- Elms will be there May 19th.
St. Mary's College Cares -Volunteers come to Elms
Elms Joins St. Mary’s College of Maryland Students for St. Mary’s College Cares Campaign this April—National Volunteer Month
Elms is pleased to join St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the launch of St. Mary’s College Cares, a community-service campaign driven by the students of St. Mary’s College. The St. Mary’s College Cares campaign kicks off this April—National Volunteer Month.
Elms is one of several local organizations within St. Mary’s County helping the students of St. Mary’s College reach their goal to infuse 1,000 community-service hours into the county in an ambitious one-month span. On Saturday, April 27, St. Mary’s College students will help The Elms Environmental Education Center by working in the Elms Native Plant Demonstration Gardens, working in the Elms Native Plant Nursery, and doing trail work and other site maintenance.
“St. Mary’s College students are always reaching out to help better the St. Mary’s County community through volunteerism,” said St. Mary’s College student and volunteer Cassey Elder ’13. “With the St. Mary’s College Cares campaign, we aim to raise awareness of the vast efforts students put forth to help others outside of the college boundaries. We are thrilled to work with local organizations within the community and hope to inspire others to get involved.”
“We are passionate about service here at St. Mary’s College,” said Kelly Schroeder, St. Mary’s College assistant dean of students, in the college’s media release announcing the campaign. “Whether it is through events or volunteer activities, our students, faculty and staff are finding meaningful ways to plug into the community. The St. Mary’s College Cares campaign is an initiative, driven by our students, to shed light on these efforts and further promote ways in which we can help our neighbors and strengthen our local community.”
About St. Mary’s College of Maryland
St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More than 2,000 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland. www.smcm.edu
Quote of the Month
"It is in man's heart that the life of nature's spectacle exists; to see it, one must feel it."
Study Habitats at Elms Damaged by ATVs
First grade students, eager to see their first salamander egg masses in the wild, hiked through the woods until they arrived at the vernal pools favored by salamanders as nurseries for their aquatic young. What they found instead were tire tracks that had torn up the landscape over the weekend.
Spotted Salamander March 2013
By late February the vernal pool at Elms was loaded with spotted salamander eggs. Therefore, we know that the adults come to the area but we never see them. This is because they often travel at night and can easily hide under leaf litter in or around the pool.
We finally lucked out!
This spotted salamander was found by excited 1st graders beside a vernal pool at Elms on the first day of March 2013.