Green Neighbor Festival: Culler Lake in the spotlight (May 20 & 21)

In a few short weeks, Culler Lake will be the site of the first ever Green Neighbor Festival celebrating environmentally friendly practices to protect our natural resources. In 2015-2016, Culler Lake underwent extensive restoration efforts to clean out years of silt and debris washed from the surrounding area and to repair structural lake features.

Pollution control measures were incorporated into the lake design to help manage litter, sediment, and nutrient runoff improving water quality and the overall lake environment. The water fountains were upgraded and lakeside trails were improved for public enjoyment.

Now, Culler Lake & the accompanying Green Neighbor Festival will be featured as a free stop on the “Behind the Garden Gates” garden tour held May 20 & 21, Noon to 5 pm.

(Garden Tour site: http://www.celebratefrederick.com/events/garden-tour/)

The Green Neighbor Festival, originally known as the ‘Green Neighbor Forum’, was started four-years ago as an educational seminar provided to the Baker Park community on a variety of environmental topics. To expand its outreach, the event has grown to a festival format, free to the public and coordinating new activities over the course of two-days.

The Festival offers a self-guided lake tour with several information stations manned by volunteers to explain the various restoration lake improvements. A twice-daily walking tree tour, led by City Sustainability Manager, Jenny Willoughby will highlight unique tree specimens around Baker Park and the surrounding neighborhood.

Students from local Frederick County Public Schools, who took part in MD-Department of Natural Resources “Students and Sunfish Program”, will be releasing their bluegills into Culler Lake during scheduled releases. Festival vendors will be setup around the lake path offering eco-friendly wares, educational programs, and promoting local green businesses. Several booths will host plant sales of local, native, and veggie varieties.

For a full list of vendors and tentative schedule of events. visit the Hood-CCWS website: http://ccws.hood.edu/education/outreach/green-neighbor-festival/

Be sure to pick up your Green Neighbor Festival Guidebook at the event, and receive a free “I’m a Green Neighbor Sticker”.

During the Festival is Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies (CCWS) will be sponsoring a social media photo\video contest for posts tagged with #greenneighborfrederick.

The Festival’s organizing committee consists of Friends of Baker Park, Hood-CCWS, the Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources and the City of Frederick. For more information about the event, contact Claire Hudson of Hood-CCWS at hudson@hood.edu