External notes — March 5 | travel and outdoors

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Learn to read a map and compass

Frederick County Parks and Recreation will host a map and compass lesson, for ages 12 and up, from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 26 at the Catoctin Creek Park and Nature Center. Whether you’re hiking, boating, fishing, or hunting, you need to know how to get where you want to go and how to get back. Learn the basics of reading a map and using a compass. The cost is $12. Register on recreator.com or 301-600-2936.

Walk in Park Day event

Frederick County Parks and Recreation is hosting a Day Walk in the Park from 5-7 p.m. on March 30 at Othello Regional Park. During this walk you may find hidden treasures, clues, puzzles and a challenge at every turn. Registered participants will be entered to win prizes. The cost is $3 per person. To register or for more information, visit recreator.com or call 301-600-2936.

Trout stocking closures begin March 6

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers to check the fishing guide for stream and lake closures in the put and catch areas for the upcoming trout season. Closure 0 means no restrictions and trout fishing is permitted; Closed period 1 means that the areas are closed from 10 p.m. on March 6 until 5:30 a.m. on March 26, the opening day of the trout season; and Closing Period 2 means the areas are closed from 10 p.m. March 20 to 5:30 a.m. March 26. All areas open for fishing at 5:30 a.m. on March 26. In Frederick County: Area 0 closures include Cunningham Falls Lake, Middletown Pond, Urbana Lake, and Woodsboro Community Pond. Closure Areas 1 include Fishing Creek, the mainstem upstream of the Fishing Creek Reservoir, including Steep Creek; Friends Creek watershed; Middle Creek, main section of the Md. 17 bridge near the Bittle Road junction upstream to the confluence of Spruce Run; Owens Creek, main section from Buck Lantz Road downstream to Roddy Road (intake and return June 1 to last day of February). Area 2 closures include Frank Bentz Pond, Hamburg Pond, Rainbow Lake, and Whiskey Springs Pond. A fishing license with a trout stamp is required. To visit dnr.maryland.gov to purchase a license.

Outdoor Events at New Germany State Park

Birding for Waterfowl, with a Park Ranger, will take place at New Germany State Park, Grantsville, at 7:30 a.m. on March 12-13. At noon on March 12, there will be a Ranger-led Whitetail Deer Hike, a hands-on 2-mile hike where you can experience all things whitetail including pelts, antlers, scat replicas , skulls and deer sounds. On March 18, take a full moon hike. Hopefully, this easy 1 mile ranger led hike will take place under the light of Worm Moon or Sugar Moon, the last full moon of winter. For more information, visit dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/western/newgermany.aspx.

Free trees available through the Backyard Buffers program

The Maryland DNR offers free tree seedlings to property owners statewide who have a creek, drainage ditch, creek, or other waterway on or near their property through the Backyard Buffers program. Each “pad in a bag” contains approximately 25 native bare root tree and shrub seedlings with species appropriate to their region. Information on planting and caring for trees is provided. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a “tampon in a bag”, visit dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/programs/Backyard-Buffer-Program-Contacts.aspx.

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