Shoreline camping

June is National Camping Month.

Celebrate the Chesapeake year-round! Get out your 2018 calendar and save these dates that mark activities and resources to help you get the most out of living near the Bay.

January 5: National Bird Day

January 21: Squirrel Appreciation Day

Third Weekend in January: Bald Eagle Appreciation Days

January 29: National Puzzle Day

February: National Bird Feeding Month

February 1: National Serpents Day

February 2: National Groundhog Day

Second Week of February: Homes for Birds Week

President’s Day Weekend: Great Backyard Bird Count

March 9: National Crabmeat Day

March 14: National Learn About Butterflies Day

March 28: National Weed Appreciation Day

April: National Garden Month

First full week in April: Bat Appreciation Week

April 17: National Bat Appreciation Day

April 22: National Earth Day

April 23: National Picnic Day

Last full week in April: Air Quality Awareness Week & National Volunteer Week

May: National Bike Month

First full week in May: National Wildflower Week

Second Saturday in May: International Migratory Bird Day

May 16: National Love a Tree Day

Third Friday in May: National Endangered Species Day

June: National Camping Month

June: Great Outdoors Month

First full week in June: National Gardening Week

Starting the first full weekend of June: National Fishing & Boating Week

June 18: National Go Fishing Day

June 20: National Hike with a Geek Day

June 25: National Catfish Day

July 7: National Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day

Last week in July: National Moth Week

August: National Water Quality Month

August 5: National Oyster Day

Last full weekend in August: International Bat Nights

August 31: National Trail Mix Day

September 4: National Wildlife Day

Last Saturday in September: National Public Lands Day

October: Bat Appreciation Month

October: National Go on a Field Trip Month

Wednesday, second full week in October: National Fossil Day

November 1: National Deep-fried Clams Day

November 17: National Take A Hike Day

December 14 to January 5: Christmas Bird Count Week (Check for the count’s date in your area.)

Kathleen Gaskell is the Bay Journal's copy and layout editor and author of the Chesapeake Challenge. Contact Kathleen at

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