Earth, Wind and Fire Soldiers Delight in Baltimore County is a special natural environment area protected because of its rare prairie-like ecosystem called serpentine grassland and oak savannah. Half of this ecosystem still remaining in the Eastern U.S. is here in Maryland at Soldiers Delight.
Home Again Iraq War Veterans who have been badly wounded in action often come home to find they can no longer pursue one of the things they love most: hunting. Now, thanks to a new training program in Maryland, these handicapped vets are able to once again enjoy the outdoors in ways they remember before losing limbs while serving in Iraq.
Mountain Steam Join us for a ride back in time on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. On the weekends the train is pulled by Mountain Thunder, a steam locomotive and operates between Cumberland and Frostburg. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride while experiencing the natural beauty of Allegany County.
Rails to Trails It is a growing movement all over the nation, converting former rail lines to hiking and biking trails. Learn where some of these trails are located and what makes each unique.
Silent Invasion Invasive species on both our land and in our waters are fiercely aggressive: wherever they appear, native species decline or even disappear altogether. Learn how to spot them as well as what the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is doing to control the problem.
Waste Not Each generation has left its mark on our State’s landscape. With the explosion of Suburban development comes the ever-growing supply of solid waste and how to properly dispose of it in a safe and efficient manner. Through their recycling program see how Prince Georges County is trying to reach “zero waste” in their landfills.
Bugeye: A Chesapeake Legacy Sid Dixon plans to sail it out of historic St. Michaels piled high with watermelons. He'll point the bow north into the calm shallows of the Miles River, pray for a stiff breeze, and hope it will push him up the Chesapeake and into Fells Point.
Dixon, a colorful Eastern Shore entrepreneur and self-proclaimed Renaissance man, is eager to set sail for the port of Baltimore in the latest hand-crafted boat to emerge from his well-worn work shed.
It's a Bugeye, a working replica of the Chesapeake Bay's water-borne workhorse that plied this region’s waters for more than a century. As the precursor to the Skipjack, the Bugeye did it all – oyster dredging, fishing, and long- and short-haul transport of just about any kind of cargo – even watermelons grown on the Eastern Shore.
Maryland Public Television started following the story of Dixon and his Bugeye in 2004, visiting his St. Michael's boatworks shed regularly to capture the tradition of hand-built boatmaking first-hand. The finished product is Bugeye: A Chesapeake Legacy, a fun-loving look at Dixon's labor of love from keel-laying to launch to time under sail on the open Chesapeake Bay.
Chesapeake Wine Country Few phrases have quite as much allure for the would-be traveler as "Wine Country". Two words which summon up images of sunny vineyards, cavernous barrel rooms, informal yet artful hospitality, and above all select hand-crafted wines waiting to be tasted. Wine Country is rural and agrarian, a feast for the eye, a delight for the senses. Yet it's organized on a human scale, built upon the dreams of ordinary men and women who choose to make a livelihood from the soil. Above all Wine Country is a place filled with the mystique of the grape and the wonderful alchemy that changes fruit into something approaching art.
For the thirsty traveler in Maryland, every point of the compass leads to Wine Country. It's there in the Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland, the Central Counties and in Western Maryland. Clusters of wineries straddle wine trails, laid out so that a wine tourist can drive the entire circuit in an easy relaxing day. The wines of Maryland await discovery. And the hard working wine makers and grape growers of the Free State are eager to share with you the romance of visiting Wine Country.
Battle of the Beetles Maryland's battle to stop the Emerald Ash Borer
The Keystone Harvest A closer look at the controversy swirling around the fishing of Menhaden, an important finfish species in the Chesapeake Bay
The Better Angels Community Gardens
Mountain Steam Western Maryland Scenic Railroad operates between Cumberland and Frostburg, MD
Hope on the Slope Snow lovers take to the slopes in search of winter thrills in the mountains of Western Maryland
Hunting for Balance Hunting to control the deer population in Maryland
Western Maryland Adventures