The Maryland Native Plant Society

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  • MNPS Fall Field Weekend: American Chestnut Land Trust Hike (Saturday)

MNPS Fall Field Weekend: American Chestnut Land Trust Hike (Saturday)

  • 09/16/2023
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Calvert County


Registration is closed

Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Native Plant Society

Leaders: David Braun and Kathy Daniel

Nature walk on the Flint Hill trail at the American Chestnut Land Trust in Calvert County.

The American Chestnut Land Trust, established in 1986, is a grassroots land conservation organization. ACLT’s charter members named their fledgling organization after a one-time giant of the eastern United States hardwood forest, the American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) because the Maryland State Champion surviving American Chestnut tree resided on the 436-acre “Gravatt” property which was the ACLT’s first acquisition.


Registration through September 10 for members only.

Since its founding, the ACLT has greatly expanded its land preservation vision beyond the initial property. In the 1990’s the land trust partnered with The Nature Conservancy and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The land trust agreed to undertake the long-term management of any properties acquired by The Nature Conservancy, and later, by the state. At the present time, ACLT directly manages about 3,000 acres in the Parkers Creek and adjacent Governors Run watersheds. Over 4,000 acres, in total, have been preserved in these two watersheds since ACLT’s founding.

Please note that a workshop on invasive plants (at the Scientist Cliffs Community House) will follow this hike. Register for the workshop separately.

Notes: Moderate, hilly hike of approximately 1.6 miles

Bring: Hiking shoes, bug repellent

Cancellation Policy: If it is raining or rain is imminent, we will cancel

Contact: (for additional information; not to register) David Braun 703-258-4998;

Directions: included in registration confirmation.


The Maryland Native Plant Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

During registration we will ask each individual, or if under 18 a parent, to complete an agreement to the policies

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