HOT SHOTS: Dedication Ceremony for Jug Bay’s New Nature Play Space

Last week, representatives from the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks and Jug Bay staff members held a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate a new Nature Play Space at the wetlands sanctuary.

The play space was built under the direction of Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) intern Emily Thorpe. Located behind the Observation Deck and the small garden in front of the Wetlands Center, the play space integrates natural components into a place for structured and unstructured play and learning.

At the dedication ceremony, students from the School of the Incarnation helped Thorpe, parks administrator Mark Garrity, and Jug Bay staff members cut the red ribbon.  As the ribbon fell to the ground, the students raced in to hide in the fort, paddle the canoe, try out the musical instruments, balance on the logs, jump from stump to stump and dig in the sand box.

Here are pictures from the dedication ceremony:


Thorpe, a 2013 Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) intern submitted a proposal to the Chesapeake Bay Trust‘s All hands Project to build the Nature Play Space.  Each year, CCC which is supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, supports several All Hands projects, providing $1,500 in funds and the labor for restoration or environment-enhancing projects.

Jug Bay’s education coordinator Elaine Friebele said Thorpe’s vision and enthusiasm for the project resulted in a wonderful place for kids to play and imagine.

“Thorpe is very impressive young lady with a can-do attitude,” said Friebele.

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary is located at 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711.  For additional information visit

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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to or call me at 301-906-4767.

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