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Beauty and Adventure in the Central Appalachians with Mark Hendricks

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

May 30 / 7 p.m. / $

Join photographer and environmentalist Mark Hendricks for an evening of stories and stunning photography featuring his newest book The Central Appalachians: Mountains of the Chesapeake. The oldest mountain range in the U.S., the Appalachians of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia are ancient, majestic, wild, and rich in biodiversity. Learn about rare species and ecosystems, adventures of an Appalachian thru-hiker (special guest Bill Minarik), conservation efforts, encounters with bobcat, black bear, the Eastern hellbender and other rare salamanders and sparring elk. A Likely Story bookstore will be selling Hendrick’s books.

Advance registration required // $5 per person or $12 for a group of three


Mark Hendricks is an award-winning photographer, writer and author working on environmental issues. His latest book, Central Appalachians: Mountains of the Chesapeake, hit the presses this spring.  A former marine mammal trainer, aquarist and animal rescuer, Hendricks turned to using his camera as a storytelling tool for conservation awareness.  His images and articles have been featured in National Geographic, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Living Bird, Audubon and many others.  Mark is a faculty member at Towson University, where he serves as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology, an adjunct in the Department of Biological Sciences and is co-director of the Animal Behavior Program.

In support of Mark Hendrick’s great new book, Bill Minarik will briefly describe his 6-month experience backpacking the Central Appalachian Mountain’s Appalachian Trail; Kayaking 444 miles and 16 days on the Susquehanna River to the Chesapeake Bay and it’s stunning “Grand Passage” through the Central Appalachians Mountains. Bill has accomplished much throughout his career: Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker 2,190.9 miles (166 days), Executive Director – Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER Association (2 years), Senior Director – National Aquarium (20 years),  and Field Director – Boy Scouts of America (18 years).

Photo of North Fork Mountain by Mark Hendricks


May 30
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Mt Pleasant
10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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