Bowie-Crofton Camera Club 

Promoting Photographic Skill and Enjoyment
Throughout Central and Southern Maryland.

Field Trip to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Merrill Center, April 12th

    Note:  This event currently has just ONE spot left.  If you are interested in going, let me know SOON.  After this spot is taken, you will be placed on a waiting list.

     Members of our camera club have been invited to visit and photograph the grounds and building at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center, located in Annapolis, Md.   The date is April 12th, starting at 8:00 a.m.  The area consists of 33 acres of woods, marsh, and beach.  There are wooded trails along the creek, and a sitting area and scenic spot on a big pond. Wildlife is abundant there, including osprey fledging right now, deer, fox, herons, trumpet swans, and even a local bald eagle.

    We'll have access to the grounds for as long as we want, and at 10:00, a special tour of the Merrill Center itself will be offered.  This is one of the world’s most energy-efficient buildings, incorporating natural elements into a fully functional workplace which has minimal impact on its Bay and creek-front surroundings. The center and its sophisticated systems have won international acclaim as a model for energy efficiency, high performance, and water conservation.

    This field trip was previously un-planned, but thanks  to Paul Young, one of our club members, we have this unique opportunity.  Also, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is interested in using some of the photographs that we make at their location.   There will not be any monetary compensation, but credit will be given for any photographs used in their publications.   There may also be a chance to have some of our photos appear in the 2009 Chesapeake Bay Foundation calendar.

     If you would like to know more about the Merrill Center, visit:


    Only 12 people can come on this trip.  If you are interested, contact field trip co-captain Vince Ferrari, by phone at 301-249-2210, or by e-mail at

Background image by Vincent Ferrari