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Clients in the News—June 2015

News - Blue LogoThe National Parks Conservation Association is making it easy to get out and paddle with its Freedom to Float events from now through October 6. From Smithfield, Virginia, up to Annapolis, Maryland, NPCA’s kayak/canoe/paddleboard events range from a river clean-up and paddle party on the Potomac River to boat races in the Chesapeake Bay. All events feature time on the water and community service and educational components. For more information, visit NPCA’s website.

And speaking of fun on the water, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation holds its 27th annual Clean the Bay Day on June 6. This tremendous event draws thousands of people for an all-hands-on-deck blast cleaning. Last year, about 6,000 volunteers removed over 110,000 pounds of harmful debris from approximately 250 sites along more than 450 miles of streams and shoreline—in just three hours! Teams are forming all along the Bay in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. Check CBF’s website to see what a huge difference you can make in just one morning of volunteering. 

Take a hike! The Student Conservation Association’s National Trails Day on June 6 features events across the country—from easy to challenging nature hikes, to trail maintenance work crews, to urban exploration in New York City—truly something for everyone. Visit SCA’s website to find events in your area. 

Two noteworthy exhibitions open in June at the National Museum of the American Indian. First up: opening June 12 in New York City, Meryl McMaster’s Second Self. A Plains Cree member of the Siksika Nation, McMaster is an emerging artist from Ottawa, Ontario, known for her stunning large-scale photography. Then, opening June 26 in Washington, DC, The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire explores the one of the greatest engineering accomplishments in history. This exhibit looks at the foundations of the Inka Road in earlier Andean cultures; technologies that made building the road possible; and the legacy of the Inka Empire from the colonial period to the present day. For exhibition hours and more information, visit NMAI’s website

Don’t miss out! Passes are already on sale for the American Film Institute’s AFI Docs international film festival, and individual tickets go on sale June 15. The festival, which runs from June 17-21 at various landmark venues in Washington, DC, and Maryland, always sells out—so get your tickets soon! Besides offering wonderful films, this unique festival also connects audiences and documentary filmmakers to policy leaders in our nation’s capital. For a festival schedule and pass and ticket information, visit AFI’s website