Oseh Shalom

Due to rising COVID numbers, all services and events are on Zoom through the end of January.

Sacred Grounds Project

Butterly pollinating purple flowersOseh Shalom is excited to be part of the Sacred Grounds Maryland project, facilitated by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). This program educates faith communities about the importance of, and how to care for, our local waterways and environment by planting native plants. NWF secured a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Prince George’s County to conduct this project.

Adding native plants to our Oseh campus and our homes helps local waterways and wildlife and reduces maintenance.  Native plants need less care because they are more resilient. Native plants reduce storm water runoff and improve the quality and quantity of water heading to the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Native plants also provide food for birds and butterflies.

This is a grassroots effort to encourage everyone to plant native plants at Oseh and in their personal spaces, home, yard, or containers. Together, by caring for creation, Sacred Grounds will enable us to ensure our children and our community have a clean and safe environment well into the future. Contact Sue Burger or Linda Solomon at sacred.grounds@oseh-shalom.org if you have any questions.

Pledge to Plant Native

We need 40 member to pledge to plant native plants by June, 2022.  Will you be one of them?   Pledge Form

 10  pledges as of January 15, 2022

Events and Learning Opportunities

hummingbird on orange flowers

January 9, 2022: Why Plant Native Webinar

Naomi Edelson, a wildlife biologist from the NWF and founder of Sacred Grounds, and Kit Gage, a watershed expert, educated us about native plants.  Stay tuned for Frequently Asked Questions 

Missed it? You can view the video on YouTube


January 23, 2022: TBD Laurel for Patuxent is sponsoring a litter clean-up at 9 AM

The original event, on January 17, 2022, now is postponed until Saturday, January 22, 2022. We are talking to Litter-free Laurel Action Team of Laurel to determine if we can clean up on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

Litter-free Laurel Action Team of Laurel for Patuxent is sponsoring a litter clean-up on Martin Luther King’s birthday.  Folks are invited to clean up anywhere in the city that they choose and Laurel for Patuxent (and the city government) are providing supplies to any who want them. Members of the Sacred Grounds team plan  to pick up litter at Laurel Lake, which is part of Bear Branch that flows into the Patuxent River.

Still interested? Please contact sacred.grounds@oseh-shalom.org or Heidi Hess-Webber if you want to clean around the lake on January 23, 2022. She will borrow some grabbers, trash bags and gloves to share.

Feb/March TBD: Learn about Bees from a Bee Expert

April TBD:  How to Create a Rain Garden

How to set up a rain garden. Watch the enews for details.

April 10: Naturalist hike at Howard County Conservancy, 10 AM to 1 PM

Men’s Club and Sacred Grounds are sponsoring a naturalist hike with three time author, Ned Tilman at the Howard County Conservancy on Sunday April 10th 10-1pm.  Ned will lead us on a hike and this will be followed by a BYOF lunch where he will lead a discussion/presentation on what we can do to address climate change.

May 1, 2022: Native Plant Giveaway

Celebrate Lag B’Omer at Oseh Shalom and receive some FEE native plants; fill out a pledge form 

Fall TBD: Walking Tours of Native Gardens

See native gardens in each others homes. Watch the enews for details

Learn More/Resources

garden path with native plants

Garden path with Native plants

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