Terrapin Adventures’ Steve Carne Wins 2016 SmartCEO Executive Management Award

SmartCEO Executive Management AwardsTerrapin Adventures is very pleased to announce that our general manager, Steve Carne, has been recognized as one of Baltimore’s top 40 leaders as part of SmartCEO’s 2016 Executive Management Awards (EMA) program. The EMA program recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of the region’s management all-stars, executives who uphold the highest ethics, lead collaboratively and creatively, and enhance and support the organization’s mission.

“SmartCEO designed the Executive Management Awards specifically to acknowledge senior leaders and honor their accomplishments,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO Events. “The 2016 Executive Management Award winners are not only leading their companies and co-workers to achieve great things, they are also making huge contributions to their communities.”

EMA winners are chosen by an independent committee of local business leaders.

Steven Carne is a recent Maryland transplant who originally hails from the west coast. He has worked as an adventure guide for the last decade and is passionate about team building, experiential education, and sharing nature with others. Steve was recently named Terrapin Adventure’s new general manager late last year, and has helped strengthen the organization’s core values with his hands-on managerial approach and policy of open, honest communication.

“There are certainly projects I have spearheaded and initiatives I am quite proud of, many of which improved company value. But if the measure of successful management lay in driving company value, all singular things would fall short,” says Steve. “Rather, I see the relationship building with employees, effective sharing of vision and motivation as the crux of driving company value.

“Through constantly engaging employees, I can connect with them, understand their concerns, sell them on our shared goals, and form an environment more akin to family than a dour place of work.”

Steve and the rest of the EMA winners will be honored during an awards reception on Thursday, March 24, 2016, and will be profiled in the March/April issue of SmartCEO magazine.

About SmartCEO

SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business communities throughout Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC metropolitan areas. Nearly 50,000 offensive-minded, growth-oriented CEOs turn to SmartCEO magazine to find ideas and inspiration to help them grow their businesses, while SmartCEO awards programs celebrate entrepreneurship and the achievements of businesses throughout the region. Winners and finalists of each awards program are covered in SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at high-energy, executive-level events that bring their stories to life.

About Terrapin Adventures

Conveniently located in Howard County, Maryland, between Baltimore and Washington DC, Terrapin Adventures has combined team building and thrills within the context of caring for and understanding our environment. We create customized programs for each individual organization, helping to increase communication and productivity. Terrapin Adventures offers both indoor and outdoor programs that can incorporate our Adventure Park, low and high ropes courses.

Over the years we have become a giving and growing part of the Baltimore-Washington community by working with local charities, tourists, businesses and neighbors.

If you have any questions, please call Terrapin Adventure at 301.725.1313, or email us at info@terrapinadventures.com to learn more.


The Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed

What exactly is a watershed? 

A watershed  is an area of land that water flows across or drains from, into rivers and streams and eventually ending in one larger body of water.

The Chesapeake Bays watershed is often thought of as only in Maryland, but five other states (New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia), and the District of Columbia are also a part of this watershed. The borders of our watershed stretch as far north as the Finger Lakes of New York and as far south as Norfolk, Virginia.


Whatever happens to the watershed happens to the Bay.

Essentially, whatever is put on the land or in the streams and rivers within the borders of the watershed will eventually end up in the Bay. The easiest way to understand how it works is if you imagine that all the land in the watershed is at a higher elevation then the Bay itself. Then imagine someone sprinkling pink food coloring on different parts of the land. We know that water flows downhill so when it rains the water will fall on the land and flow downhill carrying with it the food coloring. The end result would be that the Bay would turn pink! We of course aren’t going to sprinkle food coloring all over the watershed but there are other much more hazardous things that we put on the land everyday. Here are some examples:

  • Motor oil leaking from cars.
  • Pet and agricultural animal waste.
  • Chemicals used in industrial manufacturing.
  • Raw sewage from faulty septic tanks and aging sewage treatment plants.
  • Fertilizers,  herbicides and insecticides used on agricultural fields.

            watershed Example: if a farmer in Northern Pennsylvania uses excessive amounts of fertilizer on his crops, the excess nitrogen from the fertilizer will be washed from his fields when it rains and it will then enter a nearby stream and then travel down to an adjoining river where it will be carried to the Bay. Once that excess nitrogen enters the Bay it will create algae blooms which lead to dead zones in the water and are responsible for massive fish kills and many other environmental issues.

Missy Lauterbach – Naturalist/Adventure Guide – Terrapin Adventures

Baltimore: A City of Firsts

Crab sculpture BaltimoreBaltimore: A City of Firsts

1743 – First professional sports organization in the United States – Maryland Jockey Club

1773 – First US stage coach route – Baltimore to Philadelphia

1774 – First Post Office System in the United States

1778 – First independent corps in the Revolutionary War Army- organized by Count Casimir Pulaski

1783 – First dredger in the world – the Baltimore Mud Machine, was invented by Andrew and John Ellicot.

1784 – First balloon ascension in the US with a person on board – Edward Warren

1784 – First Methodist church in America- Lovely Lane Meeting House

1785 – First general meeting of the Quakers

1785 – First church of the United Brethren

1789 – First Catholic diocese in the U.S.

1791 – First Roman Catholic seminary in the U.S. St. Mary’s Seminary

1792 – The first monument to Columbus in the United States

1792 – First water company chartered in the United States – Baltimore Water Company.

1796 – First Sunday newspaper in America- Monitor

1796 – First sugar refinery in the U.S. – founded by Garts and Leypoldt

1797 – First US war ship to capture an enemy vessel – Constellation

1798 – First fort built by U.S. Government – Fort McHenry

1799 – First Swedenborgain church-erected at Exeter and Baltimore Street

1800 – Fist investment banking house in America- founded by Alexander Brown

1803 – First electric refrigerator- invented by Thomas Moore

1804 – First stationary store- Lucas Brothers

1811 – First U.S. company to import and consumer package teas – Martin Gillet and Company

1814 – Birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner – written by Francis Scott Key at Fort McHenry

1815 – First manufacturers of silverware in the United States – Samuel Kirk Company

1815 – The first permanent monument to George Washington was built.

1816 – First city to illuminate streets with hydrogen gas



First independent Unitarian church- formed at 21 Hanover Street, home of Henry Payson

1817 – First annual conference of the African Methodist Episcopal church

1819 – First Odd Fellows lodge in the U.S.- organized by Thomas Wildey and others

1819 – First gaslight company in the country- Gas Light Company of Baltimore

1820 – First canning of oysters- by Thomas Kennett

1828 – First American umbrella factory – William Beehler

1828 – First railroad for commercial transportation of passengers and freight B & O railroad

1829 – First black Catholic religious order of nuns- Oblate Sisters of Providence

1830 – First coal burning steam locomotive built – Tom Thumb

1830 – First operating railroad depot in the US – Mt. Clare Station

1831 – First national nominating convention for President of the United States

1836 – First regular steam vessel to cross the Atlantic from the U.S – “City of Kingston”

1836 – First car ferry used in the U.S. was built in Baltimore for the Susquehanna River

1839 – First commercial canning of corn

1840 – First dental college in the world- Baltimore College of Dental Surgery

1840 – First steam boating company in the U.S. – Baltimore steam packet Co.

1844 – First public supported high schools for girls – Eastern High School and Western High School

1844 – World’s first telegraph line established between Baltimore and Washington – Samuel Morse

1848 – First ice cream freezer – patented by W. G. Young

1849 – First teachers college for women – Baltimore Female College (Goucher College)

1853 – First Radial heater for the home – at Mansion Alexandrffsky

1854 – First Jewish Community Center I the U.S. – (YMHA) Young Men’s Hebrew Association

1856 – First Elevator to be operated by electrical power – invented by James Bates

1859 – First YMCA – Pratt and Schroeder Streets

1859 – First American horse drawn street car line was done so in Fell’s Point

1869 – First black labor union – Colored Businessmen’s Association, organized by Isacc Meyers

1869 – First candy factory to produce licorice – J.S. Young Company

1875 – The first monument to Edgar Allan Poe

1878 – First animal welfare association – American Humane Society

1879 – First synthetic sweetening agent – Saccharine, developed at Johns Hopkins University

1883 – First public financed vocational school in the U.S. – Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

1884 – First typesetting machine in the world – invented by Ottmar Mergenthaler

1885 – First commercial electric street car line – Baltimore to Hampden

1886 – First public Library System with branches – Enoch Pratt Free Library

1890 – First steam tanker built in America The Maverick by W.T.Malster

1891 – First commercial stomach antacid seltzer – Bromo-Seltzer, made by Captain Isaac E. Emerson

1892 – First bottle caps with crown cork in the U.S.- Crown Cork and Seal

1892 – First Ouija board – invented and patented by Isaac and William Fuld

1895 – First Catholic college for women – Notre Dame College

1895 – First electronic railway locomotive in the world – put in service by the B&O

1896 – First Multi-store shopping center building in the country – Roland Park Marketplace

1897 – First country day school in the U.S. – Gilman School

1897 – First practical submarine in the US – “Argonaut,” invented by Simon Lake

1900 – First time duck bowling introduced – at Diamond Bowling Alleys

1901 – First woman professor at a U.S. medical School – Dr. Florence Rena Sabin

1906 – First city magazine- Baltimore Magazine

1911 – First international women’s volunteer organization – Hadassah, founded by Henrietta Szold

1916 – First portable electric drill with pistol grip – Black & Decker

1916 – First municipal orchestra supported by public funds – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

1917 – First gas station with pumps enabling a driver to see the amount of gasoline being pumped

1920 – First factory to manufacture stainless steel – Rustless Iron & Steel Company

1921 – First National Guard Air Squadron started – Logan Field

1921 – First black musical on Broadway – written by Baltimorean Eubie Blake, Shuffle Along

1922 – First nationwide presidential radio broadcast – by President Warren G. Harding

1925 – First triple combination fireboat in service – operated by Baltimore City Fire Dept

1932 – First producer of venetian blinds in the United States – Eastern Venetian Blind Company

1936 – First black newspaper chain- Afro-American Newspaper

1946 – First photograph of earth from space – produced at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

1948 – First Stratovision television telecast

1959 – First Mobile microwave television tower

1964 – First Permanent Building in the U.S to have a revolving restaurant – Holiday Inn, Downtown

1966 – First baseball player to be named MVP in both leagues – Frank Robinson

1967 – First African-American to serve on the US supreme Court – Baltimorean Thurgood Marshall

1975 – First native born U.S. Citizen to be canonized as a saint – Elizabeth Seton (born 1809)

1983 – First African American wax museum – The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

1995 – First American city to win championship in the Canadian Football League – Baltimore Stallions



Source: Visit Baltimore

Winter Safety for Outdoor Fun

IMG_0099Winter Safety

Winter, especially in Maryland, is the teenage daughter of seasons. You never know what she’s thinking and sometimes you want to punch her, but she looks so beautiful in photographs. Although the temperature has dropped and the wool hats are out, the sun can be its most dangerous this time of year. This isn’t because winter brings out some new breed of super sun, but rather because we often times neglect the fact that the sun is still powerful in the winter, and thus fail to take appropriate precautions. In addition, we are exposed to the sun in new ways during the winter months. When we participate in activities like skiing and snow tubing, we’re vulnerable to the UV Rays that are reflected by the snow, as well as the heightened exposure to the sun that comes from being at higher altitudes. So while it’s great to enjoy winter and all her wonders, make sure to keep these tips in mind so that you can keep your skin safe this winter.

Tip 1: Apply Sunscreen

Before you hit the slopes, make sure to hit the ‘screen. Skincancer.org recommends using SPF 30 or higher, and applying sunscreen at least 30 minutes before heading outside. In addition, you should reapply your sunscreen about every two hours, especially if you’re working up a sweat.

Don’t neglect the small areas like the lips, backs of the ears, and neck. You might miss them, but the sun sure won’t. In a pinch, lip balm with an SPF can be applied to those smaller areas. Keep a travel-sized sunscreen handy for reapplication throughout the day.

Tip 2: Take Breaks

While you’re planning a fun day in the snow, make sure to schedule time for hot cocoa in the ski lodge. Just as your body needs to recover from long bouts of physical activity, your skin needs to recover from exposure to light, pollutants, and weather. Plan at least one break to let your skin – and your body – recover from the harsh winter elements.

Tip 3: Cover Up

Once you’ve finished layering your long underwear, don’t forget your hat and sunglasses. When used along with sunscreen, these accessories will offer great protection from the sun. If your hat doesn’t quite cover your ears, consider adding earmuffs to your ensemble. And if you don’t want to lose your favorite pair of shades in the snow, try ski goggles. They’ll protect your skin and eyes, and you’ll look like a pro.  Remember to take off a layer if you are overheating and if you are going to be active, you should be cool when you start to avoid getting too hot.

Tip 4: Hydrate

Always, always, always hydrate. Whether you’re out in the sun or the snow, fluids are essential to keep your body moving. While layering is great for staying warm, it can also lead to overheating. Drinking plenty of water will help your body maintain its temperature, and keep you from reaching your boiling point.

Once you’ve traded in your hats and gloves for blankets and cocoa, make sure to hydrate your skin. The cold can leave your skin dry, rough, and cracked, which can lead to cuts and soreness. Use a good moisturizer to restore your skin to its pre-weather condition, because while it’s essential to hydrate your body, your skin needs hydration too.

Keep these tips in mind, and you’re sure to have happy skin this winter!

Lauren Daly, Guest Relations Specialist, Terrapin Adventures

How To Reduce The Amount of Residential Rain Tax

IMG_0189How to reduce the amount of “Rain Tax” you are required to pay.  

 Lets first look at what this “rain tax” really is.

The Storm water Remediation Fee (it’s proper name), was enacted to create revenue to fund upgrades to the aging and antiquated sewer systems that are found throughout the Chesapeake Bay’s watershed. This fund also pays for projects that will filter the polluted runoff that is generated by non-natural hardscapes such as roads, sidewalks and rooftops.

This bill mandates that the following jurisdictions be required to contribute to their local Watershed Protection and Restoration Funds:  Baltimore City and nine counties- Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince Georges Counties.

If you own property in any of these jurisdictions you will be required to pay a fee dependent on how much land you own and how much impervious surface covers that land.

Q: So how can I reduce the fee on my property?

A: Property owners can reduce the fee that they are required to pay by reducing the amount of runoff that flows from their property. Each jurisdiction is different but listed below is an example of Anne Arundel County’s rebate and credit guidelines:


Q: How do I reduce the amount of runoff that my property generates?

A: Here are 5 ways a residential property owner can reduce storm water runoff:

1. Downspout redirection

Most downspouts are routed to send rainwater directly towards streets and storm drains. By redirecting your downspout to a garden, yard or rain barrel, it enables storm water to slowly absorb into the ground or be stored for later use rather then creating runoff.

2. Reduce impervious surfaces

The most common impervious surfaces found on residential properties are sidewalks, driveways, patios and roofs. Some solutions to these problems include: installing a green roof to absorb rainfall on rooftops; as well as using gravel or porous pavers to replace concrete or asphalt slabs.

3. Install a rain barrel or cistern 

Installing rain barrels or a cistern to collect rainfall from rooftops. This collection can be stored and used to water landscape at a later date.

4. Install a rain garden 

Properly installed rain gardens collect rainfall thereby reducing the amount of polluted runoff that enters our waterways, and they also help to filter the water that resupplies underground aquifers.

5. Plant trees and shrubs

Trees, shrubs and landscaping other then grass, all have deep roots that can enable the soil around it to absorb more rainfall. More plants and less grass is a great way to reduce water pollution!

Each county makes their own regulations as far as rebates and credits to property owners, they also require proof that the work was done correctly so I strongly urge you to contact your local government to inquire about their specific guidelines before starting work on your property. 

Missy Lauterbach, Facilitator, Adventure Guide and Naturalist, Terrapin Adventures

To find out more information on each counties regulations you can follow this link:


Blue Water Baltimore provides a Water Audit Program that can advise and assist property owners with these projects.


*Please note that the Water Audit Program is only available to properties within the watersheds they protect.