On Aug. 13 and 14, 2016, MWS sponsored several events at Discover Quest, Charles County's tourism bash held in conjunction with the BassMasters Elite national bass tournament.Jim Long, president of MWS, presented Captain John Smith's Discover Quest that introduced some natural gems of western Charles County using the words of Captain Smith as a guide.
On the 14th, free tours of the American Lotus were co-sponsored with Smallwood State Park. The park provided its newly refurbished pontoon boat and the pilot, while MWS supplied a tour guide. Three tours allowed boat-fulls of tourists to view the lotus in full bloom surrounded by gorgeous freshwater tidal marshes.
On Saturday, Don Shomette, author and underwater archeologist (pictured), presented Sanctuary: The Potomac as a Paradigm, a history of Mallows Bay and discussion of the proposed Mallows-Potomac National Marine Sanctuary.