Expansion Update

The Next 25 Years

Expansion News & Updates

Exciting plans are underway to fulfill the Conservancy’s mission for the next 25 years and beyond. Through our “Next 25 Years” capital campaign, we are inviting the community and the region to support a planned $1.8 million expansion of the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center.

With groundbreaking scheduled for fall 2016 and a grand re-opening in spring 2017, the expanded and enhanced “heart” of the Conservancy will ensure that we can meet the growing demand and need for high quality programs that connect children and adults of all ages with nature and fulfill the Conservancy’s mission for many generations to come.

Features of the expansion are described in our Next 25 Years Expansion Brochure.


Thanks to a generous challenge grant from the France Merrick Foundation, all gifts toward the expansion campaign are now doubled!

Donations of all sizes are welcome. You may choose to make a one-time gift, donate monthly or quarterly, or make a multi-year pledge.

Establish a permanent presence on a plaque at the new and expanded nature center and engraved paver Honors Garden at the Howard County Conservancy. This is an ideal way to mark a special occasion, celebrate an achievement or honor a loved one. If you wish to make this gift to the Conservancy, complete this form and mail back with your donation or donate online and then return the completed form.

These donations and remembrances are an investment in the Next 25 Years at the Howard County Conservancy. Other naming opportunities are available for gifts of $1,000 and above.

Expansion Campaign News 6/29/16

Howard County Conservancy’s “Next 25 Years” Campaign Surpasses $1.5 Million Mark

Our “Next 25 Years” capital campaign to expand the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center has surpassed the $1.5 million mark. When a just-awarded $100,000 challenge grant from the France Merrick Foundation is complete, the amount raised will surpass $1.6 million. Other major sources of funding include bonds from the State of Maryland totaling $500,000, $250,000 from Howard County Government, and a $100,000 grant from the Kahlert Foundation. WR Grace is the lead corporate sponsor to date, committing $50,000.

“Thanks to support from foundations, corporations, Howard County, and the State of Maryland our planned expansion will help ensure our legacy and our capacity to serve and enrich our community. Individual donors have been integral to this effort as well, contributing an additional $170,000,” said Executive Director Meg Boyd.

“The Conservancy is actively seeking donations from individuals, organizations and businesses throughout the region to support our expansion so we can accommodate our growth and continue to provide the high quality programs the community has come to count on,” said Howard County Conservancy Board President and DLA Piper partner Gina Zawitoski. “With the challenge grant from the France Merrick Foundation, this is a great time to give and double your impact.”