Located on 232 acres of rolling hills with a variety of habitats, the Conservancy is ideally suited for nature study and exploration. Home to more than 140 species of birds and wildlife, offering beautiful vistas of the Patapsco Valley, and all just 15 minutes from Columbia. Here, history and nature set the pace for your learning experience.
Hiking and Exploring
- We have 4 miles of trails, download our overview trail map or the close-up detailed trail map. For a richer experience, use our Self-Guided Hike brochures to identify points of interest along the way!
- See the list of geocaches hidden on our property at www.geocaching.com or check out our flyer in our parking lot kiosk.
Pets must be leashed at all times, and dog waste must be disposed of properly. No horses, bicycles or motorized vehicles allowed.
Nature and Wildlife
- Learn about our animals with this walking tour (Goats, chickens, tree frog, diamondback terrapin, barred owl and black rat snake).
- Discover our Butterfly Garden, founded by Girl Scout Troop #1744. Click here to read the full history of this beautiful habitat.
- View the Howard County Bird Club’s Site Guide to the Howard County Conservancy site also called Mt. Pleasant. Bring it with you or view it before you come so you are on the lookout for these species.
Grounds and Facilities
- Our newly expanded Nature Center is re-open!
- Our Nature Center and offices are open Monday through Saturday, 9am-3pm, closed Saturdays during the winter.
- Walk on our trails to Hodgepodge Lodge – the cabin from one of the first nature TV shows for children.
- Our Gift Shop located in the upper level of the Gudelsky Environmental Center.
- Historic Montjoy Barn and farm outbuildings. A close-up map linked above shows these details.
- See the solar panel display on our Bank Barn.
Now showing in the Gudelsky Gallery: AS I SEE IT… a photography exhibition by Douglas Hanewinckel. Showing through December 16th.
Posed/Commercial Photographers: All photographers MUST obtain an Annual Photo Pass before coming onsite. See full photography policy here.
The Conservancy allows a qualified hunting group to carry out managed hunts on our grounds on certain mornings. On weekend dates while hunters are onsite, cones will be placed across our driveway with signage indicating that a hunt is in progress. On weekdays, signage will be placed at the trail heads indicating a hunt is in progress. The hunts will be conducted in the morning and end by 9:00am. We will list dates of hunts in advance.
Currently Scheduled November Hunts: