Upcoming Events

Paid programs:  Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the event.  Tickets may be purchased at the door if available; check homepage to see if program is full. If a program is canceled by the Conservancy, participants will be notified by e-mail or phone and offered a refund or an opportunity to reschedule. All other program fees are non-refundable and support educational programs at the Conservancy.

Free programs:  Register Turn on JavaScript! with the names and number of attendees. Registration closes at 3 p.m. the day prior to the event.  Walk-ins may be accomodated on a space available basis. 

Groups of ten or more may not be able to be accommodated at our free programs. Please contact the Conservancy about scheduling a separate program for your group.


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M= Mt. Pleasant Programs (in Woodstock, MD)
B= Belmont Programs (in Elkridge, MD)

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August                                                                                                                                  

M 8- Visit to Ray Bosmans' Turtle and Snake Gardens- This is a very special opportunity! For years, Ray Bosmans has brought wonderful indigenous snakes and turtles to the Conservancy to teach about their biology and life styles.  At his home, he has created beautiful outdoor habitats in which the turtles live.  He has invited us to visit and appreciate them as they inhabit these unique natural ecosystems on his property. He'll also show us his collection of snakes.  Limited to 30 registrants – age kindergarden and above- PROGRAM FULL- Waitlist Available!.    AUG 8- Saturday 10am Turn on JavaScript!

M 12- Perseids Meteor Shower: The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak!  It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.  The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright, luminous meteors.  The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24.  It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13.  The thin crescent moon will not obstruct viewing and, weather willing, be prepared for a great show!  Best viewing is after midnight.  Meteors radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky. Dr. Parviz Ghavamian, assistant professor of astrophysics at Towson University, will have his high power viewing telescope to look at planets and moon and will explain the meteor shower phenomenon.  Bring reclining lawn chair or blanket, water, snack, possibly insect deterrent..  Dress for evening temperatures.  Please dim headlights if driving in after 10pm.  Check website in the event of rain.   AUG 12- Wednesday 10pm-1am  Turn on JavaScript!

B 15Edible Plant Hike with Van Wensil. AUG 15- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!

M 27Monarchs and Mojitos:  Special evening for the over-21 crowd. Enjoy a summer night-off with friends! We're serving signature mojitos at twilight to open up good conversations. And there's a fabulous program too: back by popular demand are Mike Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury to delight you with amazing stories about the monarch butterflies which abound in our rolling meadows. Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring bug deterrent if you wish.   Rain or shine!  AUG 27- Thursday 6pm  Turn on JavaScript!

September                                                                                                                                  

M 12- Cool Ways to Observe Bird Migrations: Join bird expert Mike Kerwin and other Howard County birders to discuss the complexity, predictability, and also uncertainty of migration. Where do birds migrate to — and why do they “choose” to go there?  How do they find their way?  Do some fly alone or do they search for their own species and then fly as a flock? What obstacles must they overcome?  Do most of them survive their long journeys?  September is a wonderful time not only to talk about migration but also to observe the movement of thousands of birds through Howard County. We could see thousands of migrating broad- winged hawks and numerous other species from the trails at the Conservancy.  Wear hiking shoes and bring binoculars - and a pen and paper if you wish to record your sightings. Check website if weather is inclement.  SEP 12- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!

B 19Hike to the Patapsco River with Ranger Ed Johnson. SEP 19- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!

M 23Fall Equinox Twilight Hike and Campfire: S'mores and More!:   Walk through the meadow and along the stream to the woodland campfire ring. Listen to the birds singing at dusk. Gather around the crackling fire and hear legend-stories about the Equinox, sing old-time songs, roast marshmallows, and enjoy s'mores. Hike back in time to watch the sun set over horizon –exactly due west – and hear other interesting astronomical facts about the Fall Equinox.    $5/person;$10/family       SEP 23- Wednesday 5-7pm 

October                                                                                                                                  

M 4Fall Festival: It's harvest time:  ideal for the annual, old fashioned Fall Festival at the Conservancy!  Watch blacksmiths hammering iron in their shop, listen to blue grass music and explore the historic three-century-old farm.  Visit our pygmy goats, the chickens, Onyx the snake and Ranger the barred owl.  There'll be children's crafts and pumpkin decorating, pony rides, and hay rides.  Browse the craftsmen's stations to admire chair caning, basket weaving, gourd decorating and more. Admire the alpaca family and the gorgeous knit and woven products made from their soft, super-warm wool.  Leap the hay bales.  Stock up on grass-fed beef and pork and the finest fall vegetables and fruit at the farm stand.  Food and beverages available to purchase.  Check website if weather is uncertain.  OCT 4- Sunday 11am-3pm   
$10 per car (Carpool with your neighbors!)

M 10- Family Hike with Conservancy Naturalists. Stroll through the leaves and enjoy the autumn air! The naturalists at the Conservancy know wonderful stories about the land and cool insights into the lives of plants and animals that inhabit it. Bring your family and join an age-appropriate group with a naturalist to walk across the meadows, on woodland paths, and/or around the farmstead. Wear something comfortable and bring a curious spirit. If raining, check website.  OCT 10- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!

B 17Belmont Ghost Hike with Betsy McMillion. OCT 17- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!

M 30Flashlight Night Hike: What are Those Sounds?  Bring your flashlights, your curiosity, and a sense of discovery for this adventure hike.   We'll be listening and searching for nocturnal wildlife in our meadows and woods.  Why do animals get active at night when we are sleeping?  What adaptations do they need to successfully  “make their living?”  What do those cries in the night mean?  What are the likely places for you to look for them at home?   Join Devon Kosisky in the quest!  Check website if weather is uncertain.  OCT 30- Friday 7pm  Turn on JavaScript!

November                                                                                                                                  

M 14- Spotting Wildlife in Winter-in Winter-   Fall is almost over.  Nature has been getting itself ready ahead of time for the cold. Both the plants and the animals are making preparations.  Those that make it through the winter need to pack away their food sources, adjust their outer layers to withstand the chill and freezes, and begin to hunker down. But when the leaves are off the trees and bushes, and the snow is on the ground, it’s a GREAT time for us to get outside and see the local wildlife that isn’t hibernating!  Expert wildlife spotter and photographer, Frank Marsden is outside every day, knowing just where to track and find the raccoons, muskrats, foxes, shrews, deer, mink, beaver, waterfowl, eagles and other birds of prey, and songbirds.  He will share his beautiful photos and lead us on an easy hike in the Conservancy’s woods, stream borders, and meadows.  When the snow comes this year, after hearing his tips and walking with him, you’ll be ready to spot local wildlife in your own back yards and local woods and parks - and you’re welcome to return to the Conservancy to spot these beautiful animals making their living here! Check website in event of inclement weather.
NOV 14- Saturday 10amTurn on JavaScript!

M 15- Miracle Pond- w/ award-winning photographer/author Middleton Evans  Rain or shine.  NOV 15- Sunday 4pm $

M 17Leonids Meteor Shower: The Leonids Meteor Shower produces an average of up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in l865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30, and peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving fairly dark skies for what could be a good show. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.  Dr. Joel Goodman and Dr. Alex Storrs – both back by popular demand, will bring meteor pieces to examine and high power viewing telescopes to look at planets and moon ; they will explain the meteor shower phenomenon. Bring reclining lawn chair or blanket, water, snack, possibly bug deterrent. Dress for evening temperatures. Please dim headlights if driving in after 10pm. Indoor planetarium set up if weather is cloudy. Check website in the event of rain.   NOV 17- Tuesday 10pm-1am  Turn on JavaScript!

B 21- Geological Forms of Belmont and the Patapsco Valley with Jeff Campbell. NOV 21- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!

B 22- Colonial Holiday Celebration:  Join us for a Colonial Holiday Celebration at Historic Belmont Manor to benefit the programs of the Howard County Conservancy.  The event will be held from 3-6 pm and will include period reenactments, music, food and drink.        NOV 22- Sunday 3-6pm  $60/person before Nov.16th, $65 after


December                                                                                                                                  

M 5- Natural Holiday Sale:  Relax and browse unique and locally crafted items for sale – all with a connection to nature. Sip a cup of tea, enjoy cookies, listen to live harp and piano music – while the children create whimsical critters from cones, pods and seed heads with the help of naturalists. Local pottery, hand-crafted soaps and bees wax candles, hand-crafted jewelry and accessories, nature and gardening books, nature photography items, kids books, finger puppets and much more! All proceeds benefit the Conservancy’s environmental educational programs. Families are welcome!   DEC 5- Saturday 10am-3pm  Turn on JavaScript!

M 13- Geminids Meteor Shower: The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers, considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak!  It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982.  Meteors radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.  The shower runs annually from roughly December 7-17.  It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and the morning of the 14th. The crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent show.  Best viewing will be after midnight.  Dr. Joel Goodman and Dr. Alex Storrs – both back by popular demand, will bring meteor pieces to examine and high power viewing telescopes to look at planets and moon; they will explain the meteor shower phenomenon.  Bring reclining lawn chair or blanket, water, snack. Dress for cold evening temperatures.  Please dim headlights if driving in after 10pm.  Indoor planetarium set up if weather is cloudy.  Check website in the event of rain.  DEC 13- Sunday 10pm-1am  Turn on JavaScript!

B 19- Winter Solstice Hike with Carole Veihmeyer. DEC 19- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!