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.
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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Click here to view our 2016 bookmark including all of the programs listed below!
M 26- Wine in the Garden/Beer in the Barn Enjoy craft beers and delicious foods from a variety of local restaurants and caterers. While listening to bluegrass, stroll through the Conservancy’s three-acre native plant garden. Find treasures and bargains as you browse the large silent auction of artwork, getaways, dining and more! Event will be in our Gudelsky Gallery in the event of rain. MAY 26- Thursday 5pm-8pm $45/person; $55 AFTER 5/15
M 25- Bugs & Brews Special evening for the over-21 crowd. Enjoy a summer night-off with friends! We're serving a variety of great beers at twilight to open up good conversations. And there's a fabulous program too: back by popular demand are Mike Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury to delight you with amazing stories about the their favorite fabulous bugs (and butterflies) which abound in our rolling meadows. Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring bug deterrent if you wish. Rain or shine! This event fills up quickly; please register early to assure your spot. AUG 25- Thursday 7pm FREE ($ for drinks)
M 10- Games in the Meadows Looking for something active, fun, and new to get the whole family outside? Join the Howard County Conservancy and Medomak Family Camp communities in a day of fun and light fall lunch at the Conservancy! SCAG – Soccer, Croquette And Golf is a game played with a soccer ball, kicked through croquet style-hoops, and scored like golf. Also sometimes called Foot Golf, it is easy to learn, and fun for all ages. We provide a map of the course, instructions, score cards and everything you need to play. (If you’ve got your own soccer ball, bring it along.) Be the first to start your own league and keep the fun going outside throughout the year! And, on the classic games side, how about some egg and spoon races, water balloon tosses, and possibly kite flying? Cider and subs for all will be served! Bring your own drinking cup (BYODC). Please call and make a reservation so we can best plan for food and equipment: 301 854 9100. Check website if weather is inclement. SEP 10- Saturday 10am $5/person; $10/car
M 22- Fall 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.
SEP 22- Thursday 5-7pm $10/car
M 2- Fall 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, join the square dance, and explore the historic three-century-old farm. Visit our pygmy goats, the chickens, Onyx the snake, and Ranger the barred owl. There are children's crafts, pumpkin decorating, and hay rides. Browse the craftsmen's stations to admire chair caning, basket weaving, woodturning, 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 2- Sunday 11am-3pm $10/car
M 27- Fantastic Vultures & Other Raptors Mike Kerwin, a local Howard county birder with a deep love for all things that fly, will try to answer the question “How do I identify the 10216 species of birds in the world and more importantly the 15 species of Diurnal Raptors and Vultures found in Howard County”. Mike has seen almost every one of the Raptors on the grounds of the Conservancy. He will share some of the fantastic photos he has taken in this lecture-style presentation. OCT 27- Thursday 7pm $5/person; $10/fam
M 10- Animal Stories: From Heroic Pups to Imperiled Pandas with National Geographic author Jennifer Holland. Jennifer will share some new favorite stories of friendships and heroes in the canine/dog world—from her upcoming UNLIKELY book focused on dogs—and, as a special treat, she will talk about her recent reporting in China on the giant panda (with photos, of course!). After her presentation, Jennifer will be available to sign books. A limited number of copies of each volume from the Unlikely series will be available for sale. NOV 10- Thursday 5pm $10/person; $20/fam
10- Marvelous Nature Books, Crafts & Artifacts AT Miller Branch Library DEC 10- Saturday 10:30am FREE