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.

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

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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, greenery from local garden clubs, nature photography items, kids books, finger puppets and much more!  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. Bring a water bottle, hearty snack and good hiking shoes and join Carole Veihmeyer for a long, scenic hike on this lovely December day. After starting out at the Carriage House at Belmont, Carole will lead you through the forest to one of the most scenic areas of Patapsco Valley State Park, Orange Grove. There you will see the swinging bridge reminiscent the 1800’s and 1900’s; as well as, learn about the history and ruins of the old Mill. Moderate to strenuous 4.5-mile hike that will last up to 3 hours in length; Trails consist of hills, uneven ground and some rocky areas. Be sure to dress for the weather.   DEC 19- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!

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M 9- Wildflowers of Howard County: What is the deep allure of wildflowers…these native, beautiful flowering plants that have evolved to co-exist with their pollinators and provide sustenance to native animal populations?  We notice them especially in the spring, after a long bleak winter.  But summer and fall are rich with blooms and interesting seed forms too.  Explore not only the beauty, but also the different habitats, seasons, and reasons for the disappearance of some of the most attractive species.  Jo and Bob Solem share their passion for nature and the environment in this slide-presentation.  The images they will use to illustrate their remarks are chosen from hundreds of photographs they have taken in Howard County over more than 20 years.    JAN 9- Saturday 10am Turn on JavaScript!

B 16- Nature Tales: Preschool Stories and Craft with Julie Pallozzi.  JAN 16- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!

M 21- Owls: Soul of the Night  Everyone loves the beauty, mystery and charm of owls, but science is still unlocking many of the secrets of owl biology and ecology. Join Scott Weidensaul, author of the new Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean, for an exploration of the weird and little-known world of these nocturnal hunters, and the exciting new discoveries being made not only about weird tropical species like the stygian owl, but even the most common and widespread owls in American backyards.   JAN 21- Thursday 7pm $


M 13- Seeking Salamanders: Where Are They?   with Sue Muller.  FEB 13- Saturday 10am Turn on JavaScript!

M 18- All Who Wander Are Not Lost   Join Kevin Laughlin, author, photographer, and owner of Wildside Nature Tours, on a photographic journey to some wonderful, far away, and not so far away places. Kevin has enjoyed many fun travels over the 22 years since he founded Wildside and has created many beautiful images to share! Enjoy birds, bears, sloths and so much more as you explore many diverse habitats from the cold waters of the Chesapeake to the mighty Amazon River, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands and many more incredible destinations!    FEB 18- Thursday 7pm $

B 20- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink with Alan Wilcom, Chief of Howard County Recycling Division.  FEB 20- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!

M 26- The Power of Storytelling: Sharing Stories for a Stronger Community    18 and over.  FEB 26- Friday 2-6pm Workshop,
7-9pm Storytelling $


M 3- Bats, Birds, Butterflies & Bees: What Me Worry?   with USDA's Dr. Jeff Pettis.  MAR 3- Thursday 7pm Turn on JavaScript!

M 10- The Art of Stewardship: Juried Art Show  opening reception and talk.  MAR 10- Thursday 7pm $

M -- The Art of Stewardship: Gallery Display  opening reception and talk.  MAR 10- APR 8 Wed-Sat 9am-3pm  (please call before visiting)  Turn on JavaScript!

M 12- Nature-Inspired Writing: Family Hike   with Stephanie Holzman.  MAR 12- Saturday 10am Turn on JavaScript!

B 19- Spring Zing! Spring Equinox Hike with Van Wensil.  MAR 19- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!