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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M 23- 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. $5/person;$10/family SEP 23- Wednesday 5-7pm
M 4- 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 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 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.
M 15- Miracle Pond- w/ award-winning photographer/author Middleton Evans Rain or shine. NOV 15- Sunday 4pm $
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