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 9- Mother's Day Special: Enjoy a beautiful and delicious morning with your mother, daughter, grandmother or friends on Mothers Day weekend. Stroll through the many niche gardens at the Conservancy and learn about their design and plantings from members of the Howard County garden clubs who created and maintain them. Extend your walk through the Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden, the “Sisters Garden” of herbs and perennials, and the large Community Garden. Refresh yourself with “bottomless cups” of tea and freshly baked Scottish scones in the restored Brown sisters' historic farmhouse parlor. In case of rain, check website. MAY 9- Saturday 10am $5/person; $10/family
M 28- Wine in the Garden/Beer in the Barn: Enjoy wine, 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 28- Thursday 5-8pm $45/person BEFORE May 17th; $55/person at the door
M 22- Summer Camp Starts- Weekly day camp with themed programs for school age children. JUN 22-AUG 14 weekly $
M 25- Fiddlers and Fireflies: One of our most popular family programs returns. Begin your summer with an old fashioned family picnic. Bring your supper and spread your blanket and lawn chairs. As the fireflies begin to flicker under the trees and in the tall grasses around the property at Mt. Pleasant, listen to Steve Hickman's band, who have electrified audiences for close to thirty years. Little kids and adults, come dance to the fiddles and sing old-timey songs! And if we're lucky the musicians will bring out their spoons to seranade us with mountain music! Learn interesting facts about fireflies and make a firefly craft. In event of rain, check website. JUN 25- Thursday 6-9pm $10/car
B 6- Summer Camp Starts- Weekly day camp with themed programs for school age children. JUL 6- AUG 7 weekly $
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 llama 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 15- Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom- Best-selling author Jennifer Holland is back by popular demand to share stories about her latest book. A courageous adventurer herself, as well as contributing writer to the National Geographic, she will also talk about her other adventures out in the field. This is a very special opportunity for children and adults to meet and be inspired by a remarkable and well-known author. All three books in this series, Unlikely Heroes, and Unlikely Friendships (with more than 700,000 in print) and Unlikely Loves have hit the New York Times bestseller list. Books will be available for autographing. 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 $