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.


Click on the program below and then ADD TO CART, to register:
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M= Mt. Pleasant Programs (in Woodstock, MD)
B= Belmont Programs (in Elkridge, MD)

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February                                                                                                                                
M 7- Learn How to do Backyard Bird Count! In advance of next week’s annual, national Backyard Bird Count, join Woody Merkle and several other birders at the picture windows of the Conservancy’s Gudelsky Gallery overlooking the backyard bird feeders on.  Learn about how to do the annual Backyard Bird Count-- how to recognize the most common birds; how to choose your observation time and place; how to submit your bird counts on line – or on paper. Rain or shine (Check website in case of snow on the ground). Drop in, no need to register.      FEB 7- Sunday 2-3pm   FREE.

M 13- Seeking Salamanders: Where Are They? Have you ever wondered where to find salamanders?  How many species do we have in Howard County?  There are many common species in our area, you just need to know where to look for them!  Sue Muller was the Howard County Coordinator for the Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas (2010- 2014).  Results from this study can be found at the Howard County Bird Club website, and a photo gallery can be seen here.  Sue will give a presentation featuring all of the salamanders found in Howard County as well as tips on where to look for them and how to find them.  Weather permitting, we will go outside and search for salamanders!   FEB 13- Saturday 10am Turn on JavaScript!

M 18- All Who Wander Are Not Lost Join Kevin Loughlin, 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 $10/person; $20/family

Turn on JavaScript!20- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink  Are you looking for ways to make an impact in the New Year? If so, join us as we hear from Gina Bonomo with Howard County Environmental Services, as she explores ways you can help make Howard County an even greener community. She will provide an in-depth look at Howard County’s Single Stream recycling process as well as explore the importance of the 3 R’s, and how their order plays a vital role in the success in the recycling program. Gina will also discuss the many recycling and source reduction opportunities available to residents along with providing tips for how you can help reduce consumption, reuse materials, and most importantly recycle as much possible. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions about Howard County’s recycling efforts as well as provide suggestions for ways to make Howard County a greener, more sustainable community.  FEB 20- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!

M 26- The Power of Storytelling: Sharing Stories for a Stronger Community    18 and over. With Leigh Tillman. We are hosting two events on February 26th at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock, MD. The first is an afternoon workshop that will help you learn how to create, fine tune, and tell a good story. This is limited to 24 registrants.  The second is an evening storytelling event with a diverse and vibrant group of local Howard Countians. Come to one or come to both!!

*NOTE CHANGE OF DATE* FEB 26- Friday 2-6pm Workshop $75/person (limited to 24 registrants)
7-9pm Storytelling $10/adult

March                                                                                                                                 

M 3- Bats, Birds, Butterflies & Bees: What Me Worry?   with USDA's Dr. Jeff Pettis. Pollinators are in decline worldwide and the reasons are varied.  Dr. Pettis will explore the rich variety of pollinators around the globe, recent declines and speak to the varied factors such as pests and disease, land management and pesticides that are impacting pollinators.  Our diet depends in large part on the wings of pollinators.  Come hear why all pollinators are threatened and steps we can take locally and globally to improve the plight of pollinators.   MAR 3- Thursday 7pm Turn on JavaScript!

M 11- The Art of Stewardship: Juried Art Show  opening reception and talk.  See and hear what the theme of “Nature Through the Artist's Eyes” means to these artists. Greg Mort, internationally acclaimed artist, will serve as the Judge and initial speaker this evening. The Opening Reception begins at 7 p.m.  Wine & Cheese available.  There will be a presentation by the artists, followed by ample time to browse the exhibit and speak to the artists.  All artwork is available for sale. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Conservancy’s educational programming.   MAR 11- Friday 7pm $10/person

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

M 12- Nature-Inspired Writing: Family Hike   with Stephanie Holzman.  It is quite amazing how walking in nature measurably enhances the brain’s creativity.  Be inspired to write creatively at a self guided pace while exploring the Conservancy’s trails. Along the way, meet captive animals, look for signs of wild animals and investigate the habitats of our wildlife. This week is Aldo Leopold Week: nationally celebrated, Leopold was one of our early environmentalists that supported land ethics and conservation.  In this tradition, we encourage families and friends to join us, creatively walking and writing on Howard County’s land treasure, the Conservancy.   MAR 12- Saturday 10am Turn on JavaScript!

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

M 9- Powerful Pollinators and People: Build Bee Boxes  with Paula BeckerHuman beings have depended upon animal pollinators for millenia.  With the loss of natural habitat for insects, birds, and other animals, we now have the opportunity to return the favor.  We will explore some ways in which our natural communities overlap, opportunities for conflict and co-existence, and discuss our perceptions and expectations of the natural world.  We'll also share ways we can adjust our landscaping so everyone benefits (and lawn care is reduced!).  We will also make some easy bee housing, which doesn't involve stinging.     APR 9- Saturday 10am Turn on JavaScript!
B 16- Belmont History Hike with Fred Dorsey.  APR 16- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!Turn on JavaScript!

M 23- Earth Day: Make a Difference!    Bird Walk with Anthony VanSchoor and the Howard County Bird Club. Join the experts listening for - and spotting - as many as 50 different bird species! This is migrating time – it's a great morning for seasoned bird watchers and first timers to hike our trails, have fun, and learn from each other.  APR 23- Saturday 8am Turn on JavaScript!Service Projects- Join the Conservancy for this annual day of service where participants will be planting trees in and around stream buffers, removing non-native invasive plants from meadows and woodlands and cleaning up our streams! Students-be sure to bring your service hour reports for our staff to sign. The Howard County Master Gardeners will be holding a plant sale during this event. 11:30am - 12:30pm there will be a children's craft in the picnic area.      APR 23- Saturday 9am-1pm Turn on JavaScript!24- Green Run: 5K Through the Valley   APR 24- Sunday 8am $

M 28- Celebrating the Places We Love, Right Here in Howard County with Ned TillmanHow much have you explored the beautiful natural spaces of our county?  Want some great suggestions – with their interesting back-stories?  Ned Tillman knows our state intimately, having walked and studied it for decades.  Come share his passion for the wonders of nature “right in our own back yard.”  You might also want to read The Chesapeake Watershed and Saving the Places We Love before coming.  Book signing follows.   APR 28- Thursday 7pm Turn on JavaScript!
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M 7- Mother's Day Special: Tea, Scones and Gardens    Enjoy a beautiful, 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 fresh brewed tea and freshly baked Scottish scones in the restored Brown sisters' historic farmhouse parlor.  In the spirit of old fashioned fun, feel free to wear a hat or sun bonnet!   In case of rain, check website.    MAY 7- Saturday 10am Turn on JavaScript!Turn on JavaScript!     9- Transit of Mercury Viewing  AT Alpha Ridge Howard Astronomical League Observatory   Come watch the transit of Mercury (Mercury's shadow crosses in front of the sun) at Alpha Ridge Park through solar telescopes provided by HAL members. This event is free and open to the public.  For further information, check HAL website   MAY 9- Monday 7am-2:45pm  Turn on JavaScript!
M 14- Hike to the Patapsco River with Conservancy Naturalists. The property borders Patapsco State Park. Join Conservancy naturalists on a 2-hour round trip hike across meadows, tree lines and paths through the woods. May presents itself with ephemeral wildflowers, ferns and mosses, migrating birds, and trees and bushes that are leafing out and bursting their buds. Awaken your spirits as we search for Spring’s beauties together. Easy to moderate walking with some hilly and rocky areas of the trail. Wear sturdy shoes/shoes that can get muddy and bring water, perhaps a walking stick. No pets please. Check website if weather is chancy. MAY 14- Saturday 10am-noon Turn on JavaScript!
21- Blue Birding Basics with Sue Probst, Howard County Bird Club.  MAY 21- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!
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 $

June                                                                                                                                 

M 11- Geocaching: Get Outside for Nature Quest    w/ Ann Strozyk.  Join us for a saunter around the Mt. Pleasant farm through geocaching. With GPS in hand, you'll have an opportunity to visit the animals and the many different habitats and ecosystem the land offers. Upon completion of the Nature Quest, children may select a prize. Pack a lunch and feel free to stay for your very own picnic lunch. JUN 11- Saturday 10am Turn on JavaScript!Turn on JavaScript!18- Father's Day Fun   JUN 18- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!M 23- 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 musician and storyteller Bill Wellington from Stanton Virginia, who electrifies audiences with his storytelling, “roses are red poems,” and family music programs. Little kids and adults, come dance to the fiddles and sing old-timey songs!  Learn interesting facts about fireflies and make a firefly craft. In event of rain, check website.  JUN 23- Thursday 6-9pm Turn on JavaScript!Turn on JavaScript!M 27- Summer Camp Starts     JUN 27-AUG 15 Weekly  $Turn on JavaScript!Turn on JavaScript!