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!