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.

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

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M 3- 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!  Families are welcome!  DEC 3- Saturday 10am-3pm Turn on JavaScript!

     10- Marvelous Nature Books, Crafts & Artifacts  AT Miller Branch Library.  Librarian Stacey Freedman partners with Conservancy naturalist Louise Wall for an hour of fun and learning for 4-9 year olds AT Miller Branch Library. No reservations necessary; tickets distributed at the library, first come - first served   DEC 10- Saturday 10:30am  FREE

M 13- Geminid Meteor Shower     with Drs. Joel Goodman and Alex Storrs. 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 nearly full moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year, but the Geminids are so bright and numerous that it could still be a good 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.    DEC 13- Tuesday 10pm-2am Turn on JavaScript!
17- Tales of the Tannenbaum: Tinsel Time with Julie Pallozzi Bring your knee-high naturalists to join the Howard County Conservancy and our Maryland Master Naturalist, Julie Pallozi to learn of the legends, traditions and customs surrounding holiday trees and ornaments. Children will make ornaments of their own for your tannenbaums at home. They will also do a very special traditional Scandinavian, nature-oriented project that will go home with them to be used during your holidays. Space is limited, so preregister today to reserve your space! Recommended ages 2-6 years old. This program is made possible by a grant from the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area, a certified heritage area of the Maryland Heritages Area Authority. DEC 17- Saturday 9am $5/preschooler

B  17- Winter Solstice Hike with Carole Veihmeyer  Join Master Naturalist, Carole Veihmeyer for a moderately strenuous 5 mile hike to the Orange Grove area of the Patapsco Valley State Park. The group will return via the Ridge Trail. Please plan to bring water and a snack. Due to the intensity of the trail, this hike is not recommended for young children or the use of strollers. DEC 17- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!