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Mt Pleasant

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10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
410-465-8877 www.hcconservancy.org

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April 2017
Free

Return of the Mighty Chestnut: the “Redwood” of the East

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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What wiped out the majestic stands of chestnut trees that dominated America’s eastern forests? Are there any trees left standing? What’s so special about the American Chestnut tree? Gary Carver, American Chestnut Foundation, will describe the environmental havoc and the economic and cultural disaster throughout Appalachia and describe efforts underway to return the magnificent American chestnut tree to our forests. In addition to magnificent slides, his presentation includes hands-on examination of leaves, nuts, burs, sections of stems with blight cankers,…

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$75.00

Storytelling Workshop

April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Learn how to craft and hone your storytelling skills in a fun, small-group setting with professional storyteller, Leigh Tillman. Become a more engaging and effective storyteller whether with family and friends, in your community, or at work. Please click to view the flyer detailing all the 2017 storytelling events. Advanced registration required – Space is limited; 18 and older (NOTE: Registration fee includes a complementary ticket to the evening event (4/21): Evening of Storytelling at the Howard County Conservancy.)  

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$20.00

An Evening of Howard County Storytelling: Sharing Stories for a Stronger Community

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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This is the second of two spring storytelling events – one in Columbia (March) and a second at the Howard County Conservancy (April). Both are part of Columbia’s 50th Birthday Celebration. Twelve storytellers from Howard County will be featured at each event.  Come hear personal stories from a cross section of people in our community. (Note: There will be different storytellers at each evening event.) Storytellers at this event include Bessie Bordonave, Liz Bobo, Anna Roth, Rob Moxley, Bita Dayhoff,…

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Free

Earth Day: Make a Difference!

April 22 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Bird Walk with Howard County Bird Club 8am: 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. Service Projects 9am-1pm:  Join the Conservancy for this annual day of service where participants will be planting trees in and around stream buffers and removing non-native invasive plants from…

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May 2017
$20

The Art of Stewardship: Preview Reception

May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us for a wine & cheese preview reception for this year’s 10”x10” art exhibit! Enter the raffle (tickets are $5 apiece sold at the event) for buyer positions #1-10 to purchase the artwork of your choice. Leaders from the Maryland art world as well as other local community heroes will be present. The Art of Stewardship: Nature Through the Eyes of Artists celebrates the diversity of artistic expression in response to the natural world around us. This year all…

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Free

The Art of Stewardship: Gallery Opening & Sale

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Browse the gallery exhibit of nature-inspired artwork created and donated by professional artists, local celebrities, and exceptional art students. Speak with the artists and other leaders in the Maryland art world, as well as other heroes from the community. Greg Mort, internationally acclaimed artist and founder of The Art of Stewardship movement, will speak about the role of environmental stewardship in the arts. This year all artwork is in 10"x10" format. Buy all the art you like for $100 each…

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Free

Hike to the Patapsco

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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with Conservancy Naturalists. Sponsored by:     

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$45.00

Wine in the Garden/ Beer in the Barn

May 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Be among the first to enjoy our newly expanded education center! Stroll through the garden tasting fine wine and craft beer and sample delicious food from local restaurants and caterers. Take in our three-acre native plant garden while listening to live bluegrass music and perusing our large silent auction and raffle items featuring artwork, getaways, dining and more! All proceeds benefit the environmental and preservation programs of the Howard County Conservancy. In case of inclement weather, event will be held…

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June 2017
$10.00

Fiddlers and Fireflies

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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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…

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July 2017
Free

Building Woodland Fairy Houses

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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with Van Wensil and Audrey Suhr:  In the spirit of "Build It and They Will Come,” bring your children and join other families to build beautiful dwellings for the fairies in the Conservancy's woodlands and stream edges.  We will have bark, twigs, cones and nuts as “natural construction materials.”  Before you come, feel free to grab a basket and take a walk with your children to hunt for other natural building materials near your home – and bringing them with…

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Free

The Conservancy’s Rich Natural Diversity through a Naturalist’s Eyes

July 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Learn about the natural diversity of the Conservancy property through the four seasons. Over two hundred species of birds have been seen throughout the property. Sixty species of butterflies and dozens of dragonflies among other unusual and exciting creatures. Bonnie will guide you through where and what to look for as you wander the grounds. There is also an amazing world to discover with the help of  her macro lens:  surprises such as caterpillars that appear to be made of…

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August 2017
Free

Family Bio-Blitz- Search for Plants and Animals

August 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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with Maryland Biodiversity Project experts.

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Free

Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12 @ 10:00 pm - August 13 @ 1:30 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to experience, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak!  It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.  The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright, luminous meteors.  The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24.  It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13.  The waxing gibbous moon will set shortly after midnight,…

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Free

Bugs & Bees…and Daiquiris!

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Special evening for the over-21 crowd. Enjoy a summer night-out with friends!  We're serving daiquiris at twilight to open up good conversations. And there's a fabulous program too: back by popular demand are Mike Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury to delight you with amazing stories about the their favorite fabulous bugs (and butterflies) which abound in our rolling meadows. Wear comfortable walking shoes.   Rain or shine!  This event fills up quickly; please register early to assure your spot. 

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September 2017
Free

Wander Like Pooh in Our 100-Acre Wood

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Hike, art and storytelling with Lisa Schlossnagle.

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$5.00 - $10.00

Fall Equinox Twilight Hike and Campfire

September 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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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.

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October 2017
$10.00

Fall Festival

October 1 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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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, join the square dance, and explore the historic three-century-old farm.  Visit our pygmy goats, the chickens, Onyx the snake, and Ranger the barred owl.  There are children's crafts, pumpkin decorating and pony rides.  Browse the craftsmen's stations to admire chair caning, woolspinning, woodturning, gourd decorating, hands-on archeological demonstrations and more. Admire the alpaca family…

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December 2017
Free

Natural Holiday Sale

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Natural gifts, nature critter crafts, music and refreshments.

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Free

Geminid Meteor Shower

December 13 @ 10:00 pm - December 14 @ 1:30 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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