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June 2017

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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Free

Hike Belmont and Nearby Patapsco Trails

July 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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with Ellie Houser.  Hike Belmont to Patapsco's Orange Grove area with a visit to the swinging bridge. Stops along the trail will include hiking tips, history of the area and whatever interesting nature we may find along the way. The hike will include some small stream crossings and hills. Total distance is approximately 4 miles. Saturday 10am FREE Photo credit Bonnie Ott.

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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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Participate in our 2017 BioBlitz hosted in partnership with Maryland Biodiversity Project, a non-profit focused on cataloging all the living things in Maryland. The Maryland Biodiversity Project has created a sub-site for the Conservancy that already features more than 700 species (view). While experts in many domains are canvasing the Conservancy to document our flora and fauna, we will hold family outings to introduce you to the Conservancy's biodiversity and Maryland Biodiversity Project. Bring your camera and you might document…

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