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. $45 per person / $55 after May 13, 21 and over In case of inclement weather, event will be held…Find out more »
Wander like Pooh: Hike, art and storytelling! Join Conservancy naturalist Lisa Schlossnagle on this Winnie-the-Pooh themed family hike. After reading “In which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle" at the children’s garden/stump playground, we will use our senses to observe signs of possible Woozles on the trail, stopping along the way to sketch both the nature before them and the imagined Woozle habitats. Bring your own sketchbooks and drawing tools. Please register early to ensure your spot! Check website in…Find out more »
Celebrate Father's Day with the Howard County Conservancy at Belmont with a morning outdoors! Join us for a guided hike around Belmont's historic property- including trails through the Patapsco Valley State Park. Afterwards, work with Dad to earn your Junior Naturalist patch: a new activity available for visiting children at the Conservancy. Be on the quest for animal evidence, scout out wildlife habitats, identify native trees and learn how to protect our watershed. Successful participants will earn Junior Naturalist patches.…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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 with naturalists Van Wensil and Audrey Suhr. We will have bark, twigs, cones and nuts as “natural construction materials.” Before you come, please grab a basket and take a walk with your children to hunt for other natural building materials near your home – and bringing them with you (no artificial decor,…Find out more »
Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the event. If a program is canceled by the Conservancy, participants will be notified and offered a refund. All other program fees are non-refundable and support educational programs at the Conservancy. Organized groups cannot be able to be accommodated at our free programs. Please contact the Conservancy about scheduling a separate program for your group.