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Howard County Conservancy

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Upcoming Events

February 2018

BUGGED! Preview Performance

February 27 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

Join us for a FREE Preview of Kinetics Dance Theatre presents BUGGED!:  professional modern dance for young audiences! See excerpts of the performance and meet the cast and characters.  Join an ensemble of professional dancers as they creep, crawl, weave, fly, spin, sting, and hatch a captivating cast of creatures to life! Written and choreographed by Artistic Director Lauren Tait, BUGGED will transport viewers into the hungry bullfrog’s fly-filled bog, a busy, buzzing beehive, the chrysalis of the contemplative caterpillar,…

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March 2018

Geocaching: Get Outside for a Nature Quest

March 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free 7 spots left

Come geocaching and use your outside voice! Ann Strozyk, HCPSS environmental educator, will teach families how to use a hand held GPS unit to find hidden treasure boxes throughout meadows, forests, and wetlands. Families are encourage to photo their journey as they hike through our 232 acres. Ann Strozyk has been teaching for 19 years and is thrilled to engage nature lovers of all ages in the outdoors.No cell phone needed. Please check website in case of inclement weather. Photo…

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Nature Tales: Preschool Stories and Craft

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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$5

Bring your young naturalists out to enjoy a nature themed program led by long-time preschool teacher and Maryland Master Naturalist, Julie Pallozzi. Created to engage preschool children and their family members with nature while incorporating reading, songs, and creativity into their exploration, this program allows children to immerse themselves in the landscape as they hike along trails and explore the grounds of Belmont. Each program will also include a creative, nature-themed craft. Recommended ages: 2-5 years.

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Hike to Patapsco’s Orange Grove

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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Free 5 spots left

Hike Belmont to Patapsco's Orange Grove area with a visit to the swinging bridge with Carole Veihmeyer. Stops along the trail will include 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 5 miles. Note: There are hilly and rocky areas of the trail. Please wear sturdy shoes that can get muddy and bring water and a snack. Recommended for ages…

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The Art of Stewardship: Preview Reception

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$5

Join us in the Gudelsky Gallery at 6pm for the wine and cheese preview reception of our 2018 Art of Stewardship exhibit! Be among the first to see the amazing nature-inspired artwork created and donated by professional artists, local celebrities, community members, and exceptional art students. Leaders in the Maryland art world will be on hand to celebrate with artists, buyers, friends, families and admirers. Attending the preview reception gives you the opportunity to enter the raffle for buyer positions…

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The Art of Stewardship: General Reception & Sale

March 18 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

Join us in the Gudelsky Gallery for the opening of our 2018 Art of Stewardship exhibit! Browse the nature-inspired artwork created and donated by professional artists, local celebrities, community members, and exceptional art students. A truly unique art sale: this year all entries are 10”x10” and not visibly signed – fall in love with a piece of art without knowing the artist who made it! All artwork will be on sale for $100, and all proceeds benefit the work of…

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April 2018

Hike to the Patapsco River

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free 14 spots left

Bring a water bottle, hearty snack and good hiking shoes and join us for a long, scenic hike on this Spring day. After starting out at our Barred Owl habitat, Conservancy naturalists will lead you through the woods and across the meadows to Mt Pleasant’s east side, and down into Patapsco Valley State Park to a quarried hollow at the river. Moderate to strenuous  hike that will last up to 2 hours. Trails consist of hills, uneven ground and some…

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Nature Tales: Preschool Stories and Craft

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$5

Bring your young naturalists out to enjoy a nature themed program led by long-time preschool teacher and Maryland Master Naturalist, Julie Pallozzi. Created to engage preschool children and their family members with nature while incorporating reading, songs, and creativity into their exploration, this program allows children to immerse themselves in the landscape as they hike along trails and explore the grounds of Belmont. Each program will also include a creative, nature-themed craft. Recommended ages: 2-5 years.

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Earth Day: Make a Difference!

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

Join us for our annual day of service and help us plant 355 trees and shrubs, remove invasive plants from meadows and woodlands and release tadpoles! The first 100 volunteers to arrive will get to take home their own native plant (one per family, please). Advance registration required.  Students- be sure to bring your service hour reports for our staff to sign. This program is generously supported by:

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The Genius of Birds

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$10 - $20 100 tickets left

Explore the brilliance of birds and delve into the mysteries of the avian brain with award-winning science and nature writer Jennifer Ackerman, author of the new book, The Genius of Birds.  Join Ackerman and experience her adventures firsthand, from the beaches of Barbados to the rainforests of New Caledonia, as she shares stories and stunning photos from her journey to better understand the feathered geniuses around us.  Learn how birds make and use their own tools, teach one another new skills, count, navigate,…

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May 2018

Mother’s Day Tea

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$5.00 - $10.00

Enjoy a beautiful and delicious morning with your mother, daughter, grandmother or friends on Mothers Day weekend.  Stroll through the many niche gardens at the Conservancy and learn about their design and plantings from members of the Howard County garden clubs who created and maintain them.  Extend your walk through the Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden, the “Sisters Garden” of herbs and perennials, and the large Community Garden. Refresh yourself with “bottomless cups” of tea and freshly baked Scottish scones in…

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Tree Hike

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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Free

Join us for a tree hike with arborist Lou Meyer.

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Wine in the Garden, Beer in the Barn

May 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$45 - $55

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…

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June 2018

Pooh, Piglet & the Woozles in the 100 Acre Wood

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

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…

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Father’s Day Fun with Julie Pallozzi

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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Free 30 spots left

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.…

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July 2018

Butterfly Hike

July 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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Free

Enjoy a butterfly hike with Kevin Hefferman!

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August 2018

Mantises and Martinis!

August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

Special evening for the over-21 crowd with Drs. Mike Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury, sponsored by Lost Ark . Enjoy a summer night-out with friends!  We're serving special martinis 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 for optional stroll in the meadow. Rain…

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September 2018

Fossil Story Time

September 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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Free

Come enjoy fossil story time with Louise Wall

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October 2018

Stream Restoration and Stream Creatures

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

Join Scott McGill, a leading local Restoration Ecologist, on a provocative and exciting hike to Davis Branch on the Conservancy property.  We will explore an active colony of beaver, one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most important keystone species, and how Scott’s company, Ecotone, is using beavers to facilitate wetland restoration and water quality improvement in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  We will discuss beaver biology, ecosystem services, management techniques, and the diverse habitat their dams provide for other wildlife species. Biography:…

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Games in the Meadows

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

Update (11/5): Event will begin at 10am as scheduled.
Looking for something active, fun, and new to get the whole family outside? Join the Howard County Conservancy and Medomak Family Camp communities in a day of fun and light fall lunch at the Conservancy! SCAGSoccer, Croquette And Golf is a game played with a soccer ball, kicked through croquet style-hoops, and scored like golf. Also sometimes called Foot Golf, it is easy to learn, and fun for all ages. We provide a map of the course, instructions, score cards and everything you need to play. (If you’ve got your own soccer ball, bring it along.) Be the first to start your own league and keep the fun going outside throughout the year! Cider and subs for all will be served! Bring your own drinking cup (BYODC). Please register by emailing family@medomakcamp.com to reach Medomak Camp staff. Check website if weather is inclement. FREE

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November 2018

An Evening of Howard County Storytelling

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$20

Join us for our third annual storytelling event! You will be mesmerized by personal stories from a cross section of people in our amazing Howard County community. Storytellers’ names will be listed closer to the event.  Recommended for 18 and older. Advance registration recommended, program may sell out. 

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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.