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February 2019

Humane Gardening: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In this myth-busting talk, learn how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us. Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting wildlife nurseries, eliminating unintended hazards, nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly…

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March 2019

SOLD OUT: Birding Basics

March 9 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free Sold out

Unfortunately this popular program is already full. We hope you can join us for another upcoming program. Join members of the Howard County Bird Club as they present basic information to get you started in the wonderful world of birding.   Topics will include the history of birding; birding ethics; equipment; how to identify birds; use of eBird and other resources available to help you build on your birding skills.  This classroom presentation will be followed by an optional guided bird…

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Spring Equinox Hike

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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Free

Hike Belmont to Patapsco's Orange Grove area with Carole Veihmeyer. 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. Note: There are hilly and rocky areas of the trail. Please wear sturdy shoes that can get muddy and bring water. Recommended for ages 9+. Check website in case of inclement weather.

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Forests and Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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David Haskell has won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. In this talk he will describe how he has integrated contemplative, literary, and scientific studies of the natural world. What might we learn by paying repeated attention to very small parts of our neighborhoods or forests? David has explored this question by returning again and again to the same one-square-meter of old growth forest in Tennessee, then by repeatedly visiting individual trees in locations around…

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The Art of Stewardship: Opening Reception

March 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us in the Gudelsky Gallery for the opening of our 2019 Art of Stewardship exhibit! Browse the nature-inspired artwork created and donated by professional artists, local celebrities, community members, and exceptional art students. Come fall in love with an art piece, enjoy live music, hors d'oeuvres and award presentations by jurors. There will also be a cash bar and raffles to win a piece on exhibit! A truly unique art sale – a great opportunity to build your art…

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April 2019

Day Tripping: 50 Natural Places and Gardens to Visit

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

Fantastic resources for your stay-cations and day-trips to outdoor places within easy driving distance of Howard County!  Linda Decker and Sherry Conklin, lifelong nature-lovers and Master Gardeners, will share their favorites – formal display gardens, arboretums, wild native places to walk and hike, and historic landscapes.  You'll take home great ideas for over 50 beautiful and interesting places to visit – in all seasons of the year! Presenter bios Sherry Conklin, a retired Howard County high school English teacher, combines…

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Hike to the Patapsco River

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

Join Conservancy naturalists Woody Merkle and John Cookson on a 2-hour round trip hike across meadows, tree lines and paths through the woods. Spring presents itself with ephemeral wildflowers, ferns and mosses, migrating birds, and trees and bushes that are leafing out and bursting their buds. Awaken your spirits as we search for Spring’s beauties together. Easy to moderate walking with some hilly and rocky areas of the trail. We suggest you sturdy shoes and bringing a reusable water bottle.…

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Belmont History Hike

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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Free

Who better to tell the history of Belmont Manor and Historic Park then a descendant of one of the original family members, the Dorsey’s? Enjoy this easy hike with Fred Dorsey around Belmont’s grounds as local historian, Fred Dorsey, shares highlights of both the family and the property’s history. Learn about the Dorsey family’s part in Howard County’s industrial revolution as well as the importance of Belmont to the Howard County Community. Advance registration recommended. Check website in case of…

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Earth Day Bird Walk

April 27 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

Join Anthony VanSchoor and other Howard County Bird Club experts to listen for - and spot - 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.  Easy walking trails through the fields of Mt Pleasant Farm provide great opportunities for spotting species in various habitats and flyovers. Don't forget your binoculars! Advance registration required. Check…

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Earth Day: Make a Difference Service Projects

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free 122 spots left

Join us for our annual day of service and help us plant 205 native trees, assist with native habitat rejuvenation in butterfly habitat, 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). If you hope to help plant trees, please arrive promptly at 9 am for a brief training. Tree planting will be limited.  Advance registration required, program may fill early. Groups over 25…

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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.