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Howard County Conservancy

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September 2019

Save the Birds: Bird-friendly Skies & Windows

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Since forever, birds have been migrating and feeding themselves using their incredible instincts and biological gifts. Human progress has created immense urban light islands and transportation arteries that fill the night time skies with distracting lights, disrupting migration paths.  Commercial and residential buildings are sheathed in reflective glass, which are not understood by bird vision, causing impact collisions.  There are so many things we can do – some SO simple – to mitigate the significant decline in our songbird populations. …

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Tree Hike

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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Join us for a hike with ISA Arborist Lou Meyer of The Davey Tree Expert Company! Come learn about invasive species affecting the trees of the Maryland forests. Lou will discuss the Emerald Ash Borer and the newly present Spotted Lanternfly, including what to look for, how to protect your trees, and what the future of our forests look like.  

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Fall Equinox Twilight Hike and Campfire

September 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Bring your family, 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 with Holly and George Stone.. Hike back in time to watch the sun set over horizon –exactly due west – and hear other interesting astronomical facts about the Fall Equinox. Advance registration required, $4 per person (2 and under…

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October 2019

The History of Patapsco Valley State Park / FREE

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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In partnership with the Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park, Authors Betsy McMillion and Ed Johnson will present the history of Patapsco Valley State Park and their new book in the "Images of America Series." From its humble beginnings in 1907 as a 43-acre forest reserve to its expansion to over 16,000 acres today, this hidden gem has become a refuge for wild animals and native vegetation and a retreat from suburban and city life. With over 200 miles of…

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Fall Festival

October 6 @ 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 and explore the historic three-century-old farm.  Visit our pygmy goats, the chickens, Onyx the snake, and Ranger the barred owl, and many visiting farm animals.   There are children's crafts, pumpkin decorating and hayrides .  Browse the craftsmen's stations to admire woolspinning, woodturning, gourd decorating, and more. Leap the hay bales. Stock up on grass-fed…

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Fall Migratory Birding / FREE

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Belmont Manor, 6555 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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Join Naturalist Woody Merkle and members of the Howard County Bird Club for an introduction to becoming familiar with the seasonal bird visitors we call migratory species, and resources for continuing to learn more. After an introduction covering the basics of identifying migratory birds, we will take a walk about the Belmont grounds in search of some of these species.  FREE, Advance registration recommended Register now!   Photo by Richard Orr

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November 2019

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

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us for our annual storytelling events! You will be mesmerized by personal stories from a cross section of people in our amazing Howard County community. Recommended for 18 and older. Advance registration recommended, program may sell out. $20 per person. Looking for our storytelling workshop on November 9? Click here for more information and to register.  Register Now!   Thanks to our Storytelling sponsors: Photo credit: Brian Roache Photography

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Storytelling Workshop

November 9 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 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 for professional effectiveness at work.  NOTE: Registration fee includes a complementary ticket to the previous night storytelling event. Advanced registration required – Space is limited; 18 and older. $75 per person.  Register Now!

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Hike to Rockburn Branch / FREE

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Belmont, 6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States
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Hike along the trails in Patapsco Valley State Park to Rockburn Branch with the Mountain Club of Maryland! We will depart from Belmont Manor and Historic Park. Stops will include hiking tips and history of the area. The hike will include some small stream crossings and hills. Moderate hike, total distance is approximately 4.3 miles. FREE. Advance registration recommended, program may fill. Check website in case of inclement weather.

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A Year Across Maryland: Best Places to Experience Nature as you Hike, Bike, and Paddle / FREE

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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A lifelong Maryland ourdoorsman and a retired Biology professor …..MacKay shares his love of outdoor activities and his knowledge of the places, plants, and animals of the region.  Author of books on hiking, canoeing, and biking, he will talk about the natural history and ecology of his favorite places and the best seasons to experience them yourselves.  Book signing following program. Bryan MacKay is a senior lecturer emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore…

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December 2019

Natural Holiday Sale

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Come enjoy our annual Holiday Sale- fun for the whole family! Browse locally crafted natural gifts while enjoying music and refreshments. Children will enjoy creating whimsical critters from cones, pods and seed heads with the help of our naturalists! Vendors to be announced soon. *Advanced registration not required.

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Repair Café: Bring It – Let’s Fix It!

December 14 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Learn how to repair broken stuff with “experts” form Transition Howard County. Repair Cafés are free meeting places where you work with skilled volunteers, tools and materials to to help you make any repairs you need – in clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera.  If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at…

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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 may not be able to be accommodated at our free programs. Please contact the Conservancy about scheduling a separate program for your group.