Paid programs: Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the event. Tickets may be purchased at the door if available; check homepage to see if program is full. If a program is canceled by the Conservancy, participants will be notified by e-mail or phone and offered a refund or an opportunity to reschedule. All other program fees are non-refundable and support educational programs at the Conservancy.
Groups of ten or more may not be able to be accommodated at our free programs. Please contact the Conservancy about scheduling a separate program for your group.
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Click here to view our 2016 bookmark including all of the programs listed below!
M 2- Fall Festival 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, join the square dance, and explore the historic three-century-old farm. Visit our pygmy goats, the chickens, Onyx the snake, and Ranger the barred owl. There are children's crafts, pumpkin decorating, pony rides and hay rides. Browse the craftsmen's stations to admire chair caning, woolspinning, woodturning, gourd decorating, hands-on archeological demonstrations and more. Admire the alpaca family and the gorgeous knit and woven products made from their soft, super-warm wool. Leap the hay bales. Stock up on grass-fed beef and pork and the finest fall vegetables and fruit at the farm stand. Food and beverages available to purchase. For this busy event, please leave your pets at home. Check website if weather is uncertain. OCT 2- Sunday 11am-3pm $10/car
M 27- Fantastic Vultures Fantastic Vultures. Turkey vultures and black vultures – oh MY! We see these big black birds soaring in the sky’s updrafts. We see them perched on telephone poles and treetops and sometimes on rooftops. Do they look menacing to you? What do you know about these very amazing creatures and their very important niche in the environment? An expert naturalist from Soldiers Delight's aviary, Allie Bays, will bring a rehabilitated vulture and describe vultures' behaviors, their specialized sensory organs, personality, physical features, eating habits, habitat and natural history. There will also share stories about why the vultures at Soldiers Delight are in human care and how they act towards humans. OCT 27- Thursday 7-8pm $5/person; $10/family
M 10- Animal Stories: From Heroic Pups to Imperiled Pandas and Macaques with National Geographic author Jennifer Holland. Jennifer will share some new favorite stories of friendships and heroes in the canine/dog world—from her upcoming UNLIKELY book focused on dogs—and, as a special treat, she will talk about her recent reporting on the different conservation approaches for giant pandas in China and back-crested macaques in Indonesia (with photos, of course!). After her presentation, Jennifer will be available to sign books. A limited number of copies of each volume from the Unlikely series will be available for sale. NOV 10- Thursday 5pm $10/person; $20/fam
B 19- NEW! Preschool Program CANCELLED
B 20- Colonial Holiday Celebration Stroll through historic Belmont Manor tasting fine wine and craft beer, sample food from local restaurants/caterers and enjoy the historic manor house’s beautiful rooms, each decorated by a local community organization. The event will also include colonial reenactors, madrigals and live dulcimer and harp music. Free with the purchase of each adult ticket is a colonial history program for children in the nature center on the grounds of Belmont Manor. Children ages 5 – 12 will participate with colonial games and crafts while their parents enjoy the event at the nearby Manor House. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 after November 13th. Ticket price includes free program for children (space is limited). Click here to register! NOV 20- Sunday 3-6pm
10- Marvelous Nature Books, Crafts & Artifacts AT Miller Branch Library DEC 10- Saturday 10:30am FREE
B 17- NEW! Preschool Program 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. This program is made possible by a grant from the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area, a certified heritage area of the Maryland Heritages Area Authority. DEC 17- Saturday 9am $5/preschooler