Upcoming Events

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.

Free programs:  Register Turn on JavaScript! with the names and number of attendees. Registration closes at 3 p.m. the day prior to the event.  Walk-ins may be accomodated on a space available basis. 

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.


Click on the program below and then ADD TO CART, to register:
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M= Mt. Pleasant Programs (in Woodstock, MD)
B= Belmont Programs (in Elkridge, MD)

Click here to view our 2016 bookmark including all of the programs listed below!


October                                                                                                                                 

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 8- Family Hike    For groups of different ages and paces, explore the grasslands and woodlands with Conservancy Naturalists.  Come enjoy hints of fall!  Check website if weather is uncertain.  OCT 8- Saturday 10am Turn on JavaScript!15- 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. OCT 15- Saturday 9am $5/preschooler

B  15- Belmont Ghost Hike  Join the team members of Dead of Night Paranormal Investigation for an inspection of the supernatural around Belmont's Historic property. Help investigators examine hot spots on the grounds, including the family cemetary, for paranormal evidence and activity. Dead of Night Paranormal Investigation is versed in a variety of paranormal investigations including hauntings and cryptozoology and will be exploring the validity of Belmont's own ghost stories.  OCT 15- Saturday 10am. Family Friendly;  Turn on JavaScript!

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 30- Flashlight Night Hike: What Are Those Sounds?  Bring your flashlights, curiosity, and a sense of discovery for this adventure hike.   We'll be listening and searching for nocturnal wildlife in our meadows and woods.  Why do animals get active at night when we are sleeping?  What adaptations do they need to successfully  “make their living?”  What do those cries in the night mean?  What are the likely places for you to look for them at home?   Join Devon Kosisky in the quest!  Check website if weather is uncertain.   OCT 30- Sunday 7pm Turn on JavaScript!

November                                                                                                                                 Turn on JavaScript!     5- Farming in Howard County: Special Talk and Tour  AT Sharps at Waterford Farm.  Spend a wonderful morning on a beautifully preserved, working farm in Brookeville. Denise Sharp shares the vision and methods for running a sustainable, successful farm in an increasingly urbanized Howard County. This farm grows fields of corn and soybean; grazes goats, sheep and cattle; runs production greenhouses full of herbs, vegetables and flowers; and offers a beautiful country store. Tour, on foot or by hay wagon, the farmyard, rolling hills, wildlife ponds, woodlands, and Cattail Creek, Tour starts promptly at 10; ends by noon. If you can, stay for lunch around a campfire — b.y.o., or buy lunch at the farm. Check website if inclement weather. RSVP directly to the farm: 410 489-2572   NOV 5- Saturday 10am  $6/person; $3 age 8 and under

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

19- NEW! Preschool Program CANCELLED

B  19- Hike Belmont and Nearby Patapsco Trails  with Mountain Club of Maryland  NOV 19- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!  Hike Belmont to Patapsco's Orange Grove area with the Mountain Club of Maryland's Gary Reinoehl. Stops along the trail will include hiking tips, history of the area and a visit to Cascade Falls. The hike will include some small stream crossings and hills. Total distance is approximately 3.5 miles. NOV 19- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!

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 13thTicket price includes free program for children (space is limited).  Click here to register!   NOV 20- Sunday 3-6pm 

December                                                                                                                                

M 3- Natural Holiday Sale  Relax and browse unique and locally crafted items for sale – all with a connection to nature. Sip a cup of tea, enjoy cookies, listen to live harp and piano music – while the children create whimsical critters from cones, pods and seed heads with the help of naturalists. Local pottery, hand-crafted soaps and bees wax candles, hand-crafted jewelry and accessories, nature and gardening books, greenery from local garden clubs, nature photography items, kids books, finger puppets and much more!  Proceeds benefit the Conservancy’s environmental educational programs. Families are welcome!  DEC 3- Saturday 10am-3pm Turn on JavaScript!

     10- Marvelous Nature Books, Crafts & Artifacts  AT Miller Branch Library   DEC 10- Saturday 10:30am  FREE

M 13- Geminid Meteor Shower     with Drs. Joel Goodman and Alex Storrs. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers, considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak!  It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982.  Meteors radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.  The shower runs annually from roughly December 7-17.  It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and the morning of the 14th. The nearly full moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year, but the Geminids are so bright and numerous that it could still be a good show. Best viewing will be after midnight.  Dr. Joel Goodman and Dr. Alex Storrs – both back by popular demand, will bring meteor pieces to examine and high power viewing telescopes to look at planets and moon; they will explain the meteor shower phenomenon.  Bring reclining lawn chair or blanket, water, snack. Dress for cold evening temperatures.    DEC 13- Tuesday 10pm-2am Turn on JavaScript!
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

B  17- Winter Solstice Hike with Carole Veihmeyer  DEC 17- Saturday 10am  Turn on JavaScript!