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Mt Pleasant

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10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
410-465-8877 www.hcconservancy.org

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June 2017
Free

Hike to the Patapsco

June 10 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Hike to the Patapsco River with Conservancy naturalists Woody Merkle and John Cookson. The Conservancy’s property borders Patapsco State Park.  This is a moderate 2-hour round trip hike across meadows, tree lines and paths through the woods. May 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. Note: There are hilly and rocky areas of the trail.…

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$10.00

Fiddlers and Fireflies

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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One of our most popular family programs returns. Begin your summer with an old fashioned family picnic. Bring your supper and spread your blanket and lawn chairs. As the fireflies begin to flicker under the trees and in the tall grasses around the property at Mt. Pleasant, listen to musician and storyteller Bill Wellington from Stanton Virginia, who electrifies audiences with his storytelling, “roses are red poems,” and family music programs. Little kids and adults, come dance to the fiddles and sing old-timey songs!  Learn interesting facts about fireflies and make…

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July 2017
Free

Building Woodland Fairy Houses

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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with Van Wensil and Audrey Suhr:  In the spirit of "Build It and They Will Come,” bring your children and join other families to build beautiful dwellings for the fairies in the Conservancy's woodlands and stream edges.  We will have bark, twigs, cones and nuts as “natural construction materials.”  Before you come, feel free to grab a basket and take a walk with your children to hunt for other natural building materials near your home – and bringing them with…

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Free

The Conservancy’s Rich Natural Diversity through a Naturalist’s Eyes

July 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Learn about the natural diversity of the Conservancy property through the four seasons. Over two hundred species of birds have been seen throughout the property. Sixty species of butterflies and dozens of dragonflies among other unusual and exciting creatures. Bonnie will guide you through where and what to look for as you wander the grounds. There is also an amazing world to discover with the help of  her macro lens:  surprises such as caterpillars that appear to be made of…

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August 2017
Free

Family Bio-Blitz- Search for Plants and Animals

August 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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with Maryland Biodiversity Project experts.

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Free

Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12 @ 10:00 pm - August 13 @ 1:30 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to experience, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak!  It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.  The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright, luminous meteors.  The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24.  It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13.  The waxing gibbous moon will set shortly after midnight,…

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Bugs & Bees…and Daiquiris!

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Special evening for the over-21 crowd. Enjoy a summer night-out with friends!  We're serving daiquiris 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.   Rain or shine!  This event fills up quickly; please register early to assure your spot. 

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September 2017
Free

Wander Like Pooh in Our 100-Acre Wood

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Hike, art and storytelling!  Join Conservancy naturalist Lisa Schlossnagle on this Winnie-the-Pooh themed family hike. After reading "In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump" at the children’s garden/stump playground, we will use our senses to observe signs of possible Heffalumps on the trail, stopping along the way to sketch both the nature before them and the Heffalump habitat they imagine. Bring your own sketchbooks and drawing tools.   Lisa Schlossnagle has enjoyed 15 years of supporting elementary education through her work…

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$5.00 - $10.00

Fall Equinox Twilight Hike and Campfire

September 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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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. Hike back in time to watch the sun set over horizon –exactly due west – and hear other interesting astronomical facts about the Fall Equinox.

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October 2017
$10.00

Fall Festival

October 1 @ 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, 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 and pony rides.  Browse the craftsmen's stations to admire chair caning, woolspinning, woodturning, gourd decorating, hands-on archeological demonstrations and more. Admire the alpaca family…

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December 2017
Free

Natural Holiday Sale

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Natural gifts, nature critter crafts, music and refreshments.

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Geminid Meteor Shower

December 13 @ 10:00 pm - December 14 @ 1:30 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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