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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

March 2019

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, 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 collection! All…

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April 2019

Day Tripping: 50 Natural Places and Gardens to Visit

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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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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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PROGRAM FULL: 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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Unfortunately this popular program is already full. We hope you can join us for another upcoming program at the Conservancy soon! 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…

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May 2019

Wine in the Garden, Beer in the Barn

May 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Stroll through the garden tasting fine wine, craft beer and healthy, creative non-alcoholic refreshments. Sample delicious food from local restaurants and caterers and explore our native plant garden. Enjoy live bluegrass music while perusing our large silent auction and raffle items featuring artwork, getaways, dining and more! All proceeds benefit the environmental and preservation programs of the Howard County Conservancy. $50 per person / $60 after May 12, 21 and over In case of inclement weather, event will be held…

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June 2019

Puzzling Close-up Photographs

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

Take a close-up look at nature photos that boggle the mind!

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Fiddlers and Fireflies

June 27 @ 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 2019

Building Woodland Fairy Houses

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

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 with Conservancy naturalists.  We will have bark, twigs, cones and nuts as “natural construction materials.”  Before you come, please grab a basket and take a walk with your children to hunt for other natural building materials near your home – and bringing them with you (no artificial decor, please).  The…

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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.