Nature Center closed for repairs, grounds & trails open
After our flood on Christmas Eve, damage to our nature center was extensive. Initial estimates gauge repairs will cost more than $400,000, plus the loss of income from cancelled programs and events. Insurance will cover much of the construction, and donations are helping us return to serving the community as soon as possible. Work began immediately to dry out the building and remove damaged floors and ceilings. Construction on the building is expected to begin in the next few weeks, and we hope to have portions of the building open in about two months. In the meantime, our trails remain open and a portable toilet is available in the parking lot. We are beyond grateful for our community, which came together with donations of volunteer labor and funds to aid our recovery from this disaster.
Repairs have begun. We hope to have our building open by spring.

Open a window to nature

The Conservancy hosts two nature programs for younger children at our location in Elkridge. • Playdates with Nature: hikes and child-led nature activities for ages 2 to 5. Wednesdays in May, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $60 a month. • Eco-Explorers homeschool club: for K to...

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At last month's Watershed Report Card summit, Atholton students and Youth Climate Institute ambassadors Candace and James talked about the hope offered by YCI, which is spreading nationwide. Meg Boyd, Conservancy executive director, announced that YCI added chapters...

Volunteer spotlight: Interns

Maryland First Lady Dawn Moore (center) thinks the Conservancy interns are something special and we agree! Many of the high school interns are Youth Climate Institute ambassadors. They are, left to right, Connor (Glenelg), Isa (Marriotts Ridge), Abby (Long Reach),...

Spotted at the Conservancy: Black rat snake

Spotted at the Conservancy: Yi-Ying Lee spotted this Eastern black rat snake and snapped a picture for the Conservancy's photo contest. During cold weather, these snakes brumate, a sort of hibernation light, in which they're mostly asleep, but wake for water. This...

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More than 35,000 people connect to nature each year through our environmental education programs for schools, families, children and adults. Our Mt. Pleasant Farmstead features 232-acres and 5 miles of trails for FREE, open dawn to dusk daily.

Three children digging and helping plant trees

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