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

November 2017

Forging Frontiers: Rachel Carson, Sacagawea and Louise A. Boyd – Women Who Made a Difference

November 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$10.00 – $20.00

Advanced ticket sales have closed. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. What? You can actually meet Rachel Carson, marine biologist and mother of the environmental movement, Sacagawea, Native American guide to the Lewis and Clark expedition, and Arctic explorer-Louise A. Boyd?  You bet!  In this dramatic musical performance you will be in the same room Forging Frontiers with these courageous role models as they dare to speak out and take bold action to help solve national and…

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December 2017

Natural Holiday Sale

December 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Come enjoy our annual Holiday Sale- fun for the whole family! Browse locally crafted natural gifts while enjoying music and refreshments. Children will enjoy creating whimsical critters from cones, pods and seed heads with the help of our naturalists! vendors will include: Bowling Green Farm - Cheese, Caldron Crafts, Cross Country Garden Club, Dorsey Hall Garden Club, Druzy Daze, Forever Favorites, Greenbridge Pottery, Howard County Beekeepers Association, Maloney Photography, Mindte's Meadows, Nature-Art-Love, Neat Nick Preserves, Pocket Pets, Sunroom Studios, and Wolf Den Crafts. *Advanced registration not required.

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CANCELLED: Geminid Meteor Shower

December 13, 2017 @ 10:00 pm - December 14, 2017 @ 1:30 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately this program has been cancelled due to cloudy sky projections and bad weather for viewing the Geminid Meteor Shower tonight. We regret having to make this hard decision and of course hope to see you at the Conservancy soon. 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…

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January 2018

SOLD OUT: Owls of North America

January 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
$5

Unfortunately this popular program has sold out, and no tickets remain. Please view our events calendar to see other exciting events coming up! Award winning photographer Paul Bannick is presenting a new program featuring video, sound, stories from the field and several dozen new images from his brand-new book: Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls. Paul uses intimate yet dramatic images to follow owls through the course of one year and in their distinct habitats. Audiences witness…

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Nature Writing

January 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us for a nature inspired day fun for all ages! Come learn about Haiku with Tim Singleton, and enjoy crafts lead by Columbia Families in Nature for younger children. Columbia Families in Nature leaders will lead creative craft activities inspired by nature. Younger children will be guided in creating a visual poetic art project exploring the different forms that water can take, such as snowflakes, raindrops and ice. Nature writing with Tim Singleton: If you can count seventeen syllables and…

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February 2018

Earth Beneath My Feet

February 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Ned Tillman will take us on a ride from deep in the core of the Earth all the way up to the soil between our toes. His slides will inspire you and his stories will challenge you as he illustrates how all species  and all our physical processes are essential to the wellbeing of humans in our self-regulating and self-regenerating global system of life.   Ned Tillman is the author of two award winning books on the natural and un-natural…

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SOLD OUT: Frog Calls for Beginners AND Counting Birds How-to

February 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately this popular program has sold out. We hope you can join us for another upcoming event, and please remember to register early! Join us for this exciting free program: Frog Calls for Beginners AND Counting Birds How-to with Woody Merkle! Frog Calls Believe it or not the first frogs of the year will begin calling within the next month!  Learn how to easily identify the most common frogs found in Howard County by their calls.  You will be able…

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BUGGED! Preview Performance

February 27, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us for a FREE Preview of Kinetics Dance Theatre presents BUGGED!:  professional modern dance for young audiences! See excerpts of the performance and meet the cast and characters.  Join an ensemble of professional dancers as they creep, crawl, weave, fly, spin, sting, and hatch a captivating cast of creatures to life! Written and choreographed by Artistic Director Lauren Tait, BUGGED will transport viewers into the hungry bullfrog’s fly-filled bog, a busy, buzzing beehive, the chrysalis of the contemplative caterpillar,…

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March 2018

SOLD OUT: Geocaching: Get Outside for a Nature Quest

March 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately this popular program has already sold out. We hope to see you at another upcoming program. Come geocaching and use your outside voice! Ann Strozyk, HCPSS environmental educator, will teach families how to use a hand held GPS unit to find hidden treasure boxes throughout meadows, forests, and wetlands. Families are encourage to photo their journey as they hike through our 232 acres. Ann Strozyk has been teaching for 19 years and is thrilled to engage nature lovers of…

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The Art of Stewardship: Preview Reception

March 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free – $5

Advance registration has closed. Tickets ($5 per person) will be available for purchase at the door starting at 6pm. The General reception (free) begins at 7:15 with a cash bar. Join us in the Gudelsky Gallery for the wine and cheese preview reception of our 2018 Art of Stewardship exhibit! Be among the first to see the amazing nature-inspired artwork created and donated by professional artists, local celebrities, community members, and exceptional art students. The pre-reception includes a raffle and early purchase options.…

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The Art of Stewardship: General Reception & Sale

March 18, 2018 @ 7:15 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 2018 Art of Stewardship exhibit! Browse the nature-inspired artwork created and donated by professional artists, local celebrities, community members, and exceptional art students. A truly unique art sale: all entries are 10”x10".  All artwork will be on sale for $100, with proceeds benefiting the work of the Conservancy. Art sale will be on a first come, first served basis. A great opportunity to build your art collection! Speak with…

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April 2018

Hike to the Patapsco River

April 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Advance registration has closed, spaces remain to join us day of. Bring a water bottle, hearty snack and good hiking shoes and join us for a long, scenic hike on this Spring day. Conservancy naturalists will lead you through the woods and across the meadows to Mt Pleasant’s east side, and down into Patapsco Valley State Park to a quarried hollow at the river. Moderate to strenuous  hike that will last up to 2 hours. Trails consist of hills, uneven…

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SOLD OUT: Nature Tales: Preschool Stories and Craft

April 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$5

Unfortunately this popular program is already full. We hope to see you at another event! 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. Each program will also include a creative,…

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PROGRAM FULL: Earth Day Bird Walk

April 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately this popular program is already full. We hope to see you at another program! Join the experts from the Howard County Bird Club listening for - and spotting - 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.  Moderately hilly terrain through the meadows and woodland, and beside the streams. Dress for the weather…

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PROGRAM FULL: Earth Day: Make a Difference!

April 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately, we have already reached our maximum number of volunteers for this event. For other volunteer opportunities please visit: https://www.hcconservancy.org/volunteer/ Join us for our annual day of service and help us plant 355 trees and shrubs, remove invasive plants from 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). Advance registration required.  Students- be sure to bring your service hour reports for our staff to sign.…

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SOLD OUT: The Genius of Birds

April 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$10 – $20

Unfortunately this program has already sold out. We hope you can join us for another upcoming program. Explore the brilliance of birds and delve into the mysteries of the avian brain with award-winning science and nature writer Jennifer Ackerman, author of the new book, The Genius of Birds.  Join Ackerman and experience her adventures firsthand, from the beaches of Barbados to the rainforests of New Caledonia, as she shares stories and stunning photos from her journey to better understand the feathered geniuses around…

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May 2018

Mother’s Day Tea’N’Scones Garden Walk

May 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$5.00 – $10.00

Advance registration has closed. Tickets will be available to purchase upon arrival. $5pp or $10 per family. Enjoy a beautiful and delicious morning with your mother, daughter, grandmother or friends on Mother's Day weekend.  Stroll through the many niche gardens at the Conservancy and learn about their design and plantings from members of the Howard County garden clubs who created and maintain them.  Extend your walk through the Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden, the “Sisters Garden” of herbs and perennials, and…

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WITG

May 24, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Advance registration has closed. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door. Stroll through the garden tasting fine wine and craft beer and sample delicious food from local restaurants and caterers. Take in our three-acre native plant garden while listening to live bluegrass music and 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. $45 per person / $55 after May…

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June 2018

PROGRAM FULL: Pooh, Piglet & the Woozles in the 100 Acre Wood

June 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Nature Campers hiking in beautiful meadows - summer camp at the Howard County Conservancy

To PRE-REGISTERED attendees - the EVENT IS ON today, but come dressed for the weather. We will watch the weather closely and may alter the program as needed. This popular program is already full. We hope to see you at another upcoming event soon. Wander like Pooh: Hike, art and storytelling!  Join Conservancy naturalist Lisa Schlossnagle on this Winnie-the-Pooh themed family hike. After reading  “In which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle" at the children’s garden/stump playground, we will use…

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Fiddlers and Fireflies

June 28, 2018 @ 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 2018

Building Woodland Fairy Houses

July 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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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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CANCELLED: Butterfly Hike

July 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately due to a rainy weather forecast the Butterfly Hike has been cancelled. We hope you can join us for another program soon! Join us for a butterfly hike with experts Kevin Heffernan and Linda Hunt! Take a leisurely walk around the grounds at Mt. Pleasant looking for as many butterfly species as we can find. We expect to see between 15 and 25 species including possibly rarities such as Juniper Hairstreak and Hackberry Emperor. Walk expected to be 1.5…

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August 2018

CANCELLED: Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - August 13, 2018 @ 1:30 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Due to the weather forecast this evening, this Perseid Meteor Shower program is now CANCELLED. We hope you can join us for another program at the Conservancy!  However, in lieu of watching for the "shooting stars" on our fields, you could think about joining Alex Storrs for an early, indoor Perseids talk at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum tonight. Visit their Facebook page for registration details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/423746761419014/  The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to experience,…

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Mantises and Martinis!

August 16, 2018 @ 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 with Drs. Mike Raupp, Paula Shrewsbury, Rebeccah Waterworth and Jason Mottern. Enjoy a summer night-out with friends!  We're serving special martinis 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 for optional stroll in the meadow. Rain or…

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September 2018

PROGRAM FULL: Ellicott City Roundtable

September 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately this popular program is already full. Walk ins the night of the event can not be accommodated. This event will be live streamed on our Facebook page starting at 7pm. Visit our Facebook page 9/13/18 from 7-9pm est. to catch the event live!  Join us to reflect on the Ellicott City floods and share perspectives on the future. Moderated by Ned Tillman. Panelists: Mark DeLuca, Howard County Government Nicholas Redding, Executive Director, Preservation Maryland Dianne Paulis, resident & Treasurer, Ellicott…

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CANCELLED: Fall Equinox Twilight Hike and Campfire

September 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$5.00 – $10

Unfortunately this CANCELLED due to soggy field conditions and rainy forecast. We hope you can join us at the Conservancy for another program. Bring your family, 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 with Holly and George Stone.. Hike back in time to watch the sun set over horizon…

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October 2018

Stream Restoration and Stream Creatures

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join Scott McGill, a leading local Restoration Ecologist, on a provocative and exciting hike to Davis Branch on the Conservancy property.  We will explore an active colony of beaver, one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most important keystone species, and how Scott’s company, Ecotone, is using beavers to facilitate wetland restoration and water quality improvement in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  We will discuss beaver biology, ecosystem services, management techniques, and the diverse habitat their dams provide for other wildlife species. Biography:…

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CANCELLED: Games in the Meadows

October 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$5.00 – $10.00

Looking for something active, fun, and new to get the whole family outside? Join the Howard County Conservancy and Medomak Family Camp communities in a day of fun and light fall lunch at the Conservancy!  SCAG – Soccer, Croquette And Golf is a game played with a soccer ball, kicked through croquet style-hoops, and scored like golf. Also sometimes called Foot Golf, it is easy to learn, and fun for all ages. We provide a map of the course, instructions, score cards and everything you need to play. (If you’ve got your own soccer ball, bring it along.)  Be the first to start your own league and keep the fun going outside throughout the year!  Cider and subs for all will be served! Bring your own drinking cup (BYODC). Email family@medomakcamp.com with questions to reach Medomak Camp staff.

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November 2018

An Evening of Howard County Storytelling

November 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$20

Advance registration has closed, limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Join us for our annual storytelling events! You will be mesmerized by personal stories from a cross section of people in our amazing Howard County community. Storytellers’ include: Bita Dayhoff, Graham Getty, Woody Merkle, Wendy Ng, Randy Nixon, Pauline Phillips, Elaine Reid, John Shoemaker, Greg Seidman, Feli Solá-Carter, Ann Strozyk and Monsignor Dick Tillman. Learn more about our 2018 storytellers here. Recommended for 18 and older. Advance registration recommended, program may sell…

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December 2018

Natural Holiday Sale

December 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Come enjoy our annual Holiday Sale- fun for the whole family! Browse locally crafted natural gifts while enjoying music and refreshments. Children will enjoy creating whimsical critters from cones, pods and seed heads with the help of our naturalists! Vendors include Caldron Crafts, Chesapeake Sea Glass Mosaics, Cross County Garden Club, Dea's Masks and More, Dorsey Hall Garden Club, Druzy Daze, Ellicott City Sauce Co and Vill's Dills, Flowers by Eden, Forever Favorites, Greenbridge Pottery, Howard County BeeKeepers, Magnor Natural…

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January 2019

Earth Trekkers – A Family’s Journey Around the World

January 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Meet the Earth Trekkers, a family of four that share a passion for travel, adventure and living life to the fullest. In 2014 and 2015 they sold their house and cars, took their kids out of school and put their careers on hold in order to travel around the world for 13 months. But their love for travel and exploring didn't stop there, they still travel ever chance they get, having explored 67 countries. They operate one of the most popular family…

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February 2019

Saving Howard County – Past, Present and Future

February 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Howard County is a very special place! Ned Tillman will talk about some of the major efforts in the past that were used to preserve wonderful features of Howard County. He will also address some of the big challenges we face today to preserve and restore what is left. Come learn about our rivers and farms, our wildlife, old Ellicott City, and some of the key people in the past! Ned is an award-winning author who has published 3 books…

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Connecting to Nature with Music

February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join the Candlelight Concert Society and the Howard County Conservancy for a CandleKids Concert! The Crosswinds Trio will present a concert of musical pieces inspired by nature. Following the concert, Mike’s Music of Ellicott City will host an instrument “petting zoo.” Recommended for ages 4 and up, performance will last about 50 minutes. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required.

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Humane Gardening: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

February 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In this myth-busting talk, learn how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us. Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting wildlife nurseries, eliminating unintended hazards, nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly…

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March 2019

SOLD OUT: Birding Basics

March 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 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. Join members of the Howard County Bird Club as they present basic information to get you started in the wonderful world of birding.   Topics will include the history of birding; birding ethics; equipment; how to identify birds; use of eBird and other resources available to help you build on your birding skills.  This classroom presentation will be followed by an optional guided bird…

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Forests and Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors

March 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Advance registration has closed. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.  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…

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The Art of Stewardship: Opening Reception

March 31, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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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, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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The hike is on for this morning! Please dress appropriately for wet and muddy trails and remember a water bottle.  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…

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Earth Day Bird Walk

April 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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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, 2019 @ 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

WITG

May 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Advance ticket sales have closed. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door for $60 pp. We hope to see you then! Join us for the 13th annual Wine in the Garden, Beer in the Barn. 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,…

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June 2019

Puzzling Close-up Photographs

June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Come and explore the beauty, the depth and the surprise of taking pictures up close and personal with Natalia Zacharin.  Ever wonder how to capture some of those shots that feature a subject or part of a subject that is so close, you sometimes cannot even imagine what it is?  Explore a unique point of view when you zoom in and focus on nature.  Shapes, textures and colors take on a life of their own in the world of macro…

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Fiddlers and Fireflies

June 27, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 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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August 2019

Serendipity Hike

August 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

Conservancy naturalists love to share wonderful stories about the Conservancy's land and the plants and animals on it. Bring your family and join an age-appropriate group with a naturalist for an hour-long walk across the meadows, or on woodland paths, to the restored Davis Branch watershed, to a State Champion Tulip Poplar, to our community garden, and/or to visit the chickens and goats on our farmstead. Wear closed shoes and appropriate hiking clothing.  If raining, check website. Advance registration recommended.…

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September 2019

Save the Birds: Bird-friendly Skies & Windows

September 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Since forever, birds have been migrating and feeding themselves using their incredible instincts and biological gifts. Human progress has created immense urban light islands and transportation arteries that fill the night time skies with distracting lights, disrupting migration paths.  Commercial and residential buildings are sheathed in reflective glass, which are not understood by bird vision, causing impact collisions.  There are so many things we can do – some SO simple – to mitigate the significant decline in our songbird populations. …

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SOLD OUT: Fall Equinox Twilight Hike and Campfire

September 25, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately this popular program is already sold out. We hope you can join us for another upcoming program at the Conservancy!  Bring your family, 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 with Holly and George Stone.. Hike back in time to watch the sun set over horizon –exactly…

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October 2019

Fall Festival

October 6, 2019 @ 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 and explore the historic three-century-old farm.  Visit our pygmy goats, the chickens, Onyx the snake, and Ranger the barred owl, and many visiting farm animals.   There are children's crafts, pumpkin decorating and hayrides .  Browse the craftsmen's stations to admire woolspinning, woodturning, gourd decorating, and more. Leap the hay bales. Stock up on grass-fed…

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CANCELLED: Games in the Meadows

October 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States

Unfortunately this popular program has been cancelled. We hope you can join us for another upcoming program soon. Looking for something active, fun, and new to get the whole family outside? Join the Howard County Conservancy and Medomak Family Camp communities in a day of fun and light fall lunch at the Conservancy!  SCAG – Soccer, Croquette And Golf is a game played with a soccer ball, kicked through croquet style-hoops, and scored like golf. Also sometimes called Foot Golf,…

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November 2019

An Evening of Howard County Storytelling

November 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us for our annual storytelling events! You will be mesmerized by personal stories from a cross section of people in our amazing Howard County community. 2019 storytellers include: Glenn Falcao, David Rodriguez, Jumel Howard, Jennifer Lewis, Ned Tillman, Jason Baker, Pamela Henry, Robin Steele, Nancy Lawson, Vanessa Deutschmann, Heidi Huett and Yvette Oquendo Berruz. Recommended for 18 and older. Advance registration recommended, program may sell out. $20 per person. Looking for our storytelling workshop on November 9? Click here…

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December 2019

Natural Holiday Sale

December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Come enjoy our annual Holiday Sale- fun for the whole family! Browse locally crafted natural gifts while enjoying music and refreshments. Children will enjoy creating whimsical critters from cones, pods and seed heads with the help of our naturalists! 2019 Vendors include: Caldron Crafts, Chesapeake Sea Glass Mosaics, Cross County Garden Club, Dorsey Hall Garden Club, Ellicott City Sauce Company and Vill's Dills, Forever Favorites, Ginger's Mixed Media, Greenbridge Pottery, Howard County Beekeepers, Magnor Natural Beauty Products, Maloney Photography, Neat…

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January 2020

The Fascinating World of the Native Bee / FREE

January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Bee

The news has been abuzz about honey bees, but how well do you know the over 400 species of native bees that call Maryland their home? This presentation, with Natalia Zacharin, will cover an introduction to the native bees we will find in our very own backyards, what amazing traits they have, the incredible co-evolutionary relationship between native bees and native wildflowers, and why their very existence is crucial. In an era of over-information and incorrect information, learn which plants…

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February 2020

Climate Action with 350.org: Moving from Moments to Movements / $

February 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Online advance registration has closed however, tickets will be available at the door.  Through the lens of Make Them Pay the climate movement is taking on polluters and their enablers at the highest levels of government to divert investments in dirty fossil fuels to care and repair of communities. This discussion will chart the history of climate action and its necessary reintegration in the larger social justice movement. See latest op ed here. With Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, North America Director,…

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March 2020

CANCELLED: Milkweed, Monarchs and Climate Change

March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Please note this program is cancelled.  Monarch butterflies are much beloved by the public because they are common, beautiful and have a fascinating and unique migratory life cycle.  Every year, migratory monarchs from the eastern United States migrate down to a small set of mountains in central Mexico.  The next spring, those same individuals fly north to the Texas region where they lay eggs.  The adults that emerge about a month later continue north and east, recolonizing the eastern United…

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POSTPONED- The Art of Stewardship: Inspirations from Nature – Opening Reception

March 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Following current guidance from the State of Maryland and this fluid situation, the Conservancy is postponing the Art of Stewardship Show and Opening Reception. A new date is yet to be determined.  The Art of Stewardship (TAOS) Art Show: Inspirations from Nature  is presented by the Howard County Conservancy in partnership with the nationwide Art of Stewardship Project. The TAOS show is a forum for artists to promote stewardship of the Earth. All artwork in the show is donated and will be available for $100 each. Proceeds support education programs…

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August 2020

Wild Walks: Tree-mendous Trek

August 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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One event on August 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Hike the woodlands of Mt. Pleasant farmstead viewing and identifying numerous plant and tree species with a naturalist. Along the way your guide will point out animal habitats and (hopefully) their residents. Visit the newly renovated Hodge Podge Lodge of PBS fame, our beehives, “Champion” White Oak and other fascinating trees. This walk is somewhat strenuous and requires good walking shoes. Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. Hike Difficulty- 4 stars out of 5. $10 suggested donation per person,…

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Wild Walks: Tree-mendous Trek

August 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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One event on August 15, 2020 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Hike the woodlands of Mt. Pleasant farmstead viewing and identifying numerous plant and tree species with a naturalist. Along the way your guide will point out animal habitats and (hopefully) their residents. Visit the newly renovated Hodge Podge Lodge of PBS fame, our beehives, “Champion” White Oak and other fascinating trees. This walk is somewhat strenuous and requires good walking shoes. Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. Hike Difficulty- 4 stars out of 5. $10 suggested donation per person,…

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October 2020

Gallery in the Garden: Reflections of the Conservancy

October 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Enjoy art, walking tours, music and refreshments in our gardens and surrounding grounds. Bid on our silent auction and meet some of our special animal ambassadors! Presented by AT&T. Ticket includes a single serve wine or beer and personally portioned contactless snacks. Attendance is limited to ensure physical distancing at this outdoor program. Can't attend or want to get a head start bidding on our favorite auction items? Shop the auction here.  Reserve your space between 1:00 - 5:30. Rain date…

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November 2020

Winter Wild Walk

November 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 9 am for a winter wild walk! Explore the beautiful grounds with naturalists to discover the magic of winter and to catch glimpses of wildlife. Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. $10 per person. REGISTER NOW!

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Winter Wild Walk

November 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 9 am for a winter wild walk! Explore the beautiful grounds with naturalists to discover the magic of winter and to catch glimpses of wildlife. Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. $10 per person. REGISTER NOW!

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December 2020

Winter Wild Walk

December 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 20, 2021

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 9 am for a winter wild walk! Explore the beautiful grounds with naturalists to discover the magic of winter and to catch glimpses of wildlife. Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. $10 per person. REGISTER NOW!

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Winter Wild Walk

December 19, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 20, 2021

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 9 am for a winter wild walk! Explore the beautiful grounds with naturalists to discover the magic of winter and to catch glimpses of wildlife. Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. $10 per person. REGISTER NOW!

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January 2021

Winter Wild Walk

January 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 20, 2021

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 9 am for a winter wild walk! Explore the beautiful grounds with naturalists to discover the magic of winter and to catch glimpses of wildlife. Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. $10 per person. REGISTER NOW!

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Winter Wild Walk

January 16 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 20, 2021

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 9 am for a winter wild walk! Explore the beautiful grounds with naturalists to discover the magic of winter and to catch glimpses of wildlife. Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. $10 per person. REGISTER NOW!

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February 2021

Winter Wild Walk

February 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 20, 2021

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 9 am for a winter wild walk! Explore the beautiful grounds with naturalists to discover the magic of winter and to catch glimpses of wildlife. Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. $10 per person. REGISTER NOW!

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SOLD OUT: Galentine’s Day Hike

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately this program is already sold out. We hope you can join us for another program soon.  Bring your mom, your sister, grandmother, neighbor or friend to celebrate Galentine's Day exploring the great outdoors! Your registration includes: A 30 minute slower paced or 60 minute moderately paced guided hike at the Conservancy's Mt. Pleasant farm, a gourmet boxed lunch and a Galentine's Day extravagance bag. Small group outdoor hikes to ensure social distancing. $25 per person. Advance registration by Feb 7th…

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March 2021

Winter Wild Walk

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 20, 2021

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 9 am for a winter wild walk! Explore the beautiful grounds with naturalists to discover the magic of winter and to catch glimpses of wildlife. Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. $10 per person. REGISTER NOW!

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Winter Wild Walk

March 20 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 20, 2021

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 9 am for a winter wild walk! Explore the beautiful grounds with naturalists to discover the magic of winter and to catch glimpses of wildlife. Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. $10 per person. REGISTER NOW!

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Serendipity Hike

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join us for small group outdoor naturalist led hikes for teens (Grades 6-12) on a different topic each week! Explore the Conservancy's 232 acres to see what you can discover! Space limited: Max of 8 students to ensure social distancing. $10 per student / 48 hr advance registration required. Hikes last approximately 1 hour 15 min. REGISTER NOW!  

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April 2021

Habitat Restoration Group – Program Full

April 13 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 28, 2021

One event on June 15, 2021 at 3:30 pm

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately this program is already full. We hope you can join us for another program! The habitat group completes projects such as removing invasive plants, replanting and maintaining planting areas with native species, stream bank restoration, erosion control, trail maintenance, and more. Participants must be 14 years or older. Gloves and tools provided. Close-toed shoes, long pants, long sleeves and masks are required as well as social distancing. Advanced registration is required. In the event of inclement weather, please check…

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Wild Walk: Explore the landscape

April 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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One event on May 18, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on June 22, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on July 8, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on August 19, 2021 at 9:30 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Topics vary on different dates and Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. 48 hr Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed.  REGISTER NOW

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Earth Day Wild Walk

April 22 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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One event on April 22, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on April 22, 2021 at 10:00 am

One event on April 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, guided walk of our Mt. Pleasant grounds and trails to see what you can discover! Earth Day Wild Walks walks are Serendipity themed,  let us know what you want to explore! Fun for the whole family and will be adapted to engage all ages! These special Earth Day Wild Walk programs are FREE with donations accepted. REGISTER NOW!

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Earth Day Wild Walk

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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One event on April 22, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on April 22, 2021 at 10:00 am

One event on April 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, guided walk of our Mt. Pleasant grounds and trails to see what you can discover! Earth Day Wild Walks walks are Serendipity themed,  let us know what you want to explore! Fun for the whole family and will be adapted to engage all ages! These special Earth Day Wild Walk programs are FREE with donations accepted. REGISTER NOW!

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Earth Day Wild Walk

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on April 22, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on April 22, 2021 at 10:00 am

One event on April 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, guided walk of our Mt. Pleasant grounds and trails to see what you can discover! Earth Day Wild Walks walks are Serendipity themed,  let us know what you want to explore! Fun for the whole family and will be adapted to engage all ages! These special Earth Day Wild Walk programs are FREE with donations accepted. REGISTER NOW!

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Earth Day Wild Walk

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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One event on April 22, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on April 22, 2021 at 10:00 am

One event on April 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, guided walk of our Mt. Pleasant grounds and trails to see what you can discover! Earth Day Wild Walks walks are Serendipity themed,  let us know what you want to explore! Fun for the whole family and will be adapted to engage all ages! These special Earth Day Wild Walk programs are FREE with donations accepted. REGISTER NOW!

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Make a Difference this Earth Day! – This event is full

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Families, join us for our annual day of service and help us remove invasive plant species and release tadpoles into our stream. Choose the from morning or afternoon outdoor time slots to help keep the Conservancy's 232-acres thrive! Advance registration is required and space limited. Group sizes will be limited to ensure social distancing. REGISTER NOW!

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Habitat Restoration Group – Program Full

April 27 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 28, 2021

One event on June 15, 2021 at 3:30 pm

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately this program is already full. We hope you can join us for another program! The habitat group completes projects such as removing invasive plants, replanting and maintaining planting areas with native species, stream bank restoration, erosion control, trail maintenance, and more. Participants must be 14 years or older. Gloves and tools provided. Close-toed shoes, long pants, long sleeves and masks are required as well as social distancing. Advanced registration is required. In the event of inclement weather, please check…

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May 2021

Wild Walk: Living on the Land, a History of Mt. Pleasant

May 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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One event on June 5, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on July 3, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on August 7, 2021 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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farmhouse by Geoff Lawrence Photography

Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Topics vary on different dates and Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. 48 hr Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed. Register now! Farmhouse photo by Geoff Lawrence Photography

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Habitat Restoration Group – Program Full

May 11 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 28, 2021

One event on June 15, 2021 at 3:30 pm

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately this program is already full. We hope you can join us for another program! The habitat group completes projects such as removing invasive plants, replanting and maintaining planting areas with native species, stream bank restoration, erosion control, trail maintenance, and more. Participants must be 14 years or older. Gloves and tools provided. Close-toed shoes, long pants, long sleeves and masks are required as well as social distancing. Advanced registration is required. In the event of inclement weather, please check…

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Wild Walk: Meet the Powerful Pollinators!

May 13 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on June 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on July 13, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on August 17, 2021 at 9:30 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Topics vary on different dates and Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. 48 hr Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed.  Register now!

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Wild Walk: We are the champions tree hike

May 15 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on June 10, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on July 17, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on August 21, 2021 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Topics vary on different dates and Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. 48 hr Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed. REGISTER NOW

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Wild Walk: Explore the landscape

May 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 18, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on June 22, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on July 8, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on August 19, 2021 at 9:30 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Topics vary on different dates and Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. 48 hr Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed.  REGISTER NOW

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Wild Walk: Cicadas!

May 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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One event on May 29, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on June 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on June 5, 2021 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead to learn about the billions of noisy Brood X cicadas that are emerging this spring! Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed.  REGISTER NOW!

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Habitat Restoration Group – Program Full

May 25 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 28, 2021

One event on June 15, 2021 at 3:30 pm

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately this program is already full. We hope you can join us for another program! The habitat group completes projects such as removing invasive plants, replanting and maintaining planting areas with native species, stream bank restoration, erosion control, trail maintenance, and more. Participants must be 14 years or older. Gloves and tools provided. Close-toed shoes, long pants, long sleeves and masks are required as well as social distancing. Advanced registration is required. In the event of inclement weather, please check…

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Wild Walk: Cicadas!

May 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 29, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on June 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on June 5, 2021 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead to learn about the billions of noisy Brood X cicadas that are emerging this spring! Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed.  REGISTER NOW!

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June 2021

Wild Walk: Cicadas!

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 29, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on June 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on June 5, 2021 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead to learn about the billions of noisy Brood X cicadas that are emerging this spring! Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed.  REGISTER NOW!

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Wild Walk: Cicadas!

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 29, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on June 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on June 5, 2021 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead to learn about the billions of noisy Brood X cicadas that are emerging this spring! Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed.  REGISTER NOW!

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Habitat Restoration Group – Program Full

June 15 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 28, 2021

One event on June 15, 2021 at 3:30 pm

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Unfortunately this program is already full. We hope you can join us for another program! The habitat group completes projects such as removing invasive plants, replanting and maintaining planting areas with native species, stream bank restoration, erosion control, trail maintenance, and more. Participants must be 14 years or older. Gloves and tools provided. Close-toed shoes, long pants, long sleeves and masks are required as well as social distancing. Advanced registration is required. In the event of inclement weather, please check…

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Meet the Pollinators

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join Bee City at the Howard County Conservancy to meet some of our most remarkable Maryland pollinators! See different pollinator habitats and learn about bees, butterflies, moths and more! Robinson Nature Center, The Beekeepers Association of Howard County, the Community Ecology Institute and the Howard County Bird and Butterfly Club will all have different learning stations to explore! Each registered participant will get to take home a native plant for their own home to help attract and support our pollinator…

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Wild Walk: Explore the landscape

June 22 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
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One event on June 22, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on July 8, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on August 19, 2021 at 9:30 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Topics vary on different dates and Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. 48 hr Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed.  REGISTER NOW

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July 2021

Wild Walk: Living on the Land, a History of Mt. Pleasant

July 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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One event on June 5, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on July 3, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on August 7, 2021 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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farmhouse by Geoff Lawrence Photography

Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Topics vary on different dates and Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. 48 hr Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed. Register now! Farmhouse photo by Geoff Lawrence Photography

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Butterfly ID Walk

July 10 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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One event on July 31, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on August 14, 2021 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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It's summertime -- the butterflies are flying! Join a naturalists with the Howard County Bird Club for a walk around our gardens to learn how to identify some common beautiful butterflies. This is a beginning level walk appropriate for adults and children 10+ accompanied by an adult. $10 per person. Space limited, advance registration required. Register now!

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Wild Walk: Meet the Powerful Pollinators!

July 13 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
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One event on June 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on July 13, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on August 17, 2021 at 9:30 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Topics vary on different dates and Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. 48 hr Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed.  Register now!

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Wild Walk: We are the champions tree hike

July 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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One event on June 10, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on July 17, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on August 21, 2021 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Topics vary on different dates and Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. 48 hr Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed. REGISTER NOW

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Butterfly ID Walk

July 31 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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One event on July 31, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on August 14, 2021 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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It's summertime -- the butterflies are flying! Join a naturalists with the Howard County Bird Club for a walk around our gardens to learn how to identify some common beautiful butterflies. This is a beginning level walk appropriate for adults and children 10+ accompanied by an adult. $10 per person. Space limited, advance registration required. Register now!

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August 2021

Butterfly ID Walk

August 14 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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One event on July 31, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on August 14, 2021 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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It's summertime -- the butterflies are flying! Join a naturalists with the Howard County Bird Club for a walk around our gardens to learn how to identify some common beautiful butterflies. This is a beginning level walk appropriate for adults and children 10+ accompanied by an adult. $10 per person. Space limited, advance registration required. Register now!

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Wild Walk: Meet the Powerful Pollinators!

August 17 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
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One event on June 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on July 13, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on August 17, 2021 at 9:30 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Topics vary on different dates and Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. 48 hr Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed.  Register now!

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Wild Walk: We are the champions tree hike

August 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
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One event on June 10, 2021 at 9:30 am

One event on July 17, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on August 21, 2021 at 9:00 am

Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
+ Google Map

Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Topics vary on different dates and Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages! $10 per person. 48 hr Advance registration is required and all social distancing guidelines must be followed. REGISTER NOW

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September 2021

Milkweed, Monarchs and Climate Change

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Monarch butterflies are beloved by the public because they are common, beautiful and have a fascinating and unique migratory life cycle! Georgetown University ecologist, Leslie Ries, will talk about the decline of the monarchs and what a warmer future may mean for their migratory population. The lecture will be followed by a naturalist led walk to see butterflies in action! Leslie Ries is an ecologist who focuses on patterns at both medium and large scales. She has worked both in…

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