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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

October 2016

Family Hike

October 8, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

For groups of different ages and paces, explore the grasslands and woodlands with Conservancy Naturalists.  Come enjoy hints of fall!  Check website if weather is uncertain.  OCT 8- Saturday 10am FREE

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Fantastic Vultures

October 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$5 – $10

Turkey vultures and black vultures – oh MY! We see these big black birds soaring in the sky’s updrafts. We see them perched on telephone poles and treetops and sometimes on rooftops. Do they look menacing to you? What do you know about these very amazing creatures and their very important niche in the environment? An expert naturalist from Soldiers Delight's aviary, Allie Bays, will bring a rehabilitated vulture and describe vultures' behaviors, their specialized sensory organs, personality, physical features,…

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Flashlight Night Hike: What Are Those Sounds?

October 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Bring your flashlights, curiosity, and a sense of discovery for this adventure hike.   We'll be listening and searching for nocturnal wildlife in our meadows and woods.  Why do animals get active at night when we are sleeping?  What adaptations do they need to successfully  “make their living?”  What do those cries in the night mean?  What are the likely places for you to look for them at home?   Join Devon Kosisky in the quest!  Check website if weather is uncertain.…

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November 2016

Animal Stories: From Heroic Pups to Imperiled Pandas and Macaques

November 10, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$10 – $20

with National Geographic author Jennifer Holland.  Jennifer will share some new favorite stories of friendships and heroes in the canine/dog world—from her upcoming UNLIKELY book focused on dogs—and, as a special treat, she will talk about her recent reporting on the different conservation approaches for giant pandas in China and back-crested macaques in Indonesia (with photos, of course!).  After her presentation, Jennifer will be available to sign books.  A limited number of copies of each volume from the Unlikely series will be available for…

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December 2016

Natural Holiday Sale

December 3, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Relax and browse unique and locally crafted items for sale – all with a connection to nature. Sip a cup of tea, enjoy cookies, listen to live harp and piano music – while the children create whimsical critters from cones, pods and seed heads with the help of naturalists. Local pottery, hand-crafted soaps and bees wax candles, hand-crafted jewelry and accessories, nature and gardening books, greenery from local garden clubs, nature photography items, kids books, finger puppets and much more! …

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Geminid Meteor Shower

December 13, 2016 @ 10:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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**CANCELLED due to overcast skies** with Drs. Joel Goodman and Alex Storrs. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers, considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak!  It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982.  Meteors radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky.  The shower runs annually from…

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January 2017

Savvy Salamanders

January 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Pre-registration closed. SPACE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR Where can you find them? What do the ones around here look like? Are there many kinds you might find? How do they “make their living?” What is really cool about them? Take a look at Maryland's salamanders (and some other exotic ones) with expert Mark Southerland who has had a life-long love of these little creatures...and learn what you can do to make it easier for them to survive! Mark Southerland, Ph.D.,…

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February 2017

Skunk Cabbage Swamp Stomp

February 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Skunk Cabbage Photo by Gwen Morrison

February is the month to look for Skunk Cabbage. It blooms early (before we even think it’s spring) and can melt snow/ice to do it! Yes – it smells like carrion but it’s not poisonous. The purple and green of skunk cabbage is a welcome change from the browns and grays of winter stream banks and swampy areas. We’ll start with an short introduction, then venture out to the spring of the East Branch to inspect the skunk cabbages. Dress…

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Night Owls- REGISTRATION FULL

February 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Owls occupy a unique place in human societies and culture.  They are both feared and revered.  Occupiers of the night they are mysterious and usually difficult to find.  From the nearly ubiquitous Great Horned and Eastern Screech Owl to the rare Short-eared Owl, Maryland is blessed with seven species of breeding owls.  Come learn about Maryland's owls from one of the Free State's experts on owls.  This presentation will explore the complex relationships between owls and humans, introduce our local…

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March 2017

Birding by Ear (registration full)

March 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Did you know that each species of bird has calls and songs that are unique? …that we often hear a bird before we see it? …that a few birds can only be identified by their calls and songs? …that some birds imitate the calls and songs of other birds? Identifying birds by their calls and songs is fun and easy. Join Naturalist Woody Merkle and members of the Howard County Bird Club for an introduction to learning the calls and…

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April 2017

Return of the Mighty Chestnut: the “Redwood” of the East

April 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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What wiped out the majestic stands of chestnut trees that dominated America’s eastern forests? Are there any trees left standing? What’s so special about the American Chestnut tree? Gary Carver, American Chestnut Foundation, will describe the environmental havoc and the economic and cultural disaster throughout Appalachia and describe efforts underway to return the magnificent American chestnut tree to our forests. In addition to magnificent slides, his presentation includes hands-on examination of leaves, nuts, burs, sections of stems with blight cankers,…

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Storytelling Programs

April 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$75.00

DAYTIME STORYTELLING WORKSHOP REGISTRATION IS FULL: Learn how to craft and hone your storytelling skills in a fun, small-group setting with professional storyteller, Leigh Tillman. Become a more engaging and effective storyteller whether with family and friends, in your community, or at work. Please click here to learn about our evening storytelling event at the Howard County Conservancy. Registration is still open for the evening program.  Advanced registration required – Space is limited; 18 and older (NOTE: Registration fee includes a…

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An Evening of Howard County Storytelling: Sharing Stories for a Stronger Community

April 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$20.00
Columbia 50th

Online registration has closed. Tickets available at the door. This is the second of two spring storytelling events – both are part of Columbia’s 50th Birthday Celebration. Eleven different storytellers from Howard County will be featured at this event.  Come hear personal stories from a cross section of people in our community. Storytellers at this event include Mark Stinson, Liz Bobo, Jeri Wiggins, Rob Moxley, John Wesley, Fred Lewis, Steve Kendall, John Dove, Mark Southerland, Jen Hayashi and Karen Johnson. Click…

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May 2017

The Art of Stewardship: Preview Reception

May 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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$20

Join us in the Gudelsky Gallery for the preview reception of our 2017 Art of Stewardship exhibit! Be among the first to see the nature-inspired artwork created and donated by professional artists, local celebrities, community members, and exceptional art students. Attending the preview reception gives you the opportunity to enter the raffle for buyer positions #1-10 to purchase the artwork of your choice (tickets are $5 apiece, sold at the event). After that, art sales will be on a first…

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The Art of Stewardship: Gallery Opening & Sale

May 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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 2017 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: this year all entries are 10”x10” and not visibly signed – fall in love with a piece of art without knowing the artist who made it! All artwork will be on sale for $100, and all proceeds benefit the work of…

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POSTPONED- Hike to the Patapsco

May 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Due to rainy weather, this hike has been postponed until June 10th. To register for the June 10th hike visit: https://www.howardnature.org/event/hike-to-the-patapsco-june/ 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…

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July 2017

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

July 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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. During her presentation, Bonnie will guide you through where and what to look for on your own explorations. There is also an amazing world to discover with the help of  her macro lens:  surprises such as caterpillars that appear to be…

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August 2017

Family BioBlitz- Search for Plants and Animals

August 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
Free

Advance registration has closed, however, we welcome walk-in attendees to join us at 9! Participate in our 2017 BioBlitz hosted in partnership with Maryland Biodiversity Project, a non-profit focused on cataloging all the living things in Maryland. The Maryland Biodiversity Project has created a sub-site for the Conservancy that already features more than 700 species. . While experts in many domains are canvasing the Conservancy to document our flora and fauna, we will hold family outings to introduce you to…

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Bugs & Bees…and Daiquiris!

August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
Free

Special evening for the over-21 crowd sponsored by Lost Ark Distilling. 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. Program free, Daiquiris $5 Wear comfortable walking shoes.   Rain or shine!   Special thanks to:

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September 2017

Wander Like Pooh in Our 100-Acre Wood- Program full

September 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
Free

Unfortunately, this popular program is already full. We hope to see you at another event! 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…

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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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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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, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

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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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, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mt Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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 @ 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 @ 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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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.