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April 2020

Birds in Jeopardy / Virtual / FREE

April 10 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Join us virtually for this interactive game to learn about how our bird species will be impacted by changes to our environment like climate change.Working off a game format you may know, we will have questions for participants related to birds and their survival challenges. Exercise your mind and break the monotony with some fun and excitement. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Register now! Space limited to the first 25 families to sign up. Directions on how to join…

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May 2020

Vegetable Gardening: Tips, Tricks and a Tour!

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Join us on Facebook LIVE to tour our community garden, meet our gardeners, see what they are growing and get tips for your own yard! You will also learn about our food bank donations and community gardens around the county. It is a great time to start your own garden to provide fresh delicious produce for your family all summer long! Simply visit the Conservancy's Facebook page at 6 pm to join us! Facebook Event

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Discover Zentangle

May 22 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Join us on Facebook LIVE to discover the Zentangle® Method, an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Grab a pen, some lightweight cardboard/cardstock, and pencil….and join us for a beginners session with Gwen Morrison fun for all ages. She’ll introduce the basics and some nature-themed patterns to make a your own Zentangle tile. Supplies to have on hand: - Pen – Sharpie ultra-fine point or gel pens work best - Light weight cardboard…

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Happy Animals Yoga!

May 29 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 pm
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Join the Conservancy on Facebook Live for Happy Animals Yoga with Ms. Patti LeConte! What does it feel like to be a lizard, a cat, a giraffe? We will playfully create body shapes and use our imagination to connect to the animal world around us. This yoga class is geared towards our k-5 friends. Please wear comfy, stretchy clothes and have a yoga mat or beach towel handy. Simply visit the Conservancy's Facebook page at 11am to join us! Facebook…

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June 2020

Pollinator Trivia / FREE

June 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 pm
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Join the Conservancy on Facebook Live for Pollinator Trivia with Environmental Educator Amanda Sullivan. Pollinators are a fascinating group of animals that play an essential role in our ecosystem and include a wide range of species. How well do you know your pollinators? Come join us for a fun and interactive jeopardy game to find out! Simply visit the Conservancy's Facebook page at 11am to join us! Facebook Event Photo by Kevin Heffernan.

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Storytime with Ms. Maya / FREE

June 12 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 pm
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Join the Conservancy on Facebook Live to hear the story of Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. Have you ever looked at all the plants, trees and flowers outside and wondered how they all got there? After hearing this story, you too can help make the world more beautiful one seed at a time. Simply visit the Conservancy's Facebook page at 11am to join us! www.facebook.com/HowardCountyConservancy

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The Very Picky Butterfly

June 19 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 am
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Do you want to bring butterflies to your backyard? The solution, you see, is not so hard. Planting native plants for nectar and to host will make your yard a favorite place for butterflies! Jen Brown-Whale, Howard County Public School System Elementary Science Resource Teacher will spend 15 minutes with you, live on Facebook, to talk attracting butterflies, specifically the Monarch. Simply visit our Facebook page at 11 am to join! Photo by Bonnie Ott

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Build A Fairy House

June 20 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
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Our annual Fairy House program returns virtually! Collect materials from your yard or natural play space, build your fairy house, then take a photo and submit it with your family's last name to watershed@howardnature.org by June 17, 2020! Then join us for a fun, interactive, virtual program on June 20th at 10am to see your creative creation featured! Zoom info will be sent to you once we receive your photo submission. For inspiration, click here to see pictures of previous…

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Virtual Meadow Tour

June 25 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Pollinator populations have been on the decline due to habitat loss and pesticide usage impacting 400 species of native bees and 150 butterfly species in Maryland. We can all do our part to support crucial pollinators. Celebrate Pollinator Week with a guided virtual tour of our meadows. Enjoy the variety of species that thrive in these diverse habitats and learn how you can create a pollinator habitat of your own! Simply visit the Conservancy’s Facebook page at 5pm to join us!

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Guess the National Park!

June 26 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 am
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How well do you know the National Parks of the United States? Join us on Facebook LIVE to see how many images of the National Parks you recognize- some may surprise you! Simply visit the Conservancy's Facebook page at 11am to join us!

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July 2020

Maryland “Mini- America” Trivia

July 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:15 am
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How well do you know Maryland history, folklore, flora and fauna? Join us on Facebook LIVE to test your knowledge during family style trivia with Environmental Educator Ann Strozyk. Have paper and a pen ready, and bring your best game! Simply visit the Conservancy's Facebook page at 11 am to join us!

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Animal Spotlight: Terrapins

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 am
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Diamondback Terrapins are the face of estuarine conservation efforts. Come get an up-close look at our animal ambassador terrapin, Torope, and learn how terrapins survive in the Chesapeake Bay. Terrapins once populated estuaries in great numbers. Learn what led to their decline, what the current threats are to this important aquatic species and what can be done to help support these creatures in the wild. Simply visit the Conservancy's Facebook page at 11 am to join us!

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EGGceptional Art and Chemistry

July 17 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 am
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Come learn some EGGceptional uses of the versatile and useful egg. Whatever its shell color, an egg can be used as an art canvas with a bit of kitchen chemical trickery. Artists Wendy Ng will give a brief look at how art and science intersect on chicken eggs! Fun for the whole family!  Simply visit the Conservancy’s Facebook page at 11 am to join us!

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Wildlife Trivia & Wine Tastings

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Assemble your most ferocious team and join us for virtual Wildlife Trivia & Wine Tastings to support the Conservancy's environmental education and preservation programs. Each team will receive one login and a voucher for 3 full size bottles of wine from Cindy's Spirits, in Elkridge. A bonus round will put your wine tasting skills to the test! Will your team be able to tame the other wild players and walk away with the winning title and prize?  Registration for this…

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Insect defense, all about ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

July 24 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 am
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Hide in plain sight. Wear dazzling colors to warn hungry predators to stay away or else. Flash large scary eyes to trick your enemy into believing you are something you are not. Sting, bite, pinch, or squirt nasty chemicals on your attackers. Come and learn some of the tricks insects use to stay alive with expert entomologist Mike Raupp.  Simply visit the Conservancy’s Facebook page at 11 am to join us! Photo by Bonnie Ott.

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Finding Home: Getting to Know the Plants and Animals In Your Own Backyard

July 31 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 am
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Nancy Lawson, the Humane Gardener, will share strategies for learning to see your habitat from the perspective of our wild neighbors and tips for cultivating a habitat for all. Simply visit the Conservancy’s Facebook page at 11 am to join us!

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August 2020

Treemendous Trees

August 7 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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Join us to learn about Maryland’s native trees (and maybe a few native to other places too) with Wanda MacLachlan, University of Maryland Extension. Come discover the importance of trees in our ecosystem and learn how to identify some common trees on your next adventure! Simply visit the Conservancy’s Facebook page at 11 am to join us! This program is generously sponsored by Patapsco Heritage Greenway  

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All About Goats!

August 14 @ 11:00 am - 11:25 am
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Why is it hard to hold a conversation with a goat? Because they keep ‘butting’ in… Join in for more goat puns and some actual information about the conservancy’s resident goats Bud and Holly with Amy Seker. We’ll talk about how to care for them, some of their likes and dislikes, and whatever else floats your goat. Simply visit the Conservancy’s Facebook page at 11 am to join us! Sponsored by Patapsco Heritage Greenway

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The Sensibilities of Trees

August 21 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 pm
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Is your memory as good as a tree’s memory? Discover how trees sense the world around them- sight, sound, and tactile with tree expert Lou Meyer! Simply visit the Conservancy’s Facebook page at 11 am to join us! This program is generously sponsored by Patapsco Heritage Greenway

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Bird Calls

August 28 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 am
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Did you know that birds have their own languages made of songs and calls which are unique to each species?  Come learn some of the songs and calls of birds commonly found in your neighborhood with birding expert Woody Merkle.  Here is a homework question - Why do birds sing and call? Simply visit the Conservancy’s Facebook page at 11 am to join us! This program is generously sponsored by Patapsco Heritage Greenway     Tree swallows spotted at the Conservancy by Emily…

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September 2020

Monarch Migration

September 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 am
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The monarch fall migration will take these fragile creatures on a 3,000 mile journey southward. Learn how the butterflies make this journey and the dangers along the way with environmental educator Ms. Tabby! Simply visit the Conservancy’s Facebook page at 11 am to join us! Monarch spotted at the Conservancy by Bonnie Ott  

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Capturing and Displaying the Denizens of Mount Pleasant

September 11 @ 11:00 am - 11:20 am
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The beauty of birds and bugs can be hard to capture in a photo. Come learn the tips and tricks of the trade with expert Gregg Petersen. We will go over nature photographic techniques, macro lenses for smartphones, photo editing and more! Simply visit the Conservancy’s Facebook page at 11 am to join us! Butterfly spotted at the Conservancy by Richard Orr

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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.