Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Pick from the topics below, or let us know what you want to explore! Our Wild Walks program works on a donation system of a $10 minimum donation per person. Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and will be adapted to engage all ages! See walk descriptions, dates and registration below. 48 hr Advance registration is required.

Tree-mendous Trek

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

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Gardens Galore

Beautiful gardens can be found among the 232 historic acres at Mt Pleasant farmstead. Come learn the fascinating history of the farm and take an easy walk to visit numerous plantings throughout the grounds. Choose from our community garden, our bee hives and pollinator garden, Master Gardeners’ garden, Native Honors garden, Farmhouse Kitchen garden and more! Say hello to the goats and chickens too! Your guide will arrange for stops on your walk based upon your interests.

Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. Hike difficulty- 1.5 stars out of 5

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Meander in the Meadows

Walk our meadow trails observing the birds, plants and insects that call this area home. Your naturalist guide will point out bluebird and swallow boxes and pollinator plants. We may even find some Monarch Butterfly caterpillars on our milkweed. Come learn about the native and non-native plants (invasive) that populate the meadows. Easy walking – bring good walking shoes and binoculars if you have a pair. 

Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. Hike Difficulty- 2 stars out of 5

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Riveting Rivers

Come explore the recently restored Davis Branch stream in our sub-watershed of the Patapsco River with a naturalist. Learn how scientists determine the health of a stream as we conduct water quality tests and make physical observations. If conditions are right you may even get to meet some of the local macroinvertebrates that call our streams home. Bring your boots and be ready to get in the water to explore like a field biologist. This walk is short in length, but does include a few hills. 

Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. Hike Difficulty- 3 stars out of 5

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Custom Hike

Pick your own extended hike! Please contact us directly at watershed@hcconservancy.org  to schedule a  two hour guided hike with a naturalist.

Hike Policies

Walks are limited to 8 participants and all social distancing guidelines must be followed. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. 

Photo credits: header by Richard Orr, Garden Galore by Wanda Prather, Meander in the Meadows & custom hike by Brian Roache.