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Upcoming Events
Paid programs: Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the event. Tickets may be purchased at the door if available; check homepage to see if program is full. If a program is canceled by the Conservancy, participants will be notified by e-mail or phone and offered a refund or an opportunity to reschedule. All other program fees are non-refundable and support educational programs at the Conservancy.

Free programs: Register by emailing us with the names and number of attendees. Registration closes at 3 p.m. the day prior to the event. Walk-ins may be accomodated on a space available basis.

Groups of ten or more may not be able to be accommodated at our free programs. Please contact the Conservancy about scheduling a separate program for your group.

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M= Mt. Pleasant Programs (in Woodstock, MD)
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B 19- Hike to the Patapsco River with Ranger Ed Johnson. SEP 19- Saturday 10am FREE

M 20- Play SCAG with us!: Looking for something active, fun, and new to get the whole family outside? 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. Come join the Howard County Conservancy and Medomak Family Camp communities in a day of fun and light fall lunch at the Conservancy! We’ll have 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.) Cider and subs for all will be served! Please call and make a reservation so we can best plan for food and equipment needs. Be the first to start your own league and keep the fun going outside throughout the year! See you there! Check website if weather is inclement. RSVP: 301 854 9100. SEP 20 – Sunday 11am – 2pm. FREE

M 25- Fall Equinox Twilight Hike and Campfire: S’mores and More!: 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. Hike back in time to watch the sun set over horizon –exactly due west – and hear other interesting astronomical facts about the Fall Equinox. $5/person;$10/family *PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE* SEP 25- Friday 5-7pm


M 4- Fall Festival: 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, square dance and explore the historic three-century-old farm. Visit our pygmy goats, the chickens, Onyx the snake and Ranger the barred owl. There’ll be children’s crafts, pumpkin decorating and hay rides. Browse the craftsmen’s stations to admire chair caning, basket weaving, woodturning, gourd decorating and more. Admire the alpaca family and the gorgeous knit and woven products made from their soft, super-warm wool. Leap the hay bales. Stock up on grass-fed beef and pork and the finest fall vegetables and fruit at the farm stand. Food and beverages available to purchase. Check website if weather is uncertain. OCT 4- Sunday 11am-3pm
$10 per car (Carpool with your neighbors!)

M 10- Family Hike with Conservancy Naturalists. Stroll through the leaves and enjoy the autumn air! The naturalists at the Conservancy know wonderful stories about the land and cool insights into the lives of plants and animals that inhabit it. Bring your family and join an age-appropriate group with a naturalist to walk across the meadows, on woodland paths, and/or around the farmstead. Wear something comfortable and bring a curious spirit. If raining, check website. OCT 10- Saturday 10am FREE

B 17- Belmont Ghost Hike with Betsy McMillion. OCT 17- Saturday 10am FREE

M 30- Flashlight Night Hike: What are Those Sounds? Bring your flashlights, your 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. OCT 30- Friday 7pm FREE


M 14- Spotting Wildlife in Winter- Fall is almost over. Nature has been getting itself ready ahead of time for the cold. Both the plants and the animals are making preparations. Those that make it through the winter need to pack away their food sources, adjust their outer layers to withstand the chill and freezes, and begin to hunker down. But when the leaves are off the trees and bushes, and the snow is on the ground, it’s a GREAT time for us to get outside and see the local wildlife that isn’t hibernating! Expert wildlife spotter and photographer, Frank Marsden, is outside every day, knowing just where to track and find the raccoons, muskrats, foxes, shrews, deer, mink, beaver, waterfowl, eagles and other birds of prey, and songbirds. He will share his beautiful photos and lead us on an easy hike in the Conservancy’s woods, stream borders, and meadows. When the snow comes this year, after hearing his tips and walking with him, you’ll be ready to spot local wildlife in your own back yards and local woods and parks – and you’re welcome to return to the Conservancy to spot these beautiful animals making their living here! Check website in event of inclement weather.
NOV 14- Saturday 10am FREE

M 15- Miracle Pond- w/ award-winning photographer/author Middleton Evans. Join us at Mt. Pleasant to take a journey of discovery…nature at its finest moments, bedazzling with brilliant colors and bold patterns. Patterson Park, celebrated as “Baltimore’s Best Back Yard”, is noted for its vibrant cultural life, but from a habitat standpoint it is rather sparse, except for a small pond area left to grow wild. Over a 15 year period, noted Maryland photographer, Middleton Evans, made over 600 trips to this improbably nature sanctuary, and every day there was at least one surprise awaiting his camera. Rain or shine. NOV 15- Sunday 4pm $5/person; $10/family

M 17- Leonids Meteor Shower: The Leonids Meteor Shower produces an average of up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in l865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30, and peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving fairly dark skies for what could be a good show. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky. Dr. Joel Goodman and Dr. Alex Storrs – both back by popular demand, will bring meteor pieces to examine and high power viewing telescopes to look at planets and moon ; they will explain the meteor shower phenomenon. Bring reclining lawn chair or blanket, water, snack, possibly bug deterrent. Dress for evening temperatures. Please dim headlights if driving in after 10pm. Indoor planetarium set up if weather is cloudy. Check website in the event of rain. NOV 17- Tuesday 10pm-1am FREE

B 21- Geological Forms of Belmont and the Patapsco Valley with Jeff Campbell. NOV 21- Saturday 10am FREE

B 22- Colonial Holiday Celebration: Join us for a Colonial Holiday Celebration at Historic Belmont Manor to benefit the programs of the Howard County Conservancy. The event will be held from 3-6 pm and will include period reenactments, music, food and drink. NOV 22- Sunday 3-6pm $60/person before Nov.16th, $65 after

M 5- Natural Holiday Sale: 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, nature photography items, kids books, finger puppets and much more! All proceeds benefit the Conservancy’s environmental educational programs. Families are welcome! DEC 5- Saturday 10am-3pm FREE

M 13- Geminids Meteor Shower: 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 roughly December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and the morning of the 14th. The crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent show. Best viewing will be after midnight. Dr. Joel Goodman and Dr. Alex Storrs – both back by popular demand, will bring meteor pieces to examine and high power viewing telescopes to look at planets and moon; they will explain the meteor shower phenomenon. Bring reclining lawn chair or blanket, water, snack. Dress for cold evening temperatures. Please dim headlights if driving in after 10pm. Indoor planetarium set up if weather is cloudy. Check website in the event of rain. DEC 13- Sunday 10pm-1am FREE

B 19- CANCELLED Winter Solstice Hike with Carole Veihmeyer. DEC 19- Saturday 10am FREE Due to inclement weather, this program has been cancelled.