The Howard County Conservancy is a 232-acre countryside venue located in Woodstock, Maryland, just 15 minutes from Columbia and Ellicott City.  With multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces, and 8 ceremony location options, this nature center is available to host a range of celebrations, functions, and occasions.

The Gudelsky Environmental Education Center, at our Mt. Pleasant location, is a 8,700-square-foot facility with a large indoor event room and an expansive outdoor deck.  Featuring a number of eco-friendly elements, this building offers space flooded with natural light, a beautiful oak floor and exposed wooden beams.  The private event room is 2,400-square-foot and can be organized to fit the needs of the group size.  It can seat up to 150 comfortably banquet style, or 200 people theater style/cocktail style. The lower level Classroom/Nature Center can accommodate up to 50 and is available only as an add-on to the Gudelsky room.

View of lower-level nature center stone wall

There are also multiple outdoor areas; such as the covered deck, Honors Garden, Theresa’s Garden and MontJoy Barn.  The Honors Garden hosts four ceremony locations and an abundance of Maryland flora and fauna.  Theresa’s Garden is a peaceful outdoor ceremony location next to our picnic area, and for couples looking for a rustic feel, the exclusive Montjoy Barn is the perfect place to hold romantic ceremonies and capture beautiful wedding photographs.  The Center is available for rental year-round.  The Conservancy’s picnic area is also available for rental.

 

Wedding and Special Event Rentals

General Rental Package Info

Our wedding and special events rental package includes an 8 hour rental (set-up and clean-up needs to happen in this time frame), 3 private areas for you and your guests (reception room, outdoor deck, and the Honors Garden), 8 potential ceremony locations, and the following event supplies:

      • 150 Natural Wood Padded Folding chairs
      • 15 – 5ft round tables (fits 8-10 people around)
      • 8 – 6ft rectangular tables
      • 6 – 36inch dual height cocktail tables (32 or 40inch high)
      • patio set for use on the deck only, which has 6 – 42inch square tables and 24 wicker chairs
      • 7.5ft hexagon wooden arch
Pricing

Peak Season (April – November)

Saturdays:  $5,500
Fridays & Sundays:  $4,800
Monday – Thursday:  $3,800

NonPeak Season (December -March)

Friday – Sunday:  $4,200

Plus a $1,000 refundable security deposit

Timeframe restrictions: Basic package is 8 hours. Additonal hours are $400 per hour. Monday through Saturday starting no earlier than 1pm and ending by midnight, Sundays flexible start time and ending by midnight.

Add-ons

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Explore our panoramic Virtual 360 Tour exploring the interior and extrior locations available for your special event. Created Summer 2020 by Catapult Image.

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Weekday Rentals

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Evergreen Photography Bekah Lindner

General Info

The spacious Guldesky room makes for a professional and engaging location for business meetings and trainings. Fits 150 people with tables & chairs and 250 theater style. Rental supplies inlcude:

  • 20ft retractable projector screen
  • 100 gray metal/plastic chairs
  • 15 – 5ft round tables (fits 8-10 people around)
  • 8 – 6ft rectangular tables
  • 6 – 36inch dual height cocktail tables (32 or 40inch high)
  • Set of patio furniture
  • 150 Natural Wood Padded Folding chairs
  • Adjustable lighting

The lower level Classroom/Nature Center can accommodate up to 50 people and is available only as an add-on to the Gudelsky room. Has an additonal 8 tables and 24 chairs.

Restrictions: Our location has many educational activities happening often, such a field trips and summer camps. When one of these activitiesare happening, the Gudelsky Center is not available for rent. We recommend emailing rentals@howardnature.org or calling 410-465-8877 to ask about day time rental availability. 

Pricing

Year Round (Monday – Thursday)

9am – 3pm:  $200 per hour
After 3pm:  $400 per hour

 

Add-ons

For more information about renting our venue or other questions, email rentals@howardnature.org
or call 410-465-8877.