Volunteer spotlight: Marti Ellerbrock

Volunteer spotlight: Marti Ellerbrock

When spring arrives, Marti Ellerbrock prepares for field trip season by putting on her sturdy shoes, raincoat and enthusiastic smile. No matter the weather, Ellerbrock cheerfully leads giggling groups of elementary and secondary students on hikes through our grounds....
Spotted at the Conservancy: Shy cosmet moth

Spotted at the Conservancy: Shy cosmet moth

Dave Webb of the Maryland Biodiversity Project found this shy cosmet moth caterpillar in the seedhead of a cattail. Over the winter, the caterpillar eats the cattail seeds, shelters in the plant and is protected from predators in its soft, cozy home. When June...
Seeking preschool space

Seeking preschool space

The Conservancy’s Nature Preschool is flying high as a kite. The county government gave us a grant to find a location where we can expand our preschool, since we have more than 100 families on the waiting list for our nature-based early childhood education....
Volunteer spotlight: Interns

Volunteer spotlight: Interns

Maryland First Lady Dawn Moore (center) thinks the Conservancy interns are something special and we agree! Many of the high school interns are Youth Climate Institute ambassadors. They are, left to right, Connor (Glenelg), Isa (Marriotts Ridge), Abby (Long Reach),...
Spotted at the Conservancy: Black rat snake

Spotted at the Conservancy: Black rat snake

Spotted at the Conservancy: Yi-Ying Lee spotted this Eastern black rat snake and snapped a picture for the Conservancy’s photo contest. During cold weather, these snakes brumate, a sort of hibernation light, in which they’re mostly asleep, but wake for...