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Howard County Conservancy

The Howard County Con­ser­vancy is a local, non-profit envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion cen­ter and land trust. The Con­ser­vancy was founded by a group of local cit­i­zens in 1990. Our mis­sion is to edu­cate chil­dren and adults about the nat­ural world, pre­serve the land and its legacy and model respon­si­ble stew­ard­ship of the envi­ron­ment. The Con­ser­vancy pro­vides envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion pro­grams at two loca­tions – our home base at Mt. Pleas­ant Farm in Wood­stock and at Howard County’s Bel­mont Manor and His­toric Park in Elkridge.


  • Envi­ron­men­tal Edu­ca­tion — The Con­ser­vancy has a county-wide part­ner­ship with the Howard County Pub­lic School Sys­tem (since 2003) and pro­vides envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion field trips for over 8,500 stu­dents per year. The Con­ser­vancy also hosts groups for ser­vice learn­ing, scout activ­i­ties, sum­mer camps and more.
  • Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­grams — The Con­ser­vancy offers dozens of year-round edu­ca­tional pro­grams for adults and chil­dren, hosts spe­cial events, pro­vides numer­ous vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties and edu­cates Howard County res­i­dents about land con­ser­va­tion. Dur­ing 2013, over 3,200 attended these events.
  • Con­ser­va­tion Ease­ments — The Con­ser­vancy pro­tects open space and agri­cul­tural resources of Howard County by acquir­ing land through gift or through donated con­ser­va­tion ease­ments. Cur­rently, the Con­ser­vancy holds ease­ments on 1,600 acres around the county includ­ing six his­toric homes.
  • Trails and Gar­dens — The Con­ser­vancy main­tains just over four miles of hik­ing trails at Mt Pleas­ant and many gar­dens includ­ing a native plant memo­r­ial gar­den and a com­mu­nity garden.

Please check the web­site for the lat­est infor­ma­tion on activ­i­ties www.hcconservancy.org


Vol­un­teers are the back­bone of the Howard County Con­ser­vancy. Hun­dreds of vol­un­teers help every year. Below are some of the vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties at the Con­ser­vancy. Please check the web­site also. http://www.hcconservancy.org/volunteer.html

  • Hike Lead­ers — lead nature walks for kinder­garten through twelfth grade stu­dents dur­ing fall and spring field trip sea­sons. We pro­vide four train­ing ses­sions, one morn­ing a week in March and Sep­tem­ber. It is hoped vol­un­teers would lead five nature walks a year (we appre­ci­ate more!). A love of nature and work­ing with chil­dren is all that’s required – we teach you the rest!
  • Drop-in Gar­den­ing and Habi­tat Restora­tion — oppor­tu­ni­ties include drop in gar­den­ing on Wednes­day morn­ings (all lev­els of expe­ri­ence wel­come!) and habi­tat restora­tion work­groups on Thurs­day after­noons and occa­sional Sat­ur­days. Please call or check our web­site for a com­plete schedule.
  • Office Vol­un­teers/Greeters — Vol­un­teers or “Greeters” help answer phones, greet vis­i­tors to the Gudel­sky Cen­ter, and assist with other cler­i­cal duties.
  • Event Vol­un­teers — are needed to help with spe­cial events at the Con­ser­vancy. We need help to set-up, clean up, staff the wel­come tables, assist with refresh­ments and all the other needs of a pub­lic event.





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