Events Calendar

Experience the rich history, and the beautiful natural surroundings of the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area! Participate in family-friendly educational programs, unique festivals, recreational adventures and cultural arts activities. Volunteer for one of our stewardship opportunities to plant trees, remove invasives or help in a stream cleanup. Check back often and follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest happenings to help you engage in the Patapsco as never before!

 

Apr
29
Sat
Herbert Run Cleanup near Ingleside Community in Catonsville
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Herbert Run Cleanup near Ingleside Community in Catonsville

Join Patapsco Heritage Greenway with the Ingleside Community and Westowne Elementary School as we work together to clean up the Herbert Run stream!

Each year volunteers like these help us remove tons of trash from the watershed. This past year, due to the flash flood of July 30th, there is even more debris to remove. Come and join us! Wear long sleeves, long pants, sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated and we’ll provide the tools you need to really make a difference! Spaces are limited so register soon!

Specific meet-up location and directions will be sent 72 hours ahead of the event.

Apr
30
Sun
Weed Warrior Group Leader Certification Training Class (Part I) @ Howard Community College
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Weed Warrior Group Leader Certification Training Class (Part I) @ Howard Community College

Most natural communities support a great variety of native plants and animals. Such biodiversity is threatened when a few plant species take over and dominate the herbaceous, shrub, and canopy layers of a forest. Learn how to identify and remove the exotic invaders threatening our native landscapes. You too can become a weed warrior and lead the charge to restore the local bio-habitats. Along with Patapsco Heritage Greenway, join John McCoy of the Columbia Association and Bob Marietta as they present the two-part Weed Warrior Group Leader certification class. Both parts are required for certification but do not have to be taken in order.

May
3
Wed
PHG Annual Meeting- The Union Army and the Thomas Viaduct @ Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
PHG Annual Meeting- The Union Army and the Thomas Viaduct @ Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Join us for the Patapsco Heritage Greenway 2017 Annual Meeting on May 3. Following a brief business meeting, we will hear from noted speaker Ross Kimmel about:

The Union Army and the Thomas Viaduct

The main railroad linking the North and South crossed the Patapsco River on the Thomas Viaduct. Whoever controlled that route controlled the flow of men and materiel for the Civil War. Union troops were stationed at Relay and in Howard County to protect the bridge. We know how the War turned out, but do you know the stories of the troops on the Patapsco? Ross Kimmel, Civil War expert, author, and retired chief historian for the Maryland Park Service, will talk about what it was like in 1861 -1865 at this key, border-state post.

Admission is free, but reservations are required due to limited seating.

 

May
6
Sat
Benjamin Banneker Rain Garden Workshop and Maintenance @ Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
May 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Benjamin Banneker Rain Garden Workshop and Maintenance @ Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Join us to learn more about how rain gardens work to control stormwater and how to maintain them. In the Spring of 2016, Patapsco Heritage Greenway funded the rain garden at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. PHG hired Lauren’s Garden Service to build the rain garden at this historical site. At this workshop, please come prepared to work in the garden to prepare it for the summer season. We will meet at the garden for an introductory talk and Q & A session on rain gardens and their importance to the environment. Afterwards we will do some weeding, planting, and mulching.

May
7
Sun
Weed Warrior Group Leader Certification Training Class (Part II) @ Howard Community College
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Weed Warrior Group Leader Certification Training Class (Part II) @ Howard Community College

Most natural communities support a great variety of native plants and animals. Such biodiversity is threatened when a few plant species take over and dominate the herbaceous, shrub, and canopy layers of a forest. Learn how to identify and remove the exotic invaders threatening our native landscapes. You too can become a weed warrior and lead the charge to restore the local bio-habitats. With Patapsco Heritage Greenway, join John McCoy of the Columbia Association and Bob Marietta as they present the two-part Weed Warrior Group Leader certification class. Both parts are required for certification but do not have to be taken in order.

May
13
Sat
Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage- Oella
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage- Oella

Oella House and Garden Tour

Join us for a delightful day exploring Oella, and learn about the village that grew up around Banneker and the Ellicotts. Travel by mini-bus and explore 16 sites in Oella including the Banneker Museum, Molly Bannaky House, Mt. Gilboa AME Church, the George Ellicott House, B&O Railroad Museum, Historic Oella Cemetery, Oella Garden and historic mill homes and modern residences. One of three tours offered this year by the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. Adults and teens- $35 per person; More information and tickets available at http://www.mhgp.org/

What’s Cookin’, Mr. Banneker? @ Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
What's Cookin', Mr. Banneker? @ Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

What’s Cookin’, Mr. Banneker?
Hosted by the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. A late spring meal will be prepared in Mr. Banneker’s cabin this afternoon. Drop by, chat with costumed interpreters and witness 18th century cooking techniques at the hearth. All ages, FREE, no registration necessary.

May
20
Sat
FILLED! Garlic Mustard Pull at Charlestown
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
FILLED! Garlic Mustard Pull at Charlestown

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN FILLED! Thank you Charlestown Retirement Community for your help to remove this invasive plant in the Patapsco Valley! We’ll provide gloves and vests and take care of bagging and removing the plants. Don’t forget your hats and sunscreen!

Jun
4
Sun
History of Iron Ore and the Patapsco Valley @ Howard County Library System Miller Branch
Jun 4 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
History of Iron Ore and the Patapsco Valley @ Howard County Library System Miller Branch

Lee Preston, former president of the Upper Patuxent Archaeology Group, President of the Friends of Patapsco Female Institute and instructor at Howard Community College will discuss the Dorsey Family, Avalon Iron Works and the vital Colonial Iron Industry in Elk Ridge as well as the role that the Patapsco Valley played in the production of iron before, during and after the American Revolution and into the 19th century.

Sponsored in partnership with the Patapsco Heritage Area and the Howard County Library System. Tickets are free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Jun
10
Sat
Benjamin Banneker Colonial Market Fair @ Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
Jun 10 – Jun 11 all-day
Benjamin Banneker Colonial Market Fair @ Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Colonial Market Fair
Saturday, June 10 and 11; 10:00-4:00

Travel back in time to life in the eighteenth century and enjoy an interactive visit with costumed crafters, tradesmen, sutlers and musicians. Stop by Mr. Banneker’s cabin, hike his farmstead trails, and learn the story of this amazing African American writer, astronomer, mathematician and surveyor of our nation’s capital. Lots of hands-on activities including colonial crafts and games for the children.
All ages. Event is FREE, $5 per car donation for parking

For more information: www.ColonialMarketFair.com