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Holt Center

An image of Holt Park.

34 Elmont Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21206

Phone: 410-887-5307


Nestled in the heart of the Overlea Fullerton Community is the Holt Center, donated to Baltimore County by Lillian Holt in 1976. The park offers nature trails and a variety of art and nature programs for the family. Make time to join us and join in on the fun. All programs require registration.     

Special Events

Spring Cleanup
Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free
Meet us at the park to help with light gardening and trail maintenance.

Open Nature Cabin

Join us in our nature cabin for free, fun activities including animal feeding, nature games, and crafts, Mystery Animal Day, and more.
Dates: The nature cabin is open every Tuesday afternoon, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (April 14 through June 4), and Sundays 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (April 17, May 1 and June 12.)
Cost is free.

Adult's Corner

  • Papier Mache Bird: Saturday, April 9, 3 p.m. $2 per project. Make a sophisticated multi-dimensional ornament.
  • Sketching Al Fresco: Saturday, April 30, 3 p.m. $2 per project. Walk the park to find the perfect setting for an outdoor sketch.
  • Pastels: Saturday, Mary 14, 3:00 p.m. $2 per project. Create a beautiful still life while learning the techniques of pastels.
  • Chocolate Tasting: Saturday, May 28, 3 p.m. $2 per project. A deliciously fun afternoon learning which flavors of chocolate suit you best.
  • Perspective: Saturday, June 18, 3 p.m. $2 per project. Create an interesting cityscape. Learn to use a vanishing point to add depth to your art.

Creative Clay

Projects are geared to all ages and levels of experience. The first date listed create your project, the next add color.

Dates: Fridays 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 per project

Pinch Pot Wind Chimes
April 8 and April 22
Catch summer breezes with these wind chimes.

Pressed Flower Tiles
May 6 and May 20
Make some lasting impressions on your favorite springtime blossoms.

Butterfly Decoration
June 10 and June 24
Add a flutter of color and texture to any wall.

Natural World of Art

Discover the connection between art and nature using a variety of materials and techniques.
Dates: Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ages: Projects are designed to bring out the inner artist in people of all ages. 
Cost: $2 per project

  • Eggshell Mosaic: April 6
    Don't throw away those beautifully colored Easter egg shells!  Bring them in and we will give them a second chance to shine.
  • Upcycled Notecards: April 13
    Take home a set of cards and envelopes - all from recycled material.
  • Insects: April 20
    A bright idea for Upcycling - Turn an old light bulb into a new insect.
  • Upcycled Vase: April 27
    Create something new to hold fresh spring flowers.
  • Shoe Garden: May 11
    Bring in an old shoe and we will paint it and get it ready for planting.
  • Macramé Dragonfly: May 18
    A couple of beads and a few square knots...I promise it will knot be too hard.
  • Fanciful Bird: May 25
    Your imagination may soar as you paint and embellish, but this bird will stay put.
  • Quilled Butterfly: June 1
    Get your fingers ready to create a delicate butterfly
  • Flower Accent Pillow: June 8
    An easy-to-sew pillow to keep a flower blooming in your home all year long.
  • Braid and Weave with Stems: June 15
    Nature's long stems are not all weeds – turn some into works of art.

Nature Discovery Programs

Discover the many interesting things nature has to offer.
Sundays, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

  • April Showers: April 10
    Learn about rain, clouds and the water cycle and then hike outside to observe the weather.
  • Reptiles and Amphibians: April 24
    Meet Holt's resident reptiles and amphibians and learn how to tell the two groups apart. We will go on a short hike to see if we find any of these herps.
  • Pollination Power: May 8
    Hunt for pollinators in our gardens and dissect a flower to examine its parts.
  • Treasure Hint Quiz Trail: May 15
    Answer questions, solve puzzles, and collect natural items while exploring Holt Park. There is a reward at the end for those who finish the quiz trail.
  • Build a Bird's Nest: May 22
    Examine the different bird nests in both the nature cabin and on a hike, then build your own crafty nest.
  • Critter Talk: June 5
    Come meet some of the inhabitants of your wild back yard.
  • Tree Talk: June 19
    Learn how to identify trees, name different tree parts and find out how trees benefit us and the environment.

Family Fun

Fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Dates: Sundays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $2 per person

  • Sunshine: April 17
    Make a smiling magnetic sun wall hanging.
  • Container Gardens: April 24
    Design a beautiful miniature herb garden to take home.
  • May Day: May 1
    Try traditional English activities like May day baskets and a maypole.
  • Family Fun: May 8
    Draw the faces of everyone in your family.
  • Whimsical Wind Chimes: May 22
    Use recycled and natural materials to make chimes to catch the garden breeze.
  • Ice Cream: June 12
    Make home-made ice cream with science and delicious ingredients.

Drop-In Gardening

Saturdays: April 2, April 23, May 14, June 4 and June 25
Mondays: April 11, May 2, May 23, June 13
10 to 11 a.m.
Visit the park to dig up some fun. You don't even have to have a green thumb. Help plant a children's garden and make crafts to take home. No registration necessary.

Nature Explorer Clubs

Call to enquire.


Revised April 12, 2016        

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