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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

  • Halloween Weenie Roast: Saturday, October 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. 
    Enjoy roasting hot dogs and playing games around the bonfire. Cost is $5. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required, no exceptions.
  • School's Out: Mad Scientists' Lab Camp: Friday, October 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Discover the amazing world of science through experiments and games. Cost is $10 per child, ages six and up. Please bring a lunch and water bottle.
  • Holt Harvest Day: Sunday, October 25, from noon to 4 p.m.
    Fun fall activities for the whole family. Some activities are free.
  • Volunteer Day: Saturday, November 7, from 1 to 4 p.m.
    Love Holt Park? Join us for light gardening and trail maintenance. Stay to learn more about upcoming events.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting: Saturday, November 28, at 6 p.m.
    Start the holiday season by joining us as we illuminate our beautiful tree.

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., from September 22 through November 17 and on Sundays, 2 to 4:30 p.m., on September 27, October 11 and November 15.
Cost is free.

Adult's Corner

Fine Art classes taught by an artist for ages 16 and up.

  • Embroidery: Saturday, September 26, 2 p.m.
    Learn four new stitches so you can make your own sampler or wearable piece of art. Cost is $2 per project.
  • Line Drawing: Sunday, October 4, at 12:30 p.m.
    Learn how a simple line can create depth, movement, and volume in your art. Cost is $2 per project.
  • Opaque Art: Saturday, November 7, at 4 p.m.
    Learn the techniques applied to acrylics and oil paints. Cost is $2 per project.
  • Christmas Tree Skirt: Friday, December 4, at 6 p.m.
    Make a felt Christmas tree skirt. Cost is $5 per project.

Bonfire and Night Hike

Venture into the park at twilight and learn about nature at night.
Date: Saturday, September 26 and Saturday, November 7.
Fun for all ages. Children 11 and under must have an adult accompany them.
Cost is free and snacks are included. Please bring a water bottle.

Creative Clay

Creating with clay is both relaxing and rewarding. Projects are geared to all ages and levels of experience. Create your project on the first date and add color on the second.

  • Jeans Pocket: September 11 and 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    This wall will look like your old jeans—perfect for holding the dry blossoms and seedpods of fall. Cost is $10.
  • Pinch Pot Jack-o-Lantern: October 9 and 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Create a pumpkin and carve out a face—add your own votive and you'll be ready for Halloween! Cost is $10.
  • Animals: November 6 and 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Based on traditional Native American animal fetishes. Cost is $10.

Family Fun

A fun weekend craft program for the entire family to enjoy. All ages are welcome.

  • Open House and Pumpkin Carving Party: Thursday, October 29, from 4 to 6 p.m.
    Bring a pumpkin and learn how to carve a face. Use our tools and stencils. Play games and taste toasted pumpkin seeds. At 5:45, we will have a contest for prettiest, scariest, and silliest pumpkins. Cost is free.

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

  • Decorative Broom: September 23
    Sweep away the summer and celebrate the first day of fall.
  • Leaf Pillow: September 30
    This easy to sew accent pillow will bring a soft touch of autumn into your home.
  • Gift Bag Printing: October 7
    Get ready to start wrapping your holiday gifts!
  • Pinecone Hedgehog: October 14
    Turn a prickly pinecone into a prickly hedgehog.
  • Shrunken Head!: October 21
    Bring an apple and a vegetable peeler, and your shrunken head will be ready in time for some Halloween fun!
  • Mini Pumpkins: October 28
    Choose a different expression for each of these acorn-turned-pumpkins sitting in a row.
  • String Art Leaf: November 4
    Bring some ear protection as we hammer nails and wind string to create a leaf design.
  • Stick People: November 11
    Use nuts, seeds, and pods of fall to create a stick figure.
  • Seed Flowers: November 18
    Seeds from fall squashes become a flower.
  • Pomander: December 2
    Spice up any room with this holiday tradition.
  • Mini Christmas Tree: December 9
    There's always room for one more tree! A great accent for any holiday table.

Nature Discovery Programs

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

  • Monarch Migration: September 20
    This is the time of year when the monarch butterflies start their annual migration to California and Mexico. Play a migration game and learn about the lifecycles of these fascinating insects!
  • Painted Paperweights: September 27
    Design beautiful art for your desk or to give as a gift.
  • Bugs!: October 4
    Discover Holt Park through the eyes of these tiny creatures. Then, make an edible bug replica.
  • Fall Leaf Drawings: October 11
    Find the perfect leaf, draw it and color it, then add a stem for decorating your home.
  • Autumn Leaves: October 18
    Enjoy a leisurely hike through Holt Park and find out why leaves change color in fall.
  • Backyard Bird Feeder: November 8
    Build a DIY birdfeeder with recycled materials.
  • Poinsettias: November 15
    Create wonderful Christmas ornaments that will last forever.
  • Predator and Prey: November 22
    It's all about survival of the fittest! Find out what makes an animal a predator or prey species and learn all of the adaptations they use to survive.
  • Winter Scavenger Hunt: December 6
    Get outside and explore Holt to look for natural treasures!
  • Walnut Ornaments: December 6
    Decorate colorful, glittering, whimsical Christmas ornaments.

Nature Explorer Programs

Call to enquire.

Revised September 21, 2015

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