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Holt Center

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Holt Center
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

  • Art and Nature Adventures: July 27 through 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
    Discover the local environment through active games, art, science, and nature exploration. Cost is $45 per child, ages five to 10. Please bring a lunch.
  • The World of Nature: August 3 through 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Explore nature through stories, games, crafts, and outdoor experiences in the cool of the evening. Cost is $30 per child, ages three to six.
  • Dora the Explorer Picnic: Sunday, August 9, from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
    You can learn a lot through a picnic. Pack a lunch and join us in a world of colors, shapes, flavors, and nature. Then follow a treasure hunt left by Dora. Free.
  • American Girl Kite Adventure: Sunday, August 15, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
    Bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to listen to stories and make a miniature kite.

Adult's Corner

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

  • Beginners Bead Weaving: Saturday, June 28, 3:30 p.m.
    Create earrings or a pendant using the spiral stitch. Free.
  • Resin Crafting: Sunday, August 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Learn techniques for creating beads, specimens, and accent pieces with resin. Cost is $2 per person.
  • Impressionism: Friday, August 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Use wonderful pastel colors to create a soft impressionistic piece. Try to channel the great turn-of-the-century artists like Monet.

Bonfire and Night Hike

Venture into the park at twilight and learn about nature at night.
Date: Saturday, August 11, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
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. The first date listed you create a project, the next date you add the color.
Dates: Friday, July 10 and July 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ages: Projects are geared to all ages and levels of experience. Children 11 and under must have an adult accompany them. 
Cost: $10 per project.

  • Underwater Sculpture: create an underwater scene of color and texture.

Family Fun

A fun weekend craft program for the entire family to enjoy.
Ages: Fun for all ages. Children eight and under must have an adult accompany them.
Cost: $2 per project

  • Calypso Beads: Sunday, June 21, from 1 to 2 p.m. String solid wooden beads with colorful accents to create a summer fun necklace.
  • Leather Burning: Sunday, June 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. Discover the art of pyrography, use a heated metal tool to design a coaster, hair accessory, pendant, or bookmark.
  • Colored Pencils: Sunday, July 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. Use colored pencils to sketch a wonderfully colored summer bouquet.
  • Beach Belt: Sunday, August 2, from 1 to 2 p.m. Braid and decorate totally waterproof belts to accent your bathing suit or cover-up.

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

  • Rustic Basket (July 8) Gather some vines form the park and weave them into a basket.
  • Summer Bandanna (July 15) Use natural materials to decorate a bandanna.
  • Macramé Snowflake (July 22) Keep cool in the heat, this snowflake won't melt.
  • Shell Angel (July 29) Create an angel with treasures form the beach.
  • Flower Accent Pillow (August 5) This easy-to-sew pillow will brighten any room.
  • Beach Frame (August 12) Bring some of your own shells or use ours to decorate a frame to hold one of your favorite beach memories.

Nature Discovery Programs

Join a naturalist to explore the park and discover the many interesting things nature has to offer.
Dates: Sundays 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

  • Treasure Hunt Trail Quiz: (July 19) 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!
  • Water, Water Everywhere: (August 2) A varied program that covers water sources, the water cycle, and conservation.
  • Sun Secrets: (August 16) Participate in activities to test the power of the sun, and then enjoy S'mores made in a solar oven.

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 Sundays, July 12 and August 9, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Revised July 7, 2015

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