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Holt Center

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Holt Center
34 Elmont Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21236
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

  • Old Fashioned Egg Roll and Egg Stravaganza: Sunday, March 22, from 12 to 3 p.m. 
    A day of crafts and games for the whole family. Bring an egg to race downhill at 1:30 p.m. Participation is free!
  • Spring Cleanup: Saturday, April 18, from 12 to 2 p.m.
    Meet us at the park to help with light gardening and trail maintenance.

Adult's Corner

Weekend activities for adults only, cost is $2 per project.

  • Acrylics: Sunday, April 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. 
    Work on details when you paint a beautiful bloom in the style of Georgia O'Keefe that fills the entire paper.     
  • Pencil Drawing: Sunday, May 31, from 1 to 2 p.m. 
    Work on your drawing skills when we sit inside and sketch nature through the window.
  • Pastel Faces: Sunday, June 7, from 1 to 2 p.m.
    Learn to draw faces. Bring a mirror and draw your own.

Bonfire and Night Hike

Venture into the park at twilight and learn about nature at night.
Dates: Saturdays, April 25, May 9, and June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Ages: Fun for all ages. Children 11 and under must have an adult.
Cost: Cost is free and snacks are included.

Children's Garden Club

Ages six and up.
Saturdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Pre registration required and covers all five sessions. Participation is free.

  • Plant Seeds In The Greenhouse (April 18)
  • Make Stepping Stones (May 2)
  • Plant The Children's Garden (May 16)
  • Create Planters (May 30)

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: Fridays, 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. 
Cost: $10 per project, with a family discount of three for $25.

  • Coil Mirror or Frame: (April 10 and 24) Coils of clay frame the opening for your reflection or photo. Yours to keep or gift (Mother's Day is coming soon!).
  • Turtle Planter:  (May 8 and 22) This turtle will hold your favorite annual or houseplant.
  • Ladybug: (June 5 and 19) Add a touch of color to your wall or tabletop.

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.
Cost: $2 per project

  • Beaded Easter Eggs: (Thursday, April 2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.) Dye Easter Eggs, then decorate them with shiny, colorful beads.
  • Mosaic (Sunday, April 26, 1 to 2 p.m.) Create a funny clown face with colorful e foam pieces.
  • Batman (Friday, May 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) Make a batman mask and wrist cuffs, also try a batty obstacle course.
  • Flowers (Sunday, May 3, 1 to 2 p.m.) Cut and paste to make pretty spring flowers. Make two, one to decorate the classroom.
  • Metallic Necklace (Sunday, May 17, 1 to 2 p.m.) Make a creative metallic pendant necklace.
  • Ice Cream (Friday, June 19, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.) Make home-made ice cream with science and delicious ingredients.

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

  • Quilled Paper Frog (March 25) – Listen for the spring peepers while you learn the art of paper quilling.
  • Natural Dye Eggs (April 1) Bring some hard boiled eggs and we'll provide natural materials to dye them.
  • CD Reflector (April 8) Placed in your garden, you can send the sun's light swirling around your yard and discourage birds from eating your veggies.
  • Fun With Violets (April 15) Hunt for violets in the park then use them for food and a craft.
  • Soda Can Tab Flower (April 22) Celebrate Earth Day by up cycling soda can tabs. Bring your own if you'd like, but we have lots of them!
  • Soda Can Flowers (April 29) Continue celebrating Earth Day and use the rest of the can. Bring two empty, rinsed and dried aluminum beverage cans.
  • May Flowers (May 6) Make some everlasting flowers for a special someone.
  • Butterfly Applique (May 13) Learn simple beading techniques to decorate a butterfly.
  • Origami Animals (May 20) Get your fingers in shape while folding paper into some awesome animals.
  • Fairy Table and Chairs (May 27) Use natural materials to build furniture for a fairy; bring clip
  • Full Strawberry Moon (June 3) Celebrate this month's full moon by making everlasting strawberries.
  • Mini Nature Journal (June 10) Assemble and decorate a small book to record the wonders of nature.
  • Stepping Stone (June 17) Make a stone for your garden and be prepared to get a bit messy.

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

  • Bear Essentials (March 29) – Learn about the several different species of bears and their habitats as we focus on these fascinating mammals.
  • Earth Day Ambassadors (April 19) Celebrate Earth Day by learning about some of Maryland's most vulnerable creatures, reptiles and amphibians. Meet Holt's resident reptiles and amphibians, learn how to tell the two apart, and learn what humans can do to protect them.
  • Butterfly Adventure (April 26) Discover the world of butterflies and learn how we can help them on their amazing journeys.
  • May Flowers (May 3) Explore Holt Park and examine the blooming garden and the wild flowers. Eat an edible flower and plant some seeds to take home.
  • Are You My Mother? (May 10) Read stories about bird families and examine the different bird nests in both a nature cabin and on a hike. Then make a bejeweled nest necklace for Mom.
  • Habitat Hunt (May 24) Go on a scavenger hunt and explore Holt's forests, meadow and pond.
  • Insect Safari (June 14) Beetles, flies, grasshoppers, and bees, insects are everywhere? Stop by Holt and learn about the different types of insects and then go out on an insect hike!

Nature Explorer Clubs

Each session we'll explore a different wildlife or nature topic through hands-on activities.
Cost: $5 covers all five sessions per club.
Call 410-887-5307 for additional information.

  • Mother Nature and Me: For children ages three to five and their parents, Tuesdays (April 14 and 28; May 12 and 26; June 9) or Wednesdays (April 15 and 29; May 13 and 27; June 10) from 11 a.m. to noon.
  • Tadpoles Nature Club:  (April 15 and 29; May 13 and 27; June 10) Drop off program for children in kindergarten through third grade, Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Junior Naturalists: (April 22; May 6 and 20; June 3 and 17) Drop off program for children in grades four through seven, Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

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. (January 20 through March 31).
Cost: Free

Revised March 26, 2015

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