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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

  • Frozen Camp and Pizza Party: Monday, January 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
    Since school is out, discover the world of Anna and Elsa. Make everlasting snowmen, experiment with the science of winter, and celebrate with pizza and a movie. Cost is $10.
  • Jewelry Workshop: Saturday, January 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. 
    Craft jewelry using beading, wire filigree, baked clay and macramé. Cost is $3.
  • Valentine's Day Party: Saturday, February 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. 
    A fun drop-off program for ages five and up. Spend the evening playing games, making crafts and going on a Valentine’s Day hike. Cost is $5.
  • School's Out Adventure Camp: Monday, February 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
    Ready to explore the park, participate in scavenger hunts and challenge your wits in nature? We will have hot dogs and fruit for lunch. If the weather is good, we will have a campfire. Cost is $10.

Adult's Corner

Weekend activities for adults only.

  • Watercolor Snowscape: Saturday, February 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
    Create a beautiful snowy landscape then add a sparkling blizzard. Cost is $2.            
  • Sign Language: Sunday, March 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
    Add an interesting new skill to your resume. Participation is free.

Bonfire and Night Hike

Venture into the park at twilight and learn about nature at night.
Dates: Saturdays, January 31, February 28, and March 28, at 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Fun for all ages. Children 11 and under must have an adult.
Cost: Cost is free and snacks are included.

Creative Clay

Creating with clay is both relaxing and rewarding. The first date listed you create your 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.

  • Owl – (February 6 and 20) Use a pinch pot technique to form this creature of the night.
  • Textured Basket – (March 6 and 20) Choose from a variety of fabrics to make an impression on a springtime basket.

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

  • Mosaic – (Sunday, January 25, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.). Make a fun mosaic face picture.
  • Valentine Enchantment – (Sunday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.) Print beautifully colored matching cards and envelopes.
  • Candles – (Sunday, February 22, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.) Crochet your own candle wick and add it to a Crisco candle.
  • Celestial Bear – (Saturday, March 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m.) Hear a Native American tale about bears while locating constellations on a star map.
  • Family Game Night ­– (Friday, March 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m.) Relax with your family and friends with board games, popcorn, music and minute-to-win-it games.­

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

  • Snowflakes (January 21) – Learn tips and use a variety of papers to make the perfect snowflake.
  • Snowman Bank (January 28) – Recycled materials will help you save for the future.
  • Wintry Landscape (February 4) – Use a variety of painting techniques are used to create a wintry scene.
  • Valentine Bird (February 11) – Simple sewing techniques are used to make a gift for a special someone.
  • CD Reflectors (February 18) – Send the sun’s light swirling around your yard while recycling CD’s.
  • Yarn Painted Sun (February 25) – Create the sun using yarn as your paint.
  • Cloud Pillow (March 4) – Easy to sew, this accent pillow is the perfect for a rest on a cloudy day.
  • Hanging Rainbow (March 11) – Hanging in your window, the twisted wire and glass create a rainbow in any weather.
  • Stone Weaving (March 18) – Practice your weaving skills on this decorative piece – some weaving experience is helpful, but not necessary. 
  • Quilled Paper Frog (March 25) – Listen for the spring peepers while you learn the art of paper quilling.

Nature Discovery Programs

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

  • Winter Survival (January 18) – Explore the incredible ways animals adapt to and survive the winter.
  • Tricky Tracking (February 15) – Become expert trackers and look for animal tracks and other animal signs at the park.
  • A Wintry Tree Home (March 1) – Discover which animals make their home in the trees through games and a nature walk.
  • Shadow Animals (March 15) – In this mix of physics and animal adaptations, learn about shadows and how animals use shadows to their advantage.
  • Bear Essentials (March 29) – Learn about the several different species of bears and their habitats as we focus on these fascinating mammals.

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 this season's dates. 

  • Mother Nature and Me – For ages three to five, Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon,
  • Tadpoles Nature Club  (drop-off program) – For children in kindergarten through third grade, Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Junior Naturalists (drop-off program) – For 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) and Sundays 2 to 4:30 p.m. (January 25, February 8 and 22, March 15).
Cost: Free

Revised January 14, 2015

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