Upcoming Events at Holt Park

Pre-registration is required for programs and attendance is limited. Please click the pre-registration link to reserve your spot(s) in an upcoming program. Payment (in the form of cash or check) is accepted when you arrive to sign-in for the program.

Some events, such as festivals and campfires, may list "RSVP" instead of "pre-register." These are outdoor events in which the number of attendants is less limited, but we do appreciate you signing up in advance.

If you can no longer attend, please revisit the signup page or email us to remove yourself from the list, which will allow others to sign up in that spot. If a party no-shows multiple times to programs for which they have pre-registered, they will be prevented from pre-registering for the next season.

🌞 Click here to view Holt's printable Summer fridge calendar.
πŸ‚ Click here to view Holt's printable Fall fridge calendar.


The Natural World of Art
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30pm
For all ages

sketchbookDiscover the connection between art and nature using a variety of materials and techniques. Projects are designed to bring out the inner artist in people of all ages.

September 20: Braided Door Hanger (Pre-register)
It's almost fall - your door will be ready

September 27: Fall Finger Paint Notecards (Pre-register)
Messy fingers make great fall trees!

October 4: Leaf Pillow (Pre-register)
Stitch a leaf to add a touch of fall to any room

October 11: Framed in Leaves (Pre-register)
Print leaves on a mat for the perfect fall photo

October 18: Acorn Toadstools (Pre-register)
It doesn't take much to turn an acorn into a toadstool

October 25: Spooky Tree (Pre-register)
Create a twisted tree to lure the spirits

November 1: Seed Necklace (Pre-register)
String a necklace with seeds of the harvest

November 8: Dream Catcher (Pre-register)
Inspired by Native Americans to capture bad dreams

November 15: Corn Husk Flowers (Pre-register)
Add a rustic touch to your holiday table

December 6: Stick Tree (Pre-register)
Trim and assemble sticks to form your perfect tree.  Bring small ornaments from home to decorate or use some of our adornments from nature

December 13: Pomander (Pre-register)
It’s easy to make this traditional fragrant holiday craft.  Bring a medium size orange and we'll supply the rest.

Creative Clay
Fridays, 6:30 - 8:00pm
$12 per project
For all ages
(Age 8 & under with adult assistance)

potteryCreating with clay is both relaxing and rewarding.  Projects are geared to all ages and levels of experience. On the first day listed, we will create our project. On the second date, we will add color. Join us as we roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty! 

September 8 & 22: Fall Tree Relief (Pre-register)
A framed tree is the picture of fall

October 6 & 20: Cat Votive (Pre-register)
Your cat's glowing eyes will keep watch in the night

November 3 & 17: Whimsical Holiday Tree (Pre-register)
Coil a tree to get the holidays rolling


World Travelers: Invasive Species Hike
Thursday, September 21, 4:00 - 5:00pm

For ages 5+
european starlingThe Spotted Lanternfly isn't the only "invasive" creature swarming to a neighborhood near you! Come learn about the many introduced species in Maryland, how they got here, and how they affect our local environment. Then, go on a walk through our paved trail to see how many you can spot! (In English and Spanish.)

Holt Park Public Input Meeting
Wednesday, September 27, 6:30pm

baltimore county emblem

Learn about future plans for Holt Park and share your input.

Elmwood Elementary School Recreation Center (Gymnasium)
531 Dale Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21206

For more information, contact recparks@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Halloween Fairy Houses
Saturday, October 7, 1:00 - 3:00pm

$5 per project
For all ages

little haunted house

Fairies like Halloween too! Learn about these mythical creatures and gather materials in our fields and forest to make the perfect haunted house for your fairy garden.

Birch Trees Paint Night
Friday, October 13, 6:00 - 8:00pm

For adults

birch tree

Relax with drinks and refreshments while you paint a serene birch tree forest in autumn. All materials are included in this guided painting program. This program is for adults.

Sunday, October 22, 12:00 - 4:00pm

Free Entry!
For all ages!

scarecrow in corn

Our annual festival with seasonal crafts, games, refreshments, and activities throughout the afternoon. Parking and entry to the festival are free, while some activities require the purchase of tickets. (We request you bring cash.) For all ages!

Holt Haunted Hike
Saturday, October 28, 6:00 - 8:30pm

$5 per family
For all ages


ghost trick or treater

Walk our paved trail to search for tricks and treats, and find out if there really are ghosts in the park. Costumes are welcome, and we recommend you bring a small treat container, too!

Hikes leaving at 6:00, 7:00, & 7:45. We recommend the earliest hike for young children, as it will not be dark outside.

B.Y.O. Pumpkin Carving Workshop
Sunday, October 29, 1:00 - 4:30pm

For all ages


Come for the fall fun and leave the mess to us! You provide the pumpkin, we'll provide the tools and expertise. (Free for all ages.) (In English & Spanish.)

Fall Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, November 12, 2:00 - 3:00pm

For all ages

beech leaf

Enjoy the crisp fall weather as you look for signs of the season in this scavenger hunt! (In Spanish and English.)

Falling Behind Hike
Sunday, November 26, 1:00 - 2:00pm

$12 per project
For ages 12+


After the leaves have fallen off the trees and the birds have migrated south, there is still plenty of nature to see! Learn which animals migrate, hibernate, and stay active and test your knowledge on a hike through the park. (Free, for ages 5+) (In Spanish and English.)



Recurring Programs

Preschool Nature (Fall 2023)
Wednesdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm
September 6 - November 8
$5 per family
For ages 6 and under
No pre-registration required

bug watching kidJoin us on Wednesday mornings to explore a new nature topic with crafts, games, music, live animals, or other fun activities. Please dress for the weather, we will be outdoors whenever possible!

This program is newly bilingual! In English and Spanish.

Here are our planned topics for Fall 2023:

πŸŒ™ September 6: The Moon
🐌 September 13: Slimy Animals
🐊 September 20: Tales of Tails
πŸ”Ž September 27: Undercover Animals
πŸ„ October 4: Mushrooms

🐹 October 11: Sneaky Squirrels
πŸ•· October 18: Spiders
🦴 October 25: All About Bones
πŸ’€ November 1: Dia de los Muertos
🍁 November 8: Leaf Man
Open Nature Cabin
Saturdays, 12:00 - 3:00pm
For all ages
No pre-registration required

nature jarVisit Holt's historic Nature Cabin to see our live animals on exhibit, and enjoy a simple nature craft. No pre-registration is required for these drop-in times, but space inside the cabin is limited.


Garden Club Days
Thursdays, First Saturdays, and Last Sundays
For all ages
No pre-registration required

watering can

First Saturday of each month: Garden Club, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Help plant and maintain Holt's flower gardens. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and bring water with you!

Last Sunday of each month: Trailblazer Team, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Walk Holt's trail to trim back and remove overgrown plants. Wear hiking shoes and clothes and bring water with you! Bring your own gloves and tools, or borrow Holt's.


Childcare Disclaimer: These programs are designed to provide a healthy and enjoyable leisure experience for you or your child. However, this is not a licensed child care program and is not designed to provide child care. Therefore, parents are encouraged to discuss attendance expectations with their children. Department staff cannot detain youth wishing to leave at any time.

Accommodations: Should you require special accommodations (American sign language interpreter, large print, etc.) please give us as much notice as possible by calling the Therapeutic Office at 410-887-5370. TTY users call via Maryland Relay 711.

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