Home Ground Allegany County Maryland

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Hike Your Homeground: Green Ridge State Forest, Pine Lick Trail

Posted on April 17th, 2014

Green RidgeJoin Home Ground and Get Out and Play Outfitters for the next installment of Hike Your Homeground, a series of hikes in Allegany County. On Saturday, April 26 we’re heading to Green Ridge State Forest to hike Pine Lick Trail. This hike will be led by Home Ground board member, Mike Deckelbaum. Hikers will meet at 12pm at the trailhead/parking area on Fifteen Mile Creek Road (From the west – take I-68 to exit 62, go left onto Rt. 40 east, go left onto Fifteen Mile Creek Rd. Follow to Carpenter Road and park along Fifteen Mile Creek Road near intersection with Carpenter). Get Out and Play Outfitters will shuttle hikers to another trailhead to hike 2.5 miles back to the parking area.  Bring water and snacks, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather in layers. The hike is not the entire Pine Lick Trail.

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Hike Your Homeground: Paw Paw Tunnel

Posted on April 11th, 2014

Paw Paw TunnelHome Ground is teaming up with Get Out and Play Outfitters for Hike Your Homeground, a series of hikes on a few of the many scenic trails western Maryland has to offer. Each hike will be led by a representative of Home Ground or Get Out and Play Outfitters, starting with the Paw Paw Tunnel on Saturday, April 19. Participants are asked to meet at 12pm at the corresponding C&O Canal Tow Path access site. For directions, please see link below.  This is not a difficult hike, and will last approximately two hours. Bring at least 32oz. of water.

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Gardening Your Homeground

Posted on March 26th, 2014

 It is time to shake off the winter frost and gear up for the 2014 growing season! Come to “Gardening Your Homeground” on Saturday, April 5 from 9am – 12pm at Allegany College of Maryland in the Science building, room  S-25, for an opportunity to learn from the region’s finest!

This half day workshop will provide you with useful information on a variety of topics that will help make your 2014 gardening season bloom! Come out and learn from your local Allegany County Master Gardeners tips and techniques that will make your garden more productive in the upcoming year.

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Black Bear Basics: Biology and Management

Posted on March 15th, 2014

Want to learn more about black bears in western Maryland? Here is your opportunity!

On Thursday, April 10th at 7 pm at Frostburg State University in Compton Female Black BearScience Center, Room 226, Harry Spiker, Maryland’s lead Black Bear Biologist, will present an engaging introduction to black bear biology and management in western Maryland.

The black bear is Maryland’s largest and most charismatic wildlife species. Once common throughout the state, today the black bear is most common in the westernmost regions of the state.  This program will provide an overview of the biology and behavior of the black bear and information on the history of Maryland’s Black Bear Management Program.

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First Day Hike with Home Ground

Posted on December 23rd, 2013

Father Winter

Suggested (but optional) attire for First Day Hikes

The Swedes say, “Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder” or “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.”   At Home Ground, we agree — winter weather is no reason to stay indoors, especially when there is so much beauty right here in our own backyards!

Join us to kick off 2014 with a First Day Hike.  On January 1, dress for the weather (whatever that turns out to be), gather up your family and friends and join your fellow Home Ground supporters in the joyful and rejuvenating act of hiking.

Home Ground’s own Mary Huebner will offer an informal guided hike on the C&O Canal right here in Cumberland, and the Maryland Park Service is offering guided hikes at parks all across the state including Rocky Gap, New Germany, and Herrington Manor.    Read on for details.

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Annual Membership Banquet

Posted on September 14th, 2013

Please join us for Home Ground’s 2nd Annual Membership Banquet!

Stephen Keller Keynote Speaker

Stephen Keller Keynote Speaker

The evening includes dinner (and dessert) by the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, another fantastic silent auction, and a keynote address “Restoring Hope to Our Forests.”  This  memorable evening will celebrates Home Ground’s accomplishments of the past year, and looks toward the future.

When:  Thursday, October 17,  5:30 – 8:30 pm

Where:  Flintstone Fire Hall, Flintstone MD

Reservations Required — register online here 

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3rd Annual Discover Allegany Outdoors

Posted on August 30th, 2013

Scales and Tails at Rocky Gap State Park -- Discover Allegany Outdoors 2011

Scales and Tails at Rocky Gap State Park — Discover Allegany Outdoors 2011

What will you find at Discover Allegany Outdoors?

Home Ground’s annual nature and outdoor recreation festival is the perfect place to discover something new in the outdoors.  With activities, demonstrations, and exhibits for families and kids of all ages, Discover Allegany Outdoors will connect you with the adventure and beauty that is all around us right here in western Maryland.

When:  September 14, 12:00 noon – 4:30 pm

Where:  Rocky Gap State Park, Mountain View Pavilion

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Evitts Creek Stream Safari

Posted on August 9th, 2013


What will you find in the streams of Allegany County?

Have your kids gotten their feet wet this summer?  School starts soon, but it’s not too late for one more outdoor adventure.  Join Home Ground on Monday, August 19 on the Allegany College of Maryland campus from 5:30 – 7:30 pm to discover the hidden life of Evitts Creek.

This fun and informative workshop will be led by husband and wife team Tom and Carolyn Mathews.  Their collective experience as wildlife biologist, life-long fisherman, naturalist, interpreter and parents is sure to make this a great evening for families and the general public alike.

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Gardening Open House at Evergreen Heritage Center

Posted on May 23rd, 2013

P1000463It’s that time of year and our community’s gardens are in full bloom. Home Ground is pleased to join Evergreen Heritage Center in Mount Savage for a Gardening Open House on June 1 from 1-4pm. This event will feature EHC’s new 2100 sq. ft. Heritage Hoop House (greenhouse), “how-to” presentations and other fun activities.

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