Home Ground Allegany County Maryland

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Evitt’s Creek Stream Safari

Posted on July 28th, 2015

It’s time for another summertime stream safari! Come out and help us discover and identify aquatic life in Evitt’s Creek.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Crawford

Photo courtesy of Michelle Crawford

Join Tom and Carolyn Mathews, as well as other Home Ground members, as they explore a section of the creek that flows past Allegany College of Maryland. They will be looking for minnows, crayfish, and insect larva, as well as learning about the values of stream-side forests for soil conservation, water quality, and wildlife habitats. Family members should wear clothes and shoes suitable for wading in water approximately 12” deep and should be aware that the stream bank access to the creek may be muddy. Conditions in the creek may include a slow current and slippery rocks. This is an introductory learning experience for all ages. Children must be accompanied on the entire adventure by an adult.

The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at Allegany College of Maryland. Participants should meet at the pavilion next to the walking track near the ponds. Participants will walk as a group from there to the creek. For directions click here and enter this address: 12401 Willowbrook Road, Cumberland, MD 21502

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Moonlight Walk on the Great Allegheny Passage

Posted on May 22nd, 2015

It’s time to join Home Ground for another enjoyable moonlight walk! On Tuesday, June 2nd, Margie Hartman and Mary Huebner will lead Home Ground members and others on a moonlight walk along a portion of the Great Allegheny Passage. Do not miss this opportunity to view a beautiful night sky!

When: Tuesday, June 2nd, at 7:45 p.m.C&O walk

Where: Meet at the  GAP trail parking lot on Cash Valley Rd.

For more information contact Margie Hartman at mhartman7175@atlanticbb.net or call 301-777-7175.

Participants are encouraged to wear durable footwear, weather-appropriate clothing, and to bring a flashlight. The walk will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

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Welcome the Wildflowers

Posted on April 26th, 2015

As the old adage goes, April showers bring May flowers. How true it is!

Join Jim Howell, professor of biology at ACM, as he leads a refreshing spring wildflower walk. The event will be held Saturday, May 2nd at Allegany College of Maryland from 10am-12pm.

Virginia Bluebells courtesy of Mark Eanes

Virginia Bluebells courtesy of Mark Eanes

Jim will lead participants on a guided tour of the Arboretum and surrounding area to see beautiful wildflowers and native wildlife, as well as their habitats. Home Ground encourages participants to dress accordingly for outdoor activities. This includes appropriate footwear, rain gear, insect repellent, and bottled water. Please meet at the Allegany College of Maryland pavilion area. For further information please contact Jim Howell at 301-724-4485.


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Campground Sing-Along

Posted on March 20th, 2015

 It has been a long winter but spring is finally upon us! Come out and join other Home Ground folks as we enjoy a relaxing, campfire-lit spring evening along the Potomac River. If we are lucky, we may be entertained by the spring sounds of nature like singing woodcocks, barred owls, spring peepers, and more.


Spring Gap camping area. Photo courtesy of Tom Mathews

The event is free and will include live guitar music and story-telling. Home Ground will be providing hot dogs, marshmallows, and s’mores.  Please bring your own beverages and chairs.  Come out and welcome spring with friends and family!

Parking is limited, so please carpool as much as possible. RSVP no later than March 26th by contacting Tom Mathews via phone at 301-707-3475 or by email at tommathews@atlanticbb.net.

Date:  Saturday March 28, 2015

Time:  6:30 PM till 8:30 PM

Location:  C & O Canal National Historic Park, Spring Gap Camping Area


Follow Route 51 south from Cumberland for approximately 5 miles. Entrance to the camping area will be on your right.  If you get to the Spring Gap Post Office you have gone too far.  As soon as you enter the National Park Service property take the first left into the camping area.  We will be located at the “Group Site” at the very end of the camping loop.

Listening to Nature: Bird Sounds

Posted on February 21st, 2015

Listening is KEY in our natural world and it is a skill that we often overlook when we go outdoors. As Irish author Robert Lynd said, “In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” Join Home Ground members Mary Huebner and Margie Hartman as they lead an evening of fun and learning for the entire family.


The evening will include poetry reading, singing, and playing a Native American drum. Join us as we learn about the art of listening to nature!

  • Date:  Wednesday, February 25thwhite owl
  • Time:  6:00 pm
  • Where:  LaVale library





The event will be cancelled if the library is closed. For more information, contact 301-876-7545 or visit us on Facebook

Moonlight Walk on the C&O

Posted on January 31st, 2015

Join Home Ground for a Moonlight Walk!  On Tuesday evening, Feb. 3, join your fellow Home Ground members and supporters for an evening Moonlight Walk!  There is no reason to stay home, when there is so much beauty right here in our back yards!   Home Ground’s Margie Hartman will offer an informal guided hike on the C & O Canal.C&O walk

WHEN: Tuesday, February 3rd, 6:30pm

WHERE: Meet at the Mule Statute in front of the Western Maryland Train Station in Cumberland

WHO: The walk will be led by Home Ground members Margie Hartman & Mary Huebner

MORE INFO: Call 301-777-7175

Annual Membership Banquet

Posted on October 18th, 2014

Please join us for Home Ground’s 4th annual membership banquet!

The evening includes dinner (and dessert) provided by the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, a silent auction, and a keynote speech.


When:  Thursday, November 6th 2014,  5:30 – 8:30 pm

Where:  Flintstone Fire Hall, Flintstone MD

Reservations Required — register online here

Reservations requested by October 24th.  To make a reservation by mail (payment by check), please download and print this form. For more information or if you need to make a reservation by phone, please email info@homegroundallco.org or call 301-707-3475.


Silent Auction.  Items to be auctioned include guided fishing trips, original artwork and nature photograph, homemade and local food stuffs, and one uniquely crafted bird-feeder by artist John Chirtea. Proceeds support Home Ground’s nature and outdoor recreation programs.


Keynote.  Home Ground members and guests will hear an education and engaging speech by Dr. Tom Sefrass, “River Otters: Ambassadors for Aquatic Conservation.” “Flagships”  are popular, charismatic species that attract attention to large-scale conservation issues. This presentation will explore the potential of the playful, charismatic river otter as a flagship for promoting conservation of North America’s aquatic ecosystems.

Hawk Watch Weekend in Allegany County

Posted on October 8th, 2014

     Grab your binoculars and gear up for an enjoyable weekend hawk watch! Join Home Ground, in association with the Allegany and Garrett Counties’ Bird Club, as we look for hawks, eagles, and other birds migrating through the area during the Autumn season! We will visit the Town Hill Overlook on Saturday, October 11th(this watch has been cancelled), and Banner’s Overlook in Green Ridge State Forest onSunday, October 12th from 10am-1pm.
    Mary Huebner, President of Allegany and Garrett Counties’ Bird Club, will lead participants in an exciting and engaging hawk watch weekend across the hills of Allegany County. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring binoculars, if possible.  A lunch or snack are recommended along with a drink. No RSVP required; the event will be cancelled for inclement weather. For more information contact Mary Huebner by calling 301-876-7545 or at marybrd22@gmail.com.

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Discover Allegany Outdoors

Posted on September 11th, 2014

Allegany County, come out and discover the magic in your own backyard.The change from summer to fall brings more than just cooler weather and vibrant colors to the region; it also brings the 4th Annual Discover Allegany Outdoors.

canoes Home Ground, in collaboration with various local organization, invites one and all to discover Nature in the Fall. This free, public event will be held Saturday, September 27th, 2014 from 12:00-4:30pm at Rocky Gap State Park’s  Hawk Nest Concession Building. The event will highlight various outdoor activities that are available in the area. Guides will focus on the seasonal changes that occur in our environment. 

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Evitt’s Creek Stream Safari

Posted on July 29th, 2014

evitts creekSummer is quickly coming to a close but there is still time to get out and enjoy one of your homeground’s most interesting waterways! Bring family and friends out to discover and identify aquatic life in Evitt’s Creek!

   Join Tom and Carolyn Mathews on Thursday, August 7th from 6:30-8pm as they explore a section of the creek that flows past Allegany College. You will discover some of the stream’s various inhabitants and learn about the values of stream-side forests for soil conservation, water quality, and wildlife habitats. Participants should wear clothes and shoes suitable for wading in water approximately 12” deep and should be aware that the stream bank access to the creek may be muddy. Conditions in the creek may include a slow current and slippery rocks.  This is an introductory learning experience for all ages.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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