Summer 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.
Home Ground presents a free guided driving tour of Green Ridge State Forest.
Chances are you’ve driven by Green Ridge State Forest dozens of times, as you pass through eastern Allegany County on I-68. But how often do you get off the highway to explore the back roads and scenic vistas that make Green Ridge a beloved destination for folks from across our region? If you’ve never visited Green Ridge, or if you’d like to get more familiar with this western Maryland gem, this free driving tour is calling your name!
Date: Saturday July 19
Time: 10:00 – 2:00
Where: meet at Green Ridge State Forest Headquarters, 28700 Headquarters Dr, NE, Flintstone, MD (Exit 64 off I-68)
Join Homeground on Saturday, May 17th for a relaxing and educational hayride tour of Allegany County’s own Leaning Pines Farm, nestled in the rolling hills outside Mt. Savage, MD. Owner and guide Gene Paul will share a history of the Leaning Pines Farm as well as a description of the farm’s unique soil and water conservation system. Leaning Pines Farm, the first farm in the county to implement and sustain a comprehensive soil conservation plan, and has been farmed by three generations of family members.
The event will begin at 10am and last approximately 2 hours, rain or shine. Hayride participants should dress comfortably for outside, morning weather and are encouraged to bring clothing provisions for inclement weather. Participants of all ages are welcome, so bring the entire family out for a great Saturday morning hayride.
Leaning Pine Farm, 14611 Mile Lane, Mount Savage, MD. Coming to Mount Savage from LaVale on Route 36, turn sharp right at the new Post Office onto New School Road (note the road sign is on the left side of rt 36 but you will turn right). Go past the school, when the road name changes to Mile Lane, and stay to the right as the road forks. The farm is about 1.8-1.9 miles beyond the school. You will see 2 barns, with the name of the barn on the second barn. The driveway is between the barns. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Lee Heaver at 301-724-9346.
Join Home Ground and Get Out and Play Outfitters for the last installment of Hike Your Homeground, a series of hikes in and around Allegany County. On Saturday, May 10th, join guide Susan Snow as she leads hikers along Garrett County’s beautiful Monroe Run trail (see below for directions). Hikers are asked to meet at 3pm and to bring water and snacks, sturdy shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. This hike has many (22) stream crossings so be sure to dress appropriately and be prepared. This is a downhill hike of about 5 miles in length.
Join 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, May 3rd, join guide Champ Zumbrun as he leads hikers along Rocky Gap State Park’s Canyon Trail and other nearby trails. Hikers are asked to meet Champ at 12pm in the back parking lot of the park (see below for directions). Hikers should bring water and snacks, sturdy shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. The hike will start at the Canyon Overlook Trail and continue to Evitt’s Homesite Trail and then down into the canyon to the Lakeside Loop Trail and back to the parking lot.
Join 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.
Home 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.
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.
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 Science 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.
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.