Home Ground Allegany County Maryland

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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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Green Ridge Tour

Posted on June 26th, 2014

Green Ridge Tour

Home Ground presents a free guided driving tour of Green Ridge State Forest.

Potomac from GR overlook

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)

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Leaning Pines Farm Hayride: An Overview of Conservation Farming

Posted on May 12th, 2014

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 info@homegroundallco.org or contact Lee Heaver at 301-724-9346.


Hike Your Homeground: Monroe Run

Posted on May 4th, 2014

Join Home Ground and Get Out and Play Outfitters fMonroeRunBlogPostor 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.

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