Events & Activities

9/22/21 – Middle Patuxent Environmental Area Presentation

On September 22, 2021 at 7pm learn about the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area’s mission and impact.

The Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) is a 1021-acre forever-protected natural area of Columbia, Maryland. The primary components of the MPEA’s mission are natural resource conservation, environmental education, research, and passive recreation. Staff and volunteers utilize ecosystem management concepts to restore and protect the diversity of communities found in this area.

This presentation was organized by the Long Reach Community Action and Resources for Environmental Stewardship (CARES).

This free, hour-long presentation will be held via Zoom. NOTE: This event will be held online only.

Register at LRCA.eventbrite.com.

Block Party Kits

Available May 31 through September 6

Block parties are a great way to get to know your neighbors and enjoy summertime! 

How do they work?

  • Download your copy of the block party packet here
  • Fill out guest list with names and addresses
  • Send out invitations (we will copy them at Stonehouse for free! )
  • Record RSVP responses on guest list
  • Return your completed guest list with a copy of your invitation the week before your party to Stonehouse and pick up your $50 grocery store gift card.

Questions? Email events@longreach.org

Cul de Sac Grants

Want to spruce up your street’s cul de sac? We can help! If your plan is approved, we will provide up to $200 for the purchase of plant materials. To be eligible, you must live on a county-dedicated road with a cul-de-sac island. You and your neighbors must agree to develop, plant, and maintain the landscaping plan. The grants are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications are available here. Questions? Email events@longreach.org

Summer Scavenger Hunt

As you explore outdoors, keep an eye out for these items. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Past Scavenger Hunts are available below. Click the images to enlarge.

Have any questions? Email events@longreach.org

Long Reach Village Cookbook

View the cookbook below or click here to view in a new tab.

Download the printable cookbook here.

Note: The printable version is meant to be printed as a booklet (8.5×11 folded in half). The pages will look to be out order but will print correctly.

A limited number of printed copies are available at Stonehouse, free of charge.
Thank you to the residents who took the time and care to share their recipes with us!

cook-book-online-pdf-version

9/27/21 – Beyond Honeybees: Meet Our Native Bees

September 27, 2021 at 7pm

Join us for a free presentation from the Master Gardeners of Howard County. 

Did you know that Maryland has over 400 species of native bees? Discover some of their diversity and different life cycles, so different to honeybees.

Visit LRCA.eventbrite.com to register.

10/25/2021 – Rain Barrels: Why and How

October 25, 2021 at 7pm

Join us for a free presentation from the Master Gardeners of Howard County. 

Gallons of a valuable commodity run off our roofs and enter storm drains. As part of a “green” lifestyle, learn why and how to harvest rainwater for garden use.

Visit LRCA.eventbrite.com to register.

11/15/21 – Using Citizen Science to Guide Your Gardening

November 15, 2021 at 7pm

Join us for a free presentation from the Master Gardeners of Howard County. 

Where did all the fireflies go? How can you use the data from a Citizen Science project to guide your gardening? Learn about helpful programs and how to benefit from them.

Visit LRCA.eventbrite.com to register.

Weed Warriors Invasive Plant Clean-ups

Clean-ups are currently on hiatus for the summer. Check back later this year!

Meet up with us to pull invasive plants and weeds from an area in our village.

We plan to have recurring Weed Warrior events approximately every 2 weeks in various locations.

Know before you go:

  • Wear long pants and long sleeves. Bug repellent recommended.
  • Bring your favorite gardening gloves and pruners or loppers.
  • Masks will be required during interactions. We hope to be able to work while spreading out.
  • Please sign in with a Weed Warrior Leader in a yellow vest when you arrive.

Registration is recommended so that we can share any last minute updates due to weather or other circumstances.

For dates, locations, and to register visit LRCA.eventbrite.com

Organized by the Long Reach Watershed Advisory Committee and the Long Reach Community Association.