Events & Activities

Citizen Science: Breeding Bird Atlas Presentation

February 8, 2021 at 7pm

Birds are good indicators of an ecosystem’s health because they are abundant, easy to observe, and respond to environmental changes relatively quickly.

The Maryland/DC Breeding Bird Atlas 3 (MD/DC BBA3) is a comprehensive five-year survey of the birds breeding in Maryland and DC (2020-2024) that will expand our current knowledge of the region’s breeding birds and contribute to their conservation and management.

Sue Muller, Co-coordinator for Howard County’s MD/DC BBA3 efforts, will give a brief overview of the project and discuss how you can observe breeding behavior and how to contribute your observations using eBird.

This free, hour-long presentation will be held via Zoom.

NOTE: This event will be held online only.

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Long Reach Sustainable Landscaping Tour

This year, to celebrate Earth Day, the Long Reach Watershed Advisory Committee would like to organize a self-guided tour to celebrate the sustainable landscaping practices in our village! We know that many of us have used this last year to work in our yards, so we’re hoping that many neighbors will want to show off their work in a safe way. Rain gardens, pollinator gardens, lawn reduction, and much more!

To ensure we have enough interest, please take a moment to complete this survey if you are interested in showing off your sustainable practices, large and small!

Master Gardener Presentations

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

Growing and Maintaining a Fescue Lawn
February 22, 2021 at 7pm
Learn how a beautiful lawn can be yours without adding to pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. Covered topics include soil preparation and testing, choosing correct seed, fertilizers, watering, mowing, thatch, weed and disease control.

Building a Better Garden with Less Effort
March 15, 2021 at 7pm
Establishing a vegetable garden can require a lot of time and money and yield minimal results. This presentation demonstrates how you can establish a productive vegetable plot with less effort.

Creating a Pollinator Patch
April 26, 2021 at 7pm
Discover the easiest way to create a native flower garden to attract butterflies and bees. Find out how to support both adults and young, including plants recommendations that thrive even in yards with deer and heavy clay soil.

Composting Demystified
May 10, 2021 at 7pm
Explore how you can turn leaves, grass, and vegetable matter into black gold in your own backyard.

All presentions will be held online only.

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The Winter Scavenger Hunt is Here!

It’s time for our winter scavenger hunt!
As you explore outdoors, keep an eye out for these items.
Have fun and stay safe out there!
Missed our other scavenger hunts? Don’t worry – it’s never too late!

Have any questions? Email

Weed Warriors Invasive Plant Clean-ups

NOTE: This program is on hiatus for the winter – please check back in the spring for updates!

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

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