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Explore Columbia on Foot in 2016

10 Steps To Save The Place You Love

  • Realizing that Action is Necessary
  • Understanding the Major Threats
  • Identifying the Players
  • Understanding all the Perspectives
  • Creating a Campaign
  • Selecting a Goal
  • Building the Coalition
  • Selecting the Tactics
  • Perseverance
  • Helping Others

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lake kitt walkersHere is the CA walking itinerary for 2016. SAVE IT!!!  As I did last year, I will be sharing stories of the history, the natural world, and the future of the places we pass. Please note that two of these walks are on Saturdays and the rest are on Thursdays. They all start at 10 am. Last year we had a great turnout for each of the walks. Come walk and meet your neighbors as we all explore Columbia on foot in 10 new and exciting locations.

2016 Walks

  1. Thursday, April 21, 10 a.m., Hickory Ridge – meet at Clary’s Forest Pool
  2. Thursday, May 5, 10 a.m., Lake Elkhorn – meet at Hopewell Pool
  3. Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m., meet at Dorsey Search Pool
  4. Thursday, June 2, 10 a.m., Gateway Business Park – park in lot on left of AIDAs
  5. Thursday, June 16, 10 a.m., Columbia Downtown – meet at People Tree
  6. Thursday, August 25, 10 a.m., Long Reach – meet at Kendall Ridge Pool
  7. Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. Kings Contrivance – meet at Amherst House
  8. Thursday, September 22, 10 a.m. Harper’s Choice – meet at Kahler Hall
  9. Thursday, October 6, 10 a.m. River Hill North – meet at Claret Hall
  10. Thursday, October 20, 10 a.m. Wilde Lake – meet at Slayton House

Come on out, bring a friend, water, and a good pair of walking shoes. Any questions can be addressed to


2016 Talks

IMG_0952Ned is also speaking at the following two venues this month:

The Howard County Conservancy on April 28th  at 7pm

  • Celebrating the Places We Love, Right Here in Howard County with Ned Tillman.  How much have you explored the beautiful natural spaces of our county?  Want some great suggestions – with their interesting backstories?  Ned Tillman knows our state intimately, having walked and studied it for decades.  Come share his passion for the wonders of nature “right in our own backyard.”  Book signing follows

 The Columbia Arts Center Salon on April 18th at 7pm

  • Writing and Speaking from the Heart with environmental and sustainability advocate Ned Tillman. Sponsored along with the Howard County Poetry and Literary Society, Ned will speak about the art and science of inspiring others to get outside, fall in love with some special place, and learn how to take better care of it so we can preserve these open spaces for your children. Book signing follows.


For more background and stories, and for all of you armchair naturalists, be sure to read

The Chesapeake Watershed: A sense of place and a call to action and its sequel

Saving the Places we Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship.

Take-a-way: There are a number of activities happening this spring, summer and fall. No better time than the present to put them on the calendar. Walks out in nature make us healthier, happier, more creative, and more productive. See you there!!!! You can always find my list of walks and talks at Scheduled Events on the website.

1 Comment

  1. […] We had a great hike around Kendall Ridge, Maryland on this past Thursday. I bet you have never been there. It was a 2 mile walk – part of the 120 miles of paths in Howard County. It was on of 10 walks I am leading this year for the Columbia Association. […]


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