Holt Park and Center for the Arts Banner

34 Elmont Avenue
Baltimore, MD
Phone: 410-887-5520
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About Holt Park

Holt Park MapNestled in the heart of the Overlea Fullerton Community is the Holt Center, donated to Baltimore County by Lillian Holt in 1976. The park offers nature trails and a variety of art and nature programs for the family. Make time to visit us and join in on the fun!

Holt Park is not able to rent facilities for private events. Several other county parks do have pavilions for rent.

Upcoming Events

Pre-registration is required for programs and attendance is limited. Please click the pre-registration link to reserve your spot(s) in an upcoming program. Payment (in the form of cash or check) is accepted when you arrive to sign-in for the program.

If you can no longer attend, please revisit the signup page and remove yourself from the list, which will allow others to sign up in that spot.

Some events, such as festivals and campfires, may list "RSVP" instead of "pre-register." These are outdoor events in which the number of attendants is less limited, but we do appreciate you signing up in advance.

Click here to view Holt's printable Summer fridge calendar.

Click here to view Holt's printable Fall fridge calendar.


Wicked in the Woods
Saturday, Oct. 8, 6:00 - 8:00pm

For ages 3 & up

screech owlPlants and animals have developed a variety of strategic defenses that help them survive in their natural environment. Venture into the park at night to see what poisons, thorns, fangs and sharp claws await. Short and slightly spooky hikes leaving at 6pm and 7pm! Costumes welcome!

Holt Harvest Day
Sunday, October 16, 12:00 - 4:00pm

Some events free!
For all ages!

scarecrow in cornfieldCelebrate the fall season at Holt Park!

Enjoy games, crafts, a scavenger hunt, live animals, vendors, and fun activities for the whole family. Some activities are free, others have a small fee.

For all ages!

Autumn Still Life Paint Night
Friday, Oct. 21, 6:00 - 8:00pm

For adults

decorative gourdsArrange and paint an autumn-themed still life of decorative gourds. All materials provided.

Spooky Stories Campfire
Saturday, October 22, 6:00 - 7:30pm

For all ages

unlit campfireJoin us around the campfire for spooky stories and songs. Come early for the most light-hearted and silly tales, stay late for things on the scary side.

Itsy Bitsy Spiders
Friday, Oct. 28, 1:00 - 2:00pm

For all ages

cartoon spiderIn the colorful days of Autumn, spiders are spinning their webs and crawling through the leaves and grass.  Learn about these 8-legged critters and their relatives, then explore Holt Park to see how many spiders we can find.

Pumpkin Carving Open House
Saturday, October 29, 1 - 5pm

For all ages

jack o' lanternBring your own pumpkin and leave the mess to us! Stop by any time between 1 and 4:30 and we'll provide you with the carving tools and expertise to help you create your own Jack-O-Lantern.

Leaf Man
Sunday, Nov. 6, 1:00 - 2:00pm

For all ages

maple leafEnjoy this seasonal story by Lois Ehlert and then venture onto the trails of Holt to find the mysterious Leaf Man.  Make an autumnal collage with the collected leaves and seed pods from the walk.  ($2, for all ages.)

Falling Behind
Saturday, Nov. 19, 1:00 - 2:00pm

For ages 5 & up

chipmunkAfter the leaves have fallen off the trees and the birds have migrated south, there is still plenty of nature to see! Learn which animals migrate, hibernate, and stay active and test your knowledge on a hike through the park.

November Campfire
Saturday, Nov. 26, 6:00 - 7:30pm

For all ages

campfireBring a snack to roast over the fire and gather around for songs and games. The campfire ring is located near the pond.

The Natural World of Art
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30pm
$2 per project
For all ages

sketchbookDiscover the connection between art and nature using a variety of materials and techniques. Projects are designed to bring out the inner artist in people of all ages.

October 12: Fall Photo book  (Pre-register)
Create a small fall themed book to keep your favorite photos of the season

October 19: Shrunken Head  (Pre-register)
Bring an apple and a vegetable peeler and create a ghoulish decoration for Halloween

October 26: Pumpkin Patch Drawing  (Pre-register)
Create a pumpkin patch through guided drawing

November 2: Acorn Necklace  (Pre-register)
Wear a reminder of nature's beauty

November 9: Pinecone Flowers (Pre-register)
Turn pinecones into fall flowers

November 9: Pinecone (Pre-register)
Make a corn husk doll in celebration of National Native American Heritage Month

November 9: Pinecone (Pre-register)
Use a hammer, nails, and string to get started on holiday decorating

Creative Clay
Fridays, 6:30 - 8:00pm
$10 per project
For all ages

potteryCreating with clay is both relaxing and rewarding.  Projects are geared to all ages and levels of experience. On the first day listed, we will create our project. On the second date, we will add color. Join us as we roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty!

October 14 & 28: Ghost Votive (Pre-register)
Place a tea light under this ghostly figure for Halloween

November 4 & 18 – Gingerbread People (Pre-register)
Create a set of "gingerbread" figures for a lasting holiday decoration 

Recurring Programs

Preschool Nature
Wednesdays starting in September, 11:00am - 12:00pm
$5 per family
For ages 6 and under
No pre-registration required

bug watching kidJoin us each Wednesday, starting on September 7th, to explore a new nature topic with crafts, games, music, live animals, or other fun activities. Please dress for the weather, we will be outdoors whenever possible!


Open Nature Cabin
Saturdays, 12:00 - 3:00pm
For all ages
No pre-registration required

nature jarVisit Holt's historic Nature Cabin to see our live animals on exhibit, and enjoy a simple nature craft. No pre-registration is required for these drop-in times, but space inside the cabin is limited.


Garden Club
Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:00am
For all ages
No pre-registration required

watering canJoin us on the second Saturday of each month for light gardening. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and bring water with you! Bring your own gloves and tools, or borrow Holt's.


Childcare Disclaimer: These programs are designed to provide a healthy and enjoyable leisure experience for you or your child. However, this is not a licensed child care program and is not designed to provide child care. Therefore, parents are encouraged to discuss attendance expectations with their children. Department staff cannot detain youth wishing to leave at any time.

Accommodations: Should you require special accommodations (American sign language interpreter, large print, etc.) please give us as much notice as possible by calling the Therapeutic Office at 410-887-5370. TTY users call via Maryland Relay 711.

 Volunteer at Holt

Volunteer at Holt

Holt Park needs volunteers year-round for gardening, trail maintenance, and educational programs. Talk to us about opportunities for scout projects, too!

👍 Visit our Volunteer Group on Facebook

  • Send an email to mtillery @ baltimorecountymd.gov to let staff know what program you would like to volunteer at. 
  • Click the link in Step 2 to the online volunteer application.
  • The list is alphabetized, so Holt Park will be in the D - K Communities section.
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