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Jamie Lee Curtis

Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: For winter lovers, a nature walk could be just the ticket at Howard County Conservancy

So far, winter temperatures in our area have felt mild, thus confusing some early spring-blooming plants. In my yard, winter jasmine has broken out in happy yellow bloom and daffodil sprouts have bravely popped above the surface of the earth. For those who revel in the stark beauty of winter, a nature walk could offer a wealth of discoveries. The Howard County Conservancy offers the perfect venue. Visitors are welcome to explore the Conservancy's property and trails any day between sunrise and sunset, but winter hours are now in effect for the buildings (including restrooms), which will open Wednesdays through Fridays only, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The address is 10520 Old Frederick Road...