Conservancy to hold session for volunteers

The Howard County Conservancy will hold an orientation for prospective volunteers, ages 18 and older, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 14 at 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.


The event will include an explanation of the volunteer opportunities available a the conservancy, a brief history of the farm and a walk around the historic buildings. Volunteers are needed to lead nature walks for children and adults, and to help with animal care, gardening, trail maintenance and events.

Registration is requested. Come prepared to be outside.


Information: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

Park needs assistance; orientation is Feb. 20

The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park will hold an orientation for volunteers interested in becoming docents and tour guides at historic sites in Ellicott City. The orientation will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the institute's Mount Ida Visitor Center, 3691 Sarahs Lane, Ellicott City.

Information or registration: 410-465-8500.

HoCoPoLitSo seeks workers for event

The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is seeking volunteers for its 29th Annual Evening of Irish Music and Poetry, to be held from 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 9 at Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

Volunteers, who must be ages 16 or older, are needed as ushers, greeters, runners and servers. They should wear dark slacks or skirts and white shirts or blouses.

Information: Pam Simonson, 443-280-0368.


FIRN is seeking tutors in English

FIRN, a nonprofit organization serving the foreign-born in Howard County, is seeking volunteer tutors for its English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.

The two programs are Club LEAP (Learning English After School Program) and the Adult English Tutoring Academy.

Teaching experience is not required. Training is offered.

Information: Mary Barton, 410-992-1923, Ext. 14, or e-mail,

Habitat Stewards training scheduled


Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and the National Wildlife Federation will offer Habitat Stewards training next month.

Volunteers are needed who are interested in wildlife, ecology, gardening and habitat conservation. They should be willing to participate in hands-on learning.

The stewards will help their communities develop and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards and other public and private areas.

Training will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 13, 15, 20 and 22; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24; and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 27 and 29.

Participants, who must be ages 18 or older, must be able to attend all the workshops. They are expected to contribute 50 volunteer hours to the National Wildlife Federation and assist with certifying at least three backyards or one schoolyard within a year of completing the training.

The cost is $45, which includes workshop materials. Applications are due by March 9.


Information: or to apply: Brenda Belensky, 410-313-4724.

Send volunteer announcements to or fax to 410-715-2816.