Volunteer At Soldiers Delight

Soldiers Delight Conservation, Inc. was formed in 1959 as the Friends group for Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area in Owings Mills, Maryland, after three local women spearheaded a grass-roots campaign to persuade the Maryland legislature to purchase and protect this 2200-acre rare serpentine barrens ecosystem.  

Soldiers Delight NEA is the state of Maryland's number one bio-diversity site, with more than thirty rare, threatened and endangered species of plants and animals. Our mission is to educate the public about SDNEA, and to conserve its ecosystem for future generations. We work hand in hand with the Maryland Park System and Maryland's Department of Natural Resources Wildlife & Heritage program.

For many years our main concern has been invasives management. In 1985, a program began to remove two nonnative species, Virginia Pine and greenbrier, which had begun their incursion into Soldiers Delight in the 1930s as a result of fire suppression. Since then, we have accumulated more than 20,000 volunteer hours in removal of these species and have helped institute and support a deer management program and prescribed bums at the site.

Much work has been done, yet suburbia, and the multitudes of invasive landscaping plants it harbors, continues to threaten our beloved site. Chinese silvergrass, Japanese barberry, wavy-leaf basketgrass and several other species continue to encroach, and time is short.

Come add your elbow grease to our worthy cause.  Pitch in to help us in our Serpentine Ecosystem Restoration program, known as SERP, usually scheduled one or two weekend days per month during winter.  Volunteer your time staffing the front desk of our visitor center on weekends, or donate an hour or two to lead a nature hike.  There are so many ways to get involved and give back to your community by helping to restore this globally rare ecosystem.

For more information, contact us or send an email to , vice president.