Legacy Leadership Environmental Institute (LLEI) is an intense environmental education program for adult volunteers. LLEI offers a combination of classroom and field trip experiences to prepare volunteer leaders to work in an important, local, non-profit environmental organization.
In the classroom phase, earth system scientists will describe satellite data and explain the implications for a changing climate from a global perspective. Policy makers and leaders of environmental organizations explore regional history, geography, and ecological systems. Regional and local experts examine environmental conditions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and Howard County. Leadership training is woven into the curriculum.
Small classes, limited to 15 people, are held during the day, twice per week from February to March. Paricipants register through a non-credit course at Howard Community College. The LLEI classes are held primarily at the University of Maryland Extension office in Ellicott City with some field trips to places such as the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.
LLEI students can then do an optional mentored field placement with one of the partner organizations. During 150 hours of internship, LLEI participants have the opportunity to futher the goals of a non-profit partner organizations by creating new programs, researching best practices, establishing a working team or teaching about nature.
Dr. Barbara Schmeckpeper
or Cathy Hudson