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Continuing Education

Every day the world is learn­ing a bit more about sus­tain­abil­ity and how to make pos­i­tive changes for the envi­ron­ment. Stay up to date on changes and oppor­tu­ni­ties with con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion. The more knowl­edge we have today, the bet­ter our tomor­row can be!

Legacy Lead­er­ship Envi­ron­men­tal Insti­tute (LLEI)

LLEI is a learning-packed, eight-week envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion and vol­un­teer lead­er­ship insti­tute offered as a non-credit course through Howard Com­mu­nity Col­lege. The LLEI course is usu­ally held 9am-3:45pm on Thurs­days for 8 weeks from Feb­ru­ary through March.

LLEI par­tic­i­pants are briefed by nation­ally rec­og­nized experts from NASA, NOAA, the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land and other orga­ni­za­tions who explain cut­ting edge research on global cli­mate change, earth sys­tems sci­ence, the Chesa­peake Bay eco-system, sus­tain­abil­ity issues, and best prac­tices on leav­ing an envi­ron­men­tal legacy. The course cov­ers global sci­ence, regional ecol­ogy, local government’s eco-efforts, non-positional lead­er­ship train­ing, along with an intro­duc­tion to local non-profit and county envi­ron­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions and their vol­un­teer possibilities.

For more infor­ma­tion, visit howardllie.com or email betsysing@gmail.com or cmhudson@comcast.net. Reg­is­tra­tion is done on-line at Howard Com­mu­nity College’s hccespress.net.

Robin­son Nature Center

Robin­son Nature Cen­ter pro­vides numer­ous edu­ca­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties, events and classes. Visit the Robin­son Nature Cen­ter Web­site for infor­ma­tion about exhibits, pro­grams, activ­i­ties, and much more.

Howard County Con­ser­vancy
The Howard County Con­ser­vancy is a local, non-profit envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion cen­ter and land trust. The Mt. Pleas­ant loca­tion in Wood­stock offers year-round edu­ca­tional pro­grams for chil­dren and adults. The grounds fea­ture four miles of trails, native plant and com­mu­nity gar­dens, his­toric farm build­ings, ani­mals and demon­stra­tion areas. The Bel­mont Manor loca­tion in Elkridge pro­vides free monthly guided hikes, school field trips, sum­mer camp and pub­lic events. For more infor­ma­tion and vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties visit Concervancy’s web­site: hcconservancy.org

Mid­dle Patux­ent Envi­ron­men­tal Area (MPEA)
5.4 miles of hik­ing trails through hard­wood for­est, fields, wet­lands, ponds and ripar­ian habi­tats are the attrac­tions of this 1,021-acre site along the Mid­dle Patux­ent River between Route 108 and Cedar Lane near Route 32 and the Vil­lage of River Hill, Colum­bia. MPEA’s mis­sion is nat­ural resources man­age­ment, edu­ca­tion, research and recre­ation. Vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties include trail main­te­nance, stream mon­i­tor­ing, inva­sive species con­trol, Frog­watch USA, nest box mon­i­tor­ing, and July but­ter­fly counts. For vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties con­tact MPEA Man­ager Cheryl Far­faras, cfarfaras@howardcountymd.gov, 410−313−4726 or Jeff Claffy jclaffy@howardcountymd.gov 410−313−6209. For more infor­ma­tion visit the MPEA web­page.

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