The Evergreen Heritage Center (EHC) Foundation is dedicated to utilizing the EHC to provide experiential learning opportunities for children and adults.
This program provides field trips, in-school, after school, and out-of-school programs for students from pre-K to high school based on proven, award-winning science curricula.
This highly successful program, which is aligned with the Maryland State Curriculum, provides meaningful outdoor education experiences for hundreds of students each year, improves student science literacy by 25% to 50% per class (per pre/post-tests) provides a model for science literacy across the state, and received the Richard A. Johnson Environmental Education Award for excellence in 2015. The program uses small group hands-on instruction and the scientific method to help students investigate complex science issues and increase learning retention. Extension activities for the classroom and schoolyard are available online. Visit The EHC Moodle website (click on "Login as Guest" prior to being directed to EHC section).
This program, offered by the EHC since 2008, provides experiential learning opportunities for 200 to 300 high school, college students, and adjudicated youth each year, enabling them to obtain real world experience and credentials for their resumes. The program requires student development of a professional quality work product while working with experienced professionals. Opportunities span the arts, science, business and education and include projects such as creating botanical illustrations, developing “green” business opportunities, conducting environmental studies, and student teaching.
Healthy Living for Early Childhood and Beyond
This program, developed in partnership with the Western Maryland Health System, introduces young children to food science, exploring where their food comes from, how to plant and harvest food, and how to eat healthy. This program also encourages children to spend time outdoors and includes a summer Science Discovery Camp for older children – ages 8 to 12. In addition to summer camp, the Healthy Living program provides workshops and events on subjects such as gardening in small spaces, growing herbs, composting, and preserving food.
Educator Professional Development
This program, offered in partnership with EHC academic partners and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, teaches educators how to integrate experiential learning into the school curriculum, which has been shown in studies such as those conducted by the University of Maryland to increase learning retention by as much as 300%. It includes one-day and multi-day programs.
This program, offered in partnership with the Allegany and Garrett County Arts Councils, includes workshops that provide both new and experienced artists of all ages with the opportunity to explore the outdoors and capture their discoveries through the creative process. This program also includes providing "Art in the Schoolyard" experiences, offering an Art in the Outdoors Camp, hosting art exhibitions, and educating teachers on how to use art experiences to increase learning retention.