The Evergreen Heritage Center (EHC) Foundation, a public charity, is dedicated to utilizing the Evergreen Heritage Center, an historic Maryland estate adjacent to the Great Allegheny Passage, to provide experiential learning opportunities for children and adults. The EHC's signature education programs are described below.

STEM Education

This program provides field trips, in-school, after school, and out-of-school programs for students from pre-K to high school based on the proven, award-winning science curricula. In addition, local college students help conduct the activities while supervised by the EHC’s expert educators, gaining field experience and a valuable credential. This collaborative effort, which provides meaningful outdoor education experiences for hundreds of students each year, is part of a comprehensive five year plan co-authored by Allegany County Public Schools and the Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation to improve student science literacy by 25% county-wide and provide a model for science literacy across the state. This plan is aligned with the Maryland State Curriculum, builds upon proven outdoor education programs such as those offered at the EHC, begins education efforts early with preschool (Head Start) children, provides at least one meaningful outdoor experience per child per year, "raises the bar" by using the scientific method and proven techniques to help students investigate complex science issues, and utilizes assessment tools such as topic-specific pre/post-tests.

Vocational Training

This program, offered by the EHC since 2008, provides experiential learning opportunities for high school, college students, and adjudicated youth with the goal of enabling these students to obtain real world experience and credentials for their resumes. The program requires students to create a professional quality work product while working with experienced professionals. Opportunities span the arts, science, business and education and include projects such as analyzing soil samples, creating botanical illustrations, developing ideas for green business opportunities, and researching native medicinal herbs. Each year, the EHC provides hands-on learning opportunities for 200 to 300 students as part of this program.

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 for energy to play and learn. 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 Gardening Workshops for families on subjects such as gardening in small spaces, growing herbs, composting, and preserving food. For more information, email or call 301-687-0664.

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. For more information, call 301-687-0664 or contact us.

Evergreen Arts

This program, offered in partnership with the Allegany Arts Council, 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. For more information email, call 301-687-0664, or see Events and Programs on our Home page.