Our Mission

With its partners, the Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation leverages the historic 130-acre Evergreen Heritage Center farm and estate to provide high-quality education programs for more than 7,000 youth and adults annually. With an emphasis on experiential (hands-on) education, the Foundation encourages exploration and investigation. The Foundation provides the knowledge and skills for individuals to sustain both themselves and our planet.

On the Farm

Established in 2010, Evergreen's award-winning STEM field trips and science camps for elementary, middle, and high school students consistently achieve a 25-50% increase in science literacy per class. Program descriptions can be found here.

On & Off the Farm

Evergreen's Kindergarten Discovery program, a year-long program that combines field trips with in-school activities, demonstrated a 15% increase in student food science/nutrition literacy and students were found to retain that knowledge (77% retention rate). The program increased vegetable and fruit consumption by 11% and 44% respectively.

Our Foundation Board of Directors

The Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation Board of Directors represent our community and many of our community stakeholders.

Ms. Sandra Saville, Chair
Dr. Chris Ogden, Vice Chair
Ms. Janice Keene, President
Mr. Richard Sauer, Operations Officer
Ms. Harriet Moore, Secretary
Dr. Sudhir Singh, Treasurer
Ms. Karen Bundy
Ms. Tracy Cook-Carney
Mr. Timothy Magrath
Ms. Maggie Pratt
Mr. Brian Trimble
Mr. Francis Zumbrun
Our Academic Partners include:
  • Allegany College of Maryland
  • Allegany County Public Schools
  • Frostburg State University
  • Garrett College
  • Garrett County Public Schools
  • University of Maryland
  • Washington County Public Schools
Our Environmental Partners include:
  • American Chestnut Foundation
  • American Forest Foundation
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Maryland Departments of the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture
  • Maryland Energy Administration
  • Maryland Forests Association
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Trout Unlimited
  • USDA
Our Regional Organization Partners include:
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Rural Maryland Council
  • Tri-County Council of Western Maryland
  • Western Maryland RC&D
  • Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Our Public Service Partners include:
  • Department of Juvenile Services
  • Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (HRDC)
  • Judy Center
  • Salvation Army
  • YMCA

Awards

The Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation is honored to be recognized both regionally and statewide for its efforts in education, conservation, and preservation.

  • EHC Director of Education, Elaine Raesly, 2017 Maryland Outdoor and Environmental Educator of the Year
  • 2016 Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
  • 2015 State of Maryland Sustainable Growth Award for environmental conservation and preservation
  • 2015 University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Richard A. Johnson Award for Excellence in Environmental Education
  • 2014 Chesapeake Forest Champion by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Recognitions

    The Evergreen Property ("Winter's Stone House/Federal Hill") was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015 and the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties in 1976.