The Evergreen Heritage Center (EHC), located on approximately 130 acres of “Federal Hill” in the heart of Allegany County, is an historic Maryland estate that pre-dates the Revolutionary War. The EHC includes the Evergreen mansion (now a museum), beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens, trails, streams, and forest, all in a picturesque setting adjacent to the Great Allegheny Passage and Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. The EHC is ten minutes from the town of Frostburg, twenty minutes from the city of Cumberland, and roughly two hours from either Washington D.C., Baltimore, or Pittsburgh. For a presentation on the Evergreen Heritage Center, click here; for a snapshot summary of EHC programs, click here. For a profile of the EHC Foundation, click here, and for directions to the EHC, click here. For the EHC Moodle page with educator resources, click here.
The Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c) (3) public charity, was formed in March 2008 to utilize Evergreen to provide experiential and environmental learning opportunities. The Foundation, which is working with a variety of partners in the academic, arts, business and public service communities, is dedicated to:
Education: Offering environmental education and hands-on learning programs for children of all ages and circumstances, teaching young people skills that will help them sustain themselves and the environment.
Conservation: Showcasing best practices in environmental conservation and providing education in and demonstrations of those practices to children and adults.
Preservation: Continuing the EHC’s research and preservation of the history of Western Maryland and the rich culture and heritage of the region.
For a list of our board members or to contact us to request more information on our Foundation including a copy of our IRS Letter of Determination, please click here.
Maryland Stewardship Project. Funded in part by the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), in 2012 the EHC completed its workshop series on forest stewardship and ecology, woodland income and recreation, water conservation, and wildlife management. For a Reference Guide summarizing these workshops and other Project events, plus links to more information on the topics, click here. For more information on ATFS, the benefits of membership, and how to join, click here.
Special Events and Programs:
- EHC Discovery Workshops will be offered on designated Saturdays in 2014. Workshop topics will include Eat the Rainbow, Small Spaces Gardening, Growing Herbs, Heirloom Crops, Food from the Forest, and Composting. We’ll post more information in early 2014 here on our website or on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/evergreenheritage).
- Evergreen Art Workshops, conducted by local Artist Maggie Pratt and sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council, will provide participants with the opportunity to explore their inner artist. We provide all the necessary art supplies and you take home your masterpiece as a memory of a fun afternoon. Workshops include exploring and painting the majestic trees of evergreen, discovering macro nature by collecting nature treasures and then creating an abstract painting, observing and painting the Evergreen landscape, combining poetry and imagery to craft new works of art, and creating a personal nature journal using writing, drawing, and collage. For more information call 301-687-0664 or contact us.
- Professional Development Training, offered in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, is available for educators seeking to learn more about environmental education activities. One day, three day, and five day programs are available. For more information, click here, contact us, or call 301-687-0664.
- Tours of the Evergreen Heritage Center are available for groups upon request. A donation of $5/person, with a minimum of $25, is requested. For more information, click here or to schedule a visit, contact us or call 301-687-0664.