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.
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. Click here for flyer.
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.
2013 Special Events and Programs:
- 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 (click here), three day (click here), and five day (click here) programs are available. For more information, contact us or call 301-687-0664.
- Science Discovery Camp, a summer day camp, provides camp activities that are educational and fun, reinforcing science concepts taught during the school year. Camp sessions are conducted at the EHC and participants may attend one or both camp sessions. Campers, ages 8 to 12, will become science sleuths and learn about our ecosystems, how different species depend upon one another, the important role of water, Mother's Nature's medicine chest, where our food comes from, how to plant and harvest a vegetable garden, and much more. Campers will also be documenting their adventures in a journal and creating a group mural to showcase their discoveries. Scholarships for qualifying families are also available. Camp will be held Monday through Friday, 9am to noon, July 8 to July 19. For more information, click here, call 301-687-0664, or contact us.
- Evergreen Artist 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 including workshop dates, click here, call 301-687-0664, or contact us.
- Gardening Open House, co-sponsored by the Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation and Home Ground (a local organization supporting sustainable use of land and water resources), will be held at the EHC on Saturday June 1 from 1-4pm. The theme of the open house will be gardening for wildlife and will feature the new Heritage Hoop House, a high tunnel greenhouse designed to extend the growing season. Attendees may participate in a variety of activities and demonstrations as well as tours of the Evergreen Museum and Barn. For more information, click here, call 301-687-0664, or contact us.
- 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 or to schedule a visit, contact us or call 301-687-0664.