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 environmental and experiential learning opportunities for children and adults. The EHC's signature education programs are described below.

Evergreen Environmental Education

This program provides field trips for students from pre-K to high school based on the proven, award-winning environmental curricula of Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and Project WILD. In addition, local college students help conduct the activities while supervised by the EHC’s environmental education experts, 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 environmental literacy by 25% county-wide and provide a model for environmental literacy across the state. This plan supports Maryland’s new environmental literacy graduation requirement, is aligned with the Maryland State Curriculum, builds upon proven outdoor environmental 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 environmental issues, and utilizes assessment tools such as topic-specific pre/post-tests.

Higher Education and Research

This program, offered by the EHC since 2008, provides experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, with the goal of enabling the region’s students to obtain real world experience and credentials for their resumes. The program requires students to create a professional quality work product that can be added to their portfolio or resume. 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.

Evergreen Healthy Living

TThis program, developed in partnership with the Western Maryland Health System, teaches children and youth where their food comes from, how to plant and harvest food, and how they can “live off the land” while protecting it for future generations. This program also encourages children to spend time outdoors and includes a summer Science Discovery Camp. In addition to summer camp, the Healthy Living program provides Gardening Workshops for all members of the community on subjects such as gardening in small spaces, growing herbs, composting, and preserving food. For more information, email, call 301-687-0664, or see Events and Programs on our Home page.

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.

Environmental Arts

This program, offered in partnership with the Allegany Arts Council and the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, includes workshops that provide both new and experienced artists with the opportunity to explore the outdoors and capture their discoveries through the creative process. This program also includes integrating experiential art activities into ongoing EHC field trips, working with teachers to provide “Art in the Schoolyard”, Art Discovery Camp, hosting environmental 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.