September 14, 2010 is Information Session for The Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment (HoLLIE)
HoLLIE, a volunteer leadership and environmental education program for adults age 50+, is sponsoring an Information Session on Tuesday, September 14 at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia at 7:30 p.m. The session is free and open to people interested in applying for classes beginning January 31 until March 9, 2011. Former and current Legacy Leaders will be available to discuss their experiences. HoLLIE Coordinators will also be available to answer questions.
Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. In the classroom phase, earth system scientists describe satellite data and explain the implications from a global perspective. Policy makers and leaders of environmental organizations explore regional history, geography, and ecological systems. Regional and local experts examine environmental conditions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and Howard County. Leadership training for volunteers is also part of the curriculum.
A mentored field placement with one of seven partner organizations will begin in March 2011. Partners are the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, the Howard County Public School System, the Howard County Conservancy, University of Maryland Extension Howard County, The James and Anne Robinson Foundation, the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County and The Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway. People who are interested in applying should send an email to HocoLLIE@gmail.com. Classes are limited to 15 people and applications and sample curriculum are available at www.HowardLLIE.com
Coordinators are Dr. Barbara Schmeckpeper,410-381-5279 and Cathy Hudson, 410-796-7232.