Educational Opportunities: Environmental Studies School

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES SCHOOL

NGC Environmental Schools Mission Statement: To teach environmental literacy; to cherish, protect and conserve the living earth. School Description: The Living Earth Environmental School is composed of a minimum of forty hours of study. Specific units are divided into four courses of ten hours each which includes a two-hour field trip. The courses investigate AIR, LAND and WATER. The units are divided into Ecology and Environmental Science, Life on Earth, and Earth Stewardship. The courses teach participants environmental literacy, appreciation of the natural world, encourages action for sustainable development and appreciation for the interrelation of all natural things. Particular emphasis is presently placed on land conservation, water conservation and air quality. Optional Exams are offered for those wishing to become NGC Accredited Environmental Consultants.

 Environmental Schools are open to everyone whether or not they are garden club members.

Environmental School  Course 2, Series 2 

The Living Earth Land & Related Issues

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 24 & 25, 2018

 Cylburn Arboretum Greenhouse Classroom

4915 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore, MD

Sponsored by Environmental Consultants Council

Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc.

Council Chair, Kathleen Gibbs

Council Treasurer, Phyllis Rambo

Environmental School Chair, Linda Harris

Questions, Please Contact State Environmental School Chair:

Linda Harris 443-695-2071,

lindaharris355@aol.com

Hosted by Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc.

President, Diana Bonner

 

 

Day One – Tuesday, April 24, 2018

7:50 – 8:15 – Registration; Coffee/Tea, Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 – Welcome & Announcements

8:30 – 9:30 – Lynn Walter, FGCMD Member & Environmental Educator Coastal Zone Management – Values, uses and functions of coastal zone ecosystems; management techniques involved in its protection.

9:40 – 10:40 – Sara Via, Ecology Professor, UMD Ecology-Land – Origins, characteristics and life forms of various land types (forests, grasslands, desserts, mountains); soil renewal & reclamation.

10:50 – 11:50 – Sara Via, Ecology Professor, UMD Plants-Agriculture – origin of food plants and food production; sustainable agricultural systems & soil renewal; sustainable food production; corporate farming.

11:50 – 12:30 – Lunch (provided in classroom)

12:30 – 1:30 – Sara Via, Ecology Professor, UMD Amazing Soil Microbes – The decomposition of organic matter by soil organisms has an immense influence on soil fertility, plant growth, soil structure, and carbon storage.

1:40 – 3:30 – Field Trip – On the Grounds of Cylburn Arboretum – John Fitzpatrick will give us a tour of the fields of daffodils and many of the spring ephemerals that can be found on the edge of the woods.

 

 Day Two – Wednesday, April 25, 2018

7:50 – 8:15 – Registration; Coffee/Tea, Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 – Morning Announcements

8:30 – 9:30 – Kirk Brown, President, Association for Garden Communicators Environmental Science – Resources – Earth’s renewable & finite resources; their distribution around the world and the impact of population & economic factors.

9:40 – 10:40 – Kirk Brown, President, Association for Garden Communicators Earth Stewardship-Gardening with Nature – applying conservation principles to landscaping of home & public grounds.

10:50 – 11:50 – Chuck Schuster, Extension Educator, UMD Extension, Montgomery County Source Reduction of Pollutants, Toxics & Materials – Pollution abatement and control through recapturing & recycling; techniques of pollution control; a review of pollution laws.

11:50 – 12:20 – Lunch (provided in classroom)

12:20 – 1:20 – Lynn Walter, FGCMD Member & Environmental Educator Wildlife – Animals: The Misunderstoods – The value of animals and organisms such as reptiles, bugs, bats, worms, fungi and microorganisms; their positive contribution in the web of life.

1:20 – 3:30 – Course Review & Open Book Written Exam (only required for those seeking consultant status)

 

Directions to Cylburn   accessible from I-83 South or North; Exit Northern Parkway West; at first stoplight, turn left onto Greenspring Ave.; Continue past traffic light at the intersection of Cylburn Ave. & Greenspring Ave.; Turn left into the Arboretum gates, follow signs to the Greenhouse Classroom.

Hotel Information  The Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21210; Reservations: 410-532-6900; (special discount of $109/night available until 3/23 by mentioning FGCMD and using Promotional Code GCLUB). The Radisson is a 5-10 minute drive to/from Cylburn.

 

 

Course Requirements

Official Text for Environmental School Courses 1-4

Living in the Environment by G. Tyler Miller

Available at significant savings at Amazon.com

(Editions 12 – 16 are available used for $10-$30 including shipping)

Living in the Environment Reading requirements for Course 2, listed by edition Chapters should be read before classes start.

7 th Edition – Chapters 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 23

8 th Edition – Chapters 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 24

10th Edition – Chapters 7, 9, 20, 21, 22, 23

11th Edition – Chapters 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 22, 26

12th Edition – Chapters 1, 6, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28

13th Edition – Chapters 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 21, 23, 25

14th Edition – Chapters 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27

15th Edition – Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 21

16th Edition – Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 21, 25; Plus Supplements 3, 4 17th Edition – Chapters 1, 8, 12, 14, 21, 23, 24

REGISTRATION FORM Environmental School – Course 2, April 24 & 25, 2018

Name: _____________________________________
NGC Garden Club Name (if applicable): ____________________________________
State/District: _______________________________ Email: _____________________________________
Address: ___________________________________ ___________________________________
Phone: ____________________________________
Please choose your registration: _____
____Two-Day Course Registration Fee of $100 – includes two days of 8 class hours, 2-hour daffodil & wildflower tour of Cylburn Arboretum, printed Student Study Manual, course review and exam, lunch both days.
_____ April 24th Only Registration Fee of $60 – Includes 4 class hours, a 2-hour daffodil & wildflower tour of Cylburn Arboretum, and lunch.
_____ April 25th Only Registration Fee of $50 – Includes 4 class hours and lunch.
Are you taking the exam? Yes____No____
Are you refreshing? Yes____ No____
Note: Refreshing Consultants must attend the full course. Students earning credit towards a Environmental Consultants Certificate must take the full course with the exam.
Mail registration form & check to: Phyllis Rambo, Council Treasurer, PO Box 436, Oxford, MD 21654
Make Checks payable to: FGCMD ECC FGCMD-Environmental Consultants Council
****Any special needs or diet restrictions? If so, please provide details: