Environmental Concern’s (EC) Wetland Learning Campus is the first Maryland Green Center on the Eastern Shore to be certified by the Maryland Association for Environmental Outdoor Education
Criteria for a Green Center:
- Support of area schools in achieving green school status
- Model environmental best management practices in operation, design and maintenance of Center buildings.
- Support community learning
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Green School Support
- Our Education staff conduct teacher training programs for environmental and wetland curriculum.
- Our Schoolyard Habitat program assists schools with design and implimentation of schoolyard habitats such as ponds, wetlands, rain gardens, meadows, bird and butterfly gardens.
- Our Travelling programs and on-campus programs for school children provide schools with required environmental learning.
Environmental Best Management Practices
- Our nursery controls nutrient runoff to the bay by flood irrigating our plants, directing runoff into a nutrient management pond, using slow release fertilizers that can be better utilized by plants.
- Our Restoration division constructs living shorelines, rain gardens, nontidal wetlands, and ponds throughout the region providing wildlife habitat and protecting the bay from stormwater runoff and bank erosion.
- Our grounds exhibit native landscape plantings, ponds, and a living shoreline marsh restoration.
- Our buildings use geothermal heating and cooling to reduce energy use.
- Our campus has gravel driveways and parking areas as well as pervious paver walkways to reduce stormwater runoff.
- We direct runoff from our buildings and parking areas into stormwater ponds and rain gardens.
- We have compost bins for organic waste.
- We provide bicycle parking for employees and visitors who ride bikes to our campus.
- We recycle office paper, newspaper, glass, aluminum cans, batteries, plastic, used copier and printer cartridges, and anything else we can.
- We visit local libraries reading books and conducting activities focused on environmental topics for young children.
- Our Wetland on Wheels (WOW) mobile classroom visits events throughout the region providing wetland education activities for everyone.
- We provide educational programming for the community on wetland related topics such as rain gardens, rain barrels, wetland plants and wildlife.
- We sponsor community events such as our annual Shutterbug photo contest, Archeological Road Show, Spring and Fall open house and native plant sales.