Citizens who want to be more informed about the environment and local ecological systems can now enroll in Johns Hopkins' School of Continuing Studies non-credit certificate in environmental studies program.
Open to individuals without a science background, the program focuses on basic principles of natural environmental balance, the effects of human behavior and practices upon the balance, and methods to develop strategies to restore the balance.
Endorsed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the program consists of six core courses and one elective, and includes field studies to Maryland forests, wetlands, and estuaries.
Classes are taught by scientists, wildlife and fishery specialists, as well as other professionals working on environmental policy and legal issues. Interested individuals may enroll courses without applying to the program.
For more information, call the School of Continuing Studies at 338-7428.
Registration for classes at any one of the four neighborhood college centers of Essex Community College will be held Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 19 and 20, at the college's Mid-County College center at the Towson United Methodist Church on Dulaney Valley Road and the Beltway.
Essex offers a total of 42 classes at its neighborhood college sites at Loch Raven, Parkville, and Perry Hall High Schools, and the Mid-County Center. All classes at area high schools begin at 6:30 p.m. and meet one evening a week. The Mid-County Center offers day and evening classes. Three credit, one credit, and noncredit courses are offered.
For more information, call the Office of Records and Registration at Essex Community College, 522-1263.