Education Digest

Nature programs for preschoolers set at Mount Pleasant

The Howard County Conservancy will offer summer nature programs for preschooolers, ages 3 to 5, and their parents or caregivers, at Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock.


Topics are to include "Busy Bees" (July 6); "Wiggly Worms" (July 20); "Marvelous Mammals" (Aug. 17); and "Feel the Wind" (Aug. 31).

The programs, which run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., include stories, crafts and a short nature walk, weather permitting. The cost is $5 a child.


Registration is required. The 232-acre farm, which houses the conservancy's offices, is at 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

Information: 410-465-8877.

Homeschool Book Swap is scheduled for July 7

The Columbia Homeschool Community will hold its fourth Homeschool Book Swap, Shop and Show from noon to 3 p.m. July 7 at Christ Episcopal church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

New and used books and other educational material will be available.

Admission is free, but sellers must register.

Information: 410-740-6688.

9 weeks of free movies being offered in Columbia


Regal Entertainment Group is providing nine weeks of free summer G- and PG-rated movies at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Snowden Square, on Snowden River Parkway, Columbia.

The Regal Entertainment Group's Free Family Film Festival started yesterday and continues today, and June 29-30, July 6-7, July 13-14, July 20-21, July 27-28, Aug. 3-4, Aug. 10-11 and Aug. 17-18.

Enrichment program registration slated

Registration for the summer session of the Youth Enrichment Program Inc. will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Wilde Lake Middle School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

The program offers affordable tutoring for children in grades two through 12; the cost is on a sliding scale based on parents' income. Children are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information: 410-796-0344.


Columbia Association offering summer camps

The Columbia Association's summer camp program is accepting registration for a variety of camps for children.

Camp Discovery for those in grades six to nine offers day trips to recreation areas and outdoor activities such as caving, hiking, rock climbing and canoeing.

Trek, for grades seven to nine, allows campers to choose their destination for trips.

Camp Esprit, for girls in grades six to eight, offers indoor and outdoor activities and a slumber party the first Wednesday of each session.

Nature camp, for kindergarten through fifth grade, and Nature/Sail Camp, for sixth-graders, are open for registration.


Other camps are also available. Sessions vary from one to two weeks each.

Information: 410-715-3165, or

Summer programs offered for youngsters at Patapsco

Staff naturalists at Patapsco Valley State Park will offer five-week Junior Ranger and Park Pals programs, starting Tuesday, and a weeklong Junior Ranger and Park Pals camp from Aug. 2 to 6.

The half-day programs include lessons on nature, history and the environment through hands-on activities. Junior Rangers, ages 8 to 12, earn patches for completing assignments. Park Pals are ages 5 to 7. The cost is $30 a child; $20 for siblings. Registration is required.

Information or to request a registration form: 410-737-0451.


Scholarships are offered to community college grads

College of Notre Dame of Maryland is offering a guaranteed $6,000 minimum scholarship to any female student who has completed an associate's degree at Howard Community College or a similarly accredited community college and has maintained an overall 3.2 grade-point average.

The student will also be considered for additional scholarship funding help.

The scholarship, called "3.2 Guarantee," is part of a new program at the College of Notre Dame: EXceptional TRAnsfers (EXTRA): Scholarship Opportunities for Graduates of Community Colleges. Scholarships are available for this fall.

Information: 410-532-5332 or 800-435-0200. Or