The Howard County Conservancy has been named a Maryland Green Center by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.
The designation recognizes the conservancy as a provider of high-quality environmental education, a supporter of the association's Maryland Green School Awards Program, and a model for sustainable environmental practices in its buildings and grounds.
The conservancy offers environmental programs for schoolchildren, as well as field trips, community service learning projects, activities for Scouts and summer nature camps.
In partnership with Howard County Recreation and Parks and Howard County Master Gardeners, the organization provides support to schools interested in becoming "Green Schools," offering the services of its volunteer naturalists as advisers or teachers.
The conservancy has incorporated passive solar elements in the design of its Gudelsky Environmental Education Center, and bamboo, a sustainable grass product, was used for the great- room floor. Bio-ponds, landscaped with native plants, reduce runoff around the building.
The awards ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. May 29 at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.