Category Archives: Education

The Scientific Method for Homeschoolers Begins September 15, 2015 at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD—July 30, 2015

Uncover the fascinating origins of modern science with a glimpse into the past when Adkins Arboretum offers The Scientific Method for Homeschoolers, an eight-week program beginning September 15, 2015.

In this series, homeschool students ages 7 to 14 will journey from the birth of science in ancient Mesopotamia to science in the 21st century, with stops along the way in ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Scientific Revolution and The Age of Reason. Delving into the components of the scientific method, students will learn key scientific vocabulary and conduct experiments. They will use their newfound knowledge in the field, working in teams to create and test hypotheses related to the Arboretum’s forest, wetland, meadow and stream habitats. The program will culminate in a science fair showcasing team projects. Reading activities will be part of each class. Classes will meet on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., September 15 to November 3, 2015.

The series is $55 for members and $70 for non-members. Advance registration is required at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum Offers Fall Nature Fun for Preschoolers

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—July 28, 2015)

Goats, butterflies, pumpkins and more! Celebrate fall and engage your young child with nature with Adkins Arboretum’s Nature Preschool programs. Taught by Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton, this series of eight classes for three- to five-year-olds is offered Tuesday mornings beginning September 15, 2015.

Advance registration is required for these popular programs. The fee per class is $4 for members and $6 for members, with a 10 percent discount offered for enrollment in all eight classes. Programs run from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and include a craft and a snack. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Programs include:

Meet Lily!
Sept. 15
Visit the Arboretum’s goat herd, led by the lovely Lily, and learn how goats are used to munch troublesome weeds. Children will make goat puppets, sample goat milk and have their pictures taken with Lily and her four-legged friends.

Ants in Your Pants
Sept. 22
Join in a wiggly “Ants in Your Pants” dance and make a fingerprint ant craft. After learning some interesting ant trivia, we’ll go on a bug hunt, try out a bug vacuum and munch “Ants on a Log” snacks.

Milkweed and Monarchs
Sept. 29
Make a wish on a fluffy milkweed seed and learn about the beautiful monarch butterflies that lay their eggs on the milkweed plant. We’ll look for milkweed pods in the meadow, make a butterfly craft and enjoy butterfly books with our snack.

Teddy Bear
Oct. 6
Children and their teddy bear friends are invited to a forest picnic! The morning will include a bear hunt along woodland paths (bears rarely wander to the Eastern Shore, but it’s still fun to look), bear songs and a teddy bear bandana craft.

Pumpkin Party
Oct. 13
It’s pumpkin season! We’ll get the scoop on pumpkins, visit the Arboretum’s Funshine Garden and make pumpkin shakers. Then we’ll wiggle and twist to the Pumpkin Polka!

Nuts for Squirrels
Oct. 20
Are you nuts for squirrels? We’ll explore the world of these furry cuties on a forest scavenger hunt and return to the classroom for acorn stories and nutty snacks. A squirrel napkin ring craft will round out this fun-filled morning.

Going Batty
Oct. 27
Bats: terrifying vampires or cuddly Stellalunas? We’ll learn the science behind the world’s only flying mammal, experiment with echolocation and try navigating the meadow bat-style. We’ll also make batty Halloween decorations and celebrate with a holiday-themed snack and story.

Scouts and Maidens
Nov. 3
Who were the first people to live on the Eastern Shore? Let’s visit the First Light Village wigwams to find out! We’ll play a Native American corn game, collect sticks for a pretend campfire and craft a Native American centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table.

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Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Consumer Safety Forum in Denton – July 23, 2015

Congressman Andy Harris’ Offive
July 16, 2015

Consumer Safety Forum
All too often, seniors suffer financial hardship as targeted victims of ID Theft or other fraudulent activity. I would like to invite you to attend a forum on Consumer Safety that my office is hosting in Denton. We will have representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Department, the Caroline County Commissioners Office, and Mid Shore Pro Bono to provide valuable information and answer your questions. All are invited!

For more information, call Kent Island office at 410-643-5425.

WHAT: Consumer Safety Forum
DATE: Thursday, July 23, 2015
TIME: 10:00am-11:30am
LOCATION: Denton Library, 100 Market Street, Denton, MD 21629.

Cheryl Carmean is Caroline County 2016 Teacher of the Year

Caroline County Public Schools
April 16, 2015

Congratulations to Caroline County 2016 Teacher of the Year — Cheryl Carmean.

Mrs. Carmean teaches AP Physics and Physics at North Caroline High School. She was surprised with roses from Interim Superintendent Milton Nagel, Thursday morning during her AP Physics class. Mrs. Carmean has been teaching at NCHS since November of 2008.

Mrs. Carmean has her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware and her Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Before entering the classroom, Mrs. Carmean worked as a designer engineer in Colorado.

Photo: Left to right: North Caroline High School principal Dr. Michael Smith, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Patricia Saelens, Interim Superintendent of Schools Milton Nagel, Caroline County Teacher of the Year Cheryl Carmean, Carmean's husband, Blair Carmean and Board of Education President Tolbert Rowe.

Left to right: North Caroline High School principal Dr. Michael Smith, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Patricia Saelens, Interim Superintendent of Schools Milton Nagel, Caroline County Teacher of the Year Cheryl Carmean, Carmean’s husband, Blair Carmean and Board of Education President Tolbert Rowe. Photo from Caroline County Schools Facebook page

Adkins Arboretum Offers Winter Naturalists Series for Homeschool Families

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD
January 13, 2015

Students will explore native plants and animals in their winter environment when Adkins Arboretum offers Winter Naturalists, a series of science programs for homeschool families.

In this six-week program, homeschool students will join Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton in collecting data about winter animal activity at the Arboretum, conducting insulation experiments, constructing bird shelters and identifying food sources for white-tailed deer. Activities also include creating winter nature journals, visiting a fox den and identifying trees by their bark and branches.

Designed for students ages 8 to 12, Winter Naturalists will meet Fridays, Jan. 23 to Feb. 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Advance registration is required. The fee is $55 for members, $70 for non-members for all six classes in the series. A $10 discount is offered for siblings. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Open Community Forums for Caroline County Public Schools Superintendent Search

Caroline County Public Schools
November 24, 2014

The Caroline County Board of Education has begun its search for a new Superintendent of Schools. To help facilitate this process, the Caroline County Board has contracted the services of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), an agency that specializes in assisting Boards with the consideration of candidates for educational leadership roles.

Open community forums will be held at locations throughout the county to help identify the qualities and characteristics residents want for the new superintendent.

The following are the open forum times, dates and locations:
• Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m. at Colonel Richardson High School cafeteria, 25320 Richardson Road, Federalsburg.
• Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m. at North Caroline High School cafeteria, 10990 River Road, Ridgely

Participants will be provided a brief presentation about the superintendent search, participate in group discussions and will be asked to answer three questions:
1. What do you feel are the most positive things about Caroline County and Caroline County Public Schools?
2. What characteristics and qualifications do you feel a superintendent should possess?
3. What challenges do you think the new superintendent will face.

Input from these forums will be compiled, presented to and used by the Board of Education to develop a brochure and advertisement to solicit candidates for the superintendent position. The brochure and advertisement will be posted on our school system website and placed in local, state and national publications.

Individuals or groups that cannot participate in the forums are encouraged to e-mail responses to kblumsack@mabe.org or mail responses to arrive before December 15 to Kathryn Blumsack, Maryland Association of Boards of Education, 631 Ridgley Avenue, Suite 300, Annapolis, MD 21201.

Fall Nature Fun for Preschoolers at Adkins Arboretum’s Acorn Academy

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD
August 26, 2014

Ants, butterflies, pumpkins and more! Celebrate fall with your preschooler at Adkins Arboretum’s Acorn Academy, and enjoy the fun of engaging your young child with nature. Taught by Arboretum Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton, Acorn Academy is a series of eight classes for three- to five-year-olds offered on Tuesday mornings beginning Sept. 23.

Advance registration is required for these popular programs. The fee for the series of eight classes is $40 for members and $55 for non-members. Registration is also available on a per-class basis. Classes run from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and include a craft and a healthy snack. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Programs include:

Meet Lily!
Sept. 23
Visit the Arboretum’s goat herd, led by the lovely Lily, and learn how goats are used to munch troublesome weeds. Children will make goat puppets, sample goat milk and have their pictures taken with Lily and her four-legged friends.

Ants in Your Pants
Sept. 30
Join in a wiggly “Ants in Your Pants” dance and make a fingerprint ant craft. After learning some interesting ant trivia, we’ll go on a bug hunt, try out a bug vacuum and munch “Ants on a Log” snacks.

Milkweed and Monarchs
Oct. 7
Make a wish on a fluffy milkweed seed and learn about the beautiful monarch butterflies that lay their eggs on the milkweed plant. We’ll look for milkweed pods in the meadow, make a butterfly craft and enjoy butterfly books with our snack.

Hearts a’ Bursting
Oct. 14
Follow a magenta trail of hearts a’ bursting berries through the woods as we search for signs of fall. In the classroom, we’ll make berry bracelets and snack on heart-shaped cookies.

Pumpkin Party
Oct. 21
It’s pumpkin season! We’ll get the scoop on pumpkins, visit the Arboretum’s Funshine Garden and make pumpkin shakers. Then we’ll wiggle and twist to the Pumpkin Polka!

Going Batty
Oct. 28
Bats: Terrifying vampires or cuddly Stellalunas? We’ll learn the science behind the world’s only flying mammal, experiment with echolocation and try navigating the meadow bat-style. We’ll also make batty Halloween decorations and celebrate with a holiday-themed snack and story.

Nuts for Squirrels
Nov. 4
Are you nuts for squirrels? We’ll explore the world of these furry cuties on a forest scavenger hunt and return to the classroom for acorn stories and nutty snacks. A squirrel napkin ring craft will round out this fun-filled morning.

Scouts and Maidens
Nov. 11
Who were the first people to live on the Eastern Shore? Let’s visit the Paw Paw Playground wigwams to find out! We’ll play a Native American corn game, collect sticks for a pretend campfire and craft a Native American centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table.

Photo: Adkins Arboretum Acorn Academy.

Adkins Arboretum Acorn Academy – Submitted Photo


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Institute for a Healthiest Maryland Sponsors Playworks Training in Caroline County Schools

University of Maryland, Baltimore
March 20, 2014

Recess will never be the same, at least if the folks at Playworks have anything to do with it. On Monday, March 24, the Oakland, California-based non-profit will train educators from two Caroline County schools how to get the most out of every kid, in every recess.

Playworks believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid,” says Sean Keelan, senior national trainer for Playworks. “We create a place for every kid on the playground – a place where every kid belongs, has fun and is part of the game. My goal is for the schools to be confident in creating a recess that expands the opportunities for safe and inclusive play.”

Playworks trainers show teachers how to use games, play strategies and group management techniques to teach kids how to play well together, share, resolve conflicts and develop leadership skills. They say inclusive play and conflict resolution skills lead to fewer disciplinary actions and better classroom performance.

The training in Caroline County schools, and earlier training in Wicomico County schools, is part of a pilot program sponsored by The Institute for a Healthiest Maryland, a partnership between the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). IHM Executive Director Renee Fox, MD, says the physical payoff for kids is of paramount importance. The most recent data shows that more than 22% of school-aged Maryland children are obese. “Recently in Journal of the American Medical Association, there was good news about declining obesity rates in young children ages 2 to 5 years, which decreased 43 percent from 2003-04 to 2011-12. This decrease is heartening, but the trend was not seen in school-aged children,” says Fox. “One goal of this training is to increase physical activity for children during school time, to help develop lifetime healthy habits.”

About Playworks
Playworks is a national non-profit that teaches safe and inclusive play in schools. The group works with more than 350 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit http://www.playworks.org, or watch their video at vimeo.com/55304056.

About The Institute for a Healthiest Maryland
IHM’s mission is to measurably improve the health of Maryland citizens by supporting community transformation efforts, translating public health research into practice, and providing technical assistance to local health departments and community organizations. For more information about IHM, go to www.healthiestmaryland.org.

Enjoy Nature, Nurturing and Nutrition March 22 with Adkins Soup ’n Walk Program

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD
March 12, 2014

Learn about spring’s early pink and purple blooms when Adkins Arboretum offers a popular Soup ’n Walk program on Sat., March 22. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s woodland, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and hearty lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided.

Led by an Arboretum docent, the 90-minute walk will focus on skunk cabbage, spring beauty and bloodroot blooms and the soft buds of paw paw. The menu includes chicken soup with greens and sweet potatoes, broccoli bud salad, dill rye bread with mint jelly, and gingerbread carrot cake with lemon sauce. The program begins at 11 a.m.

The Soup ’n Walk program is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for non-members. Walks often fill to capacity, so early registration is recommended. Register at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0. To schedule Soup ’n Walk programs for groups of 15 or more, contact Ginna Tiernan, Adult Program Coordinator, at 410-634-2847, ext. 27 or gtiernan@adkinsarboretum.org.

Submitted Photo: Docent Julianna Pax, at right, points out mountain laurel during a Soup ’n Walk program at Adkins Arboretum.

Docent Julianna Pax, at right, points out mountain laurel during a Soup ’n Walk program at Adkins Arboretum. Submitted Photo

Become Acquainted with the Unseen Forest with Adkins Forest Observation Series

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD
October 15, 2013

Three-part series begins this weekend

Learn to develop a naturalist’s eye for observing flora and fauna when Adkins Arboretum offers Exploring Adkins Habitats, a three-part series designed to help participants develop the practice of sitting quietly alone in natural habitats, observing and documenting their experiences, and sharing those observations with others. The first program is Sat., Oct 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Subsequent sessions are Sat., Nov. 16 and Sat., Dec. 21.

Using Adkins Tent Symposium speaker David Haskell’s book The Forest Unseen as a guide, this workshop led by Maryland Master Naturalists will encourage participants to hone their observation skills and to express their experiences for mutual enjoyment and enrichment with the group and with readers of the Arboretum blog. They will be invited to help keep the Arboretum community abreast of trends in nature, sightings of flora or fauna that might be surprising, and even tracking phenomena of interest.

This program is free for members and free with admission for non-members. Advance registration is requested at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Photo: Ann and Richard Rohlfing

Photo by Ann and Richard Rohlfing