Environmental Learning and Stewardship in Howard County, MD

Bring your enthusiasm for the environment to eight weeks of classes on Thursdays starting Feb 4, 2021.

Join others who care, meet experts in the field, and make a difference in the world!

Congratulations to our 2019 HoLLIE Graduates!!

Read about their contributions here...
and see more photos from graduation in our gallery...

Make an Environmental Difference in 2021 and Beyond!



 Offered by the Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment (HoLLIE)


  • Global climate change, sustainability, earth systems science, and best practices on leaving an environmental legacy.


  • Regional ecology, local government's eco-efforts, non-positional leadership training, introduction to local nature and environmental organizations’ volunteer possibilities.

Limited enrollment class for ages 18 and above.  Tuition for 2020 is $125.

Classes Thursdays, Feb. 4 to March 25, 2021, 8:30 am to 4 pm



The Carriage House at Belmont Manor and Historic Park

6555 Belmont Woods Rd., Elkridge, MD

Feb. 11 & 18 Classes at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Registration is handled by Howard Community College.  The class will appear in the Howard Community College Winter Noncredit Course catalog under Environment.  The college usually opens registration in mid-November.  We will post the number here as soon as it is available. 


If you would like an email reminder when registration opens, send email to hocollie@gmail.com with your name and mention that you want to be notified when registration opens for the 2021 class.

More information, a recent course syllabus, and help with

registration is available on the Classes page:

Questions?  Send email to hocollie@gmail.com and we will get back to you.   

"Attending HoLLIE’s introductory class in 2019 proved to be an antidote for the cynicism, complacency, hopelessness that was creeping its way into my views of humanity and its future…  This legacy learning institute is truly a living example of fellowship and community building focused on the environment.  Calling me to roads not taken in my past and possibilities and skills to go forward where ever I live."      -Anne Mihalik

What's your Environmental Passion ???

Whether you have lifetime, a day, or an hour, there is something you can do to help!

Hover or tap on the circles to find what interests you most, then click Go! to see a list of related organizations.

You can start small and still help a lot!

  How to get started:

  • Explore the circles

  • Click Go! to see a list of related environmental organizations in and around Howard County

  • Visit their website

  • Join their email list and stay informed

  • Attend a meeting in person or online if you can

  • Volunteers are needed for everything from office work and making phone calls to event staffing, research, outdoor work, and nature walks.  There are often opportunities to help from home.

You can make a difference!


Click the buttons below to learn about HoLLIE

About Us

About the HoLLIE Program

Meet our HoLLIE Coordinators

Local environmental organizations with great opportunities for you to get involved! 

Class Info

Course Descriptions & Syllabus

How to Register

Contact Us

Phone & Email

To classes at Belmont 

To NASA Goddard Visitors Center 

News & Alerts

Check for breaking environmental news, opportunities for action, and INCLEMENT WEATHER class notices

Photo Gallery

See what our classes and field trips are like!

Information Resources

Links to websites and videos on environmental topics, resources for discussing climate change, and environmental resources for kids.

Members Only 

Current and former HoLLIE participants can register by clicking this button or on the News-Blog page.  You must be registered to comment on our blog posts, get email notices of new posts, and access class materials.  

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