In-Person Classes (Not available in 2021)

This page describes the HoLLIE in-person classes last offered in 2020.

Due to the health hazards posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 classes will be offered as a virtual program described on the HOME page.

  • Bring your enthusiasm and experience 

  • Join others who care about the environment

  • Be a life-long learner 

  • Meet experts in the field 

  • Volunteer your time 

  • Make a difference in the world!

What is this program?

8 weeks of classes on Thursdays from Feb 6 - March 26, 2020   

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

  • Presentations by earth system scientists from NASA and local universities and agencies

  • Discussion of global climate change

  • Presentations on regional environmental issues, regulations, policies, enviornmental justice and health

  • Sessions on sustainability in the Chesapeake Bay and Howard County

  • Non-positional leadership skills

  • Field Trips 

Optional: Local Environmental Service Projects 

Ages:  18+

Fees:  Tuition for 2020 $125


Locations:  (Directions below)

The Carriage House at Belmont Manor and Historic Park, 6553 Belmont Woods Rd, Elkridge, MD. 


Two days we will carpool to NASA Goddard 

More Information:


See the Documents section below for class content

See the Information Resources page for a list of Partner organizations that will be presenting during classes 



Registration is administered by Howard Community College. 


The class number is in the HCC Winter non-credit catalog under the heading Environment.  The course number is:  XE-516-6550

You can register online, by mail, by fax, or in person  



Click here to go to the Howard Community College registration information page.  From there you can download a registration form to mail or fax, or you can register online.     

Help for HCC Online Registration

The button above takes you to the Howard Community College NonCredit Registration and Payment page.  


Click the + next to Online, then click the Register Online button that will appear.

Now you will see the HCC Expressnet page.  

In the paragraph for Continuing Education Students, click the link register here.

Now you will see the page titled Search, Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes.  Scroll to the bottom of the page.

The last box on the page is Search by Course Number.  Type in XE-516 and click the Submit button.

On the Select Classes page, click the check box next to XE-516 and click the SUBMIT button.

That will take you to pages where you enter your personal information and payment.  

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Click to view the Howard Community College course description.  

Syllabus for 2020 class

Directions to Class at Belmont


Click for directions to Belmont manor:


6555 Belmont Woods Rd, Elkridge, MD 21075

At the end of the road turn right for parking.  Classes are in the Carriage House, to the left of the barn.


Directions to Class at Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center

Click for directions:  


NASA Goddard Space Flight Visitors Center, ICESat Road, Greenbelt, MD 20771

Unless otherwise directed, follow the Google Map to ICESat Road.  Then turn left into the Visitor Center driveway before you reach the security checkpoint on ICESat Road. 

Look for the HoLLIE Coordinators, a bus with a NASA escort will take us to the classroom building.


Inclement Weather Policy for ELL/HoLLIE 2020

Check your email for the go/no-go decision.  We will also post to the HoLLIE News/Blog page as soon as we know, and on “day-of” by 7am.  


Dates for rescheduled classes will be announced at our next scheduled class and will be posted on the News-Blog page.


You can expect that:

  • If schools are CLOSED, will OPEN LATE, or the County Government is on LIBERAL LEAVE, Coordinators will make the decision by 7am.  We base the decision on accessibility of the road leading into Belmont.

  • If NASA decides to close for the day, we must reschedule.

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