HoLLIE Classes for 2022
Unfortunately our HoLLIE Classes for 2022 have been cancelled due to the surge in COVID-19 Omicron
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 3 - March 23, 2022
8:45 am - 3:00 pm
Presentations by earth system scientists from NASA and experts from 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
Introduction to local nature and environmental organizations and volunteer possibilities
For more details see the syllabus in the DOCUMENTS section below.
Optional: Local Environmental Service Projects
Ages: Ages 18+
Fees: Tuition for 2022 $120
Virtual classes via Zoom and Webex.
You can use your home computer, tablet or cell phone.
We will have 2 days of instruction from NASA Goddard scientists. These may be at NASA Goddard in Beltsville or from your home via WEBEX, depending on the weather and 2022 staffing policies at NASA Goddard, which have not been finalized yet.
The other days we will meet at the Baltimore and Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum, run by our friends at Howard County Parks and Recreation
Several afternoons we will have field trips to other sites in Howard County
If weather is unsuitable to meet in person, we will meet that day via Webex or Zoom
If the County closes the Museum for any reason we will meet that day via Webex or Zoom
Registration is through Howard County Rec & Parks.
B&O Ellicott City Station Museum
3711 Maryland Ave
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Class will meet in the second floor conference room at the B&O Railroad Museum. Restrooms are downstairs on the first floor. There is a ramp to the first floor, but note the ramp is OUTDOORS. It will be cleared of any ice or snow, but consider whether this arrangement is suitable for you before registering.
We will be following Howard County Employee safety protocols.
At this time it means:
ATTENDEES MUST HAVE PROOF OF VACCINATION OR A WEEKLY COVID TEST (at your expense).
Facemasks are required indoors.
Social Distancing is in effect
At the first meeting, attendees
must sign the standard HoCO
Parks & Rec attendance waiver.
There is free street parking in Lots A, B, and C very near the Museum. (5 minute walk or less from any of the lots.)
Directions to 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 HoLLIE 2022
Check your email for the on site meeting go/no-go decision no later than 7am.
You can expect that:
If the Howard County Government is on LIBERAL LEAVE, we will meet via WEBEX or ZOOM that day. Coordinators will make the decision by 7am.
NASA makes their own decision whether or not to close for the day
If the forecast calls for the possibility of bad weather, we will provide you instructions for a WEBEX or Zoom meeting in case we can't meet on site in person.