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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.   

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  • 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.

Facility Information

B&O Ellicott City Station Museum
3711 Maryland Ave

Ellicott City, MD 21043

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B&O Directions


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:


  • Facemasks are required indoors.

  • Social Distancing is in effect 

  • where possible.

  • At the first meeting, attendees
    must sign the standard HoCO
    Parks & Rec a
    ttendance 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

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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.


Syllabus for 2020 in-person class

The 2022 syllabus is not available yet but will be similar.

Snow Policy

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.

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