Resources, Education, and Programs for Kids

Howard County Conservancy

The Howard County Conservancy is a local nonprofit whose mission is to educate children and adults about the natural world, preserve the land and its legacy for future generations and model responsible stewardship of our environment.  Conservancy watershed experts provide support for programs in Howard County schools.  Volunteers are needed for nature walks and kids programs.  The Conservancy also runs summer camps for kids at the Mt. Pleasant location.

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks

Howard County offers its citizens regional, community, and neighborhood parks containing sports facilities, recreation areas for picnics, and scenic outdoor trails for hiking and exploring.  There are also regular programs with activities and classes for kids. 

NASA Earth Sciences Division

The purpose of NASA's Earth science program is to develop a scientific understanding of Earth's system and its response to natural or human-induced changes, and to improve prediction of climate, weather, and natural hazards.  They also provide educational resources and activities for kids of all ages.

Robinson Nature Center

Robinson is a nature education facility situated on 18 acres of land adjacent to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area.  Our mission is to facilitate the enjoyment and understanding of our natural resources and to bridge the gap between people and nature.  There are frequent programs for kids and families.

Tastewise Kids / Days of Taste

TasteWise Kids inspires kids to explore and experience the world of food and its sources.  Kids are empowered to think about food in new ways and to realize that "healthy" food and good-tasting food are not mutually exclusive.  Kids get the opportunity to discover for themselves that good taste, nutritious food, and good health go together.  Read more on the website and volunteer for the Days of Taste program.

University of Maryland Extension – Howard County

The University of Maryland Extension service assists Howard County citizens with programs for crop and animal production, fruit and vegetables, family resources, water quality, food, nutrition and health, 4-H youth development, fair and livestock shows, gardening and horticulture.

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