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Adkins Arboretum to Host Wetlands Workshop for Educators May 14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—MARCH 27, 2011)

Join Adkins Arboretum on Sat., May 14 for WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands, a professional development workshop for teachers, environmental educators and program directors, presented by Environmental Concern. The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has called WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands “the most comprehensive introduction to wetland issues and definitions.” The program also is a resource recommended by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands is a hands-on, multi-disciplinary, K-12 curriculum that includes more than 50 interactive activities specifically designed to engage students with and get them excited about wetlands! Each activity is presented in lesson plan format and is correlated to the National Science Education Standards as well as the Maryland State Science Standards. Participants of the WOW! workshop will spend a full day, both indoors and out, learning wetland ecology and wetland functions and values through fun, interactive activities while exploring Adkins Arboretum’s wetland. WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The registration fee of $35 includes the program curriculum and all necessary workshop materials. Pre-registration is required. Register online at www.wetland.org/education_schedule.htm, or call Environmental Concern at 410-745-9620.

Environmental Concern, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1972 in St. Michaels, Md. Its mission is to promote the public understanding and stewardship of wetlands with the goal of improving water quality and enhancing nature’s habitat. This is accomplished through wetland outreach and education, native species horticulture, and the restoration, construction and enhancement of wetlands.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.