The Howard County Conservancy in Maryland is inviting sixth graders in the district to participate in its first-ever virtual conference entitled “Weather to the Extreme” on October 21.
The invitation says students will come “face to face,” admittedly in an online setting, with “emergency preparedness experts” and will “learn to identify and prepare for weather hazards.
Student attendees will receive materials for it in a “conference in a bag,” which they’ll be able to pick up a week before the online event. There’s a fee of $10 to register, and space is limited. But scholarships are available if students contact their teachers to apply and register.
The organization has actually “developed a series of educational programs to support student learning with Schools Out and Student Field Experiences, aligned with the HCPSS curriculum,” which has been based on the Next Generation Science Standards since 2013. This conference is part of that series.
But the partnership between the conservancy and Howard County Public Schools goes back before that. The organization has been educating Howard County youth since 1997 and has been an educational partner with the school system since 2003.
Located on 232 acres of rolling hills, with a variety of habitats, the primary site in Mt Pleasant is “ideally suited for nature study and exploration,” the organization says on its website. “Mt Pleasant is home to more than 140 species of birds and other wildlife and offers beautiful vistas of the Patapsco Valley—all just 15 minutes from Columbia.
Expected at the “Weather to the Extreme” conference are representatives from BGE (the local power company), Davey Trees, the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), REI (a co-op specializing in outdoor clothing), and county government agencies.