Maryland Mining Program Educational Programs and Support for the Public

Classroom Educational Programs

Students_seated_at_table_studying_mining_materialsThrough hands on on educational programs, teachers and school children are exposed to rocks and minerals, how we obtain them by mining, what they are used for, and what is done when mining is complete to restore the land (reclamation).  This is accomplished through teacher training at conferences and in service training, and classroom visits for school children of all ages; utilizing many fun hands on activities.  The goal of the Mining Programs outreach and educational participation is to educate and inform citizens of all age levels in a fun and meaningful way.  For more information on MDE class presentations and availability for teacher in service training, contact Molly Michaelson, at

Watershed Programs Support

The Maryland Mining Program (Coal and nonCoal divisions) also is very supportive of local watershed groups. Watershed groups are important partners with state agencies and educational institutions to protect watershed areas and habitats. Not only is technical support often provided to aid the volunteers in understanding the problems they have encountered in their watershed (when related to mining), but equipment is often provided to help them accomplish the water quality sampling most programs develop.  This water sampling is beneficial to both the Watershed groups and the Mining Program.  By allowing the watershed groups to collect and monitor the water quality within  their watershed of interest, the Mining Program is often rewarded with regular sampling data.  This allows personnel to keep track of changes in the watershed and, in some cases, help support water remediation project proposals.