Press Release

BALTIMORE, MD (February 4, 2000) -- The Maryland Department of the Environment is seeking enthusiastic individuals to be a part of a new outreach program -- Maryland in Mind -- dedicated to creating a sense of environmental responsibility in young people.

An informational session for the program is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 22, at the Frostburg Public Library, Bambacus Room, 90 E. Main Street, Frostburg.

Volunteers will travel in pairs to local elementary school classrooms and youth groups to conduct educational presentations. MDE provides extensive training, materials and support to all volunteers.

The first in the series of sessions to be offered presents a fun and interdisciplinary way for students to explore water conservation issues. Topics include: water cycles, individual water use, resource conservation, and protection. The project component of the presentation is a take-home leak detection/water use audit.

The time required of volunteers is only a few hours a month. Training will be conducted in early March. Actual presentations to schools will begin in late March-early April.

Those individuals interested in making a difference in Western Maryland, meeting new people, gaining classroom experience, or using skills to help educate children on the practical aspects of environmental protection, please contact Maggie Grove, MDE’s volunteer coordinator, at 301-791-4787.