- Description: An outdoor apiary and an indoor observation hive are both located at HEEC. Students learn about bee behavior and life cycle, the importance of pollinators, and the process of harvesting honey.
- Grade Level: Various grades
- Number of Students Involved: Approximately 500 students annually
- Date: Ongoing
An excerpt from a high school biology scavenger hunt activity where students visit the apiary when answering a set of questions (Site # 15).
Trails & Arboretum
- Description: The network of trails that winds through HEEC is utilized on a daily basis. Various activities involve taking students on the trails to observe plants, animals, and land forms. Weather permitting, students are taken on a hike following lunch each day to observe their surroundings while getting fresh air and exercise. Students often visit to arboretum where the various tree species are utilized to teach about biodiversity, plant reproduction, and plant adaptations. A hybrid chestnut tree grove was established in the arboretum in 2017 and continues to be maintained.
- Grade Level: pre-k through 12
- Number of Students Involved: Approximately 4,000 students annually
- Date: ongoing
Tree Identification & Labels
- Description: HEEC has collaborated with Maryland DNR Forest Service employees and the Garrett County Forestry Board to identify all tree species located on the grounds. The location of one specimen for each species has been recorded. These specimens have been marked with a number. Students are able to use these marked trees for various activities related to identification, ecosystem services, and biodiversity. The trees are also utilized by outside groups including Envirothon teams and college classes for tree identification.
- Grade Level: Varies, depending on activities completed each year
- Number of Students Involved: Approximately 600 students annually
- Date: Project began in 2018. Utilization is ongoing.
Following is an email from a DNR Forest Service employee that includes the list of species identified by the foresters thus far and their location.