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"Savoring Summer" - August Community Engagement Opportunity
Community Resources and Services - Special Events/Projects

Description

Don't let the Summer of 2022 come to an end without fully embracing all the fun, engaging, and educational activities Howard County has to offer during the month of August. If you feel like you wasted the entire summer, this is your last chance to get outside, engage, and participate in a plethora of exciting opportunities throughout Howard County that is sure to create lasting memories.

Don't waste another beautiful summer day . . . Sign-up to receive a list of fun, educational, and diverse activities for people of all ages.

Click on the Sign-up button and you will be emailed your "Savoring Summer" list of engagement opportunities that is sure to entice the interest of people of all ages!


Schedule

Dates: 08/01/2022 - 08/31/2022

Unlimited Positions available!


Address

MD



Location Description:

Various places throughout Howard County


Contact Info

Darlene Vaselaros

dvaselaros@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-5951


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2022 Lead the Way, Service Days
Howard County Rec & Parks -

Description

2022 Lead the Way, Service Days | Various Dates & Locations | 10-16 yrs

If you have a desire to help others, service provides an avenue that benefits you, your community & your world. Volunteerism is the gift of giving without the expectation of anything in return. Volunteers gain experience & benefit from learning the value of service. For young people there is the additional benefit of earning service hours toward HS completion. Join in & be part of something bigger.

2022 OPPORTUNITIES BELOW (to sign up, visit schedule tab)

APRIL 8, LIGHT THE NIGHT 5K , Oakland Mills HS (event runs 6:30-8:30pm)
With YOUR help from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention MD Chapter (AFSP), HoCo Department of Recreation & Parks, HoCo Department of Health, & Bullseye Running, Light the Night 5k for Suicide Prevention will be more than just a race. This event will serve as a county-wide acknowledgment that we support & care for those impacted by suicide.

MAY 14, GIVING GARDEN, Sharp''s at Waterford Farm (10am-1pm)
Giving gardens are in full force & we need help planting! This is the garden where food is planted, harvested then donated to food banks. There are also herbs and veggies that need to be planted in the greenhouse. **There is a picnic area on the farm so you may bring a lunch and drink to enjoy once work is complete.** BRING, gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and wear clothing that can get dirty.

JUN 4, JUNIOR COUNSELOR PROGRAM PREP, HoCo Recreation & Parks HQ (9:30am-12pm)
The Junior Counselor Program is for teens to work on site as a shadow camp counselor. There are lengthy trainings and supplies that need to be organized. We will be organizing these supplies.

JUL-SEP No events will be scheduled
OCT-DEC Coming soon!

Notes:

- Dress for activity & wear close toed shoes;
- Report, on time, to the listed location;
- Transportation is not provided;
- Supervision is provided;
- Upon completion of service, validation forms needing signature can be emailed to mbyrne@howardcountymd.gov.

Past Service Day Fun!
Food Collection supporting HoCo Food Bank
Donation Collection supporting Knit Group of HoCo
Earth Day HoCo
Project Day supporting Terrapin Adventures
Program Prep supporting Junior Counselor Program
Party in the Park supporting Baltimore Humane Society
Spooky Woods supporting Terrapin Adventures
Family Volunteer Day HoCo
Greenhouse & Winter Work supporting Sharp''s at Waterford Farm
Light the Night 5k


Requirements

Minimum age: 10


Schedule

Dates: 01/05/2022 - 12/31/2022

Unlimited Positions available!


Address

MD



Location Description:


Contact Info

Melissa Byrne

mbyrne@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4704


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2022 MPEA Conservation Stewardship Projects
Howard County Rec & Parks -

Description

2022 MPEA Conservation Stewardship Projects | Various Dates/Locations | 9-11:30am | Ages 18+ (or 13-17 with guardian present)

*To Register, Follow the Links Below*

The Middle Patuxent Environmental Area Conservation Stewardship Project (MPEA CSP) addresses the issue of invasive exotic plant species in Howard County Recreation & Parks' Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Invasive exotic plants reduce native floral diversity by competing for sunlight, resources, and space, and offer poorer quality or insufficient food and habitat for native wildlife; they may also increase soil erosion and reduce water quality, or present a nuisance to visitors. During the CSP events, volunteers help combat this problem through the removal of invasive plants and the restoration of native, ecologically appropriate species. Each event also includes an educational component concerning the target species or area of the day.

The MPEA, established in 1996, is 1,021 acres in size and contains a diversity of habitat types. There are upland and bottomland hardwood forest, fields, wetlands, ponds and riparian habitats. The primary components of the MPEA's mission are natural resources management, education, research and recreation.

Registration is required. Participants should bring drinking water and wear long pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and any additional garb appropriate for the weather. Ticks, Poison Ivy, and stinging insects may be encountered. Tools provided.

*Follow the Links Below to Register for Individual Opportunities*
January-June Opportunities
July-December Opportunities


Requirements

Minimum age: 13


Schedule

Dates: 03/01/2022 - 12/31/2022

11 Positions available!


Address

MD



Location Description:


Contact Info

Allen Dupre

adupre@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4035


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Opp Available Positions: 11


Description

Trail Construction Event | David Force Park | Various Dates | 9am - 1pm | Ages 13+

The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks (HCRP) is seeking a small group of volunteers to help establish a new trail corridor at David Force Park in Ellicott City by cutting in new trail tread surface from a rough-in corridor, under the supervision of staff.

Visit the SCHEDULE TAB to select the event date during which you would like to volunteer.

Volunteers will receive onsite training prior to working and will have access to tools for the duration of the event.

Group will meet at the park kiosk at the Pebble Beach Drive access.

Please Remember:
- Wear long pants and close-toed shoes (required);
- Eye protection is recommended;
- Bring your own gloves, masks, at least 2 liters of drinking water & snacks.

*Volunteers must be 18 years old or 13+ with guardian present*

Weather may cause this opportunity to be cancelled.

Each event is limited to eight individuals.


Requirements

Minimum age: 13


Schedule

Dates: 01/04/2022 - 11/27/2022

Schedule Slots Available!

This opportunity has a schedule. Click view schedule below to see available times.


Address
David Force Park 2995 Pebble Beach Drive
Ellicott City MD, 21042



Location Description:

Group will meet at the park kiosk at the Pebble Beach Drive access.


Contact Info

Meagan Poe

Mpoe@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4697


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HoCo "Rocks"! Gary J. Arthur Community Center Rock Garden Art Exhibit
Community Resources and Services - Special Events/Projects

Description

Howard County Community "ROCKS", but we want to make it even "Boulder"!

Age-Friendly Howard County is a community initiative that is striving to make an even better place for people of all ages to grow up and grow older! By creating a more age-friendly, livable community, people of all ages will have their needs met which will allow for people to engage in their community in a healthy and safe way. Therefore, we want YOU to help us promote age-friendly by engaging in our rock painting opportunity.

This Age-Friendly opportunity will promote and encourage people to express themselves, have their voices heard, and help unify the community by seeing the impact of how a couple painted rocks by you will make such a beautiful community "rock garden" when placed with the others.

So let your creativity soar, get as creative as you want and have your voice heard through art!

Job Duties:
- Click the "sign up" button to let us know that you'll be contributing rocks to the Gary J. Arthur Community Center exhibit.

- Gather rocks from your own backyard or purchase them

- Design your rock to your liking

- Bring your rocks to Gary J. Arthur Community Center. Look for the Rock Garden Exhibit sign outdoors. Place your rocks in the exhibit area outdoors.

Instructions for Painting DIY Rocks:
1. Purchase and/or collect your supplies.

2. Clean your rocks and allow them time to dry.

3. Paint your rocks. Get creative!

4. Seal your rocks.

5. Drop off your rocks at appropriate rock collection location. See location tab for details.

Students can earn 2 service learning hours for painting 5 rocks.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Contact Info

Darlene Vaselaros

dvaselaros@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-5951


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HoCo "Rocks"! North Laurel Community Center Rock Garden Art Exhibit
Community Resources and Services - Special Events/Projects

Description

Howard County Community "ROCKS", but we want to make it even "Boulder"!

Age-Friendly Howard County is a community initiative that is striving to make an even better place for people of all ages to grow up and grow older! By creating a more age-friendly, livable community, people of all ages will have their needs met which will allow for people to engage in their community in a healthy and safe way. Therefore, we want YOU to help us promote age-friendly by engaging in our rock painting opportunity.

This Age-Friendly opportunity will promote and encourage people to express themselves, have their voices heard, and help unify the community by seeing the impact of how a couple painted rocks by you will make such a beautiful community "rock garden" when placed with the others.

So let your creativity soar, get as creative as you want and have your voice heard through art!

Job Duties:
- Click the "sign up" button to let us know that you'll be contributing rocks to the North Laurel Community Center.

- Gather rocks from your own backyard or purchase them

- Design your rock to your liking

- Bring your rocks to North Laurel Community Center. Look for the Rock Garden Exhibit sign in the entrance area. Place your rocks in the appropriate drop-off container.

Instructions for Painting DIY Rocks:
1. Purchase and/or collect your supplies.

2. Clean your rocks and allow them time to dry.

3. Paint your rocks. Get creative!

4. Seal your rocks.

5. Drop off your rocks at appropriate rock collection location. See location tab for details.

Students can earn 2 service learning hours for painting 5 rocks.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Contact Info

Darlene Vaselaros

dvaselaros@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-5951


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