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Environmental project training will be offered

August 23, 2006

The Washington County Extension office, through its 4-H and youth development program, is offering training to area residents on Project Learning Tree (PLT), a national environmental education curriculum.

Training will be in two sessions at the Extension office at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center south of Hagerstown on Tuesdays, Sept. 19 and Oct. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Those interested must attend both sessions to receive free curriculum and certification.

Sarah Haines of the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University will lead the sessions.

Project Learning Tree is designed for students from prekindergarten through 12th grade.

"It helps students learn how to think, not what to think, about the environment," said Beth Bubacz, 4-H and youth educator for the local University of Maryland Cooperative Extension program.

"In addition to the classroom setting, PLT can be easily adapted to various audiences, such as Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, nature centers and museum visitors, 4-H clubs and other community groups," Bubacz said.

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The deadline to register for the training is Monday, Sept. 11.

For more information and a registration packet, contact the local Extension office at 301-791-1404 or send an e-mail to bbubacz@umd.edu.

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