Neighborhood Science: An Assessment Of A Social Ecology Education Program In Two Baltimore City Neighborhoods (presentation)

BOWES LYON, DAVID, Vicki Fabiyi, and Morgan Grove

Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Baltimore Ecosystem Study, Rm. 134 TRC Bldg., University of Maryland at Baltimore County, 5200 Westland Blvd., Baltimore, Md. 21227. Phone: (410) 455-8017. Email: ?

USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station, 705 Spear Street, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

The Neighborhood Science program focuses on the role of ecology in communities. The neighborhood science program working with Rose Street Community Center and Rognel Heights Cultural Center has involved experiential learning and activities within community centers and surrounding neighborhoods. It examines approaches for groups of young people to develop and use to gain an understanding of their neighborhood as an ecological system. It is hypothesized that such an understanding will contribute to improve the quality of their lives and will dove-tail with formal education. The presentation examines the activities conducted to date and possible future projections. The evaluation of the program focuses on issues related to organizational interaction, motivation of youth, scientists and community leaders, and content of the program.