K Teacher Poolesville Elementary School
In addition to the work through LAND, the Seely’s with their two son’s Thayer and Cade, work the family landscaping business Gardens by Garth, launched the same year the Reserve was created in 1980.
Join us in celebrating the work of LAND and the Seelys. Event Information coming soon.
"Sharing our knowledge and love of nature with them ultimately got us involved with working with their classes at school, introducing more kids to exploring nature. It was from these experiences that sparked the idea for Landscape and Nature Discoveries (LAND). In 2006 LAND received its non-profit status and we expanded all our programs to multiple schools.
LAND provides students (pre-school through high school) the opportunity to get outdoors and explore their natural environment with interactive, hands-on, outdoor experiences. Some of the ways we do this is through afterschool clubs, field trips, nature walks, Earth Day activities, and community service. Road and river clean ups help us promote “litter awareness” to the students. In the past we have done flower plantings in Poolesville and larger scale plantings with the park service. Earth Days at the local elementary schools gets every student and teacher participating in sprucing up the school grounds by weeding, planting flowers, trees, and bushes, mulching, and general grounds clean up. The kids take great pride in their work which is fun to see.
LAND provides opportunities for the middle and high school students to earn their SSL hours. Many kids that participated with LAND in elm. school came back as older students to volunteer with us. We have worked with various girl scout troops guiding them though activities to earn badges.
We always talk to the students about the importance of the Ag Reserve using the map that Tina Brown created.
We work hard to form a connection between kids, their community, and the natural environment. The enthusiasm of the students we work with is our best reward."
As the parent of a LAND alumnus, I’m amazed to look back and see all the ways this wonderful program has shaped my daughter. Her love and appreciation of the great outdoors and its beauty is, no doubt, due to the thoughtfulness and caring of Garth and Amy Seely through fun LAND events. I can’t think of a better way to educate children on our natural resources and the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve than through hands-on experiences that LAND provides.”
“LAND is an active adventure through nature. It allows you to experience and feel the outdoors.”
Monocacy elem. 4th grade student