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Hickory's 2016 Holiday Open House has been scheduled for Thursday, December 15 from 5 to 7 PM. The open house is free to the public. All are welcome to tour the nature hall and view a short presentation in the planetarium.
Over 130 Garrett County students attended camp at Hickory this summer. Students completing 5th grade and entering 6th grade in Garrett County are eligible to attend.
Hickory Environmental Education Center celebrated 50 years of outdoor education on December 18, 2014. Over 100 people joined the celebration in the nature hall by viewing slide shows, pictures, and other items from Hickory's past. Guests also toured the exhibits and watched planetarium presentations. A plaque commemorating the past Hickory coordinators was dedicated, as well as the announcement of a Hickory Coordinators scholarship to be presented each year. Former coordinators Joe Winters and Bruce Taliaferro were present for the event. Charlie Strauss was honored as the founder of Camp Hickory.
A second plaque was also dedicated to commemorate the planetarium, which has been located at the Hickory Environmental Education Center since 2003. The original planetarium was founded in 1967 at the Board of Education building in Oakland. Paul Frank and Wes Lovelace served as the first two planetarium directors. Jim Hart, who served as director for 37 years, was present for the dedication. A planetarium scholarship for Garrett County students was also announced.
In picture 1:
Jason Shank, current planetarium director, Jim Hart, former director, Deborah Brenneman, Science teacher at Hickory, Jane Wildesen, Director of Elementary Education, Sharon Hoover, Secretary and Assistant at Hickory, and Daymond Schmuck, custodian at Hickory.
In picture 2:
Jason Shank, current Hickory coordinator, Joe Winters former coordinator, Bruce Taliaferro, former coordinator, Deborah Brenneman, Science Teacher at Hickory, Jane Wildesen, Director of Elementary Education, Sharon Hoover, Secretary and Assistant at Hickory, and Daymond Schmuck, custodian at Hickory.