Young Scholars Learn about Freshwater Ecosystems

 Just before the end of 2016, 120 kindergartners from Harmony Hills Elementary in Silver Spring, MD explored the Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) at Anacostia Park. Over the course of three days they received hands-on biology lessons ranging from activities with local freshwater ecosystems and habitats to aquatic-themed stories and sing-a-longs.

Kudos to the AREC staff and the Department of Energy & Environment for leading the fun and educational activities. In addition, many thanks to Robert Trone and the Trone family for their sponsorship of Harmony Hills this school year.

“Our family is delighted to partner with National Park Trust by sponsoring Harmony Hills Elementary as a Buddy Bison School this academic year. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to connect and engage their youngest students with the many benefits of our local national parks and public lands,” stated Robert Trone, co-founder of Total Wine and More.

We look forward to planning their next park adventure this spring. If you would like to learn more about our school sponsorship program, contact Maryann Kearns, director of development, at or call 301-279-7275 x15.

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