The Harford Glen Environmental Education Center, an integral part of the Harford County Public School
System, coordinates a comprehensive, sequential, and participatory program of environmental education.
By focusing on a curriculum that promotes awareness, and understanding of the local and global
environment, the Harford Glen staff seeks to produce a responsibility ethic of stewardship and
sustainability in the total school community.
502 West Wheel Road, Bel Air, MD 21015
Phone: 410-638-3903 Fax: 410-638-3907
Map and Directions
Harford Glen is open to the public, from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., on the dates shown below.
April 1 – Last Day of School
Open on weekends
Open 7 days a week
First Day of School – October 31
Open on weekends
Harford Glen Trail Map - Printable
Harford Glen Trail Map - Interactive
Inclement Weather Policy
Delay on the first day of the program
If HCPS delays the opening of school on the first day of the program, the Harford Glen program will also
be delayed the same amount of time. For example, if HCPS delays opening of school for two hours, the bus
will pick up the fifth grade students at school at 11:00 am (or 11:30 am for fourth tier schools).
Cancellation on the first day of the program
If HCPS cancels school on the first day of the program, the Harford Glen program will also be cancelled
for that day. Whenever schools open the following day, whether it is on time or delayed opening, buses
will arrive to pick up students. If it is a delayed opening, see above.
Cancellation on the first and second day of the program
If HCPS cancels school on the first and second day of the program, the entire session will be cancelled
and make up dates will be scheduled for the end of the school year.
Threat of inclement weather during the program
If severe weather is forecast during your session, the Harford Glen staff will consult with the
elementary school administrators and the transportation division of Harford County Public Schools to
determine whether students will remain at Harford Glen, if the session will be modified, or if the
session will be cancelled and make up dates will be scheduled for the end of the school year.
Harford Glen Merchandise
All proceeds from the sale of Harford Glen merchandise support Harford Glen projects. Browse the products available here and then place your order on the Harford Glen Foundation online store.
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Following the Board of Education’s decision to make masks optional in Harford County Public Schools, we want to provide additional information to students, staff, parents, and guardians.
If staff or students are sick, please stay home.
Bel Air High School: Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Fallston High School: Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
North Harford High School: Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Aberdeen High School: Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
If you have already registered with MAKO for a prior COVID-19 screening clinic, you do not need to complete the registration again before attending a voluntary clinic.
If you have not registered with MAKO, please click here for registration information.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say, “COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.”
Based on the CDC’s latest update, the COVID-19 Community Level in Harford County is “low.” When community levels are “low,” CDC guidance says:
Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
Click here for more information about CDC COVID-19 Community Levels.
Click here for a video message following the Board of Education’s decision to make masks optional in HCPS. A big “thank you” to Ms. Abbott’s 5th graders at Ring Factory Elementary School who star in the video! #HCPSuperStars
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Tonight, February 28, 2022, at 6:51 p.m. during the Board Business meeting, the Board of Education of Harford County voted to lift the mask mandate in all Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) school buildings and facilities, making masks optional for students, staff, and visitors who wish to wear them. The change will take effect tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. This comes after conversations with local health officials following the Maryland State Board of Education and the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) vote to lift the state mask mandate for schools.
We want to be very clear: We support students and adults who choose to continue wearing masks in our school buildings and facilities. Now that the mask mandate has been lifted, this is a personal and family choice. Much like any other personal choice or difference of opinion, there will be no tolerance in our classrooms, schools, or offices, for anyone who wishes to intimidate, tease, or bully anyone else for their choice of whether to wear a mask or not. We ask all our adults to lead by example and all our families to have conversations with their students about this important issue. We must continue to exercise grace, patience, and flexibility with one another.
On February 25, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) amended its federal mask order to no longer require that people wear masks on buses operated by school systems when they are carrying out school-system related business. As a result, effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, masks will also be optional on school buses, when those buses are carrying out school-related functions.
Following the current quarantine and isolation guidance set forth by the CDC, Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), students and staff who have completed their five-day isolation or quarantine period should continue to mask in all public settings, including schools, for five additional days. Additionally, all students utilizing health suite services will need to utilize a mask during their visit based on guidance from the CDC. Masks will be provided in health suites as needed.
Please click here for the HCPS Operational Status effective March 1, 2022. It is also available on hcps.org.
We have all been anxious to get to this point. Again, with masks now optional in schools, HCPS facilities, and on school buses for school related activities, we ask everyone to continue to exercise diligence, caution, and kindness, as we traverse the road ahead, HCPStogether.
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