Once your class appears on the schedule, we schedule a bus for you with one of our two bus contractors. All you need to do is give a Program Trip Application Form to the bus driver.
With one exception (special needs buses). If you require a special needs bus:
Then call us to let us know:
Call Transportation a week or two ahead of time to re-confirm the need.
Kindergarten – Grade 5
* To accommodate the extraordinary demand by multiple users for bus trip transportation during May and June, some buses may need to depart from site by 1:45 or 2:00.
Parochial Schools (Pre-K – Grade 5)
King’s Christian Academy
Middle Schools (including Parochial Grades 6, 7, and 8)
Programs WILL be cancelled if steady rain is expected for the majority of the period from 10:00 to 2:00. They will also be cancelled for a combination of two or more of the following factors: rain, strong wind, and cold temperature.
Winter programs are based indoors with significant outdoor activities. The ratio of indoor to outdoor time is adjusted based on the above factors. No programs are conducted entirely indoors. The Elms building is not designed to hold classes indoors for a full day.
If you would like to communicate with us, feel free to call us the day before questionable weather. Anytime ...
Food and Drink:
Note: For SMCPS schools only there are no fees for 3rd and 7th grade programs during the 2016-2017 School Year.
All Pre-K through 4th and 7th grade programs are structured so that there is both whole group instruction and small group application. Please prepare your class by breaking them into 4 working groups, each with one chaperone. 5th grade canoeing programs are whole group.
To physically send or return things to Elms (nursery pots, critter keepers, buckets, equipment, clothing, etc.), please put them in Metro Mail and address to:
The Elms Environmental Education Center Department of Teaching, Learning and Professional Development 23160 Moakley Street, Suite 101 Leonardtown, MD 20650
Chaperones are not charged program fees, as they are expected to serve as active program assistants. Chaperones for Pre-K through 4th and 7th grade programs should be prepared to serve as small group leaders. Chaperones for the 5th grade canoeing program should be prepared to serve as competent canoe aides in the boats.
In addition to the classroom teacher and 5th grade P.E. teacher, please bring (no more than) 4 actively engaged chaperones for each Pre-K through 5th and 7th grade class. Thank you in advance for your understanding. We understand that it is not always possible to arrange for chaperones, and we will certainly work with you. Additional school staff (Para-educators, Special Education Teachers, Nurses, Principals etc.) needed to support student learning are always welcome in addition to the parent chaperones.