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The ECC was first formed in 2001 by Consultants who graduated from the first series of Environmental Studies School (ESS) Courses* run by the National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc. (NCAGC).  Membership is currently at 26, with 4 provisional, 1 emeritus and 21 accredited members.  We are sponsored by NCAGC, our state, which is a non-profit organization and part of the largest gardening organization in the world, National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC). Annual dues is $15.

Environmental Consultants Council

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Our goals are to continue our own education about the environment and to assist those running the school as they educate others about our dynamic and fascinating environment.  

Continuing our own education is accomplished during four yearly meetings currently held jointly with the Gardening Consultants’ Council.  We enjoy tours and lectures at those meetings.  We normally meet at The Arbor House, which houses the gift shop run by NCAGC, and is located on the grounds of the National Arboretum at 3501 New York Avenue, N.E., Washington DC 20002.  During our picnic, normally held at a member’s home in June, we enjoy good food, good company and a plant sale.  Our schedule for 2015-2017 is:

Any garden club member who has taken all four ESS courses, anywhere they are offered in NGC states, within a five-year period, and who has taken and passed the examination in each course (with a score of at least 70%,) may join the ECC as a Consultant.  Students who complete any two courses are eligible to join as provisional members while they complete the final two courses.  To retain membership, Consultants must complete at least one ESS course as a refresher at least once every five years.  Members may also refresh by taking an NGC sanctioned trip or tour.  Once a Consultant has completed five refreshers, they may become a Master Consultant. A Master Consultant may apply for emeritus status when they are no longer able to participate in NCAGC ECC activities.


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*More detail is available here – http://www.ncagardenclubs.org/ess.html

Our current Officers (2015-2017) would be happy to answer any questions:  

Lydia Barbour, Council President and School Chairman at lydiabarbour@hotmail.com

Muriel Turner, Council Vice-President at nunuglevum13@verizon.net

Mary Corley, Treasurer at mandmcorley@verizon.net

Karen Lucas, Recording Secretary, at zehnerlucas@gmail.com

© 2015 National Capital Area Garden Clubs

National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc.

District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia

Headquarters at Arbor House, U.S. National Arboretum

3501 New York Avenue, N. E., Washington, D. C. 20002-1958

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