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Your donations to the the ESSL help support our mission to instill a sense of wonder, awe, and excitement to the students of Frederick County Public Schools. You can make a donation here.


If you are interested in an ESSL Partnership please complete this form.


We are requesting that all volunteers be in their junior year of high school or older. Parents, please have your son or daughter make the contact with us.  Thank you.

Dear Potential Volunteers,

The ESSL operates on a shoestring budget. Your help allows us to offer our evening programs, our summer matinees, keep the two-acre arboretum and front garden in good shape, and assist with classroom preparations.

Volunteer needs include:

  • Evening Planetarium Programs and Laser Light Shows - assist with activities, animals, collecting tickets, crowd control.
  • Summer Matinees - assist with activities, animals, collecting tickets, crowd control.
  • South Frederick Arboretum Maintenance - mowing, weed whacking, pruning, pick-up, mulching.
  • Classroom set-up and clerical assistance - clipboard, pencils, copies, microscope and tablet set-up, displays cabinets dusted and cleaned.

Information for adult volunteers


Adult Volunteers


Interested in volunteering, please email Co-Director