Joe Richardson, Sr.
School Composting Facilitator and Educator
Education has always been a passion for Joe Richardson, Sr., the owner of Bar-T summer camps and after-school Kids Clubs that have been operating since 1961. In 2002, Joe discovered his passion for environmental land stewardship and quickly began transforming the Bar-T Mountainside campus into a model for sustainability initiatives and an ideal location for offering hands-on outdoor science and environmental education for students and others. As an MEE Educator, Joe teaches kids about energy, the life cycle of plants, ecosystems, stream restoration, and more through Bar-T's and MEE's In-School and Mountainside-based field trips and retreats. As MEE's School Composting Facilitator, Joe collaborates with the Frederick County Composting Working Group, the Southern Frederick Rotary Club, Key Compost, and school officers, teachers, and students to teach kids about food waste and recycling, and help them set up food separation systems and compost pick-up services.