Recent Blog Posts

Green Apple Day of Service

August 09, 2017 by Andrew

Green Apple Day is an international initiative of the US Green Building Council to encourage volunteering at schools.  The intention is to promote environmental awareness and improve the learning environment. The following Green Apple Day projects at Robious Elementary and Clover Hill Elementary exemplify some of the great projects being implemented throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.

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Green History Summer Teacher Institute at the National Colonial Farm

May 24, 2017 by Andrew

Prepare your students to “Save the Future” by participating in a unique multi-disciplinary professional development course that uses history to provide a context for today’s environmental issues. This course, based on the award-winning Eco-Explorers: Colonial Time Warp school program at the National Colonial Farm in Accokeek, MD, will assist teachers in navigating the Maryland Environmental Literacy standards, MWEE requirements, and more.

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Summer Professional Development: Teachers on the Estuary-Data Edition

May 16, 2017 by Andrew

Teachers on the Estuary-Data Edition, a professional development opportunity offered by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve-MD and the NOAA Environmental Training Center, is a middle and high school level course designed to support teachers’ understanding of the environment using technology and scientific instrumentation to enhance local, participant-driven field experiences and authentic research.

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Living in Your Watershed

April 25, 2017 by Andrew

Twenty-five community educators from Virginia Cooperative Extension and the VA Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts participated in a 3-day leadership program April 11-13, 2017.  The workshop, Living in Your Watershed, was held on the James River at the Jamestown 4-H Center, and prepared agents and district educators to conduct meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) in their localities.

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Celebrate National Environmental Education Week April 23-29, 2017

April 13, 2017 by Andrew

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) 13th annual National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), sponsored by Samsung, is taking place April 23-29, 2017. Nationwide, environmental education events and projects will take place across the country in classrooms, after-school clubs, parks, aquariums, museums, and other formal and informal educational settings. Join formal and informal educators to celebrate achievements and support ongoing progress.

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Green Schools National Network-Supporting Sustainable Schools

February 15, 2017 by Andrew

Jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed recognize the importance of green, healthy, and sustainable schools to students, teachers, and the environment. The Green Schools National Network works with thought leaders to gather, synthesize, generate, and report evidence-based resources that include practical tools, news, and commentary for the green, healthy, and sustainable schools community. Their goals align with those in the Sustainable Schools Outcome under the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The outcome aims to continually increase the number of schools in the region that reduce the impact on their buildings and grounds on their local watershed, environment and human health through best practices, including student-led protection and restoration projects.

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A Meaningful Watershed Education Experience Field Investigation in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

November 04, 2016 by Andrew

Do you like catching fish while enjoying a beautiful view of Baltimore’s cityscape and learning about restoration activities currently being implemented in the Inner Harbor? On Friday, October 28th, I had the delight of accompanying Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the Baltimore Lab School on CBF’s Snow Goose workboat for a journey down the Patapsco River. CBF’s Baltimore Harbor Program offers kids a unique opportunity to see Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from a different viewpoint. From observing mechanisms that pick up trash to trawling for secret critters that roam the seafloor, we encountered both pleasant and disturbing sites.

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