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Green Schools National Network-Supporting Sustainable Schools

February 15, 2017 by Andrew

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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

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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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President’s Environmental Youth Award & Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

May 26, 2016 by Julie Walker

Apply today for the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement, through recognizing outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The award celebrates student leadership in protecting the environment and building a livable, sustainable global community. Or if you know or are an excellent Environmental Educator the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators has been extended until May 31, 2016. This program recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.

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The Nature of WONDER

May 02, 2016 by Julie Walker

After two years of renovations the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery reopened with their newest exhibit WONDER this fall. These supersized art installations definitely not only live up to the promised WONDER of their name, but also impart a flare of nature’s wonder. Through the use of natural materials, stated and unstated themes, the gallery left me WONDERing more about the connections between nature and art.

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Leadership Summit Shines Spotlight on Environmental Literacy

April 29, 2016 by Julie Walker

Chiefs of Education from each jurisdiction as well as representation from the U.S. Department of Education gathered to discuss the importance of creating and sustaining high-quality environmental literacy programming as part of their ongoing education reforms across subject areas.

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Celebrate National Environmental Education Week April 17-23, 2016

April 11, 2016 by Julie Walker

NEEF’s 12th annual National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), taking place April 17-23, 2016, and sponsored by Samsung, is the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education (EE). We invite environmental educators of all kinds, teaching any age, to take part in the celebration by registering their existing or new events, field trips or projects as EE Week events at NEEFusa.org/eeweek. Registrants receive discounts on EE publications and eligibility for certain NEEF grants, contests, and more! Follow NEEF on Twitter (link is external) and Facebook (link is external) for the latest updates and engage with the community through the hashtag ‘#EEWeek.’ Free materials and educator toolkits are always available on the NEEF Greening STEM Learning Center. We hope you’ll join in celebrating a simple equation: Environmental Education + Everyone = A Brighter Future for All.

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Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

March 02, 2016 by Julie Walker

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (for high school students) is happening on April 17, 2016 at the National Aquarium-Baltimore. This Youth Summit is “for youth by youth” ! The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS) was created to provide youth participants the opportunity to learn from marine scientists and conservationists about the current threats facing marine ecosystems, both locally and globally. This event also teaches participants about the ways other youth are currently working to protect marine ecosystems, and then allows them to work with their peers to develop action plans for their own ocean conservation projects. Workshops offered at the summit allow participants to gain the skills necessary to successfully implement conservation projects, teach participants about career opportunities in marine conservation, and expose them to opportunities they can take part in to help protect our planet’s oceans and their inhabitants.

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