The Roving Ranger: A Mobile Trailhead Serving up Chesapeake Bay Education

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The Roving Ranger is a mobile trailhead designed to serve as a visitor contact and information center within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Chesapeake Conservancy and National Park Service employees staff the vehicle to provide information about park sites, topics of interest, and park events. Staff also offer unique educational programs developed specifically for the Roving Ranger. Visitors to the Roving Ranger can collect a National Park passport stamp, pick up special junior ranger program books related to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and participate in an interpretive program.

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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Whether you’re enticed by the strong community feel, the chance to get out in the great outdoors or simply want something fun to do with the family on a Sunday afternoon, The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching has all you need to know about one of our favorite activities. Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which players use GPS technology to search for geocaches which contain small knick-knacks and often log books so that Geocachers can see who else is finding the hidden treasures!

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MWEE 101 Online Course Launch!

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Partners from the Chesapeake Bay Program Education Workgroup are excited to announce the launch of an online course created to provide in-depth understanding of the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience for both formal and non-formal educators. MWEE 101, as the course is known, is housed on NOAA’s learning management system Chesapeake Exploration.

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

August 28, 2014 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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RESET

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

RESET is a volunteer organization of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals whose mission is to motivate children to discover and explore the worlds of science and math, and to encourage them to consider educational and career choices in related fields.

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation Summer Professional Development for Educators

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Join us for a five-day professional learning adventure on the Chesapeake Bay or one of its tributaries in summer 2018. CBF is offering more than 30 courses that will explore the mountains of Virginia, the rivers of Pennsylvania, the islands of the Bay, and many places in between. Learn how to integrate the environment into your classroom and to help your students achieve environmental literacy success.

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National Environmental Education Week 2018

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

National Environmental Education Week will be held April 23rd-29th and is the nation’s largest annual celebration of environmental education. The event brings together educators, students, government agencies, businesses, communities, nonprofit organizations, and others to inspire environmental learning and encourage stewardship of our essential resources: land, air, and water.

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Summer Professional Development: Teachers on the Estuary-Data Edition

August 28, 2014 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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Designing Your Bird Friendly Landscape

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Do you love the idea of gardening to attract birds, but wonder how best to design your home landscape? Get some helpful hints at Pickering Creek Audubon Center on how to design your planting beds for rich bird life at this spring workshop.

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Application for NOAA Teacher at Sea Program’s 2019 Season opens November 1

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program is to provide teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving them unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation. The program provides a unique opportunity for kindergarten through college-level teachers to sail aboard NOAA research ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew.

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August 2018 Outdoor Education Opportunities at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The Chesapeake Bay Environmental (CBEC) in Grasonville, MD is a 501©3 non-profit organization whose mission focuses on education, research, conservation, and habitat restoration. CBEC is offering a variety of outdoor educational programs this August from guided hikes and kayak tours to flat water safety courses, and much more!

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Watershed leaders call for environmental education for all

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The 2019 Chesapeake Bay Environmental Literacy Leadership Summit highlighted the challenges and explored possible solutions to the equitable distribution of environmental education resources and opportunities. The Summit explored systemic environmental education and how it can drive diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Fall 2018 eNewsletter: What’s Happening in Environmental Education this Fall?

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The Bay Backpack eNewsletter provides resources for teachers and environmental educators searching for grant funding opportunities, professional development, and stewardship events across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as well as schools in the news recognized for advancing environmental education. eNewsletters are mailed four times per year. To subscribe, visit baybackpack.com and enter an email address at the bottom of the home page.

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Calling All Elementary Educators! WILD at Schools Lesson Plans Now Available Online!

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Wild at Schools were free, in-school programs tailored to meet curriculum requirements. Program were presented by staff or trained volunteers, but at this time, the program now consists of online lesson plans and resources. Lessons target elementary students (grades K-5) but will be expanded for middle and high schools.

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What’s Happening in Environmental Education this Summer?

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The Bay Backpack e-Newsletter is a great opportunity to see what events, professional development opportunities, and funding sources are available to environmental educators around the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. New this time around is a section titled “Schools in the News” where we have shared the recently announced Green Ribbon School winners! Subscribe to the e-Newsletter by visiting baybackpack.com and navigating to the bottom of the homepage.

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Celebrate National Environmental Education Week April 23-29, 2017

August 28, 2014 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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June is Great Outdoors Month!

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

With another school year wrapping up, thoughts turn to summer fun and what could be better than playing and relaxing outdoors? It’s a great way to unwind, find new interests, stay active, and even continue and reinforce the learning. Here are some resources to help give you ideas for where to go and what to do outdoors in Maryland this summer - or any time, all year.

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Explore and Restore Maryland Streams Teacher Workshops

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Join teachers and students from all around Maryland in taking action to care for Maryland’s streams. As a key part of Bay restoration, students from grades K-12 are adopting, investigating, and taking action to restore the health of their local stream. The program will introduce your students to the amazing natural features of streams right in their own communities, making rigorous learning as much fun as it is beneficial.

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Call for Applications - CTNC AmeriCorps Positions Available Statewide!

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina AmeriCorps program seeks to reconnect people with the outdoors and to develop future leaders in conservation. CTNC AmeriCorps members will develop service projects that help remove barriers to environmental education throughout North Carolina, as well as help expand the diversity of backgrounds among conservation leaders in the state.

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NatureCity Forum

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Join the full day exploration of green infrastructure with designers, practitioners, planners and advocates. The day will include local, regional and national case studies, as well as tools and research on the planning and implementation of green infrastructure for climate resiliency, community building, human health and ecological benefit.

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2019 MAEOE Conference

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

From February 7-10, 2019, attend the largest state-wide environmental education conference in the nation and the only conference of its kind in the State of Maryland. The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) conference brings together 600+ formal and non-formal educators for four days of networking, gaining resources and examples from the classroom, the school grounds and the community.

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Bay Backpack eNewsletter: What’s Happening in Environmental Education this Spring?

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The Bay Backpack eNewsletter is a quarterly newsletter that is mailed across the four seasons. This resource is intended for both educators and anyone who has a deep appreciation for environmental education. Content is comprised of recent news happening in schools, upcoming events, professional development, and funding opportunities. To subscribe, visit baybackpack.com and enter your email address in the bottom box. Thank you for reading and we appreciate all of the work you do each day to support this important cause.

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2018 NEEF Every Day Grants

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with major funding support from Toyota, is offering $100,000 in mini-grants to support restoration and/or resilience-focused volunteer events on public lands. Awarded grantees will be expected to lead service events that either restore public lands and/or make those lands more resilient to future natural disasters. Grant-funded activities will mobilize community volunteers and educate participants about their role in protecting the long-term sustainability of their local public lands.

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All of us have a hand in restoring the Bay

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

June 1-9 is Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week! Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week is a time for us to celebrate the culture, history and natural beauty of the Bay and its surrounding lands, rivers and streams. From upstate New York to southern Virginia, and West Virginia’s panhandle to eastern Delaware, we all share a piece of the nation’s largest estuary and our daily actions have a direct impact on the Bay

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NOAA B-WET Grant opens for 2019!

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET Chesapeake) grant program supports hands-on watershed education to students and teachers to foster stewardship of the Bay. Environmentally literate citizens with the skills and knowledge to make well-informed environmental choices are key to sustaining the nation’s ocean and coastal environments.

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