NOAA Environmental Science Training Center is offering two professional development winter workshops

August 28, 2014 by Julie Walker

This winter the NOAA Environmental Science Training Center and our partners are offering two professional development workshops for environmental educators in the Chesapeake Bay region.  Virginia Weather and Climate Workshop Series, and a Citizen Science Workshop Series. These workshops are designed to bring together experts in the field and environmental educators like yourselves.

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Green Apple Day of Service

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Green Apple Day of Service is an opportunity to join schools across the world in celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of sustainability leaders. Green Apple Day of Service is kicking off for the 2018/2019 school year, and we wanted to let you know what’s in store.

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Green Schools Conference & Expo 2018

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) is the only national event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools. Two days of programming offer inspiring keynote speakers, informative workshops and breakout sessions and the chance to network with colleagues from across the country. This year, GSCE will be hosted in partnership with Rocky Mountain Green, a regional sustainability conference. Early bird registration ends March 2nd.

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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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2019 Green Schools Conference & Expo

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The Green Schools Conference & Expo is the only national event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools. Two days of programming offer inspiring keynote speakers, informative workshops and breakout sessions and the chance to network with colleagues from across the country. In 2019, GSCE will be hosted in St. Paul, MN on April 8-9 in partnership with IMPACT, a regional sustainability conference.

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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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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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Growing Healthy Schools Month

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Growing Healthy Schools Month celebrates the health of students in public schools throughout the District. During the annual celebration, public schools collaborate with local community based organizations, District government agencies, farmers, athletes, and chefs to coordinate inspiring activities aimed at engaging students with topics concerning nutrition, the environment, and being active.

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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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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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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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Green Apple Day of Service

August 28, 2014 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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Roosevelt’s Reforestation Army

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

This compelling story by Cheryle Franceschi tells about Roosevelt’s reforestation army and the tribute made by the boys in Maryland’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) honoring those men who improved, restored, and enhanced our national public lands. Included in this story is a downloadable Universal Design Learning Plan. The material is tied to STEM & Humanities curriculum.

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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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Green Schools National Network-Supporting Sustainable Schools

August 28, 2014 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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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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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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Chesapeake Stormwater Network’s 2019 BUBBAs Contest

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

The Best Urban BMP in the Bay Awards contest (BUBBAs) recognizes the best practices and programs being implemented in the urban environment across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Now in its fourth year, the BUBBAs shine a light on local innovators using creative approaches to protect and restore local watersheds.

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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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Teaching with i-Tree

August 28, 2014 by Andrew

Project Learning Tree’s Teaching with i-Tree Unit includes three hands-on activities that help middle and high school students discover and analyze the many ecosystem services that trees provide. The activities can be used in formal classroom settings or with non-formal groups, such as scouts, students enrolled in after-school programs, and visitors to nature centers and parks. In addition, students can share what they’ve learned with family members to assess the trees around their home.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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