Recent Blog Posts

Green Apple Day of Service

October 09, 2018 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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Fall 2018 eNewsletter: What’s Happening in Environmental Education this Fall?

September 27, 2018 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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The Roving Ranger: A Mobile Trailhead Serving up Chesapeake Bay Education

August 16, 2018 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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Mr. Besley’s Forest: Maryland’s First State Forester

August 13, 2018 by Andrew

Maryland’s Big Tree Champions is one of the many innovative ideas by Maryland’s first state forester, Fred W. Besley, whose dedication and vision laid the groundwork for the system of state forests and parks that currently exist in the state. He developed a successful educational campaign about the need for fire suppression and scientific forest management. This unit challenges students to move beyond the foundations of language to a mature application of facets of communication. The Big Tree Curriculum and documentary on Mr. Besley’s Forest are embedded and take a deeper look into forest conservation.

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August 2018 Outdoor Education Opportunities at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

August 06, 2018 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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2018 NEEF Every Day Grants

July 09, 2018 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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What’s Happening in Environmental Education this Summer?

June 14, 2018 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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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching

May 29, 2018 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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