Help the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education its 30th anniversary at their annual conference February 5 – 8, 2015 at the Princess Royale in Ocean City, Maryland.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a non-profit grantmaking organization that gives funding to students, teachers and communities to help improve their environment and the Chesapeake Bay. The Trust seeks to increase environmental stewardship through environmental education by providing grants that build and expand pre-K through 12 environmental education programs and increase student access to programs that provide meaningful outdoor learning experiences. These projects can range from outdoor field experiences with students, to rain garden planting, to the installation of living shorelines.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust is now accepting applications for the Environmental Education Grant Program. Grant applicatants can apply for one of two tracks ….
Please contact Jamie Baxter, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss which track is more appropriate for your proposal idea. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Trust staff to discuss proposals prior to the deadline. Click here for additional details and to download the RFP. Grants support programs serving Maryland students, teachers and schools. Deadline to apply is December 15th 2014.
A new Classroom Study Guide is now available to accompany the PBS documentary, Return Flight: Restoring the Bald Eagle to the Channel Islands. Return Flight aired nationally in 2013 and 2014 on the PBS series Natural Heroes. This documentary shows the plight of Bald Eagles in Southern California from hunting to persecution to DDT contamination. The film documents the inspiring recovery of the Bald Eagle by showing how biologists, government agencies, and the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program (MSRP) have worked together to bring this ancestral bird back to the Channel Islands.
The free Return Flight Classroom Study Guide was developed for middle school, high school, and community college teachers allowing them to delve deeper into the topics introduced in this educational film. The study guide features seven lesson plans that emphasize the relevant concepts of the film and the pressing environmental issues of today’s society. All of the lesson plans begin with several discussion topics followed by a hands-on activity or call to action for students. Each lesson plan is also aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards allowing for their integration into everyday classroom curriculum.
The guide was developed in partnership with MSRP and Filmmakers Collaborative SF. Learn more about the film and download a free copy of the guide now!
- A yearlong, discipline-specific mentor
- Access to facilitated, web-based curriculum devoted to content and classroom pedagogy
- Membership with full benefits in NSTA
- Opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional learning activities, including web seminars
- Attendance to the 2015 National Conference on Science Education in Chicago, including paid expenses for air travel, lodging, meals, and registration
- Attendance at a Professional Development Institute
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Honor Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots, and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce Mark Schaefer will honor the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 22, at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. At the awards ceremony, Secretary Duncan will also announce the legs of the second annual Green Strides Best Practices Tour.The awardees are recognized for reducing their environmental impact, creating healthy learning environments and fostering wellness practices and providing effective environmental education that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century, including science, technology, mathematics, engineering and civics. Check out a full list of elected schools and districts, as well as their nomination packages here!
This event will be livestreamed at 2 p.m. ET: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department
Ocean Guardian is a very successful and extremely popular California-based program that in recent months has expanded to one school in NY and now two in Charles County, Maryland!
NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has just awarded grant funds to Piccowaxen MS and North Point HS to participate in the Ocean Guardian program. An Ocean Guardian school makes a commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watershed, the world’s ocean, and special ocean areas, like National Marine Sanctuaries. The school makes this commitment by proposing and then implementing a school- or community-based conservation projects. Beginning in September, both schools will be conducting hands-on conservation and awareness programs on schoolgrounds, in local watersheds and in community venues.
The Ocean Guardian School program funds these projects focused on a current issue(s) affecting local watersheds and/or the ocean while promoting best environmental practices. Through these school- or community-based project, Ocean Guardian schools work to make a difference in the health and protection of their local watersheds, ocean, and special areas. While providing learning programs and opportunities that reflect environmentally sustainable practices that enable all students to be environmentally active and committed “Ocean Guardians.”
Tags: Maryland, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), schoolyard project, Service Learning, student action
Join the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve this summer on beautiful Prudence Island, for a full weekend of hands-on learning. Topics will include estuaries, climate change and water resources. Participants will engage in three different workshops: Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE), The Wonders of Wetlands (WOW!) and Project WET. An abundance of resources will be provided as part of this multi-faceted workshop to help you bring your knowledge back to your classroom or education center.
The Marine Education Fellowship is a program sponsered by Ecology Project International that brings a select group of educators into the field every year for 8 days of field-science education.
The goals of EPI’s Marine Education Fellowship are 5-fold:
- Develop familiarity with EPI’s approach to field research and education
- Revitalize and celebrate dedication to science education
- Provide unique experiences and activities to take back to the classroom
- Build a supportive network of educators working towards similar goals
- Introduce EPI’s work and promote future student courses to our program sites
The fellowship runs two programs one to Baja Island where participants assist in cataloging and studying species in the Sea of Cortez in order to understand marine diversity and how to protect it. The Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program puts participants in contact with marine researchers and leatherback sea turtles in order to study population trends and protect turtle nests from tides, illegal harvesting, and other threats.
Ideal fellowship candidates have a strong background in science education and will be committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for their students. This program is primarily designed for high school teachers. However, 8th grade teachers, college professors, school administrators, and travel program coordinators are welcome to apply.Accepted Fellows pay a $250 tuition fee by Oct. 31, 2014 to secure their participation. All in-country expenses for the fellowship are covered by EPI except international airfare. In-country transportation, meals, lodging, instruction and activity fees are included at no extra cost.
The application period for EPI’s 2015 Marine Education Fellowship is June 24th – September 15th, 2014. Final candidates will be selected in October.
Leonardtown High School (LHS) prides itself on being college and career oriented and being focused on helping all of our students succeed and we are very excited about our growing environmental commitment. This commitment ties into all aspects of our school from how it is cleaned to what and how students are being taught. We recognize that environmental literacy and practice cannot be separate from a successful school. While the journey has not been easy and is far from over, the culture at LHS has evolved in many significant ways regarding our Green School undertaking.
Get ready to collect and use estuary-specific data in YOUR Classroom –
Acquire resources, new lessons, techniques to develop environmentally literate students and get OUTSIDE!
This course provide teachers with the resources, knowledge and experience necessary to facilitate the integration of estuaries and related topics into the classroom. Through hands-on, field-based investigations teachers will have the opportunity to gather authentic data on climate science, water quality, biotic communities, analyze collected and existing data, and ultimately use this information to develop action projects that will have a positive impact on the natural systems of the Chesapeake Bay. The course is geared toward a middle and high school audience, but all are welcome.
The Courses are Tuition-free. However, there is a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE Registration and Materials Fee required to secure participant registration.
Data & the Estuary will help teachers increase their ability to:
- Utilize Estuaries 101, National Geographic FieldScope, and associated curricula
- Access tools and curricula that support STEM programming
- Design and implement authentic student-driven investigations
- Analyze collected information
- Develop action projects to manage and address the results of investigations
- Connect Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core to experiential learning and the use of data
- Understand multiple literacy initiatives – Ocean Literacy, Estuarine Literacy, Climate Literacy, and Environmental Literacy
For questions about this course, please contact
CBNERR-MD’s Education Coordinator
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