Support Ocean Literacy by Volunteering to Help Students with the Chesapeake Bay Bowl

November 12th, 2013 by Christopher Petrone

Another perk of volunteering, you get a cool t-shirt and lunch! Volunteers at the 2012 Chesapeake Bay Bowl. Image via Chesapeake Bay Bowl

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl a competition for teams of high school students that is coordinated by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance research, education, and sound ocean policy. Regional competitions, such as the Chesapeake Bay Bowl, are run by staff at universities, research institutions, Sea Grant programs, and aquaria, and rely heavily on a large, knowledgeable volunteer base.

For the first time this year, the Chesapeake Bay Bowl, which serves students from PA, DE, MD, and northern VA, will be coordinated by Delaware Sea Grant and the University of Delaware. The competition will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Delaware – that’s right, at the beach – AND we are looking for volunteers!

In some regional competitions, the competitor to volunteer ratio can be close to 2:1 or even 1:1. These volunteers include university faculty and staff, museum and aquarium scientists and educators, graduate and undergraduate students, personnel from the US Navy and Coast Guard, and NOAA staff, all brought together for one purpose—to foster the next generation of ocean science professionals and ocean literate citizens—through good-spirited competition.

If you are interested in volunteering, in any capacity, all Regional Coordinators would love to have you!  Jobs include everything from presiding over matches and reading questions (Moderator) to Science Judge to Rules Judge to keeping score or running the clock. Are you more into scoring the Team Challenge Questions? Each bowl needs several of these important volunteers!

I have volunteered with NOSB regional competitions nine times in the last eight years (yes, I still have all of my t-shirts!). I have served as Science Judge, Rules Judge, Team Challenge Question Scorer, Room Runner, and Chief Scorekeeper. Year after year, it is one of the most worthwhile programs I am involved in; I look forward to it every winter. I have been fortunate enough to work with all kinds of interesting marine science professionals, and even cooler, with volunteers who are former competitors.

Volunteering typically includes participating in a few training sessions in the weeks leading up to the event, and then committing a full Saturday to your competition. It’s a long day, but extraordinarily rewarding—these students are amazing to work with and watch! The knowledge, tenacity, and strategy the students demonstrate are remarkable.

For more information about volunteering, visit the Chesapeake Bay Bowl website: http://www.chesapeakebaybowl.org/

OR you can register as a volunteer for the Chesapeake Bay Bowl using this form: http://bit.ly/CBB2014Volunteer

Learn more about the National Ocean Science Bowl and the Chesapeake Bay Bowl by checking out this blog!

Christopher Petrone is a Marine Education Specialist with the Delaware Sea Grant & University of Delaware. He is also the Coordinator of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Bowl.

Building Ocean Literacy Through Good, Old-Fashioned Competition

November 4th, 2013 by Christopher Petrone

Ok, get your thinking caps on and no cheating! Can you answer the following three questions?

Team faceoff in buzzer questions. Image via Blue Crab Bowl

For a nice 4-minute overview of a regional bowl, check out this video about Virginia’s Blue Crab Bowl.

1. Which organisms form the base of the food chain at hydrothermal vents due to their ability to convert carbon and nutrients into organic matter in the absence of sunlight?

    A. photosynthetic bacteria;
    B. chemosynthetic bacteria;
    C. secondary consumers;
    D. pelagic chondrichthyans

2. What is the approximate age of the oldest oceanic crust?

    A. 100 thousand years;
    B. 1 million years;
    C. 50 million years;
    D. 180 million years

3. Which part of a tidal cycle has minimal current?

    A. Ebb tide;
    B. Flood tide;
    C. Slack tide;
    D. Lunar tide

These questions—written by top ocean scientists and educators—are just a few examples of the hundreds of questions asked of students participating in the 25 regional competitions and annual national competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.  Go to the end of this blog to see if you answered correctly!

Created in 1998 in honor of the International Year of the Ocean, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl has grown tremendously, in size and prominence, to now involving roughly 400 schools, 2,000 students, and over 1,200 volunteers each year.

In head-to-head competition, quiz-bowl style, individuals from two teams of high school students (four students, one alternate and, of course, a teacher coach) answer moderate and advanced-level questions covering all disciplines of the ocean sciences: biology, chemistry, geology, physics, policy, maritime history, and technology. In between two rounds of “buzzer questions,” students collaborate to answer more in-depth, graded questions known as Team Challenge Questions as a collective-brain. At the end of the day, a winner is crowned and prizes are awarded. The winners of the 25 regional competitions then move on to the national competition and battle for the championship and amazing prizes. Past winners have received trips to Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Panama, field research experiences, and gear for the classroom and field.

The Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic region is fortunate to have six regional competitions:

For the first time this year, the Chesapeake Bay Bowl, which serves students from PA, DE, MD, and northern VA, will be coordinated by Delaware Sea Grant and the University of Delaware. The competition will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Delaware—that’s right, at the beach!

If you are interested in developing a team at your high school for any of the NOSB regional competitions, now is the time to start preparing your students. Team registration information for all regional competitions is now posted. The NOSB website includes a wealth of information on how to prepare for a competition, with recommended resources, training tips, and sample questions. If your school is interested in participating in the Chesapeake Bay Bowl, fill our this form by November 20th: http://bit.ly/CBB2014Intent

I hope to see you at the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Bowl on February 1!

How did you do on the quiz? Here are the correct answers:  Question 1: B;  Question 2: D;  Question 3: C
Christopher Petrone is a Marine Education Specialist with the Delaware Sea Grant & University of Delaware. He is also the Coordinator of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Bowl.

Engage Your Students in STEM and Win Technology for Your School

October 21st, 2013 by Sarah Kozicki

Enter Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Contest today!

Increasing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) knowledge and expanding STEM education and career opportunities for students is a national priority. Student achievement in STEM is key to fostering a new wave of innovators who can creatively address complex 21st century challenges.

Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Contest is an excellent opportunity to engage students in STEM while applying to win a share of $2,000,000 in technology and prizes for your school.  Samsung is asking teachers to answer the challenge:  “Show how STEM can be applied to help your local community.” Up to 255 applicants will be chosen to create their vision for this program, and then 51 teachers will be chosen to have their classes create videos addressing the challenge. Fifteen schools will win technology packages estimated at $35,000 and be invited to pitch their ideas to an expert panel of judges. Five of those schools will win prize packages estimated at $140,000 for their school and be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington D.C.

Additionally, each applicant will be eligible for the Environmental Innovation Sustainability Award, in which schools can win an additional $50,000 in Samsung technology by applying STEM to an environmental challenge in their community.

The environment is a compelling context for teaching STEM as it provides teachers with a diverse range of real-world challenges that engage students in hands-on opportunities to apply and reinforce STEM concepts across multiple subject areas. Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Contest is an opportunity for students to make a difference in their community by using technology to apply STEM to a real environmental challenge.

Learn more and apply for Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Contest at: http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/home.html.

Application period ends October 31.

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Sarah Kozicki is an Education Program Coordinator for National Environmental Education Week.

Chesapeake Bay Trust Awards: Recognizing Outstanding Students and Teachers

September 30th, 2013 by Kristin

The Chesapeake Bay Trust 2014 Awards Program is now open and is accepting nominees for students, teachers, community leaders and more! Image via the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Every day the Chesapeake Bay Trust works with students, teachers, volunteers and community leaders who are trying to make a difference in their communities. From organizing stream clean ups, to installing rain gardens, to taking students on once-in-a lifetime field trips on the Chesapeake Bay, we see what motivated and passionate individuals can accomplish. Since 1998, the Chesapeake Bay Trust has sought to recognize these individuals for their great work, and we need your help.

Do you know a student or teacher who is going above and beyond inside and outside the classroom? Do you want to recognize someone who is working to better their community and local environment? The Chesapeake Bay Trust is seeking nominations for its 2014 Awards and Scholarship Program which honors students, teachers and volunteers who are making a difference in their neighborhoods and for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Currently the Trust is soliciting applications and/or nominations for five awards: Teacher of the Year, Student of the Year, Honorable Arthur Dorman Scholarship, Ellen Fraites Wagner Award and Melanie Teems Award. The winners of the Honorable Arthur Dorman and Student of the Year awards will receive $5,000 scholarships and the Teacher of the Year will be awarded a $2,500 grant to support environmental education.

Recipients for each will be announced during the Trust’s Legislative Reception in January 2014, where they will have an opportunity to present their exceptional work to their legislators, local leaders and supporters.  We want to celebrate the good work being done here in Maryland and around the Chesapeake Bay watershed and hope that you will help identify candidates who should be recognized for their contributions. All applicants can complete the online application or be nominated by someone other than a family member. The deadline to apply is December 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm and more information can be found on our website, cbtrust.org.

Help us showcase all the good work being done to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake Bay Trust Award Descriptions:

  • Teacher of the Year Award: Awarded to a Maryland or Chesapeake Bay watershed educator who has shown an outstanding commitment to environmental education, who motivates and inspires students, and serves as a respected resource to colleagues and community leaders. The winner will receive a $2,500 grant to support their environmental education work.
  • Student of the Year Award:  Awarded to a high school or college student attending school within Maryland or the Chesapeake Bay watershed who motivates and inspires others and participates in efforts to improve the local environment and/or community. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award.
  • Honorable Arthur Dorman Scholarship:  Recognizes a Maryland or Chesapeake Bay watershed high school or college student of color who motivates and inspires other students through their actions in their school and/or community and participates in efforts to improve their local environment and/or their community. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award.
  • Melanie Teems Award:  Honors efforts that engages citizens in efforts to improve the environment and/or Chesapeake Bay through demonstration-based projects or programs, serves as a model for other organizations to exemplify, and utilizes the resources of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
  • Ellen Fraites Wagner Award:  Recognizes an individual who works to improve the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, motivates and inspires others by promoting environmental awareness throughout the community, exhibits a long-term commitment to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, and leads successful restoration efforts.
Kristin Foringer is the Communications and Development Associate at the Chesapeake Bay Trust. She can be reached at 410-974-2941, ext. 113 or at kforinger@cbtrust.org. Kristin is also a former Environmental Management Staffer at the Chesapeake Bay Program.

Back to School – in America’s National Parks

September 23rd, 2013 by Cindy

The National Park Service is helping teachers make learning fun and relevant.

Teachers across the Chesapeake Bay watershed have a new tool to help them engage their students in classroom and place-based learning.

This month, the National Park Service launched a new online service for teachers that brings America’s national parks into neighborhood classrooms. The new “Teachers” section of the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov/teachers provides a one-stop shop for curriculum-based lesson plans, traveling trunks, maps, activities, distance learning, and other resources.  All of the materials draw from the spectacular natural landscapes and authentic places preserved in America’s national parks.

The national website is searchable by location, keyword, and more than 125 subjects, from archeology, to biology, to Constitutional law.  Teachers will, for the first time, be able to rate National Park Service-provided content.  In addition to park-created content, the site also features educational materials created by National Park Service national programs like the National Register of Historic Places and its award-winning Teaching with Historic Places series of 147 lesson plans.

“Chesapeake” and “War of 1812” are just two of the search terms that will lead educators to lesson plans and other materials focused on the Star-Spangled Banner and Captain John Smith Chesapeake national historic trails developed by National Park Service and partners throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. This new National Park Service educational initiative complements existing resources such as the VIEWS of the National Parks series on the Chesapeake Bay, War of 1812 curricula on the Thinkport community, and place-based opportunities along the Captain John Smith Trail. Through the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program, three Maryland and Virginia teachers will be creating additional materials for the National Park Service education portal.

The website is just one part of the National Park Service’s ongoing commitment to education. Every year, national parks offer more than 57,000 educational programs that serve nearly 3 million students in addition to 563,000 interpretive programs attended by 12.6 million visitors. The National Park Service is working with partners and educational institutions to expand programs and encourage the use of parks as places of learning. The National Park Service has partnered with the Department of Education to integrate national park resources into core curriculums.  Each summer, teachers across the country are hired to work in parks to develop curriculum-based programs based on park resources through the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program.

To learn more about the National Park Service’s education programs, visit www.nps.gov/teachers.

Cindy Chance is a Management Assistant for the National Park Service, Chesapeake Bay office. She can be contacted at cindy_chance@nps.gov or at 410-260-2492.

Enter the Watershed Education Video Contest

September 9th, 2013 by Sarah

What is a MWEE? Find out more in this short video!


Have you decided to get your students involved in an in-depth, field-based environmental education activity this school year?  Are you planning to conduct a stream study, restore a local habitat, raise trout in the classroom, build a buoy, or construct a school garden as part of teaching STEM or other subjects?  If you’re conducting these or related watershed education activities, then grab a camera:  we want to see a video of how your students are being engaged in watershed education!

Video Content: We want to learn about your student’s Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)!  A MWEE integrates field work in the Chesapeake Bay watershed with multidisciplinary classroom activities and instruction. Experiences are investigative or project-oriented, richly structured and based on high quality instructional design, and consider the watershed as a system.  A MWEE is not a single field trip; rather, the experience reflects an integrated approach to learning that is sustained throughout the school year, involving preparation, action, and reflection.

Your video should show students engaged in the action component of a MWEE, explain what they are doing, and highlight why it is a MWEE.  Videos created this year or during the past 3 school years will be accepted.

How to Enter: It’s simple! Just make your video, upload it to either YouTube or Vimeo, and send a link to the video to info@baybackpack.com by no later than midnight on November 15, 2013! The email in which you submit your video link must include your name, the featured school/organization name, the video title, and a 1-2 sentence description of the video. Videos should be between 1-2 minutes in length and preference will be given to videos uploaded in full high definition (1920×1080). Five finalists will be asked to submit their original video file to the Chesapeake Bay Program within one week of notification.  Judging will be conducted by a panel with representation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Office, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the Chesapeake Research Consortium.  Winners will be announced on Bay Backpack in late November.

Deadline: All entries must be received by no later than midnight on November 15, 2013

Eligibility: Videos created this year or during the past 3 school years will be accepted.  Submissions will be accepted from formal and informal pre-K-12 grade educators, students, schools, and local or state school systems. Non-profit environmental education organizations and local, state, and federal natural resource agencies are also encouraged to submit videos.  Videos will be accepted from qualifying organizations from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

What You Could Win: If chosen, your video will be shown to state, regional, and national leaders in the field of environmental education at the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Environmental Education Summit on December 2-3, 2013.  The first place contest winner will also receive a prize pack from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Bay Backpack, and other partners.  The prize pack will include a backpack, t-shirts, water bottles, hats and more!

The Fine Print: By entering this contest you grant the Chesapeake Bay Program the right to post, embed, or provide a link to your video on the teacher resource website www.BayBackpack.com and its associated social media accounts.  Your video must not infringe on any third party rights and you guarantee that you have obtained the appropriate permissions and/or rights to distribute submitted content.  Contest organizers reserve the right to edit video submissions prior to posting using them on Bay Backpack.

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Sarah Brzezinski a Chesapeake Conservancy Intern and serves as the manager of Bay Backpack. She is a former Chesapeake Research Consortium/Chesapeake Bay Program Fostering Stewardship Staffer.

Governor O’Malley Invites Educators to Join Stream Restoration Focus Group

August 14th, 2013 by Sarah

Engaging students in their local environment is part of a rigorous process that helps our youngest citizens become stewards of their environment, improves skills in several educational disciplines, and prepares them for 21st Century jobs.

Every Marylander lives within 15 minutes of a stream, however many of these critical habitats have been negatively impacted by humans. This year, Governor Martin O’Malley is looking to partner with educators to rapidly expand the number of students engaged in hands-on learning and restoration of these aquatic resources.  The effort will help students connect their own critical, local actions to the restoration of our nation’s largest estuary – the Chesapeake Bay!

The Governor first met with Maryland educators to explore how this next generation of stewards could help restore the Bay on July 2.  “No State has a bigger or more beautiful sustainability challenge then we have with the Chesapeake Bay,” Governor O’Malley said in his opening remarks to educators. “I need your help, and I think together we can figure this out.”

Governor O’Malley’s vision is to foster environmental literacy by having students take responsibility for the stream closest to their property, exploring and restoring their “school-shed,” so to speak. To this end:

Teachers of math, science, environmental science, and social studies at all grade levels are being invited to apply to join a “focus group” of educators to help develop a hands-on, long-term stream restoration effort for Maryland students.

For the 2013-2014 school year, up to 125 schools throughout the State will be selected to join the “focus group” of educators. Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and partnering environmental agencies and organizations will provide professional development in October to best prepare teachers from these schools to engage their students in conducting investigations both in the classroom and, in particular, outdoors.

Through the program, teachers will take their students outdoors three times during the school year to determine stream health, share their data using online mapping and data analysis tools, and culminate in an action project to help improve their stream over time. Teachers and their students can begin by identifying a local stream to study and adopt at streamhealth.maryland.gov. Schools are encouraged to access streams from public property, if possible. Assistance is available to help schools connect with a stream.

As a result of this focus group, teaching resources will be made accessible to all teachers in Maryland. All components of the effort will be aligned with State education standards, requirements, and recommended practices. The activities will provide means for teachers to meet requirements in environmental literacy, STEM, Common Core, and student service learning.

Applications to participate in the focus group are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 19th.

To apply, email a completed application to Dr. Henry Johnson at the Maryland State Department of Education at hrjohnson@msde.state.md.us. Selected schools will be notified by late August.

Additional information on this opportunity is provided via the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website.

Sarah Brzezinski a Chesapeake Conservancy Intern and serves as the manager of Bay Backpack. She is a former Chesapeake Research Consortium/Chesapeake Bay Program Fostering Stewardship Staffer.

Maryland Governor Talks Environmental Literacy with Educators

July 29th, 2013 by Elly Rowe

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Governor-for-a day Genea Harrison, 8, welcomed environmental educators to the July 2nd event in Annapolis. Image via Executive Office of the Governor, photographer Tom Nappi.

After lunch, Genea Harrison listened as the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Scott Stranko discussed stream surveys and watershed health. Image via Executive Office of the Governor, photographer Tom Nappi.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley met with environmental educators from across the state on July 2nd to discuss environmental education in Maryland schools and the role of teachers and students in restoring Maryland waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. Using science-based curriculum within the Maryland State Department of Education, Governor O’Malley hopes to partner with schools to foster environmental literacy through community alliances and volunteer efforts as part of a long-term restoration effort.

“There is no state that has a bigger or more beautiful sustainability challenge then we have with the Chesapeake Bay,” Governor O’Malley said in his opening remarks to educators. “I need your help, and I think together we can figure this out.”

With advanced GIS tracking systems and elementary-friendly environmental science technologies such as oyster gardens, floating wetlands and stormwater buffers, teachers across Maryland have been able to incorporate environmental literacy into their lesson plans. Science teacher Pam Deringer has been teaching her fourth-grade students more about the environment through programs such as National Geographic’s Field Scope, a web-based GIS system piloted in 2008. Field Scope is a tool that enhances scientific investigations through interactive activities that allow students to create maps based on their own fieldwork in collaboration with their peers and other science professionals. Through the use of Field Scope students have been able to go into local watersheds, collect their own data and use it to update and monitor the quality of Maryland waterways.

The luncheon, held at the Miller Senate office Building in Annapolis also featured a roundtable discussion. During the discussion teachers were encouraged to ask questions, voice opinions and suggest ideas for future environmental literacy curriculum. Some of these ideas included adopting local streams or waterways surrounding the schools to create environmental learning opportunities for teachers and students. Allowing schools to monitor local watersheds and report on water quality would give students the opportunity to learn the importance of getting involved in bay restoration.

Genea Harrison, a fourth-grade student at Rosa L. Parks Elementary School named the first-ever Governor for a day, spoke of her experiences growing up on the Chesapeake Bay and some actions that can be taken to restore the Bay. Genea emphasized planting trees as a natural deterrent to polluted stormwater runoff and as habitat for wildlife. She also talked about enforcing a no-litter policy in the Bay or near stormdrains, and planting oyster gardens to enhance the Bay oyster population.

Governor O’Malley’s goal is to give students and teachers the tools they need to incorporate environmental literacy into their daily lives both at school and at home. In partnership with organizations like the Chesapeake Bay Trust and programs like Field Scope, Stream Health and Bay Stat, Governor O’Malley hopes to give environmentalists and educators everywhere the opportunity to make an even bigger difference.

Elly Rowe is an intern in the communications office at the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Mid-Atlantic Elementary and Secondary Environmental Literacy Strategy

July 1st, 2013 by Sarah

The Strategy sets high-level, environmental education goals to help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders and environmental stewards.

Managers are making tremendous progress identifying and tackling environmental issues facing the Chesapeake Bay. However, many of the remaining challenges to a healthier ecosystem are complex, diffuse, and directly in the hands of citizens, including energy use, automobile emissions, and urban and suburban runoff. These issues force individuals, businesses, and communities to make hard decisions, and require a thoughtful public engagement strategy that begins in the schools with our youngest citizens.

The Mid-Atlantic Elementary and Secondary Environmental Literacy Strategy (Strategy) draws on the full strength of the federal government to support state efforts to transform their schools to provide the next generation of citizen stewards the knowledge and skills they need to make informed environmental decisions.  The Strategy, which was created in response to President Obama’s Executive Order on Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration, builds upon the long history of federal-state cooperation of the Chesapeake Bay Program to establish shared environmental education goals around four key areas – students, educators, schools, and the environmental education community.  These four goals are:

  1. Every student in the region graduates with the knowledge and skills to make informed environmental decisions.
  2. All educators in the region responsible for instruction about or in the environment are provided with sustained professional development, tools, and resources that support their role in providing students with high-quality environmental education.
  3. Every school in the region maintains its buildings, grounds, and operations to support positive environmental and human health outcomes.
  4. The education community in the region functions in a unified manner and coordinates with key national, regional, and state programs to represent the full suite of information and opportunities available for PK-12 audiences

Each of these goals is supported by detailed approaches and methods to achieve the specific outcomes.

“This strategy is significant—we now have a broad range of federal agencies all committing to support the states as they develop comprehensive environmental literacy programs,” said Shannon Sprague, co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Education Workgroup and Environmental Literacy Manager at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Office. “It better connects teachers and students with federal resources that help them teach and learn about the environment.”

Developed by the Education Workgroup of the Chesapeake Bay Program, the Strategy is endorsed by representatives from federal agencies; state departments of education, environment, and natural resources; and additional local, academic, and nonprofit organizations. Together, these partners have the vision, expertise, and resources to create and support schools that foster citizen stewardship and graduate environmentally literate students.

Sarah Brzezinski a Chesapeake Conservancy Intern and serves as the manager of Bay Backpack. She is a former Chesapeake Research Consortium/Chesapeake Bay Program Fostering Stewardship Staffer.

An Invitation from Governor Martin O’Malley for Lunch & Conversation

June 24th, 2013 by Elly Rowe

Governor O’Malley at the Green School Summit

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is inviting environmental science or social studies teachers, professors and like-minded adults to join him next week for lunch and a discussion on restoring our waterways.

The conversation, arranged in collaboration with the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, will focus on the importance of giving students the resources they need to get involved in the revitalization of local watersheds. Governor O’Malley talked about the importance of this effort at this year’s annual Green School Summit.

“I realize summer is a busy time for everyone, but I hope you will be able to join me, your fellow educators and our Partnership members for an inaugural convocation on engaging our young people in a meaningful, results-oriented stream restoration program.” Governor Martin O’Malley stated in his invitation to educators.

Whether we live near the water or miles from it, our everyday actions have a profound effect on our local water quality and the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland has made great progress in working toward restoring the Chesapeake Bay to its former glory, but there is still hard work ahead.

The lunch is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 2 at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. To RSVP please complete the following form: https://docs.google.com/a/maryland.gov/forms/d/11ZCqixVt5uK2sUjKBlRNN1yPmGJcDnSS9uDi0OaXv-c/viewform?pli=1

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Elly Rowe is an intern in the communications office at the Maryland Department of the Environment.
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