Professional Learning—August Courses

2018 August Course Schedule

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These five-day summer immersion courses provide an experience that equips teachers with the knowledge, tools, skills, and confidence to use the local environment in their classroom. Teachers explore the watershed and examine the connection between land use and water quality through hands-on investigations, standards-based activities and assessments, and action projects.

Note about online registration: Payment of course fees is required with online registration. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted. If you do not wish to register online or if you will be paying by check, please see Registration Options below.

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MARYLAND TEACHERS

The Art Lens: Exploring the Bay from a New Perspective
August 6-10, 2018

Open to Anne Arundel County educators.

In this course, we will investigate the culture and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay watershed through hands-on, inquiry-based field investigations. Not only will teachers discover educational resources in their local area, but they will also have the unique experience to explore historic Smith Island, Maryland. Throughout the course we will use art as a tool to inform our scientific and cultural studies, as well as, develop creative practices to foster environmental literacy in the classroom.
Length & Location:
5 days/4 nights at CBF's Smith Island Envrionmental Education Program.
Cost:
$50 registration fee.

A Bird's Eye View of the Chesapeake Bay
August 6-10, 2018
Open to all watershed educators.
Teachers in this 5-day field-based investigation of the Chesapeake Bay Islands will use and practice their observational skills to identify and study birds of the islands and surrounding waters of the Chesapeake Bay from a bird's perspective. Participants will investigate critical habitats of the Bay including beaches, marshes, mudflats, dunes, underwater grass beds, oyster reefs, and forests. Water quality measurements will be collected and analyzed daily to gain information about the Bay's abiotic health. Living resources including blue crabs, oysters, fish, and birds will be collected and/or observed in conjunction with habitat investigations. Participants should bring enthusiasm, binoculars, and an interest in learning and sharing knowledge with others. Prior ornithological experience is not required. The course will provide instruction that integrates classroom and field teaching methods and models meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs). This is an advanced course for teachers who have enrolled in a Chesapeake Classroom course previously. This course may be taken (optionally) for 3 Virginia Commonwealth University graduate credits.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Program and Fox Island environmental Education Program.
Cost: $350


Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences from Baltimore to the Bay
August 13-17, 2018
Designed for Baltimore City educators, grade 5.
Throughout this five-day course, teachers will be immersed in Chesapeake Bay ecology from local environmental education resources to the culture of life on Smith Island, Maryland. Hands-on, field-based investigations will cover the core ecology and sustainability content in the Baltimore City Public Schools' fifth grade “Save the Bay” unit as they gain a comprehensive understanding of the Chesapeake Bay Program's Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience model.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Smith Island Envrionmental Education Program.
Cost: $50 refundable registration fee.

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PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS

A Bird's Eye View of the Chesapeake Bay
August 6-10, 2018
Open to all watershed educators.
Teachers in this 5-day field-based investigation of the Chesapeake Bay Islands will use and practice their observational skills to identify and study birds of the islands and surrounding waters of the Chesapeake Bay from a bird's perspective. Participants will investigate critical habitats of the Bay including beaches, marshes, mudflats, dunes, underwater grass beds, oyster reefs, and forests. Water quality measurements will be collected and analyzed daily to gain information about the Bay's abiotic health. Living resources including blue crabs, oysters, fish, and birds will be collected and/or observed in conjunction with habitat investigations. Participants should bring enthusiasm, binoculars, and an interest in learning and sharing knowledge with others. Prior ornithological experience is not required. The course will provide instruction that integrates classroom and field teaching methods and models meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs). This is an advanced course for teachers who have enrolled in a Chesapeake Classroom course previously. This course may be taken (optionally) for 3 Virginia Commonwealth University graduate credits.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $350

Full STEAM Ahead! Understanding B-WET and Crafting Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs)
August 6-10, 2018
Open to educators within IU 12 and IU 13.
This course has been designed to support curriculum-writers, administrators, non-formal education providers, and other individuals who may provide leadership in implementing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for K-12 students in the IU-13 and IU-15 areas. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 audiences through MWEEs—multi-stage activities that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom and aim to increase understanding and stewardship of watersheds and related ocean, coastal, riverine, and estuarine ecosystems. Participants in this course will learn the intricacies of designing MWEEs and applying for B-WET grants to support student investigation of environmental topics both locally and globally that are of interest to them, leveraging local STEM assets and STEM professionals. Additionally, participants will gain resources and materials to help students identify actions to address these issues and understand the value of those actions in protecting and restoring their local watershed and the greater Chesapeake Bay watershed. This course will focus on developing teacher and administrator skills and knowledge of their local watershed as well as the practices of field-based environmental education. All participants will engage in hands-on, field-based investigations into subjects of natural history and ecology while issues of biodiversity, sustainability, and responsible management of natural resources are examined in the context of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Participants will use maps and charts to gain a place-based understanding of the region where work will take place.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Lancaster.
Cost: $50 refundable registration fee.

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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

A Bird's Eye View of the Chesapeake Bay
August 6-10, 2018
Open to all watershed educators.
Teachers in this 5-day field-based investigation of the Chesapeake Bay Islands will use and practice their observational skills to identify and study birds of the islands and surrounding waters of the Chesapeake Bay from a bird's perspective. Participants will investigate critical habitats of the Bay including beaches, marshes, mudflats, dunes, underwater grass beds, oyster reefs, and forests. Water quality measurements will be collected and analyzed daily to gain information about the Bay's abiotic health. Living resources including blue crabs, oysters, fish, and birds will be collected and/or observed in conjunction with habitat investigations. Participants should bring enthusiasm, binoculars, and an interest in learning and sharing knowledge with others. Prior ornithological experience is not required. The course will provide instruction that integrates classroom and field teaching methods and models meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs). This is an advanced course for teachers who have enrolled in a Chesapeake Classroom course previously. This course may be taken (optionally) for 3 Virginia Commonwealth University graduate credits.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $350

Pathways of the Potomac: An Investigation into the D.C. Area Watershed
August 6-10, 2018
Open to Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland educators. 
In this course, we will explore the Potomac River Watershed around the D.C. metro area. Teachers will investigate some of the threats to our waterways as well as methods that help mitigate problems in our water. As we dig deeper into the state of our watershed, we will find ways to connect these topics and techniques back to the classroom.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Memorial Envrionmental Education Program.
Cost: $50

Agriculture and Ecology in the Shenandoah Valley
August 6-10, 2018
Open to Rockingham County educators k-12.
In this 5-day local course, we will focus on the process of developing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for Rockingham students and teachers using field-based investigation, the local environment and Valley View Farm.
We will explore cause and effect relationships, specifically focusing on ways we can invest students and teachers in their local environment, teach scientific principles, improve water quality, and cultivate environmental and agricultural literacy.
Over the course of 5 days in the local area, we will explore the agriculture industry in Rockingham County. We will paddle the Shenandoah River and learn the connections of land use and water quality. We will spend time at Valley View Farm and gain an in depth understanding of the farm, sustainable agriculture practices and its application to educating teachers and students. We will use VA SOLs, VA Agriculture Competencies, the Pillars of Agricultural Literacy, MWEE guide and ELM Model for each teacher to plan and design a MWEE utilizing Valley View Farm.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Rockingham County.
Cost: $50 resource fee.

It's Not Easy Building Green: Bringing STEAM into the Classroom Through Green Infrastructure
August 13-17, 2018
Open to Suffolk County school educators and Hampton Roads area educators grades k-12.
This five-day, local course for educators from Suffolk County and the greater Hampton Roads area will focus on how environmentally-sustainable design methods can be applied in the classroom. Educators will learn what it means to build “green,” and how to use science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to connect students with the complex concepts of sustainable infrastructure. Course participants will investigate and experience real-life examples of how our modern society, locally and globally, can rethink the way that we design and build. We will also explore the complicated relationships between human development and the local environment.

Participants will use STEAM disciplines as a lens for engaging in hands-on, field-based investigations into local cultural and industrial history. This lens will guide participants' discovery of the impacts of technology, society, and industry on local ecology. By connecting ecological and cultural histories through STEAM, participants will learn interdisciplinary approaches to fostering creativity, innovation, and environmental literacy in their students – skills that will be essential to addressing current environmental challenges facing us both locally and globally.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days in Suffolk county and Hampton Roads.
Cost: $50 resource fee.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS

A Bird's Eye View of the Chesapeake Bay
August 6-10, 2018
Open to all watershed educators.
Teachers in this 5-day field-based investigation of the Chesapeake Bay Islands will use and practice their observational skills to identify and study birds of the islands and surrounding waters of the Chesapeake Bay from a bird's perspective. Participants will investigate critical habitats of the Bay including beaches, marshes, mudflats, dunes, underwater grass beds, oyster reefs, and forests. Water quality measurements will be collected and analyzed daily to gain information about the Bay's abiotic health. Living resources including blue crabs, oysters, fish, and birds will be collected and/or observed in conjunction with habitat investigations. Participants should bring enthusiasm, binoculars, and an interest in learning and sharing knowledge with others. Prior ornithological experience is not required. The course will provide instruction that integrates classroom and field teaching methods and models meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs). This is an advanced course for teachers who have enrolled in a Chesapeake Classroom course previously. This course may be taken (optionally) for 3 Virginia Commonwealth University graduate credits.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Program and Fox Island Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $350

Pathways of the Potomac: An Investigation into the D.C. Area Watershed
August 6-10, 2018
Open to Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland educators. 
In this course, we will explore the Potomac River Watershed around the D.C. metro area. Here teachers will investigate some of the threats to our waterways as well as methods that help mitigate problems in our water. As we dig deeper into the state of our watershed, we will find ways to connect these topics and techniques back to the classroom.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Memorial Envrionmental Education Program.
Cost: $50

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Other Registration Options:

If you are registering for a CBF course and do not wish to register online you may print the 2018 Chesapeake Classrooms Registration Form (pdf) and mail or fax it to the address below. Remember to include the course fee with your registration form.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Attn: Chesapeake Classrooms
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Fax: 410-716-3016

To pay with a credit card, you may register online or call our office at 800-445-5572.

Class Full? Any teacher who would like to be added to the waitlist for a full course can send an e-mail to chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org.

If you have additional questions please contact chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org.

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