Professional Learning—August Courses

August Course Schedule

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.

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MARYLAND TEACHERS

Click to register Past to Present: Mapping the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
August 7—11
Open to all watershed educators.
Bridge the gap between history and the present by exploring various historical and cultural perspectives of the Chesapeake Bay. What did the Bay look before John Smith first explored its shores? How has it changed physically and socially over the years? During this course, you will hear from watermen, historians, Bay Natives, and others on their views of how the Bay has evolved over time, for better or worse. We will compare all of the information we collect along the way with historical and current geographic data to get a visual representation of these different perspectives. This course will teach you how to obtain data, create maps of your own and come away with a basic understanding of how you can utilize GIS to educate your students in all areas of study. Teachers will be trained in GIS storymapping.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center and Fox Island Envrionmental Education Center.
Cost: $50
To Register: Register online |Register by mail/fax

Click to register The Culture and Ecology of Food Production in Southern Maryland
August 14August 18
Designed for Southern Maryland educators, grades K-12.
We will explore the many aspects of food production in Southern Maryland, focusing on agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, land use, and water quality, investigating how the choices we make shape our local environment and the Chesapeake Bay. Teachers will use knowledge and experiences gained during this course to integrate environmental literacy into their curriculum through project-based learning.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days in Southern Maryland
Cost: $50
To Register: Register online |Register by mail/fax

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PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS


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Full STEAM Ahead! Exploring Environmental Literacy, Industry, and Art in Central Pennsylvania
August 7—11
Open to educators in Lancaster, York, Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Adams, and Lebanon counties.
How can we use science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to better understand the natural world, and perhaps more importantly, our relationship with it? How can we use STEAM disciplines to foster greater environmental literacy in our students? Join us on this exciting five-day course exploring Central Pennsylvania's rich cultural and industrial history to better understand the impact of technology, society, and industry on local ecology throughout history. Through the lens of STEAM, participants will conduct field-based investigations into the interdependent relationships between agriculture, manufacturing, energy production, and the natural world and explore how the visual and performing arts can be used as a media for communicating ideas about the environment. Gather inspiration through hands-on activities and learn inquiry-based techniques for empowering your students to investigate environmental problems, create awareness, and take action. Throughout the course, participants should be prepared to engage with local experts, canoe, visit farms, tour industrial plants, and use their creativity for art and engineering activities. These experiences and useful lesson plans will help you bring environmental learning to life for your students.
Length & Location: 5 days, local field investigation
Cost: $50 resource fee, refunded upon completion.
To Register: Register online |Register by mail/fax

Click to register Past to Present: Mapping the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
August 7—11
Open to all watershed educators.
Bridge the gap between history and the present by exploring various historical and cultural perspectives of the Chesapeake Bay. What did the Bay look before John Smith first explored its shores? How has it changed physically and socially over the years? During this course, you will hear from watermen, historians, Bay Natives, and others on their views of how the Bay has evolved over time, for better or worse. We will compare all of the information we collect along the way with historical and current geographic data to get a visual representation of these different perspectives. This course will teach you how to obtain data, create maps of your own and come away with a basic understanding of how you can utilize GIS to educate your students in all areas of study. Teachers will be trained in GIS storymapping.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center and Fox Island Envrionmental Education Center.
Cost: $50
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

Creating Environmental Literacy in Fairfax County: Connecting Our Backyards to the Chesapeake with STEAM
August 7—11
Specific to Fairfax County educators.
More people live in Fairfax County than any other county in the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. That's over 1 million people whose actions can have both positive and negative effects on their local waterways, the Tidal Potomac, and the Chesapeake Bay. In this course, we will investigate the threats to the health of our waterways and communities, as well as the positive impacts that can stem from proactive solutions. Along the way, we will make connections to classroom learning, provide tools and techniques to integrate environmental literacy into your classroom, and model ways to engage students with environmental issues through life-relevant investigations, solution engineering, and civic action.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: $300 per person.
To Register: Contact Elaine Tholen, evtholen@fcps.edu

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Past to Present: Mapping the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
August 7—11
Open to all watershed educators.
Bridge the gap between history and the present by exploring various historical and cultural perspectives of the Chesapeake Bay. What did the Bay look before John Smith first explored its shores? How has it changed physically and socially over the years? During this course, you will hear from watermen, historians, Bay Natives, and others on their views of how the Bay has evolved over time, for better or worse. We will compare all of the information we collect along the way with historical and current geographic data to get a visual representation of these different perspectives. This course will teach you how to obtain data, create maps of your own and come away with a basic understanding of how you can utilize GIS to educate your students in all areas of study. Teachers will be trained in GIS storymapping.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center and Fox Island Envrionmental Education Center.
Cost: $50
To Register: Register online | Register by mail

Locally Grown: From the Farm to the Classroom
August 14—18
COURSE FULL
  email chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org to be included on the waitlist.
Specific to only Suffolk Public School educators, and those who have not participated with this professional learning previously.
This course enables teachers to help Save the Bay by supporting local farmers and raising vegetables on your own schoolyard. Activities will include a day on CBF's custom workboat, the Jenny S, to discover the Chesapeake Bay aquatic ecosystem. We will visit local farms and a farmers market to learn how buying local can significantly reduce nitrogen in the Bay and improve water quality. Teachers will explore a schoolyard and learn its environmental impact. These rigorous, interdisciplinary lessons are the ideal way to inspire students to take action in their own community. At the end of the course, teachers will take home a "garden kit” with everything they need (including grow bags and seeds) to begin schoolyard gardening.
Length & Location: 5 days, local field investigation
Cost: $0

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS

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Past to Present: Mapping the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
August 7—11
Open to all watershed educators.
Bridge the gap between history and the present by exploring various historical and cultural perspectives of the Chesapeake Bay. What did the Bay look before John Smith first explored its shores? How has it changed physically and socially over the years? During this course, you will hear from watermen, historians, Bay Natives, and others on their views of how the Bay has evolved over time, for better or worse. We will compare all of the information we collect along the way with historical and current geographic data to get a visual representation of these different perspectives. This course will teach you how to obtain data, create maps of your own and come away with a basic understanding of how you can utilize GIS to educate your students in all areas of study. Teachers will be trained in GIS storymapping.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center and Fox Island Envrionmental Education Center.
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 2017 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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