Professional Learning—August Courses

2018 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.

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

Click to registerThe Art Lens: Exploring the Bay from a New Perspective
August 6-10, 2018
Open to Anne Arundel County educators, grades k-12.
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 total; 2 local investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Smith Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost:
$50 registration fee.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Click to registerA 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.
To Register: Register online |Register by mail

 

Click to registerPathways 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 Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

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Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences from Baltimore to the Bay
August 13-17, 2018
Designed for upper elementary Baltimore City educators. Priority given to grade 5 educators.
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 Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 refundable registration fee.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

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PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS

Click to registerA 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 Environmental Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $350.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

Click to register 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 Environmental Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $350.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Click to registerPathways 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 Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail

 

Click to registerIt'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.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS

Click to registerA 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 Environmental Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $350.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Click to registerPathways 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 Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

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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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