Professional Learning—July Courses

2018 July 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.

Browse July courses by state:

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MARYLAND TEACHERS

Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
July 9-13, 2018
Open to educators watershed wide.
How is it that the Chesapeake Bay – one of the most complex and dynamic ecosystems on Earth – can serve as the perfect context for connecting classroom education and curriculum expectations? Come along with us as we venture throughout the Rappahannock River, through historic communities, and into Chesapeake Bay herself to see how biology, chemistry, natural resource science, history, and culture are intimately connected. During this recognized VCU Marine Ecology course, we will see how a history of land use and health of the Chesapeake Bay impact each other, and expose how the environment can amplify your own classroom. This course may be taken (optionally) for 3 Virginia Commonwealth University graduate credits.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock VA, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $350. 

Our Choices, Our Bay: An Investigation into How Our Everyday Choices Impact the Chesapeake
July 16-20, 2018
Specific to Anne Arundel County educators.
Anne Arundel County is the most centrally located county in Maryland, making it the heart of the state so come discover and explore the place ½ million people call home through the eyes of the Chesapeake Bay. Throughout the 5 day course we will explore different landscapes, examine current issues and successes, and experience the life existing in and around the Bay. Teachers will explore the history, biodiversity, and resources that come from the Bay while developing ideas about how to bring these lessons back into their classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 days local within Anne Arundel County.
Cost: $150.

Connecting Montgomery County to the Chesapeake Bay Through Environmental Chemistry
July 23-27, 2018
Specific to middle and high school educators in Montomery County.
Join the MCPS OEEP and CBF for a five-day investigation of Montgomery County and the Chesapeake Bay! Learn about your local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools! This course will investigate the nexus between our choices and actions on land and the health of our communities and waterways, through the lens of environmental chemistry. The ways in which we use and protect the land can change the chemistry of our soil and water in ways that can be catastrophic, benign, or beneficial to environmental health. We can use chemistry to measure and study environmental health, and innovate solutions to long-term problems. Explore some of these problems and solutions in schoolyard habitats, on your local waterways, in your neighborhoods and communities, and in the Chesapeake Bay. Acquire resources, new lessons, and techniques to develop environmentally literate students who are excited to learn outside.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Memorial Envrionmental Education Program.
Cost: $50 registration fee

A Sense of Place: Developing Environmental Literacy Through Place-Based Learning
July 23-27, 2018
Open to Independent School educators watershed wide.
Independent school educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. This 5-day professional learning experience is an immersion in the fundamentals of local environment-based education. Teachers will participate in meaningful and engaging environmental education experiences that support their curriculum and increase student's environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at Christchurch School in Christchurch, VA and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Program
Cost: $300

Our Water, Our Watershed: Connecting Montgomery County to the Chesapeake Bay
July 30-August 3, 2018
Open to upper elementary and middle school educators in Montgomery County Public Schools.
Open to only Montgomery County Public School upper elementary/middle school educators.
Join the MCPS OEEP and CBF for a five-day investigation of Montgomery County and the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about your local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools. Explore schoolyard habitats, water quality, and human impact on the land around us. Acquire resources, new lessons, and techniques to develop environmentally literate students who are excited to learn outside. The group will receive new lessons and project-based learning ideas across the elementary and middle school curricula.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Montgomery County.
Cost: $50 registration fee.

Food and Culture: from Southern Maryland to the Bay
July 30-August 3, 2018
Open to 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. Investigations will look at how the choices we make shape our local environment and the health of the Chesapeake Bay, taking our studies from Southern Maryland to CBF's study center on Smith Island. Teachers will use knowledge and experiences gained during this course to integrate environmental literacy into their curriculum through inquiry-based learning.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Southern Maryland.
Cost: $150

Teachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry
July 30-August 3, 2018
Specific to middle and high school educators watershed-wide.
This middle and high school level course is recommended for previous participants of CBF's Chesapeake Classrooms immersions and teachers already familiar with the basics of estuarine ecology. Teachers on The Estuary (TOTE) is designed to support teacher's understanding of the environment using technology and scientific instrumentation to enhance local, participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County's coastal habitats by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members and coastal educators, as well as practice integrating local and national monitoring data into the classroom through cross-disciplinary, hands-on field activities highlighting Chesapeake Exploration and Estuaries 101 Curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee.

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PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS

Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
July 9-13, 2018
Open to educators watershed wide.
How is it that the Chesapeake Bay – one of the most complex and dynamic ecosystems on Earth – can serve as the perfect context for connecting classroom education and curriculum expectations? Come along with us as we venture throughout the Rappahannock River, through historic communities, and into Chesapeake Bay herself to see how biology, chemistry, natural resource science, history, and culture are intimately connected. During this recognized VCU Marine Ecology course, we will see how a history of land use and health of the Chesapeake Bay impact each other, and expose how the environment can amplify your own classroom.  This course may be taken (optionally) for 3 Virginia Commonwealth University graduate credits.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock VA, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $350. 

Pennsylvania's Waterways: Investigating Water Quality and Recreation in the Cumberland Valley
July 23, 24, 25, 2018
Open to educators k-12 within IU 12 and IU 15.
Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on a three-day workshop that explores the relationship between Pennsylvania's abundant water resources and recreational opportunities. Leave with the skills to empower your students make decisions that will better their local water quality resources and make a positive impact.
All participants will engage in situated, field-based investigations and cover current topics in conservation and management. By focusing on recreation, we will experience the natural history and ecology of the Cumberland Valley first hand as we paddle the Yellow Breeches and meet with local experts. Participants will use maps and charts to gain a place-based understanding of our local community while conducting daily water quality investigations. Through data collection and analysis, participants will discuss current topics in conservation and management while making connections back to the classroom. We will explore the cause and effect relationships between the choices our students make with respect to Chesapeake ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work to reduce environmental impact, encourage sustainability, and foster environmental literacy. This course will empower teachers to connect their school and community with local streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
Length & Location: 3 local investigation days within the Cumberland Valley.
Cost: $30 resource fee.

Penns Valley to the Chesapeake Bay: Developing Stewardship Ethics Through Agriculture and Recreation
July 16-20, 2018
Open to Penns Valley Area HS Educators and Penn State University Pre-Service Agricultural Educators.
This course has been designed to support PSU pre-service agricultural educators and Penns Valley Area HS teachers interested in designing and implementing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for their students. MWEEs are multi-stage activities that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom and aim to increase understanding and stewardship of watersheds and related riverine and estuarine ecosystems.

Participants in this course will gain skills and knowledge of their local watershed as well as the practices of field-based environmental education. Through the lens of agriculture and recreation, participants will engage in hands-on, field-based investigations while issues of biodiversity, water quality, and responsible management of natural resources are examined.

Participants will engage in designing student-directed issues investigations of environmental topics both locally and globally that are of interest to them. 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.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Penns Valley.
Cost: $50 registration fee.

A Sense of Place: Developing Environmental Literacy Through Place-Based Learning
July 23-27, 2018
Open to Independent School educators watershed wide.
Independent school educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. This 5-day professional learning experience is an immersion in the fundamentals of local environment-based education. Teachers will participate in meaningful and engaging environmental education experiences that support their curriculum and increase student's environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at Christchurch School in Christchurch, VA and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $300

Teachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry
July 30-August 3, 2018
Specific to middle and high school educators watershed-wide.
This middle and high school level course is recommended for previous participants of CBF's Chesapeake Classrooms immersions and teachers already familiar with the basics of estuarine ecology. Teachers on The Estuary (TOTE) is designed to support teacher's understanding of the environment using technology and scientific instrumentation to enhance local, participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County's coastal habitats by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members and coastal educators, as well as practice integrating local and national monitoring data into the classroom through cross-disciplinary, hands-on field activities highlighting Chesapeake Exploration and Estuaries 101 Curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee.

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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
July 9-13, 2018
Open to educators watershed wide.
How is it that the Chesapeake Bay – one of the most complex and dynamic ecosystems on Earth – can serve as the perfect context for connecting classroom education and curriculum expectations? Come along with us as we venture throughout the Rappahannock River, through historic communities, and into Chesapeake Bay herself to see how biology, chemistry, natural resource science, history, and culture are intimately connected. During this recognized VCU Marine Ecology course, we will see how a history of land use and health of the Chesapeake Bay impact each other, and expose how the environment can amplify your own classroom.  This course may be taken (optionally) for 3 Virginia Commonwealth University graduate credits.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock VA, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $350. 

Chesapeake Gold: Investigating the Past, Present, and Future of the Eastern Oyster
July 16-20, 2018
Open to all Virginia educators grades k-12.
Imagine the Gold Rush in the “Wild West” during the mid-1800's, but in place of men mining gold, picture watermen on low-decked boats, harvesting mucky bivalves from towering reefs. These watermen deemed the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) “Chesapeake Gold.” Since the golden age of the Chesapeake's oysters, the watermen's culture hasn't changed much, but the oyster population may never be the same. During this course, the oyster will be the lens through which we investigate the historical, cultural, and technological changes of the Chesapeake region. Between Virginia's Historic Triangle and the Bay's islands, our investigation will include: water quality data collection, oyster restoration efforts, encounters with watermen communities, and artistic connections.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days local, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $150

Virginia Environmental Endowment Educates Amelia County
July 16-20, 2018
Open to Amelia County educators grades k-12.
In this course, we will focus on the process of developing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences using field-based investigations and the local environment. We will pay special attention to creating and conducting relevant field investigations and establishing opportunities for civic engagement within the Amelia County region. We will explore cause and effect relationships, specifically focusing on ways we can invest students in their local environment, teach scientific principles, improve water quality, and cultivate environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days with Amelia County.
Cost:
$50 registration fee.

Arts and Ecology: From the Valley to the Bay
July 16-20, 2018
Specific to fine arts educators of Harrisonburg and Rockingham counties.
In this course, we will investigate the cultural and ecological connections between the Shenandoah Valley and the Chesapeake Bay through hands-on, inquiry-based field investigations. We will use art as a tool to inform our scientific and cultural studies throughout the course and develop ways we can use creative practices to foster environmental literacy in the classroom.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days local, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Smith Island Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $50 resource fee.

Following the Falls: Tracing the Potomac River Around Fairfax County
July 16-20, 2018
Open to Fairfax County educators grades k-12.
Participants in this course will explore the tributaries of the Potomac River in Fairfax County. Throughout the week they will have the opportunity to learn about the relationships between human activities and their impacts on wildlife and water quality. Teachers will leave this course equipped with new knowledge and activities to use back in their classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Fairfax County.
Cost: $150

Piedmont and the Chesapeake: Connections Across the Watershed
July 23-27, 2018
Open to Charlottesville and Albemarle County educators.
In this course, we will engage in hands-on, field-based investigations into issues of sustainability, biodiversity, and responsible management of natural resources in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Deeply rooted in history, Albemarle County hosts a unique learning experience of both history and ecology and an expanse of natural landscape suited for learning. We will be traveling throughout the County for 5 days, investigating local watersheds of the James and Rivanna Rivers, examining the connection between human impacts and water quality as well as various educational sites to be used by teachers to enhance their classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within the Charlottesville area.
Cost: $150

A Sense of Place: Developing Environmental Literacy Through Place-Based Learning
July 23-27, 2018
Open to Independent School educators watershed wide.
Independent school educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. This 5-day professional learning experience is an immersion in the fundamentals of local environment-based education. Teachers will participate in meaningful and engaging environmental education experiences that support their curriculum and increase student's environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at Christchurch School in Christchurch, VA and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $300

Teachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry
July 30-August 3, 2018
Specific to middle and high school educators watershed-wide.
This middle and high school level course is recommended for previous participants of CBF's Chesapeake Classrooms immersions and teachers already familiar with the basics of estuarine ecology. Teachers on The Estuary (TOTE) is designed to support teacher's understanding of the environment using technology and scientific instrumentation to enhance local, participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County's coastal habitats by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members and coastal educators, as well as practice integrating local and national monitoring data into the classroom through cross-disciplinary, hands-on field activities highlighting Chesapeake Exploration and Estuaries 101 Curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Agriculture and Ecology in the Shenandoah Valley
July 30-August 3, 2018
Open to Rockingham County educators grades 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. Throughout the course, 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. This course will highlight VA SOLs, VA Agriculture Competencies, the Pillars of Agricultural Literacy, MWEE guide and ELM Model for planning and designing a MWEE utilizing Valley View Farm.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Rockingham County.
Cost: $150

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS

Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
July 9-13, 2018
Open to educators watershed wide.
How is it that the Chesapeake Bay – one of the most complex and dynamic ecosystems on Earth – can serve as the perfect context for connecting classroom education and curriculum expectations? Come along with us as we venture throughout the Rappahannock River, through historic communities, and into Chesapeake Bay herself to see how biology, chemistry, natural resource science, history, and culture are intimately connected. During this recognized VCU Marine Ecology course, we will see how a history of land use and health of the Chesapeake Bay impact each other, and expose how the environment can amplify your own classroom.  This course may be taken (optionally) for 3 Virginia Commonwealth University graduate credits.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock VA, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $350. 

Platinum City: Design for a Sustainable Future
July 9-13, 2018
Open to DC Metro area educators grades k-12.
In 2017, DC was named the world's first LEED Platinum City. Teachers will explore the various elements of a LEED Platinum city, including dimensions of sustainable water use, energy, waste, transportation and the human experience. This course will enable teachers to make classroom connections between 21st century skills and the cities of the future, through a deep understanding of relationships between cities, people and the environment.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Washington, D.C.
Cost: $50

A Sense of Place: Developing Environmental Literacy Through Place-Based Learning
July 23-27, 2018
Open to Independent School educators watershed wide.
Independent school educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. This 5-day professional learning experience is an immersion in the fundamentals of local environment-based education. Teachers will participate in meaningful and engaging environmental education experiences that support their curriculum and increase student's environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at Christchurch School in Christchurch, VA and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $300

Teachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry
July 30-August 3, 2018
Specific to middle and high school educators watershed-wide.
This middle and high school level course is recommended for previous participants of CBF's Chesapeake Classrooms immersions and teachers already familiar with the basics of estuarine ecology. Teachers on The Estuary (TOTE) is designed to support teacher's understanding of the environment using technology and scientific instrumentation to enhance local, participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County's coastal habitats by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members and coastal educators, as well as practice integrating local and national monitoring data into the classroom through cross-disciplinary, hands-on field activities highlighting Chesapeake Exploration and Estuaries 101 Curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee.

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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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