Professional Learning—July Courses

July 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

Investigating Environmental Literacy in Anne Arundel County
July 17-21
Specific to Anne Arundel County middle school educators.
Join CBF and Anne Arundel County Public Schools for a learning adventure this summer! Preparation of environmentally literate graduates begins in kindergarten and continues through grade twelve. On this course, we will enhance our understanding of the progressive approach to field-based and action-focused teaching in Anne Arundel County through a series learning experiences trips to a variety of sites in and around Anne Arundel county including UMCES Horn Point Laboratory, Arlington Echo Outdoor Environmental Center, and CBF headquarters!
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: $50 refundable registration fee. Participants with this course will be working to support the environmental literacy goals for Anne Arundel County through the design, implementation, and/or support of MWEES. Participants are eligible for a stipend of $100 per day due to funding support from our partner, UMCES.
To Register: Begin at the AACPS website, go to MyAACPS-PD. Course title Chesapeake Ecology for Educators (OUT33614) session # 3361417003. More course information located in Registration Notes section.


Click to registerCreeks, Classrooms, and Conservation: Making Connections to our Bay in Prince George's County
July 17-21
Specific to only Prince George's County educators, grades 3-6.
Come join us this summer for a hands-on professional learning experience that will help connect your curriculum to our amazing local and larger Bay environment. What is a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)? How does it support my students' achievement in the classroom? What activities and lessons can I implement to help my students (and myself) become more environmentally literate? These questions and more will be explored as we visit local ecosystems and resources that can serve as valuable teaching tools. All topics are designed to engage your students in problems we face while enabling them to design solutions to Save our Bay! Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: $50 resource fee, refundable registration fee. Participants with this course will be working to support the environmental literacy goals for PGCPS through the design, implementation, and/or support of MWEEs. Participants are eligible for a stipend of $175 per day due to funding support from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Two follow-up, after-school workshops are required for a stipend of $87.50 each.
*This course is FULL. To be added to the waitlist, please send an email to chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

Our Land and Water: Environmental Literacy Connects STEM and Social Studies
July 24-28
Specific to only Montgomery County high school educators.
Join the MCPS OEEP and CBF for a 5-day investigation of the natural and social systems of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This course provides field experiences aligned to biology and government curricula, and will focus on authentic local issue investigations that connect the two disciplines. We will explore Bay ecosystems and examine the impact of laws and local regulations on natural resources. Teachers will acquire 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 Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50
To Register: Contact Courtney Hebert at the L.E. Smith Center Courtney_E_Hebert@mcpsmd.org. Registration available on PDO April 3rd.

Creative by Nature: Integrating Art & Environmental Literacy in Anne Arundel County Public Schools
July 24-28
Specific to only Anne Arundel County educators.
When considering dead zones in the Bay, climate change, or any other environmental challenges, it's imperative to remember our need to reach people. But what if, in order to connect with those people, it takes a different kind of communication? What if it takes creativity and imagination? Join us as we explore the many varied connections between art, nature, community, and environmental literacy. Spend the first two days visiting museums and nature centers in the Washington, D.C. and Annapolis areas and the final three days at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Smith Island Environmental Education Center. Gather inspiration through hands-on experiences in nature writing, biological drawing, painting, sculpture, and more! By engaging with local artists and writers, exploring Bay ecology, and creating their own art installation, participants will learn inquiry-based techniques to empower their students to investigate environmental problems, create awareness, and artistically communicate their ideas about taking action. Ultimately, this course will empower teachers to think creatively about how to share their passion in a way that continues to inspire their students, their colleagues, and others.
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: Begin at the AACPS website, go to MyAACPS-PD. Course title Chesapeake Ecology for Educators (OUT33614), session #3361417004. More course information located in Registration Notes section.

Click to register City Plans to Lesson Plans: Environmental Literacy in Howard and Baltimore Counties through Thought and Action
July 31-August 4
While the course is open to all Howard and Baltimore County educators, it is most relevant to upper elementary and middle school educators.
Explore both Howard and Baltimore County's connection to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed through hands-on investigations of local natural and social systems. Participants will investigate the connection between the Chesapeake Bay watershed and schoolyards, backyards, agriculture, and the built human environment to gain a deeper understanding of the impact humans have on the natural world. We will compare and contrast land uses throughout the development of Howard County, conduct water quality analysis, perform biotic surveys, and reflect on our own actions to inform relevant Environmental Literacy structures in Howard County schools.Topics and experiences directly connect to upper elementary and middle school science curriculum. Day experiences in and around the county will take educators on the water, through the woods, into the fields, and ultimately back into the classroom.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: $300 course fee with tuition reimbursement available from Howard and Baltimore Counties.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

Environmental Literacy: Investigating Our Water, Our Watershed
July 31-August 4
Specific to only Montgomery County upper elementary and middle school educators.
Join the MCPS OEEP and CBF for a five-day investigation ofMontgomery 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 days local.
Cost: No course fee
*This Course is currently full, to be added to the waitlist, please contact Courtney Herbert at the L.E. Smith Center Courtney_E_Hebert@mcpsmd.org
To Register: Contact Courtney Hebert at the L.E. Smith Center Courtney_E_Hebert@mcpsmd.org. Registration available on PDO April 3rd.

Click to register Bird's Eye View of Chesapeake Bay Islands
July 31-August 4
Open to educators watershed-wide.
This course has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Bay Watershed states in developing plans to use the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals. 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 in the context of the Chesapeake Bay watershed are examined. One emphasis of our investigations will be studying how birds both observe and utilize their local environment, particularly in the varied habitats of the Chesapeake Bay islands. Teachers will acquire skills and knowledge to identify birds to species, analyze their habitat needs, learn how oceanographic/physical processes affect shoreline dynamic. We will hypothesize the effects of climate change and sea level rise on habitats, birds and other bay inhabitants, and what will be the future effects on reproduction, utilization, and availability of resources, on population dynamics, and in migration trends. The class focus will expand beyond birds to include other living resources and habitats including fisheries, wetlands, mud flats, beaches, forests, underwater grass meadows, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. We will explore the cause and effect relationships have between choices our society makes with respect to Chesapeake Bay ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work and teach to reduce negative environmental impacts, encourage sustainability, and achieve environmental literacy in our society.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry
July 31-August 4
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 Center.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

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PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS

Pennsylvania's Waterways: Investigating Water Quality and Recreation - Cumberland County
July 24-26
Specific to grades 5-12 in IU 15.
Learn to connect your school and community with local streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. This workshop will explore methods of directing students to understand the connection between local water quality and recreation. Participants will explore with hands-on field investigations, canoeing, readings, assignments, visiting local sites, and meeting with experts. Learn to enhance your teaching, regardless of the subject, with real-world, local issues.
Length & Location: 3 days local
Cost: $30 resource fee, refundable upon completion.
To Register: Registration through IU 15. *This course is currently full. To be placed on the waitinglist send an e-mail to chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org.

Click to registerBird's Eye View of Chesapeake Bay Islands
July 31-August 4
Open to educators watershed-wide.
This course has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Bay Watershed states in developing plans to use the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals. 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 in the context of the Chesapeake Bay watershed are examined. One emphasis of our investigations will be studying how birds both observe and utilize their local environment, particularly in the varied habitats of the Chesapeake Bay islands. Teachers will acquire skills and knowledge to identify birds to species, analyze their habitat needs, learn how oceanographic/physical processes affect shoreline dynamic. We will hypothesize the effects of climate change and sea level rise on habitats, birds and other bay inhabitants, and what will be the future effects on reproduction, utilization, and availability of resources, on population dynamics, and in migration trends. The class focus will expand beyond birds to include other living resources and habitats including fisheries, wetlands, mud flats, beaches, forests, underwater grass meadows, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. We will explore the cause and effect relationships have between choices our society makes with respect to Chesapeake Bay ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work and teach to reduce negative environmental impacts, encourage sustainability, and achieve environmental literacy in our society.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry
July 31-August 4
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 Center.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

Virginia Beach Environmental Literacy Program
July 17-21
Specific to Virginia Beach educators.
This immersion is designed to connect Virginia Beach City Public School high school teachers to the Chesapeake Bay. Using the Lynnhaven River and the Chesapeake Bay as the backdrop, teachers will discover their connection to the Bay and its watershed by using CBF canoes and workboats to learn about this national treasure. Field activities may include water quality testing, crabbing, fishing, marsh exploration, canoeing, and oyster dredging. We will also explore the creeks and marshes around Lynnhaven Inlet and participate in various outdoor activities all while learning how to integrate the Bay and its watershed into our classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: No course fee.
To Register: Contact Ana Cingel, ana.cingel@vbschools.com.

Click to register Rockingham County: From the Valley to the Bay
July 17-21
Specific to Rockingham County educators.
During this exciting 5-day professional development course, teachers will explore the connections from their home in the Shenandoah Valley to the Chesapeake Bay. Hands-on activities during the course will include; water quality data collection, species identification, river and wetland investigation, cultural connections, visits to museums, farms, and waterman communities. Classroom material will cover skills to incorporate environmental literacy into an interdisciplinary curriculum and empower teachers to take their students outside.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days local, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $0
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

Fairfax County and the Chesapeake: Vital Connections
July 24-28
Specific to Fairfax County educators.
More people live in Fairfax County than any other county in the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. That's over one million people whose actions can have both positive and negative effects on their local waterways, the Tidal Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay. During this immersion, 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 total; 2 days local, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Contact Elaine Tholen, Elaine@tholen.us

Workboats, Tractors, Rivers, and Farms: Integrating Agriculture Technology and the Chesapeake Bay
July 31-August 4
Specific to Massanutten Technical Center educators.
This five-day course will investigate how sustainable agriculture practices and technology improve the ecology and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. During the course, we will spend two days in the Harrisonburg area. Teachers will tour local farms, test water quality and explore RCPS/ MTC potential farm. We will travel to Tangier Island for three days and participants will learn about Chesapeake Bay ecology and how our actions impact water quality. We will learn about fish, crabs, oysters, underwater grasses and salt marshes. Throughout the week and by the conclusion of the class, with the help of a mentor teacher, participants will learn how to incorporate the lessons learned into their classrooms and curriculums and create unit plans to support environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days; 2 local field investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $0 with sponsorship from Massanutten Technical Center.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

Click to registerBird's Eye View of Chesapeake Bay Islands
July 31-August 4
Open to educators watershed-wide.
This immersion has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Bay Watershed states in developing plans to use the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals. 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, in the context of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, are examined. One emphasis of our investigations will be studying how birds both observe and utilize their local environment, particularly in the varied habitats of the Chesapeake Bay islands. Teachers will acquire skills and knowledge to identify birds to species, analyze their habitat needs, learn how oceanographic/physical processes affect shoreline dynamic. We will hypothesize the effects of climate change and sea level rise on habitats, birds and other bay inhabitants, and what will be the future effects on reproduction, utilization, and availability of resources, on population dynamics, and in migration trends. We will expand the class focus beyond birds to include other living resources and habitats including fisheries, wetlands, mud flats, beaches, forests, underwater grass meadows, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. We will explore the cause and effect relationships between choices our society makes with respect to Chesapeake Bay ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work and teach to reduce negative environmental impacts, encourage sustainability, and achieve environmental literacy in our society.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry
July 31-August 4

Open 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 Center.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

Virginia Beach Environmental Literacy Program
July 31-August 4
Specific to Virginia Beach educators.
This five-day course is designed for high school teachers in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Together with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and VBCPS, teachers will conduct field-based investigations into issues of sustainability, biodiversity, and responsible management of natural resources in the context of the Chesapeake Bay. We will explore cause and effect relationships between choices we make and Chesapeake ecosystems, specifically focusing on ways we can all work together to improve water quality, encourage stewardship, and foster environmental literacy. In addition to this 5-day immersion, teachers will attend three professional learning days throughout the school year in order to engage in on-going collaboration on how issues investigations can be integrated into academic programs in order to support Virginia Standards of Learning and enhance student achievement.
Length & Location: 5 days local
Cost: Scholarships for teachers through grant support.
To Register: Contact Ana Cingel, Ana.Cingel@vbschools.com

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS

Click to registerBird's Eye View of Chesapeake Bay Islands
July 31-August 4
Open to educators watershed-wide.
This course has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Bay Watershed states in developing plans to use the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals. 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 in the context of the Chesapeake Bay watershed are examined. One emphasis of our investigations will be studying how birds both observe and utilize their local environment, particularly in the varied habitats of the Chesapeake Bay islands. Teachers will acquire skills and knowledge to identify birds to species, analyze their habitat needs, learn how oceanographic/physical processes affect shoreline dynamic. We will hypothesize the effects of climate change and sea level rise on habitats, birds and other bay inhabitants, and what will be the future effects on reproduction, utilization, and availability of resources, on population dynamics, and in migration trends. The class focus will expand beyond birds to include other living resources and habitats including fisheries, wetlands, mud flats, beaches, forests, underwater grass meadows, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. We will explore the cause and effect relationships have between choices our society makes with respect to Chesapeake Bay ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work and teach to reduce negative environmental impacts, encourage sustainability, and achieve environmental literacy in our society.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry
July 31-August 4
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 Center.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee.
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 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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