Professional Learning—June Courses

June Course Schedule

These five-day summer immersion courses provide a professional learning 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 lessons, and action projects.

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MARYLAND TEACHERS

Environmental Literacy: Investigating Our Water, Our Watershed
June 26-30
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 days total; 2 local field investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50
*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 registerStreets and Streams: Our Baltimore Environment 
June 26-30
Specific to Baltimore City Public School educators.
Come explore the interactions between our urban ecosystem and the Chesapeake Bay. This five-day hands-on course focuses on how to engage your students in our local environment. Issues that will be investigated include land-use, polluted run-off, the cycle of matter and energy transfer, and water quality. Examine how our personal and communal decisions affect the rivers of the Chesapeake Bay through the collection, analysis, and interpretation of authentic data. All topics are designed to connect your students to their environment. Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 days in the Baltimore region. 2 AUs from Baltimore City are available.
Cost: $50 resource fee refunded upon completion of the course. Stipends:$500 Stipends are available upon completion of the course.
*This course is FULL.  To be added to the waitlist, please contact chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 Nanticoke River and its People, Past and Present
June 26-30
Designed for Wicomico County educators.
Join us this summer as we take an in-depth look at communities surrounding the Nanticoke River. We will use first-hand investigations to look at their ecological, historical, and economic ties to the Nanticoke in order to understand how the river shaped these towns. The course ends downstream on Smith Island, where we will continue our community investigation in towns that have existed on the shores of the Chesapeake for over 300 years.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local field investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Smith Island Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $0 (Grant support from Wicomico County is covering tuition fee)
To Register: Contact Dr. Brian Raygor, Supervisor of Science for Wicomico County Public Schools, 410-677-4508, braygor@wcboe.org.

Click to register Sustainable Solutions in the DMV
June 26-30
Open to District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia educators.
Join us as we explore the interdependent relationship between human social systems and the Earth's natural systems by taking a close look at our own urban communities in the DC metro region. The problems facing our capital's waterways are being solved in innovative and unconventional ways, with techniques drawn from many disciplines: science and technology, engineering, government action, community organizing, art, and many more. In this course, we will investigate the threats to the health of our waterways and communities, as well as the positive impacts that stem from proactive solutions. We will take a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to disciplinary learning through environmental literacy, in order to make connections to classroom learning, and model ways to engage students with environmental issues through life-relevant investigations and civic action.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: $50 refundable resource fee. Stipends:$500 Stipends are available upon completion of the course.
To Register:
Register online | Register by mail/fax


Click to register Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
June 26-30
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Explore the ecology, natural and cultural history of two remote places of the Chesapeake Bay by comparing and contrasting the tidal Rappahannock River and the Fox Island archipelago. We will investigate present and historic conditions of water quality, natural habitats, and fisheries. 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. Impromptu discussions will occur on nutrient loading, eutrophication & sedimentation; dead zones and diurnal/nocturnal dissolved oxygen and pH spikes; red tides & HABs (harmful algal blooms). Investigation of benthic life will focus on underwater grasses, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. Teachers will use landform features, sediments, and fossils to help determine the geologic history of the region; the class will traverse one of the largest bald eagle populations in the Bay. Living resource investigations will include birds, fisheries, and fresh- and saltwater wetlands, as well as cultural experiences on Tangier Island with restaurant visit, museum, and watermen Q&A.
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 Center.
Cost: $350
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS

Click to registerTeachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
June 26-30
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Explore the ecology, natural and cultural history of two remote places of the Chesapeake Bay by comparing and contrasting the tidal Rappahannock River and the Fox Island archipelago. We will investigate present and historic conditions of water quality, natural habitats, and fisheries. 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. Impromptu discussions will occur on nutrient loading, eutrophication & sedimentation; dead zones and diurnal/nocturnal dissolved oxygen and pH spikes; red tides & HABs (harmful algal blooms). Investigation of benthic life will focus on underwater grasses, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. Teachers will use landform features, sediments, and fossils to help determine the geologic history of the region; the class will traverse one of the largest bald eagle populations in the Bay. Living resource investigations will include birds, fisheries, and fresh- and saltwater wetlands, as well as cultural experiences on Tangier Island with restaurant visit, museum, and watermen Q&A.
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 Center.
Cost: $350
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

Hampton (Systemic) Environmental Literacy Program
June 26-30
Specific to Hampton City Public School educators.
Discover the learning power of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE's) during this five-day immersive field experience. The Hampton (Systemic) Environmental Literacy Program (H.E.L.P) is an innovative program developed by the Hampton City Schools Science Department to further its mission of actively engaging students in developing an understanding of and an enthusiasm for scientific discovery.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: No course fee.
To Register: Contact Venicia Ferrell, K-12 Science Curriculum Coordinator, vferrell@hampton.k12.va.us.


Click to register Sustainable Solutions in the DMV
June 26-30
Open to District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia educators.
Join us as we explore the interdependent relationship between human social systems and the Earth's natural systems by taking a close look at our own urban communities in the DC metro region. The problems facing our capital's waterways are being solved in innovative and unconventional ways, with techniques drawn from many disciplines: science and technology, engineering, government action, community organizing, art, and many more. We will investigate the threats to the health of our waterways and communities, as well as the positive impacts that stem from proactive solutions. This will be a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to disciplinary learning through environmental literacy in order to make connections to classroom learning, and model ways to engage students with environmental issues through life-relevant investigations and civic action.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: $50 refundable resource fee. Stipends:$500 Stipends are available upon completion of the course.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

Click to register Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
June 26-30
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Explore the ecology, natural and cultural history of two remote places of the Chesapeake Bay by comparing and contrasting the tidal Rappahannock River and the Fox Island archipelago. We will investigate present and historic conditions of water quality, natural habitats, and fisheries. 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. Impromptu discussions will occur on nutrient loading, eutrophication & sedimentation; dead zones and diurnal/nocturnal dissolved oxygen and pH spikes; red tides & HABs (harmful algal blooms). Investigation of benthic life will focus on underwater grasses, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. Teachers will use landform features, sediments, and fossils to help determine the geologic history of the region; the class will traverse one of the largest bald eagle populations in the Bay. Living resource investigations will include birds, fisheries, and fresh- and saltwater wetlands, as well as cultural experiences on Tangier Island with restaurant visit, museum, and watermen Q&A.
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 Center.
Cost: $350
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS

Click to register Sustainable Solutions in the DMV
June 26-30
Open to District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia educators.
Join us as we explore the interdependent relationship between human social systems and the Earth's natural systems by taking a close look at our own urban communities in the DC metro region. The problems facing our capital's waterways are being solved in innovative and unconventional ways, with techniques drawn from many disciplines: science and technology, engineering, government action, community organizing, art, and many more. In this course, we will investigate the threats to the health of our waterways and communities, as well as the positive impacts that stem from proactive solutions. We will take a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to disciplinary learning through environmental literacy, in order to make connections to classroom learning, and model ways to engage students with environmental issues through life-relevant investigations and civic action.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: $50 refundable resource fee. Stipends:$500 Stipends are available upon completion of the course.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax


Click to register Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
June 26-30
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Explore the ecology, natural and cultural history of two remote places of the Chesapeake Bay by comparing and contrasting the tidal Rappahannock River and the Fox Island archipelago. We will investigate present and historic conditions of water quality, natural habitats, and fisheries. 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. Impromptu discussions will occur on nutrient loading, eutrophication & sedimentation; dead zones and diurnal/nocturnal dissolved oxygen and pH spikes; red tides & HABs (harmful algal blooms). Investigation of benthic life will focus on underwater grasses, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. Teachers will use landform features, sediments, and fossils to help determine the geologic history of the region; the class will traverse one of the largest bald eagle populations in the Bay. Living resource investigations will include birds, fisheries, and fresh- and saltwater wetlands, as well as cultural experiences on Tangier Island with restaurant visit, museum, and watermen Q&A.
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 Center.
Cost: $350
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

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Other Registration Options:

If you 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 contact 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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