LATEST MDNCLI UPDATE:
Celebrating Health, Wealth & the Outdoors!
Great News, Exciting Opportunities…and a Goodbye
HEALTH! On June 13, The MD Partnership for Children In Nature (CIN) hosted a lively introductory CIN Health Forum to discuss ideas to integrate nature experiences into healthy lifestyle choices for children and families. Participants represented several education & environmental organizations, parks & recreation, community planning interests, the professional health community, and more. The Partnership will use this successful first discussion as a springboard for future, broader conversations to continue to encourage collaboration across disciplines to increase healthy opportunities for kids and families. Stay tuned for information and upcoming opportunities to join in!
WEALTH! Are you a non-profit looking to host EE trainings & workshops? The EE Capacity Building Grant Program was established by the Chesapeake Bay Trust with support from the EPA to provide funds to school systems, colleges or universities, state education or environmental agencies, and non-profit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic for EE capacity building that advances state & local EE efforts. The program encourages applications that will provide access for all EE educators in the region to sustained professional development opportunities, tools & resources. Deadline August 31, 2012. Click here for more info!
CELEBRATE MARYLAND OUTDOORS! Visit the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature web site to find exciting places to go and things to do with kids all over Maryland! Get outdoors and try something (or some place) new!
GREAT NEWS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY (THANKS TO YOU!): We listened to what the hundreds of attendees of our spring regional E-Lit workshops had to say and have been transforming those recommendations into action:
- Clearinghouse: NOAA was very interested in the strong recommendation for a comprehensive and user-friendly clearinghouse of EE providers & professional development opportunities across the state. They are now revamping the Bay Backpack web site, based on specific recommendations from our workshops and more. We are very excited about the unveiling in a few months!
- Online Resource: Information gathered from the workshops (common issues, challenges & suggested solutions) will be posted as an online resource shortly.
- Workshops: In an effort to provide continued support for E-Lit implementation to schools and providers, MSDE will be hosting a summit for small E-Lit planning teams from each county in August, and funding is currently being sought by MAEOE to host E-Lit professional development workshops specifically for EE providers this fall.
- Regional E-Lit Liaisons are being determined, and will facilitate collaboration between providers & school systems and regional E-Lit implementation sessions to be held Fall 2012-Spring 2013.
We are so grateful for the valuable feedback and, with all eyes still on Maryland, we are delighted to see such a robust effort to support effective E-Lit implementation!
GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS! Maryland is one of three states in which the new national EECapacity Project is being piloted! Through a series of workshops, online courses, professional learning communities, and social networking opportunities, EECapacity will link established environmental educators who have developed nationally recognized guidelines and curricula (e.g., Project Wild), and emerging groups of grassroots, urban environmental educators. Parks & People Foundation is a co-leader with MAEOE for the MD Consortium. If you are interested in learning more about EECapacity efforts and upcoming workshops, or about becoming a working partner of the MD Consortium, contact Mary Hardcastle or Laura Collard.
…AND A GOODBYE: After four amazing years as Coordinator of the Maryland No Child Left Inside Coalition, Julie Dieguez last day is June 29th. This was an incredibly difficult decision to make and I feel humbled to have been a part of groundbreaking efforts that have put Maryland in the national spotlight for such promising and inspiring environmental education efforts. More importantly I feel incredibly honored to have been able to work with YOU. The Coalition will remain intact and, along with the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, will continue to be an incredibly effective force for connecting kids to nature. I will be in touch again before my final day with information about resources and this transition, but thank you ahead of time for four amazing years!