Course Schedule

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Collecting water samples for testing water quality is just one of many hands-on experiences educators learn from during CBF professional development programs. (Photo taken pre-COVID-19)

CBF Staff

Join us for a professional learning adventure. CBF is offering more than 20 summer courses for educators to explore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and local ecosystems throughout the watershed. Each course provides opportunities for collaboration, outdoor exploration, and ecosystem discovery. 

2022 Chesapeake Classrooms Courses 

Maryland | Pennsylvania | Virginia | Watershed Wide

Maryland Courses

June 27 – July 1, 2022
Our Neighborhood, Our Watershed: Montgomery County
Open to all Montgomery County elementary and middle school teachers 
How can learning more about the Earth’s “One Well” connect you to our Chesapeake Bay? Dive into your watershed with the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center for a unique professional learning opportunity that starts with 2 days exploring in and around Montgomery County and then travels down Maryland’s eastern shore to one of CBF’s residential island education centers where we will fully immerse in the sights and sounds of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn with your colleagues how you can make choices with your students that help conserve and protect water. 
Length & Location: Five consecutive days of field-based, whole-group, outdoor investigations: Monday and Tuesday in the Montgomery County area, Wednesday through Friday at our Port Isobel Island Education Center for a 3-day, 2-night dormitory-style experience. 
Cost: $50, Reduced cost due to HHMI.
Credit: Successful completion of the course and final project will qualify MCPS Teachers for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development Credits (#21-66-01R).  This course is eligible for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin University.  For more visit the Professional Learning Credits page. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course. 
Registration deadline: June 20, 2022
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July 18-22, 2022
Exploring Climate Change, Stories of Impact and Resilience: Montgomery County
Open to all Montgomery County teachers.
How can you engage your students in investigating the climate change impacts on the ecology of Montgomery County and the Chesapeake Bay? Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Montgomery County Pubic Schools (MCPS) Outdoor Environmental Education staff as we investigate climate change impacts and ecosystem resilience locally and in the Bay. We will explore climate change storytelling through maps and artifacts in the Chesapeake Bay.    
Length & Location: Five consecutive days of field-based, whole-group, outdoor investigations and Montgomery County and central Maryland.
Cost: $50 
Credit: Successful completion of the course and final project will qualify MCPS teachers to receive 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development Credits (#21-66-01R). This course is eligible for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin University.  For more visit the Professional Learning Credits page. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course.
Registration deadline: June 11, 2022
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August 1 –5, 2022
Exploring Oyster Ecology through Outdoor Learning: Worcester Count
Open to all Worcester County teachers. 
How have oysters shaped the ecology, culture, and physical characteristics of our Bay region?  Join CBF for hands-on, field-based investigations as we explore land use, water quality, and the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem with a special focus on the oyster.  We will examine the role oysters have played throughout Maryland’s history—from being a bountiful protein source to a scarce delicacy and look at technological and economic advances working to bring oysters back into the spotlight as a food source, keystone species, and ecosystem engineer. This course will model how student inquiry can lead to sustainability, civic engagement and action as participants learn to design a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience for their students.  
Length & Location: Five consecutive days of field-based, whole-group, outdoor investigations: Monday-Tuesday in the Worcester Coastal Bay area, Wednesday-Friday at our Smith Island Education Center as a 3-day, 2-night dormitory-style experience.
Cost: No cost due to support from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
Credit: Successful completion of course and final project will qualify WCPS teachers for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development Credits (#21-66-01R). This course is eligible for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin University.  For more visit the Professional Learning Credits page. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course.
Registration deadline: July 25, 2022
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August 1 –5, 2022
Schoolyards to the Chesapeake Bay: Integrating Environmental Literacy through the Howard County Public Schools Gifted and Talented Curriculum 
This course is designed for gifted and talented teachers, but is open to all HCPS teachers interested in the topic.
Come explore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed from Tangier Island, VA to Howard County, MD. We will investigate the connections between local schoolyards and the Chesapeake Bay through field-based education rooted in the Howard County gifted and talented curriculum. During this course we will go on the water, through the woods, over the fields, onto schoolyards, and into classrooms.  
Length & Location: Five consecutive days: First three days at the Port Isobel Environmental Education Center for a 3-day, 2-night dormitory-style experience; fourth day synchronous online learning day; fifth day field-based, whole-group, outdoor investigation in Howard County 
Cost: $150 
Credit: Successful completion of course and final project will qualify Maryland teachers to receive 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development Credits (#21-66-01R). This course is eligible for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin University.  For more visit the Professional Learning Credits page. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course. 
Registration deadline: July 25, 2022
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August 8 - 12, 2022
Connection to the Chesapeake through Environmental Science: Montgomery County 
Open to all Montgomery County middle and high school teachers. 
How can you become familiar with your local ecosystems and learn how to use them as valuable teaching tools for biology, chemistry, environmental science, and social studies? Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and MCPS Outdoor Environmental Education staff to explore current environmental problems and solutions taking place in our schoolyard habitats, local waterways, neighborhoods and the Chesapeake Bay. This course will tackle human land use impacts on local waterways and explore strategies to bring these concepts into the classroom using a biology and chemistry lens. Participants will experience outdoor investigations that can be used with students to make environmental biology and chemistry more relevant and create their own Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE).
Length & Location: Five consecutive days of field-based, whole-group, outdoor investigations in Montgomery County and central Maryland. 
Cost: $50 
Credit: Successful completion of the course and final project will qualify MCPS teachers to receive 3 MSDE Professional Development Credits (#21-66-01R). This course is eligible for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin University.  For more visit the Professional Learning Credits page. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course. 
Registration deadline: August 1, 2022
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Pennsylvania Courses

June 21-23, 2022
Local Issues, Local Solutions: Pennsylvania 
Open to all certified PA Teachers.
Do you want to expand your student-centered learning projects to include stewardship and action in your local community? Do you want to learn outside? Join CBF and PA State Parks for this three-day course that focuses on the management of action projects, from issue identification to project implementation. This course will walk participants through meaningful outdoor learning experiences and how to connect local resources to their content to create rich learning opportunities outside of their classroom walls while incorporating student voice and managing the project process. Participants are asked to complete NOAA's MWEE101 online course before the start of the in-person course. 
Length & Location: This in-person course will be conducted over three days at Gifford Pinchot State Park. These days will include stream/lake water investigations and a paddle experience.
Cost: No cost due to support from a NOAA BWET grant.
Credit: Successful completion of the course and final project will qualify participants for 27 ACT48 hours. Certified Pennsylvania classroom teachers in IU13 and IU15 are also eligible for a participation stipend and through a NOAA BWET grant. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course. 
Registration deadline: June 13, 2022
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June 28-29 , 2022
Exploring Natural Resources in Agricultural Education 
Open to all certified PA Teachers. 
Spend two days exploring your Natural Resources and their connection to Agriculture.  Day one will be spent exploring how natural resources are managed, restored, and protected at two different conservation sites. Participants will have the opportunity to investigate soil and water quality, conduct biodiversity surveys, and connect with other teachers. The second day will be spent paddling a local waterway. Teachers can expect professional development topics paired with hands-on experiential investigations exploring student-centered learning. This two-day course is in partnership with the Penn State University Teach Ag! program. 
Length & Location: Two consecutive days of field-based, whole-group, outdoor investigations in the State College area. 
Cost: $75  
Credit: Successful completion of the course and final project will qualify participants for 18 ACT48 hours. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course. 
Registration deadline: June 20, 2022
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Virginia Courses

June 27 – July 1, 2022
Exploring Ecology through Outdoor Learning: Fort Belvoir, VA 
Open to Fort Belvoir area teachers 
How do the streams and valleys of Northern Virginia create a unique story and connection to the local environment?  Join this experience to identify and investigate environmental issues and develop an understanding of our connection to other parts of the watershed and the issues facing the Chesapeake Bay. This course models the practice of how student inquiry can lead to sustainability, civic engagement and action as participants learn to design a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience for their students.
Length & Location: Five consecutive days in the Potomac River Watershed in field-based, whole-group outdoor investigations in schoolyards, parks, canoes and boats.
Cost: $300
Credit: Successful completion of the course and final project will qualify Virginia teachers to receive documentation of 45 contact hours. This course is eligible for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin University.  For more visit the Professional Learning Credits page. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course.
Registration deadline: June 20, 2022
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July 11-15, 2022
Fostering a Sense of Place and Exploring Your Watershed: Prince George County, VA 
Open to all Prince George County, VA Teachers 
How do the streams and fields of Prince George County create a unique story and connection to the local history and environment?  Join with teachers from across Prince George County, VA to identify and investigate local environmental issues and develop an understanding of our connection to other parts of the watershed and the issues facing the Appomattox and James River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. This course models the practice of how student inquiry can lead to sustainability, civic engagement and action as participants learn to design a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience for their students. 
Length & Location: Five consecutive days of field-based, whole-group, outdoor investigations in the Prince George, Virginia area. 
Cost: No cost due to support from the Prince Geore County School System
Credit: Successful completion of the course and final project will qualify Virginia teachers to receive documentation of 45 contact hours. This course is eligible for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin University.  For more visit the Professional Learning Credits page. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course. 
Registration deadline: July 4, 2022
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July 18 - 22, 2022 
Exploring Ecology and the Chesapeake Bay: Virginia Beach 
Open to Virginia Beach County Public School Elementary School teachers. 
Calling all Virginia Beach elementary school teachers! In this course, we invite you to explore how to develop Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences and how to bring those hands-on experiences to all of your students. We will help you cultivate an understanding of our Bay watershed, including the importance of critters that live and thrive in our local waterways, as well as a deeper understanding of the current state of the Bay. We will discover how humans impact our local watersheds, and things that can be done in our backyards, community neighborhoods, and schoolyards to help improve our local tributaries, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. 
Length & Location: Five consecutive days of field-based, whole-group, outdoor investigations in the Virginia Beach Area.
Cost: $150 
Credit: Successful completion of the course and final project will qualify Virginia teachers to receive documentation of 45 contact hours. This course is eligible for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin University.  For more visit the Professional Learning Credits page. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course. 
Registration deadline: July 11, 2022
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July 18 –22, 2022
Fostering a Sense of Place through Outdoor Investigations: Northern Virginia
Open to all Northern Virginia Teachers 
How do our actions in Northern Virginia impact the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay? Educators throughout NOVA are invited to participate in this field based outdoor investigations of water quality and ecology to answer this question and more. We will spend the first two days of the course exploring our local neighborhoods and waterways. Then we will travel to Smith Island for three days and two nights to investigate connections to this Chesapeake Bay island community and ecology. Participants will develop the skills and confidence to lead students in Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences while learning outside with peers and colleagues.
Length & Location: Five consecutive days of field-based, whole-group, outdoor investigations: Monday and Tuesday in the Northern Virginia Area, Wednesday through Friday at our Smith Island Education Center as a 3-day, 2-night dormitory-style experience.
Cost: $300 
Credit: Successful completion of the course and final project will qualify Virginia teachers to receive documentation of 45 contact hours. This course is eligible for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin University.  For more visit the Professional Learning Credits page. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course.
Registration deadline: July 11, 2022
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August 1 – 5, 2022
From Rockingham County to the Bay 
Open to all Rockingham County teachers.  
How do the streams and valleys of Rockingham County create a unique story and connection to the local environment?  Join us in hands-on, field-based investigations as we explore land use, water quality, and the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Gain an in-depth understanding of our connection to the Bay by spending three days on a remote island in the heart of the Bay. This course models the practice of how student inquiry can lead to sustainability, civic engagement and action as participants learn to design a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience for their students.  
Length & Location: Five consecutive days of field-based, whole-group, outdoor investigations: Monday-Tuesday in the Northern Virginia Area, Wednesday- Friday at our Port Isobel Island Education Center for a 3-day, 2-night dormitory-style experience.
Cost: $150 
Credit: Successful completion of the course and final project will qualify Virginia teachers to receive documentation of 45 contact hours. This course is eligible for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin University.  For more visit the Professional Learning Credits page. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course. 
Registration deadline: July 25, 2022
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Watershed Wide Courses

July 18- 22, 2022
Teachers Exploring the Bay, Tangier Sound  
Open to teachers watershed wide.
How does our watershed impact the ecology and culture of the Chesapeake Bay? Participants will engage in immersive hands-on, field-based investigations exploring the marshes, critters, ecology and culture of the Bay.  The course will focus on ways humans can work to reduce environmental impact, encourage sustainability, and foster environmental literacy. All participating teachers will develop a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) for their students. Length & Location: Five consecutive days of field-based, whole-group, outdoor investigations: Participants will spend the first half of the week at Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center and the second half at Port Isobel Environmental Education Center both are dormitory-style accommodations. 
Cost: $350 
Credit: Successful completion of the course and final project will qualify Maryland teachers to receive 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development Credits (#21-66-01R), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers to receive documentation of 45 contact hours, and Pennsylvania teachers to receive 45 Act 48 professional development hours. This course is eligible for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin University.  For more visit the Professional Learning Credits page. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course. 
Registration deadline: July 11, 2022
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August 1 - 5, 2022
Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE): Science and Social Emotional Learning  
This course is designed with secondary teachers in mind, but is open to all teachers interested in the topics.  
Science-informed environmental literacy programming and Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences make multi-disciplinary learning come alive and meaningfully supports social and emotional learning and wellness for both students and teachers. During this dynamic five-day program, you will be joining a caring group of partners to explore the Chesapeake Bay's cultural coastal habitats and iconic communities by practicing mindful engagement with the environment and conducting field investigations with local scientists, community leaders, and educators from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Maryland's Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. This course is designed to model a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience through participant-driven field experiences, authentic research and the celebration of our coming together as a community of educators in an immersive, joyful and supportive environment. Participants will be encouraged to complete the MWEE101 online course prior to the start of the in-person course. This will allow us to better utilize our time together.  
Length & Location: Five consecutive days of field-based, whole-group, outdoor investigations at Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center for a 5-day, 4-night dormitory-style experience. 
Cost: $65 due to support from Maryland DNR and CBNRRS. 
Credit: Successful completion of the course and final project will qualify Maryland teachers to receive 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits, Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers to receive documentation of 45 contact hours, and Pennsylvania teachers to receive 45 Act 48 professional development hours. This course is eligible for graduate credit from Mary Baldwin University.  For more visit the Professional Learning Credits page. 
Orientation Date: Orientation meetings are at 7pm on May 25th, June 22nd, or July 13th.  Choose one of the virtual meetings prior to your course. 
Registration deadline: July 25, 2022
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