Chesapeake Classrooms Restricted Courses

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Educators learn to identify fish (not visible in plastic bins) from local rivers during a professional development field program. (Photo taken pre-COVID-19)

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Join us for a professional learning adventure.  CBF is offering more than 20 courses that will explore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and local ecosystems throughout the watershed. Each of these courses provides opportunities for online collaboration, outdoor exploration, and independent discovery.  Fear not, you will not be sitting behind a computer all day! Though we will not be learning with you on boats and canoes this summer, we are able to dive into the challenge facing all educators today:  How can we make online learning about your local ecosystem interesting, engaging and meaningful?  

Courses Restricted to Specific School Districts or Geographies 

These courses have a restricted registration because they are sponsored by a particular school district or county.  Some courses are limited to participants from one geographic area.  Please see the italicized note at the top of the course description to learn more about the course audience.

Important Information About This Year’s Program Fees:
We are pleased to be able to offer our courses at rates ranging up to $125. Please select the course you are interested in to learn more about specific pricing. 

*If you are interested in sponsoring a district-specific course for summer 2021, please contact chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org.

See our Chesapeake Classrooms Courses open to all educators watershedwide. 

Maryland | Pennsylvania | Virginia

MARYLAND

JUNE

June 21-25, 2021
Anne Arundel County: Exploring Ecology Through Art
Open to all Anne Arundel County educators. 
How can we deepen our understanding of ecological issues through exploring and creating art? Throughout this course, we will use art as a tool to inform our scientific and cultural studies, as well as develop creative practices to foster environmental literacy in the classroom. Teachers will investigate the resources in their communities and network with other teachers to paint a more complete picture of how our homes and schools are connected to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Length & Location: The course will be conducted online over five days and will incorporate individual outdoor, inquiry-based investigations in your neighborhood. In addition, if social distancing regulations allow, participants will be able to participate in facilitated local field experiences.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE.
Orientation Date: Tuesday, June 8th at 4 p.m.
Please register through MyAACPS ERO. 

June 21-25, 2021
Montgomery County: Our Neighborhood Our Watershed
Open to MCPS elementary and middle school teachers. 
How is your neighborhood connected to the Bay? Join CBF and MCPS Outdoor Environmental Education Programs for a unique professional learning opportunity to gain hands-on experience with environmental investigation and learning.  We will use our schoolyards, local ecology, and Chesapeake Bay culture to develop an understanding of connections between our daily activities and the health of our waters and the Chesapeake Bay.  In addition, we will build a plan for conducting Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences with students and culminate with the story One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss.
Length & Location: The course will be conducted online over five days and will incorporate individual outdoor, inquiry-based investigations. In addition, if COVID-19 regulations allow, participants will be able to participate in facilitated local field experiences. 
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE.
Orientation Date: Tuesday, June 8th at 4 p.m.
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June 21-25, 2021
Howard County MWEE: Student Inquiry and Action 
Open to all Howard County educators.
How can we investigate local environmental issues by exploring the Chesapeake Bay from Howard County through the lens of Tangier Island, Virginia?  Learn to connect your schoolyard with the Chesapeake Bay through field-based investigations while collaborating with other teachers to design a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) for your students that is rooted in the Howard County curriculum. Topics and experiences directly connect to upper elementary and middle school science curriculum and to the fourth grade gifted and talented Curriculum Extension Unit: Earth's Features: Saving Tangier Island.
Length & Location: The course will be conducted online over five days and will incorporate individual outdoor, inquiry-based investigations in your neighborhood. In addition, if social distancing regulations allow, participants will be able to participate in facilitated local field experiences.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE.
Orientation Date: Tuesday, June 8th at 4 p.m.
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JULY

July 12-16, 2021
Prince George's County (MD): Student Inquiry and Action
Open to all Prince George’s County (MD) educators and supports aspiring and renewing Green Schools.
How can environmental inquiry enhance classroom teaching? Join us for five days of virtual learning as we explore how to deepen student understanding of environmental justice issues through experiential learning. Participants will explore a cross-section of environmental justice issues impacting Prince George’s County residents and learn how investigating natural ecosystems can help communities and schools create change for a greener, more equitable future. Science, history, and social issues will come to life as teachers use an environmental justice lens to investigate the relationships between human and natural systems in our changing climate. 
Length & Location: The course will take place primarily online over five days and will incorporate individual outdoor, inquiry-based investigations. In addition, if COVID-19 regulations allow, participants will be able to participate in facilitated local field experiences.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE.
Orientation Date: Tuesday, June 29th at 4 p.m.
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AUGUST

August 2-6, 2021
Anne Arundel County: Exploring Bay Issues with the Equity and Justice Lens
Open to all teachers within Anne Arundel County who bring a passion or interest in issues surrounding equity and justice within our local community. 
How do our perceptions and interactions with Anne Arundel County's natural history and ecology change when explored through the lens of environmental justice? We will hear from local experts as we learn to utilize different perspectives to address major topics within social and environmental issues of our past, present, and future. Our investigations will take us around the local land and waterways to explore topics such as access to food, public places, and the Chesapeake Bay.
Length & Location: The course will be conducted online over five days and will incorporate independent outdoor, inquiry-based investigations. In addition, if COVID-19 regulations allow, participants will have an opportunity to participate in facilitated local in-person field experiences.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE.
Orientation Date: Tuesday, July 20th at 4 p.m.
Please register through MyAACPS ERO.

August 2-6, 2021
Washington County Schools: Integrating Environmental Literacy
Open to Washington County teachers, grades 2 and 4.
How do our actions in Washington County impact the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay? Washington County educators will participate in stream studies, authentic water quality investigations, and schoolyard assessments to answer these questions and more. Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for a unique professional learning opportunity as we spend five days exploring our neighborhoods in and around Washington County. Investigate the connections between our daily activities and the ecology of the Potomac River, its tributaries, and the Chesapeake Bay. Develop the skills and confidence to lead your students in a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience while learning outside with your peers and colleagues.
Length & Location: The course will be conducted online over five days and will incorporate independent outdoor, inquiry-based investigations. In addition, if COVID-19 regulations allow, participants will have an opportunity to participate in facilitated local in-person field experiences.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE.
Orientation Date: Tuesday, July 20th at 4 p.m
Please register through WCPS.

August 9-13, 2021
Montgomery County: Connecting the Chesapeake Bay through the Environment
Open to MCPS middle and high school teachers.
How can you become more familiar with your local ecosystems and learn how to use them as valuable teaching tools in the teaching and learning of biology, chemistry, environmental science, and social studies? Join 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 effects 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.
Length & Location: This course will be conducted online over five days and will incorporate independent outdoor, inquiry-based investigations. In addition, if COVID-19 regulations allow, participants will have an opportunity to participate in facilitated local in-person field experiences.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE.
Orientation Date: Tuesday, July 27 at 4 p.m.
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PENNSYLVANIA

JUNE

June 22-24, 2021
Student Action and Stewardship in Pennsylvania's Capitol Area  (POSTPONED) 
Open to all 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 our PA partners for this three-day course that focuses on the management of action projects in the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE). This course will walk participants through the essential MWEE elements 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 process.   
Length & Location: This hybrid course will be conducted over three days. The first day will be virtual and incorporate outdoor investigations in your local neighborhood. The second and third days will be in-person and include investigations at Memorial Lake and Gifford Pinchot State Parks. These days will include stream/lake water investigations and a paddle experience.
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 reimbursement for funds connected to a student action project.
Live Orientation Date: Tuesday, June 8th at 4 p.m. (will be recorded) 
Registration Deadline: June 20th, 2021 
(POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2022) 

June 28-29, 2021
Pennsylvania Trees and Forests: the Root Solution (POSTPONED) 
Open to all certified PA teachers. 
Join us to learn how to make student action projects effective and incorporated into your curriculum. Teachers will explore how Pennsylvania trees and forests connect to clean water issues and solutions. Each day we will explore ecosystem health through water quality, investigate the role trees and plants play in reducing stormwater impact, and create connections from your classroom to the watershed. We will discuss how to involve students in the process of identifying local issues, planning and implementing student projects, and ways to connect projects into your curriculum. 
Length & Location: The first day will be in-person with investigations at Memorial Lake and a potential paddle. The second day will be in-person and include investigations at the Quittapahilla Wetlands Preserve.   
Credit: 18 ACT48 hours are available for course completion.
Orientation Date: Tuesday, June 15th at 4 p.m.
(POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2022)

JULY

July 20-22, 2021
Kings Gap Watershed Institute
Open to all certified PA teachers in IU 15 and 13. 
Are you interested in motivating your learners to think outside the box, take risks, and demonstrate their learning through real-world, hands-on, project-based learning that happens within their community?  By blending hands-on investigations modeled on professional research methodologies, educators will participate in data collection and analysis, community networking and partnerships, stewardship and service-learning activities—all skills that can be transferred back to the school setting. Educators participating in the Institute will leave with knowledge provided, a copy of DCNR’s Watershed Education Curriculum, and the support necessary to create and implement a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience in their setting.  
Length & Location: Kings Gap Watershed Institute is a five-day course that will take place in-person for three days in the summer (July 20-22) at Kings Gap Environmental Center, with a potential paddle at Laurel Lake (Pine Grove Furnace State Park). Two additional days of investigations and curriculum support are scheduled in the fall (October 5th-substitute stipends are available- and October 23rd). Participants are asked to complete NOAA's MWEE101 online course prior to the start of the in-person course. 
Credit: Successful completion of the course will qualify participants for a stipend and access to funding for help in implementing an action project as part of their MWEE. 45 ACT48 hours are available for full course participation. 
Orientation Date: Tuesday, July 6th at 4 p.m.
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July 26-27, 2021
Pennsylvania Mountains and Streams
Open to all certified PA teachers.
Join CBF educators on this two-day exploration of the beautiful Pennsylvania mountains and streams that contribute to nearly half of the water that ends up in the Chesapeake Bay.  Explore topics related to stream and forest health and the integral relationship Penn’s Woods play in saving the Bay!
Length & Location: This two-day course will include morning in-person investigations at Pine Grove Furnace State Park and Michaux State Forest, with a paddle planned for one of those days.  Participants will conduct independent investigations each afternoon.  
Credit: 18 ACT48 hours are available for full course participation. 
Orientation Date: Tuesday, July 13th at 4 p.m.
Register Now

VIRGINIA

JUNE

June 21-25, 2021
Hopewell: From Kepone to Conservation Corners
Open to all Hopewell City educators.
What impact has Hopewell had on the James River, starting from American Indian tribes all the way to the economic boom of industry? How can teachers use this unique combination of history, economy, and the environment to provide context for classroom learning? Participants will learn about their place in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and see how science, history, and culture are connected as they visit local places in the lower James River watershed. Participants will learn ways to design and implement Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences using the Hopewell community as a context for learning and engaging students in real-life investigations of their local environment.
Length & Location: The course will be conducted online over five days and will incorporate individual outdoor, inquiry-based investigations in your neighborhood. In addition, if social distancing regulations allow, participants will be able to participate in facilitated local field experiences..
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours.
Orientation Date: Tuesday, June 8th at 4 p.m.
Register Now

JULY

July 19-23, 2021
Prince George County (VA): Fostering a Sense of Place with MWEEs
Open to any teacher in Prince George County (VA).
How can you use outdoor explorations to create excitement and ownership in your students?  Educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities.  This five-day online professional learning course models and supports teachers in designing field-based investigations that foster student environmental literacy while allowing participants to collaborate with their peers and find innovative ways to use the local environment as a context for learning.  
Length & Location: The course will be conducted online over five days and will incorporate individual outdoor, inquiry-based investigations in your neighborhood. In addition, if social distancing regulations allow, participants will be able to participate in facilitated local field experiences. 
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours.
Orientation Date: Tuesday, July 13th at 4 p.m.

July 26-30, 2021
Rockingham: Saving the Watershed through Agricultural Investigation
Open to Rockingham County teachers. 
Teachers from Rockingham County will look at the local food supply chain, agricultural best management practices, and how to connect students to the environment, their food supply and the Chesapeake Bay. Teachers will engage in local, independent investigations where they can see local agriculture in action and investigate their local waterways. Teachers throughout the week will develop a lesson or unit to incorporate into their classroom and share those units/lessons with the class so that all teachers walk away with a set of lessons or units. 
Length & Location: The course will take place primarily online over five days and will incorporate individual outdoor, inquiry-based investigations. In addition, if COVID-19 regulations allow, participants will be able to participate in facilitated local field experiences. 
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours.
Orientation Date: Tuesday, July 13th at 4 p.m.
To register, contact Tammy Stone at tstone@rockingham.k12.va.us

July 26-30, 2021
Virginia Beach: MWEEs for Elementary Schools
Open to all VBCPS elementary 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 some Bay 101 watershed facts, including the importance of critters that live and thrive in our local waterways, some basic watershed information, as well as delving into our current state of the Bay. We will discover how we 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: The course will take place primarily online over five days and will incorporate individual outdoor, inquiry-based investigations. In addition, if COVID-19 regulations allow, participants will be able to participate in facilitated local field experiences.
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours.
Orientation Date: Tuesday, July 13th at 4 p.m.

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