Professional Learning—August Courses

2019 August Course Schedule

CBF's 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.

Note about online registration: Payment of course fees is required with online registration. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted. If you do not wish to register online or if you will be paying by check, please see Registration Options below.

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MARYLAND TEACHERS

The Art Lens: Exploring the Bay from a New Perspective
August 5-9, 2019

Open to Anne Arundel County educators grades k-12.
In this course, we will investigate the culture and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay watershed through hands-on, inquiry-based field investigations. Not only will teachers discover educational resources in their local area, but they will also have the unique opportunity to explore historic Smith Island, Maryland. Throughout the 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.
Length & Location:
5 days total; 2 local investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Smith Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost:
$0 due to grant funding.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for successful course completion. MSDE Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms Field Course; MSDE/CPD Number: 15-66-07
To Register: Please register through MyAACPS ERO. Course Name: OUT33614 and SRN# 3361419001
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on May 20th from 5-7pm at Arlington Echo
*Partial funding of this trip provided by Annapolis Subaru. 


Click to registerTheory into Practice—Activating Student Actions Projects
August 5-9, 2019
Open to Prince George's County educators grades k-12.
Students will change the world! Join us for a five-day exploration of local environmental challenges, as we link them to student learning objectives and PGCPS resources. This course will focus on how PGCPS teachers can support student led investigations and culminating action projects, to make a greener, healthier Prince George's County.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Prince George's County, MD. 
Cost: $50 resource fee.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for successful course completion. MSDE Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms Field Course; MSDE/CPD Number: 15-66-07
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Click to registerMeaningful Watershed Educational Experiences from Baltimore to the Bay
August 5-9, 2019
Designed for Baltimore area educators.
How does the quality of water in the urban Patapsco River differ from that of Chesapeake Bay? How do activities in Baltimore communities and the Port of Baltimore impact communities that live downstream? Investigate these and other questions as this course takes you to explore places from Baltimore out to beautiful Smith Island. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) model by participating in hands-on field-based activities that you can take back to your classroom. Learn how to engage students in environmental issues and empower them to take action in their school and community!
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.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for successful course completion. MSDE Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms Field Course; MSDE/CPD Number: 15-66-07
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Click to registerConnecting Montgomery County to the Chesapeake Bay Through Environmental Chemistry
August 5-9, 2019
Open to only Montgomery County Public School middle and high school educators.
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 the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center 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 the Potomac River 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. Teachers will have the opportunity to make connections between the sciences and create their own MWEE, Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience!
Length & Location:
5 local investigation days within Montgomery County.
Cost:
$50 resource fee.
Credit: Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from MSDE for successful course completion. MSDE Course Title: Chesapeake Classrooms Field Course; MSDE/CPD Number: 15-66-07
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on May 29th from 4:30-6pm at the Lathrop E. Smith Envrionmental Education Center. 

 

Click to registerA Bird's Eye View of the Chesapeake Bay
August 5-9, 2019
Open to all watershed educators.
Experience the Chesapeake through a five-day investigation on the Bay. This course is designed to identify current environmental conditions to as a way to understand how, why, and which birds are attracted to the varied habitats of the Chesapeake Bay’s islands. The focus expands beyond birds to include investigations of marshes and beaches, underwater grass meadows, fisheries, oysters, and blue crabs.Teachers in this Virginia Commonwealth University Ecology/Life Science course (3 graduate credits optional) will acquire skills to collect and analyze water quality, identify bird species, understand habitat diversification, and learn how physical processes affect shoreline dynamics. We will observe the effects of climate change and sea level rise on birds and other Bay inhabitants, as well as the effects on utilization of resources, population dynamics, and in migration trends. "A Bird’s Eye View" explores the cause-and-effect relationships between choices our society makes with respect to the Chesapeake ecosystem, focusing on ways we can work to reduce environmental impact, encourage sustainability, and foster environmental literacy in our schools and society. The course has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop plans to use the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals in their own classrooms. This course may be taken (optionally) for 3 Virginia Commonwealth University graduate credits.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300.
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate Credit is available from Virginia Commonwealth University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on July 18th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom.  *Course is now full.  

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary (TOTE): Scientific Inquiry in the Field
August 5-9, 2019
Open to all watershed educators.
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. 
This course is designed to support teachers' understanding of Chesapeake Bay issues through participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County's coastal habitats and iconic communities by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members, and a partnership of coastal educators from CBF, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A key aspect of this course looks at opportunities to integrate the use of local and national environmental 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 Memorial Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits.  The Credit number is 15-66-26R. Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate Credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on June 10th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom.  .  

 

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PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS


Systemic Solutions Susquehanna: Understanding B-WET and Crafting Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs)

August 5-9, 2019
The participants in this course have been recruited by the Pennsylvania Education Outreach Coordinator, the Student Leadership Coordinator, and former Cohort participants. This course has been designed to support curriculum-writers, administrators, formal education providers, and non-formal education providers, and other individuals who may provide leadership in implementing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for K-12 students in the Pennsylvania watershed.
Participants in this course will learn the intricacies of designing MWEEs to support student investigation of environmental topics both locally and globally that are of interest to them. Additionally, participants will gain resources and materials to help students identify actions to address these issues and understand the value those actions have in protecting and restoring their local watershed and the greater Chesapeake Bay watershed. This course will focus on developing teacher and administrator skills and knowledge of their local watershed, as well as the practices of field-based environmental education. 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.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within central Pennsylvania. 
Cost: $0
Credit: Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 credits for successful course completion.
For additional information regarding the requirements for participant info, please contact Tarrea Potter at tpotter@cbf.org
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on June 26th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom. 


Click to registerA Bird's Eye View of the Chesapeake Bay
August 5-9, 2019
Open to all watershed educators.
Experience the Chesapeake through a five-day investigation on the Bay. This course is designed to identify current environmental conditions to as a way to understand how, why, and which birds are attracted to the varied habitats of the Chesapeake Bay’s islands. The focus expands beyond birds to include investigations of marshes and beaches, underwater grass meadows, fisheries, oysters, and blue crabs.Teachers will acquire skills to collect and analyze water quality, identify bird species, understand habitat diversification, and learn how physical processes affect shoreline dynamics. We will observe the effects of climate change and sea level rise on birds and other Bay inhabitants, as well as the effects on utilization of resources, population dynamics, and in migration trends. "A Bird’s Eye View" explores the cause-and-effect relationships between choices our society makes with respect to the Chesapeake ecosystem, focusing on ways we can work to reduce environmental impact, encourage sustainability, and foster environmental literacy in our schools and society. This Virginia Commonwealth University accredited marine ecology course (3 graduate credits optional) has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop plans using the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals with curriculum alignment in their own classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300.
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate Credit is available from Virginia Commonwealth University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on July 18th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom.  *Course is now full.  

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary (TOTE): Scientific Inquiry in the Field
August 5-9, 2019
Open to all watershed educators.
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. 
This course is designed to support teachers' understanding of Chesapeake Bay issues through participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County's coastal habitats and iconic communities by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members, and a partnership of coastal educators from CBF, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A key aspect of this course looks at opportunities to integrate the use of local and national environmental 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 Memorial Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits.  The Credit number is 15-66-26R. Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate Credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on June 10th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom.  *Course is now full.  

 

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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

Click to registerA Bird's Eye View of the Chesapeake Bay
August 5-9, 2019
Open to all watershed educators.
Experience the Chesapeake through a five-day investigation on the Bay. This course is designed to identify current environmental conditions to as a way to understand how, why, and which birds are attracted to the varied habitats of the Chesapeake Bay’s islands. The focus expands beyond birds to include investigations of marshes and beaches, underwater grass meadows, fisheries, oysters, and blue crabs.Teachers will acquire skills to collect and analyze water quality, identify bird species, understand habitat diversification, and learn how physical processes affect shoreline dynamics. We will observe the effects of climate change and sea level rise on birds and other Bay inhabitants, as well as the effects on utilization of resources, population dynamics, and in migration trends. "A Bird’s Eye View" explores the cause-and-effect relationships between choices our society makes with respect to the Chesapeake ecosystem, focusing on ways we can work to reduce environmental impact, encourage sustainability, and foster environmental literacy in our schools and society. This Virginia Commonwealth University accredited marine ecology course (3 graduate credits optional) has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop plans using the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals with curriculum alignment in their own classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300.
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate Credit is available from Virginia Commonwealth University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax\
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on June 18th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom.    *Course is now full.  

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary (TOTE): Scientific Inquiry in the Field
August 5-9, 2019
Open to all watershed educators.
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. 
This course is designed to support teachers' understanding of Chesapeake Bay issues through participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County's coastal habitats and iconic communities by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members, and a partnership of coastal educators from CBF, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A key aspect of this course looks at opportunities to integrate the use of local and national environmental 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 Memorial Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits.  The Credit number is 15-66-26R. Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate Credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on June 10th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom.  *Course is now full.  

Fostering Environmental Literacy in Colonial Heights Public Schools
August 12-16, 2019
Open to Colonial Heights teachers.
How is it that the Chesapeake Bay, one of the most complex and dynamic ecosystems on Earth, can serve as the perfect context for connecting classroom education and curriculum expectations? In this course, we will investigate the culture and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay watershed through hands-on, inquiry-based field investigations. Not only will teachers discover educational resources in their local area, but they will also have the unique opportunity to explore historic Tangier Island, Virginia. Throughout the course, participants will develop creative practices to foster environmental literacy in all classroom subjects.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local investigation days followed by 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $0.
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.
To Register: Contact Katherine Ewalt at katherine_ewalt@colonialhts.net *Deadline to register; April 16, 2019 
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on June 7th from 4:00-5:00pm at Colonial Heights Middle School. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS

Click to registerA Bird's Eye View of the Chesapeake Bay
August 5-9, 2019
Open to all watershed educators.
Experience the Chesapeake through a five-day investigation on the Bay. This course is designed to identify current environmental conditions to as a way to understand how, why, and which birds are attracted to the varied habitats of the Chesapeake Bay’s islands. The focus expands beyond birds to include investigations of marshes and beaches, underwater grass meadows, fisheries, oysters, and blue crabs.Teachers will acquire skills to collect and analyze water quality, identify bird species, understand habitat diversification, and learn how physical processes affect shoreline dynamics. We will observe the effects of climate change and sea level rise on birds and other Bay inhabitants, as well as the effects on utilization of resources, population dynamics, and in migration trends. "A Bird’s Eye View" explores the cause-and-effect relationships between choices our society makes with respect to the Chesapeake ecosystem, focusing on ways we can work to reduce environmental impact, encourage sustainability, and foster environmental literacy in our schools and society. This Virginia Commonwealth University accredited marine ecology course (3 graduate credits optional) has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop plans using the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals with curriculum alignment in their own classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300.
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits (MSDE/CPD Number 15-66-07), Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate Credit is available from Virginia Commonwealth University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on July 18th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom.  *Course is now full.  

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary (TOTE): Scientific Inquiry in the Field
August 5-9, 2019
Open to all watershed educators.
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. 
This course is designed to support teachers' understanding of Chesapeake Bay issues through participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County's coastal habitats and iconic communities by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members, and a partnership of coastal educators from CBF, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A key aspect of this course looks at opportunities to integrate the use of local and national environmental 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 Memorial Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee.
Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits.  The Credit number is 15-66-26R. Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate Credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on July 10th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom.  *Course is now full.  

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Offline Registration Options:

If you are registering for a CBF course and do not wish to register online you may print the 2019 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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