Professional Learning—July Courses

2019 July 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.

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MARYLAND TEACHERS

Click to registerTeachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
July 8-12, 2019
Open to educators watershed wide.
Explore two remote, remarkable regions of the Chesapeake Bay during this five-day, on-water investigation of fresh and saltwater ecosystems of the Rappahannock River and in the center of the Chesapeake Bay at Great Fox Island. This residential course will focus on natural history and ecology of beaches and marshes, underwater grass meadows, fisheries, iconic birds, oysters, and blue crabs. Teachers will collect and analyze water quality data to characterize the Bay’s health. Biodiversity, sustainability, and responsible management of natural resources will be discussed in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This Virginia Commonwealth University acredited 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 total; 2 days/2 nights at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Virginia, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's 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 26th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom.  *Course is now full.  

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Howard County: Designing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) through Hands-on Science

July 15-19, 2019
While this course is open to all Howard County educators, it is most relevant to those teaching upper elementary and middle school.
Investigate the Chesapeake Bay Watershed from Howard County through Tangier Island, Virginia. Participants will connect local schoolyards and the Chesapeake Bay through field-based investigations rooted in the Howard County Science curriculum and collaborate to design MWEEs for their students. Topics and experiences directly connect to upper elementary and middle school science curriculum. Day experiences in and around the county will take educators on the water, through the woods, over the fields, and into the classroom. There is also a post-course meeting in early June (exact date TBD).
Length & Location:
5 days total. This course consists of 2 full-day experiences within Howard County on Monday and Friday, and a 3-day, 2-night, stay at CBF’s Port Isobel Environmental Education Center Tuesday through Thursday.
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 *Course is now full.  

 

Designing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for Washington County
July 22,23,24, 2019
Open to Washington County educators grades k-12.
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. Work aboard a research vessel on the Potomac River, canoe along the Monocacy River, create your own "watershed stories" while learning from your peers and having fun! 
Length & Location:
3 local investigation days within Washington County.
Cost: $0 due to generous funding support.
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
*Course is now full.  

Click to registerOur Water, Our Watershed: Connecting Montgomery County to the Chesapeake Bay
July 22-26, 2019
Open to Montgomery County educators grades k-12.
What do Montgomery County and Smith Island have in common? Both are communities located within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed connected through water! Join the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center for a unique professional learning opportunity as we spend five days exploring connections to our watershed. Participants will begin the course downstream on Smith Island, investigating this unique waterman's community situated in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. For the second half of the course, participants will use their knowledge from Tangier to make connections between our daily activities, the ecology of the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay. Work aboard a research vessel on the Potomac River, canoe along the brackish marshes of the Bay, and create your own "shed stories" while learning from your peers and having fun!
Length & Location: 5 days total.  2 local investigation days within Montgomery County, followed by 3 days, 2 nights at CBF’s Smith Island Environmental Education Center.
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.  *Course is now full.  

Anne Arundel County: Citizen Science Tools for Educators
July 29-August 2, 2019
Open to Anne Arundel County educators grades k-12.
This course will offer participants opportunities to investigate how climate change is affecting our local community. Each day, participants will practice ways to increase student engagement using the environment. Examples include: learning and implementing GLOBE protocols for Atmosphere, Pedosphere, Biosphere and Hydrosphere; reviewing evidence, effects, and mitigation strategies for climate change in the Chesapeake region; observing successful schoolyard projects resulting from Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs), brainstorming and creating MWEEs that support AACPS curriculum, and analyzing how to use school grounds as a source of learning opportunities. This course is run in partnership with Arlington Echo.
Length & Location:
5 local investigation days within Anne Arundel County.
Cost: $0 thanks to grant support.
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: 19-02-02
To Register: Please register through MyAACPS ERO. Course Name: OUT83613 and SRN# 8361319001
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on May 20th from 5-7pm at Arlington Echo.  *Course is now full.  

 

Click to registerFood and Culture, from Southern Maryland to the Bay
July 29-August 2, 2019
Open to Southern Maryland educators, grades k-12.
How do our daily food choices impact the Chesapeake Bay? Through this five-day course, participants will explore the many aspects of food production in Southern Maryland. Focusing on agriculture, aquaculture, and fisheries, participants will gain new understandings about the relationship between land use and water quality. Investigations will look at how the choices we make shape our local environment and the health of the Chesapeake Bay, taking our studies around Southern Maryland. Teachers will use knowledge and experiences gained during this course to integrate environmental literacy into their curriculum through inquiry-based learning.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within St. Mary's County.
Cost: $150
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 registerEnvironmental Literacy through Place-Based Learning: Developing a Sense of Place for Independent School Teachers
July 29 - August 2, 2019
Open to Independent School educators watershed wide.
Independent school educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. Immerse yourself in the distinct sense of place that is the Chesapeake Bay while collaborating on innovative ways to use the local environment as a context for learning. This five-day professional learning course models field-based investigations that foster student environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total. 2 days/2 nights at Christchurch School in Christchurch, Virginia, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee. Through generous support from our members and funders, CBF is able to offer this $1200 per-person course to teachers for the significantly reduced fee of $50 and commitment to complete the final project
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 Mary Baldwin University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on May 13th from 4:30-5:30pm via Zoom.  

Click to registerMapping our World: Using GIS Tools to Facilitate Meaningful Student Investigations
July 29 - August 2, 2019
Open to educators watershed wide.
Among the world's diverse ecosystems, the Chesapeake Bay estuary is one of the most dynamic and complex. Decades of data collection and improvements in measuring capabilities have made it possible for physical and chemical changes to be documented and understood geospatially.  Through the process of Geo-Inquiry, you and your colleagues will get hands-on with one of the latest and most powerful technologies that is on the forefront of these advances—Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Using software that is freely available to all professional educators, we will use GIS mapping software to connect observations we make outdoors to real world applications. Participants will leave with knowledge of ways to incorporate GIS in watershed education and student MWEEs, how to access and use free interactive GIS resources for students and educators, and tackle seemingly complex learning objectives with more powerful observation tools with your students
Length & Location: 5 days total; 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50. This course is supported by funding from the National Geographic Society. 
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 June 15th from 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom.

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PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS

Click to registerTeachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
July 8- 12, 2019
Open to k-12 educators watershed wide.
Explore two remote, remarkable regions of the Chesapeake Bay during this five-day, on-water investigation of fresh and saltwater ecosystems of the Rappahannock River and in the center of the Chesapeake Bay at Great Fox Island. This residential course will focus on natural history and ecology of beaches and marshes, underwater grass meadows, fisheries, iconic birds, oysters, and blue crabs. Teachers will collect and analyze water quality data to characterize the Bay’s health. Biodiversity, sustainability, and responsible management of natural resources will be discussed in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This Virginia Commonwealth University acredited 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 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: $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 26th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom. *Course is now full.  

Click to registerWhere Does Your Water Go? A Closer Look at Stormwater Impacts on Harrisburg Communities
July 24, 25, 26, 2019
Open to Pennsylvania educators, grades k-12.
Have you ever wondered where the water from your house or even our storm events goes? Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on a three-day workshop that explores the issues related to stormwater and our sewer systems. Participants will engage in activities that allow them to explore where their local water goes and how that impacts their overall quality of life, and leave with the skills to empower students to make decisions that will improve the quality of their local water resources and make a positive impact. All participants will engage in situated, field-based investigations and cover current topics in storm water and storm water controls. By focusing on these topics, we will explore local water issues first hand as we meet with local experts. Participants will use maps and charts to gain a place-based understanding of their local community while conducting daily water-quality investigations. Through data collection and analysis, participants will discuss current topics in conservation and management while making connections back to the classroom. We will explore the cause-and-effect relationships between the choices our students make with respect to Chesapeake ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work to reduce environmental impact, encourage sustainability, and foster environmental literacy. This course will empower teachers to connect their school and community with local water issues and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
Length & Location: 3 local investigation days within South Central Pennsylvania, Capital Area IU.
Cost: $0
Credit: Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 30 Act 48 credits for successful course completion.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on June 5th from 4:30am-5:30pm via Zoom. 


Click to registerThe 3 R's Revisited: Rain, Riparians, and Recreation
July 29, 30, 31, 2019
Open to Pennsylvania educators, grades k-12.
Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on a three-day workshop that explores the relationship between Pennsylvania's efforts to manage water from rain events, the use and effectiveness of riparian buffers, and the recreational opportunities that our abundant waterways offer. Leave with the skills to empower your students to make decisions that will improve their local water quality resources and make a positive impact. All participants will engage in situated, field-based investigations and cover current topics in conservation and management. By focusing on recreation, we will experience the natural history and ecology of the Lancaster/Lebanon County area first hand as we paddle and meet with local experts. Participants will use maps and charts to gain a place-based understanding of their local community while conducting daily water quality investigations. Through data collection and analysis, participants will discuss current topics in conservation and management while making connections back to the classroom. We will explore the cause-and-effect relationships between the choices our students make with respect to Chesapeake ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work to reduce environmental impact, encourage sustainability, and foster environmental literacy. This course will empower teachers to connect their school and community with local streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
Length & Location: 3 local investigation days within the Lancaster/Lebanon IU 13 area.
Cost: $0
Credit: Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 30 Act 48 credits for successful course completion.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on June 11th from 4:30-5:30pm via Zoom. 


Click to registerEnvironmental Literacy Through Place-Based Learning: Developing a Sense of Place for Independent School Teachers
July 29 - August 2, 2019
Open to Independent School Educators watershed wide.
Independent school educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. Immerse yourself in the distinct sense of place that is the Chesapeake Bay while collaborating on innovative ways to use the local environment as a context for learning. This five-day professional learning course models field-based investigations that foster student environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days/2 nights at Christchurch School in Christchurch, Virginia and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee. Through generous support from our members and funders, CBF is able to offer this $1200 per-person course to teachers for the significantly reduced fee of $50 and commitment to complete the final project
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 Mary Baldwin University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on May 13th from 4:30-5:30pm via Zoom. 


Click to registerMapping our World: Using GIS tools to facilitate Meaningful Student Investigations
July 29 - August 2, 2019
Open to educators watershed wide.
Among the world's diverse ecosystems, the Chesapeake Bay estuary is one of the most dynamic and complex. Decades of data collection and improvements in measuring capabilities have made it possible for physical and chemical changes to be documented and understood geospatially. During this course, you and your colleagues will get hands-on with one of the latest and most powerful technologies that is on the forefront of these advances—Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Using software that is freely available to all professional educators, we will use GIS mapping software to connect observations we make outdoors to real world applications. Participants will leave with knowledge of ways to incorporate GIS in watershed education and student MWEEs, how to access and use free interactive GIS resources for students and educators, and tackle seemingly complex learning objectives with more powerful observation tools with your students
Length & Location: 5 days total; 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50.
Credit: This course qualifies for 50 Act 48 credit hours for successful course completion.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on June 15th from 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom.


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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

Click to registerTeachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
July 8-12, 2019
Open to k-12 educators watershed wide.
Explore two remote, remarkable regions of the Chesapeake Bay during this five-day, on-water investigation of fresh and saltwater ecosystems of the Rappahannock River and in the center of the Chesapeake Bay at Great Fox Island. This residential course will focus on natural history and ecology of beaches and marshes, underwater grass meadows, fisheries, iconic birds, oysters, and blue crabs. Teachers will collect and analyze water quality data to characterize the Bay’s health. Biodiversity, sustainability, and responsible management of natural resources will be discussed in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This Virginia Commonwealth University acredited 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 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: $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 26th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom. *Course is now full.  

Click to registerChesapeake Gold: Investigating the Eastern Oyster's influence in Virginia
July 15-19, 2019
Open to all Virginia educators grades k-12.
Imagine the Gold Rush in the “Wild West” during the mid-1800's, but in place of men mining gold, picture watermen on low-decked boats, harvesting mucky bivalves from towering reefs. These watermen deemed the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) “Chesapeake Gold.” Since the golden age of the Chesapeake's oysters, the watermen's culture hasn't changed much, but the oyster population may never be the same. During this course, the oyster will be the lens through which we investigate the historical, cultural, and technological changes of the Chesapeake region. Between Virginia's Historic Triangle and the Bay's islands, our investigation will include: water-quality data collection, oyster restoration efforts, encounters with watermen communities, and artistic connections.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local investigation days within Hampton Roads, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center
Cost: $150
Credit:  Virginia teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours for successful course completion. Graduate credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on May 22nd from 5:00-6:00pm via Zoom. 

 

Ecology for Plains Elementary, An Investigation into the Chesapeake Bay
July 29- August 2, 2019
Specific to all Plains Elementary educators.
What impact does the North Fork of the Shenandoah and Plains Elementary have on the Chesapeake Bay? How can Plains teachers use the ecosystems in the Shenandoah Valley and the Chesapeake Bay as the perfect context for connecting students to their environment? Plains teachers, join your school leader, Mr. Kapuchuck, on an adventure learning about your place in the Chesapeake Bay to see how science, history, and culture are connected as you visit local places in the Shenandoah Valley and Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days local, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Smith Island Environmental Education Center. 
Cost: $0 thanks to grant support
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours for successful course completion.
For more information and/or to register for this course, contact Joseph Kapuchuck at jkapuchuck@rockingham.k12.va.us.
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on June 3rd from 2:00-3:00pm at Plains Elementary School. 

Click to registerEnvironmental Literacy through Place-Based Learning: Developing a Sense of Place for Independent School Teachers
July 29-August 2, 2019
Open to Independent School educators watershed wide.
Independent school educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. Immerse yourself in the distinct sense of place that is the Chesapeake Bay while collaborating on innovative ways to use the local environment as a context for learning. This five-day professional learning course models field-based investigations that foster student environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total. 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Center. followed by 2 days/2 nights at Horn Point laboratory. 
Cost: $50 resource fee. Through generous support from our members and funders, CBF is able to offer this $1200 per-person course to teachers for the significantly reduced fee of $50 and commitment to complete the final project
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 Mary Baldwin University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on May 13th from 4:30-5:30pm via Zoom.  

Click to registerMapping our World: Using GIS tools to facilitate Meaningful Student Investigations
July 29 - August 2, 2019
Open to educators watershed wide.
Among the world's diverse ecosystems, the Chesapeake Bay estuary is one of the most dynamic and complex. Decades of data collection and improvements in measuring capabilities have made it possible for physical and chemical changes to be documented and understood geospatially. During this course, you and your colleagues will get hands-on with one of the latest and most powerful technologies that is on the forefront of these advances—Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Using software that is freely available to all professional educators, we will use GIS mapping software to connect observations we make outdoors to real world applications. Participants will leave with knowledge of ways to incorporate GIS in watershed education and student MWEEs, how to access and use free interactive GIS resources for students and educators, and tackle seemingly complex learning objectives with more powerful observation tools with your students
Length & Location: 5 days total; 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50.
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours for successful course completion
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on June 15th from 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom.


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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS


Click to registerTeachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
July 8-12, 2019
Open to k-12 educators watershed wide.
Explore two remote, remarkable regions of the Chesapeake Bay during this five-day, on-water investigation of fresh and saltwater ecosystems of the Rappahannock River and in the center of the Chesapeake Bay at Great Fox Island. This residential course will focus on natural history and ecology of beaches and marshes, underwater grass meadows, fisheries, iconic birds, oysters, and blue crabs. Teachers will collect and analyze water quality data to characterize the Bay’s health. Biodiversity, sustainability, and responsible management of natural resources will be discussed in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This Virginia Commonwealth University acredited 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 total; 2 days/2 nights at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Virginia, and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's 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 26th from 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom. *Course is now full.  


Click to registerEnvironmental Literacy through Place-Based Learning: Developing a Sense of Place for Independent School Teachers
July 29-August 2, 2019
Open to Independent School educators watershed wide.
Independent school educators across the watershed are using the environment to initiate powerful learning experiences within their communities. Immerse yourself in the distinct sense of place that is the Chesapeake Bay while collaborating on innovative ways to use the local environment as a context for learning. This five-day professional learning course models field-based investigations that foster student environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days total. 2 days/2 nights at Christchurch School in Christchurch, Virginia and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 resource fee. Through generous support from our members and funders, CBF is able to offer this $1200 per-person course to teachers for the significantly reduced fee of $50 and commitment to complete the final project
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 Mary Baldwin University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on May 13th from 4:30-5:30pm via Zoom. 


Click to registerMapping our World: Using GIS tools to facilitate Meaningful Student Investigations
July 29-August 2, 2019
Open to Educators Watershed Wide.
Among the world's diverse ecosystems, the Chesapeake Bay estuary is one of the most dynamic and complex. Decades of data collection and improvements in measuring capabilities have made it possible for physical and chemical changes to be documented and understood geospatially. During this course, you and your colleagues will get hands-on with one of the latest and most powerful technologies that is on the forefront of these advances—Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Using software that is freely available to all professional educators, we will use GIS mapping software to connect observations we make outdoors to real world applications. participants will leave with knowledge of ways to incorporate GIS in watershed education and student MWEEs, how to access and use free interactive GIS resources for students and educators, and tackle seemingly complex learning objectives with more powerful observation tools with your students
Length & Location: 5 days total; 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50.
Credit: Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours for successful course completion.Graduate credit is available from Mary Baldwin University.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax
Pre-Course Orientation will be held on June 15th from 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom.


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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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