Teachers sift through underwater grasses. Photo by CBF StaffTeachers sift through underwater grasses. Photo by CBF Staff

Professional Learning Summer Courses

Logo: Chesapeake ClassroomsJoin us for a five-day professional learning adventure on the Chesapeake Bay or one of its tributaries in summer 2017. Each summer, CBF offers more than 30 courses that explore the mountains of Virginia, the rivers of Pennsylvania, the islands of the Bay, and many places in between. Learn how to integrate the environment into your classroom and to help your students achieve environmental literacy success.

2017 registration is now open.

 

June Course Schedule

These five-day summer immersion courses provide a professional learning 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 lessons, and action projects.

Note about online registration: Course fee payment is required when you register online. 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.

Browse June courses by state:

MD Teachers | PA Teachers | VA Teachers | D.C. Teachers

MARYLAND TEACHERS

Our Land and Water: Environmental Literacy Connects STEM and Social Studies
June 26-30
Open to only Montgomery County  Public School upper elementary/middle school educators.  
Join the MCPS OEEP and CBF for a five-day investigation of Montgomery County and the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about your local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools.Explore schoolyard habitats, water quality, and human impact on the land around us. Acquire resources, new lessons, and techniques to develop environmentally literate students who are excited to learn outside. The group will receive new lessons and project-based learning ideas across the elementary and middle school curricula. 
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local field investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: No course fee but participants pay $60 for food. 
To Register:   Contact Courtney Hebert at the L.E. Smith Center Courtney_E_Hebert@mcpsmd.org Registration available on PDO April 3rd.

 

Click to registerStreets and Streams: Our Baltimore Environment 
June 26-30
Specific to Baltimore City Public School educators.
Come explore the interactions between our urban ecosystem and the Chesapeake Bay.  This five-day hands-on course focuses on how to engage your students in our local environment.  Issues that will be investigated include land-use, polluted run-off, the cycle of matter and energy transfer, and water quality. Examine how our personal and communal decisions affect the rivers of the Chesapeake Bay through the collection, analysis, and interpretation of authentic data.  All topics are designed to connect your students to their environment.  Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 days in the Baltimore region.
Cost: $50 resource fee refunded upon completion of the course.
To Register:  Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Click to register Nanticoke River and its People, Past and Present
June 26-30
Designed for Wicomico County educators.
Join us this summer as we take an in-depth look at communities surrounding the Nanticoke River.  We will use first-hand investigations to look at their ecological, historical, and economic ties to the Nanticoke in order to understand how the river shaped these towns.  The course ends downstream on Smith Island, where we will continue our community investigation in towns that have existed on the shores of the Chesapeake for over 300 years.   
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local field investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Smith Island Environmental Education Program.
Cost: $300 (Grant and/or scholarship opportunities pending).
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Click to register Sustainable Solutions in the DMV
June 26-30
Open to District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia educators.
Join us as we explore the interdependent relationship between human social systems and the Earth’s natural systems by taking a close look at our own urban communities in the DC metro region. The problems facing our capital’s waterways are being solved in innovative and unconventional ways, with techniques drawn from many disciplines: science and technology, engineering, government action, community organizing, art, and many more. In this course, we will investigate the threats to the health of our waterways and communities, as well as the positive impacts that stem from proactive solutions. We will take a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to disciplinary learning through environmental literacy, in order to make connections to classroom learning, and model ways to engage students with environmental issues through life-relevant investigations and civic action.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost:  $50 resource fee refunded upon completion of the course. 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 
Click to register Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
June 26-30
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Explore the ecology, natural and cultural history of two remote places of the Chesapeake Bay by comparing and contrasting the tidal Rappahannock River and the Fox Island archipelago. We will investigate present and historic conditions of water quality, natural habitats, and fisheries. 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. Participants will use maps and charts to gain a place-based understanding of the region. Impromptu discussions will occur on nutrient loading, eutrophication & sedimentation; dead zones and diurnal/nocturnal dissolved oxygen and pH spikes; red tides & HABs (harmful algal blooms). Investigation of benthic life will focus on underwater grasses, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. Teachers will use landform features, sediments, and fossils to help determine the geologic history of the region; the class will traverse one of the largest bald eagle populations in the Bay. Living resource investigations will include birds, fisheries, and fresh- and saltwater wetlands, as well as cultural experiences on Tangier Island with restaurant visit, museum, and watermen Q&A.
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: $350
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS

Click to registerTeachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
June 26-30
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Explore the ecology, natural and cultural history of two remote places of the Chesapeake Bay by comparing and contrasting the tidal Rappahannock River and the Fox Island archipelago. We will investigate present and historic conditions of water quality, natural habitats, and fisheries. 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. Participants will use maps and charts to gain a place-based understanding of the region. Impromptu discussions will occur on nutrient loading, eutrophication & sedimentation; dead zones and diurnal/nocturnal dissolved oxygen and pH spikes; red tides & HABs (harmful algal blooms). Investigation of benthic life will focus on underwater grasses, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. Teachers will use landform features, sediments, and fossils to help determine the geologic history of the region; the class will traverse one of the largest bald eagle populations in the Bay. Living resource investigations will include birds, fisheries, and fresh- and saltwater wetlands, as well as cultural experiences on Tangier Island with restaurant visit, museum, and watermen Q&A.
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: $350
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

Hampton (Systemic) Environmental Literacy Program
June 26-30
Specific to Hampton City Public School educators.
Discover the learning power of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE's) during this five-day immersive field experience. The Hampton (Systemic) Environmental Literacy Program (H.E.L.P) is an innovative program developed by the Hampton City Schools Science Department to further its mission of actively engaging students in developing an understanding of and an enthusiasm for scientific discovery.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: No course fee.
To Register: Contact Venicia Ferrell, K-12 Science Curriculum Coordinator, vferrell@hampton.k12.va.us.


Click to register Sustainable Solutions in the DMV
June 26-30 
Open to District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia educators.
Join us as we explore the interdependent relationship between human social systems and the Earth’s natural systems by taking a close look at our own urban communities in the DC metro region. The problems facing our capital’s waterways are being solved in innovative and unconventional ways, with techniques drawn from many disciplines: science and technology, engineering, government action, community organizing, art, and many more.  We will investigate the threats to the health of our waterways and communities, as well as the positive impacts that stem from proactive solutions. This will be a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to disciplinary learning through environmental literacy in order to make connections to classroom learning, and model ways to engage students with environmental issues through life-relevant investigations and civic action.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: No course fee.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Click to register Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
June 26-30
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Explore the ecology, natural and cultural history of two remote places of the Chesapeake Bay by comparing and contrasting the tidal Rappahannock River and the Fox Island archipelago. We will investigate present and historic conditions of water quality, natural habitats, and fisheries. 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. Participants will use maps and charts to gain a place-based understanding of the region. Impromptu discussions will occur on nutrient loading, eutrophication & sedimentation; dead zones and diurnal/nocturnal dissolved oxygen and pH spikes; red tides & HABs (harmful algal blooms). Investigation of benthic life will focus on underwater grasses, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. Teachers will use landform features, sediments, and fossils to help determine the geologic history of the region; the class will traverse one of the largest bald eagle populations in the Bay. Living resource investigations will include birds, fisheries, and fresh- and saltwater wetlands, as well as cultural experiences on Tangier Island with restaurant visit, museum, and watermen Q&A.
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: $350
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS

Click to register Sustainable Solutions in the DMV
June 26-30
Open to District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia educators. 
Join us as we explore the interdependent relationship between human social systems and the Earth’s natural systems by taking a close look at our own urban communities in the DC metro region. The problems facing our capital’s waterways are being solved in innovative and unconventional ways, with techniques drawn from many disciplines: science and technology, engineering, government action, community organizing, art, and many more. In this course, we will investigate the threats to the health of our waterways and communities, as well as the positive impacts that stem from proactive solutions. We will take a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to disciplinary learning through environmental literacy, in order to make connections to classroom learning, and model ways to engage students with environmental issues through life-relevant investigations and civic action.
Length & Location: 5 days local. 
Cost: No course fee.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 
Click to register Teachers on the Bay: Marine Ecology
June 26-30
Designed for educators watershed-wide.
Explore the ecology, natural and cultural history of two remote places of the Chesapeake Bay by comparing and contrasting the tidal Rappahannock River and the Fox Island archipelago. We will investigate present and historic conditions of water quality, natural habitats, and fisheries. 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. Participants will use maps and charts to gain a place-based understanding of the region. Impromptu discussions will occur on nutrient loading, eutrophication & sedimentation; dead zones and diurnal/nocturnal dissolved oxygen and pH spikes; red tides & HABs (harmful algal blooms). Investigation of benthic life will focus on underwater grasses, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. Teachers will use landform features, sediments, and fossils to help determine the geologic history of the region; the class will traverse one of the largest bald eagle populations in the Bay. Living resource investigations will include birds, fisheries, and fresh- and saltwater wetlands, as well as cultural experiences on Tangier Island with restaurant visit, museum, and watermen Q&A. 
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: $350 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

  

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Other Registration Options:

If you do not wish to register online, you may print the 2017 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 contact 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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July Course Schedule

These 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.

Browse July courses by state:

MD Teachers | PA Teachers | VA Teachers | D.C. Teachers

MARYLAND TEACHERS

Click to registerInvestigating Environmental Literacy in Anne Arundel County
July 17-21
Specific to Anne Arundel County middle school educators. 
Join CBF and Anne Arundel County Public Schools for a learning adventure this summer! Preparation of environmentally literate graduates begins in kindergarten and continues through grade twelve. On this course, we will enhance our understanding of the progressive approach to field-based and action-focused teaching in Anne Arundel County through a series learning experiences trips to a variety of learning experiences at sites in and around Anne Arundel county including UMCES Horn Point Laboratory, Arlington Echo Outdoor Environmental Center, and CBF headquarters!
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: $50 refundable registration fee. Participants with this course will be working to support the environmental literacy goals for Anne Arundel County through the design, implementation, and/or support of MWEES. Participants are eligible for a stipend of $100 per day due to funding support from our partner, UMCES.
To Register: Begin at the AACPS website, go to MyAACPS-PD. Course title Chesapeake Ecology for Educators (OUT33614) session # 3361417003.  More course information located in Registration Notes section.


 

Click to registerCreeks, Classrooms, and Conservation: Making Connections to our Bay in Prince George’s County
July 17-21
Specific to only Prince George's County educators, grades 3-6.
Come join us this summer for a hands-on professional learning experience that will help connect your curriculum to our amazing local and larger Bay environment.  What is a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)?  How does it support my students’ achievement in the classroom?  What activities and lessons can I implement to help my students (and myself) become more environmentally literate?  These questions and more will be explored as we visit local ecosystems and resources that can serve as valuable teaching tools. All topics are designed to engage your students in problems we face while enabling them to design solutions to Save our Bay!  Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum. 
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: $50 resource fee, refunded upon completion.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Our Land and Water: Environmental Literacy Connects STEM and Social Studies 
July 24-28
Specific to only Montgomery County high school educators.  
Join the MCPS OEEP and CBF for a 5-day investigation of the natural and social systems of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This course provides field experiences aligned to biology and government curricula, and will focus on authentic local issue investigations that connect the two disciplines. We will explore Bay ecosystems and examine the impact of laws and local regulations on natural resources. Teachers will acquire lessons and techniques to develop environmentally literate students who are excited to learn outside.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 local investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center.
Cost: No course fee, but participants pay $60 for food.
To Register: Contact Courtney Hebert at the L.E. Smith Center Courtney_E_Hebert@mcpsmd.org. Registration available on PDO April 3rd.

 

 

Creative by Nature: Integrating Art & Environmental Literacy in Anne Arundel County Public Schools
July 24-28  
Specific to only Anne Arundel County educators.
When considering dead zones in the Bay, climate change, or any other environmental challenges, it’s imperative to remember our need to reach people. But what if, in order to connect with those people, it takes a different kind of communication? What if it takes creativity and imagination? Join us as we explore the many varied connections between art, nature, community, and environmental literacy. Spend the first two days visiting museums and nature centers in the Washington, D.C. and Annapolis areas and the final three days at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Smith Island Environmental Education Center. Gather inspiration through hands-on experiences in nature writing, biological drawing, painting, sculpture, and more! By engaging with local artists and writers, exploring Bay ecology, and creating their own art installation, participants will learn inquiry-based techniques to empower their students to investigate environmental problems, create awareness, and artistically communicate their ideas about taking action. Ultimately, this course will empower teachers to think creatively about how to share their passion in a way that continues to inspire their students, their colleagues, and others. 
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. 
To Register: Begin at the AACPS website, go to MyAACPS-PD. Course title Chesapeake Ecology for Educators (OUT33614), session #3361417004. More course information located in Registration Notes section.

 

 

Click to register City Plans to Lesson Plans: Environmental Literacy in Howard County through Thought and Action
July 31-August 4 
While the course is open to all Howard County educators, it is most relevant to upper elementary and middle school educators.
Explore Howard County’s connection to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed through hands-on investigations of local natural and social systems. Participants will investigate the connection between the Chesapeake Bay watershed and schoolyards, backyards, agriculture, and the built human environment to gain a deeper understanding of the impact humans have on the natural world. We will compare and contrast land uses throughout the development of Howard County, conduct water quality analysis, perform biotic surveys, and reflect on our own actions to inform relevant Environmental Literacy structures in Howard County schools.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, into the fields, and ultimately back into the classroom.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: $300 course fee with tuition reimbursement available from Howard County. 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

 

Environmental Literacy: Investigating Our Water, Our Watershed  
July 31-August 1
Specific to only Montgomery County upper elementary and middle school educators.
Join the MCPS OEEP and CBF for a five-day investigation ofMontgomery County and the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about your local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools.Explore schoolyard habitats, water quality, and human impact on the land around us. Acquire resources, new lessons, and techniques to develop environmentally literate students who are excited to learn outside. The group will receive new lessons and project-based learning ideas across the elementary and middle school curricula. 
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: No course fee
To Register: Contact Courtney Hebert at the L.E. Smith Center Courtney_E_Hebert@mcpsmd.org. Registration available on PDO April 3rd.

 

 

Click to register Bird's Eye View of Chesapeake Bay Islands 
July 31-August 4 
Open to educators watershed-wide.
This course has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Bay Watershed states in developing plans to use the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals. 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 in the context of the Chesapeake Bay watershed are examined. One emphasis of our investigations will be studying how birds both observe and utilize their local environment, particularly in the varied habitats of the Chesapeake Bay islands. Teachers will acquire skills and knowledge to identify birds to species, analyze their habitat needs, learn how oceanographic/physical processes affect shoreline dynamic. We will hypothesize the effects of climate change and sea level rise on habitats, birds and other bay inhabitants, and what will be the future effects on reproduction, utilization, and availability of resources, on population dynamics, and in migration trends. The class focus will expand beyond birds to include other living resources and habitats including fisheries, wetlands, mud flats, beaches, forests, underwater grass meadows, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. We will explore the cause and effect relationships have between choices our society makes with respect to Chesapeake Bay ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work and teach to reduce negative environmental impacts, encourage sustainability, and achieve environmental literacy in our society.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register:  Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

 

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry
July 31-August 4
Specific to middle and high school educators watershed-wide.
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.  Teachers on The Estuary (TOTE) is designed to support teacher's understanding of the environment using technology and scientific instrumentation to enhance local, participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County’s coastal habitats by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members and coastal educators, as well as practice integrating local and national monitoring 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 Environmental Education Center.
Cost:  $50 non-refundable registration fee. 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

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PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania’s Waterways: Investigating Water Quality and Recreation - Cumberland County
July 24-26
Specific to grades 5-12 in IU 15.
Learn to connect your school and community with local streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. This workshop will explore methods of directing students to understand the connection between local water quality and recreation. Participants will explore with hands-on field investigations, canoeing, readings, assignments, visiting local sites, and meeting with experts. Learn to enhance your teaching, regardless of the subject, with real-world, local issues.   
Length & Location: 3 days local
Cost: $30 resource fee, refundable upon completion.
To Register: Registration available soon.

 

 

Pennsylvania’s Waterways: Raindrop to River - York County
July 18-19
Specific to grades 5-12 in IU 12.
Investigate how water is used in York County as it makes its way into the Codorus Creek, Susquehanna River, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.  Participants will get a first-hand look at how the choices people make on land affect the quality of our waterways.  Local experts, tours, canoeing, and hands-on lesson plans will inspire teachers how to bring real world local issues into the classroom. Length & Location: 2 local field investigation days. or 2 local day trips.
Length & Location: 2 days local 
Cost: $30 resource fee, refundable upon completion.
To Register: Registration available soon.

 

 

Click to registerBird's Eye View of Chesapeake Bay Islands 
July 31-August 4 
Open to educators watershed-wide.
This course has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Bay Watershed states in developing plans to use the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals. 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 in the context of the Chesapeake Bay watershed are examined. One emphasis of our investigations will be studying how birds both observe and utilize their local environment, particularly in the varied habitats of the Chesapeake Bay islands. Teachers will acquire skills and knowledge to identify birds to species, analyze their habitat needs, learn how oceanographic/physical processes affect shoreline dynamic. We will hypothesize the effects of climate change and sea level rise on habitats, birds and other bay inhabitants, and what will be the future effects on reproduction, utilization, and availability of resources, on population dynamics, and in migration trends. The class focus will expand beyond birds to include other living resources and habitats including fisheries, wetlands, mud flats, beaches, forests, underwater grass meadows, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. We will explore the cause and effect relationships have between choices our society makes with respect to Chesapeake Bay ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work and teach to reduce negative environmental impacts, encourage sustainability, and achieve environmental literacy in our society.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

 

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry
July 31-August 4
Specific to middle and high school educators watershed-wide.
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.  Teachers on The Estuary (TOTE) is designed to support teacher's understanding of the environment using technology and scientific instrumentation to enhance local, participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County’s coastal habitats by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members and coastal educators, as well as practice integrating local and national monitoring 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 Environmental Education Center.
Cost:  $50 non-refundable registration fee. 
To Register:  Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

 

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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

Virginia Beach Environmental Literacy Program
July 17-21
Specific to Virginia Beach middle school educators.
This immersion is designed to connect Virginia Beach City Public School high school teachers to the Chesapeake Bay. Using the Lynnhaven River and the Chesapeake Bay as the backdrop, teachers will discover their connection to the Bay and its watershed by using CBF canoes and workboats to learn about this national treasure. Field activities may include water quality testing, crabbing, fishing, marsh exploration, canoeing, and oyster dredging. We will also explore the creeks and marshes around Lynnhaven Inlet and participate in various outdoor activities all while learning how to integrate the Bay and its watershed into our classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: No course fee.
To Register: Contact Ana Cingel, ana.cingel@vbschools.com

 

 

Rockingham County: From the Valley to the Bay
July 17-21
Specific to Rockingham County educators.
During this exciting 5-day professional development course, teachers will explore the connections from their home in the Shenandoah Valley to the Chesapeake Bay. Hands-on activities during the course will include; water quality data collection, species identification, river and wetland investigation, cultural connections, visits to museums, farms, and waterman communities. Classroom material will cover skills to incorporate environmental literacy into an interdisciplinary curriculum and empower teachers to take their students outside.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days local, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Contact Tammy Stone, tstone@rockingham.k12.va.us

 

 

Fairfax County and the Chesapeake: Vital Connections
July 24-28
Specific to Fairfax County educators.
More people live in Fairfax County than any other county in the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. That’s over one million people whose actions can have both positive and negative effects on their local waterways, the Tidal Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay. During this immersion, we will investigate the threats to the health of our waterways and communities, as well as the positive impacts that can stem from proactive solutions. Along the way, we will make connections to classroom learning, provide tools and techniques to integrate environmental literacy into your classroom, and model ways to engage students with environmental issues through life-relevant investigations, solution engineering, and civic action.
Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days local, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Contact Elaine Tholen, Elaine@tholen.us

 

 

Sustainability and Green Technology of the Chesapeake Bay
July 31-August 4
Specific to Massanutten Technical Center educators.
This five-day program will investigate how sustainable practices and green technology improve the ecology and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. We will explore the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Hampton Roads headquarters, the Brock Environmental Center which meets the living building challenge and is one of the greenest buildings in the world. We will visit and tour Virginia Beach's Agricultural and Research Extension Center. During this visit, teachers will gain an understanding of how the Blueprint for Clean Water supports green infrastructure, BMP's, and reduces polluted runoff and improves the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. Then our travel takes us to Tangier Island, seeing firsthand the effects of climate change and sea level rise. Teachers will learn about Chesapeake Bay ecology and how our actions impact water quality, also becoming knowledgeable about fish, crabs, oysters, underwater grasses and salt marshes. Throughout the week and by the conclusion of the class, with help from a mentor teacher, participants will learn how to incorporate the lessons learned into their classrooms and curriculums and create unit plans to support environmental literacy.
Length & Location: 5 days; 2 local field investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Contact Kevin Hutton, khutton@rockingham.k12.va.us.

 

 

Click to registerBird's Eye View of Chesapeake Bay Islands 
July 31-August 4
Open to educators watershed-wide. 
This immersion has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Bay Watershed states in developing plans to use the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals. 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, in the context of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, are examined. One emphasis of our investigations will be studying how birds both observe and utilize their local environment, particularly in the varied habitats of the Chesapeake Bay islands. Teachers will acquire skills and knowledge to identify birds to species, analyze their habitat needs, learn how oceanographic/physical processes affect shoreline dynamic. We will hypothesize the effects of climate change and sea level rise on habitats, birds and other bay inhabitants, and what will be the future effects on reproduction, utilization, and availability of resources, on population dynamics, and in migration trends. We will expand the class focus beyond birds to include other living resources and habitats including fisheries, wetlands, mud flats, beaches, forests, underwater grass meadows, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. We will explore the cause and effect relationships between choices our society makes with respect to Chesapeake Bay ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work and teach to reduce negative environmental impacts, encourage sustainability, and achieve environmental literacy in our society.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

 

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry
July 31-August 4

Open to middle and high school educators watershed-wide.
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.  Teachers on The Estuary (TOTE) is designed to support teacher's understanding of the environment using technology and scientific instrumentation to enhance local, participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County’s coastal habitats by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members and coastal educators, as well as practice integrating local and national monitoring 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 Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

 

Virginia Beach Environmental Literacy Program
July 31-August 4
Specific to Virginia Beach high school educators.
This five-day course is designed for high school teachers in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Together with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and VBCPS, teachers will conduct field-based investigations into issues of sustainability, biodiversity, and responsible management of natural resources in the context of the Chesapeake Bay. We will explore cause and effect relationships between choices we make and Chesapeake ecosystems, specifically focusing on ways we can all work together to improve water quality, encourage stewardship, and foster environmental literacy. In addition to this 5-day immersion, teachers will attend three professional learning days throughout the school year in order to engage in on-going collaboration on how issues investigations can be integrated into academic programs in order to support Virginia Standards of Learning and enhance student achievement.
Length & Location: 5 days local
Cost: Scholarships for teachers through grant support. 
To Register: Contact Ana Cingel, Ana.Cingel@vbschools.com

 

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS

 

Click to registerBird's Eye View of Chesapeake Bay Islands 
July 31-August 4 
Open to educators watershed-wide.
This course has been developed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Bay Watershed states in developing plans to use the environment as a context for achieving academic learning goals. 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 in the context of the Chesapeake Bay watershed are examined. One emphasis of our investigations will be studying how birds both observe and utilize their local environment, particularly in the varied habitats of the Chesapeake Bay islands. Teachers will acquire skills and knowledge to identify birds to species, analyze their habitat needs, learn how oceanographic/physical processes affect shoreline dynamic. We will hypothesize the effects of climate change and sea level rise on habitats, birds and other bay inhabitants, and what will be the future effects on reproduction, utilization, and availability of resources, on population dynamics, and in migration trends. The class focus will expand beyond birds to include other living resources and habitats including fisheries, wetlands, mud flats, beaches, forests, underwater grass meadows, oyster reefs, and blue crabs. We will explore the cause and effect relationships have between choices our society makes with respect to Chesapeake Bay ecosystems, focusing on ways we can work and teach to reduce negative environmental impacts, encourage sustainability, and achieve environmental literacy in our society.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Center and Fox Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

 

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry
July 31-August 4
Specific to middle and high school educators watershed-wide.
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.  Teachers on The Estuary (TOTE) is designed to support teacher's understanding of the environment using technology and scientific instrumentation to enhance local, participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County’s coastal habitats by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members and coastal educators, as well as practice integrating local and national monitoring 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 Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $50 non-refundable registration fee. 
To Register:  Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

 

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Other Registration Options:

If you are registering for a CBF course and do not wish to register online, you may print the 2017 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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August Course Schedule

These 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.

See July course listing for courses running between July 31-August 4.

Browse August courses by state:

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MARYLAND TEACHERS

Click to register Past to Present: Mapping the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
August 7—11
Open to all watershed educators.
Bridge the gap between history and the present by exploring various historical and cultural perspectives of the Chesapeake Bay. What did the Bay look before John Smith first explored its shores? How has it changed physically and socially over the years? During this course, you will hear from watermen, historians, Bay Natives, and others on their views of how the Bay has evolved over time, for better or worse. We will compare all of the information we collect along the way with historical and current geographic data to get a visual representation of these different perspectives. This course will teach you how to obtain data, create maps of your own and come away with a basic understanding of how you can utilize GIS to educate your students in all areas of study.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's  Port Isobel Island Education Center and Smith Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Register online |Register by mail/fax 

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PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS


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Full STEAM Ahead! Exploring Environmental Literacy, Industry, and Art in Central Pennsylvania
August 7—11
Open to educators in Lancaster, York, Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Adams, and Lebanon counties.
How can we use science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to better understand the natural world, and perhaps more importantly, our relationship with it? How can we use STEAM disciplines to foster greater environmental literacy in our students? Join us on this exciting five-day course exploring Central Pennsylvania’s rich cultural and industrial history to better understand the impact of technology, society, and industry on local ecology throughout history. Through the lens of STEAM, participants will conduct field-based investigations into the interdependent relationships between agriculture, manufacturing, energy production, and the natural world and explore how the visual and performing arts can be used as a media for communicating ideas about the environment. Gather inspiration through hands-on activities and learn inquiry-based techniques for empowering your students to investigate environmental problems, create awareness, and take action. Throughout the course, participants should be prepared to engage with local experts, canoe, visit farms, tour industrial plants, and use their creativity for art and engineering activities. These experiences and useful lesson plans will help you bring environmental learning to life for your students.
Length & Location: 5 days, local field investigation
Cost: $50 resource fee, refunded upon completion.
To Register: Register online |Register by mail/fax

 

 

Click to register Past to Present: Mapping the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
August 7—11
Open to all watershed educators.
Bridge the gap between history and the present by exploring various historical and cultural perspectives of the Chesapeake Bay. What did the Bay look before John Smith first explored its shores? How has it changed physically and socially over the years? During this course, you will hear from watermen, historians, Bay Natives, and others on their views of how the Bay has evolved over time, for better or worse. We will compare all of the information we collect along the way with historical and current geographic data to get a visual representation of these different perspectives. This course will teach you how to obtain data, create maps of your own and come away with a basic understanding of how you can utilize GIS to educate your students in all areas of study.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center and Smith Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Register onlineRegister by mail/fax 

 

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VIRGINIA TEACHERS

 

Creating Environmental Literacy in Fairfax County: Connecting Our Backyards to the Chesapeake with STEAM
August 7—11
Specific to Fairfax County educators. 
More people live in Fairfax County than any other county in the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. That’s over 1 million people whose actions can have both positive and negative effects on their local waterways, the Tidal Potomac, and the Chesapeake Bay. In this course, we will investigate the threats to the health of our waterways and communities, as well as the positive impacts that can stem from proactive solutions. Along the way, we will make connections to classroom learning, provide tools and techniques to integrate environmental literacy into your classroom, and model ways to engage students with environmental issues through life-relevant investigations, solution engineering, and civic action.
Length & Location: 5 days local.
Cost: $300 per person.
To Register: Contact Elaine Tholen, elaine@tholen.us.

 

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Past to Present: Mapping the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
August 7—11
Open to all watershed educators.
Bridge the gap between history and the present by exploring various historical and cultural perspectives of the Chesapeake Bay. What did the Bay look before John Smith first explored its shores? How has it changed physically and socially over the years? During this course, you will hear from watermen, historians, Bay Natives, and others on their views of how the Bay has evolved over time, for better or worse. We will compare all of the information we collect along the way with historical and current geographic data to get a visual representation of these different perspectives. This course will teach you how to obtain data, create maps of your own and come away with a basic understanding of how you can utilize GIS to educate your students in all areas of study.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center and Smith Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Register onlineRegister by mail

 

Locally Grown: From the Farm to the Classroom
August 14—18
Specific to only Suffolk Public School educators.
This course enables teachers to help Save the Bay by supporting local farmers and raising vegetables on your own schoolyard. Activities will include a day on CBF’s custom workboat, the Jenny S, to discover the Chesapeake Bay aquatic ecosystem. We will visit local farms and a farmers market to learn how buying local can significantly reduce nitrogen in the Bay and improve water quality. Teachers will explore a schoolyard and learn its environmental impact. These rigorous, interdisciplinary lessons are the ideal way to inspire students to take action in their own community. At the end of the course, teachers will take home a “garden kit” with everything they need (including grow bags and seeds) to begin schoolyard gardening.
Length & Location: 5 days, local field investigation
Cost: $100 
To Register: Register onlineRegister by mail

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. TEACHERS

 

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Past to Present: Mapping the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
August 7—11
Open to all watershed educators.
Bridge the gap between history and the present by exploring various historical and cultural perspectives of the Chesapeake Bay. What did the Bay look before John Smith first explored its shores? How has it changed physically and socially over the years? During this course, you will hear from watermen, historians, Bay Natives, and others on their views of how the Bay has evolved over time, for better or worse. We will compare all of the information we collect along the way with historical and current geographic data to get a visual representation of these different perspectives. This course will teach you how to obtain data, create maps of your own and come away with a basic understanding of how you can utilize GIS to educate your students in all areas of study.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Centerand Smith Island Environmental Education Center.
Cost: $300
To Register: Register onlineRegister by mail

 

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Other Registration Options:

If you are registering for a CBF course and do not wish to register online you may print the 2017 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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