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

Logo: Chesapeake ClassroomsProfessional Development Summer Courses

Join us for a five-day professional learning adventure on the Chesapeake Bay or one of its tributaries in summer 2014. CBF is offering more than 30 courses that will 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.

 

Overview

These five- and six-day professional learning 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.

If you have questions, please contact chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org


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During each multi-day course teachers learn how to:

  • connect the local environment to state content standards
  • assess the health of a schoolyard and stream by using scientific tools and investigations
  • implement a successful restoration project in a school or community

Contact chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org for more information.

June Course Schedule

These five- and six-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 activities and assessments, and action projects.

If you have questions, please contact chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org

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 our registration options.

Browse June courses by state:

MD Teachers | PA Teachers | VA Teachers

Maryland Teachers

Environmental Literacy in Prince George's CountyClick to register
June 16-20
This course is only open to educators from Prince George's County, MD Public Schools.
Learn how the environment can be a resource to build essential elements of your 21st century classroom skills: collaboration, communication, critical-thinking, and creativity.  Get your feet wet canoeing and sampling water quality while you connect your school with the local community.  We will do hands-on investigations as we practice new lessons and activities to increase the rigor of classroom curricula that includes possibilities for project-based learning, STEM, and Common Core. 
Length & Location:
5 local day-trips
Cost:
$300 per person
To Register: 
Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy: the Bay to the Schoolyard
June 22-27
This course is only open to middle school educators from Montgomery County Public Schools.
Our Water, Our Watershed - Join the MCPS OEEP and CBF for a 6-day investigation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Learn about your local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools.  Explore schoolyard habitats, water quality, food webs and food chains, and natural resources.  Acquire resources, new lessons, and techniques to develop environmentally literate students who are excited to learn outside.  The group will learn new standards-based lessons and project-based learning ideas across the middle school curriculum. 
Length & Location: 6 days total— 4 days/3 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Education Center/2 local day trips
Cost: There is no course fee but participants need to pay $60 for food.
To Register: Contact the L.E. Smith Center at 301-924-3123

 

Bay Academy Click to register
June 23-27
This course is open to all educators but it will take place in Virginia.
The Bay Academy will focus on the coastal portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed and will be held in Tappahannock, Virginia, and the Port Isobel Education Center near Tangier Island, Virginia. Topics covered will include natural systems, water quality, and field investigations of Bay habitats (including wetlands, oyster reefs, and underwater grass meadows). Special emphasis will be given to provide instructional resources that support the science standards related to watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay in sixth-grade science, Life Science, Earth Science, Biology, Environmental Science, and Oceanography.  Participants will learn how to lead a meaningful watershed educational experience with their students.
Length & Location5 days total—2 nights at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, VA, 2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Study Center
Cost: $350 payable to CBF.  Three optional VCU graduate credits in science are available for an additional $405 payable to St. Margaret’s School on the first day of class. 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax  

 

Environmental Literacy in Frederick County - FULL
June 23-27
This course is only open for elementary and middle school teachers in Frederick County.
Join us for a hands-on course to learn about local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools.  We will explore schoolyard habitats, land-use issues, and inquiry-based learning techniques for both inside and outside the traditional classrooms. This professional development opportunity will give you the tools to build your students’ environmental literacy with a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach. Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: The course will focus on the Frederick County region with 2 days/1 overnight at CBF's Philip Merrill Center in Annapolis, MD.
Cost: The course fee is covered by a grant. 
To Register: To be added to the waitlist, please contact chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org.

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Pennsylvania Teachers

Susquehanna to the ChesapeakeClick to register
June 16–20
This course is open to all Pennsylvania educators.
Join CBF on an exciting five-day professional learning course that will start with a local focus on waterways in York, Pennsylvania and end up examining Pennsylvania’s largest river as it flows to the wide open Chesapeake Bay.  The type of inquiry investigation we will use on this course allows you to examine your own schoolyards and ultimately how Pennsylvania’s land, people, and waterways impact their watershed and the Bay.  The three-days and two-nights on the Bay will be at the Karen Noonan Center, which is nestled in the Black Water Wildlife Refuge on the tip of a peninsula extending into the Chesapeake Bay.  This location allows for full immersion into the content and inspirational moments that spark new and invigorating classroom ideas.  Throughout the course local experts will work with the group so that activities are not only for teachers, but also inspire you to use them with students in the classroom.  Participants should be prepared to canoe, seine for aquatic life, set crab pots, meet cultural specialists, and so much more.  An experienced mentor teacher and CBF educators will share lots of useful lessons that address Common Core State Standards to help you bring environmental learning to life for your students
Length & Location: 5 days total—2 days in the Lancaster/York area, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Education Center
Cost: $300.00 per person plus the cost of graduate credit
Register: Register Online | Register by mail/fax


Two-day courses available for individual schools or districts.  
Learn to connect your school and community with local rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.  This two-day course will include scientific and social studies about our streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a whole.  Participants will do hands-on activities and take home interdisciplinary lessons that integrate the environment and Common Core with classroom curriculum.
To Register: Contact Chesapeake Classrooms at chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org with questions or if you are interested in scheduling a course for your team of teachers or your entire staff.  

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Virginia Teachers

Environmental Literacy in Independent Schools Click to register
June 16–20
This course is designed for independent school educators from the DC region.
Acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitude to incorporate the local environment into your curriculum.  Learn to engage your students in individual collective action by investigating the changing landscape of Virginia.  This professional development opportunity will give you the tools to build your students environmental literacy with an interdisciplinary approach.
Length & Location: The course will focus on the Fairfax County/Washington DC region with 2 days/1 overnight at CBF's Philip Merrill Center in Annapolis, MD.
Cost: $300.00  Scholarships may be available, contact Debbie Lane for details lanedebrae@gmail.com
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax


Bay Academy
Click to register
June 23-27
This course is open to all educators.
The Bay Academy will focus on the coastal portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed and will be held in Tappahannock, Virginia, and the Port Isobel Education Center near Tangier Island, Virginia. Topics covered will include natural systems, water quality, and field investigations of Bay habitats (including wetlands, oyster reefs, and underwater grass meadows). Special emphasis will be given to provide instructional resources that support the science standards related to watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay in sixth-grade science, Life Science, Earth Science, Biology, Environmental Science, and Oceanography.  Participants will learn how to lead a meaningful watershed educational experience with their students.
Length & Location: 5 days total—2 nights at St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, VA, 2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Study Center
Cost: $350 payable to CBF.  Three optional VCU graduate credits in science are available for an additional $405 payable to St. Margaret’s School on the first day of class. 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

  

North Fork to the Bay Click to register
June 23-27
This course is open to educators from Shenandoah, Rockingham, Frederick, and Warren counties.
Offered in partnership with the Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah, this course is a unique and exciting opportunity for teachers to get outside and experience their own watershed.  Participants will investigate the changing landscape of the Shenandoah River and learn how it can apply to your students. Your local ecosystems, from streams to farms to homes, can be valuable teaching tools.  We will explore schoolyard habitats, land use practices, and STEM integration using the environment. This professional learning opportunity will give you many new tools and lessons to use in the classroom.
Length & Location: 5 days total—2 days in Shenandoah County, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Education Center
Cost: $300 course fee covers all activities, materials, lodging, and food during overnights, $50 deposit due at registration, scholarships may be available for remaining $250
If you teach in Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren or Frederick Counties in Virginia, please email Cindy Frenzel to receive more information: cindy.frenzel@fnfsr.org.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Virginia Beach Systemic Environmental Literacy (Middle School) Click to register
June 23-27
This course is only open to middle school educators from Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
This five-day field course is designed to connect Virginia Beach City Public School middle school teachers to the Chesapeake Bay. Using the Lynnhaven River and the Chesapeake Bay as the backdrop, teachers will learn about their connection to the Bay and its watershed. We will use 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 other outdoor activities to learn how to integrate the Bay and its watershed into our classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 local day-trips
Cost: This course is funded by a grant. There is no fee for participants.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax


Virginia Beach Systemic Environmental Literacy (High School)
Click to register
June 23-27
This course is only open to high school educators from Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
This five-day field course 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 learn about their connection to the Bay and its watershed. We will use 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 other outdoor activities to learn how to integrate the Bay and its watershed into our classrooms.
Length & Location: 5 local day-trips
Cost: This course is funded by a grant. There is no fee for participants.
To RegisterRegister online | Register by mail/fax

 

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Other Registration Options

If you do not wish to register online, you may print the 2014 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: 410-268-6687

To pay with a credit card, you may also contact our office at 410-268-8816.

If you have additional questions please contact chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org

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July Course Schedule

These five- and six-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 our registration options.

Browse July courses by state:

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

Maryland Teachers

Baltimore's Urban Environmental LiteracyClick to register
July 7-11
This course is designed for Baltimore City teachers but open to all.
Join us for a five-day, hands-on course that focuses on urban land use issues and how our decisions affect the rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about Baltimore’s ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools to cover STEM material. We will use inquiry-based teaching techniques to explore Baltimore city schoolyard habitats and land-use issues.  This course will give you the tools to build your students’ environmental literacy with a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach. Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 local day-trips
Cost: $55 resource fee for Baltimore City Public School teachers (returned upon completion of the course), $300 for others
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy for Anne Arundel County Middle Schools
July 7-11
This course is only open to middle school teachers from Anne Arundel County, MD.
Join the AACPS Outdoor Education Program and Chesapeake Bay Foundation for a 5-day investigation of Anne Arundel 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 land use. Acquire resources and techniques to teach your students about watershed dynamics and how life upstream affects ecosystems downstream. Earn credit by helping to develop the new environmental literacy project-based investigations for the AACPS middle school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 local day-trips
Cost: AACPS teachers receive a full $1800 scholarship because of a county-specific grant.  The course fee is $0.
To Register: Register on the ERO system, #3361414002

 

Teachers on the BayClick to register
July 7–11

This course is open to all teachers.
The weeklong course provides learning experiences for elementary, middle and high school science teachers that are designed to closely support the implementation of the 2010 Science Standards of Learning. Special emphasis is being given to provide instructional resources that will support the science standards related to watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay in sixth-grade science, Life Science, Earth Science, Biology, environmental science, and oceanography.  The course will provide instruction that integrates classroom and field teaching, and models meaningful field investigations. Printed materials and hands-on resources supporting the content and skills in the science standards will also be included. Field work will be on the freshwater and brackish tidal portion of the Rappahannock River and on Great Fox Island near the center of the Bay.  Participants may be eligible to receive up to 45 points for licensure renewal from their school division and also will have the option of attaining graduate credit (3 graduate credits from Virginia Commonwealth University) at an additional cost to the participant.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights—2 nights in St. Margaret's, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Education Center
Cost: $350, 3 VCU graduate credits available for an extra $405
To Register:  Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

D.C.'s Story and Status - Your Potomac WatershedClick to register
July 7-11
This course is designed for teachers from D.C. public and charter schools but others are welcome.
Join us for a hands-on course that focuses on urban land use issues and how our decisions affect the Potomac River, Anacostia River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about your local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools in order to cover science and cultural material.  We will explore schoolyard habitats, land-use issues, and inquiry-based learning techniques for both inside and outside the traditional classrooms. This professional learning opportunity will give you the tools to build your students’ environmental literacy with a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach. Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 local day-trips
Cost: $55 resource fee for DCPS teachers (returned upon completion of the course), $300 for others
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy: the Bay to the Schoolyard—Our Water, Our Watershed
July 13-18
This course is only open to elementary school educators from Montgomery County Public Schools.
Join the MCOEC and CBF for a 6-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 learn new activities and project-based learning ideas across the middle school curriculum.
Length & Location:
6 days total— 4 days/3 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center/2 local day trips
Cost:
There is no course fee but participants need to pay $60 for food.
To Register:
Contact the L.E. Smith Center at 301/924-3123

 

Environmental Literacy and Common Core in Southern MDClick to register
July 14-18
This course is designed for educators from St. Mary's, Charles, and Calvert Counties.
Join us for a hands-on course to learn about local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools in order to cover STEM material.  We will explore schoolyard habitats, land-use issues, and inquiry-based learning techniques for both inside and outside the traditional classrooms. This professional development opportunity will give you the tools to build your students’ environmental literacy with a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach. Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum.
Length & Location:
5 days total—3 days local, 2 days/1 night at CBF's Smith Island Education Center
Cost:
$300 per person
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Glen Burnie Elementary Environmental Literacy Project
July 21-25
This course is only open to elementary school teachers from Glen Burnie, MD.
Join the AACPS Outdoor Education Program and Chesapeake Bay Foundation for a 5-day investigation of Anne Arundel 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 land use. Acquire resources and techniques to teach your students about watershed dynamics and how life upstream affects ecosystems downstream. Earn credit by helping to develop new and exciting environmental literacy Project-Based investigations for your students. 
Length & Location: 5 local day-trips
Cost: AACPS teachers receive a full $1800 scholarship because of a county-specific grant.  The course fee is $0.
To Register: Register on the ERO system, #336141401

 


Environmental Literacy in Harford CountyClick to register

July 28 - August 1
Teachers from Havre de Grace and Fallston Middle Schools receive priority for this course.
Join us for a 5-day investigation of the changing landscape of Harford County. Learn about your local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools.  We will explore schoolyard habitats, land use practices, and STEM integration using the environment. This professional development opportunity will give you many new tools and lessons to use in the classroom.
Length & Location: 5 days total - 2 days local, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Education Center
Cost: Havre de Grace and Fallston Middle Schools are covering the course fee for their teachers, $300 for others
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

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Pennsylvania

Because of a unique recertification credit situation, CBF is designing customized two-day courses for Pennsylvania teacher teams.

We welcome you to request a high-quality, transdisciplinary professional development course focused on using the environment for instruction. The course will be an interactive "meaningful watershed education experience" that integrates STEM concepts and aligns with Common Core and Pennsylvania State Standards. Teachers will use their schools as a model to learn about their communities' connection to our local waterways. The course involves field investigations you can do with your students, content from expert speakers, and guidance from master teachers familiar with outdoor instruction. Inquire about creating a course for your school or district, or joining other exciting opportunities, by sending an e-mail to Tom Parke tparke@cbf.org.  


Bringing the Watershed into the Classroom - Mechanicsburg, PA
Click to registerJuly 8-9
This course is open to all PA educators.
Learn to connect your school and community with the local creeks and rivers.  This two-day course will include scientific and social studies about our streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a whole.  Participants will do hands-on activities and take home interdisciplinary lessons that integrate the environment and Common Core State Standards with classroom curriculum.  The course involves exciting activities like canoeing on a local creek and investigating the schoolyard as a local resource to use with students. 
Cost: All teachers receive a full scholarship
To Register: Mechanicsburg School District teachers should register by June 27th by contacting Paul Garrett at paulgarrett40@comcast.net.  All other PA teachers should register through CBF online or by mail/fax.


Harrisburg: Land, People, and our WaterwayClick to register
July 14-18
This course is open to all PA educators.
Participants will study the local area and learn how water quality is connected to the choices people make on the land. This meaningful course will enhance your teaching by connecting curricula to real world issues. The multidisciplinary inquiry based approach can be added to all subject areas and grade levels. Paddling, local tours, and investigations will give all participants a working knowledge of how aquatic systems function. Provided teacher resources, local experts, and a mentor teacher will also help assist all participants in connecting the experience to state standards. Sign-up now for an interactive professional learning opportunity that will be sure to inspire your future students!
Location:
5 day trips in the Harrisburg area
Cost:
$300 per person plus the cost of graduate credit
To Register:
Register online or by mail/fax.

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Virginia Teachers

Teachers on the BayClick to register
July 7–11
This course is open to all educators.
This five-day residential course provides learning experiences for elementary, middle and high school teachers that are designed to closely support the implementation of the 2010 Science Standards of Learning. Special emphasis is being given to provide instructional resources that will support the standards related to watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay.  The course will provide instruction that integrates classroom and field teaching, and models meaningful field investigations. Printed materials and hands-on resources supporting the content and skills in the science standards will also be included. Fieldwork will be on the brackish and freshwater tidal portion of the Rappahannock River and on Great Fox Island VA near the center of the Chesapeake Bay. Participants are eligible to receive up to 45 points for licensure renewal from VA school divisions or 3 Maryland Continuing Professional Development Credits. Participants also will have the option of earning 3 graduate credits from Virginia Commonwealth University at an additional cost to the participant
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights—2 nights in St. Margaret's, 2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Education Center
Cost: $350, 3 VCU graduate credits available for an extra $405
To Register:   Register online | Register by mail/fax

  

D.C.'s Story and Status - Your Potomac Watershed Click to register
July 7–11
This course is designed for teachers from D.C. public and charter schools but others are welcome.
Join us for a hands-on course that focuses on urban land use issues and how our decisions affect the Potomac River, Anacostia River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about your local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools in order to cover science and cultural material.  We will explore schoolyard habitats, land-use issues, and inquiry-based learning techniques for both inside and outside the traditional classrooms. This professional development opportunity will give you the tools to build your students’ environmental literacy with a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach. Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 local day-trips 
Cost: $55 resource fee for DCPS teachers (returned upon completion of the course), $300 for others
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

  

Virginia HeadwatersClick to register to the Bay
July 14–18
This course is open to all educators from Virginia.
Get your feet wet paddling, hiking, fishing, sampling water quality, and visiting the people and places that connect your school and community to the Chesapeake Bay. Starting in your local area, this five-day course will include studies about the human impact on our rivers and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a whole. Participants will do hands-on activities and can take home an array of interdiciplinary inquiry-based activities and lessons that they will learn how to incorporate into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 days total - 2 days on the headwaters of the James River, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island education center
Cost: $300 per person
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

  

Environmental Literacy in Central VirginiaClick to register
July 21–25
This course is open to any teacher.
Join us for a hands-on course to learn about local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools.  We will explore schoolyard habitats, land-use issues, and inquiry-based learning techniques for both inside and outside the traditional classroom. This professional learning opportunity will give you the tools to build your students’ environmental literacy with a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach. Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the K-12 school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 days total—2 days in the Chesterfield area followed by 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island education center
Cost: $300.00
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

  

Explore Virginia's Historical WaterwaysClick to register
July 21–July 25
This course is designed for teachers from Virginia tidewater region but others are welcome. 
Acquire the knowledge, skills, and inspiration that are relevant to your local schoolyard, your curriculum, and your students. Learn about nearby ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching resources to address the SOL’s.  We will explore schoolyard habitats, land-use issues, and inquiry-based teaching techniques to integrate the environment into your classroom. This professional development opportunity will give you the tools to build your students’ environmental literacy with an interdisciplinary approach.
Length & Location: 5 local day-trips (Jamestown area)
Cost: $300 per person
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

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Washington, D.C. Teachers

D.C.'s Story and Status - Your Potomac Watershed Click to register
July 7–11
This course is designed for teachers from D.C. public and charter schools but others are welcome.
Join us for a hands-on course that focuses on urban land use issues and how our decisions affect the Potomac River, Anacostia River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about your local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools in order to cover science and cultural material.  We will explore schoolyard habitats, land-use issues, and inquiry-based learning techniques for both inside and outside the traditional classrooms. This professional development opportunity will give you the tools to build your students’ environmental literacy with a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach. Participants will take home an array of activities and lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 local day-trips 
Cost: $55 resource fee for DCPS teachers (returned upon completion of the course), $300 for others
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 2014 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: 410-268-6687

To pay with a credit card, you may also call our office at 410-268-8816.

If you have additional questions please contact chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org

Logo: Chesapeake Classrooms

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 our registration options.

Browse August courses by state:

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

Maryland Teacher

Our Land and Water: Environmental Literacy Connects STEM and Social Studies
August 3-8
This course is only open to science and social studies high school teachers from Montgomery County Public Schools
Join the MCOEC and CBF for a 6-day investigation of culture, sociology, and science in 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, the built environment, and community as you acquire resources, new lessons, and techniques to develop environmentally literate students who are excited to learn outside.  The group will learn how to infuse new activities and project-based learning ideas across the high school curriculum.  
Length & Location6 days total—3 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island Education Center/2 local day trips 
Cost: There is no course fee but participants need to pay $60 for food. 
To Register: Contact the L.E. Smith Center at 301-924-3123  

   

Data and the Estuary
In partnership with the National Estuarine Research ReserveClick to register
August 48
This course is open to Maryland middle and high school educators.
This five-day program is designed to provide middle and high school teachers with the resources, knowledge, and experience necessary to facilitate the integration of estuaries and their related issues into the classroom. The program accomplishes this through hands-on field-based investigations carried out in the diverse environments of the Delmarva Peninsula and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Teachers will have the opportunity to gather authentic data on land use, water quality, biotic communities and other parameters, analyze that data, and ultimately use this information to develop action projects that will have a positive impact on the natural systems of the Chesapeake Bay.  
Length & Location:5 days/4 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Education Center
Cost: $50 non-refundable resource fee.  The course fee is covered through a partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
To Register: Register online |  Register by mail/fax
   

Environmental Literacy in Howard CountyClick to register
August 48
This course is only open to elementary and middle school teachers from Howard County Public Schools.
Investigate the changing landscape of Howard County and learn how it can apply to your students. Your local ecosystems, from streams to farms to homes, can be valuable teaching tools. We will explore schoolyard habitats, land use practices, and STEM integration using the environment. This professional development opportunity will give you many new tools and lessons to use in the classroom.
Length & Location: 5 local day-trips
Cost: $300
To RegisterRegister online |  Register by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy in Western MarylandClick to register
August 48
This course is designed for educators from Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties, but is open to all teachers.
Acquire the knowledge, skills, and inspiration that are relevant to your schoolyard, your curriculum, and your students. Learn about local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching resources to address the Maryland College & Career Ready Standards. We will explore schoolyard habitats, land-use issues, and inquiry-based teaching techniques to integrate the environment into your classroom. This professional development opportunity will give you the tools to build your students’ environmental literacy with an interdisciplinary approach.
Length & Location: 5 days total: 3 days in Allegany County, 2 days/1 night at CBF's Philip Merrill Center in Annapolis
Cost: $150 per person (ACPS scholarship available)
To RegisterRegister online |  Register by mail/fax

 

Islands Ecology & GeographyClick to register
August 11-15

This course is open to all educators.
Join us for an adventurous course focused on professional and personal growth amidst the island communities of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn activities that will investigate the culture and the habitat of a watermen's town surrounded by pristine brackish wetlands—all while developing lessons that address core curriculum standards among similarly passionate peers. Teachers will acquire skills and resources that enable them to bring multidisciplinary and experiential education back to their classroom. The inspirational environment of the islands is bound to produce a personally rejuvenating and professionally transformative experience.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights split between CBF's Fox Island and  Port Isobel Island education centers
Cost: $300.00 per person
To Register:Register onlineRegister by mail/fax

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Pennsylvania Teachers

Harrisburg: Bringing Your Watershed into the Classroom Click to register
August 4-5, 2014
This course is open to all PA educators.
Learn to connect your school and community with local rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. This two-day workshop will include scientific and social studies about our streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a whole. Participants will do hands-on activities and take home multidisciplinary lessons that integrate the environment and State Standards with classroom curriculum.
Length & Location:
2 days - 1 at a schoolyard and the Harrisburg waste water treatment plant, 1 canoeing on the Susquehanna River
Cost:
Full scholarship for all participants, $0 workshop fee
To Register:
Register onlineRegister by mail/fax

Islands Ecology & Geography Click to register
August 11-15

This course is open to all educators.
Join us for an adventurous course focused on professional and personal growth amidst the island communities of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn activities that will investigate the culture and the habitat of a watermen's town surrounded by pristine brackish wetlands—all while developing lessons that address core curriculum standards among similarly passionate peers. Teachers will acquire skills and resources that enable them to bring multidisciplinary and experiential education back to their classroom. The inspirational environment of the islands is bound to produce a personally rejuvenating and professionally transformative experience.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights split between CBF's Fox Island and  Port Isobel Island education centers
Cost: $300.00 (Act 48 credits not available, graduate credits available for extra fee)
To Register: Register onlineRegister by mail/fax

 

Virginia Teachers

Environmental Literacy for Loudoun County Click to register
August 48
This course is only open to teachers from Loudoun County Public Schools.
Join CBF for an investigation of how Loudoun County's regional resources and the Chesapeake Bay can be ideal teaching tools. Learn about your local ecosystems and how to use them as you integrate the environment across subjects and grade levels.  We will explore schoolyard habitats, water quality, and land use types. Acquire resources, new lessons, and techniques to develop environmentally literate students who are excited to learn outside. Participants will learn how to infuse new activities and project-based learning ideas across the county curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 days total - 2 days in Loudoun county and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Center 
Cost: LCPS teachers receive a full $1,800 scholarship thanks to a county-specific grant.
To Register:  Register onlineRegister by mail/fax

 

Islands Ecology & Geography Click to register
August 11-15

This course is open to all educators.
Join us for an adventurous course focused on professional and personal growth amidst the island communities of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn activities that will investigate the culture and the habitat of a watermen's town surrounded by pristine brackish wetlands—all while developing lessons that address core curriculum standards among similarly passionate peers. Teachers will acquire skills and resources that enable them to bring multidisciplinary and experiential education back to their classroom. The inspirational environment of the islands is bound to produce a personally rejuvenating and professionally transformative experience.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights split between CBF's Fox Island and Port Isobel Island education centers
Cost: $300.00 per person
To Register: Register onlineRegister by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy for Fairfax County Click to register
August 1115
This course is open to teachers from Fairfax County Public Schools.
Join us for a five-day investigation of the changing landscape of Virginia. Learn about your local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools while we cover STEM material.  We will explore schoolyard habitats, land-use issues, and inquiry-based teaching techniques to integrate the environment into your classroom. This professional development opportunity will give you the tools to build your students’ environmental literacy with a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach.
Length & Location: 5 days - 2 days in Fairfax county and 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Port Isobel Island education centers
Cost: $300 per person
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Locally Grown Classrooms Click to register
August 11-15
This course is open to educators in the Tidewater area.
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 Bea Hayman Clark 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 activities 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 local day trips
Cost: $300.00 per person
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Washington D.C. Teachers

Islands Ecology & Geography Click to register
August 11-15

This course is open to all educators.
Join us for an adventurous course focused on professional and personal growth amidst the island communities of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn activities that will investigate the culture and the habitat of a watermen's town surrounded by pristine brackish wetlands—all while developing lessons that address core curriculum standards among similarly passionate peers. Teachers will acquire skills and resources that enable them to bring multidisciplinary and experiential education back to their classroom. The inspirational environment of the islands is bound to produce a personally rejuvenating and professionally transformative experience.
Length & Location: 5 days/4 nights split between CBF's Fox Island and Port Isobel Island education centers
Cost: $300.00 per person
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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 2014 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: 410-268-6687

To pay with a credit card, you may also call our office at 410-268-8816.

If you have additional questions please contact chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org

 

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