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 2015. 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.

NOTE: 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.

 

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 lessons, 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 | D.C. Teachers

Maryland Teachers

Environmental Literacy in Independent SchoolsClick to register
June 15–19
This course is for independent school teachers in the DC/MD/VA area.
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 the Bay watershed.  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 areas surrounding Washington D.C. with 2 days/1 overnight at CBF's Philip Merrill Center in Annapolis, MD.
Cost: $300 per person (except St. Stephen's and St. Agnes, which have scholarships available)
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy: the Bay to the Schoolyard - Our Water, Our Watershed
June 21-26 
This course is only open to elementary and middle school educators from Montgomery County Public Schools.
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 Port Isobel Education Center/2 local field investigation days
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

 

Baltimore's Urban Environmental Literacy Click to register
June 22-26
This course is only open to teachers in Baltimore City Public Schools.
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 days in the Baltimore region
Cost:$50 resource fee refunded upon completion
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy in Howard CountyClick to register
June 22-26
This course is only open for elementary and middle school teachers in Howard 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: 5 days local in Howard County
Cost:$300 per person 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy in Frederick County - FULL
June 22-26
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.
This course registration is closed.  Please contact chesapeakeclassrooms@cbf.org if you would like to be added to the waitlist.

 

The Susquehanna to the ChesapeakeClick to register
June 15-19
This course is designed for PA teachers but all are welcome.
Join us on an exciting 5 day course that will start in Pennsylvania and end at the Chesapeake Bay. This course will study the significance of the Susquehanna River's watershed and its impact on the Chesapeake Bay. Local experts will engage the group with interactive field experiences and lessons to take home. Participants should be prepared to canoe, seine for aquatic life, set crab pots, and much more. An experienced mentor teacher and lots of useful lessons that meet state standards will help you bring environmental learning to life for your students.
Length & Location2 local field investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Education Center
Cost: $300 per person 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

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Pennsylvania Teachers

The Susquehanna to the ChesapeakeClick to register
June 15-19
This course is designed for PA teachers but all are welcome.
Join us on an exciting 5 day course that will start in Pennsylvania and end at the Chesapeake Bay. This course will study the significance of the Susquehanna River's watershed and its impact on the Chesapeake Bay. Local experts will engage the group with interactive field experiences and lessons to take home. Participants should be prepared to canoe, seine for aquatic life, set crab pots, and much more. An experienced mentor teacher and lots of useful lessons that meet state standards will help you bring environmental learning to life for your students.
Length & Location5 days total— 2 local field investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Education Center
Cost: $300 per person 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax  

 

Archdiocese of Harrisburg: Pennsylvania's Land, People, and Waterways WorkshopClick to register
June 23-24
This course is only open to teachers in the Archdiocese of Harrisburg school system.
Learn to connect your school and community with local rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.  This two-day workshop designed specifically for Harrisburg Archdiocese teachers will include scientific and social studies investigations about our streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a whole.  Participants will do hands-on field experiences and take home interdisciplinary lessons that integrate the environment with classroom curriculum to inspire students.
Bay watershed as a whole.  Participants will do hands-on field experiences and take home interdisciplinary lessons that integrate the environment with classroom curriculum to inspire students.
Length & Location: 2 local field investigation days
Cost: No charge. Participants are covered by a full scholarship
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax  

 

Two-day workshops available for individual schools or districts.  
Learn to connect your school and community with local rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.  A 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 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 SchoolsClick to register
June 15–19
This course is for independent school teachers in the DC/MD/VA area.
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 the Bay watershed.  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 areas surrounding Washington D.C. with 2 days/1 overnight at CBF's Philip Merrill Center in Annapolis, MD.
Cost: $300 per person>
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

The Susquehanna to the ChesapeakeClick to register
June 15-19
This course is designed for PA teachers but all are welcome.
Join us on an exciting 5 day course that will start in Pennsylvania and end at the Chesapeake Bay. This course will study the significance of the Susquehanna River's watershed and its impact on the Chesapeake Bay. Local experts will engage the group with interactive field experiences and lessons to take home. Participants should be prepared to canoe, seine for aquatic life, set crab pots, and much more. An experienced mentor teacher and lots of useful lessons that meet state standards will help you bring environmental learning to life for your students.
Length & Location5 days total— 2 local field investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Education Center
Cost: $300 per person 
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

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D.C. Teachers

Environmental Literacy in Independent SchoolsClick to register
June 15–19

This course is for independent school teachers in the DC/MD/VA area.
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 the Bay watershed.  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 areas surrounding Washington D.C. with 2 days/1 overnight at CBF's Philip Merrill Center in Annapolis, MD.
Cost: $300 per person
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

The Susquehanna to the ChesapeakeClick to register
June 15-19
This course is designed for PA teachers but all are welcome.
Join us on an exciting 5 day course that will start in Pennsylvania and end at the Chesapeake Bay. This course will study the significance of the Susquehanna River's watershed and its impact on the Chesapeake Bay. Local experts will engage the group with interactive field experiences and lessons to take home. Participants should be prepared to canoe, seine for aquatic life, set crab pots, and much more. An experienced mentor teacher and lots of useful lessons that meet state standards will help you bring environmental learning to life for your students.
Length & Location: 5 days total— 2 local field investigation days, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Karen Noonan Education Center
Cost: $300 per person 
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 2015 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 register online or 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 

Environmental Literacy for Anne Arundel County Middle Schools
July 6-10
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: $300 per person
To Register: Register on the ERO system, A course number will be available soon.

 

North Fork to the BayClick to register
July 6-10
This course is open to all educators but will take place in VA.
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 a local watershed and visit the Chesapeake Bay.  Participants will investigate the changing landscape of the Shenandoah River and investigate the connection between human action and water quality. 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, Virginia followed by 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Education Center
Cost: $300 course fee covers all activities, materials, lodging, and food during overnights. Scholarships may be available
To Register: If you teach in Augusta, Clarke, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren or Frederick Counties in Virginia, please email Cindy Frenzel to receive information about possible scholarships: cindy.frenzel@fnfsr.org.
All others:  Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Teachers on the BayClick to register
July 13-17

This course is open to all educators but will take place in VA.
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 per person
To Register:  Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy: the Bay to the Schoolyard—Our Water, Our Watershed
July 19-24
This course is only open to elementary and middle school educators from Montgomery County Public Schools.
Join the MCPS OEEP 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 receive new lessons and project-based learning ideas across the elementary and middle school curricula.
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 in Southern MarylandClick to register
July 13-17 
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 local day trips
Cost:
$300 per person
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy in Anne Arundel County 
July 20-24
This course is only open to elementary teachers from Glen Burnie and Severna Park area.
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, A course # will be available soon.

 

Environmental Literacy in Prince George's CountyClick to register
July 6-10
This course is only open to middle school educators from Prince George's County.
Teachers will learn about local ecosystems and how to use them as valuable teaching tools in order to integrate science and social studies content. 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 field-based lessons for the middle school curricula.
Length & Location:
 5 local day trips
Cost:  Teachers receive a full $1800 scholarship because of a county-specific grant.  The course fee is $0.
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

Islands of the Bay: Natural History, Ecology, & CultureClick to register
July 27-31
This course is an advanced option designed for Chesapeake Classrooms alumni.  It is open to educators from all regions.
Join us for an adventurous advanced course focused on professional and personal growth amidst the island communities of the Chesapeake Bay. Participate in activities that investigate the habitats and culture of the Bay islands—all while developing lessons that address core curriculum standards among similarly passionate peers. Acquire skills and resources that enable you to bring multidisciplinary and experiential education back to your classroom. Participants engage in investigations of wetlands (marshes and beaches), water quality, oysters, underwater grass meadows, colonial birds, crabs, and the human culture of the Bay. The inspirational environment of the islands is bound to produce a personally rejuvenating and professionally transformative experience.
Length & Location: 5 day/4 nights on CBF's island residential centers (2 nights at KNC, 2 nights at Fox Island)
Cost: $300 per person
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy: the Bay to the Schoolyard—Environmental Literacy Connects STEM and Social Studies
July 26-31
This course is only open to high school educators from Montgomery County Public Schools.
Join the MCPS OEEP 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 high 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

 

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Pennsylvania

Because of a unique recertification credit situation, CBF is designing customized two- and three-day workshops 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.  

North Fork to the BayClick to register
July 6-10
This course is open to all educators but will take place in VA.
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 a local watershed and visit the Chesapeake Bay.  Participants will investigate the changing landscape of the Shenandoah River and investigate the connection between human action and water quality. 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, scholarships may be available
To Register: If you teach in Augusta, Clarke, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren or Frederick Counties in Virginia, please email Cindy Frenzel to receive information about possible scholarships: cindy.frenzel@fnfsr.org.
All others:  Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

PA's Land, People, and Waterways—Mechanicsburg Workshop
July 20-22
This course is open to all PA educators.
Learn to connect your school and community with the local creeks and rivers.  This three-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 field experiences and take home interdisciplinary lessons that integrate the environment and state standards with classroom curriculum. The course involves exciting investigations like canoeing on a local creek and understanding how to use the schoolyard as a local resource.
Length & Location: 3 days local to Mechanicsburg 
Cost: All teachers receive a full scholarship
To Register: All teachers should register through Intermediate Unit 15  http://www.caiu.org/services/professional-development.aspx .  

 

Islands of the Bay: Natural History, Ecology, & CultureClick to register
July 27-31
This course is an advanced option designed for Chesapeake Classrooms alumni.  It is open to educators from all regions.
Join us for an adventurous advanced course focused on professional and personal growth amidst the island communities of the Chesapeake Bay. Participate in activities that investigate the habitats and culture of the Bay islands—all while developing lessons that address core curriculum standards among similarly passionate peers. Acquire skills and resources that enable you to bring multidisciplinary and experiential education back to your classroom. Participants engage in investigations of wetlands (marshes and beaches), water quality, oysters, underwater grass meadows, colonial birds, crabs, and the human culture of the Bay. The inspirational environment of the islands is bound to produce a personally rejuvenating and professionally transformative experience.
Length & Location: 5 day/4 nights on CBF's island residential centers (2 nights at KNC, 2 nights at Fox Island)
Cost: $300 per person
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Teachers on the BayClick to register
July 13-17

This course is open to all educators but will take place in VA.
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 per person
To Register:  Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

PA's Land, People, and Waterways—Envirothon WorkshopClick to register
July 7-8
This course is open to all PA teachers who work with Envirothon teams.
The Susquehanna watershed is the ideal location to investigate the real status of PA's soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, and this year's urban & community forestry topic.  Join us to truly investigate each of the Envirothon stations in order to connect your school and community with the local creeks, trees, and soils.  This two-day workshop will include scientific and social studies about our land, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a whole. Participants will do hands-on field investigations and take home interdisciplinary lessons that integrate the environment and state standards with classroom curriculum. The course involves exciting activities like canoeing on a local creek and using the schoolyard as a local resource to lead your Envirothon students to victory.
Length & Location: 2 local day trips 
Cost: All teachers receive a full scholarship
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

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Virginia Teachers

Teachers on the BayClick to register
July 13-17
This course is open to all educators but will take place in VA.
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: <emnormal;>5 days/4 nights—2 nights in St. Margaret's, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Education Center Cost: $350 per personTo Register:  Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

North Fork to the BayClick to register
July 6-10
This course is open to all educators but will take place in VA.
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 a local watershed and visit the Chesapeake Bay.  Participants will investigate the changing landscape of the Shenandoah River and investigate the connection between human action and water quality. 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, scholarships may be available
To Register: If you teach in Augusta, Clarke, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren or Frederick Counties in Virginia, please email Cindy Frenzel to receive information about possible scholarships: cindy.frenzel@fnfsr.org.
All others:  Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Hampton Environmental Literacy Program (HELP)Click to register - (Middle and High School)
July 6-10
This course is open to middle and high school teachers from Hampton City Public Schools.
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. Focusing on 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 experiences and can take home an array of interdisciplinary inquiry-based lessons that they will learn how to incorporate into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 local day- trips
Cost: $300 per person, scholarships may be available
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Watershed Adventures in Rockingham CountyClick to register
July 6-10
This course is open to all educators from Rockingham County Public Schools.
Join Rockingham County Public Schools and CBF for hands-on professional learning that provides teachers with the unique opportunity to connect the Shenandoah Valley to the Chesapeake Bay.  You will connect across grade bands to explore the ecology, local history, economics, and politics surrounding the Shenandoah Valley as well as the Chesapeake Bay.  Whether you’re on the river in the Valley or an island in the Bay, get ready to learn how to incorporate rigorous field investigations into the curriculum using schoolyard habitats and environment-based STEM resources.
Location and Length: 5 days total – 2 days local, 3 days/2 nights at CBF’s Port Isobel Education Center
Cost: $300
Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax



Virginia Headwaters to the Bay
Click to register
July 20-24
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


Virginia Beach Systemic Environmental Literacy (Middle School)
July 20-24

This course is open to middle school science teachers 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:  Contact Ana Cingel ana.cingel@vbschools.com


Virginia Beach Systemic Environmental Literacy (High School)

July 20-24
This course is open to high school science teachers 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 Register: Contact Ana Cingel ana.cingel@vbschools.com 


Islands of the Bay: Natural History, Ecology, & Culture
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July 27-31
This course is an advanced option designed for Chesapeake Classrooms alumni.  It is open to educators from all regions.
Join us for an adventurous advanced course focused on professional and personal growth amidst the island communities of the Chesapeake Bay. Participate in activities that investigate the habitats and culture of the Bay islands—all while developing lessons that address core curriculum standards among similarly passionate peers. Acquire skills and resources that enable you to bring multidisciplinary and experiential education back to your classroom. Participants engage in investigations of wetlands (marshes and beaches), water quality, oysters, underwater grass meadows, colonial birds, crabs, and the human culture of the Bay. The inspirational environment of the islands is bound to produce a personally rejuvenating and professionally transformative experience.
Length & Location: 5 day/4 nights on CBF's island residential centers (2 nights at KNC, 2 nights at Fox Island)
Cost: $300 per person
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

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Washington, D.C. Teachers

D.C.'s Story—Your Potomac Watershed Click to register
July 6-10
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 lessons that can be incorporated into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 local day trips in Washington DC
Cost: $50 resource fee for DCPS and charter school teachers (returned upon completion of the course), $300 for others
To Register: Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

North Fork to the BayClick to register
July 6-10
This course is open to all educators but will take place in VA.
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 a local watershed and visit the Chesapeake Bay.  Participants will investigate the changing landscape of the Shenandoah River and investigate the connection between human action and water quality. 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, scholarships may be available
To Register: If you teach in Augusta, Clarke, Park, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren or Frederick Counties in Virginia, please email Cindy Frenzel to receive information about possible scholarships: cindy.frenzel@fnfsr.org.
All others:  Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Islands of the Bay: Natural History, Ecology, & CultureClick to register
July 27-31
This course is an advanced option designed for Chesapeake Classrooms alumni.  It is open to educators from all regions.
Join us for an adventurous advanced course focused on professional and personal growth amidst the island communities of the Chesapeake Bay. Participate in activities that investigate the habitats and culture of the Bay islands—all while developing lessons that address core curriculum standards among similarly passionate peers. Acquire skills and resources that enable you to bring multidisciplinary and experiential education back to your classroom. Participants engage in investigations of wetlands (marshes and beaches), water quality, oysters, underwater grass meadows, colonial birds, crabs, and the human culture of the Bay. The inspirational environment of the islands is bound to produce a personally rejuvenating and professionally transformative experience. 
Length & Location:5 day/4 nights on CBF's island residential centers (2 nights at KNC, 2 nights at Fox Island)
Cost: $300 per person
To Register:Register online | Register by mail/fax

 

Teachers on the BayClick to register
July 13-17

This course is open to all educators but will take place in VA.
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 per person
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 2015 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 can register online or you may also call our office at 410-268-8816.

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 our registration options.

Browse August courses by state:

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Maryland Teacher    

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Islands of the Bay: Natural History, Ecology, and Culture
August 3-7

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 an extra fee)
To Register: Register onlineRegister by mail/fax

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Teachers on the Estuary: Data Edition
In partnership with the National Estuarine Research Reserve - MD
August 3–7
This course is open to Chesapeake Bay watershed middle and high school educators.
This five-day program, formerly Data and the Estuary, 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
   

 

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Pennsylvania Teachers

Islands of the Bay: Natural History, Ecology, and Culture Click to register
August 3-7
 
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 an extra fee)
To Register: Register onlineRegister by mail/fax

 

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary: Data Edition
In partnership with the National Estuarine Research Reserve - MD
August 3–7
This course is open to Chesapeake Bay watershed middle and high school educators.
This five-day program, formerly Data and the Estuary, 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
   

 

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Virginia Teachers

Islands of the Bay: Natural History, Ecology, and Culture Click to register
August 3-7
 
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 an extra fee)
To Register: Register onlineRegister by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy for Loudoun CountyClick to register
August 3–7
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:
To Register:  Register onlineRegister by mail/fax

 

Environmental Literacy for Fairfax County
August 3-7
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 local day trips
Cost: $300 per person
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Locally Grown ClassroomsClick to register
August 3-7
This course is only open to teachers from Suffolk City Public Schools.
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 per person
To Register: Register onlineRegister by mail/fax

 

Hampton Science Teachers Environmental Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.)Click to register (Elementary School)
August 3-7
This course is only open to elementary school teachers from Hampton City Public Schools.
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. Focusing on 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 experiences and can take home an array of interdisciplinary inquiry-based lessons that they will learn how to incorporate into the school curriculum.
Length & Location: 5 local day-trips
Cost: $300 per person, scholarships may be available
To Register: Register onlineRegister by mail/fax

 

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary: Data Edition
In partnership with the National Estuarine Research Reserve - MD
August 3–7
This course is open to Chesapeake Bay watershed middle and high school educators.
This five-day program, formerly Data and the Estuary, 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
   

 

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Washington D.C. Teachers

Islands of the Bay: Natural History, Ecology, and Culture Click to register
August 3-7
 
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 an extra fee)
To Register: Register onlineRegister by mail/fax

 

Click to registerTeachers on the Estuary: Data Edition
In partnership with the National Estuarine Research Reserve - MD
August 3–7
This course is open to Chesapeake Bay watershed middle and high school educators.
This five-day program, formerly Data and the Estuary, 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
   

 

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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 2015 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 register online or you may also call our office at 410-268-8816.

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

 

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