Education

Professional Development
Opportunities for Environmental Educators

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers a wide variety of accredited continuing education opportunities for teachers and other educators.

Upcoming Events & Workshops

DNR-Sponsored Workshops | Other Professional Development Resources

DNR Sponsored Workshops

Aquatic Resources Education

Contact: Cindy Etgen
Phone: 410-260-8716
Email: cetgen@dnr.state.md.us
Description: The goal of Maryland’s Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) Program is to instill a respect for Maryland's aquatic resources through professional development opportunities for educators, curriculum that meets state science, math, geography, and reading standards, hands-on aquatic experiences for students, and classroom funding opportunites.

Where Do We Grow From Here?

Contact: Sandra Olek
Phone: 410-260-8979
Email: solek@dnr.state.md.us
Description: The Resource Guide includes 15 lesson plans that address environmental science, government, geography, writing, math and reading outcomes. The CD includes tools and information for students such as census data, land use/land cover maps, slide shows, and lots of great documents and web sites.

School Forests

Contact your local Forestry Board: http://www.marylandforestryboards.org
Description: In cooperation with the County and Baltimore City Forestry Boards. Aid schools in designing, planting and maintaining a non-landscaping forest on school property and encourages teachers to use that forest for study.

Project LEARNING TREE (PLT)

Contact: Dave Reinecke
Phone: 410-822-4903
Email: dreinecke@pickeringcreek.org
or
Dr. Sarah Haines, Maryland PLT Co-coordinator
Phone: 410-704-2926
Email: shaines@towson.edu
Description: Six hour training for K-12 educators. Adult leaders are trained to use an activity guide and learning materials which use trees to teach young people about diversity, interrelationships, system, structure and scale and patterns of change.

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)

Contact: Cindy Etgen
Phone: 410-260-8716
Email: cetgen@dnr.state.md.us
Description: Project WET is a collection of innovative, water related activities that are hands-on, easy to use and fun! Project WET activities incorporate a variety of formats, such as large and small group learning, whole body activities, discussion of local and global topics, and involvement in community service projects. Six hour workshops provide teachers with the activity guide, information on how to use the guide, and resources to assist teachers in incorporating Project WET into their curriculum.

ProjectWILD

Contact: Kerry Wixted
Phone: 410-260-8566
Email: kwixted@dnr.state.md.us
Description: Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources. The program is designed for educators of all types who work with children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Project WILD activities can be used to teach basic skills in science, social studies, language arts, math, art, music and physical education. The activities are designed to be hands-on and are focused on teaching students how to think and not what to think. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive both Project WILD guides filled with over 100 activities. Workshops are a minimum of 6 hours long and are suitable for any educator who works with K-12 students.

Growing Up WILD

Contact: Kerry Wixted
Phone: 410-260-8566
Email: kwixted@dnr.state.md.us
Description: Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the Growing Up WILD curriculum book. Workshops are typically 3-4 hours long and are suited for any educator who works with students aged 3-7 (PreK-G2).

Other Professional Development Resources

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

(MAEOE) is a nonprofit association that encourages, trains, and supports Maryland educators to build a citizenry that understands and is responsibly engaged in promoting sustainability, addressing human needs and conserving the Earth's natural resources.
www.maeoe.org

National Wildlife Federation Educator Workshops

National Wildlife Federation is a national nonprofit organization that educates the public about national environmental issues. The education department offers k-12 school programs, educator workshops and college programs.
http://www.nwf.org/education/

ProjectWild & Growing Up Wild

Date

Project & Location

Details

September 13th
(Sat)
10:00am-4:00pm

Project WILD

National Wildlife Visitor’s Center
10901 Scarlett Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708

Project WILD is an engaging and interdisciplinary program that emphasizes awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources. The program is designed for educators of all types who work with children from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Project WILD activities can be used to teach basic skills in science, social studies, language arts, math, art, music and physical education. The activities are designed to be hands-on and are focused on teaching students how to think and not what to think. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the two Project WILD curriculum books including the recently updated Aquatic WILD guide that contains field investigations and STEM.

Educators who attend this workshop along with two of the following workshops may be eligible for 1 MSDE credit. Additional workshops include: Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Healthy Water Healthy People and/or Wonders of Wetlands.

Fee: $15. Please bring a bagged lunch.

Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with K-12 students

To register: Please call 301-497-5898 or 301-497-5763.

October 17th
(Fri)
9:00-12:30pm

Growing Up WILD

MD Dept. of Natural Resources, C-1 Conference Room, 580 Taylor Ave; Annapolis, MD 21401

Growing Up WILD is an interdisciplinary early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature, inviting them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Growing Up WILD has been aligned with Common Core (K-2), Head Start domains, and Maryland Environmental Literacy standards.

Throughout the workshop, participants will go through various activities in the Growing Up WILD guide and will learn about ways to connect young children to nature. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the Growing Up WILD curriculum book.

Fee: FREE!

Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with children aged 3-7

To register: Please fill out registration form here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/
1IeyeHUbpVfjk5kbAl5JCiKg Trbx1rtiesOFWb7dxhAY/viewform
?usp=send_form

October 17th
(Fri)
1:30-5:00pm

Flying WILD

MD Dept. of Natural Resources, C-1 Conference Room
580 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus.

Targeted for upper elementary and middle-school audiences, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history. Project-based classroom applications, service learning and community involvement are encouraged through sections of the guide dedicated to the planning and implementation of birding festivals. More info here: http://www.flyingwild.org/

Fee: FREE!

Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with upper elementary and middle school aged children

To register: Please fill out registration form here: https://docs.google.com/forms
/d/1-qAB_NfJLQKh-OgsUn1XFSJMplGRbB80I4j2S-cFkIA/viewform?usp=send_form

 

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