Explore and Restore Maryland Streams

A group of children learning what microorganisms live in the stream.Join teachers and students from all around Maryland in taking action to care for Maryland’s streams. As a key part of Bay restoration, students from grades K-12 are adopting, investigating, and taking action to restore the health of their local stream. The program will introduce your students to the amazing natural features of streams right in their own communities, making rigorous learning as much fun as it is beneficial.

By investigating real-world, local environmental issues, and making informed decisions about how to affect them, schools are directly in line with Maryland’s environmental literacy graduation requirement and preK-12 environmental literacy standards. A sustained program of study that starts in the classroom and includes hands-on, outdoor investigations also helps meet STEM goals and Next Generation Science Standards, and offers opportunities to integrate environmental learning with multiple disciplines.


New Funding Available for Outdoor Learning!FY20 Grants Gateway Cover

This funding opportunity is offered primarily to support costs associated with providing outdoor learning field investigations away from school campuses for students in pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, as part of comprehensive Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) that contribute to school environmental literacy programs. School systems (districts) and partners working with schools such as local or state agencies are encouraged to apply under this outcome. Nonprofit entities such as environmental education organizations are encouraged to work in partnership with applicants (school systems or agencies). There is a minimum request of $25,000 up to a maximum of $100,000 (if your project is under $25,000 please discuss with the outcome contact). For more information and guidelines click the Outcome 4 button below.

To apply: https://dnr.maryland.gov/ccs/Pages/funding/grantsgateway.aspx

Full solicitation: https://dnr.maryland.gov/ccs/Documents/GrantsGatewayFY20Solicitation.pdf

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Explore and Restore Maryland Streams Teacher Workshops

Do you want to get your students outside​ to a local stream for some challenging and relevant science and action projects? Maryland Department of Natural Resources educators and scientists offer free one-day professional development workshops that emphasize outdoor learning to help meet a variety of education standards and current practices. Read one teacher's account. Depending on current funding, possible stipends may be available for classroom teachers attending a workshop on a day that is outside of their teaching contract obligations.

2019 Workshop Schedule

Workshops are forming now for fall 2019. Additional dates will be added. Check back throughout the summer for more fall dates.

Thursday, October 3, 2019: Tuckahoe State Park, Caroline County, 13070 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne, MD 21657 – Register HERE

If you are interested in scheduling or hosting a training for a group of educators, please contact Jennifer.Wolfe1@Maryland.gov.

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