On June 8, 2017, Governor Larry Hogan signed a new Executive Order establishing Project Green Classrooms, renewing Maryland’s commitment to environmental education to ensure that every child in Maryland has the opportunity to learn about their local environment, develop a connection with nature, and have a better sense of place in their natural surroundings. The initiative will promote outdoor experiential activities and environmental education through Maryland’s schools, communities and public lands.
Mission: To mobilize resources to ensure that Maryland’s youth experience, understand, and learn to conserve the natural environment.
The initiative serves as an advisory body, working collectively across multiple disciplines and public and private sectors to identify gaps and barriers, and make recommendations to decision-makers regarding solutions that will bring about change in the areas of environmental literacy, nearby nature, and career pathways for youth. The group works to:
Project Green Classrooms is an enhanced and expanded group set to advance these priorities in new and collaborative ways. It will build on work that has developed since 2008 through the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature.
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