• Completed Actions
    • In 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Program's Education Workgroup published An Educator's Guide to the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE). This easy-to-use manual helps teachers and non-formal educators strengthen outdoor learning and construct high-quality educational experiences for their students. The guide describes the essential elements and supporting practices of a MWEE, offers tips for designing, implementing and gaining funding and support for a MWEE, and features a comprehensive MWEE planning toolbox. The guide brings consistency and quality to the work done under the Environmental Literacy Planning, Student and Sustainable Schools outcomes.
  • Watershed-Wide Actions

    Ongoing

    • Training environmental education providers on up-to-date earth science research and topics.
    • Convening a regional conversation about the alignment of Next Generation Science Standards with Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs).
    • Evaluating the use of Bay Backpack and determining how its use might be maximized.

    January – June 2016

    • Developing system science modules that follow the 5E Instructional Model to support the teaching of middle school Common Core Math standards.

    January – June 2017

    • Disseminating information on how funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program can support after-school and summer enrichment programming related to Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs).
  • Actions in Delaware
    • Building partnerships among schools and communities. (Ongoing)
    • Building partnerships among research institutions and informal and formal educators. (Ongoing)
    • Providing access to models and training opportunities on integrating Next Generation Science Standards, Delaware Geography Standards, Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) and other learning standards. (Ongoing)
    • Aligning learning standards, furthering the construction of schoolyard habitat and the development of MWEEs, and delivering student experiences and teacher training through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s B-WET Program. (Ongoing)
    • Designing three levels of MWEEs for students and providing these levels as examples to teachers. (Ongoing)
    • Identifying and highlighting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program activities within the environmental literacy plan that promote college and career readiness. (Ongoing)
    • Distributing information on environmental literacy and MWEEs to superintendents through an electronic newsletter. (Ongoing)
    • Distributing links to resources and opportunities for funding and professional development through the Delaware Children in Nature website. (June 2016)
  • Actions in the District of Columbia
    • Providing training on Next Generation Science Standards to environmental education providers. (Ongoing)
    • Engaging students in the Anacostia Environmental Youth Summit Showcase. (Ongoing)
    • Working with school garden coordinators and farm field trip providers to integrate the concept of a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) into existing school garden and farm-to-school efforts. (March 2016)
    • Scheduling meetings with Local Education Agencies to gain buy-in around environmental literacy and MWEEs. (June 2016)
    • Identifying opportunities for MWEEs within District of Columbia Public Schools Scope and Sequence documents. (June 2016)
    • Aligning MWEEs with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Environmental Literacy Framework. (December 2016)
    • Creating opportunities for systemic, sustainable professional development opportunities on environmental education to public school teachers. (December 2016)
    • Expanding the availability of overnight MWEEs to all fifth-graders and promoting the program to ensure full participation. (December 2016)
    • Identifying academic, nongovernmental and government partners to help teachers and schools further environmental education action projects. (December 2016)
    • Designing a training program to provide tours of sustainable school buildings. (December 2016)
  • Actions in Maryland
    • Convening a series of regional meetings to plan for local, systemic environmental literacy implementation and to strengthen partnerships among formal and informal educators. (Ongoing)
    • Convening the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) conference, professional development opportunities and other actions to promote collaboration and communication. (Ongoing)
    • Developing and disseminating shared messages, information, approaches and research to improve awareness of, support for and delivery of outdoor learning. (Ongoing)
    • Centralizing and promoting the online sharing of resources among partners to improve content reach and use by educators and improve access to instructional resources, professional development opportunities, program models and research supporting environmental literacy and outdoor learning. (Ongoing)
    • Developing a plan to provide professional development on integrating environmental literacy into local curricula. (December 2016)
    • Convening a committee to examine the establishment of environmental literacy requirements for pre-service teachers. (August 2017)
    • Developing a plan to coordinate, promote and track training for non-formal environmental education providers on current learning requirements and practices and on aligning materials and programming to these requirements and practices across disciplines. (December 2017)
    • Providing students with clear information about careers in science, environment and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields and the pipeline to successfully pursue them. (December 2017)
  • Actions in Pennsylvania
    • Determining barriers to, identifying sources of funding for and providing access to professional development programs. (Ongoing)
    • Developing and distributing environmental literacy resources and professional development opportunities, with particular attention paid to the implementation of Science, Technology and Engineering and Environment and Ecology standards. (Ongoing)
    • Providing teachers, schools and Local Education Agencies with information about occupations in fields related to Science, Technology and Engineering and Environment and Ecology. (Ongoing)
    • Strengthening partnerships between school districts and providers of environmental literacy programs. (Ongoing)
    • Communicating with Local Education Agencies and teachers on a regular basis. (Ongoing)
    • Partnering with informal education providers (including after school programs) to implement programs that focus on environmental problems and solutions. (Ongoing)
    • Promoting summer educational programs. (Ongoing)
    • Promoting the Pennsylvania Envirothon. (Ongoing)
    • Facilitating the development of collaborative approaches toward environmental literacy implementation. (June 2016)
    • Enhancing and promoting databases of national and state Environment and Ecology programs and resources. (December 2017)
    • Providing workshops, training and assistance to teachers, school administrators and building managers in the implementation of Meaningful Watershed
    • Educational Experiences (MWEEs). (December 2017)
    • Developing a plan for the implementation of MWEEs in pre-service education and professional development. (December 2017)
    • Identifying and promoting funding opportunities for MWEEs. (December 2017)
    • Establishing environmental literacy recommendations for pre-service teachers. (December 2017)
    • Providing pre-service teachers with the knowledge, skills and expertise to implement recognized Environment and Ecology programs. (December 2017)
    • Promoting networks of environmental education providers. (December 2017)
    • Promoting environmental educator certification. (December 2017)
    • Maintaining annual training sessions for Pennsylvania State Park staff. (December 2017)
    • Promoting and encouraging attendance at the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators Conference. (December 2017)
  • Actions in Virginia
    • Maintaining active environmental education programs through state resource agencies (e.g., the National Fishing in Schools and Angling Education Program, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Watershed Educator Institutes and Project WET, the Virginia Department of Forestry Project Learning Tree
    • Training for Educators and Forestry Camp, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Outdoor Skills and Explore Bowhunting programs, the Virginia Resource-Use Education Council Mountains to the Bay Watershed Academies, Project WILD and Aquatic WILD, SCUTES, Trout in the Classroom, Virginia Envirothon, etc.). (Ongoing)
    • Implementing a communications plan to inform and update schools and school divisions of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, watershed education and environmental literacy efforts underway in the Commonwealth. (Ongoing)
    • Building capacity within Virginia Department of Environmental Quality regional offices to work with educators to address watershed issues. (Ongoing)
    • Providing field-based learning experiences. (Ongoing)
    • Maintaining online and in-school educational resources and curriculums. (Ongoing)
    • Distributing a statewide semi-monthly email newsletter to science and environmental education stakeholders. (Ongoing)
    • Establishing foundational competencies for effective field work-based science and environmental teaching. (October 2015)
    • Revising the science standards of learning to include environmental literacy. (January 2017)
    • Developing an environmental educator certification program. (July 2017)
  • Actions in West Virginia
    • Engaging communities in the Potomac Highlands in stormwater runoff mitigation, promoting schoolyard-based best management practices tied to Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). (June 2016)
    • Reviewing Next Generation Science Standards for correlation with MWEEs that contain rigorous science and environment-related content. (December 2017)
    • Developing and implementing professional development programs on MWEEs. (December 2017)