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Programs > Environmental Programs
Model Environmental Education Programs

On April 22, 2008, Governor Martin O'Malley issued an Executive Order to establish the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature. This Executive Order called for a review of current environmental education efforts in Maryland schools, including the identification of model outdoor field and learning experiences that are integrated as part of the regular curriculum.

Because each school setting is unique, a number of possible environmental education models have emerged around the state. In addition, the focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), technology literacy, and the environmental challenges unique to Maryland have molded program offering and structures.

This index summarizes a variety of model programs as identified by Maryland School System Environmental Education Coordinators as of August 1, 2009.

Model Environmental Education Programs

Curriculum & Instruction

School System-Wide Programs   
that integrate facilities operations and maintenance with curriculum & instruction
System-wide teaching of EE within the curriculum including an annual meaningful watershed experience

St. Mary’s County Public Schools

St. Mary’s County Public Schools

 Baltimore County Public Schools

Residential Experiences at School System Outdoor & Environmental
Education Centers
Integration with Student Service Learning
Integration with Character Education

Cecil County Public Schools
Integration with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Baltimore County Public Schools

Carroll County Public Schools

Elementary, Middle, High School STEM Environmental Programs

Charles County Public Schools
Elementary and middle school students focus STEM skills on issues facing the Bay

 Maryland Summer Centers for Gifted & Talented Students

Maryland State Department of Education
Environmental Conservation & Historical Preservation
Conservation Research
Aquatic Research
                                    Environmental Studies

                                    Environmental and Historical Research
                                    (The Washington Post
Summer camp, 18th century style)

                                    Physics of Solar and Wind Power at Frostburg U.


Signature and Magnet Programs
Anne Arundel County Public Schools        
The objective of a Signature program is to offer thematic courses and co-curricular opportunities that apply classroom content to real-world situations by effectively utilizing community resources.  The program includes outdoor experiences, project learning and technology use, as well as other forms of differentiated methods of instruction. Contact: Kathi J. Heron, MBA, MSM
Signature Program Facilitator
KHeron@aacps.org 410-757-1300, ext. 275

Poolesville High School Global Ecology Studies Program
Montgomery County Public Schools

Western  School of Technology and Environmental Science
Baltimore County Public Schools
Environmental Technology Program 

Environmental Science Program

Joppatowne High School
Harford County Public Schools

Students present their work with GIS at national conference.

Extended Day Experiences

Charles County Public Schools
Thomas Stone High School
Environmental Engineering extended day experiences for high school students
Maryland Green School Award Winners
Sponsored by the Maryland Association of Environmental & Outdoor Education (MAEOE)

Individual School Programs
Examples of elementary, middle & high school programs
Map of all Maryland Green School Award winners

About the Maryland Green School Award Program


Contact Information
Gary Hedges, Science Specialist
Division of Instruction
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0323
Fax:  410-333-1146
Email:  ghedges@msde.state.md.us
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