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NOAA Environmental Science Training Center

NOAA Environmental Science Training Center workshops give Chesapeake Bay watershed educators knowledge and tools they need.


The NOAA Environmental Science Training Center offers workshops for educators. These training sessions offer the knowledge and tools educators need to help teach today’s students, who will be tomorrow’s Bay stewards. We hold workshops at our location in Oxford, Maryland, and at partner locations around the Chesapeake watershed. 

Our workshops connect regional educators with science content from NOAA and our partners. The workshops also include how to apply this science with students in the classroom as well as in the field. This knowledge helps educators and teachers deliver meaningful watershed educational experiences. Our instructors include NOAA staff and experts from partner organizations. Topics we explore include climate change, fisheries science, and water quality. 

Upcoming Training Sessions

The Environmental Science Training Center offers a variety of training sessions. Webinars are usually about an hour long and are intended for larger audiences. Virtual workshops, also on line, are daylong or multiday opportunities that focus on themes relevant to the environmental literacy community. We're currently developing our schedule of webinars and workshops for the winter 2021-22 season; check back for details!

  • Tuesday, October 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT, join us for "Schools and Climate Resilience—Trees Are Cool!"
    Trees are the big superheroes when it comes to climate resilience—they clean the air, take up carbon, reduce stormwater impacts, and shade us during heat waves. Learn from seasoned practitioners from the Cacapon Institute, Boxerwood, and U.S. Department of Agriculture as they share practical tips for incorporating trees into your school grounds and curriculum through meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs).

We also offer courses online through Chesapeake Exploration, including:

  • MWEE 101, which offers an introduction to the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience framework and includes a sample MWEE each for elementary, middle, and high school. Continuing education credits for educators are available in some states.
  • MWEE 201, which provides more in-depth instruction on how to plan or update a MWEE. It emphasizes planning and conducting outdoor investigations as well as incorporating student voice and choice throughout the MWEE program. 
  • Next Generation Science Standards and Environmental Literacy, which provides an introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards, supporting materials for science learning, and information on how the Standards connect to environmental literacy efforts.
  • Teaching Climate Change: Climate Change Science and Storytelling, which provides a review of climate change evidence, Earth and climate system science, climate change effects on the natural and human systems, and climate change solutions. Throughout the course, participants develop a story to connect climate change to their students' lives and community.

Ask us about upcoming workshops

Past Workshops

For almost a decade, ESTC has offered multiple workshops for educators each year. These sessions have focused on new and exciting topics relevant to Chesapeake Bay science. Topics have included climate change and resilience, techniques for teaching environmental science, and the latest science on fish, other species, and related Chesapeake Bay issues. Presentations and other materials from a wealth of workshops have been archived. We'd be happy to share information and materials from past workshops with you. Contact us for more information. 

Last updated by NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office on October 18, 2021