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. Fall/winter events for educators are on the calendar:
- November 17: The Building Blocks of the Chesapeake. This webinar will highlight the importance of forage species in sustaining a healthy Bay ecosystem, and will share some ideas for bringing this information into your classroom.
- December 1: Sustainable Schools and Education. Join this webinar to learn about sustainable schools and meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs), focusing on program alignment, resources, and case studies.
- December 2, 9, 16, and January 6, 13, 20 (six sessions, each an hour and a half): Creating Virtual Field Experiences. This virtual workshop will give educators the skills they need to create immersive opportunities for exploring and investigating our environment.
- January 20: Green Infrastructure Efforts. This webinar will feature discussion of benefits and outreach for green infrastructure in underserved communities in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
- Date TBD, January/February 2021: The Green Workforce of the Future. This virtual workshop will focus on exploring opportunities to connect students to careers and emerging job skills.
- Date TBD, February 2021: Collecting, Accessing, Analyzing, and Using Environmental Data to Support Student MWEEs. Join fellow educators for a hands-on virtual workshop to explore the power of environmental data in engaging students, telling stories, creating art, and supporting student learning.
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.