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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. Events for educators are on the calendar:

  • May 19, Educator Webinar: Accessing and Using Data. Learn about three resources—GLOBE, WikiWatershed, and FieldScope—that will provide new context and opportunities for using data in programs and classrooms.
  • June 28-July 1, Educator Conference: Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference. Formal and nonformal educators alike will share and learn about the latest trends in climate change education. Themes include climate science, climate justice, climate workforce, and eclectic climate change education.
  • July 26-30, Educator Workshop: Teachers on the Estuary—Scientific Inquiry in the Field. Through this virtual workshop, learn how to design and conduct outdoor investigations with students about climate change and human health that could lead to student-directed action projects.
  • July 28-30, Educator Workshop: Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. This three-day virtual experience for teachers will build off the themes explored during the Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference and provide the opportunity to network locally and nationally. You'll gain the skills, tools and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas. 
  • August 3-5, Educator Workshop: Building your Climate Data Story. This three-day virtual workshop is hosted by the Maryland Department of Education in partnership with the NOAA Environmental Science Training Center and Washington College Center for Environment and Society; it is open to K-12 teachers. Teachers will create a story that connects their students’ lives to the complex topic of climate change while supporting state standards. Preference will be given to Maryland K-12 classroom teachers.

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.

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 May 17, 2021