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. Workshops, many of which are also on line, are daylong or multiday opportunities that focus on themes relevant to the environmental literacy community. Here are our upcoming sessions:
- December 14, 2022, 12 noon–1 p.m. EST, MWEE Webinar: Howard Howard County Conservancy’s Climate kNOWledge. Join us to check out an innovative climate change and climate justice education program with Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences that engages every sixth-grade student and science teacher in Howard County (Maryland) Public Schools in current climate science, action, and solutions.
- January 25, 2023, 12 noon–1 p.m. EST, MWEE Webinar: The Essentials of Elementary MWEEs.
Join ShoreRivers on Maryland's Eastern Shore to hear about how they have partnered with their teachers to create an interdisciplinary MWEE around the endangered Atlantic sturgeon.
February 22, 2023, 11 a.m.–12 noon EST; MWEE Webinar: VCU BEST in Bay Watersheds: Examining the Role Bivalves Play in Sustaining Local Watershed Ecosystems. Come join us as we share two modules that engage secondary students in the impact and importance of bivalves in their ecosystems.
- February 23–March 2, 2023, Workshop: Making Connections: Pennsylvania STEELS Standards and the MWEE Professional Development. Join colleagues from across Pennsylvania to engage with the new standards and explore connections to the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE).
- March 22, 2023, 11 a.m.–12 noon EST; MWEE Webinar: Shared Waters: An Upstream, Downstream MWEE Partnership. The shared waters project embraces the idea of teaching students to be good watershed neighbors.
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.
For almost a decade, the Center 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.