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
Summer teacher workshops are on the calendar; these will be held on line for summer 2020:
- Teachers on the Estuary, July 27-31. Join ESTC and partners to learn how to make your curriculum come alive by using real data collected by students and environmental science professionals.
- Elementary Science: Using Next Generation Science Standards to Investigate Our Environment, August 3-14. This professional development opportunity for elementary school (K-5) teachers connects locally relevant environmental science across the curriculum.
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.