The NOAA Environmental Science Training Center's workshops bring the latest Chesapeake Bay science to educators. For more information on these and other workshops, including materials from the workshops, contact us.
Climate and Resilience
Education for Community Resilience—Virginia: This workshop convened regional science and policy leaders and fellow educators in a collaborative learning opportunity designed to explore the science and policy of resilience and consider how resilience is and can be integrated within education programming.
Climate Literacy—Science, Solutions, and Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences: This two-day workshop explored how educators play a critical role in supporting students’, teachers’, and the public's understanding of how climate change is influencing the human and natural systems around us. This understanding can inform decision making as well as responses to the changing climate.
Climate Education Academy: This training included both in-person and online sessions. It explored the causes and effects of a changing climate, how climate change is affecting the Chesapeake area, and solutions and stewardship activities to address these effects. Participants interacted with regional climate science experts and designed and carried out climate-focused field investigations.
Teaching Environmental Science
Teachers on the Estuary: This dynamic five-day program gave Bay middle and high school teachers resources, knowledge, and experience necessary to further integrate estuaries and related issues into the classroom. Participants explored diverse coastal environments and interacted with local scientists, community members, and coastal educators. They practiced integrating local and national monitoring data into the classroom through cross-disciplinary activities.
Ocean and Estuarine Literacy for Elementary Teachers: This three-day workshop introduced ocean and estuarine science topics in support of Next Generation Science Standards to elementary school teachers (grades K-5). Participants engaged in inquiry-based learning, field investigations, and activities that support multiple stakeholder perspectives.
Online Learning and Instructional Technologies Workshop: During this one-day professional learning opportunity, participants learned about strategies and resources for incorporating online learning and instructional technologies into environmental literacy programs. Participants discussed best practices for online learning, practiced creating content, and explored how citizen science, data visualizations, and other technologies can be incorporated into online learning.
Environmental Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards (Delaware Edition): Educators focused on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and how they connect with environmental literacy programming. Attendees experienced lessons and field-based components of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences. They heard from state and local representatives about how nonformal environmental education staff can support formal education with NGSS-aligned programming.
NOAA Science—From the Surface of the Sun to the Depths of the Ocean: Participants explored some of NOAA’s Earth system science and the phenomena NOAA scientists are working to better understand. They learned about the ways in which this global science supports understanding of phenomena in the Chesapeake region. Participants experienced interactive Earth system science presentations using NOAA’s Science on a Sphere. They learned about global phenomena and explore how the physical characteristics of the world’s oceans influence the oceans' and Chesapeake’s living resources.
Fish, Other Species, and Related Chesapeake Bay Issues
Fisheries and Communities—Perspectives, Policies, and Preservation: During the workshop, participants learned about how NOAA is working with fishing communities from biological science and management to social science and partnerships. They connected with local partners who are leveraging local knowledge and traditions to deepen their environmental education programs. Participants also heard about available resources for beginning to integrate these ideas into their own programming.
Invasive Species: Educators participated in a one-day professional learning opportunity to support the integration of invasive species topics within regional educational programming. Participants developed an understanding of the significance of invasive species in the mid-Atlantic region. They heard from local experts about the latest science on invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and participated in hands-on activities that can be incorporated into existing programming.