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Environmental Education

Purpose

The purpose of Maryland's Environmental Education program is to enable students to make decisions and take actions that create and maintain an optimal relationship between themselves and the environment, and to preserve and protect the unique natural resources of Maryland, particularly those of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.


In Focus: Environmental Literacy

COMAR Regulation 13A.03.02
Beginning with students entering high school in 2011—2012, all students must complete a locally designed high school program of environmental literacy as set forth in COMAR 13A.04.17 that is approved by the State Superintendent of Schools.

Program Resources

 


What Is Environmental Education?

Environmental Education promotes environmental literacy and the development of the skills needed for life-long learning. Environmental Education refers to education efforts that increase public awareness, concern, and knowledge about environmental issues and provides the critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills needed to make informed and responsible decisions about the environment in all its complexity. Environmental Education promotes interdisciplinary integration of subject matter, problem-and issues-based learning experiences, and both cooperative and independent learning opportunities.

The Belgrade Charter, adopted by the United Nations, provides a widely accepted goal statement for Environmental Education:

The goal of environmental education is to develop a world population that is aware of, and concerned about, the environment and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations, and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.

The Tbilisi Declaration followed the Belgrade Charter and established these objectives for environmental education:

To foster clear awareness of, and concern about, economic, social, political, and ecological interdependence in urban and rural areas;

To provide every person with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment and skills needed to protect and improve the environment;

To create new patterns of behavior of individuals, groups and society as a whole towards the environment.


EE In Maryland Schools
Video
featuring Kennard Elementary School
Queen Anne's County Public Schools


Check out the new 
BayBackpack, the source for bay education resources for teachers! 
From NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Program


Teachers!  Add an Environmental Education endorsement to your teaching certificate!
Contact your School System Certification Department for details.


Nature & the Environment
Primary resources from the Library of Congress


Climate Change Kit from EPA &
Global Change Research Program.
Free, online resources for 11 biomes.


Estuaries 101
Instructional modules for high school students from NOAA.


Environmental Education



Contact Information
Gary Hedges, Science Specialist
Division of Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0323
Fax:  410-333-1146
Email:  ghedges@msde.state.md.us
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