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Environmental Education

Kids are looking at the grasses. 

​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.

Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards Review
Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is conducting a review of the state’s Environmental Literacy Standards. There are eight standards describing what students should know and be able to do as part of becoming an environmentally literate graduate of Maryland Public Schools.

You are invited to share your thoughts and recommendations.  Your feedback will help guide MSDE’s review of the Environmental Literacy Standards.


Bay Backpack

Chesapeake Bay Program

Chesapeake Bay Trust

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

Project Green Classrooms

Contact Information
Donna Balado
Environmental Literacy Specialist, Science
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: donna.balado@maryland.gov

Environmental Literary Feature Topics
World Future Council Silver Award 2015
Maryland was recognized for becoming the first to require students to be environmentally literate as a high school graduation requirement.

Watershed Protection
Watershed Report Card
Students from Howard County high schools spent a year collecting and analyzing samples from watershed areas near their schools and throughout Howard County, and their research is the foundation of a published watershed report card for the region.

Explore and Restore Maryland Streams (DNR)
A sustained program of study that starts in the classroom and includes hands-on, outdoor investigations also helps meet STEM goals and Next Generation Science Standards, and offers opportunities to integrate environmental learning with multiple disciplines.

LEA E-Lit Program Highlights

Greening Schools



Chespax Live Osprey Cam
Chespax Live Osprey Cam

Kids in Kayaks
BCPSS video

Watershed Report Card
HCPSS Video on Facebook