Environmental Literacy

​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.

Kirsten Jackson, Environmental Literacy SpecialistKirsten Jackson is an Environmental Literacy Specialist for programs and instructional materials aligned to the Maryland Next Generation Science Standards and the Maryland State Environmental Literacy Standards for students in PreK - 12. She joins the Maryland State Department of Education science office from Montgomery County Public Schools where she was the Chemistry Lead Secondary Science Instructional Specialist under the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs. She taught on level, honors and IB Chemistry for over seven years with Montgomery County. As an environmental literacy specialist, she will collaborate with local school systems and external partners to support Project Green Classrooms, the Chesapeake Bay Program, and Green Ribbon Schools.

New Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards

The Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards were adopted by the Board of Education in April, 2020. The revised standards can be found in the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.04.17.01, linked here.

Programs & Organizations

Contact Information

Kirsten Jackson
Environmental Literacy Specialist
Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement and Professional Learning
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0323
Fax: 410-333-1146
Email: Kirsten.Jackson1@maryland.gov

Environmental Literacy Feature Topics

Maryland Envirothon

The Maryland Envirothon is a competitive environmental program for high school students in grades 9 – 12.  Students learn about the natural world of aquatics, forestry, soils and wildlife through various hands-on activities from resource professionals who are experts in the field.  Subsequently, students apply this knowledge to various real life situations of managing those resources.

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 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



Environmental Education Proclamation

Chespax Live Osprey Cam

Chespax Live Osprey Cam

Kids in Kayaks

BCPSS video

Watershed Report Card

HCPSS Video on Facebook