Bay to Bay: A multidisciplinary watershed investigation across the Delmarva Peninsula
Already teaching watersheds in your curriculum? Interested in teaching about watersheds?
Please join us for the 2015 Bay-to-Bay teacher professional development workshop, July 12-17. Beginning in at the Virden Conference Center on the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, DE, we will become familiar with general watershed topics and the project. The next morning we will trek across the Delmarva Peninsula, to Poplar Island, MD, a Chesapeake Bay island restored using dredge material. From there, we make our way back to Lewes over the next three days exploring some of the peninsula's best environmental education centers and resources. During the transect, participants will obtain valueable content, classroom resources, and confidence in teaching watershed topics and conducting Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) with their students.
The goal is to learn more about our Chesapeake and Delaware Bay watersheds, how we use them to build our economy and way of life, and the steps we are taking to protect and restore their health.
Transect transportation, meals, overnight accomodations, and classroom resources are provided.
Participation is limited to 16 middle school science teachers. Teachers from Delmar, Laurel, Seaford, and Woodbridge School Districts will be given first preference, followed by teachers from Cape Henlopen, Indian River, Talbot County, and Caroline County school systems. If space is still available, middle school teachers from the remaining LEAs in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, and upper elementary and high school teachers from the above LEAs will be considered.
You can read about the 2014 Bay to Bay academy via the project blog and Twitter hashtag #BWETb2b. Be sure to following along in 2015 too!
This project is funded by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office Bay Watershed Education and Training (BWET) program and is coordinated by Delaware Sea Grant and the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Partners include the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, Maryland Environmental Service, Maryland Sea Grant, NOAA, The Nature Conservancy, Cape Henlopen State Park, and others.
For more information, please contact Marine Education Specialist, Christopher Petrone, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-645-4308.