Friday, December 10, 2010

Grant oppertunity

A new grant funding opportunity for farm to school/school garden programs…. ERS wants to get the word out about a opportunity for funding research on the nutrition impacts of Farm to School and School Garden programs from the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (letter of intent due Jan 15, 2011).

on line EE courses

Environmental Education Online Courses offered through the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Register now for spring online courses for environmental educators! Registration deadline is January, 13th.

* Fundamentals of EE: January 27 – April 22
* Making EE Relevant for Culturally Diverse Audiences: January 27 – April 22
* Applied EE Program Evaluation: January 27 – April 29
* NEW COURSE! Needs Assessment in EE and Interpretation: January 27 – March 11

Looking ahead to summer…Summer 2011 course offerings:

* Making EE Relevant for Culturally Diverse Audiences: June 1 – August 26 (tentative)
* Fundamentals of Environmental Education: June 1 – August 26 (tentative)

Project Blue Planet Contest at the National Zoo

The National Zoo wants you to know about its new contest, Project Blue Planet. It's a national effort to encourage students to encourage sustainable practices in their schools or communities.
Help your middle school earn a “Seal” of Approval. One lucky group will win an exclusive look at the Zoo’s new seal and sea lion exhibit!

It’s easy to feel small in the face of large environmental problems, especially now with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but kids can make a huge difference. How? By starting an eco-team to educate classmates and inspire them to take action for marine life.

This new contest challenges kids nationwide to get their schools and communities involved to improve the environment for marine life. A healthy planet starts in your school (and school yard) even for people who live far from the ocean. We will provide the tools you need to get started, and National Zoo Green Team members will be on hand to help you along the way.

Depending on your school’s environmental priorities, there are four ways you can achieve a “Seal” of Approval. Form your team and follow easy instructions that will help you reduce waste, improve energy use, and create healthier environment for students and local wildlife.

Register now and start your project!

Keep in mind that once your project is complete, you will need to submit the following:

* Research on at least one marine species, showing how your project benefits sea life
* Description of how the project educates others
* Documentation of up to ten photos and/or a link to a video (five minutes maximum) showing the project from beginning to completion
* To be eligible, projects must begin after September 1, 2010 and end by April 30, 2011 Winners will be announced in June 2011.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hey teachers, administrator, class mom's - your help is needed!

Information needed for an article regarding the ways that schools and communities integrate art into their school yard habitats and gardens. If you would like to share innovative ways that your institution has integrated art, please email

Green Happy Hour!

Green Ambassador’s Greentini A Happy Hour Celebrating “Green Goodness”
You are invited to celebrate “green goodness” with the Green Ambassador, in toasting businesses, private corporations, organizations, legislators and elected officials that are leading Maryland’s Green Pathways. Featured Green Venue Fells Point Arcos Restaurante 129 South Broadway 96% reused, restored, recycled construction 12/7/2010 (5p-8p)

Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange program for Education for Sustainable Development

The 2011 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD will provide up to 48 U.S. teachers and administrators with the opportunity to travel to a three-day conference in the U.S. and to Japan for two weeks to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. ESD is “a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth’s natural resources,” according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Up to 48 educators from Japan will travel to the United States in late April, and up to 48 educators from the U.S. will travel to Japan in late June. At the end of the program in each country, all 96 educators will gather for a few days of joint collaboration. For more information about the program, or to access the online application, please visit our website at The application deadline is January 6, 2011.

Thank you in advance for your assistance promoting this program. Please do not hesitate to contact us at or 888-527-2636 if you have any questions.

Kind Regards, Susan Gundersen & Erin WatariJapan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD

Institute of International Education1400 K Street NW, Suite 650Washington, DC 20005Tel 888-527-2636Fax 202-326-7672

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Upcomming Green School Committee Meeting - JOIN US!!!

Interested in Maryland Green Schools? Come to the next Maryland Green School Committee and Youth Summit Plannning Meeting!

November 24 at MAEOE Headquearters in Jessup beginning at 4pm. Email: with questions or for more information.

Friday, November 19, 2010

MAEOE Welcomes Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers, Maurie Kathan and William Mahoney as Maryland Green School Organizers

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)

Welcomes Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers, Maurie Kathan and William Mahoney as Maryland Green School Organizers

Maurie Kathan and William Mahoney are two of the sixteen young adults which comprise the inaugural class of Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers. Modeled after the Peace Corps and Americorps programs, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers are paired with watershed groups, non-profit organizations and government agencies for one year to work on a variety of programs – all with the singular goal of restoring the health and balance of the Chesapeake Bay.

“These Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers are future leaders. However, rather than the future being, well, in the future, for these young, bright, committed emerging leaders – the future is now” stated Bronwyn Mitchell, MAEOE Executive Director.

In its charter volunteers will be focusing their time and talents on restoration and environmental education – specifically increasing the number of Maryland Green Schools. Though the growth of Maryland Green Schools has been significant, the growth is uneven. Both William and Maurie will be helping to grow Maryland Green Schools in areas of the state where the number of Maryland Green Schools is lagging. Maurie will be working out of MAEOE Headquarters in Jessup focusing on the central, north and western parts of the state while William, working with Maryland Coastal Bays Program will be focused on the Eastern Shore.

When asked what motivated her to apply to the program, Maurie explained, “As a student in Montgomery County Public Schools, I received a strong Bay ecology education. In fourth grade part of the curriculum involved monitoring our local stream, the Little Falls Branch. It was thrilling to hunt through the net and find crayfish and many other micro and macro organisms. Unfortunately, over the past 15 years because of problems associated with stormwater runoff and sewage overflow, the creek has died. Working as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer with MAEOE’s Maryland Green School Program, I hope to effect change and bring back an environment where fourth graders living on the edge of Washington DC can find crayfish in their local stream.”

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Carroll County Youth Service Bureau Seeks Adventure Diversion Program Coordinator

Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree; Background/Knowledge of Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning; Experience working with youth; Criminal Background Check prior to employment.Hours/Salary: 32-40 hours/week; 3 evenings and 1 Saturday/month required.Salary commensurate with experience; benefits included.Program Description: The Adventure Diversion Program (“ADP”) operates on the principle that given the opportunity and expectation to succeed – youth will work together to make a positive impact on the world around them. ADP’s goal is to provide positive events in youths’ lives to help them grow as individuals, work as a team, develop leadership skills and learn an appreciation for the outdoors through activities like hiking, canoeing, rock climbing and nature exploration. Youth are taught the skills for these activities through a model that blends practical knowledge with team building exercises designed to challenge youth to develop new ways to respond to relationships, stressors and responsibility. The targeted population is adolescent at-risk youth involved with the Department of Juvenile Services. ADP is designated as a Best Practice by the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention for the Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders.Responsibilities of Position:Develop and implement curriculum of core subjects and activities related to outdoor recreation activities.Teach team-building, conflict resolution and pro-social skills to youth. Provide structured activities and direct supervision for at-risk youth three nights/week and one weekend/month (day trips and 2 overnights/year).Complete intake interviews, documentation, manage data, and assist with reporting of outcomes. Collaborate with relevant community stakeholders. Please email, mail or fax cover letter, resume, and references (3) by 12/10/10 to:Joyce Agatone, LCSW-C, Program DirectorCarroll County Youth Service Bureau59 Kate Wagner Rd, Westminster, MD Fax: 443.244.8840

Alice Ferguson Foundation Seeks Bridging the Watershed Technology Educator

POSITION SUMMARY: The BTW technology educator facilitates day-long, curriculum-based field studies to middle and high schools students in an outdoor setting at national parks in the Potomac watershed. The position also includes contacting teachers, pre- and post-field study classroom visits, data recording and reporting. The technology educator will also be responsible for assisting in implementation of educational technologies to the BTW program, including managing field data collection tools,

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Bridging the Watershed (BTW) is an outreach program of the Alice Ferguson Foundation in partnership with the National Capital Region of the National Park Service and area schools. BTW’s mission is to provide personally meaningful educational experiences that connect students to their place in the natural and cultural world. The uniqueness of learning through national parks in the Potomac River watershed inspires lifelong civic responsibility. More information about Bridging the Watershed can be found at


1. Assists in planning and presenting field studies in national and state parks
2. Provides pre-and/or post-field experiences in school classrooms
3. Attend meetings at schools, parks, etc.
4. Maintains program records (e.g., field study reports, updates)
5. Communicates with BTW partners
6. Provides additional support to BTW program (equipment management, contributions to e-newsletter, teacher and ranger training, other duties as assigned) and to AFF


1. Bachelor’s degree in science (i.e., environmental science, biology, natural resources) or education with major in science
2. Experience working in the out-of-doors
3. At least 1 year experience presenting education programs, preferably to high school students
4. Exhibits understanding of inquiry-based science
5. Experience working with adolescents
6. Dynamic presentation skills
7. Excellent communication skills
8. Good computer skills (e.g., PC/Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Excel)
9. GIS and spatial analysis proficiency a plus
10. Experience or demonstrated ability to implement new technology
11. Good organization and problem-solving skills
12. Reliable, responsible, able to work independently and as part of a team, and able to problem solve creatively


The BTW educator position requires the use of a personal vehicle for commuting to meetings, field studies, etc.

To apply, email cover letter and resume to

2011 Farm Manager Interns

Sligo Creek Farm seeks 2011 Farm Manager Interns
Brookeville, Maryland (near Gaithersburg) grows certified organic fruits and vegetables 12 acres of land owned by Our House, a residential youth home that serves young men ages 16-21. Sligo Creek and Our House work in partnership with each other, and Farm Manager interns have a major role in overseeing daily operations as well as working with youth in the gardens.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More Awards and Grants

ACE Action Grants

The Alliance for Climate Education offers Action Grants to help teams take on their next carbon-reducing, awareness-raising project. The deadline for application is November 12, 2010.

Coleopterists Society Youth Incentive Award

The Coleopterists Society, an international organization of professionals and hobbyists interested in the study of beetles, has established a program to recognize young people in grades 7-12 studying beetles. The deadline for application is November 15, 2010.

Coral Reef Conservation Funds

NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, in cooperation with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, offers this grant competition for coral reef conservation projects proposed by domestic and international applicants. See the RFP announcement for full details, including a description of the funding categories. The deadline for pre-proposals is December 15, 2010. A webinar on December 1, 2010 will discuss the priorities identified in the RFP and describe how to write a competitive application.

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund was established to promote wildlife conservation around the world through partnerships with scientists, educators, and organizations committed to preserving Earth's biodiversity. Applying organizations must have U.S. nonprofit status; international NGOs can apply in partnership with a U.S. organization. Funded projects should clearly contribute to the conservation of endangered or threatened species and their habitats. The application deadline for approved inquiries and previous grantees is January 25, 2011.

Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching

This award from the American Geological Institute is designed to recognize one teacher of grades K-8 for his or her leadership and innovation in Earth science education. The deadline for application is January 5, 2011.

EPA Greater Research Opportunities Fellowships

The EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study offers fellowships for students in the environmental fields of study. The deadline for applications is December 9, 2010.

FilterForGood Eco-Challenge

Brita’s FilterForGood Eco-Challenge grant offers grants to turn green ideas into action. Proposed programs should be action-based or aim to create tangible results toward producing a more sustainable environment. Each entry will be evaluated on creativity, environmental benefit, educational impact, and best use of time and budget. The deadline for application is November 19, 2010.

Find Your Footprint Contest

Learn more about your environmental footprint and how you can make a difference at the P&G Future Friendly Find Your Footprint contest. Classrooms can come up with an idea how their school could save water, reduce waste, or save energy. The deadline for entry is December 3, 2010.

Fisheries Innovation Fund

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Fisheries Innovation Fund is a grant program to support sustainable fisheries in the U.S. by fostering innovation and supporting effective participation of fishermen and fishing communities in the design and implementation of catch-share fisheries. The deadline for application is November 30, 2010.

Fulbright NEXUS Regional Program for the Western Hemisphere

The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program will bring together a network of junior scholars, professionals, and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations for series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience. Scholars will spend up to one year engaged in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving, and multi-disciplinary research in one of three inter-related topics of regional significance: science, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainable energy. The deadline for application is November 15, 2010.

Get to Know Contest

The Get to Know Contest is an invitation for youth (age 18 and younger) to go outside, to a zoo, aquarium, or museum; to "get to know" their wild neighbors; and then to share their experience with the world by creating an original work of art, photography, videography, or writing. The 2010 contest theme is Celebrating Biodiversity, with a new video category of This is my Forest. The deadline for entry is November 30, 2010.

Grant Calendar

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Grant Calendar highlights the latest funding opportunities for forest-related issues within western Washington, as well as nationally. These issues include global climate change, habitat restoration, open space conservation, historical preservation, environmental education, and urban community outreach. Check the opportunities out by name or date due.

Gulf Guardian Awards

The Gulf of Mexico Program is accepting nominations for the 2011 Gulf Guardian Awards. Awards are given for positive steps to keep the gulf healthy, beautiful, and productive. The deadline for nomination is May 15, 2011.

Joint Fire Science Program Funding

The Joint Fire Science Program is a partnership of six federal wildland management and research agencies with a need to address problems associated with managing wildland fuels, fires, and fire-impacted ecosystems and offers funding for scientific studies. The deadline for application is November 19, 2010. See the website for complete details.

Kenton Miller Award

The Kenton R. Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Management nominees are identified and proposed by individuals related to protected areas management, education, or science for innovation in any combination of the following categories: Communications; Planning and Management; Finance and Economics; Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation; Learning and Capacity Building; and, Governance. The deadline for nominations is November 30, 2010.

Marine Protected Areas Partnership Fund Pre-Proposals

The NOAA MPA Center and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have established an MPA Partnership Fund to foster collaborative conservation among MPA agencies through joint stewardship, science, and outreach projects. Pre-proposals are due November 19, 2010. Non-federal MPA agencies and partners are eligible to apply.

Maritime Spatial Planning in Cartoon Format

WWF Germany has published a cartoon guide to implementing maritime spatial planning (MSP) in the Baltic Sea, titled Become a Maritime Spatialist in 10 Minutes. The 28- page guide uses drawings, humor, and limited text to explain what MSP is, why it is needed, and what a Baltic sea zoning plan could look like. It is designed to be easily understood by a range of audiences, and is available in multiple languages, including English and German. The guide is downloadable.

National Recreation Trails Photo Contest

American Trails sponsors an annual contest for photographs of National Recreation Trails across the country. The categories are trail use, management, and features, along with artistic merit. They are looking for photos of trail users as well as special facilities, art on the trails, management issues, construction, and volunteers. The entry deadline is December 15, 2010.

National Wetlands Awards

The Environmental Law Institute offers the National Wetlands Awards Program, celebrating individuals who have demonstrated dedication, innovation, or excellence in wetlands conservation. The awards are given in six categories: Education and Outreach; Science Research; Conservation and Restoration; Landowner Stewardship; State, Tribal, and Local Program Development; and Wetland Community Leader. The deadline for nomination is December 15, 2010.

NSTA Teacher Awards

The National Science Teachers Association sponsors numerous awards for educators. Check the website for complete details of all the awards. The deadline for application for most is November 30, 2010.

Open Rivers Initiative

The NOAA Restoration Center offers the Open Rivers Initiative, providing technical expertise and financial assistance to remove dams and barriers and restore habitat for species that migrate between the ocean and the nation's freshwater rivers and streams. The deadline for application is November 17, 2010.

P3 Design Competition

The EPA is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The deadline for application is December 22, 2010.

President's Environmental Youth Awards

Sponsored by the EPA, the President's Environmental Youth Awards program recognizes young people for projects which demonstrate their commitment to the environment. The program is available to individuals, classes, and youth groups. Awards are presented in each of the EPA regions, and one project from each region is presented with a national award. Regional applications are due by December 31, 2009.

Spirit of Innovation Awards

The Spirit of Innovation Awards Program challenges teams of high school students (ages 13-18) to solve real world problems by creating products using science, technology, and entrepreneurship. The competition encourages students to develop new products that can be introduced to the marketplace. The 2011 competition challenges students to develop new ideas in the areas of aerospace exploration, renewable energy, and cyber security. The deadline for submission is December 17, 2010.

State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant

The State Farm Companies Foundation offers grants, available through Youth Service America, for teachers, youth, and school-based service-learning coordinators to implement service-learning projects for Global Youth Service Day April 15-17, 2011. Eligible programs will engage youth in service-learning, an effective teaching and learning strategy that promotes student learning, academic achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities. Hurry - the deadline for application is November 9, 2010.

UPS Foundation Grants

The UPS Foundation is offering rural teachers match funding for classroom projects that will have students study about, explore, or clean up the planet. The deadline for application is November 12, 2010.

Walmart Store and Sam's Club Giving Programs

The Walmart Foundation supports charitable organizations through its Walmart Store and Sam’s Club Giving Programs. The deadline for application is December 31, 2010.

CBT Teacher of the Year Award, Student of the Year Award & Student Scholarships!!!

The Honorable Arthur Dorman Scholarship
$5,000 scholarship to an outstanding minority student in Maryland
Deadline: Monday, November 22, 2010

This Arthur Dorman Scholarship is awarded to a Maryland high school or college student who shows an exemplary commitment to improving the environment of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Dorman Scholars are minority students who also exhibit leadership in promoting diversity, inclusion, and tolerance for individuals of all backgrounds. Teachers, community leaders, and organizational partners are asked to identify eligible candidates and encourage them to apply. You can access the complete eligibility requirements and apply online here.

Student of the Year Award
$5,000 scholarship to an outstanding student in Maryland
Deadline: Monday, January 3, 2011

The Trust's Student of the Year Scholarship recognizes a Maryland high school or college student who has shown an outstanding commitment to environmental stewardship, Chesapeake Bay restoration and community involvement. Successful applicants will demonstrate how they motivate and inspire others by promoting environmental awareness throughout their school and community. Teachers, community leaders, and organizational partners are asked to identify eligible candidates and encourage them to apply. You can access the complete eligibility requirements and apply online here.

Teacher of the Year Award
$2,500 award to an outstanding educator in Maryland
Deadline: Monday, January 3, 2011

The Chesapeake Bay Trust's Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a Maryland educator who has shown an outstanding commitment to environmental education. The winning applicant will receive a $2,500 cash prize as well as (up to) a $5,000 mini grant to the winner's school for additional restoration projects and educational outreach. You can access the complete eligibility requirements and apply online here.


For more information on the Trust's award program, eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit or contact Molly Alton Mullins at 410-974-2941, Ext. 107. The application process can be completely quickly and conveniently online and winners will be announced during the Trust's Legislative Reception in January. Thank you and good luck!

Chesapeake Bay Trust
60 West Street, Suite 405, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone 410.974.2941 | Contact Us |

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Student Video Contest from NatGeo!!!

Students can make a video about the environment using NatGeo clips and photos. Deadline is November 15th!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

MAEOE seeks new Executive Director

Bronwyn has decided to move on – heading home to New Orleans (all are welcome to visit). Please help MAEOE find a good leader.

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)

Jessup, Maryland

Annual Salary Range: $45,000-50,000

Anticipated Start Date: February 10, 2011


The current board structure allows for up to 21 sitting directors. They are elected by fellow board members and have no set term limits. The board meets in alternate months. Like many nonprofits of similar size and history, the MAEOE Board is rapidly evolving from a founder’s mentality to a professional Board. Ultimately the Board reports to the membership of MAEOE. The Board of Directors has the following committee structure:

· Executive Committee: Out-going President, Board President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and 2 Members At Large

· Conference

· Maryland Green Schools

· Schoolyard Habitat

· EE Certification

· Communications

· Membership

· Research

· Ad hoc committees currently focus on by-laws


The next Executive Director of MAEOE will have an opportunity to take the helm of a vibrant, growing, respected organization and lead it to the next level. We seek an individual with proven leadership skills who can continue to grow and strengthen the organization. The new ED will lead a collaborative, high functioning team in fulfilling MAEOE’s mission. We seek a passionate individual who can embody and effectively communicate the importance of the organization’s work.

The successful candidate must be a team leader and have experience managing and mentoring a staff of at least 2 direct reports. It is imperative that this person has financial management skills required to manage a budget of $400,000. The next Executive Director of MAEOE will possess excellent communication skills, fundraising acumen, personnel management experience, familiarity with environmental education policy issues, the ability to conduct all aspects of a growing business, knowledge of non-profits, team-building expertise, flexibility, a willingness to work long hours and a dedication to the mission.

The organization is coming to the close of its current strategic plan. The new executive director will collaborate with the Board and staff to implement a new strategic plan in 2011. The next set of milestones in the areas of membership, fundraising, programs and staff development will be the charge of the incoming Executive Director. The ED reports to the Board President, currently Elena Takaki, and the Executive Committee. The ED must be comfortable taking policy direction from and working with a group of diverse backgrounds and concerns. This is an active Board and the ED must foster a strong working relationship with Board Members. The ED provides essential input to the Board of Directors as a catalyst for new ideas and ways in which the organization can achieve its mission and ultimately fulfill its obligation to its members and the environmental education community. Specific duties include:

Staff Management

The new ED must be a calm and steady leader, grounded by a deep passion for the mission of MAEOE. The ED promotes an attitude of high energy and excellent teamwork in a collaborative and mutually supportive and respectful environment. The ED supervises and coordinates the duties and actions of the professional staff. Currently the ED has three direct reports: Maryland Green School Coordinator, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer and the bookkeeper. During the summer months, MAEOE hosts high school volunteers. The ED leads by example and fosters excellent communication within the staff. She/he serves as a mentor and inspiring leader, guiding a seasoned staff poised for additional responsibility and career growth.

· Ensure staff performs its job responsibilities and meets goals and deadlines, by supporting and facilitating the work of each program area.

· Work with and mentor staff to identify strengths, provide training, develop skills and increase responsibility and ownership of projects.

· Assume responsibility for all staffing decisions.

· Assure that performance goals are in place for all staff members Provide annual performance and salary reviews for all direct reports.

· Empower staff to make decisions in their respective areas.

· Maintain human resource employee files.

· Contribute to solutions through creative problem-solving skills.

· Act as the primary point of contact between the staff and Board.

Board of Directors

· Provide monthly updates on the status of all components of the organization to the Executive Committee

· Assist and advise the Board of Directors with policy issues, debate and decisions.

· Present and advocate for operational and staffing decisions at Board meetings and Executive Committee meetings.

· Assist in the work of Board committees.

· Inform the Board of any issues through periodic updates.

· Develop task forces or ad-hoc committees as needed on special issues and projects.

Development and Membership

· Work with staff and board to develop a diversified revenue base, strengthen relationships with key donors and funders, and increase MAEOE’s membership.

· Assist in the creation of a long-term fundraising plan.

· Maintain a portfolio of major donor prospects. Lead and participate in face-to-face solicitation meetings.

· Build relationships with major donors by participating in events and activities.

· Reach out to and develop additional corporate partnerships.

· Manage and develop existing and future foundation collaborations.

Long Term Strategic Planning

· Collaborate with the Board and staff in development of strategic vision.

· Work with the Board to facilitate annual updates of the strategic plan.

· Align the annual budget with the Strategic Plan.

· Anticipate and position the MAEOE for strategic changes.

· Recognize emerging issues and position the MAEOE to effectively respond to them.


· Oversee all financial matters of MAEOE.

· Assure long-term financial viability and implement long-term financial strategy in conjunction with the Board and its officers.

· Create and manage the annual budget.

· Assure implementation of appropriate financial controls.

· Assure proper cash management procedures.

· Provide regular reports to the Treasurer and Board President.

· Facilitate the annual audit/review as required.

· Oversee the management of contracts and related insurance

Policy and Partnerships

· Represent MAEOE and environmental education interests within the greater environmental and political landscape.

· Work with advocacy staff and board committee to develop and promote MAEOE positions on policy issues that affect environmental educators.

· Build relationships and create partnerships influencing the directions of policy that impacts environmental educators.

· Maintain executive level contacts with EE policy makers including


· Prepare press releases

· Manage professional development calendar

· Regularly update website

· Manage MAEOE Facebook and Link’d IN presence

· Field calls and email inquiries

· Prepare annual report


The ED will be compensated with a base salary commensurate with experience and expertise and will participate in the MAEOE benefits plan. Salary Range: $45,000-50,000


The ED will work out of the MAEOE offices located within the ENVIRO CENTER at 7761 Waterloo Rd, Jessup, MD 20794 (near Columbia)

Email cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Elena Takaki, MAEOE Board President at (preferred) or mail to:

7761 Waterloo Rd

Jessup, MD 20794



On Tuesday October 26, 2010 the Maryland State Board of Education voted unanimously to publish the final language for an environmental literacy high school graduation requirement so that it appears in the COMAR regulation (13A.03.02 ) that summarizes high school graduation requirements! In November (date TBD), MSDE will open a 30 day public comment period, followed by a final vote on the environmental literacy graduation requirement at their January 2011 state board meeting. This is a huge step toward ensuring that our high school graduates are environmentally literate. We are thrilled with this development and applaud the state board members for their visionary action. We will be contacting you as soon as we have more information on the specific language and the opening date of the comment period (anticipated for late November), and will once again be asking for your supportive comments during this critical last step toward a historic decision. In the meantime, celebrate & share the good news!

Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Seeks Communications Outreach Coordinator

SGP seeks to hire a qualified candidate for the position of Communications & Outreach Coordinator. This position will play an important role in advocating for environmental stewardship to protect the natural resources of the Susquehanna River and its tributaries. Focus areas include: web content creation and management, newsletter production, publicity, email outreach to constituents, constituent relationship management, volunteer and member recruitment, coordinating and staffing of outreach events, and fund raising.


Report to the Partnership’s Program Director and work closely with the rest of the staff in communicating about the organization’s mission, educational and technical assistance programs, awards, and grants.

Assist Program Director in developing an effective membership and volunteer recruitment program.

Work with Partnership staff, organizational partners, and external consultants to maintain schedule for print, email, and web communications.

Draft press releases, conduct media outreach and track press coverage.

Consolidate and maintain Partnership’s media and stakeholder contact database.

Manage and update Partnership’s web and social media sites.

Compose print materials, including brochures, fact sheets, annual report, and fund raising appeals.

Coordinate composition and distribution of monthly e-newsletter.

Serve as staff photographer and develop and maintain photo library of Partnership activities for outreach and promotional purposes.

Work with staff to identify, frame, and create profiles of exemplary greenway projects and community stewardship efforts.

Assist with coordination and execution of press, outreach, and fund-raising events.

Act as Partnership representative at outreach events statewide.

Skills and Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree, communications, marketing, or related field.

1-3 years professional work experience in communications.

Knowledge of environment, sustainability, and community engagement issues desired.

Strong skills in writing, graphic design, media outreach, and web content production and management.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with deadlines.

Experience with web and email communications tools required; experience with new media technologies, such as blogs and online social marketing strongly preferred.

High-energy, positive, “can‐do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative required.

Strong organizational skills and ability to keep up‐to‐date records.

Strong computer literacy is essential: MS Office; Access (or similar database); Adobe (Photoshop); familiarity with website content management systems.

Experience with IT troubleshooting, photography, and videography preferred.

Some travel required, with some weekend hours.

Compensation: 35,000 - $40,000 depending on experience. This is a one-year contract position with excellent opportunities for renewal as a full-time employee with benefits.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2010

To Apply, please submit: Please email cover letter, resume, and short writing samples (preferably communications and/or PR-related related rather than academic) to and include “Communications and Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line of the email.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

26th Annual MAEOE Confrence Registration is OPEN!!!!

Early Bird Registration is now open for the 26th annual MAEOE Conference scheduled for February 10-13, 2011 at the UMUC Marriott Inn and Conference Center near College Park, MD. REGISTER EARLY AND REGISTER OFTEN. This is the largest state EE conference in the nation and the only one of its kind in Maryland. Prepare t...o have your Capacity Built, your Knowledge Increased, your Network Expanded, your Professional Developed??? Questions? Contact Daisy at the Conference Hotline (443) 733-1220 or

Community Supported Apiary -CSA- 2011 Memberships now available

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CSA Membership Share is $45.00
One CSA Share is one pound B’More Hon E Micro-Local Honey for 2011 A limited number of 2011 CSA Membership shares are available.
Make check out to: Baltimore Honey
Mail check to: 2054 Druid Park Drive
Baltimore Maryland 21211
Fostering Local Honeybee Pollination for Food Security
MD State Fair Blue Ribbon Honey Award

Monday, October 18, 2010

Visit Cuba!!!

Cuba Exchange and Global Exchange Reality Tours invites you to join us on this very special tour for environmentalists and environmental educators in Environmental and Sustainable Development fields: Environmental Education in CUBA February 12 - 20, 2011 Cuba's nation-wide community and school-based environmental programs have been internationally praised for over two decades. In 2006, the World Wildlife Foundation declared Cuba to be the only nation living sustainably due to its high Quality of Life indices and low Carbon Footprint. Travel with us and meet the policy makers and practitioners who make it happen!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)& Organic Landcare Free Training

11/4/2010 Sponsors: The IPM in Health Care Facilities and Community Outreach Project, Md Pesticide Network. Training on technical aspects of least-toxic structural IPM and natural landscape management that minimize health and env impacts while achieving... enhanced pest management.
Register by October 20 or 410-605-0095


Manages the operation of Hashawha Environmental Center, a residential center which can accommodate up to 180 people and Bear Branch Nature Center. A Carroll County Gov't job app is required for this position and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. 11/5/10. contact or call (410) 386-2020 to request an employment application.

Help Urge EPA to Boost the Budget for Environmental Education - Sign on to letter

Dear Colleagues, We are writing to request your organization’s signature and support in urging the Administration to increase funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Education from the President’s FY 2011 funding level of $9M to $14M in FY 2012. As you know, environmental education is increasingly critical as our nation moves towards a clean energy economy and addresses the challenges of global climate change. While the benefits of and bi-partisan support for environmental education are well documented and continue to grow, the overall level of federal support for environmental education is woefully inadequate at EPA. Although we appreciate the inclusion of environmental education in the President’s FY 2010 and FY 2011 budget at $9M for the first time in several years; there is an overwhelming need to increase funding levels to $14M for 2012. Please email me with your NAME, TITLE, ORGANIZATION, and STATE if you are not a national organization to sign on to the attached letter. The DEADLINE to sign-on is Wednesday 10/13/10. Thank you in advance for your support. Best,Danielle Moodie-Mills Danielle A. Moodie-Mills Senior Manager Environmental Education Campaigns National Wildlife Federation National Advocacy Center 901 E Street NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20004 P

Thursday, October 7, 2010

National aquarium job

Job Description:
The National Aquarium is looking for an Education Specialist Youth Programs to teach, lead and help develop a variety of after-school and summer programs for youth inside and outside the Aquarium. This position supervises and mentors students during all phases of the programs.

Responsibilities of this position include helping to select youth for the programs, scheduling students and programs and teaching the youth programs which help youth pursue interests in science and conservation. This position also assists with the college internship program and works with community and visitor programs.

Required Skills/Experience:
A Bachelor's degree in science, education, youth development or related field along with 2 years experience working with youth is required. Some extended days and weekend work is required. Computer literacy, CPR certification and an understanding of the principles of youth development are desired.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Enter the It's Academic Reusable Bag Design Contest!

It's Academic is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and in honor of this landmark event, Giant is sponsoring a reusable bag design contest! The contest is open to high school students in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The winning entry will be printed on reusable bags and will be used at upcoming It's Academic events.

Plus! Reusable bags printed with the winning design will be also be sold at Giant stores to benefit Giant's A+ School Rewards program, which has been helping support area schools for 20 years!

The Guinness Book of World Records notes It's Academic as the longest running television quiz show in the world. Each year, hundreds of high school students compete on the program, answering questions about history, literature, science, math, religion, mythology, sports and current events.

Enter your design today, and you could be a part of the It's Academic long, illustrious history.

NOAA teacher at Sea Application due 11/30/10

Please direct questions to Elizabeth McMahon (

Apply at

If so, we encourage you to explore the opportunities offered by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Teacher at Sea program, now accepting applications until NOVEMBER 30, 2010.

The mission of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program is to give teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and to increase their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience.

Since 1990, NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program has enabled nearly 600 teachers to gain first-hand experience of science and life at sea by working on research ships. Teachers have enriched their classroom curricula with a depth of understanding made possible by living and working side-by-side, day and night, with those who contribute to the world's body of scientific knowledge. No matter which type of cruise you embark on, you are bound to learn an array of new things!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NOAA's Teacher at Sea program accepts applications from currently employed, full-time educators in these categories: K-12 teachers and administrators; community college, college, and university teachers; museum and aquaria educators; and adult education teachers. We regret that we cannot accept applications from part-time, substitute, or pre-service teachers. Teachers will be selected to fill approximately 30 openings available.

Participants are assigned a cruise aboard one of NOAA's 18 ships (or a chartered partner ship). NOAA conducts three main types of cruises. Fisheries research ships perform biological and physical science studies in support of fisheries research. Oceanographic and coastal research ships perform physical science studies in support of scientific studies to increase our understanding of the world's oceans and climate. Hydrographic survey ships scan the coastal sea floor with side-scan sonar and sophisticated bottom sounding systems to locate submerged obstructions and navigational hazards for the creation or update of the nation's nautical charts.

COMMITMENTParticipants can expect to be at sea anywhere from one week to one month, with the average cruise lasting 12-14 days. Most of our participants try to sail on cruises offered during the summer vacation, but cruises take place throughout most of the year on a space-available basis.

All necessary travel costs associated with teacher participation in the program are covered by the program, including transportation to and from the ship, lodging, and per diem allowance. While airfare is paid for up front by the government, all other costs are reimbursed, including non-airfare transportation costs, lodging, and per diem allowance.

More information about NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program including eligibility requirements, expectations, and frequently asked questions, is available at
The National Wildlife Federation just released a superb report linking environmental education with psychological, cognitive, and educational outcomes. It's available at:

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Growing Up Wild

October 30, 2010
Providing an Early Start
for Connecting Children to Nature

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about nature and lifelong social and academic skills.

Growing Up WILD is a valuable tool for helping fish and wildlife agencies meet their conservation education goals. Growing Up WILD recognizes that:

Children start developing attitudes towards wildlife and nature at an early age. Growing Up WILD provides 27 easy-to-use activities to help educators and caregivers introduce nature to young children.

Many early childhood educators may not have the knowledge and skills to teach about nature. Growing Up WILD provides the background information and professional development needed to help educators be successful.

Nature-based recreation has been declining. Growing Up WILD provides activities about outdoor recreation and a “Take Me Outside” component for every activity.

A conservation ethic starts in childhood. Growing Up WILD provides a “Helping Hands” conservation suggestion for every activity.

Adults with active outdoor lifestyles were encouraged by their parents to go outside as children. Growing Up WILD provides “Home Connections” cards with activities families can do outside together.

A public supportive of wildlife management and conservation has sufficient scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills. Growing Up WILD provides developmentally appropriate activities that lay the foundation proven by research to be necessary for acquiring these.

This workshop has been underwritten by PNC Grow Up Great in support of a partnership between the Maryland in Baltimore and the University of MD Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory.

Environmental Film Festival



CREB Conservancy is bringing to the Avalon Theatre Patagonia’s Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Thursday, November 18, 2010 beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is the largest environmental film festival in the country and will feature a number of awesome, high quality, and inspiring films ranging in length from two to thirty minutes. The selected films highlight environmental concerns, outdoor adventure, groundbreaking initiatives, and thought-provoking probes into our natural world.

As part of our festival, we are also hosting a children's film festival program early on the same day (4:30 - 6 pm for ages 4-12) at the Avalon. All of our local elementary school kids are invited to come for free. Emily Cranwell and her colleagues and students at The Country School are partnering with us to provide this children’s program. For more information, e-mail Emily Cranwell at

Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Academy Award nominee and two-time Emmy Award winner Christopher N. Palmer, an environmental and wildlife film producer. Palmer teaches filmmaking at American University and is a college professor in the Indiana Jones tradition. He has produced numerous IMAX wildlife films, authored the recently acclaimed book Shooting in the Wild, and truly has swum with dolphins, confronted whales and sharks, come face-to-face with Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, and waded hip-deep through an Everglades swamp.

There will be a cocktail reception before and after the films including a silent auction with some wonderful opportunities such as a half day flight for four in a private plane over our rivers and Bay with lunch on Tangier Island, a week’s stay in a log cabin in Sun Valley, an original signed oil painting by noted Bay artist Jonathon Shaw, a signed Bay photograph by noted artist David Harp, dinner for six cooked at your home by Scossa chef Giancarlo Tondin, a night in Bartlett Pear’s King Suite with dinner for two prepared by chef Jordan Lloyd, and dinner for four in the wine cellar at Mason’s Restaurant.

Tickets are $20 ($15 of which is tax deductible), and include a one-year membership in the Choptank River Eastern Bay Conservancy. Please join us for a wonderful evening and bring friends who will instantly become new members and supporters of the river protection efforts of CREB Conservancy. Call the Avalon Box Office to purchase tickets now at 410.822.7299.

Writing Contest for Southern Maryalnd

Open to all county residents, $500 First Prize

The Potomac River Association (PRA) in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) at St. Mary's College of Maryland is pleased to hold the first annual competition for the Jansson Prize for Environmental Writing. Dedicated to the memory of Holger, Mary and Eric Jansson and their contributions to the betterment of the environment and culture of St. Mary's County, the prize will be awarded each year to the best essay on important topics related to the environment and environmental affairs.

The 2010 topic asks for essays reflecting on the relationship between property rights and Maryland's critical areas regulations. Private property rights can be examined from a number of perspectives-cultural, legal, historical and political. Discourse and conflict over the limits of public interest and private ownership are at the center of modern debates about the proper interaction of government and markets. Environmental protection is one of the justifications used to limit the rights of individual property owners. For instance in current law, Maryland's Critical Areas Regulations extends control over private property at the water's edge to protect the public interest in preserving the Chesapeake.

Compose an essay that places private property rights in the context of environmental regulations such as Maryland's Critical Areas Regulations. Essays can be written from philosophical, legal, historical or cultural perspectives. Prizes will be awarded to essays that creatively illuminate the relationship between modern understandings of property rights with current or new ideas about environmental regulation.

The author of the best essay will receive a first prize award of $500. One runner up will receive $150.00 award. A committee organized by The Potomac River Association and The Center for the Study of Democracy will judge all entries.


1.All residents of Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's or Anne Arundel Counties are eligible to enter OR any student enrolled full-time in an accredited high school or post-secondary institution within one of those counties. Proof of residency or matriculation must be submitted upon request.

2. No member of the PRA Board of Directors or officers of CDS or their relatives by blood or marriage are eligible to win the contest

3.Submissions become the property of PRA and CSD. This includes PRA and CSD's right to use, reproduce, or distribute the essay in whole or part. Authorship will be acknowledged in any subsequent use.

4. By submitting an entry, the author warrants that the work is original and does not violate the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity. Quoted or excerpted material the length of a sentence or more must be identified as such. By submitting an entry the author warrants that the work has not previously been published or submitted for publication.

5.By submitting an entry, the author grants permission to PRA and CSD to use her or his name for publicity purposes. By submitting an entry the author grants permission to PRA and CSD to reproduce the work in any form.

6.The essay should have two title pages. The first title page should contain the author's name and contact information in addition to the title. The second title page should have the title only. Information regarding the author's identity or affiliation must not appear within the body of the submission itself.

7. Submissions must be in English and length should be between 2,000 and 5,500 words. Pages must be numbered.

8.Entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2010. Two copies of the essay must be submitted as hard copy mailed to this address:

Potomac River Association
attn: Essays
P.O. Box 76
Valley Lee, Maryland 20692

More information: Information on Maryland's Critical Areas Regulation can be found at For questions related to the essay contest contact Potomac River Association at: or call 301-769-3840.

Free Kite Kit

My name is Monica Scherer and I work for Alaska Wilderness League, a non-profit conservation organization. We recently began a program we call Alaska Wild Educator Network which provides educators around the country free materials for them to use in the classroom to teach their students about the many unique ecosystems and animals of Alaska.

I am writing because I hope that an activity we are offering will be of interest to your members. On Monday, October 18th schools across the country will be celebrating 50 days until the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the far northeastern corner of Alaska by flying kites (mark your calendar for the Refuge’s anniversary on December 6th!). We would love to have your teachers and students be a part of the migration! We currently have schools in 13 states participating and I would love to get more states represented.

The kites are symbolic of the birds that travel through your state to the Refuge on their migrations every year. Click here to find out which bird connects your state with the Arctic Refuge! This offers a great way to teach your kids about migration, geography and could even make a great art project. We are providing FREE KITE KITS which include all the materials necessary for your students to build and fly the kites as well as a short DVD on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge which can be played for your students. Please email me back at with your name, address, and number of students if your class would like to participate and receive these free materials!

Pure Potomac Program Director

We are seeking an energetic and visionary communications specialist to plan and implement Potomac Riverkeeper’s new communications, outreach, and public relations strategy, called Pure Potomac. Reporting to the Vice President, the Director will work collaboratively with senior staff to develop and implement strategies to broaden the impact of Potomac Riverkeeper’s programs. Responsibilities include developing and refining messaging, increasing membership and member engagement, and managing press and media relations.

Education Coordinator: Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research

Education Coordinator: Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research - plans, develops, coordinates, and conducts K-16education programs, teacher trainings, and public education programs for the Reserve in cooperation with other team members and community partners. Travel and boating are required activities of this position.For more information and how to apply:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Part time job announcement - Baltimore City

The Chesapeake Covenant Community (CCC), an interfaith environmental organization, is seeking a 3/5 time Coordinator for a new “Neighbor to Neighbor” energy reduction project in Baltimore City - responsible for organizing an educational outreach campaign within 20 Baltimore City congregations to reduce energy consumption in members’ homes by recruiting congregations and coordinating energy teams. Send resume/cover letter to

Clean Water Coalition Communications Manager Position Announcement

Clean Water Coalition Communications Manager
Location: Annapolis, MD
Department: Conservation Programs & Education
Duration: Full Time
Salary: Open

Join us by working a job you're WILD about!
Find a job you’re wild about at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the nation’s largest member-supported conservation organization, which is at the forefront of global warming issues, reconnecting our children with nature, and protecting America’s wildlife and habitat.

Position Description
The Choose Clean Water Coalition is an NWF-housed coalition of more than 130 organizations built around a common agenda to protect and restore the rivers and streams that make up the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.The Communications Manager will manage the external Communications for the Choose Clean Water Coalition including drafting and distributing press releases, op-eds, and managing coalition press events. He or she will also build relationships with Bay-oriented journalists in the watershed; manage the external content and media relations portion of the coalition website; assist in the purchase of targeted paid media by the coalition and its members; and drafting communications materials including brochures, presentations and other tools to support coalition fundraising and funder relationships. Soliciting opportunities for coalition staff and members to meet with media outlets and public events and making public presentations about the work and priorities of the coalition are also a part of the Communications Manager's responsibilities.

Position Requirements
Qualified candidates for this position must have College degree in an appropriate discipline (English, journalism, public relations) and at least five years of experience in campaign or advocacy-related communications or public relations. The Communications Manager must possess superior analytical, writing, verbal and time management skills; proven track record in media relations and the handling of complex, controversial policy issues; demonstrated ability to manage and follow-through on multiple short and long-term projects simultaneously. Experience with Flip cam video and media contact software such as Vocus a plus.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Montgomery Parks Foundation Seeks Executive Director

The Montgomery County Parks Foundation seeks a seasoned, accomplished individual with exceptional people skills, significant fund-raising experience, and proven organization-building experience to lead the revitalization of the Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization established to build a broad base of public support for public parks managed by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Montgomery County, Maryland. Montgomery County, Maryland, is widely recognized as having one of the best public park systems in the United States, having received multiple awards and consisting of 34,600 acres (over 10% of the County’s landmass) and 410 parks which enjoy 14,000,000 annual visits. The Foundation offices are located in Silver Spring.

The Foundation’s Strategic Development Plan calls for raising funds through implementation of two primary strategies: 1) Friends of Montgomery Parks membership program, anticipated to generate a broad base of member donors whose dues and other contributions will provide unrestricted funds, and 2) Endowment funding to support Parks maintenance and operations, raised through individual donor development, dedication or park naming opportunities, or other major gifts.

Major areas of responsibility include:
·Provide strategy, leadership and direction for the
major donor and membership programs

·Cultivate and recruit Board members

·Organize and supervise future development staff.

·Serve as the catalyst for enabling the Foundation to
achieve its financial goals

·Establish and maintain positive and productive
relationships with donors, Trust Officers, Estate Planners, volunteers,
employees, stakeholders, government agencies, and local businesses


·Documented success raising funds from membership and
major donor solicitation.

·Success in building or re-building fund-raising

·Montgomery County residency required. Familiarity
with Montgomery Parks preferred.

·Bachelor's degree; Master's degree preferred

·15-20 years of direct fundraising experience with
responsibility for planning, executing and maintaining philanthropic initiatives in a nonprofit

·Strong knowledge of annual fund campaigns, special
events, and corporate partnerships

·Strong written and verbal communication skills

·Certified Fundraising Executive as well as membership
in the Association of Fundraising

Professionals preferred.

To Apply:
A complete application will consist of: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing your qualifications for the position as well as a salary history, and 2) a current resume. In order to be considered, all applications materials must be received no later than September 15. All documents must be in Word or PDF format. Please
send your application materials in a single email to:

Outdoor Educator of the Year Award Nomination!

Outdoor Educator of the Year

The MAEOE Robert Finton Outdoor Educator of the Year Award program recognizes an individual who demonstrates leadership and innovation in environmental and outdoor education. Bob Finton personified enthusiasm, innovation, and excellence in the field of environmental education. This award honors his memory by rewarding efforts to strive for these qualities. The award is presented at the annual MAEOE conference.

Click here to learn more about Bob Finton


* Recognition should be given to an individual who is a non-formal practitioner of outdoor education and works “in the trenches” as Bob did.
* The nominee can be a representative, either paid on unpaid, of an outdoor education center, non-profit organization, service organization, resource agency, education-related business, or other organization whose mission is environmental education. (Classroom teachers should be considered for the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Teacher of the Year Award.)
* The nominee should demonstrate innovation and excellence in environmental education programming. Examples could include:
o A highly successful ground-breaking environmental education effort
o Innovation in developing new interpretive or instructional methods
o Development of a program that reaches new audiences or underserved populations
o Work in a program that promotes or increases conservation practices
o Programming that develops and supports a positive stewardship ethic
* The nominee cannot be a sitting member of the MAEOE Board of Trustees

NOTE: Your nomination will be strengthened if you include testimonials from co-workers, peers and supervisors (although this is not required). The nominating committee needs to have a clear picture of specifically what this person has done to demonstrate the criteria.

Education Manager Position

About Earth Day Network:
Earth Day Network (EDN) is a driving force steering environmental awareness around the world. EDN's network reaches over 20,000 organizations in 190 countries, while the domestic program engages 5,000 groups and over 30,000 educators coordinating millions of community development and environmental protection activities throughout the year. Our mission is to grow and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet. We pursue our mission through education, politics, events, and consumer activism.

Earth Day Network seeks a dynamic and energetic individual to handle a range of environmental education activities that advance the mission of Earth Day Network’s Education Department, with particular emphasis on managing the department and its programs. The Education Manager liaises with the Director of Education and other relevant staff in supporting Earth Day Network’s school-based environmental education and green school efforts. EDN’s Education Department and its Green Schools Campaign seek to promote environmental education and the greening of all U.S. schools within a generation. Our focus and ongoing initiatives include:
• Creating and providing access to quality educational resources and materials for use by teachers in educating students and promoting sustainability education in and out of the classroom.
• Building a sustained education, advocacy and media campaign on green schools and environmental education to provide communication and resources to teachers, students, and their schools on how to green one’s school.
• Building and maintaining a digital and online presence, including creation of online and web-based education materials, creating and updating webpage content, building digital media and online networks, and assisting in the collection and adaptation of lesson plans from granted teachers and Educators’ Network members.
• Communicating with and expanding EDN’s Educators’ Network through electronic and physical outreach and communication.
• Establishing and maintaining partnerships with local and national organizations, schools, teachers, students and other educational and environmental partners.
• Supporting EDN’s Educators’ Network through programs and projects in support of school greening, civics education and environmental education. For example, EDN’s National Civic Education Project (NCEP), engages urban teachers and their students in civic-minded lessons in environmentally degraded areas, culminating in a civic action for overall community improvement.
• Collaborate with Education Department and other staff to manage incoming requests for curriculum creation, media relations, book/article contributions, etc. as needed.
• Assisting in the implementation of multiple school greening demonstration projects nationwide.
• Working to create and pass national, state, and local public policies to provide funding mechanisms for green schools and environmental education.

The Education Manager will be heavily involved in several of these initiatives, likely to include travel to events or projects throughout the year and especially on or around Earth Day.

For more information and to apply please see:

$5,000 grant for Walk to School Challenge

GreenWorks sponsors Walk to School Challenge
Walk to school and earn a $5,000 Green Grant. Remember National Walk to School Day is October 6.

Natural Teacher's Network Pledge!

Take the Natural Teacher's Network Pledge - get a cerftificate
I will TAKE my students outdoors

I will SHARE my ideas, successes and challenges
I will ENCOURAGE teachers & administrators to join the movement to connect children to nature

2010 Maryland Trails Summit Registration

Where: Holiday Inn BWI Airport

When: Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Registration begins at 8:30 am
Welcome and Kickoff at 9:00 am
Closing Dinner at 5:30 pm

Cost: $50.00
(includes lunch & dinner)

Register by October 4, 2010 - NO REFUNDS

Space is limited. Pay by credit card online using the form below to assure your space.
Mail-in registration is also available.

Event details:
Background information:
Please email if you have questions:

Interpretive Educator Training

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

NASA in your classroom, and it's FREE!!!!

NASA Let’s the Sun Shine In!
Let NASA take over your classroom for the day! Teachers in the Washington D.C./Metro area and southern Pennsylvania are eligible for a visit from an Solar Dynamics Observatory educator or scientist. Your students will learn about solar clocks, Earth's place in the solar system, electricity and magnetism, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the Doppler effect. Visits are free, they include all supplies for the activity, and can be customized for each teacher. So click here to register and invite NASA to your classrooms:

Monarch workshop in Baltimore County

Monarchs on the Move for Educators. Come learn about the monarch butterfly fall migration to Mexico, practice your tagging technique and discuss how to incorporate the experience into your curriculum. September 4, 1:30-3. No fee for teachers. Call 410-887-2503 for reservations. Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore County.

Volunteers can now sign up for the annual International Coastal Cleanup (organized globally by the Ocean Conservancy) with dozens of cleanup events in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Cleanups are held between September 1 and October 31 on the coast and on inland waterways. The International Coastal Cleanup is the world's largest volunteer effort devoted to remove plastic and other trash from our waterways. Go to to find your local cleanup event, or to signup to lead a cleanup in your community. Businesses, schools, civic organizations and churches are encouraged to participate.

See More:

Art Auction for EE

THE PATUXENT RIVER 4-H CENTER “Bringing the environment to our children” ... Artwork provided by MD DNR Please join us at the auction to support The Patuxent River 4-H Center in their environmental education efforts. Saturday, November 13, 2010 $5.00 Admission Doors open at 5:00 pm ● Silent Auction begins @ 6:00 pm ● Live Auction begins @ 7:00 pm ● The Patuxent River 4-H Center Foundation, Inc.18405 Queen Anne Road Upper Marlboro MD 20774 ● (301) 218-3079 ● Email

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Part time MAEOE job

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Scope of Work:
Registration/Conference Assistant

Term: October 4, 2010 – February 15, 2011

Hours: 16 hours per week from October 4-February 9 and February 14-15. Expectation of being present full-time during the conference February 10-13, 2011.

Hourly rate: $12 - $15 per hour, depending on skill level of applicant.

Where: The incumbent will work out of the MAEOE headquarters in Jessup, Maryland.

Duties: Primary responsibility is to coordinate on line and paper registration for the 2011 MAEOE conference and to staff/coordinate the registration table during the conference. This includes, but is not limited to:

1. Answer questions about registration and the conference.
2. Set up registration website. Knowledge of Avectra software a plus.
3. Work with the database for all registrations.
4. Provide reports on numbers of participants to the Conference co-chairs and committee.
5. Coordinate registration packets.
6. Prepare name tags for approximately 700 participants.
7. Staff the registration table at the conference and coordinate volunteers to help staff the registration table.

Skills needed:
Good phone and interpersonal skills. Good working ability with databases. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Deadline: September 17, 2010.

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Bronwyn Mitchell
7761 Waterloo Road
Jessup, Maryland 20794

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Call for Presentations

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education presents its

26th Annual Conference

“Educating for Sustainability”


February 10-13, 2011

UMUC Marriott Inn and Conference Center – College Park, MD


The annual MAEOE conference is a venue where the leaders in the field come to share their strategies, methods, and best practices with their colleagues. All environmental and outdoor education professionals are encouraged to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops, roundtables and field experiences for the 2011 MAEOE Annual Conference to be held February 10-13, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. Abstracts must be received by September10,2010 for consideration. Please utilize the online application form for submissions. The conference is designed to build the capacity of those working in the multi-faceted and dynamic field of environmental education. Over 700 formal and non-formal educators from more than 400 organizations, agencies, centers and schools are anticipated to participate in this – the nation’s largest and most respected statewide environmental education conference.

For More Information about MAEOE, the conference and environmental education in Maryland, please visit MAEOE online at Specific questions regarding presentation applications may be sent to

2011 Conference Strands

While a presentation may address more than one strand, only the primary focus area is needed.

Strand One: Natural History and Natural Sciences
These sessions should increase participant’s understanding of the composition and function of the natural world. Topics could include, but are not limited to, a focus on conservation, preservation, human history, life sciences – botany, entomology, ecology, etc., and geosciences – geology, meteorology, etc. Past conference evaluations indicate that many attendees are looking for advanced topics to build their skill sets in working with people in an outdoor setting. Traditionally, this is one of the most popular strands with conference attendees.

Strand Two: Hot Button Topics
These sessions will encourage critical thinking and issue awareness by providing opposing viewpoints on contentious “hot button” topics, challenging participants to look at current environmental issues from all angles and perspectives. Topics could include environmental health, environmental justice, alternative energy, climate change, diversity, and appropriate educational methods designed to develop critical thinking skills in students.

Strand Three: Embracing STEM: Using Environmental Education as a vehicle for learning science, technology, engineering, and math
These sessions should teach participants innovative ways to infuse technology into environmental education and/or field experiences – including ways to use popular software, web applications, geographic information systems, hand-held GPS units, traditional microscopy, and micro computer based labs, (PASCO, Vernier, etc.) Of high interest are activities that engage students in relevant and critical real world issues.

Strand Four: Working Toward Sustainability
These sessions explore issues, trends, and knowledge related to environmental literacy and stewardship and will focus on ways to engage, excite, and empower students of all ages by increasing their understanding of the natural world and how individual actions impact the environment, both positively and negatively. Topics should include sustainable agriculture, best management practices, composting, pollution prevention, urban green spaces, energy alternatives, consumerism, “green” design or living, ecological footprints and related issues. Projects, modules, and curriculum materials that are designed to build skills and develop students’ knowledge of the environment and important issues would be of special interest to participants.

Strand Five: Environmental Education in Urban Settings
These sessions will help teachers develop effective methods for reaching urban students by tapping into the rich experiences, cultural customs, and practical skills sets unique to urban students. Emphasis should be on topics that urban students will consider to be "real," such as air pollution, solid waste management, water pollution, impervious surfaces, noise pollution, light pollution, displacement of species, environmental health issues, poverty, transportation, habitat fragmentation, and habitat restoration. Sessions in this strand should also help attendees to develop the skills needed to reach culturally diverse groups of students as well as engage their communities in action projects.

Strand Six: Environmental Advocacy: Turning the Tide
These sessions focus on research, resources, courses, programs and techniques designed to build the capacity of formal and non-formal teachers to integrate the environment into all subject areas while seamlessly meeting national and state standards. Sessions will incorporate specific outdoor teaching techniques, projects (both nature and curriculum related), evaluation procedures, and other successful methods of outdoor instruction. Past participants have expressed specific interest in sessions that address integration of EE into the Arts. Also in this strand would be sessions on successful methods for developing skills and knowledge in others, especially when advocating for EE with school administrators, community leaders, and elected officials. This strand may lend itself to roundtable or panel type discussions.

Strand Seven: Environmental Health and Justice
Everyone, regardless of income, race, religion, or occupation, has a right to live, work, learn, play and pray in a healthy community. Unfortunately, the distribution of environmental goods and harms are not distributing equally. Environmental Health and Justice links health science to social rights, justice and equity. Environmental health and justice concerns fall into many categories. For example

* A neighborhood fighting the construction of an industrial landfill
* Farm workers seeking ways to reduce exposure to pesticides
* Native Americans fighting for land rights
* Soaring asthma rates
* Lead exposure in water and housing
* Rights to clean air and water

This strand explores the current status and trends of environmental health and justice issues facing Maryland, will introduce you to the people and organizations working within the environmental health and justice field, and provide you with knowledge and resources to integrate environmental health and justice issues into your programming.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Rain Garden Workshop - Harford County 9/25/10

Dig native plants? Learn how to create a rain garden, the benefits of using native plants, how to create a wildlife habitat, and the proper use of rain barrels. Also explore “bayscaping” or landscaping that benefits local streams and rivers. Have an opportunity to tour the new rain garden at the Abingdon library in Harford County.

Abingdon Library on September 25 from 10:30 – 12:30

2510 Tollgate Road

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

MAEOE Seminars and Webinars

Exciting things are on the environmental education horizon, and Maryland Green Schools are helping to blaze a trail to environmental literacy. The Maryland Green School Program is not static. Input and feedback from educators, students, and partners, as well as internal reviews are combined with the ever-changing external landscape of current events to guide updates and improvements to the Maryland Green School Program – while always maintaining program integrity, focus and intent.

To help keep you up to date, MAEOE is hosting two informational seminars and three webinars designed for you to:

* Find out what's new for Green Schools (MDGS) in 2011.

* Learn about innovative fund raising opportunities.*

* Get feedback from Maryland Green School experts.

* Tour MAEOE's Green Office Building (not included in webinar).

* As the umbrella organization for the environmental education community in Maryland, MAEOE works to break down barriers to the effective implementation of environmental education. These barriers take many forms. However, one of the most common challenges faced by educators is a lack of funding.

MAEOE believes that it has found an innovative way to raise funds to support increased professional development, field trips, and best management practices associated with Maryland Green School Program. This fundraising program, while new to Maryland, has been helping non-profit organizations and schools throughout Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. It has just become available to nonprofit organizations in Maryland, and has already been embraced by a number of nonprofit organizations such as Maryland Public Television, Towson University and of course, MAEOE. The best part – and there are many – of this program is that it requires little time commitment, yet can generate significant revenue. There is nothing to sell or track – and no grant forms/reports to prepare.


• Save a significant amount of money each month on their electricity! (The average customer will save $20 per month!)

• Significantly reduce their carbon footprint and therefore help the environment! (Use more renewable energy!)

• Stay with BGE or Pepco for repair, maintenance, and emergencies!

• Still just get one bill -- from BGE or Pepco!

Our Seminar Schedule:

Thursday, August 19th
1st Meeting: 10:00 AM
2nd Meeting: 2:00 PM

MAEOE Office located within the ENVIRO CENTER
7761 Waterloo Road
Jessup, MD 20794

Our Webinar Schedule:

Tuesday, August 24th
Time: 10:00 AM

Wednesday, August 25th
Time: 2:00 PM

Thursday, August 26th
Time: 5:00 PM

Please contact the MAEOE office at 443-733-1220 for information on how to register.

Green Power to support MAEOE

I wanted to send you a note with information about the new company I have joined, Viridian Energy. We are adding value to all BGE and PEPCO customers by saving you money every month on your utility bills. With energy deregulation we all have the right to choose our energy supplier and Viridian Energy is the low cost energy provider with a focus of delivering at least 20% renewable energy. It is very easy and safe to become a customer and start saving immediately. There is no downside to switching and BGE/PEPCO still provides all the emergency service, billing and maintenance on the system. In fact, BGE and PEPCO are encouraging people to switch suppliers and save money. The reason I chose Viridian Energy to partner with is because it’s free to switch, much cheaper then BGE/PEPCO, good for the environment and requires no contracts or obligations at all. Viridian Energy also co-bills with BGE/PEPCO as an approved supplier.

In short, nothing changes except you save money and support renewable energy. It is pretty simple. Please take 3 minutes on my website and become a customer (you will need your BGE /PEPCO bill for the account number). Viridian is significantly less then BGE/PEPCO and saving money is very significant for all of us. The monthly savings will vary as per the difference between our rate and the rate of the utility. We offer a variable rate which is the most efficient way to purchase energy supply over the course of the year. Switching is totally free to do, yet most Maryland residents and small commercial customers don’t understand how energy deregulation benefits them and still continue to pay the highest BGE/PEPCO retail rates. It is literally like throwing money out the window. Viridian Energy is “Power with Purpose”. Thank you for taking the time to switch and save!!! Please feel free to call me with any questions and please tell other family and friends about Viridian Energy and send them my link. They will thank you for years to come…

See you soon and have a great summer!!!

Teacher Workshops


10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027
301-497-5763 or 301-497-5898 Fax: 301-497-5765 TTY: 301-497-5779

Maryland public school teachers can receive one credit for attending a specific combination of workshops. These workshops are designed to help teachers meet the Maryland State Outcomes.


We reserve the right to cancel any workshops due to lack of participants or inclement weather.

Teachers will learn the logistics of planning and scheduling a visit and will discover how to use the “Wisdom of Wildness” exhibits to reinforce classroom curricula. This course is also designed to help teachers meet the Maryland Voluntary State Outcomes and the National Science Education Standards. (Teachers who plan to schedule field trips to the National Wildlife Visitor Center are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation workshop)

Workshop Dates: Saturday September 11, 2010

Teachers will learn about hands-on-curriculum and outdoor activities that can be used to integrate wetlands into the curricula. All participants will receive a workbook with over 50 hands-on activities for grades K-12 plus valuable information on teaching strategies with wetland themes.

Workshop Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010

Teachers will learn how to use interdisciplinary curricula for grades K-8 that use forests as a window on the world to better understand natural and man-made environments.

Workshop Date: Saturday, October 9, 2010

Teachers will discover exciting teaching ideas for use in science, math, social studies, physical education, music, and art. All participants will receive interdisciplinary curricula for grades K-12.

Workshop Date: Saturday, October 23, 2010

Please call 301-497-5898 to register. Provide your name, the name of your school, the grade that you teach and a phone number where you can be reached. Space is limited – please register early. Bring a lunch or snack. Please advise us of any special needs in advance so that we can accommodate you. Note: Dress for indoor and outdoor activities. The $15.00 workshop fee for each workshop may be paid in cash or a check written to FRIENDS OF PATUXENT.

DIRECTIONS: The National Wildlife Visitor Center is located off Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, south of Laurel, Maryland. Visit