Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sorry Kermit, it is easy being Green - Blog from USDE on MAEOE Green Schools Tour

Wonderful article from Andrea Falken, Director of USDE Green Ribbon Schools on the MAEOE Green Schools Tour on December 12, 2011.

Article posted December 20, 2011 to

Sorry, Kermit — It Can Be Easy Being Green

As Director of the new Green Ribbon Schools program, I have visited a lot of Green Schools. I have been thrilled by geothermal heating and cooling systems; intrigued by water retention ponds and cisterns; and delighted by practical yet attractive recycled building materials. But I’ve also been impressed by schools that have “gone green” through sheer ingenuity. My visits to schools that look like any other reinforce our understanding that any school, no matter its resources or location, can take relatively simple steps toward the goals of the Green Ribbon Schools recognition award.

Every school can become a green school by making progress in the areas of: 1) environmental impact and energy efficiency; 2) health and wellness; and 3) environmental literacy. So what does a green school look like? Don’t be fooled by ordinary appearances. What sets apart a green school requires a look inside, where enterprising school administrators, teachers and community members lead enthusiastic students toward change.

In a green school, the community might help with the construction of a simple outdoor amphitheater that serves as an open air classroom. A green school can start a recycling program that encourages communities without district waste management programs to bring their recyclables to school for collection. Or recognize quarterly the class with the highest number of students commuting by a means other than their parents’ cars. Administrators can engage community volunteers to help students plan and maintain school gardens. They can adopt a no cupcake policy and offer students healthy birthday reward alternatives, such as additional recess. They might ask students to “trash the trash” with reusable lunchware. A good-humored principal might don his Mr. Banana costume – and check his self-esteem at the door – all in the name of teaching young scholars good nutrition.

At the high school level, a motivated environmental science teacher could have a huge impact, using an aquaponic garden to teach the nitrogen cycle in biology, horticulture and other environmental science classes. Students might develop not only science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills through their projects, but also develop civic skills. Students could use the profits from the plants they grow and sell to improve the schools’ environmental impact and cost savings. The teacher might organize an annual clean-up in nearby woodlands, highways or trails and garner local organizations’ sponsorship and collaboration. The green high school’s environmental club can help the school transition to compact fluorescent bulbs and task lighting, reducing the energy consumption of classrooms, and to implement a recycling program.
These are all real-life examples from visits not far from the U.S. Department of Education’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, but efforts such as these are being implemented all across the country. Every school that takes these simple steps can save energy, reduce costs, increase health and wellness, and offer effective environmental education. These schools are proving that it’s easier than you think being green.

Read more about the Green Ribbon Program at

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

MAEOE Green School Tour

On Monday, December 12, 2011 MAEOE was pleased to host Andrea Falken from USDE Green Ribbon Schools and Kim Martinez from National Wildlife Federation on a MAEOE Green Schools Tour! The tour consisted of Bond Mill ES, Friends Community School and Northwood High School. The tour was a great snapshot of the MAEOE Green School Certification and the wonderful actions in place. Read some of the snapshot projects going on at each of the three schools toured:

Bond Mill Elementary School
· School hosts a Beautification Day each Spring where each child brings a plant or tree to be planted on the school grounds. The PTO provides mulch, extra plants and assistance on the planting day.
· Green Shoe Program – each day, teachers take attendance and track how many students got to school NOT by means of a car or bus and the classroom with the highest non-motorized attendance wins the ‘golden shoe’ to keep in the class for the quarter. There are 2 shoes, one for K, 1, 2 and a second for 3, 4, 5 grades
· Alliance for a healthier generation – the school nurse took the BMIs for all students and found that 39% of students were nationally ranked as obese – as a result, the school has banned cupcakes and offers alternative options for birthday celebrations such as extra recess for children whose Birthday falls in that month.
· Partnership with a local diner – every family receives a card and when they order off the healthy menu at the diner, 20% of profits go to the school - $900 so far this year!
· Partnership with Kohl’s Department Store – each month, a team of Kohl’s employees volunteer at the school to help with an environmentally based project and $500 is donated to the school.

Friends Community School
· LEED Silver Building with straw bale insulation and a green roof on 17 acres
o Solar tubes which mirror natural light from the roof
o Green Roof
o Carpet tiles made with all green materials and no need to replace the whole carpet, just worn tiles
o 96% efficient boilers and radiant heaters
o All lights are on motion sensors
· The school celebrates Earth Week, not just one day and place the week’s worth of trash on the front steps. This direct, in your face approach resulted in an immediate increase in recycling.
· Runoff control in a bio-retention pond
· Each classroom has a garden as well as a butterfly garden and salad garden
· Integrated Pest Management Plan to control a tick problem on the school’s campus
o Deer feeders treated with all natural tick repellant
o Garlic sprinkling along wetland borders on the school’s campus

Northwood High School
· Rain Gardens and Pervious Pavers around the School Stadium and at the front entrance
· Native Tree Plantings and Spring plantings of fruits and vegetables on the school grounds
· Aquaponic plants in the school greenhouse which grow herbs and raise goldfish
· Forest cleanup and trail building on 15 acres of the school
o Run by students and community volunteers
o Potomac Appalachian Club designed the trail
o Removed more than 10,000lbs of trash

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Projects WET, WILD, and Learning Tree Facilitator Training

Sponsored by:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Chesapeake & Coastal Service/Wildlife Service

Towson University

Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview

February 24-26, 2012 @

Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview

Washington County Public Schools

Maryland Certified Teachers can earn 1 MSDE Professional Development Credit

$60 Registration Fee includes food, lodging, and workshop materials

Need more information? Contact:
Cindy Etgen
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Chesapeake and Coastal Service
Aquatic Resources Education Section Chief
580 Taylor Avenue
Tawes E-2
Annapolis, Maryland21401

Friday, December 9, 2011

Wetland Eduction Oppertunities

Registration closing today at 4pm! Register Today and Save $5 off 'POW! The Planning of Wetlands' held Fri. Dec. 16th.

POW! The Planning of Wetlands

Learn the step by step process for creating or enhancing a wetland on school grounds or within the community. POW!

guides you through wetland design and construction with activities that allow students to participate in designing,

preparing, and monitoring a schoolyard wetland, and utilizing the habitat as an outdoor extension to the classroom.

Suitable for K-12 formal and non-formal educators.

When: Friday, December 16, 2011 9am-4pm

Where: Wetland Learning Center, Environmental Concern, 201 Boundary Lane, St. Michaels, MD

Cost: $45 per person, including the POW curriculum guide $40 if registering by phone or email by Friday Dec 9th at 4pm.

To register: Call 410-745-9620 or visit

For more information contact: Susan Sanger at 410-745-9620

Is your school seeking Green School Certification? Environmental Concern’s wetland workshops can be used to help you get towards your goal of becoming a Maryland Green School!

Attention Talbot County, Maryland teachers: This workshop is offered to you for FREE!! Call or email for more details!

Also being offered (Sorry no discount) :

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands

Join Environmental Concern at our Wetland Learning Center for this day-long workshop overlooking the beautiful San Domingo Creek. Come experience the Wonders of Wetlands while learning about basic wetland ecology, including soil, water & plants, as well as wetland functions & values through fun and interactive activities in lesson plan format. Suitable for K-12 formal and non-formal educators.

When: Thursday, December 15, 2011 9am-4pm

Where: Wetland Learning Center, Environmental Concern, 201 Boundary Lane, St. Michaels, MD

Cost: $30 per person, including the WOW curriculum guide

To register: Call 410-745-9620 or visit

For more information contact: Susan Sanger at 410-745-9620

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

MSDE announces Federal Green Ribbon program and recognizes MAEOEs role in environmental education

In a press release on December 5, 2011, Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) announced that they are joining the new, National Green Ribbon Schools Program launched recently by the U.S. Department of Education. As a result, MSDE is begun a statewide search for outstanding environmental schools. Maryland currently has 398 certified MAEOE Green Schools and 32 Green Centers. These schools and centers have achieved recognition by using the environment as a context for learning, demonstrating best management practices and by establishing partnerships with community partners. The recent press release quoted Maryland as having “developed a national reputation as an environmental education leader.” MSDE plans to release applications for schools to receive National Recognition through this program in mid-December and the application deadline is February 27, 2012. MSDE will nominate up to four schools to the U.S. Department of Education for Green Ribbon Recognition. At least one nominee will be from a public school with at least a 40 percent economically disadvantaged population, and at least one will be a private school. Honorees will be announced next April.

To read the full press release:

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Conference exhibit space

Invitation to Exhibit

The annual MAEOE Conference is the largest state environmental education conference in the nation

and the only conference of its kind in the State of Maryland. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase

your products and services to key industry professionals. Exhibitors of environmental/outdoor education

and/or environmentally themed products and resources are invited and encouraged to participate. This

conference has historically attracted over 500+ attendees. Participants include formal and non‐formal

educators, government agency representatives, and education administrators.

The MAEOE Conference exhibits have become a popular and rewarding tradition for both attendees and

exhibitors. A special "Exhibit Activity” is planned for Friday, February 10th to encourage all participants

to visit each booth. In the past several years, booth space has become competitive due to a high

percentage of exhibitors returning, so early registration is an advantage.

Exhibitors should register by January 4, 2012 in order to have their contact

information printed in the conference program.


Please register online at

Exhibit space is not confirmed until online registration is received.

No registrations will be taken after February 3, 2012. for full details

Direct all questions regarding exhibitor registration for the 2012 MAEOE Conference to:

Sheila Welton

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Teacher in Residence/Baltimore Ecosystem Study postion

Starting in summer of 2012, a Teacher in Residence (TIR) Fellow will join the unique Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) research and education community for a year of research, educational leadership and professional growth. The TIR Fellow will be an integral part of the Pathways to Environmental Science Literacy (ESL) Project funded by the National Science Foundation and taking place at BES and three other Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites around the nation. The TIR Fellow will acquire strong skills and a deeper understanding of cutting edge ecology and education research, contribute to the development of environmental science literacy frameworks and teaching resources for teachers and students in grades 6-12, and provide leadership and support to other teachers in the project.

For more information contact:
Dr. Sarah Haines
Center for Science and Math Education
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252
410-704-2532 (p), 410-704-2405 (f)

MAEOE Staff Attends Project WET Training

On November 29, 2011, MAEOE Green School Staff Joanne and Stacy attended Project WET Training, along with 17 other Environmental Educators and Chesapeake Conservation Corp Volunteers in Annapolis, MD. Project WET is an international, nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach children, parents, teachers and community members of the world, water education. In addition to organizing and providing the trainings that Joanne and Stacy attended, Project WET also publishes water resource materials in multiple languages, publish children’s books, they organize community water events and are building a worldwide network of educators, water resource professionals and scientists. The 11/30 training covered numerous multidisciplinary, water-related activities for students in grades K-12 that are featured in the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide. The guides activities are uniquely designed to incorporate hands on, inquisitive learning that complement existing curricula and concepts. The activities also fulfill MSDE objectives and educational standards. In addition to Project WET which teaches water education, there are also trainings in Project WILD (wildlife focused) and Project Learning Tree (forestry focused). Learn more about each of the programs at,, and The Maryland Coordinator is Cindy Etgen at MD DNR and information about these programs in Maryland and how to schedule or find a training near you, visit

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's Time, It's Time, It's TIME!!!!!!

Registration for the MAEOE 2012 Conference is open.

Please go to the website for the Registration Program, Registration and conference information .

We look forward to seeing you there!

2012 Annual Conference
Fulfilling Environmental Education's Promise: Authentic Learning & Real World Impact
February 9-12, 2012
Clarion Fountainbleau Resort
Ocean City, Maryland

Conference Questions?
or Call the 2012 Conference Hotline at
(443) 824-1953
Hours of operation:
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9:30am – 2:30pm.
You may leave messages at any time and we will return your call.

Monday, November 14, 2011

MAEOE is Proud Partner at Baltimore City Schools' Sustainability Day on 11/12/11

On Saturday, November 12, 2011, MAEOE was a proud partner and presenter at Baltimore City Schools Sustainability Day at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School. The free event marked a collaboration between the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability, Enterprise Community Partners, MAEOE, Parks and People Foundation, and the United States Green Building Council - Maryland Chapter (USGBC). The event was funded by Bank of America and offered 20 free workshops focusing on energy and resources in the Green Schools Network to assist Baltimore City Schools to integrate Sustainability into education, facilities and operations. MAEOE is particularly happy to report that a formal goal has been set by Baltimore City Officials to make ALL Baltimore City Schools MAEOE Maryland Green Schools and make sustainability education a core part of learning. The half day event opened doors for communication and a district wide opportunity to celebrate successes and identify challenges of making each and every Baltimore City School a MD MAEOE Green School. The day began with a Plenary Session of opening remarks from Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (see picture above), CEO of Baltimore City Schools Dr. Andres Alonso and other partners including representatives from the US Green Building Council, Enterprise Community Partners and the Baltimore Community Foundation. Following the Plenary Session, attendees were able to choose two workshops to attend. The 22 workshops were organized along four tracks: (1) Curriculum, (2) Building Construction, Operations and Maintenance, (3) Family & Community Engagement and (4) Schoolyard Greening.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

MAEOE Green Schools and Give to the MAX

MAEOE is participating in Give to the MAX! Find out more Your donations will help grow Green Schools in Maryland.

We are seeking donations to help Children access Environmental Education. A green school involves children over time through hands on investigation and community involvement they can make decisions and take actions that create and maintain an optimal relationship between themselves and the environment. MAEOE Green Centers are a network of support for schools, teachers and young people, who teach and provide Best Management Practical lessons and ideas. Help us to Inspire Maryland's young people to preserve and protect Maryland's resources, particularly those of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Your donations support young people in gaining experience outdoors that can shape their lives forever. Investigate, explore, preserve, protect, conserve.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

MAEOE's New Undergraduate Internship Program

MAEOE released the 2012 Spring Maryland Green Schools Internship Program yesterday after much demand from local undergraduate students.

MAEOE is seeking at least ten interns for the Spring 2012 semester to work throughout Maryland. The goal of this program is to encourage hands on experience, increase awareness of environmental issues and introduce students to Maryland’s diverse environmental programs.
The interns will work directly will schools working towards MAEOE Maryland Green School Certification, a two year process for schools which culminates with an application documenting the school’s activities in the environment as a context for learning, teacher professional development, best management practices and community stewardship. The program is open to all Maryland public and private K-12 schools and the internship is open to all current higher education students. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in the areas of education, environmental education and/or environmental science. Internships will be during the Spring 2012 semester with orientation and training in early February. Days and times are flexible; MAEOE will work to assist interns to receive course credit with their school if possible. This is a field experience internship and positions vary throughout Maryland, not at the Jessup headquarters office. Details:

Thursday, October 27, 2011

MAEOE Welcomes Stacy Bond

MAEOE is excited to host Chesapeake Conservation Corp volunteer, Stacy Bond!

Stacy is one of 21 young adults who make up the 2011-2012 class of Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) Volunteers. Modeled after the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps programs, CCC volunteers are matched with watershed groups, non-profit organizations and government agencies for one year. They work on a variety of programs in Maryland all striving to restore the health and balance of the Chesapeake Bay.

“We are very pleased to have been selected to host a second CCC Volunteer. The volunteers in this program are committed and bring experience that benefits the organizations in which they work. They are our future leaders,” stated Laura Johnson Collard, MAEOE Executive Director.

Volunteers spend the year involved in Bay restoration and environmental education. Stacy will work to increase the number of Green Schools in Maryland. Stacy will focus on areas of the state where participation in the program is low.

The MAEOE Maryland Green Schools Program encourages students to help their schools and the local community with hands on environmental issue investigation and environmental best management practices.

Stacy will be mentoring schools in Baltimore City, Prince Georges County and the Eastern Shore. When asked what motivated her to apply to the program, “I am eager to develop hands on experience in Environmental Education. The CCC program was a perfect fit for my career goals and an amazing opportunity in this difficult economy. This program has awarded me an opportunity to apply my undergraduate and graduate coursework knowledge to hands on opportunities at individual schools.”

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I'm at the NAAEE conference with hundreds of interesting EE professionals from the US, Canada, Mexico and Japan. Yes, NAAEE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japanese Association of Environmental Education. I have enjoyed the day thoroughly, from the Affiliates workshop to the New Members welcome to the Opening Ceremony. Here are some Highlights from the Keynote speach: Jean Beasley, Sea Hospital says 'Our planet is like a woven cloth, as we lose threads, the cloth weakens. Balloons, Longline Fishing, Trash in the Ocean keep the Sea Hospital busy. Sea Hospital Protects, heals and encourages. Volunteers support the work of the Sea Hospital. The Climate is always changing says a young person talking with Jean, Yes, what we have is acceleration of climate change. We need to get people to connect with the reality of environmental challenges..that will motivate their own thinking to do something. The POWER of Environmental Education is making the connection. The power of connections - business - children - elderly - environmental educators - WE can make a difference together.' Registration for the MAEOE conference should be going live by the end of October. A great opportunity for networking, sharing and growing.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Join the Assateague Coastal Trust and the Assateague COASTKEEPER for the International Coastal Clean-up on Saturday, September 17 at Assateague Island National Seashore. Meet in the North Ocean Beach parking lot of Assateague Island National Seashore (not the State Park) near the Ranger Station. The beach clean-up will run from 9:00 a.m. until about 11:00 a.m. Trash bags and data cards will be provided, and all volunteers will receive a free t-shirt thanks to Delmarva Power. Please bring work gloves, sunscreen, water, and lots of energy!

After the Clean-up, volunteers are invited to celebrate Maryland Coast Day at Assateague State Park. Come out and celebrate the wildlife, culture and natural resources of Maryland's coastal region for FREE family fun! There are children's events, touch tanks, local vendors, artisans, and local food.

Click here for more information about International Coastal Clean-up and Maryland Coast Day. We hope to see you on the beach this Saturday, September 17!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Conference Proposal Submission - there is stil time!!!

You've spent years honing your skills as an environmental education professional. Now share your experience and knowledge by submitting a proposal for consideration as a presentation at the 27th Annual MAEOE Conference scheduled for February 9-12, 2012 in Ocean City, Maryland.

2012 Conference Theme: Fulfilling Environmental Education's Promise: Authentic Learning & Real World Impact

The purpose of the conferences is to provide high-quality education and networking opportunities for environmental education professionals. Our multiple day, multiple track format offers a self-directed, facilitated learning environment with education sessions, workshops, and extensive exhibition. Education sessions, designed to meet the needs of all environmental education categories, focus on current and emerging issues, best practices, and challenges facing practitioners. Presentations are designed for all levels of experience - from fundamental to intermediate to advanced topics.

With nearly 600 participants from more than 400 schools, organizations, agencies and businesses, the MAEOE conference is the largest state EE conference in the nation and the only one of its kind in Maryland. Selection of proposals is highly competitive. Make sure to read and follow the submission guidelines prior to beginning the online form. Deadline for submissions is September 9, 2011. Please feel free to contact MAEOE by phone at 443-733-1220 or by email at with any questions or concerns. Information about the conference may be found at

Do not hesitate to forward this message to others you know have knowledge, skills, resources to share.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Local Food, Tomato Takes Center Stage at annual ‘Mater Mania

The Local Eastern Shore Sustainable Organic Network hosts ‘Mater Mania, a celebration of the abundant, colorful and delicious Tomato, the local farmers who cultivate it and the locals who love to eat it on Sunday, August 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at Boonies Restaurant in Tyaskin.

LESSON is partnering with Boonies and Southern Boys Concepts to offer a menu of local food and tomato-inspired preparations, paired with local ales from Evolution Craft Brewery.

Proceeds from the event support the Medora Harvest Fund, which provides low-income families with weekly shares of fresh produce from local organic farms. The event also supports LESSON’s mission to foster local, sustainable food on the Shore.

Tickets are $20 for adults. Children under 12 get in for $6. Tickets include a meal and beverage (draft beer or nonalcoholic). There will be live music, a tomato tasting, silent auction and kid friendly activities.

Music lineup:
99 Again
Maureen Tambourine

Silent Auction Items:
*1/2 Day Guided Birding Tour with expert birders Dave Wilson (MD Coastal Bays Director) and Jim Rapp (Manager of Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center)
*Guided Winery or Nature Paddle, Adrenaline High
*Guided Paddle, Pocomoke River Canoe Company
*Gift Certificate, South Moon Under
*Family Membership to the Salisbury Zoo
*"Carver Afficionado Packet" from the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art (including passes to the museum)
*Violin Lessons
*Assorted Organic Craft Beer
*A variety of artwork from local artists including photography, pottery and jewelry
*...and much more!!!

Kids Activities provided by the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance

Tickets can be purchased online at

LESSON is a nonprofit organization which promotes sustainable farming practices and the development and support of a regional food system on the Shore. The Medora Harvest Fund was created to honor Medora Cockey, a local organic farming enthusiast who died at age 24 from autoimmune hepatitis.

For more information, please visit or email Dea Keen,

Directions to Boonies Restaurant from Downtown Salisbury: Travel west on Business Rt. 50, turn right onto MD-349 Nanticoke Rd; remain on Nanticoke road for 16 miles, Boonies will be on your right.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Chesapeake Forest Champion

Do you know a Chesapeake Forest Champion?? Submit your nomination by September 2!

To help celebrate International Year of Forests, the U.S. Forest Service and partners are launching a new annual contest to recognize forest champions throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Forests provide clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and a host of other benefits to people. With around 100 acres of the region's forest lost to development each day, the need for local champions of trees and forests has never been greater!

The purpose of this contest is to recognize the outstanding efforts of groups and individuals to conserve, restore, manage and celebrate Chesapeake forests in 2011. The contest is open to all, including community groups, nonprofits, schools, youth organizations, natural resource professionals, private citizens, businesses, etc. Winners will be recognized and receive free registration and accommodations at this year’s Chesapeake Watershed Forum, which will be held September 29th – October 2nd in Shepherdstown, WV. For more information about contest rules & categories and to obtain a Chesapeake Forest Champion nomination form please visit the website referenced below. Please download the form and save it to your computer before completing it.

Pemberton Historical Park - WOW Course

Pemberton Historical Park together with Environmental Concern will be presenting a WOW! The Wonder of Wetlands workshop on Saturday, August 27 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The cost is $35 per person, which includes a curriculum guide. For more information or to register, visit

Friday, July 22, 2011

Pemberton Historical Park Summer Nature Camp

Registration for Pemberton Historical Park Summer Nature Camp is open all summer long! Camp will take place on a weekly basis until Friday, August 26. From topics such as fishing and mucking around to plants and conservation, we have just the camp to fit your child's interests. For more information, visit

Monday, July 18, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


DATE: June 27-28, 2011

TIME: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Boys & Girls, 8-12 years old

DESCRIPTION: Get your hands dirty and your feet wet… catch critters and get eye-to-eye with other coastal species. Investigate diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs, blue crabs and more. Become a wildlife scientist and discover what species live in our coastal bays and what it takes to keep them healthy. Learn what kids can do to help our coastal bays. Discover the riches of coastal habitats and learn how scientists test water quality, collect data, identify plant and animal species and evaluate human impacts to assess overall habitat quality. Campers will connect with nature, hone observation skills and develop a sharpened sense of the natural world. We are proud to offer this science camp in coordination with the Maryland Coastal Bays Program. Program Supervisor: Kim Kinsey

FEE: Ocean City Residents: $127.00; Non-Residents: $142.00

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Campers will meet at Northside Park in Ocean City on June 27 and at Assateague on June 28.

Camp Extras: Camp T-Shirt & Nature Exploration Kit


Monday, June 20, 2011

Don’t miss out on this great professional development training!

Wetland Plant ID Basics:

Instructor: Leslie Hunter- Cario

Date: July 26 - 27, 2011

Cost: $300 includes field excursions, course materials and snacks

Time: 8:30AM-5:00PM at Environmental Concern's Wetland Learning Center

Designed for wetland enthusiasts with a need for improvement in vegetation identification, this professional-level two-day field course will focus on both tidal and non-tidal wetland plant identification. Emphasis will be on key field characteristics of select vascular plant families. Instructor-led and group keying will teach the necessary skills for field identification of wetland indicator species.

Space is limited. Please register by July 12th.

For more information or to register please visit us online at or call 410-745-9620

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Maryland Green Center Workshop – 2011 Updates

Come meet your new center partners (7 new centers were certified in 2011!), and get caught up on state actions on environmental literacy, national action on Green Ribbon Schools,

Maryland Green Schools updates, Center collaborations around the state, get new tools and funding information. Come prepared to share a successful program with others, with ideas to develop the Maryland Green Center Program and for the Center Symposium at the MAEOE Conference in Feb 2012.

July 14- 2-5pm, Annapolis Maritime Museum, followed by refreshments and a sail on the Stanley Norman

Annapolis Maritime Museum

723 Second Street
Annapolis, Maryland, 21403

July 27th – 10am-2pm, Howard County Conservancy, lunch included, followed by a hike around Howard County Conservancy.

Howard County Conservancy

10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, Maryland 21163-0175

Feel free to extend this invitation to interested staff and volunteers.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

2011 Environmental Concern’s Wetland Camp offerings

Environmental Concern is teaming up with three fantastic local organizations, Adkins Arboretum, the YMCA of the Chesapeake and Chesapeake College to offer six weeks of wetland summer camp. Don’t miss out on your chance to explore wetlands as fantastic laboratories of fun and science while getting muddy, up close and personal with wetland animals. Sign up today!

Registration Deadlines are Fast Approaching!!!

The YMCA of the Chesapeake and Environmental Concern present:

Eco-Creepy Crawlers

June 27- July 1, 2011

Toads, Salamanders, Crabs, Turtles, and Dragonflies OH MY! Come creep through wetlands with microscopes, goggles and nets exploring the amazing animals they support through fun interactive games, gooey wetland hikes, reptile identification, dip netting and more. Touch a fish; kiss a crab, morph as a dragonfly as you learn all about the life under the water and in the muck of fresh and salt water wetlands. Each morning includes a trip to the Waterfront Wetland Learning Center at Environmental Concern in St. Michaels, with a chance to checkout four different types of wetlands. Each afternoon includes swimming at the YMCA. Sign up today for an unforgettable wetland adventure! Ages 8-13

$175 member/ $225 program participant

Eco Survivor Adventurist

August 1 – 5, 2011

Join the YMCA of the Chesapeake and Environmental Concern in Survivor Adventurist. Get down and dirty in a competition for survival. Trek through wetlands, catch frogs, explore funky wetland adaptations, test weird wetland recipes in a wacky food contest, and build a cattail boat, and more while competing with your friends to be the last Wetland Survivor standing. Each morning includes a trip to the Waterfront Wetland Learning Center at Environmental Concern in St. Michaels, with a chance to checkout four different types of wetlands. Each afternoon includes swimming at the YMCA. Sign up today for an unforgettable wetland adventure! Ages 12-15

$175 member/ $225 program participant

To register for YMCA camps please visit or call 410-822-0566.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer Job Oppertunity

Pickering Creek Audubon Center seeks a Seasonal Educator to help
develop and teach environmental education school programs.
DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: September 2011-June 2012
STIPEND: $11.96 per hour, housing onsite with monthly rent

Essential Functions:
-Prepare and teach environmental education school programs on site and
in local schools, 1st through 12th grade
-Develop, prepare and teach public programs for families, adults and
-Serve as a role model naturalist and environmental steward
-Animal care of program animals (reptiles, amphibians and insects)
-Work closely with other staff to plan and implement programs
-Opportunity to develop and complete an independent project
-Help with maintenance of buildings and grounds
-Occasional weekend program responsibilities

-At least one year of experience working with children and adults in
an educational setting
-College education with a background in biology, education,
environmental education, environmental science or related field
-Enjoy working with others and children of all ages in an outdoor
-Be flexible and self-motivated
-Ability to work with minimal supervision
-Professional and friendly manner

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume:

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Roseate tern research field assistant needed asap!

Needed between June 10 and July 2: a field assistant to help with a
long term research study of Roseate Terns nesting on Great Gull
Island, NY. Roseate Terns are an endangered species. The work is very
interesting, but also very demanding physically, involving long daily
checks of the nesting colony, often in sunny, hot weather. A boat
leaves for the island each Friday at 3pm from Niantic, CT; the minimum
stay is for one week. Room and board are provided, plus transportation
expenses and a $200 a week stipend. Please contact Grace Cormons,
(757) 665-4698 or

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

summer opportunities offered through the Wicomico County 4-H program

** Jam & Bread

Christ United Methodist Church on Phillip Morris Drive

June 14th - 9 am –3 pm - Cost: $15

Learn how to make jam & bake homemade bread like grandma used to make! Be ready to take home jam and bread! Cost includes a canning guide. Pack a lunch!

** The Wild ,Wild West

Holly Ridge Equestrian Center

June 15th/16th - 6pm - 8:30am

Cost: $20

Experience the west in this wild, wild west adventure with horses! Wake up with them in the morning, ride a little and have an old fashioned bonfire! Bring your lunch, sleeping bag and a snack to share.

** Back to Nature at Pemberton Historical Park

June 22nd - 9am-3 pm - Cost:$15

Get outdoors and enjoy Pemberton Park! We’ll be making minnow traps, conducting water quality studies and looking for bugs and critters. Pack a lunch and bring a super soaker!

** Creative Arts at the Salisbury Elks

June 28th, 29th, and 30th

9am - 3 pm - Cost $45

Explore your creative side and make keepsakes at the Salisbury Elk Lodge. We will learn how to make stained glass, balloon vehicles, memory keepsakes and more. Plan to swim in the Elks pool in the afternoons.

** Fun at Adkins Mill Pond

July 6th

9a.m.-3pm - Cost: $15

Spend a fun summer day, fishing in the Adkins Mill Pond, creating natural crafts and playing water games. Go back in time and enjoy a nice summer day! Bring your super soaker and a lunch!

** Overnight at Dick Hazel’s Farm

July 13 & 14th

9am - 9am - Cost: $20

Enjoy an old fashioned overnight at the Hazel Discovery Center. We will be participating in nature studies, learning about the environment, fishing in the pond, having a campfire and more. We will make wire candles and soap keepsakes to take home. Bring a snack to share and a super soaker.

**Fishing at the City Park

July 20th - 9 am - 3 pm

Cost: $15

Fish in the morning and swim at the Elks in the afternoon. We’ll make a creation from natural products. Bring your lunch.

** Moving Making and Graphic Arts

Registration Flyer

Each Session is 9:00-3:30, $45

June 28-30

Graphic Voice

Registration Deadline June 21.

Get your point across through a graphic art creation using Adobe Photoshop. Combine photography, hand drawn images, text and more to create great works of art.

** Stop Animation Creation

July 6-8

Registration Deadline June 29.

Create your own stop animation movie using clay, paper, pen/ink, LEGO’s, or anything your imagination can think up.

**Motion Picture Madness

July 12-14

Registration Deadline July 5.

Create your very own masterpiece. Come express your ideas through movie making using video and still photos.

Amy Rhodes

4-H Educator

410-749-6141 x108

Wicomico County Office

University of Maryland Extension

PO Box 1836, Salisbury, MD 21802-1836

Wicomico 4-H website -

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Family Birding Festival

What: If you’re looking for free family fun Saturday afternoon, join us for the Family Birding Festival at AssateagueState Park. Make a bird feeder, spy through a spotting scope to see birds on the ocean, and learn birding basics from local experts – Saturday, May 21st from 1-3pm at AssateagueState Park’s day-use boardwalk. Enjoy a close up encounter with Scales & Tales birds of prey.

When: Saturday May 21st 2011 1 to 3pm

Where: AssateagueState Park Day-Use

Who can come: Everyone

Contact info: Meghan Sochowski 410-641-2120, ext 12

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Investigating and Evaluation Environmental Issues and Actions Workshop

This workshop will familiarize participants with issues of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and will provide them with skills that can be used by all learners, including gifted and talented students, to help them understand and tackle issues related to the environment in their local communities. These issues include environmental issues, health issues, and other science-related issues.

Participants will be introduced to the goals and outcomes of Gifted and Talented Education, and differentiation for gifted students. Gifted and Talented pedagogy will be integrated throughout the workshop as we investigate environmental issues within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the effects of climate variability on biodiversity.

After participants master this nationally acclaimed curriculum, they will be required to implement it in their own teaching situation. Designed for all who work with middle or high school learners (Grades 6-12), the workshop will inspire teachers of science, social studies, and media specialists, as well as nonformal environmental educators. His workshop will be conducted over a 4-day residential period with 2-days of student observation at the Honeywell Maryland Summer Center for Ecosystem Education at Horn Point.

Each participant will receive a copy of the Teachers Edition of Investigating and Evaluating Environmental Issues and Actions: Skill Development Program by Hungerford, Litherland, Peyton, Ramsey, and Volk, 2003.

Participants will receive three (3) CPD credits and a $960 stipend. To receive both credit and the stipend, teachers must complete the training, student observation, and integration of IEEIA in the classroom:

• $500 to be awarded upon completion of the 4-day training and 2-day observation.
• $460 and (3) CPD credits to be awarded after classroom implementation of the IEEIA model during the 2011-2012 school year.

If you have additional questions, please call LeeAnn at Tel: (410)226-5193 Ext.169 or email:

Friday, April 29, 2011

Volunteers Needed

Canid presence scat sampling using simple transect methods
John Hayes
Delaware State University

Goal: Systematically find scat samples of canid species for genetic analysis

• Primary target: gray fox
• Secondary: red fox, coyote, domestic dog and non-canid


• Coordinate with John Hayes to receive training and be assigned a work area

• Training and field sampling days-May 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2011 June 4, 5, 11, &12, 2011 (Sat & Sun). During the week is OK if your schedule is better suited. Let’s coordinate.

• Receive training:

o Oriented to transect locations
o Field data entry forms
o How to record usable data with GPS- have your own GPS, that’s even better!
o Scat identification- difference between usable and unusable sample
o Awareness techniques to increase sample capture
o Proper collection, ID labeling and storage

• Requires 2-3 hours of training and a commitment to walk at least one transect. 2-4 or more transects would be awesome. Transects do not need to be walked all on same day.

• Walk 3km (2miles) linear transects at approximately 1.5 km/ hour (1 mile/hour) to locate scat deposits on trails and low use dirt roads on managed lands of Delaware and Eastern Shore Maryland. 40-60 transects total depending on volunteer interest. Enquire about sites of interest. We have many places to choose from.

• Use GPS to record transect delineation and sample locations. Record ID, X and Y, and notes on data form for data entry.

• We will be using simple GPS that does not have GIS on the fly capacity. All GPS data entry will be done post collection by John Hayes.

Great Worcester Herp Search, May 14

Reptile, amphibian search May 14

The eleventh annual Great Worcester Herp Search will take place Saturday, May 14 when volunteers scour county lands for reptiles and amphibians.

Sponsored by the Coastal Bays Program, Delmarva Low Impact Tourism (DLITE), Salisbury Zoo, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Salisbury University, the search kicks off at 9 a.m. at Furnacetown off Route 12 near Snow Hill. A brief pre-hunt training session will feature live turtles, snakes, frogs, and salamanders and explain ways to identify them in the wild. It is free to the public and will be held to prep volunteers for searching four Worcester County sites in the morning and afternoon.

Last year 204 reptiles and amphibians representing 20 species were the result of the search held in Worcester County. Finds included mud turtles, worm snakes, ringneck snakes, and rough greensnakes. Box and snapping turtles were found along with five-lined skinks and seven species of frogs and toads.

In Worcester, there are approximately 19 species of snakes, 15 species of frogs and toads, eight species of salamanders, 13 species of turtles, and four species of lizards. The search will provide data to help DNR scientists better understand population trends in this declining group of vertebrates as they continue the first ever Maryland Herp Atlas.

This year’s sites include public and private parcels in the heavily forested southern part of the county in both the coastal bays and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. No animals are harmed or removed from the wild during the search.

Participants should bring a sack lunch and drinks. For Wicomico residents, a Salisbury University van will leave the Henson loading dock at the NE corner of the Henson building on the campus at 8 a.m. Please email Dr. Ron Gutberlet at to let him know you’ll be hitching a ride. Groups will return from the field around 12:30 p.m. for lunch then hunt again until approximately 5 p.m. All children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Sunscreen, mosquito and tick repellant, bright clothing, and boots are a must.

For more information call Dave Wilson at the Coastal Bays office at 410-213-2297.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Important upcomming dates!

MAEOE encourages you to grab your calendar and Save the Dates:

June 3, 2011

2011 Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit

Sandy Point State Park


Every school in Maryland is invited to Celebrate, Promise and Soar at the 2011 Maryland Green School Youth Summit. This meaningful watershed education experience includes:

- 2011 Maryland Green School Awards Ceremonies

- Over 50 hands-on, inquiry-based environmental learning labs (correlated to state curriculum)

- Launch of the 2011 Bay Game

- National Geographic Explorer’s Station

- Wild animal alley

- Youth leadership trainings – students learn to organize environmental campaigns at their schools

- Elected official town hall meeting – students can question their leaders

- Tapestry of Hope

- Promises for the Future Kite Rally

Download the flyer and distribute.

Interested in volunteering? Contact

June 15, 2011

Certified Maryland Green Leader Training - FREE

MAEOE Headquarters – Jessup, Maryland


More information email:

June 18, 2011

Orioles v. Nationals

National’s Stadium in DC (LEED Certified)

First Pitch - 1:05pm

It's the Battle of the Beltways. Cheer on your favorite team while supporting environmental education in Maryland. MAEOE receives a portion of each ticket purchased. All proceeds will be used to support Growing Maryland Green Schools. Want tickets? Email

July 15, 2011

Bowie BaySox v. Richmond Flying Squirrels

Baysox Stadium in Bowie


The BaySox are Putting the Bay into Baseball - Teaming up with environmental organizations to help build a more environmentally literate citizenry.

- Click Here the to purchase tickets

- Enter the special offer code: MAEOE (all caps)

- Purchase tickets

- Share with friends and family

All proceeds will be used to support Growing Maryland Green Schools. MAEOE receives a portion of each ticket purchased.

July 18-22, 2011

Grow a Maryland Green School Summer Institute


December 31, 2010

Bob Finton Award for Excellence in Outdoor Education Nominations Due

Don’t wait till the last minute. Nominations are accepted year round.

February 1, 2012

Maryland Green School Intent to Apply Form and Fee Due

February 9-12, 2012

27th Annual MAEOE Conference

Ocean City, Maryland

Call for Presentations coming soon in June..

Monday, April 25, 2011

Education Coordinator Needed at Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

Nestled next to Schumaker Pond in Salisbury, Maryland and surrounded by wildlife in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art features the world’s largest and finest public collection of decorative and antique decoys. The museum is a premier facility for the study of art, nature and tradition for the youth, educators, scholars, artists and community it serves.

Job Description:
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a full time Education Coordinator to assist with a growing department that serves over 14,000 youth and adults annually through programming on topics of art, nature and tradition.

Duties include development and delivery of education programs for youth and adults, scheduling and coordinating programming, assisting with special events and promotion of programs through written press releases, website updates and social media outlets. Education Coordinator reports to the Director of Education.

Applicant must possess a bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) and have at least two years of experience with program delivery and working with volunteers. Knowledge of regional art, natural and cultural heritage is preferred. Applicants must possess strong organizational, writing and communication skills and be comfortable working independently and as a team with a diverse client base. Applicants should be proficient with computers. Typical workweek is Tuesday through Saturday.

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits package.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to:
Kim Check, Education Director at
Ward Museum, 909 South Schumaker Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804

Application review will begin on May 18, 2011. Position open until filled.

The Ward Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Volunteer Coordinator Job Announcement

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator for the new Robinson Nature Center. The Volunteer Coordinator will develop and manage volunteer-based opportunities and programs for the Robinson Nature Center and oversees the day-to-day operations of volunteer programs. For more information and to apply, visit The deadline for applications is May 2, 2011.

Delmarva Birding Weekend

The Delmarva Birding Weekend celebrates the spring migration of thousands of warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors. The Weekend combines boat trips, paddling treks, and expeditions by foot, and takes place April 28 through May 1, 2011.

The Delmarva Peninsula possesses an extensive variety of environments, including barrier islands, tidal wetlands, cypress swamps, upland fields and primeval forests. Field trips take place in the land and water that feed into the Delaware Bays and coastal inland bays. More than 400 bird species have been recorded in the region. 204 species were tallied during the 2009 event!

Space is limited, but weekend participants can book trips through May 1 to kayak in Rehoboth Bay, search for seabirds aboard the Cape May/Lewes Ferry, and explore some of Delaware’s best birding grounds at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park, and Assawoman Wildlife Area. On Friday, April 29 at 5:00 pm, a birder’s Tally Rally will be held at Dogfish Head in Rehoboth Beach to add species to the weekend’s checklist.

Participating birders will be helping birds by promoting bird and habitat conservation. Birders, both novice and experienced, can make an important statement about the economic value of birds and their habitats through low-impact tourism. Birders are encouraged to remind local businesses that they are here to enjoy Delmarva’s natural areas and the birds that inhabit them.

For more information, please email or call 443-614-0261. For more information about the Delmarva Birding Weekend and trip availability, please visit

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Compost Bin & Rain Barrell Sale

Once again, Baltimore County Dept. of the Public Works and the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability are sponsoring a Compost Bin and Rain Barrel sale, first come, first serve, truckload sale for one day only! There will be no leftovers the next day.

Saturday, April 30,2011, 9 am - 3:00 pm at the auxiliary parking lot of The Avenue at White Marsh 8125 Honeygo Boulevard (behind the movie theater, across Town Center Drive)

The Earth Machine Compost Bin: 2 pieces fits in all cars.
Systern Rain Barrel: 1 piece, large size, fits in most cars.

There will be six lines to pay cash, check and credit cards. Two lines will be cash only.

See more details including pricing at or contact 410-887-2000, press 0 for an operator.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Position Announcement: Undergraduate/Graduate 2011 Summer Research Internship @ Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Otter Point Creek Component

Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - MD

Application Deadline: All applications must be received by April 15, 2011.

Background: The Otter Point Creek Alliance and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland (Maryland Reserve) are co‑sponsoring two summer research internships for the summer of 2011. Internships are open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students to conduct a summer research project within the Otter Point Creek Component of the Maryland Reserve. The Maryland Reserve is one of 28 Reserves throughout the country that serve as field laboratories for the betterment of coastal zone management through research, education, and stewardship.

Site Description: The Otter Point Creek Component is one of three sites that comprise the Maryland Reserve. It contains 704 acres of upland and riparian forest, tidal freshwater marshes, streams, creeks, submerged aquatic vegetation, and open water. Otter Point Creek is located in the tidal headwaters of the Bush River in Harford County, Maryland. Staff from the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center oversees all efforts and activities at Otter Point Creek. Students are encouraged to work with staff to coordinate the use of laboratories, field equipment, and other amenities (canoes, boats, storage space, etc.) in support of their research project. Students are also encouraged to incorporate education and volunteer opportunities, if applicable, in their research efforts.

Research Topics:

Otter Point Creek is an ideal site for a broad range of research topics with a diversity of habitats (tidal freshwater marshes, SAV beds, and riparian and upland forests). Students can work with the Reserve’s Research Coordinator, Park Naturalist and the Park Manager on one of the following topics:

* Beaver Habitat Sustainability Study
* Mapping of Phragmites patches and wild rice at Otter Point Creek
* Study the marsh colonization process at the HaHa branch mudbank
* Short-term sedimentation study at the HaHa branch marsh
* Physical characterization of the vernal pool including size, GPS location, vegetation, soil parameters, etc.


Internships are open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are capable of working independently with minimal supervision. Students should be self-motivated, have good communication and writing skills, and be comfortable working in physically challenging environments.

Application Requirements:

Qualified applicants should submit the following:

1) a short proposal (five or less single spaced pages that includes a title, hypotheses, methods/ procedures, objectives/goals of study, and references)

2) copies of unofficial transcripts

3) two letters of recommendation and

4) a one-page resume.

All applications must be received by April 15, 2011.

Internship Requirements

The successful applicant is expected to develop an expanded detailed proposal, conduct independent research, and provide a final report, public presentation and newsletter article for the Otter's Tale, about their project within one year of completing their project.

Financial Support:

The Otter Point Creek Alliance will provide a stipend totaling $2,000 in four equal installments of $500. Final payment is made upon the receipt of the final report. In addition, the Chesapeake Bay Reserve will provide up to $500 for supplies and/or sample analysis. Interns should figure on working a minimum of 20 hours a week for a minimum of three months during the summer of 2011.

Send complete applications to:
Kriste Garman, Park Manager
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
700 Otter Point Road
Abingdon, MD 21009

For more information contact:
Kriste Garman at 410‑612‑1688 or

Photo Contest

2011 DNR Photo Contest

Enter your photos into the 2011 Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Park Service and Maryland Public Television. Contest winners receive prizes and have their photos published in the Maryland Natural Resource 2012 winter issue as well as the 2012 Maryland Natural Resource Calendar.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Stipend Volunteers are sought for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is proud to announce the second year of a new partnership with the State of Maryland and Constellation Energy to establish a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program. The purpose of the Corps is 1) to enable stipend volunteers to work with host organizations and communities throughout Maryland to implement on-the-ground restoration and energy conservation projects, and 2) to provide leadership and training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers. Corps volunteers will work on projects in the realms of watershed restoration, energy conservation, agriculture, forestry, and environmental education. Over 40 placement possibilities at non-profit and government organizations across Maryland exist and can be viewed at At least 16 Corps Volunteers will be placed.

Applications for CORPS VOLUNTEERS, ages 18-25, are currently being solicited, with a deadline of May 20, 2011. Successful Corps Volunteer applicants will be matched with Host Organizations by the end of June, with the one-year service term to begin on August 29, 2011. Corps Volunteers will receive a stipend of $19,000 for the year of service. In light of the Trust’s commitment to the advancement of diversity in its environmental work, the Trust strongly encouraged applications from Host Organizations and now encourages applications from Volunteers that increase awareness and participation of people and communities of color in natural resource restoration and protection.

More information and application materials can be found at

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Logo

In case you didn't see it at the conference, MAEOE has a new logo! We worked hard to come up with a design that, while embracing the feel of our original logo, could also be used to help identify our many programs as being part of MAEOE. Keep your eye out for the new logo to be popping up all over Maryland's Environmental Programs :)

Pictures from the 2011 Conference

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2011 Conference

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Eco-Comedy Video Competition Spring 2011

$1000 Prize!

Sponsored by AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Sierra Club

Co-sponsored by Mill Reef Productions and Eco-Sense


The contest is open to anyone who prepares a short, funny video for YouTube which communicates a clear message that strongly motivates a specific behavior change (for example, driving a fuel efficient car, turning down thermostats, or donating to a conservation cause).

Submissions must:

* Be humorous!
* Address a critical environmental issue
* Be an original production
* Reach a broad audience beyond just environmentalists
* Be less than three (3) minutes

There will be six judges representing the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, Sierra Club, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Mill Reef Productions, and Eco-Sense. The decision of the judges is final. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award. The organizations listed above reserve the right to post submissions on their websites.

Submissions are due by March 1, 2011. Submissions that are not received by March 1, 2011 will not be judged. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 22 at the DC Environmental Film Festival.

For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, visit:

Questions may be addressed to Chris Palmer at

Professor Chris Palmer

Author of Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom (Sierra Club Books, 2010)

Distinguished Film Producer in Residence

Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking

School of Communication, American University

cell 202-716-6160; office 202-885-3408

Center website:

Support a trash free Maryland!

Support a Trash Free Maryland

This winter, the Maryland General Assembly will consider legislation to put a five-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper shopping bags. Like the bag fee in Washington, DC, proceeds of the fee will support restoration of impaired waterways in the state, including the Chesapeake Bay.

We have a goal of collecting 30,000 signatures. Can you help?

Contact your representatives and ask them to support this important environmental bill.

To learn more about this initiative visit

Opt out of phone book delivery

When is the last time you opened a phone book? You can sign up to stop having them delivered to you through this link. Takes less than 5 minutes and think of the trees you'll be saving!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Applications Now Available for the Girls on Ice 2011 Expedition!

Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for
high school girls. Each year a team of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 11 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and alpine landscapes through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists and mountaineers.

The 2011 Expedition will take place July 25 to August 4, 2010 on Mount
Baker, Washington State. All girls age 15-18 are eligible to apply. (applications are due February 15, 2011)

We are able to provides this program TUITION FREE to the girls through small
grants and gifts from individuals and support from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Please consider supporting the program, visit:

For more information, please visit:

Questions? Please send an email to

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Green Roof Contest Winners!

Congratulations Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women!

Cole Roofing would like to congratulate the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, this years Green Roof Giveaway winner! We can’t wait to start working with this amazing group of young women to give them the perfect roof.

We would like to thank all those who participated in this years giveaway. The response was overwhelming and our decision was harder than we could have ever anticipated.


Quick, have you registered yet for the 2011 MAEOE conference? February 10 - 13 in College Park. It's gonna be a great event and the lowest registration fees end today. Sing up - NOW!!!

SEASONAL EDUCATOR - Pickering Creek Audubon Center

Pickering Creek Audubon Center seeks a Seasonal Educator to help develop and teach environmental school programs and the summer EcoCamp.

DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: February–August 2011
STIPEND: $11.96 per hour, housing onsite with monthly rent.
DEADLINE: Friday, January 21, 2011
·School year: Prepare and teach hand-on environmental education school programs on site and in local schools, 1st through 12th grade
·School year: Develop, prepare and teach public programs for families, adults and youth
·EcoCamp: Lead groups of 8-12 campers and 1-3 Assistant Naturalists during 4-5 day camp weeks for 7 weeks. A typical camp day runs 8 AM to 5 PM, with campers here from 9 AM-4 PM
·EcoCamp: Plan, prepare and lead nature-themed games, activities, songs, and crafts
·Serve as a role model naturalist and environmental steward
·Work closely with other seasonal educators and full time staff to plan and implement programs
·Animal care of program animals (reptiles)
·Opportunity to develop and complete an independent project
·Help with maintenance of buildings and grounds
·Occasional weekend program responsibilities

·At least one year of experience working with children and adults in an educational setting
·College education with a background in biology, education, environmental education, environmental science or related field
·Enjoy working with others and children of all ages in an outdoor setting
·Be flexible and self-motivated
·Ability to work with minimal supervision
·Professional and friendly manner

To apply please send cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Mandy Smith
Education Coordinator
Pickering Creek Audubon Center
11450 Audubon Lane
Easton, MD 21601
Phone: 410/822-4903