Thursday, November 14, 2013


A Budget of $2000 per Artist to Further the Arts and Environmental Stewardship
Chesapeake Education, Arts and Research Society (CHEARS) and Alight Dance Theater today announced a request for artists' applications for Three Sisters: A Garden for All Seasons Public Art Project. Artists must reside in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia. CHEARS in partnership with Alight Dance Theater seeks artists to create public art pieces to be installed at all Three Sisters Garden locations in Greenbelt, Maryland. The gardens are located on public lands near busy recreational facilities in three different areas within Greenbelt city limits. Three artists will be chosen with each artist designing and fabricating a work of art for one of the three garden locations. We are most interested in works using mural, mosaic and/or sculptural techniques with an emphasis on the use of recycled, reused and/or sustainable materials.
Alight Dance Theater and CHEARS are producing three site-specific dance / movement installations at the Three Sisters Garden locations over the course of next year with performances in spring, summer and fall of 2014. The public art installed in the gardens will function as part of the set for these performances as well as include a small plaque, which identifies the gardens and credits the funders for this project. The addition of these art pieces aim to beautify the garden, serve as a focal point for information and activities in the gardens, and honor major supporters of the gardens.
Artwork Specifications: Successful project proposals will feature designs for art pieces with dimensions of at least three feet by five feet and partially constructed out of recycled, reused and/or sustainable materials. Works must be designed and built for permanent outdoor installation. Artwork may be constructed using a variety of techniques and mediums. Artists interested in working with community groups to assist in the collection of materials and/or partial construction of the work should include those plans in the project proposal.
Selection Process: Submission deadline is January 24, 2014. Artist selection will be completed by January 28, 2014 with artists considered on a rolling basis up until January 24, 2014. Selected artists will be issued contracts by February 28, 2014. Up to six finalists will be selected for a personal interview with the selection committee. The selection committee is comprised of representatives from both CHEARS and alight dance theater.
To Apply: Go to ( for the on-line application. In addition, applicants must email a current resume (do not exceed two pages) and three digital images of past work to by January 24, 2014. Image files should be labeled with artist's last name and partial title of work. Please include details about artwork in body of email, including full title of work, medium, dimensions, date of completion and location of installation, if applicable.
The funding for this project has been provided in part by Alight Dance Theater, CHEARS and the Maryland Heritage Area Authority.

Monday, November 11, 2013

$100 Million in Funding Available through the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior, is pleased to announce the availability of $100 million in grant funding under the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program.  Funding will support projects that reduce communities’ vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and associated threats through strengthening natural ecosystems that also benefit fish and wildlife.  Eligible projects include:

·         Project planning and design (up to $250,000)
·         Coastal resiliency assessments (up to $1 million)
·         Restoration and resiliency projects ($250,000 - $5 million)
·         Green infrastructure ($250,000 - $1 million)
·         Community coastal resiliency planning ($100,000 - $500,000)

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments and agencies, recognized tribes, state government agencies and academic institutions.  Deadline for proposals is January 31, 2014. 

For those interested in further details on the program, NFWF will host a regional workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville, MD on November 18, 2013.  A webinar for prospective applicants will also be held on December 17, 2013.  Further information on how to register for the workshops and webinar, and the formal Request for Proposals, can be accessed at

Friday, November 8, 2013

Conference Registration is OPEN!!!!

29th Annual MAEOE Environmental Education Conference
Make Connections – Take Action
Ocean City, MD ● February 6-9, 2014

Registration for the 2014 MAEOE Conference is now open!
With nearly 600 participants from the Chesapeake Bay region, you are
sure to connect with extraordinary ideas, lessons and actions
to incorporate into your work with Prek-12 students and the community.

Early Bird Registration November 1, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Late Registration begins January 19, 2014

On-line Registration Guide can be found here.
Please refer to the guide before you register.
Thursday Professional Development Institute, Friday Workshops
and Conference details are found in the Guide.

Conference Questions?
·   Please go to the Conference page on
·   Email
·   Call the Conference Hotline
(Hotline hours are Monday – Thursday 5-7, at all other times, please
leave a message with your name, number and the best time to reach you)

MAEOE encourages, engages and empowers the community to understand, responsibly use and promote the natural world.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Reminder - Conference Registration is Coming Soon!!!!!

29th Annual  MAEOE
Environmental Education Conference
Make Connections – Take Action
February 6- 9 2014
Princess Royale,
Ocean City MD

Conference Highlights
Thursday Professional Development Institute
Thursday Professional Development Institute (PDI) is a focused, content-based program. Explore current topics in significant depth
Friday Workshops
Friday workshops include a fascinating range of topics.  These are full-day and halfday workshops.
Keynote Speaker, Friday evening
Davey Rogner is an environmental educator, permaculturist, and in 2010, he founded The Harvest Collective to pursue the creation of zero-waste and climate positive communities in America
Saturday Sessions
Over 50 workshops offering a wide variety of topics, presenters and strands. 
Sunday Field Experiences
-       Birding in Ocean City
-       Treasure in the Woods - Geocache at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
9-3pm - Land Ethic Experience and Education, Peggy Eppig, MAEF (FULL DAY) 
A    AGsploration – University of Maryland, Cooperative Extension (HALF DAY)
P    Promoting Safe Food Gardening and Handling Practices in Youth Gardens (HALF DAY)
            GROWING WILD – Kerry Wixted, Maryland DNR (HALF DAY)
7-9pm MAEOE Trivia Challenge, Schooner’s Bar & Lounge, Princess Royale Hotel
9-12, 1-4 - Workshops 
6:30 pm Opening
7-8 Keynote
8-10 Exhibits & Social
8:30 – 11:50 Concurrent Workshops
12 – 1 – lunch by the pool & Green Artist Walk
1- 1:45 – Networking, Green Artist Walk, Exhibit Hall Time
1:45 – 2:45 Concurrent Workshops
2:45 – 3:15 Snack Break in Exhibit Hall
3:00 Silent Auction Ends
3:15 – 5:30 Concurrent Sessions
8:00pm-12am – Conference Social
Many Sunday Field Experiences
to Choose From--Watch For More Details