Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31 - April 4

Welcome back to work folks, hopefully you're working on a fun project or making some moves for your organization. Today is Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles which means that spring is officially here and that educators are finally able to take their classes outside. 

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the Maryland Green Schools applications are due this Friday at 4:00pm. Please email your applications to or make sure they arrive at our office by snail mail at the deadline. They can also be dropped off at one of our designated drop-off sites that are listed on our website. We're really looking forward to seeing what these schools have done this year in the name of sustainability. With five schools up for our "sustained school" designation and another 71 applying to the program for the first year, it's sure to be a landmark year in the MD Green Schools Program. Please don't forget to sign up for one of our application review sessions throughout April:

We have a variety of professional development events this week ranging from a conference to a stream clean-up. Have a good week.  

Professional Development

GreenFest Small Logo

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Water Quality Begins At Home
April 5, 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm
Howard Community College
Burrill Galleria and Quad
 (click for map)
RAIN OR SHINE! (Most of GreenFest is inside.) 
Join us for a free family event celebrating Earth Month on Saturday, April 5 from 10:00am – 4:00pm at Howard Community College in the Burrill Galleria. Vendors and non-profit displays will provide practical information about steps to take both at home and work to promote better water quality and a greener lifestyle.  
Be sure to collect your favorite great green giveaways throughout the festival! Lunch will be available for purchase from two local vendors. 
 Here are some highlights to look forward to: 
  • Wake up with Fair Trade Coffee & Birds at 10am 
  • Outdoor Nature Play Space 
  • Live Reptile and Birds 
  • Kids Crafts 
  • Mini Farmers Market 
  • Solar Telescopes 
  • Tree/Shrub Planting 
  • Free Compost Bins  
  • Workshops and Speakers 
  • Local Green Businesses and Non-Profits 
AND MORE!!! (Click here for the schedule of events)   

Native Plant Sale  

Visit a variety of local native plant sellers.  Ask questions, learn about what native plants will do well in your yard and purchase!  10-4 on the Quad.  

Student Forum: Share Your Success 

Students from area high schools will provide an overview of successful environmental projects at their schools and lessons learned.  Projects include rain gardens, electronics recycling and more.  Students can connect and learn more in the networking reception that is included.  1:30-2:30. 

Rain Barrel Workshop

Two 1-hour long rain barrel workshops will be offered at GreenFest (10am and 12pm). Howard County residents (ONLY) can sign up to receive a free rain barrel with parts for at-home assembly. NOTE: Registration is closed for these workshops.   
Shredding Event 
Howard County will sponsor a free shredding event for all residents from 10am - 2pm in Parking Lot A at the Community College. The maximum limit is 3 bags or boxes per person of materials to be shredded. The shredder also accepts computer disks and compact discs (cd's) for shredding if valuable information is on them. For more details about shredding please contact 410-313-6444.
 Check out the times and titles of the workshops and outdoor activities HERE to plan your day at GreenFest.

Reflections: The 21st Century School Buildings Plan in Action – A Panel Discussion Wed Apr 2, 5:30-7:30pm

buildings plan icon As schools in Year 2 of the 21st Century School Buildings Plan head into the design process for new or modernized school buildings, join us at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay St.) to hear from schools where work is already underway. Principals, partners, architects and city staff will share their experiences and lessons learned from the Year 1 school design process.  The event will include a panel discussion and breakout groups.  The entire school community — students, parents, school staff, partners, neighbors and representatives from civic and community associations — should plan to attend.  More information is attached.  RSVP via email to   For more information about the 21st-Century Buildings Plan, call City Schools' Engagement Office at 410-545-1870 or visit:

Patapsco State Park Cleanup

Join PHG to be part of the annual "Project Clean Stream" in partnership with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, where hundreds of cleanups are going on throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed! Our park friends requested we clean up a section of Patapsco State Park off of Belle Grove Avenue that is in dire need of a cleanup! This is an area few people know about, but another example of a beautiful remote section of Patapsco State Park, popular for fishing and kayaking.
Saturday, April 5, 2014.  Rain or shine!
9 am - 12 pm.  Please arrive no later than 8:45 am so we can begin on time!
Patapsco State Park land off of Belle Grove Avenue in Brooklyn (see below for directions)
Click on "Event Registration."
Parking will be at the parking lot of the American Legion Post 34, 5526 Belle Grove Road, Brooklyn, MD 21225. Overflow parking will be across the street along Thomas Avenue. Look for the posted signs and our stream captain team wearing bright orange safety vests to direct you to registration!

From Route 95 North
Take Exit  49A for Interstate 695 E toward Glen Burnie/Key Bridge  
From Route 695 (Baltimore Beltway outer loop) - take Exit 6A - merge onto
MD-170 N/N Camp Meade Road toward Linthicum . 
Travel approximately 2 miles.  Look for the posted signs and our stream captain team wearing bright orange safety vests to direct you to registration!  
To find this site using your GPS, the address of the parking lot is 5526 Belle Grove Road, Brooklyn, MD 21225 or you can also use 1 Thomas Avenue, Brooklyn .  
What to wear
We recommend you bring along boots or other waterproof shoes, a hat, long pants and long sleeved shirt! By wearing long sleeves, long pants and gloves, it prevents you from any injury from jagged scrap metal or any sensitivities you may have from various types of vegetation.
What to bring  
We especially need and appreciate when volunteers bring their own water or drink (to stay hydrated), work gloves, crab nets or fishing nets with long handles (to scoop trash out of the water in places that are too deep to retrieve it), shovels or other garden tools. We will be removing litter and trash out of the water or that has blown under bushes or among other vegetation!  Most of the trash/litter is in the land next to the water and litter that has washed along the banks! 
Please mark your name on your tools so if you leave them behind, we can return them to you later!  We are a bringing your own tools and needed supplies it helps keep our costs down and earn our undying gratitude!
We also appreciate and recommend that you bring your own sunscreen and insect repellent. If you are allergic to insect bites or stings, please bring any needed medications and notify one of the stream captains of your allergy.   
IMPORTANT:  There are no close public restrooms so please plan accordingly.    
Who can I bring?  
You are welcome to bring your family and friends. Children under 16 are welcome if they are supervised and accompanied by an adult volunteer.  Keep in mind that we will be cleaning up around deep water, so be prepared to keep a close eye on your children near the water.  There is still a lot of small trash in the park areas close to the water if not removed will eventually wash into the water! 
We hope to see you there!

Chesapeake Forest Gardens
A Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Edible Landscapes ~ Forests and Watershed
In this twelve-day course over the span of eight months, you will dive deeply into the vision and practice of creating wholesome, dynamic, and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models.  The teaching team will offer lectures, site walks, and experiential exercises to help you understand how the architecture, social structures, and successional processes of natural forests apply in the design of edible ecosystems of all kinds.  We'll also learn about and practice water harvesting & storage options, biointensive gardening, reading patterns in natural systems, and understanding the cultural shifts required to transition in co-creating mindful communities of abundance.
Gain knowledge of local ecology & confidence in ecological design.
Experience a design process from start to finish of a site of your choosing.
Empower yourself as a steward of land regeneration & ecosystem health.
Enhance your knowledge of forest gardening, trees, plants, and care.

2014 Course Weekend Dates
April 5-6                  September 6-7
May 3-4                  October 4-5
May 31-June 1       November 1-2
Early Bird Special through March 21, 2014 ~ $1000. 
Starting March 22, 2014--Registration fee is $1100. 
For more information and to register, click here!
A collaboration between Chesapeake Education, Arts and Research Society and Forested.

Kimberly L. Walsh
Executive Director
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REGISTER- Empowering People & Organizations (March 18, 2014)

Chesapeake Education, Arts & Research Society (CHEARS)
P.O. Box 1841 | Greenbelt, MD 20768 

2014 Maryland's Land Conservation Conference
Click here to register online
The 14th annual Maryland Land Conservation Conference will take place on April 3-4, 2014 at the Claggett Center in Adamstown, MD. The conference provides opportunity for land trust staff, board members, environmental advocates, elected officials and planners from federal, state and local governments to network and exchange new ideas about the future of land conservation in our region. Online registration is available for one or both days of the conference and includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and educational sessions. For more information about the conference, to download the agenda or for conference fees, please visit

Join Maryland Environmental Trust for two full days of educational workshops, field trips, peer-to-peer networking, and an evening reception. Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Joe Gill, will provide the keynote address. With an amazing line up of speakers from throughout the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond, this year’s conference will offer a variety of topics on: building new partnerships in land conservation, marketing and fundraising strategies, smart targeting for conservation areas, large landscape conservation, engaging landowners, managing working lands, successful urban land conservation stories, water quality, new trends and other emerging issues.

An evening reception will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Tickets to the receptions are only $15. Join us for an evening reception to celebrate the land that the Maryland has protected, engage in dynamic discussions and to reconnect with your colleagues.
 Registration is limited! Register  today!
For more professional development events check out the PD calendar on MAEOE's website. But now for what everyone's waiting for: this week's...
1. Baltimore Environment and Agriculture Apprenticeship
Do you like to spend time outdoors, want to try growing food, and are you interested in the environment?  The Farm Alliance of Baltimore City and Real Food Farm are seeking responsible youth for the Baltimore Environment and Agriculture Apprenticeship Program.  You’ll get to spend your summer farming, meeting new friends, and exploring Baltimore in a whole new way!
In a typical week, participants will spend four days farming at one of Baltimore’s urban farms and one day on a field trip. Some time during the regular farming sessions will be devoted to leadership development and job training (team building games, professional development mini-workshops) as well as presentations on environmental sustainability topics.

What will I do?

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  • You’ll help plant, weed, water, and harvest crops.
  • You’ll help build new compost piles.
  • You’ll process and prepare crops for market/distribution.
  • You might work at a market stand or oversee produce distribution to customers.
  • You might assist with minor repairs to farm infrastructure, such as hoophouses.
  • You’ll play team games.
  • You’ll participate in mini-workshops related to environmental sustainability and job readiness.
  • You’ll prepare and deliver a presentation to community members about the summer experience.
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What will I get?

  • You’ll learn about farming and environmental sustainability.
  • You’ll get to learn and practice important job skills, such as the ability to listen to directions , execute a task independently or with a team, and problem solving skills.
  • You’ll get satisfaction from working hard.
  • You’ll have fun and get to explore your city!

Sample work schedule:

7:45 AM – arrive in work clothes, meet with a production staff to determine work tasks for the day
8:00 AM – begin work tasks (planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, etc.)
10:00 AM – break
10:15 AM – continue work tasks
11:30 AM – lunch
12:00 PM – continue work tasks or mini-workshop
1:15 PM – dismissed
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  • 2 days a week will be spent as a full group at Real Food Farm (2801 St. Lo Drive, in Clifton Park, NE Baltimore)
  • 2 days will be spent working in small groups on other urban farms in Baltimore City
  • 1 day will be spent on a field trip around the Baltimore region

Possible field trips:

  • visiting one of Baltimore’s nature centers and urban parks
  • observing aquaponics system at Cylburn Arboretum
  • sailing in the Inner Harbor


  • Be able to work outside in high temperatures
  • Have completed 10th, 11th or 12th grade
  • Be self-motivated, responsible & easy going
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Be enthusiastic, energetic, and eager to learn

Steps to participate:

  • Enroll with YouthWorks by March 14 (must be a Baltimore resident, age 14-21).
  • Complete program application and return to Molly McCullagh (2445 E. 32nd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, by Monday, March 3.  Download the BEAAP Application.
  • Attend an on-farm interview during the weeks of March 17-28 (exact dates TBD).  We have 10 slots available for this summer and we expect the process to be competitive.


Contact Molly McCullagh, Education Coordinator at Real Food Farm –, 443-531-8346
2. Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member - MAEOE/Chesapeake Bay Trust
MAEOE has been selected as a potential host organization for the 2014-2015 Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program, a program that provides service-learning opportunities and green job training for young people through environmental and energy conservation projects. The program is administered by The Chesapeake Bay Trust, which matches young adults 18-25 with Maryland nonprofits and government agencies to work fulltime in the environmental field for a period of one year. This initiative, supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Constellation Energy, and the state of Maryland, pairs young adults with organizations that provide hands-on environmental, leadership, and technical training opportunities. Not only are placed Corps Volunteers working fulltime in the environmental field for a year, but the Program also includes a number of other components and opportunities such as conferences, trainings, grant funding options, site visits to fellow Corps sites, capstone project and so on all culminating into an array of leadership, networking, experience, skill-building and professional growth. Applications are being solicited through April 18, 2014 and submitted via email to
As a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member working at MAEOE you will be exposed to a variety of projects that will combine to provide you with a strong foundation for a career in environmental conservation. Your responsibilities will include:

A. Design and implementation of a Habitat Restoration or Conservation project that meets 

the requirement of one of the Maryland Green School or Eco- School Best Management 

Practices. These include; Water, Energy, Habitat Restoration, Building Structures for Learning, 

Healthy School Environment, Waste Reduction, or Responsible Transportation. The Volunteer 

will select two schools in Prince Georges County and two schools on the Eastern Shore. The 

CCC will assist the four schools and their student Green Teams by: 

a. Conducting a MDGS/Eco-Schools workshop for the schools’ staff and students 
b. Meet regularly with student teams to plan a restoration/conservation project for the 
school grounds 
c. Assist in the design of the student driven project 
d. Assist with finding resources for implementation including using an “All Hands on 
Deck” approach and or mini grant funding if applicable 
e. Implement the project with the students 
f. Guide the students in documentation of the project for the MDGS application 
Examples of possible projects include: Planting trees or shrubs, planting rain gardens, shoreline 
erosion control plantings, butterfly gardens or meadows, energy audits

B. Design and implement Youth Leadership training and career choice components of the 
2014 Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit. The Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit is 
an annual environmental education event for Maryland schools. The Youth Summit event 
attendance is approximately 3000 students from schools throughout Maryland. For some 
students this is their first visit to the Chesapeake Bay. The CCC will volunteer will plan and 
implement an activity with support from his/her line manager, the Eco-Schools representative 
and a partner from the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). 

The event includes: 
a. Award Ceremonies for schools and centers under the MDGS program 
b. Environmental Youth Leadership and Career Development opportunities
c. Environmental Literacy Bazaar – Hands on Learning stations for all ages 
d. Celebration – recognizing the impact and achievements of schools and nature centers 

C. Assist with aspects of the Maryland Green Schools Program including: 
a. Social media 
b. Development of an online library 
c. Presentations to schools and potential community partners 
d. Represent MAEOE at local and regional environmental events 
e. Assist with updating the MAEOE website, databases and online resources for schools.

2. Executive Director - Bethesda Green

The ideal candidate for Executive Director will:

Have substantive experience in, and knowledge of, the environment and energy fields;

Have at least five years' experience managing and motivating a staff of paid and volunteer personnel;

Have at least five years' experience in successful fundraising;

Possess excellent people and public speaking skills;

Entrepreneurial spirit and experience working in/with small businesses

Educational requirements: at least a bachelor's degree, although a master's degree would be preferable. Academic specialization could include (although is not limited to) environmental science; nonprofit management; public policy.

This is a full-time position with benefits, located in Bethesda, Maryland, part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Compensation is negotiable and will depend upon the candidate. Bethesda Green is an equal opportunity employer and candidates from diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

For detail job description, visit

Written applications must be received by 5 p.m. eastern time, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by email at or by regular mail at Bethesda Green, Attention: Search Committee, 4825 Cordell Avenue, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814.

For more info, visit

Sumi Shrestha

Marketing and Operations Manager
Bethesda Green
4825 Cordell Avenue, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814
240-396-2440 x106 

3. Nature Center Facility Leader I - The Robinson Nature Center


BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Howard County Recreation and Parks operates the Robinson Nature Center. This position performs intermediate level recreation services work ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the Center. This position provides support to the Community Facility Leader II and to full-time staff of the Center. This position will assist in providing customer service and support for center operations. 

• Assist with Activenet membership and program registration
• Assists customers in completing room reservation requests
• Performs opening and closing duties as assigned
• Set up and take down of equipment
• Answers a multi – line phone and directs calls to the appropriate coordinator
• Provides marketing and program promotion to walk in customers
• Performs data processing as assigned
• Assists with gift shop sales and inventory
• Maintains cleanliness of interior and exterior appearance of the center
• Makes phone calls as directed
• Communicates clearly and courteously with the public and coworkers
• Performs other duties as assigned to ensure the smooth operations of the center
• File permits and other paperwork
• Assists with completing center forms
• Monitors center patrons and enforces center rules
• Wear Recreation and Parks shirt and nametag
• Be trained in the use of the AED, CPR and First Aide
• Must have basic knowledge of nature center operations
• Possess good communication skills
• Be flexible, reliable, responsible and enjoy working with the general public
• Must be able to lift 40 pounds
• Must be at least 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency
Please see attached Application.
Please submit applications and resume to Emily David
The job will remain open until filled.

That's all for this week folks, as always stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and website for the latest information on MAEOE. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

5 Questions with...MAEOE President Elect 
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Welcome to the second edition of "5 Questions with...". This week's special guest is non other than MAEOE President Elect Lisa Jones. Lisa's energy is contagious and her insight has provided MAEOE with guidance during both the conference planning season and as MAEOE makes decisions as an organization during the rest of the year. Her passion and dedication to environmental education will allow her to be successful as she takes over the MAEOE presidency in the coming years.

Lisa is from Owings Mills, Maryland. She received a B.S. in Human Development from St. Mary's College of Southern Maryland. Lisa has been working for Living Classrooms Foundation since 200 when she was the Program Director on Mildred Belle, and later became Director of Shipboard Education in 2001. When she is not working, she spends a lot of time rocks climbing indoors and out, playing with her dog Dewey, and just generally enjoying the outdoors. Thanks Lisa for all you do for MAEOE!

Without further ado, let's put Lisa on the hot seat for a few minutes and hear what she has to say about MAEOE and environmental education.

-What are your duties as a MAEOE board member?​

Whatever I'm told :)  I'm the President Elect so I serve on the Executive Committee and help make decisions to contribute to the success of MAEOE.  We don't currently have a Secretary and since I was in that role for several years, I continue to be our acting Secretary.

- How long have you worked in environmental education and in what roles? Do you have a favorite job that you've held?

I've been working in the EE field since I was in middle or high school.  I grew up going to 4-H camp and began serving as a youth leader there by around 13 and would always find a way to teach a few EE lessons at camp each summer.  Once in college my summer jobs were always camp based, mostly revolving around the environment to some degree.  I currently am the Director of Shipboard Education at Living Classrooms Foundation.  Regardless of where I've been teaching EE my favorite moments are when you realize the students finally "get" it.

- How can MAEOE grow outside of the conference and Green Schools Program/Youth Summit Day? How can MAEOE further impact the environmental education field?

If MAEOE was recognized state wide as the leader in EE I think we'll have done pretty well for ourselves.  Currently we're doing a great job of creating all sorts of "out of the box" partnerships that are expanding the reach of EE which I think is awesome!

- How can environmental education be a successful tool in combating climate change and widespread environmental degradation?

Awareness!  I think the students of today are starting to get the message and figure things out.  We need to come up with a way to get that message to the adults.  This could come from the kids taking the lessons home, or providing more educational opportunities for adults.  We can't wait for today's youth to grow up and solve the problems.

- What makes the MAEOE Board of Directors an effective unit?

Passion.  We are all dedicated to the cause and want to see MAEOE succeed in all its endeavors.  We aren't afraid to work hard, get dirty, or lose some sleep if a job needs doing.

- What's the best part about working with kids?​

Their unbridled excitement and sense of wonder!

Thanks Lisa! Do you have an interesting friend working in the conservation or environmental education field that would make for a great interview and provide some insight into their profession? Send us suggestions at! Stay tuned next week for a new special guest.