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Summer Chesapeake Bay Classrooms Courses

05/12/2018 8:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

 Chesapeake Gold: Investigating the Past, Present, and Future of the Eastern Oyster (Hampton Roads area but open to all in VA) 
July 16-20, 2018

Open to all Virginia educators grades k-12.

Imagine the Gold Rush in the “Wild West” during the mid-1800's, but in place of men mining gold, picture watermen on low-decked boats, harvesting mucky bivalves from towering reefs. These watermen deemed the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) “Chesapeake Gold.” Since the golden age of the Chesapeake's oysters, the watermen's culture hasn't changed much, but the oyster population may never be the same. During this course, the oyster will be the lens through which we investigate the historical, cultural, and technological changes of the Chesapeake region. Between Virginia's Historic Triangle and the Bay's islands, our investigation will include water quality data collection, oyster restoration efforts, encounters with watermen communities, and artistic connections.

Length & Location: 5 days total; 2 days local, 3 days/2 nights at CBF's Fox Island Environmental Education Program
Cost: $150
Credit: Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.

It's Not Easy Building Green: Bringing STEAM into the Classroom Through Green Infrastructure (Hampton Roads, VA) 
August 13-17, 2018
 

Open to Hampton Roads educators.

This five-day, local course for educators from Suffolk County and the greater Hampton Roads area will focus on how environmentally-sustainable design methods can be applied in the classroom. Educators will learn what it means to build “green,” and how to use science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to connect students with the complex concepts of sustainable infrastructure. Course participants will investigate and experience real-life examples of how our modern society, locally and globally, can rethink the way that we design and build. We will also explore the complicated relationships between human development and the local environment. 
Participants will use STEAM disciplines as a lens for engaging in hands-on, field-based investigations into local cultural and industrial history. This lens will guide participants' discovery of the impacts of technology, society, and industry on local ecology. By connecting ecological and cultural histories through STEAM, participants will learn interdisciplinary approaches to fostering creativity, innovation, and environmental literacy in their students – skills that will be essential to addressing current environmental challenges facing us both locally and globally.

Length & Location: 5 local investigation days.
Cost: $50 resource fee
Credit: Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion

Following the Falls: Tracing the Potomac River Around Fairfax County (Fairfax county-no overnights)
July 16-20, 2018

Open to Fairfax County educators grades k-12. 

Participants in this course will explore the tributaries of the Potomac River in Fairfax County. Throughout the week they will have the opportunity to learn about the relationships between human activities and their impacts on wildlife and water quality. Teachers will leave this course equipped with new knowledge and activities to use back in their classrooms.

Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within Fairfax County.
Cost: $150
Credit: Virginia teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.

Piedmont and the Chesapeake: Connections Across the Watershed (Charlottesville & Albemarle County, VA) 
July 23-27, 2018 

Open to Charlottesville and Albemarle County educators.

In this course, we will engage in hands-on, field-based investigations into issues of sustainability, biodiversity, and responsible management of natural resources in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Deeply rooted in history, Albemarle County hosts a unique learning experience of both history and ecology and an expanse of natural landscape suited for learning. We will be traveling throughout the County for 5 days, investigating local watersheds of the James and Rivanna Rivers, examining the connection between human impacts and water quality as well as various educational sites to be used by teachers to enhance their classrooms.

Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within the Charlottesville area. 
Cost: $150.
Credit: Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for 45 continuing certification credit hours/points for successful course completion.

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