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Marine Environmental Education Resources
Striped bass. Credit: J. Adam Frederick

DO YOU WANT TO HELP young learners explore the Chesapeake Bay and other marine environments? It can be tricky to know where to start, so we’ve put together this list of selected Bay and marine education resources that can be found online.

Maryland Sea Grant. Education specialists offer training and technical assistance for using aquaculture in Maryland and Washington, D.C. schools; lesson plans for teaching about Chesapeake Bay ecosystems.
www.mdsg.umd.edu/our-education-programs

Outdoor and Environmental Education Centers. Specializing in environmental and outdoor education; located in all 24 Maryland counties.
www.marylandpublicschools.org/msde/programs/environment/envorg/index.html

Chesapeake Bay Education Providers. Educational opportunities for students to explore the Bay watershed, outdoors and in the classroom; teacher training programs.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation: www.cbf.org/education-program
Living Classrooms Foundation: www.livingclassrooms.org
National Aquarium in Baltimore: www.aqua.org/learn

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. Non-profit organization that oversees the certification of Maryland’s “Green Schools” — schools building sustainable school environments and helping their students reduce their impacts on the natural world. maeoe.org

MADE-CLEAR. Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education Assessment, a partnership between the University System of Maryland and the University of Delaware to support education and communication efforts surrounding climate change; teacher training and resources.
www.madeclear.org

NMEA. National Marine Educators Association, a membership group that organizes events; resources for educators who specialize in marine and aquatic education, both in and outside of formal school settings. The Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA), a regional chapter of NMEA; resources specific to Mid-Atlantic states. NMEA’s administrative office is housed at Maryland Sea Grant.
NMEA: www.marine-ed.org
MAMEA: www.mamea.org

COSEE. Centers for Ocean Sciences and Education Excellence, a group of regional centers formerly funded by the National Science Foundation; education resources including online activities and presentations from marine scientists.
www.cosee.net/

The Ocean Literacy Framework. Written by researchers and marine educators, the framework is a set of new education standards that aim to capture the most important things that students need to learn about the aquatic world.
http://oceanliteracy.wp2.coexploration.org/

NOAA Ocean Explorer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Exploration and Research website; engaging information on scientific missions to explore the marine realm, marine education lesson plans, and webinars developed by scientists and educators.
oceanexplorer.noaa.gov

The Bridge, Ocean Education Teacher Resource Center. Sponsored by NOAA Sea Grant and the National Marine Educators Association, the Bridge provides links to a collection of online marine education resources.
web.vims.edu/bridge

National Science Teachers Association NGSS Hub. A wealth of information, including books and web seminars designed to help K-12 educators implement Next Generation Science Standards.
ngss.nsta.org

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