About Outdoor Environmental Education Programs

Mission and Programs

 Our mission is to:

  • Magnifier Girlprovide outdoor learning experiences through the MCPS curriculum that increase students ’ content and process knowledge
  • nurture awareness, appreciation, and stewardship for the natural environment 
  • build the capacity of MCPS educators to teach environmental education using the outdoors as a classroom

OEEP serves over 20,000 students in two major programs: the Residential Program in which every Grade 6 student participates and the Day Program in which PK-12 students explore and investigate the natural environment. At all programs students participate in curriculum-based environmental investigations.

In addition to coordinating the environmental experiences of thousands of students each year, OEEP staff provides professional development in environmental education content and pedagogy for over 500 teachers annually. 

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