About Outdoor Environmental Education Programs
Mission and Programs
Our mission is to:
- provide outdoor learning experiences through the MCPS curriculum that
increase students ’ content and process knowledge
- nurture awareness, appreciation, and stewardship for the natural
- 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
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.