Outdoor Environmental Education Programs
Courses and Workshops
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Teachers of sixth grade residential
Outdoor Environmental Education will have priority.
Outdoor Education Organizer Meeting;
Course #87827 Section # 113926
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Participants: Local School Outdoor Education Organizers
from every school attending the residential program in the second semester (February
Participants will review new
policies and procedures, as well as be introduced to significant changes in core
lessons for the 2019–2020 residential program.
New local school organizers are encouraged to stay for 30 minutes after
the general meeting for additional guidance and support.
Salary Day: Food Web (Predator/Prey); Course # 87824
Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Section 113927)
Voluntary workshop for teachers who are
interested in teaching the predator/prey simulation lesson that is used
during the residential outdoor education
experience for sixth grade students. The simulation supports the populations
and diversity concepts in the sixth grade science curriculum and provides
students with an engaging and thought-provoking glimpse into how food webs work
and function. Teachers who complete this workshop will be able to conduct the
simulation during their students' sixth grade residential experience. The
workshop will focus on organizing the experience for maximum educational value
Salary Day: Stream Study or Pond Study
Workshop; Course # 87828
Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Section 113928)
Voluntary workshop for teachers
who are interested in conducting a stream study with their students. This workshop
will focus on techniques for conducting a macro invertebrate survey, chemical
analysis, and stream buffer analysis of a local stream in order to determine
the health of the local watershed. Food web and food chain concepts will be
reinforced through identification of the organisms in a stream ecosystem. The
environmental impact of various pollutants will be discussed.
Salary Day: Treasure Earth: Geocaching
Workshop; Course # 87812
March 26, 2020 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Section
For teachers of 6th grade Outdoor Environmental Education
who are interested in teaching geocaching during the residential outdoor
education experience. Students will
learn to use GPS units along with a map and compass to find hidden tasks to
complete. Students can complete a set of
specific STEM tasks or the tasks can be related to your content area.
Salary Day: Exploring the Watershed
Course # 87813, Section # 113930
Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Voluntary workshop for teachers who
will be teaching Exploring the Watershed. We will begin the class with a review
of using a map and compass. Each outdoor education site has a course that marks
special features of our local watershed or possible sites for settlement.
Teachers who complete this workshop will be able to conduct a structured
exploration of the watershed during their students' sixth grade residential
experience. The workshop will focus on organizing the experience for maximum
educational value and safety.
Confidence Course Re-Certification; Course # 87820,
Section # 113931
Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:00–7:00 p.m.
In order to maintain the ability
to use the confidence course for instruction, staff members need to complete a
three-hour re-certification course every three years. Instructors
certified in, or prior to, Spring 2017, are due for re-certification (You may
check your completion date on your transcript in PDO). This voluntary
course is for MCPS Outdoor Environmental Education certification only and is available
only to those who have taken EE-06 Confidence Course training.
Salary Day: Student Service Learning at Outdoor Ed
Course # 87814, Section # 113932
Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:00-7:00 p.m.
voluntary workshop will enable Grade 6 teachers to facilitate student
completion of the Grade 6 student service learning (SSL) requirement during the
three-day Outdoor Environmental Education Residential Program.
Instructors will model teaching new SSL lessons using hands-on
experiences and will supply teachers with lesson templates and resources.
EE-06 Confidence Course Instructor’s Workshop
Tentatively planned for June 16 and June 17, 2020
This 1-credit CPD course is designed to provide participants
with the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting confidence course
activities at all of the outdoor education sites. It is designed to allow
participants to be involved in small group activities that demonstrate the
proper procedures, processing, and safety requirements for the appropriate and
successful use of the confidence course. In addition, group interaction,
communication, and cooperation are emphasized, as well as overall team building
and problem-solving skills. Completion of this course is required for any staff
intending to utilize the confidence course with adults or children. Sign up
will be available in April.
EE-02 Teaching Techniques for Outdoor Environmental
(Thursdays 4 pm
– 7pm - 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 and
Friday, March 20 from 6-10 pm and Saturday, March 21 from 8 am – 1pm)
In this 3 credit CPD course
participants will learn about all aspects of the Grade 6 Residential Outdoor
Environmental Education Program with emphasis on content, instructional
techniques, and management strategies that will help teachers engage students
in vigorous learning while teaching in a unique setting. Since the outdoor
environment provides an integrated context for learning at Outdoor Ed,
participants will learn how to use outdoor explorations as authentic
experiences in which to teach MCPS curriculum through well-designed, rigorous
lesson plans. Course participants will also be introduced to resources and
technology that are available to help teachers prepare and teach effectively at
the residential outdoor environmental education program. Full attendance is required.