Outdoor Environmental Education → Instructional Programs
Grade 6 Residential Program
Sixth graders at each middle school in MCPS participate in a three-day, two-night residential outdoor environmental education program*. While in residence, students study various aspects of the local environment as they participate in outdoor investigations that are directly connected to the grade six curriculum and the MSDE environmental education standards. Students are accompanied by their teachers, who, in collaboration with an OEEP staff member, provide instruction and supervision during their stay.
Yearly, through our Day Programs, over 10,000 K-5 MCPS students participate in outdoor
environmental investigations and explorations at either the Lathrop
E. Smith Environmental Center or at the Kingsley
Environmental Center. Each program is directly linked to the school curriculum
at each grade level with a focus on STEM relationships. Schools may also
request an in-school visit from an environmental educator to provide assistance
and guidance in the integration of environmental education at the local school
*Day only options are available to accommodate individual needs at the Grade 6 program.