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Environmental Education

Kids are looking at the grasses. 

​The purpose of Maryland's Environmental Education program is to enable students to make decisions and take actions that create and maintain an optimal relationship between themselves and the environment, and to preserve and protect the unique natural resources of Maryland, particularly those of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.

Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards Review
The Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards are in their review cycle. Revision recommendations are being presented to the State Board of Education on Tuesday, April 23. Use this link to access the Board Agenda for that day.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and recommendations at any time!

Programs & Organizations

Project Green Classrooms

Chesapeake Bay Program

Chesapeake Bay Trust

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Maryland Commission on Climate Change

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)

Contact Information
Donna Balado
Environmental Literacy Specialist, Science
Division of Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0323
Fax: 410-333-1146
Email: donna.balado@maryland.gov

Environmental Literacy Feature Topics

Maryland Envirothon

The Maryland Envirothon is a competitive environmental program for high school students in grades 9 – 12.  Students learn about the natural world of aquatics, forestry, soils and wildlife through various hands-on activities from resource professionals who are experts in the field.  Subsequently, students apply this knowledge to various real life situations of managing those resources.

World Future Council Silver Award 2015

Maryland was recognized for becoming the first to require students to be environmentally literate as a high school graduation requirement.

Watershed Report Card

Students from Howard County high schools spent a year collecting and analyzing samples from watershed areas near their schools and throughout Howard County, and their research is the foundation of a published watershed report card for the region.

Explore and Restore Maryland Streams (DNR)

A sustained program of study that starts in the classroom and includes hands-on, outdoor investigations also helps meet STEM goals and Next Generation Science Standards, and offers opportunities to integrate environmental learning with multiple disciplines.

LEA E-Lit Program Highlights

Greening Schools



Chespax Live Osprey Cam

Chespax Live Osprey Cam

Kids in Kayaks

BCPSS video

Watershed Report Card

HCPSS Video on Facebook