​The programs are aligned with Maryland’s Environmental Literacy and Common Core Standards.


​Cindy Etgen
Aquatic Resources Education Section Chief - Chesapeake and Coastal Service
MD Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., E-2
Annapolis, MD 21401

The Aquatic Resources Education Program

Looking for a unique science education program for your students?

Illustration of a SunfishJoin the Maryland Sunfish and Students Program!

Your students can measure water quality parameters, collect data, learn that what we do on land has a direct impact on water quality and those animals living in aquatic systems, while raising fish in the classroom. Open to public and non-public schools as well as outdoor education/nature centers. The department supplies tanks, fish, training, and a Teachers Manual. Limited space for the 2018-19 school year.

Send your name, work email and phone number, grade and subject taught and name and address of your school to: Cindy.etgen@maryland.gov. Call Cindy Etgen with questions at 410-260-8716.

Deadline, October 5, 2018

The programs are now aligned with Maryland’s new Environmental Literacy and Common Core Standards.

Check out our programs for your classroom or school site.
For more about Environmental Literacy in Maryland go to:

Young girl learning about water qualityThe Aquatic Resources Education Program is part of the Department of Natural Resources’ Chesapeake and Coastal Service.

The goal of Maryland’s Aquatic Resources Education Program is to provide opportunities for citizens to learn about water resources, aquatic life and sport fishing; to learn about their role in ecosystems, including positive and negative impacts; to develop a stewardship ethic toward their environment; and to take action in the protection and conservation of aquatic natural resources.

Maryland’s ARE Program enables students to develop an appreciation and understanding of aquatic habitats in Maryland. This is accomplished by providing education materials, training and other opportunities to Maryland’s educators and young people, and by providing incentives to learn a more about the Chesapeake Bay watershed, inland streams, lakes and ponds.

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