The originally appointed group developed a set of recommendations in 2009 to connect children and families to nature, and began implementing actions toward its mission. Early achievements include:
The Partnership for Children In Nature was instrumental in helping the State to update the preK-12 environmental literacy education program (COMAR 13A.04.017) and to pass the first Environmental Literacy Graduation Requirement (COMAR 13A.03.02.03) in the Nation. Since then, the Partnership has worked diligently to support school systems as they develop and implement their local environmental literacy programs, fostering collaboration among formal and non-formal educators, helping to increase opportunities for student outdoor experiences and teacher professional development, and more.
The structure of the Partnership was strengthened to support long term implementation of the actions. A 5-year agreement was signed in 2012 by 16 partners representing State, Federal, and local governments, school systems, non-profit and National organizations. The group continues to be co-chaired by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland State Department of Education. All signatories have a high level representative serving on the Leadership Team, which meets twice annually, and staff serving on the steering committee, which meets monthly.
Several workgroups involve numerous additional partners in activities throughout the year. Many Partnership members are also actively involved in the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Mid-Atlantic Environmental Literacy Workgroup, a regional effort working to achieve the environmental literacy goal of the 2014 To learn more, see the action plans and progress reports for the Partnership’s work. Quarterly meetings are open and all interested in participating are welcomed.
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