Explore and Restore Your School Shed

Child learning what microorganisms live in the stream, courtest of VA State Parks staff,   WikimediaCommonsExplore and Restore Your SchoolShed

Students across the state are gearing up to take action to care for Maryland’s streams, as a key part of Bay restoration. Approximately 110 teachers representing schools in 22 counties across Maryland are participating in this year’s “Explore and Restore your SchoolShed” initiative.

Aligned with the Governor’s vision of schools using their local streams as outdoor classrooms, teachers will engage their students in studying the health of their streams, and then take action to help make improvements over time. By investigating real-world, local environmental issues, and making informed decisions about how to affect them, schools are directly in line with Maryland’s environmental literacy graduation requirement, which has been in place since 2011.


What exactly are schools doing for this initiative?

Many of the participating schools are already busy examining their streams and making plans for ongoing work. Check out the video highlight of Dunloggin Middle School, a SchoolShed participant, showing their recent visit from Governor O’Malley.

How do I get involved?

It is easy to “Explore and Restore.” With a stream within walking distance of most schools in our state, a school can readily participate and there are investigative activities appropriate for all grade levels.

“Explore and Restore” is a hands-on, practical approach to learning that applies core skills in science, technology, engineering, math, reading, social studies and more, contributing to career readiness and good citizenship. Outdoor learning helps children develop a love of nature and an understanding of our role in affecting it, forming the foundation for them to take responsibility as stewards.

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Upcoming Events

FieldScope FREE Webinars Beginning March 2014

National Geographic Education Program is hosting a series of FREE webinars for environmental educators and citizen scientists to learn about the new version of FieldScope. You are invited to register for one or more of the webinars in this series. They will be archived and available on the FieldScope website.

Click here to register online.

Wednesday, April 23 - 3:30 to 4:30: Entering Data to FieldScope
Monday, May 12 - 3:30 to 4:30: Analyzing Data in FieldScope

Want to learn how to open your school’s doors to helping your local stream?

Review the resources provided for teachers below and find a stream on the StreamHealth website.

Resources for Teachers

Are you helping to monitor and restore Maryland’s streams?

Join the conversation on Twitter using #MDHealthyStream.