TEAM DNR Volunteers
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
TEAM volunteers and their work are an inspiration to us all. Each trained volunteer delivers quality, hands-on presentations to students around the state. They come from diverse backgrounds, but all share a strong desire to give something back to Maryland students. Their efforts are helping to shape a new stewardship ethic among our young people.
Each volunteer attends three training sessions. Training sessions cover our core programs and other environmental topics. There is a field component to the Streams Program in the last training session. See below for upcoming training dates and details.
Volunteers will work in pairs in the classroom and new volunteers are in training with experienced volunteers until they feel ready to teach on their own.
How can I become a TEAM volunteer?
If you are interested in becoming a TEAM volunteer you need to do the following:
- Look at the volunteer description that details the duties of TEAM volunteers
- Fill out a TEAM volunteer application. You can fill it out here and submit it electronically.
- Attend a 3-day Training Course given twice a year in February/March and in August.
Volunteers Sought to Educate Maryland Students on the Chesapeake Bay and Natural Resources
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking interested adults to become TEAM (Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland) volunteers. Our volunteersí mission is to educate students about the Chesapeake Bay, coastal and Bay marine creatures, and Maryland streams. Since its inception in 1998, TEAM DNR volunteers have delivered 1,400 classroom programs to more than 33,000 students in Maryland. To read more about the TEAM program, go to www.dnr.maryland.gov/education/teamdnr/.
Volunteers should have an out-going personality and a strong desire to help students understand and care for their natural environment. No prior teaching experience is necessary. Volunteers must have their own transportation.
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 - 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 10 am -3 pm
The first two sessions will be held at the DNR (Tawes) Building, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401. The last session will be held at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian, MD 20711.
Volunteers are expected to attend all three trainings, as they each cover different modules or TEAM programs. Volunteers are expected to then observe in-school programs until they feel comfortable to team with another TEAM volunteer. Then, volunters are asked to do at least 4 separate program dates a year to remain active.
Currently, TEAM offers Maryland schools free classroom programs on the following topics:
- Chesapeake Bay Watershed
- Streams and Macroinvertebrates
- Oyster Reefs
- Horseshoe Crabs
- Chesapeake Watermen
- Aquatic Resource Education
- ARE Grants
- Project Wet
- TEAM DNR
- Raising Horseshoe Crabs
in the Classroom
- Sunfish and Students
Raising Bluegills in the Classroom
- Trout in the Classroom
- Green Eggs & Sand
- Healthy Water,
- Hooked on Fishing
- Storm Drain Stenciling
- "Be a Part of Something BIG!"
- Full List of Programs
- Upcoming Events & Workshops
- Education Homepage
- Indicates that the program is now aligned with Marylandís new Environmental Literacy Standards!