Shenandoah Valley Environmental Education Alliance


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Mary Baldwin College, Environment-Based Learning Courses, Summer 2011

The MBC Master of Education Degree with a Concentration in Environment-Based Learning (EBL) is designed for natural teachers who take K-12 students outdoors for real-world learning experiences. Our courses provide educators with the skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm needed to develop an EBL curriculum and program at schools, nature centers and museums, parks and other outdoor areas. Whether you plan to get a graduate degree or simply need recertification points, check out our EBL courses at:


Join the growing number of educators who use the environment to engage students in real learning. We can help you take natural teaching to a higher level!

For more information or to register go to: or contact  Dr. Tamra Willis, Graduate Teacher Education Program, Mary Baldwin College. 540-887-7135.


New Tool for Educators to teach about the Chesapeake Bay
Interested in teaching about environmental issues and the Chesapeake Bay,
but don’t know where to start? Check out the
Bay Backpack, the source for Chesapeake Bay education resources, field studies, trainings, and funding opportunities.  Use this great resource to discover engaging ways to get students outdoors learning about the local environment.  For additional information email Kristina Hopkins or call at (410)

Aquatic Educators, Potomac Highlands Watershed School Benthic Macroinvertebrate and Stream Sampling Curriculum: Cacapon Institute just "went live" with the final element of the eSchool's benthic macroinvertebrate content - A Virtual Stream Sampler.  Open up any classroom (High,,Middle, or Elementary) and you will see a benthic macroinvertebrate poster somewhere in the room.  A click on the poster leads you to the benthic portal, with a suite of activities on benthic macroinvertebrates.  These activities are designed to enhance the educational value of those hands-on trips down to the river.

May 6, 2011.  A Virtual Stream Sampler debuts in the Potomac Highlands Watershed School.  This activity is a realistic simulation of a volunteer stream assessment.  It includes water quality measurements, habitat assessments, and benthic macroinvertebrate collections. 


Just click on the BMI Poster in any classroom to enter the Benthic Portal, then click on the Virtual Stream Sampler icon.  This activity completes the suite of eSchool lessons on stream sampling and benthic macroinvertebrates. 


Aquatic Educators, Virginia's freshwater fisheries: Please look at the new Master Naturalist link on this website: . This should be a valuable tool for teachers that are interested in learning more about Virginia's freshwater fisheries resource. Pass this along to interested teachers. Also, here's the website address for Virginia Master Naturalist: Thanks! Paul Bugas


Big Concepts – Explained Simply
Check out the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's newsletter, "Conservationist for Kids."  Each issue addresses a big environmental topic and explains it simply. Curriculum resources, classroom activities, and additional suggested resources are also provided.