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Education Workgroup

Scope and Purpose

The goal of the Education Workgroup is to have every student in the region graduate environmentally literate having participated in meaningful watershed educational experiences in elementary, middle, and high school that were supported by teachers who have received professional development in environmental education and schools that are models of environmental sustainability. The Education Workgroup provides a forum for cross-jurisdictional coordination and support on all aspects of environmental education with an emphasis on:

  • Increasing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) and other place-based, outdoor education
  • Supporting training for teachers and environmental education professionals in content, pedagogy, and outdoor-learning techniques related to environmental topics
  • Encouraging green infrastructure and operations on school grounds
  • Supporting federal, state, and regional environmental literacy planning, including providing an ongoing forum to collaborate on the goals and objectives of the federal Executive Order and the nonprofit community Regional Roundtable.

The Education Workgroup is tasked with evaluating and recommending policies related to PK-12 bay education, maintaining the Bay Backpack website, and tracking state implementation of the MWEE in elementary, middle, and high school. The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office also convenes a biennial Environmental Literacy Summit on behalf of the Workgroup to advance environmental literacy activities in the region.


  • Jamie Baxter (Co-Chair), Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Shannon Sprague (Co-Chair), NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Julie Walker (Staff), Chesapeake Research Consortium

  • Tom Ackerman, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Robin Anglin, West Virginia Department of Education
  • Tara Baker, Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • David Bauman, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Daria Blom, Friends of the Rappahannock
  • Sarah Bodor, Chesapeake Bay Foundation No Child Left Inside Coalition
  • David Christopher, National Aquarium Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association
  • Susan Cox, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Rebecca Davis, DC Environmental Education Consortium (DCEEC)
  • Anita Davis, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Lisa Deaton, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Forestry
  • P. Trinh Doan , District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • Jack Farster, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Ann Faulds, Pennsylvania Sea Grant
  • Vicki Fenwick-Judy, The Mountain Institute
  • Drew Ferrier, Hood College
  • Mike Foreman, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Maya Garcia , DC Office of the State Superintendent of Schools
  • Suzie Gilley, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Gary Hedges, Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)
  • Laurie Jenkins, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Laura Johnson Collard, Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)
  • Karen Kelly Mullin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Grace Manubay, District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • Kim Martinez, National Wildlife Federation
  • Barbara McGuinness, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Sarah McGuire, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR) - Virginia
  • Tonyea Mead, Delaware Department of Education
  • Bart Merrick, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Lina Oliveros, National Park Service (NPS)
  • Ashley Peebles, Delaware Forest Service
  • Chris Petrone, Delaware Sea Grant
  • Bill Portlock, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Ann Regn, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Eric Rhoades, Virginia Department of Education
  • Frank Rodgers, Cacapon Institute
  • Ruth Roperti, Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE)
  • Lorna Rosenberg, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 3
  • James Rountree, District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Kevin Schabow, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Britt Slattery, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Elena Takaki, National Geographic Society
  • Ariel Trahan, DC Environmental Education Consortium (DCEEC)
  • Coreen Weilminster, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR) - Maryland
  • Jonathan Wickert, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Abbi Wicklein-Bayne, National Park Service (NPS)
  • Tamara Willis, Mary Baldwin College
  • Barbara Young, Virginia Department of Education

Past Meetings & Events

  • October 27, 2014 to October 28, 2014 - 2014 Mid-Atlantic Environmental Literacy Leadership Workshop
  • October 1, 2014 to October 2, 2014 - Sustainable Schools Meeting
  • December 2, 2013 to December 3, 2013 - 2013 Mid-Atlantic Environmental Literacy Summit
  • November 20, 2013 to November 21, 2013 - Mid-Atlantic Region Environmental Education Leadership Retreat
  • November 14, 2012 to November 15, 2012 - Mid-Atlantic Environmental Education Workshop
  • August 27, 2012 to August 28, 2012 - Research-Based Best Practices for Environmental Education
  • November 2, 2011 to November 3, 2011 - 2011 Mid-Atlantic Environmental Literacy Summit
  • November 2, 2009 to November 3, 2009 - Chesapeake Education Summit
  • March 4, 2009 - Education Workgroup Meeting
  • October 22, 2007 to October 24, 2007 - 2007 Chesapeake Education Summit
  • January 12, 2006 - Education Workgroup
  • October 18, 2005 to October 17, 2005 - Education SUMMIT
  • July 7, 2005 - Education Workgroup
  • Other Links

    • Bay Backpack - The Education Workgroup's teacher resource website is THE source for Chesapeake Bay and environmental education resources, lesson plans, field studies, trainings, and funding information

    Environmental Literacy Summit

    The mid-Atlantic region is leading the nation in implementing sound policy that ensures our students will graduate environmentally literate citizens.  To advance environmental literacy activities in the region, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office convenes a biennial Environmental Literacy Summit on behalf of the Workgroup.  These summits provide an important forum for dialogue, collaboration, and coordination between federal, state, and non-governmental leaders about the future of environmental and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in the mid-Atlantic region.



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