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Volunteers Needed to Teach Students about the Chesapeake Bay and Natural Resources

Calling all Marylanders interested in helping students understand and care for their natural world! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting three training workshops that will provide volunteers with the tools necessary to teach children about the Chesapeake Bay, coastal and Bay marine life and the State’s streams through TEAM (Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland).

Established by DNR in 1998, TEAM volunteers have delivered 1,200 classroom programs to more than 32,000 students in public and private schools across the State since the program began. TEAM currently offers schools free classroom programs on the Chesapeake Bay watershed, streams, oysters and oyster reefs, horseshoe crabs, and Chesapeake waterman.

DNR is seeking volunteers from all counties across Maryland. Volunteers should have an outgoing personality and enjoy working with children (grades 3 to 8). No prior teaching experience is necessary. There are three workshops on consecutive weeks this winter and TEAM members are asked to attend all three for necessary training. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have their own transportation.

The workshops will be held on:

•  February 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the DNR Tawes Building located at 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401; and

•  March 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center, 5110 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855 (Transportation is available from Annapolis).

To register for a workshop, volunteers should contact Chris Hintz at 410-260-8809 or Schools can get more information on this free program and request a TEAM teacher in their classroom at