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July 3, 2013

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

by Martha
A TEAM volunteer teaching a lesson on oyster reef ecology.

A TEAM volunteer teaching a lesson on oyster reef ecology.

Marylanders interested in helping students understand and care for their natural world are invited to become a part of TEAM, Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking adults from Montgomery, Frederick, St. Mary’s and Baltimore counties to educate students about the Chesapeake Bay, coastal and Bay marine life, and Maryland streams. 

Volunteers should have an outgoing personality and a strong desire to help students understand and care for their natural world. No prior teaching experience is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old have their own transportation.

There are three workshops on consecutive Thursdays in August. TEAM members are asked to attend all three for necessary training.

The workshops will be held on:

  • August 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brookside Gardens (1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton);
  • August 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center (5110 Meadowside Lane, Rockville); and
  • August 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center (Workshop will also feature and outdoor component).

Established by DNR in 1998, TEAM volunteers have delivered 1,400 classroom programs to more than 33,000 students in public and private schools across the State since the program began. The program currently offers free classroom programs on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, streams, oysters, horseshoe crabs and Maryland watermen.

To register for a workshop, volunteers should contact Chris Hintz at 410-260-8809 or chintz@dnr.state.md.us. Schools can get more information on this free program and request a TEAM teacher in their classroom at dnr.maryland.gov/education/teamdnr.

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