Environmental Education - Elms
Environmental Education is the understandings and actions located at the intersection of science, society, and individual interactions with the natural world. The Elms' Mission is to inspire students and stakeholders and facilitate resources that support environmental education in St. Mary’s County Public Schools.
Supporting this mission are field studies conducted both off-site and on school sites. Off-site studies are customized by grade level and taught at the Elms, Sotterley, and Greenwell by SMCPS staff, support contractors, and volunteers.
The Elms supports the development a full Meaningful Watershed Education Experience or "MWEE" (pronounced "mee-wee") for every student, every year. A MWEE includes, but goes BEYOND, an outdoor field experience. It exercises 21st century skills by integrating student investigation of an environmental issue, planning and conducting an action project, and synthesis and conclusion. MWEEs have a local context relevant to students, and are sustained (not 'one-shot') investigations integrated into regular classroom instruction.
2017-2018 Public Programs
|Astronomy Day - Star Party||Saturday, September 30, 2017||8 pm - 10 pm|
|Birding 101||Saturday, October 14, 2017||8 am - 10 am|
|Owl Prowl||Friday, January 19, 2018||7 pm - 8 pm|
|Plant-a-Palooza||Saturday, June 2, 2018||9 am - 1 pm|
Every Kid in a Park!
All 72 Maryland State Parks will again honor the National Parks' Every Kid in a Park passes for the 2017-2018 school year! Through August 31, 2018, fourth graders and their families can access State Parks, as well as National Park sites, for FREE! Visit Every Kid in a Park to obtain a pass and find National parks to visit. To find Maryland State Parks, go to: Maryland State Parks. Passes are for both families accompanying individual 4th graders, as well as for field trip experiences for 4th grade classes. A pass grants entry for the student and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and marine sanctuaries. The website also offers educators and parents activities, trip planning books, safety and packing tips, and other helpful information.