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 occasionally other sites 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.
Every Kid in a Park!
Maryland State Parks will honor Every Kid in a Park passes for the 2016-2017 school year! Earlier this year, Governor Hogan announced that all 72 Maryland State Parks would honor the Federal Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders and their families can access State Parks, as well as Federal sites, for FREE! Passes for the 2016-17 school year go live on September 1. Visit Every Kid in a Park to obtain a pass and find Federal parks to visit, for both families accompanying individual 4th graders as well as for field trip experiences for 4th grade classes. The 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.
To find Maryland State Parks, go to: Maryland State Parks.