Thousands Attend Green Schools Summit

Thousands of Maryland students attended the “Green Schools Summit” at Sandy Point State Park on Friday. Students, teachers, and parents enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day on the water as they investigated over 50 learning stations, environmental campaign workshops, and a youth summit town hall meeting where students conversed with elected officials.

“This inspires me to do something with the environment when I graduate.”  High School Senior

The summit was hosted by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland State Department of Education, and the Governor’s Partnership for Children in Nature, in which NWF is a partner. Multiple agencies and organizations in the Partnership are working toward the goal to get kids outside.

Fifty-eight new schools received their Maryland Green School flags this year, with 17 being recertified and six recertified for the second time. Two schools were certified as Model Maryland Green Schools. Maryland schools are leading the way nationally in greening their schools and curriculum. NWF supports Maryland’s Green Schools efforts and is always seeking ways to work together and further Maryland’s commitment to sustainability in schools.

Check it out!

NWF’s Chesapeake Mid-Atlantic Regional Center used a simple experiment to teach students that soil is a filter, and this is important for healthy drinking water!

Try the experiment by “Dr. Dirt” with your kids!