MAEOE Green Schools
Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) is a nonprofit educational association that encourages, engages and empowers the community to understand, responsibly use, and promote the natural world.
Every Maryland school can be certified as a Green School through an application process consisting of five steps. Find the complete 2014-2015 Maryland Green School Application Guide here : www.maeoe.org
Description of the Ward Museum's Role
As a MAEOE Green Center, the Ward Museum's goal is to support schools in planning, finding funding, documenting, and assisting with the application process. In addition, the Ward Museum desires to model the best environmental practices as well as support community learning.
How can we help you become Certified?
- Provide assistance for developing sustainable practices at the school
- Opportunities in environmental student programming such as bird banding
- Offer structures for environmental learning through Discovery Backpack Program, eBird Tuesday program, Charley Harper Nature Trail Scavenger Hunts, and much more
Green School Field Trips
The Ward Museum hosts a variety of field trips to fit each school’s educational needs. Through these field trips, the students will investigate and analyze environmental issues ranging from local to global perspectives and develop and implement a local action project that protects, sustains, or enhances the natural environment.
Some field trip options are:
Energy saving: Where students learn about the importance of energy conservation, and how to help their school conserve energy.
- Students go on a tour of the center and study the changes the museum made in order to make the building more energy efficient
Water conservation: Where students learn why conserving water is so important, particularly in their own household or school.
- Students learn about the benefits of having a Rain Garden, and assess the one at the museum
Storm water: Students learn how non-point source pollution impacts their watershed, and therefore their lives.
- Students create signs (stencils) reminding users that storm drains are connected to the watershed, and therefore to the Chesapeake Bay.
Plant signs (Natives): Students will learn why native plants are so important to the ecosystem, as well as how to identify a number of different types of common native and invasive plant species.
- Students catalog the plant species at their school and homes.
- Students create signs for plants at their school and home stating whether they are natives or invasive, and whether they should be destroyed or encouraged.
- Students can tour and assess the Native Plant Garden at the museum.
Habitat : Students learn the meaning of ‘habitat’ and why it is important to protect those native habitats that support rare and sensitive animals here on the Eastern Shore.
- Students survey their schoolyard and home backyard habitats, inputting the layout into a citizen science website like Yardmap or Fieldscope.
- Students build a bird/bat/squirrel house to take back to their home or school.
- Students can tour the museum’s Bird feeding Garden, and Butterfly Garden.
If having a field trip to the museum is not possible, we are willing to come to the school to host programs on site.