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Growing Green Leaders

GGL_Website_ImageGrowing Green Leaders: 
Urban Education at Irvine

Irvine is excited to revive and expand its Urban Education Program with the development of Growing Green Leaders. The program is composed of three unique strands that support Irvine’s goal of reaching a wide-ranging audience of students, teachers and community members in Baltimore City:

A.    One School
B.    Teacher Professional Development
C.    Summer Fellowship Program
D.    Upstream Downstream


Growing Green Leaders has three main goals:
•    Maximize environmental education through repeated interaction with students and educators
•    Meet the instructional guidelines of City schools with a curriculum that supports STEM requirements and State and National Standards
•    Place particular emphasis on working with City students and urban residents who may have limited experiences with nature

A.     One School
This program develops close and meaningful relationships with both students and teachers with the goal of increasing environmental literacy and awareness. Irvine works with teachers to create extension units that align with current curriculum but challenge students and increase their environmental literacy. Through hands-on experiments, customized stewardship projects, and outdoor field studies, students are exposed to content and experiences that are not found in the general curriculum and allow them to make real world connections to their existing curriculum.

Irvine also acts as a resource, guiding schools who wish to pursue Green School Certification through the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators, assisting with student environmental clubs, and providing customized professional development for teachers.

B.    Teacher Professional Development
A large goal of Irvine’s Growing Green Leaders program is to assist teachers in becoming confident and competent science teachers. Through pre-service and practicing teacher professional development Irvine works with elementary and middle school teachers to increase their content knowledge in the sciences, increase their effectiveness in teaching science, and create more meaningful opportunities for students to act as true scientists.

C.    Summer Fellowship Program
Irvine’s Summer Fellowship Program, offered in partnership with St. Paul’s School Bridges program, offers environmental education and job placement to four high school students. During a six week employment students are provided training in education, animal care, and environmental field studies, and use this knowledge to teach elementary students at Baltimore City Recreation Centers.

D.    Upstream Downstream
Upstream-Downstream is a partnership with Irvine Nature Center and Blue Water Baltimore. During this program students take an in-depth look at ecology and environmental issues as they explore local watersheds. Through repeated student interaction, hands-on lessons, stewardship projects and field experiences, Upstream Downstream provides students with a real-world introduction to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the effects humans have. Students in this program participate in classroom lessons, field studies at Irvine Nature Center, and a stewardship project through Blue Water Baltimore. This program helps students understand the power of the statement, “We all live downstream.”

Check out our Growing Green Leaders support page for teachers.
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