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  July 6 - 17, 2015  

What is the purpose of the CMARS Workshop?        CMARS 2013 group 1
To promote environmental literacy among high school and middle school teachers and students by infusing ocean science educational materials into the existing curricula.  During the workshop, program activities will be developed that are aligned with State and National Standards, and that meet the Middle and High School Assessment (MSA and HSA) requirements. 

Who may participate in the CMARS Workshop? 
Biology, Marine and Environmental Science teachers (grades 6 -12) will be recruited nationwide for participation in the workshop.

What are the expectations? 
Teachers will be required to register for the workshop and the online follow-up sessions.
Teachers must complete both the 2 week workshop and monthly teleconference follow-up sessions to receive stipend.

  How will teachers benefit from the CMARS Workshop?

They will increase their training and knowledge of the local environment.
They will be able to integrate environmental literacy into their existing curriculum.
They will be provided with a support system through collaboration with CREST-CISCEP researchers and partners.
They will receive a stipend ($1,000) for the 2 week workshop.
They will receive free on-campus housing, meals and travel allowance.


Coastal Aquatic Ecosystems                              

Kathy Richardson
Louisa County High School  CMARS 2013 fish
Mineral, VA

Algae Invades Life Science 

Megan Phipps-Dickerson
Somerset Intermediate School
Crisfield, MD

Investigating Plankton in Aquatic Ecosystems 

Nancy Biegel
Nandua Middle School
Accomack, VA

Algae, Friend or Foe? 

Caroyln Holcomb
Western Heights Middle School
Hagerstown, MD

The Interconnectedness of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed 

Karen Sondak
Paint Branch High School
Burtonsville, MD

Impact of Land Use on Water Quality and Aquatic Life in Maryland's Chesapeake and Coastal Bays

Jane Whitelock
Easton High School

What I Did Over My Summer Break

Betzy Willis
Catonsville Middle School
Catonsville, MD 


These lesson and lab plans were developed by our CMARS alumni. 

  How do Humans Impact Watersheds - Lesson
How do Humans Impact Watersheds - Lab
How do Rivers Changes Over Time - Lesson
How do Rivers Change Over Time - Lab
The History of Natural Resources in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Elements and Algae
Schoolyard Environmental Assessment
Susquehanna River Lesson
Susquehanna River Lab
The Effects of Land Use on Watersheds
The Inter-connectiveness of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
There are Algae in Your House!
Water Quality Monitoring
What is a Watershed Lesson
What is Groundwater Lesson
What is Groundwater Lab




How to Apply?

Registration for Summer 2015 is now open.

 CMARS Application          


For additional information and inquiries, please contact Dr. Margaret Sexton, Associate Director, CREST-CISCEP , Department of Natural Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD 21853. Tel: 410-621-1049, email:  

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