Tawes State Office Building (wings E & D), view from Taylor Ave., Annapolis, Maryland, February 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Appointed by Governor with advice of Secretary of Natural Resources & State Superintendent of Schools to 2-year terms: Gabriel I. Albornoz; Margo G. Bailey; William C. Baker; Stepen G. Barry; Rebecca A. Beecroft; James Piper Bond; Tracy Bowen; Jacqueline M. Carrera; Sydney L. Cousin, Ed.D.; Patrick R. Delaney; Robert E. Dulli; Lynn R. Goldman, M.D.; Sarah A. Haines, Ph.D.; Allen S. Hance, Ph.D.; Robert G. Hoyt; Carnelious Jones; William N. McDonald; Esther G. Parker; Heather Brandels White.
Staff: Nita Settina
The Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature was created by the Governor in April 2008 (Executive Order 01.01.2008.06; Executive Order 01.01.2008.10).
To achieve its primary goal of enabling children to spend more time outdoors and experience the natural environment, the Partnership is to devise two plans. The first will focus on developing more opportunities for outdoor recreation and education, including increased support and expansion of Schoolyard Habitat Programs; the creation of trail systems for walking and biking that connect schools, parks, and communities; green initiatives to form nature play areas in communities; and the establishment of a statewide Civic Justice Corps for youths within the juvenile justice system to work in conservation crews for the Maryland Park Service. The Plan will show how to initiate an outdoor classroom program; provide increased access to State naturalists; and partner with organizations serving minority children to increase their outdoor experiences in State parks and public lands.
The second plan, the State Environmental Literacy Plan, will review and assess the current state of environmental education in Maryland. It will identify the necessary elements in a curriculum to develop environmentally literate students, and what outdoor activities should be integrated into that curriculum. Further, the Plan will note how to prepare teachers and environmental educators to produce environmentally literate graduates; methods for measuring and reporting progress in environmental education; and provisions for updating the Plan.
The Partnership also will establish a methodology to measure baseline data and the increases in time children spend outdoors, as well as to identify current barriers to implementing Partnership programs and existing opportunities in local school systems and on public lands.
July 1, 2009
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