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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Connects People With Nature
Northeast Region, May 25, 2011
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Teachers at Professional Development Workshop, USFWS
Teachers at Professional Development Workshop, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Native Plant Garden at Bowie, MD, USFWS
Native Plant Garden at Bowie, MD, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

On April 30, 2011 Chesapeake Bay Field Office's Karen Kelly Mullin developed and led a Professional Development Workshop, approved by the Maryland State Department of Education, for the staff at the Play and Learn Center in Annapolis MD. Two separate tracts, one for teachers of infants/toddlers and one for preschool teachers, guided the educators through tools and methods for incorporating nature into their daily lesson plans.


The Play and Learn Center is currently undergoing a transformation as 30 tons of concrete have been removed from the playground. In its place, a rain garden and observation deck, also designed by Ms. Mullin, will be installed this summer.


Another workshop, on May 25, 2011 provided the basics for designing and creating a schoolyard habitat project for teachers, parents and community members of Bowie, MD.  Participants included representatives from 6 different area schools as well as the town council. The workshop is part of a larger effort to make Bowie a certified National Wildlife Foundation Habitat Community.


Other recent outreach activities include assisting the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council with a Conservation Landscaping Field Trip and providing the Service's new Schoolyard Habitat Guide at their Annual Master Gardeners Conference.


For more information contact:

Karen Kelly Mullin


Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov
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