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Volunteers needed to teach kids about the Chesapeake Bay

team logoAdults interested in educating elementary and middle school students about the Chesapeake Bay, its marine life, and other natural resource issues are invited to become a part of TEAM (Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland).

Established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in 1998, TEAM now reaches more than 6,500 students annually in public and private schools across the State. TEAM currently offers schools free classroom programs on the Chesapeake Bay watershed, streams, oysters and oyster reefs, horseshoe crabs, and Bay waterman.

Volunteers should be outgoing, have a strong desire to protect the Bay and enjoy working with children (grades 3 to 8). No prior teaching experience is necessary. Volunteers must commit to participating in at least four programs at any school over the period of a school year.

The next workshops will be held on Aug. 2 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center, located at 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop in Laurel. Both days are required. Participants should bring their own lunch. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

To register for a workshop contact Amy Henry at 410-260-8828 or ahenry@dnr.state.md.us. Schools can get more information on this free program and request a TEAM teacher in their classroom at dnr.maryland.gov/education/teamdnr.

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