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high school biology class congregates
along the Patapsco River. Students work
in teams, collecting water samples and testing for pollutants, such as nitrogen and
phosphorus. As they do so, they are asked
to consider: How did these pollutants end
up in the water? How do they affect
wildlife? What can individuals do to protect water quality?
These kinds of lessons use hands-on learn-
ing to encourage students to consider real-
life environmental issues. They are the
cornerstone of CBF’s professional develop-
ment program for high school teachers.
Known as the Maryland Environmental
Literacy Partnership (MELP), this program
trains teachers to incorporate environmen-
tal literacy into their curricula, generating
lesson plans, action projects, and resources
that will be shared with teachers and
schools throughout Maryland.
This summer, MELP received national
attention when the Arthur Vining Davis
Foundations awarded a prestigious grant to
it. The foundations’ support is a powerful
endorsement of CBF and MELP’s promise
to create environmentally aware citizens,
well-equipped for the challenges of the
Foundations’ President Dr. Nancy Cable says,
“The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
is proud to support MELP, which will streng-
then secondary education in Maryland and
has the potential to serve as a model pro-
gram for the rest of the country.”
Combined with support from the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute and other
partners, the Arthur Vining Davis
Foundations grant will enable MELP to
engage over 80 percent of Maryland’s pub-
lic school students by 2016.
With environmental education’s proven
benefits—from improving science, reading,
and math achievement to building critical
thinking skills and promoting civic engagement—MELP will produce engaged citizens, prepared to make the long-term
behavior changes that are needed to sustain our natural resources for generations.
CBF thanks the Arthur Vining Davis
Foundations for their visionary support of
our environmental literacy efforts.
Teachers receive hands-on training
to help them incorporate environmental
education into their classrooms.
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations:
Investing in CBF’s Trailblazing Environmental Literacy Program