Learning about natural resources and the environment — and how to protect them — is an important part of City Schools' curriculum, particularly science.
Environmental education helps increase students' awareness, concern and knowledge about environmental issues and teaches critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills. It also offers many opportunities to integrate teaching and learning across subject areas, as students focus on environmental issues to make connections and build knowledge in subjects like biology and chemistry, politics and government, history and geography.
Maryland's environmental literacy standards
Maryland schools are required to offer environmental education that teaches students to make decisions and take actions that strengthen their relationship with the natural environment, and involves them in preserving and protecting the state's unique natural resources, particularly those of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.
At City Schools, students
- Benefit from partnerships with public and private entities via the green schools network that offer in-school learning opportunities and off-site field trips
- Take part in units and activities designed to support college- and career-ready standards in English language arts and math
- Work toward service learning requirements while developing environmental literacy
- Gain research skills while studying the environment in elementary, middle, and high school.