Through academic classes, adventure activities, outdoor day trips, and longer excursions, students explore their world, build their self-esteem, and emerge with a stronger sense of themselves as leaders and environmental stewards.
The form and content of outdoor environmental activities are designed to give students an “I can do it!” experience, and help them meet specific environmental-issue instruction goals. Environmental literacy is developed in scope and sequence in all grades and "threaded through" the arts, sciences, social studies, and humanities, in addition to a wide variety of experiences outside of school. Teachers in these disciplines collaborate to add content, meaning, and hands-on extension activities that allow our students to become true stewards of the environment.
We use the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Issues Investigation Framework to facilitate learning that ends in student-driven action projects. Thanks to a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust
(funded by sales of Maryland's Treasure of the Chesapeake license plate) we leave our urban campus to get outside and learn through hands-on experiences. Completed student-led action projects include, but are not limited to: a cup campaign to reduce waste; stream surveys and clean ups; and signs to reduce energy consumption.
Patti Child, B.S. in Recreation from the University of Maryland, leads this program. She has been bringing Lab’s innovative, creative methodology to students for 15 years and is currently a Master Watershed Steward of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about the wonderful initiatives and activities for Baltimore Lab School’s students, contact Patti Child or take a look at Baltimore Lab School's Green School Application
and our Environmental Blog