Baltimore City teachers experience hands on learning at camp

CATONSVILLE, Md. - It's summer vacation, but that does not mean the learning stops for some Baltimore City teachers.  They are visiting the Great Kids Farm in Catonsville.

It's part of the Chesapeake Classrooms Program.  It's a training course that educates teachers on the environment to pass along to their students.

Teachers are experiencing some hands on learning.

"Working on a farm is exciting.  It is hands on learning for students as well as adults and we get to see how each seedling becomes a tree or a plant or something we can eat and drink," said Lastelshia Speaks, teacher at Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology.

"Almost all of the kids realize there is some sort of connection to their quality of life and the environment around them. These extend those basic understanding whether they like trash in their gutters in their street or if they like being surrounded by cement or prefer to have trees to give them a healthy breathing environment," said Rennie Watson, teacher at Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology.

The course runs a week.  Teachers visited a Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant, Patapsco State Park and enjoyed a boat ride to dredge the Harbor for oysters and check the water quality.

The goal is to open a new teaching tool for educators and encourage some future field trips.

"Students believe science is so far gone when it is literally everything you touch so they see how what you drop on the ground is affected by the grass that grows.  If you don't have grass that grows to see how that affects air pollution," said Speaks.

Organizers hope the teachers will pass the information they learned along to students.  They want students to be familiar with the environment and the connection to the Chesapeake Bay and Patapsco River.

"Kids get excited when they go outside.  A lot of real learning can take place.  It's a good way for the kids to get outside and learn.  They seem to absorb things that they might not get in the classroom," said John Tapscott with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Ten teachers from several Baltimore City Schools participated in the week long training course.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation also offers one day training during the school year.

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