MAEOE - Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education

CBF - Chesapeake Bay Foundation

DPW - Department of Public Works, Anne Arundel County

CBT - Chesapeake Bay Trust

NOAA - National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Adminnistration

AMM - Annapolis Maritime Museum

 High Adventure

 For campers entering grades 9-12

 High Adventure Camp 2018web

High Adventure Camp is a seven day, six night residential camp for adventurous campers seeking to explore the natural world in a wilderness setting.  Campers will spend two days and nights at Arlington Echo, preparing for their upcoming adventure and learning the basics of backcountry skills and safety. Tuesday morning, we’ll board the bus and drive out to the trailhead, and then our real adventure begins!  Our campers will spend the next four days hiking through beautiful wilderness, taking time to enjoy breathtaking mountain vistas, observe wildlife, search streams for crayfish and tadpoles, and develop backcountry skills.

Space is extremely limited so sign up today!

Who Can Participate

All Outdoor Education camps are open to any student who has an interest in the environment, adventure, and personal growth. 

Hiking to a remote campsite is an incredibly rewarding experience, but not without its challenges. Please note that by its nature, backpacking is a physically strenuous activity. Campers will be required to carry between 15-25 lbs. of gear and hike rugged terrain – sometimes steep – for up to 6 miles daily. If you have any questions or concerns about whether High Adventure Camp is right for your camper, please don’t hesitate to call the number below.

Ted Hall, Arlington Echo Teacher Specialist, and Eóin Oneill, Arlington Echo Outdoor Educator, will direct the camp with the assistance of other full-time Arlington Echo staff.  Staff have extensive outdoor experience and training in Wilderness First Aid.  For more information, please contact Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center at 410-222-3822.

The $700 fee includes meals, transportation, accommodations, activities and instructional materials. A deposit must be included with the application. The balance is due upon acceptance to the camp. 

Payment/Refund Policy:
Full payment is due 30 days prior to start of camp. If full payment is not received by this time, your child’s reservation will not be held. After this date, we cannot guarantee that space will be available when your payment is received. If a cancellation is made before the 30 day time period, a 100% refund will be issued (with a $10 processing fee). If a cancellation is made any time between 30-15 days prior to the start of camp, a 50% refund will be issued (with a $10 processing fee). No refunds will be issued 14 days or less prior to the start of camp. Additionally, there shall be no partial refund granted for any camper’s late arrival, early withdrawal, non-arrival or dismissal for cause. All cancellations must be received in writing.

Application Procedures
1. Parents must complete the front of the Student Application Form.
2. A $350 deposit must be sent with the application form by May 25, 2018.
3. The balance of the fee ($350) will be due upon acceptance to the camp.
4. Make check payable to:
Anne Arundel County Public Schools


Registration for 2019 is not open yet!


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For more information call Arlington Echo at 410-222-3822


 High Adventure Camp packing list 2018

Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education Office

The Anne Arundel County Public School Environmental Literacy Plan is an innovative curriculum project that prepares our students to become active and responsible stewards of our natural world. It is a Pre-K through grade twelve milti-disciplinary plan that connects traditional classroom activities to effective outdoor learning experiences. This is an exciting systemic and systematic approach that supports getting every student outdoors every year. At the same time, it aligns local and state curriculum standards and the Common Core Initiative.

Anne Arundel County is a unique Chesapeake watershed county with 12 river systems, 354 streams, and 540 miles of tidal shoreline. All students live a short distance from a waterway leading to the Chesapeake Bay. What better way to learn science, culture, and work of our communities than to move to our outdoor classrooms.

As a result of our Enironmental Literacy Plan, students will be prepared to tackle the difficult environmental issues in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and the United States with 21st Century skills and knowledge. Environmentally literate students will be active and engaged citizens who will continue to care for the health and welfare of the world we live in.

In the spring of 2009, we began to implement the Chesapeake Stewards initiative at Arlington Echo. The purpose is to inform students and parent volunteers about how their actions affect the Chesapeake Bay and to motivate them to take Bay-friendly actions when they return home.

Becoming a Chesapeake Steward is both easy, and rewarding! With education and motivation, any man, woman and child can become a Chesapeake Steward!


Proir to an Arlignton Echo trip, during planning with our teachers, we cover the expected outcomes of their outdoor experience. We ask the teachers to explain to their students that we want to improve our efforts to promote environmental literacy. Environmental literacy is explained as knowledge, skills, experiences, attitudes and motivations that lead to environmentally responsible actions. Therefore, we want to challenge the students to become Chesapeake Stewards—people who take action to help the Bay.


CHESAPEAKE_STEWARDS_MAGNETSMDuring their trip, all aspects of the experience are tied to becoming a Chesapeake Steward. All lessons, and meals tie material to everyday life of our students, and provide easy can-do solutions to our environmental issues. At the end of the trip, each student recieves a magnet to take home which gives simple examples of things they can do at home and at school, to set an example for others and to motivate themselves to continue to act as a Chesapeake Steward even when no one is watching.


Some of the easy can-do things students can do, are to plant more trees, catch rainwater (with rain barrels, etc.), reduce fertilizer use, pick up pet waste, compost uneaten food, recycle, reduce energy use, prevent erosion (by planting rain gardens, and slowing down rainwater), and keeping our land and stormdrains free of litter.



Pick up an Arlington Echo t-shirt on site and take your memories home with you!

For adults without a backround in teaching young children, the idea of leading an activity with a group of students in the outdoors can be somewhat daunting! Relax! It's not at difficult as you may expect. Here are some tips the Arlington Echo staff has put together for our generous activity leaders, and chaperones!

Tips for activity leaders:

  1. Start by having students sit comfortably in a circle or around the picnic table so they can all easily see and hear the introduction.
  2. Request their attention.
  3. Smile, introduce yourself and the lesson according to the lesson plan.
  4. Get students involved! Have them mix, measure, write on charts, etc. Give students jobs to assist with equipment clean-up, etc. (For example, “Who wants to collect the compasses?”)
  5. Use questions to keep students thinking and to promote discussion (rather than lecture). Encourage all students to participate.
  6. Pace the activity in order to stay on schedule.
  7. When outdoors, speak clearly and at an appropriate volume. If possible, stand with your back to the wind so that it carries your voice to students.
  8. Gather students in a small group (not in a line) to speak to them. Avoid walking and teaching at the same time.
  9. Stand so that the sun is not in students’ eyes. Sunglasses prevent eye contact, so do not wear them while you are speaking to the students.
  10. Use sun or shade to keep students comfortable.
  11. Turn cell phone, pager or other electronic devices to “OFF” or “VIBRATE.”
  12. Help students treat the environment and facilities with care.
  13. Have fun and show enthusiasm. It’s contagious!

    Tips for chaperones

    1. Smile and introduce yourself.
    2. Use a buddy system with younger students.
    3. Review expectations with each group: walk, stay together, and follow instructions.
    4. Praise good behavior whenever you see it.
    5. Don’t hesitate to address unsafe or inappropriate student behavior when necessary. You are in charge! Address behavior in a positive and calm way.
    6. Get involved with the students and the activity. Assist the instructor.
    7. Make bathroom stops between activities.
    8. If necessary, take students to health room or office for Band Aids or ice packs.
    9. Students should have adult supervision at all times.
    10. Try to stay on schedule.
    11. Help students treat the environment and facilities with care.

monarch-butterfly largeIn conjunction with the Environmental Literacy initiative, Arlington Echo introduces its newest unit on the Monarch Butterfly. The unit, How Can We Help Monarch Butterflies? has been developed as part of the first grade curriculum. The Monarch unit began in fall of 2011 for first grade classrooms around Anne Arundel County, MD. Arlington Echo plans to roll out the program to the rest of the first grade classes over the next few years. By the spring of 2015 the program will have been implemented in 81 schools, 300 classrooms and had over 20,000 students participate in it.

Why the Monarch Butterfly?

The Monarch butterfly was chosen to be the focus of our first grade Environmental Literacy unit for a variety of reasons. One being that “Human impact” plays a significant role in Environmental Literacy.  In the case of the Monarch, human impact has greatly affected the species to the very mention of extinction.  To lose a species like the Monarch would be a tragic loss.  We feel it is our duty to educate and inform about the issues surrounding the Monarch butterfly, so that conservation efforts can be made to help secure their future.


  • The worst year on record was 2013, with the Monarch population at 80% below average
  • Top threats include: Pesticide/herbicide use, weather related events, mowing of natural areas, deforestation, and development
  • The largest population of Monarchs can be found throughout the United States of America, Canada and Mexico
  • The lifecycle of the Monarch has four stages- Egg, Larva(Caterpillar), Pupa(Chrysalis), Adult (Butterfly)
  • Monarch caterpillars have 5 instars (stages)
  • There are 3-4 (Occasionally 5) generations in a single year
  • The Monarch caterpillar eats ONLY the leaves of milkweed plants
  • Monarch migration behavior still contains many mystery’s
  • 95% of the population migrates to Mexico, the other 5% to California
  • During migration, Monarchs can travel between 1,000-3,000 miles


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