In 2010, Maryland became the first state in the nation to implement an environmental literacy high school graduation requirement. In 2011, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) instituted Pre-K through 12 Environmental Literacy Curriculum Standards to be integrated into the curriculum of each school system.
These actions gave a new name and new mandate to the AACPS Outdoor Education Office, which became the AACPS Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education Office.
It is now our responsibility to take environmental literacy into schools and classrooms by providing curriculum and training to teachers.
Each grade level or course listed below includes an interdisciplinary environmental literacy unit or focus in which students investigate and take action on a local environmental issue. We continue to strive to get every student outdoors every year!
What’s the Trouble with Trash? Students learn about trash, landfills and litter on land and water. Students learn to recycle at school and home, not to litter and to clean up litter (with adult help). Students take action by hosting a recycling picnic at school for family members to share what they have learned.