Our Mission

“To empower students of all ages through authentic hands-on outdoor experiences with the environmental knowledge, skills, and motivation to make and act upon responsible environmental decisions.”

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Chesapeake Connections

Chesapeake Connections conducts school outreach and environmental action projects for all sixth grade classes in AACPS. Each middle school participates in one of the following action projects as part of their Chesapeake Bay investigation: Grasses in Classes (submerged aquatic vegetation), American Eel raise and release, oyster restoration, and stormwater management planting. Environmental action takes place at many different sites throughout Anne Arundel County. Chesapeake Connections staff visit classrooms for outreach education. Field experiences are led by Chesapeake Connections staff. Classroom teachers recruit volunteers to assist with field experiences. All volunteers undergo background checks.

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Restoration Projects

Grasses in Classes

In conjunction with Department of Natural Resources and Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Grasses in Classes Program, students grow and propagate redhead underwater grass in the classroom. Teachers and students set up experiments, record growth rates and record data. Students learn about the care, propagation, status and importance of underwater grasses to the Chesapeake Bay. Underwater grasses raised are planted at the soft shoreline restoration project at Arlington Echo.

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American Eel Raise and Release

The American Eel Raise and Release Project is conducted in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Students raise American eels from the "glass eel" stage to "yellow eel" stage in the classroom. Students learn about the life cycle, care and migratory patterns of the American eel. Students also study water quality and the human impact on eel habitat. Eels are released back into local streams in spring.

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Oyster Restoration

The Oyster Program links four middle schools with the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Students explore life in and around the Chesapeake Bay past and present. They identify oyster spat, measure growth and plant the oysters on a local reef.

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Stormwater Management Planting

In partnership with the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW), students participate in regenerative stormwater conveyance projects. Chesapeake Connections staff visit classrooms and initiate an investigation of the issue of stormwater. Students learn their “watershed address” and use GIS technology to identify storm drains, outfalls, and impervious surfaces near stormwater projects. Students then participate in planting native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees at new stormwater projects to restore habitat, promote nutrient uptake, and stabilize soil.




Monarch Butterflies

Chesapeake Connections also supports the first grade environmental literacy program, “How Can We Help Monarch Butterflies?” They assess the condition of Monarch butterfly gardens at schools and support selected schools annually, installing new gardens as needed and providing planting support for existing gardens.






Amy Greif agreif@aacps.org

Arlington Echo 410-222-3822

Published in Education
Monday, 18 February 2008 08:24

Our Green Practices

Arlington Echo has been recognized as a Green Center by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators (MAEOE).green center icon 150

The Maryland Green Center Program recognizes facilities that model efforts in environmental education, conservation, sustainable practices and community engagement. Maryland Green Centers offer support to schools working towards the Maryland Green Schools Award.

Check out our “green” highlights.

Solar panels

Water Bottle Filling Stations

Native Plants

Green Roof

Rain Barrels

Bio-retention Areas

Pervious Concrete

Living Shoreline

Waste Watchers



Solar Panels

Arlington Echo has solar panels on the roof of Field Hall. These panels generate electricity from the sun’s energy, thus reducing our carbon footprint from greenhouse gases.

Water Fountains

We encourage students to use reusable water bottles. This reduces waste of resources and energy associated with single-use bottled water. Arlington Echo has water fountains configured to refill water bottles easily. Adult groups that meet on site are discouraged from bringing single-use bottled water.

Native Plants

We use native plants in our gardens at Arlington Echo. Native plants are low maintenance. They thrive in the local climate without extra water or fertilizer. They also provide habitat for local wildlife, such as insects and birds.

We also conserve some special native plants such as pitcher plants and sun dews, carnivorous plants that attract and digest insects. These plants are endangered in Maryland because there are few bogs remaining, due to development. We also propagate Atlantic White Cedars, a rot-resistant tree that needs wet soil and can grow to be 80-100 feet tall. These trees are considered rare because of past logging and habitat loss.

Green Roof

The green roof on the boat house is made of living sedums, plants that are adapted to extreme temperature and drought. The plants remove nitrogen from the rainwater, which helps prevent algae blooms in the river. The green roof also insulates the building, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

Rain Barrels

Throughout Arlington Echo we have rain barrels attached to the downspout of every building—adding up to 96 barrels throughout campus. Rain Barrels gather the water that falls on the roofs and slow it down. The water from a 30-minute storm is released over 2 days. Anne Arundel County has the fourth worst air quality in the U.S., most of this pollution ends up in our runoff. The barrels collect the first flush, the most critical rain that is loaded with pollutants, and then slowly releases the water to a garden or shallow dry well area. By diverting water from storm drains, the impact of runoff into streams and the Chesapeake Bay is greatly decreased.

Bio-Retention Areas

These areas collect rainwater and release it slowly into the environment through evaporation and wicking. This reduces the impact of our stormwater on the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay. These areas also provide habitat for native plants and animals.

Pervious Concrete

Pervious concrete is one of the many ways we treat storm water at Arlington Echo. Pervious concrete is specialized asphalt with multiple layers of different sized aggregate. The aggregates promote infiltration of rainwater into the ground. Water filters through the pores, slowing down and depositing sediment and pollutants that it is carrying with it.

Living Shoreline

Through strategic placement of stone, sand and native plants, the living shoreline reduces erosion and sedimentation and provides habitat for a wide variety of aquatic species. This shoreline also dampens wave action, which further protects all area shorelines from erosion.

Waste Watchers

We encourage students to reduce food waste. Reducing food waste reduces the environmental impact of producing, packaging and transporting food.


Recycling is a way to conserve natural resources, reduce waste and pollution. We participate in Anne Arundel County’s single stream recycling program. Paper, plastic, metal and glass are recycled.


Composting is a way to conserve natural resources and reduce the amount of waste going into landfills. Composting is recycling natural materials into “humus,” a soil-like product that can be used to improve soil quality. During meals at Arlington Echo students learn what waste can be composted. Leftover food that is plant-based can be composted. Our compost demonstration area shows different styles of compost bins.

Published in Restoration Projects
Monday, 18 February 2008 08:16

Summer Camps

The Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education Office offers a variety of summer camps at Arlington Echo for students entering grades kindergarten through 11. Our camp culture is fun, safe and supportive. Senior staff are certified teachers and other professionals. The Visual Arts Office and World and Classical Languages Office also offer engaging and enriching camps at Arlington Echo.

Early Birds Camp 1 - TBA
Early Birds Camp 2 - TBA

Learn to Swim - TBA

Friendship Camp - TBA

Planet Earth Camp - TBA

Echo Adventure Camp - TBA

High Adventure Camp 1 - TBA
High Adventure Camp 2 - TBA

Art Trek & Natural Connections - TBA

Spanish Camp - TBA

Arlington Echo 2018 Summer Camp Brochure available for download and print

Registration for 2019 is not open yet!

Staff application for summer 2018  
(if applying for Art or Spanish Camps, please contact the Art Office (410-222-5449) or the World Classical Languages Office (410-222-5424)

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Need help? Call us! We can assist with registration or scholarship questions over the phone!


To become a Camp Counselor, fill out the
 staff application for summer 2018

For downloadable print version, click HERE

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Questions? Contact Arlington Echo- 410-222-3822

Published in Camps