The Center offers both formal and informal education programs to augment Hood Colleges environmental biology curriculum. One of the goals of the center is to create an socially and ecologically responsible community, we believe that starting with education is key to achieving our goals.


Our education programs encourage multi-disciplinary / cross-disciplinary approaches to learning.  They are student-centered and provide opportunities for student-scholars to participate with their peers and faculty mentors in a variety of collaborative research projects regarding coastal and watershed issues.

costa5.jpgFormal education opportunities administered by the Center, encompass both on-campus as well as field study components to the curriculum. These include our semester-long, multi-course Coastal Studies program based in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and field-based coastal experience courses, in such places as the Bahamas and Costa Rica.

We provide introductory courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applicable to all undergraduate disciplines. The Center also provides resources to support a certification in GIS through the Environmental Biology graduate program.

Coastal Studies ImageThe Center will provide the local K-12 educational community with:

• Training for pre-service and in-service teachers to support new core learning goals, next generation science standards, and new initiatives in environmental literacy

• Advanced lab and field experiences for high school students enrolled in environmental science and other STEM disciplines.

• Special place-based summer science experiences for middle and high school students in the Central Maryland region.

Outreach is a fundamental pillar of the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies’ vision. The community is an integral part of our watershed and our local environment. The Center endeavors to bring educational services and programs to the local community as well as communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay area. Outreach education empowers people in these communities with the information necessary to enact change in their watershed so that they can live in a healthier and greener environment.