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What is your watershed moment?


What is your watershed moment?

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What is your watershed moment?


What is your watershed moment?

Imagine spending a semester helping to solve some of the world’s most complex environmental problems, where your textbooks are replaced with real-world case studies, and where you engage with national environmental and political leaders while conducting scientific research with cutting edge technology.  

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Watershed


wa·ter·shed

noun

an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas.

an event or period marking a turning point in a course of action or state of affairs.

Watershed


wa·ter·shed

noun

an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas.

an event or period marking a turning point in a course of action or state of affairs.

The Chesapeake Watershed Semester is a unique opportunity for highly motivated high school juniors or seniors to join a talented community of learners who will immerse themselves in the study and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay for one semester.  Through dynamic and diverse field-study Expeditions, you travel the region meeting with stakeholders and conducting research.  While in residence on our waterfront campus, you will take honors and AP level classes while maintaining an intense, hands-on engagement with the natural environment.

 

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Science Policy Restoration


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Science Policy Restoration


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Immersive, Place-Based Experiences

We believe that real-world and first-person experiences are vital to developing understanding and knowledge.  The Chesapeake Bay watershed provides the canvas for the curriculum, and the academic disciplines create the lenses through which the human impact on the natural environment is understood.

 

Rigorous, Problem-based Learning

Students develop a toolbox of skills to evaluate primary sources,  analyze data, and establish an ethical foundation from which to draw conclusions.  Classes are grounded in real world scenarios and offer students opportunities to engage with stakeholders and share their conclusions. Every student completes a thesis paper or project that reflects their ability to address issues through multiple lenses.   

Stakeholder Engagement

Much of the problem-based learning revolves around the central questions related to restoring the fragile and impaired Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. We approach these problems through direct contact with public officials, university researchers, fishermen, farmers, and local historians to fully understand the complexities of the problem.

 

Teaching Leadership

We believe that leadership is a skill that can be learned by every person. Through opportunities in and outside of the classroom, we seek to develop in each student the skills, vision, self-knowledge, motivation, and sense of responsibility necessary to lead effectively.

 

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Environmental Sustainability

Individual and collective action towards greater sustainability are emphasized throughout the program.  All aspects of operating of the program are rigorously evaluated through the lens of sustainability.

 

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Join Us


Join Us:

Fall 2018

Join Us


Join Us:

Fall 2018