Conservation Education

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has partnered with Maryland Public Television (MPT) to create Welcome to Your Watershed, an interactive environmental science resource for elementary and middle school students available on MPT's Thinkport educational website. This multimedia collection is designed for grades 3-8 and allows students to explore the water cycle, factors affecting water movement, the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and the importance of preserving the natural resources we depend on. Supplemental activities cover Maryland agriculture and the Chesapeake Bay. Each resource is accompanied by a detailed Teacher's Guide and aligns with national and state standards for easy integration into the curriculum. Visit Welcome to Your Watershed Now!

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Soil Conservation Districts 
Located in every Maryland county, soil conservation districts help farmers install best management practices on their farms to protect natural resources. Districts also educate homeowners and students on the benefits of clean water, productive soil and a healthy food supply. District-sponsored tree seedling sales, soil judging contests, classroom visits, conservation camps and career workshops help promote a sense of environmental responsibility and interest in young people.​ Find your local soil conservation district...

Backyard Actions for a Cleaner Chesapeake Bay
MDA's Office of Resource Conservation and the University​ of Maryland Home and Garden Information Center have teamed up to bring homeowners a series of 8 conservation tips from Maryland farmers on a range of topics. See links under More Info and PDFs.

Maryland's Lawn Fertilizer Law
Keep the Bay clean and your lawn green. If you fertilize your lawn, follow our tips and Maryland's Lawn Fertilizer Law.  Visit our website...

Maryland Envirothon 
Find out about this field oriented natural resources competition for high school students interested in the outdoors. Read the brochure...

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