Office of Science PreK-12
Outdoor Science Education

The 2014 Baltimore County Envirothon Competition was held at Oregon Ridge Lodge on April 11th. Over 70 participants competed and Hereford HS will be representing Baltimore County in the state competition which will be held at Camp Pecometh on June 18-19 in Centreville, Maryland.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach us more than we can ever learn from books.
Sir John Lubbock , English Naturalist (1834-1913)

The VISION of the Baltimore County Public Schools Outdoor Science Program is to develop a community of environmentally literate citizens who demonstrate stewardship and an authentic passion for learning about the natural world.

The MISSION of the BCPS Outdoor Science program is to:

  • Promote the use of the environment as an integrated context for learning.
  • Promote overall academic achievement through the use of authentic, hands-on investigations.
  • Support schools in the use of their schoolyards as learning communities.
  • Provide resources and experiences that promote environmental literacy and develop a sense of personal stewardship.
  • Involve the BCPS community in experiences that will promote lifelong learning by aligning academic standards and authentic investigations with action.
  • Encourage students to embrace and develop a respect for the natural world.
  • Promote curiosity and exploration of the natural world.
  • Model and encourage environmental stewardship, collaboration, and communication.
  • Develop citizens who are environmentally responsible

Randallstown Elementary School's newly dedicated Bottlecap Mural. This project will help them to meet Sustainability Practice 2.3 Solid Waste Reduction as they strive to become a Maryland Green School."


Elementary Teachers can now schedule field experiences at Oregon Ridge through the Oregon Ridge Nature Center (410-887-1815). Teachers can also refer to our Elementary Field Experience Guide on the Intranet to find a list of outdoor offerings available to schools. The list is divided by grade level and lists connections to the curriculum.

If you have any questions please contact Eric Cromwell, Coordinator of Elementary Science, at 443-809-2063 or

For information about Secondary Outdoor Science Programs please contact Joe Davis.
                        Milford Mill Academy Tree Planting

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