Office of Science PreK-12
Outdoor Science Education

Prettyboy ES student perfectly captures the essence of Maryland’s Environmental Literacy Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

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)


There have been several changes to Baltimore County's outdoor education program over the last few months.  This is a temporary disruption in field experiences due to staffing changes.  Our goal is to have students participating in field experiences at Camp Puh'Tok by spring 2014.  Teachers can now schedule field experiences at Oregon Ridge through the Oregon Ridge Nature Center (410-887-1815). Baltimore County maintains its commitment to providing students with a variety of outdoor education experiences over the course of their time in our schools. 

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Eric Cromwell, Coordinator of Elementary Science, at 410-887-2063 or

Outdoor Science EducationThe 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.

For more information about the Outdoor Science Programs please contact Joe Davis.
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