NorthBay’s Professional Development Program for Teachers


NorthBay created the professional development program for the same reasons we create programs for kids.

We believe that our choices and actions matter & that they have immediate and long-term impacts.  As a result of that understanding we desire empowered, solution-minded teachers who inspire our youth to take positive actions. Actions that make the world a better place for all.

The NorthBay professional development program uses Investigating and Evaluating Environmental Issues and Actions (IEEIA)* as its foundation. This issue-analysis curriculum set the standard for inquiry-based learning and has been validated as a force for student empowerment and action.

In keeping with NorthBay’s mission to serve, and the needs of our environment and society, we encourage teachers and their students to conduct issues-based research. We want teachers and their students to leverage findings into lasting solutions for local stream and river issues, and to share findings and take actions with communities that exist beyond the schoolyard.


Program Opportunities

Short Courses are in development! Email: for more info! 

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    Tributaries of Life Teacher Professional Development Winter Retreat

    Say “Goodbye” to your Winter Blues! President’s Day Retreat for Educators at NorthBay

    What:Come join other educators for a relaxing winter retreat at NorthBay’s beautiful Guest House on the bay.
    Educators will be invited to practice Qi gong and mindfulness, create an Art sculpture from natural materials; take a reflective winter walk on the beach, enjoy the guest house hot tub.
    (No experience in contemplative/reflective practices needed.)
    When:: Monday, February 17, 2020 starting at 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Why: Educators will leave refreshed, centered, and relaxed, ready to meet the challenges of the next day.
    Cost:$75.00 per person (Lunch is included)
    Register now at:
    Questions? Please call 443-674-9039 or email

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    UPRIVER: Exploring Watershed Citizenship

    What: Residential session for 20 educators at NorthBay’s Erickson Education Center.
    When: March 21-22, 2020
    Why: This interdisciplinary inquiry-focused curriculum is for Middle & High School teachers. Subjects addressed:STE[A]M,Geography, Science, Social Studies/History ,ELA
    Cost: $175.00 per educator
    Whats included: Housing for one night, meals ,two days of instruction and practice, a paper copy and 1year online subscription to the UPRIVER Story Map Curriculum, and follow up support.

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    UPRIVER: A Story Map Curriculum for Exploring Watershed Citizenship

    Who: Oregon Middle & High School teachers of STEAM, Agriculture, Geography, Science, Social Sciences, & ELA
    What: Interdisciplinary, place-based, inquiry-focused arcGIS Story Map curriculum.
    Where: Oregon Hatchery Research Center, (OHRC) Alsea, OR
    Why: To investigate watersheds from multiple perspectives using a media-rich place-based, interdisciplinary curriculum. The curriculum is based on the Oregon film, “UPRIVER: A Film for the WIllamette.”

    What’s Included: Housing and meals, two days of instruction and practice, a paper copy and electronic access to The UPRIVER Story Map Curriculum, Student VoiceThread licenses for one year, educator stipend, followup support.

    Residential session for 20 teachers at Oregon Hatchery Research Center, Alsea, OR
    April 4-5, 2020* (Housing available beginning 600 pm Friday, April 3. Workshop begins  830 am Saturday, April 4.)
    Oregon Hatchery Research Center (OHRC)
    2418 East Fall Creek Rd
    Alsea, OR 97324

    $250.00 stipends provided upon full completion of program

    This interdisciplinary inquiry-focused curriculum is for Middle & High School teachers.
    Subjects addressed: STE[A]M, Geography, Science, Social Studies/History, ELA

    *This workshop is for Oregon educators only

    This workshop has been generously funded by a Gray Family Foundation grant supporting Geography Education

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    Summer Retreat for Educators on the Chesapeake Bay

    A 45-hour accredited experience, reflective, inquiry course for Middle and HighSchool teachers.

    What: Residential session for 20 educators at NorthBay’s Erickson Education Center.
    When:Sunday, August 16, 2020 – Thursday, August 20, 2020
    Why: This interdisciplinary inquiry-focused curriculum is for Middle & High School teachers. Subjects addressed:STE[A]M,Geography, Science, Social Studies/History ,ELA
    Cost: $350.00 includes instruction, adventure, housing, meals, and more.
    What You Will Do:
    ·Snorkel in the ChesapeakeBay
    ·Assess and compare the water quality of local waterways
    ·Network with like-mind adductors
    ·Conduct inquiry that leads to an action Visit the Havre De Grace Promenade
    ·Adventure on the zip-line, giant swing, rock wall
    ·Enjoy a private screening of Freshwaters Illustrated films
    ·Take a peek at a new curriculum:UPRIVER:Exploring Watershed Citizenship
    ·Integrated social emotional learning practices
    * Teachers find this course inspiring, restorative, and leave with fresh ideas about inquiry to use with students.
    * Program aligned with CommonCore, NGSS, and MD Environmental Literacy standards

    *NorthBay is a certified provider for PA Act48 and MSDE professional development credits.

    For more information:

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    Tributaries of Life: School-Year Weeklong

    This 30-hour program is for teachers visiting with their students during NorthBay’s residential student program. Teachers participating in this program will receive in-depth instruction in inquiry/problem based learning in and around the spectacular Chesapeake Bay. Classes with students are woven into the professional development sessions so teachers will have the opportunity to immediately implement what they learn while at NorthBay. One follow up meeting will be scheduled to check in and to provide support.

    Professional Development Credit: Available. Maryland teachers will receive 2.0 CPD credits and Pennsylvania teachers will receive 1.0 professional development credits upon completion of the weeklong in-residence program and follow up meeting.
    Dates: Throughout the school year
    Notes: Minimum number of teachers per session = 10.

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    The UPRIVER curriculum is a multidisciplinary inquiry into what it means to be global water citizens. Video clips from the UPRIVER film are embedded in a map of Oregon to engage students with stories. The curriculum shows students the power and influence they have when they operate from the perspective of living upriver. “UPRIVER” is a mindset from which students can make positive decisions that influence what happens downstream, rather than being disempowered downstream inhabitants reaping the negative results of decisions made by others. The video stories take place in the headwaters, mainstem, and riparian regions of the Willamette River, Oregon. While the stories are specific to Oregon, they highlight universal themes. Some of the same stories, albeit with different characters, are playing out in watersheds all over the world.

Courses are accredited in Maryland & Pennsylvania (ACT 48).
Other state accreditations are in process.

Booking your Professional Development Training at NorthBay is easy. 

If you are interested in booking one of NorthBay’s upcoming Teacher Professional Development opportunities please contact: prodevelopment@

Or, simply fill out our Registration Form below

Terms & Conditions

Click below to download NorthBay’s Health & Release Form, indicating the terms and conditions for attending our Teacher Professional Development courses. You will need to email this signed form to your NorthBay point of contact, or bring a signed copy with you upon arrival.
Download NorthBay’s Terms & Conditions Form Here

About NorthBay

NorthBay is an environmental and character education program headquartered at the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay in North East, MD.  

Our core program is an intensive 5-day/4-night residential experience that uses engaging, inquiry-based environmental education curriculum to facilitate student realization that the choices they make in life impact their futures, their communities and the environment.  Targeting underserved students from throughout the Mid-Atlantic, NorthBay serves over 10,000 students from over 150 schools in this core program annually.

The NorthBay Extended (NEXT) program delivers our inquiry-based model into the classroom, schoolyard and community by integrating a hands-on, Next Generation Science Standards aligned curriculum with character development and leadership.

Read more about NorthBay’s Education as well as our Group Retreat opportunities through our various links on our website:


Hungerford, H. R., Volk, T. L., Ramsey, J. M., Litherland, R. A., & Peyton, R. B. (2003). Investigating and evaluating environmental issues and actions: Designed as a critical thinking, problem solving approach to local regional and international issues. Champaign, IL: Stipes.