Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem

If you’re a teacher who is passionate about providing relevant and real watershed education into your classroom, the Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem is for you!

The Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem is a three-year professional development initiative that will increase the development and implementation of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) throughout the New York portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. MWEEs are learner-centered experiences in which students investigate local environmental issues and complete informed action projects. MWEEs advance environmental literacy and stewardship while increasing standards-based student achievement.

Join OCCA this summer for a multi-day institute where you will:

  • Develop a full understanding of the structure of a MWEE
  • Participate in exciting hands-on activities for classroom and field
  • Examine your current activities and lessons to see how they can fit into a MWEE
  • Network with fellow teachers and environmental education professionals

View this video for a short overview of a MWEE.

OCCA has been holding informational webinars on the program and MWEEs. 

If you have additional questions, email us at

Summer Institute 2023!

The centerpiece of the program is our summer institute, an intensive, five-day experience that will help teachers develop and deliver MWEEs in their schools. Planning is underway for a fully in-person, 2-part institute scheduled for July 10 – 12 and July 14 – 16 2023, at Hartwick College’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus. Please sign up for our CBHEE mailing list to receive updates, including dates, location and registration information.

Thank you to the Catskill Regional Teacher Center for their support of this project and for providing CTLE credits for the institute. 

Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem is provided through a cooperative agreement with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program.

How You Can Help Protect Our Local Environment

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