Treating and Teaching

Treating and Teaching

The Treating & Teaching program is a collaborative effort between the Anacostia Watershed Society, Prince George’s County, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and several nonprofit partners. This program trains teachers from Prince George’s County Public Schools how to utilize their school grounds, including stormwater managements projects installed, as educational tools to support their curriculum.

Schools are key sites for stormwater management projects because they have large parking lots and roof tops that create a high volume of stormwater runoff. Schools are also central hubs for citizens and students, making them ideal demonstration sites for public awareness. Therefore, schools provide a unique opportunity for Prince George’s County to connect the stormwater projects installed on school grounds with the environmental curriculum that supports the State’s Environmental Literacy graduation requirement.

The Treating and Teaching program began in 2016 with support from a Prince George’s County Stormwater Stewardship grant provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Teachers, administrators, and maintenance staff participate in professional development workshops and training on how to maintain the stormwater management projects installed at their schools. Schools can also apply to have additional outdoor learning features installed on their campuses and receive additional mentoring and training opportunities. This innovative program connects stormwater management solutions with student learning and environmental literacy curricula.

Program Partners

  • Prince George’s County Public Schools William S. Schmidt Center
  • Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education
  • Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
  • Low Impact Development Center
  • Neighborhood Design Center
  • Bradley Site Design
  • Real School Gardens

Program at a Glance

  • Engages Prince George’s County Public Schools staff in professional development workshops and design and installation of outdoor learning features at schools
  • Offered year round

More Information

For more information about this program, please contact our Director of River Restoration Programs, Ariel Trahan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn about a similar program in the District of Columbia, see the RiverSmart Schools program.

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