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​2019 MAEOE Conference Challenge - PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT

Living Classrooms Foundation welcomes you to participate in the 2019 MAEOE Challenge. This year we’ve created a photo scavenger hunt for you. You may participate as an individual but it’s always more fun with friends (co-workers, students, friends, neighbor, etc.)! All entries must be submitted via a Google photo album no later than 5pm Monday, January 28.

You may begin taking photos on the day the 2019 Conference Registration opens. Below is the list of photographs you are trying to take – you can choose to do as many or as few as you’d like. There are points assigned to photos however these will not be revealed until the slide shows are on display at the conference. The photos will be exhibited at the MAEOE table in the exhibit hall and the winner will be announced at the conference during lunch on Saturday.

MAEOE retains the right to use these photos for social media, publicity, future conferences, etc… so please secure permission from any individuals being photographed. As such, a photo release document must be submitted with each entry for any individuals who are identifiable in the photographs. For any subjects under 18 a guardian’s signature must be provided.

Please contact Lisa Jones, with any questions. You must share your completed album with this email address no later than the above deadline. Please only share the album when it is complete, not while you are working on creating it.

Rules are below. For printable list, CLICK HERE.

Download a Photo Release Form.

  • MAEOE Challenge Rules:
    • A print out of the 2019 MAEOE conference logo must appear in each photo
    • At least 1 person must be in each photo (i.e.: a picture of the logo and a tree would not count, but a picture of the logo, a tree and a person would)
    • Each photo may only count for 1 item from the list
    • When the photos are uploaded, the “quest” that is being portrayed from the list must be noted in the description of the photo
    • The subject of the photo must be the actual item, not an image of it (i.e.: a picture of a tree would not count – it must be an actual tree); unless specifically defined
    • A limited number of bonus points may be assigned an album for photos that include the conference logo AND a MAEOE logo
    • Be creative and have fun!!
    • Pick and choose whichever photos you’d like to submit from the Challenge List. You can do as many or as few as you’d like. Remember a print out of the conference logo must appear in each photo!
  • Challenge List:

    1. Identifiable invasive species removal

    2. Lesson on runoff in action

    3. An identifiable native Maryland mammal in the wild

    4. A migratory bird passing through Maryland in the wild

    5. Adults involved in a science activity

    6. Students involved in a technology activity

    7. Examples of an engineering lesson in action

    8. Agriculture in action

    9. Environmental artwork

    10. Math with an environmental education tie in

    11. Outdoor education in action

    12. Healthy eating

    13. Outdoor recreation

    14. Chesapeake Bay Bridge

    15. Sheraton North, Towson, MD

    16. A screenshot of a social media post with #MAEOECONFERENCE2019

    17. Princess Royale, Ocean City, MD

    18. Your school/company logo or mascot

    19. Swallow Falls

    20. Any Maryland state park sign (state park must be identifiable)

    21. Entering/Leaving the Chesapeake Bay Watershed sign

    22. Welcome to XXX state sign (any state other than Maryland), bonus point for state furthest from the conference location

    23. A foreign country (must be identifiable)

    24. Working on a Green School/Center Application

    26. The Maryland State House

    27. Assateague State Park

    28. A Maryland Green Center

    29. A Maryland Green School

    30. Old Bay

    31. A National Wildlife Refuge sign in Maryland

    32. A lighthouse in Maryland

    33. As many people as possible within the picture

    34. A Maryland flag

    35. MAEOE Executive Director

    36. MAEOE staff member conducting a training

    37. 2 MAEOE staff (Executive Director may not be either person) in same photo

    38. Maryland state boat

    39. Maryland state drink

    40. Maryland state dessert

    41. while participating in the Maryland state exercise

    42. Maryland state sport (NOT the team sport)

    43. Maryland state reptile

    44. Maryland state cat

    45. Planting a tree

    46. Holding a crab

    47. Shucking or dissecting an oyster

    48. Dipping your toes (or more) in a natural body of water in Maryland (double point for full submersion)

    49. A group participating in a trash pick up

    50. Students or adults participating in water quality testing

Thursday Conference Events

Exhibit Hall Welcome

Take a first look at the exhibitor tables and auction items from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday Night Networking Social

Join us at Lake Roland Nature Center for some hot appetizers and then s'mores over a campfire to kick off the first day of the 34th annual MAEOE conference! Meet the MAEOE board, staff and other fun environmental educators at this casual affair from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Sign up and pay ahead of time through the online conference registration: $35/person.

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Friday Conference Events

Conference Service Project: Shoreline Clean-Up

Masonville Cove is the Nation’s 1st National Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership…a site to create and strengthen personal connections to the local environment!

On behalf of the Masonville Cove partner organizations…the Maryland Port Administration, Living Classrooms Foundation and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, please join the National Aquarium in giving back to this incredible gem of South Baltimore through community science…we’ll go various habitat, species and water quality monitoring techniques that we use in programs on site and conclude with a debris clean-up along the shoreline (tide permitting)!

  • Please note that parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged
  • Participants will have to fill out a waiver upon arrival, in order to participate

CONTACT INFO: Curtis Bennett:; 410-576-1508; 240-383-6488


  • Notes about site
    • Restrooms available at the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center)
    • These will be provided by the National Aquarium:
      • Granola bars
      • Gloves
      • Water (for refill and water bottles)
      • All necessary cleanup and community science tools & supplies
  • Safety

    Safety is paramount. We’ve developed a detailed safety plan for the project, and all participants will be briefed daily on safety issues. A project Leader will be in charge of all related safety issues and will coordinate the daily briefings and liability release forms. Closed-toe shoes must be worn.

  • Weather

    Unless weather conditions are extreme or dangerous, the event/program will continue as scheduled. If we make the call to cancel, you will be contacted with as much notice as possible. If you do not hear from us, then the event/program will go on as planned.

  • Things to bring:
    • Weather Appropriate Gear
    • Necessary Medications
    • Snacks
    • Hat
    • Water Bottle
    • Backpack
    • Closed-toed shoes (Boots or shoes that can get dirty)

Friday First Timers’ Welcome!!

First time attendees are encouraged to attend this meet and greet event specifically designed to make it easier navigate the conference and meet other new conference attendees. First timer attendees have the opportunity to mingle with past attendees who serve as conference mentors on from 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. at the Sheraton’s Rain 903 Restaurant.

Happy Hour and Exhibit Hall Welcome!

Join us for Happy Hour from 5 to 6:30 pm! This event is free for all conference participants. Each registered attendee is asked to pick up their drink ticket upon registration. Enjoy heavy appetizers, cash bar, catching up new and old MAEOE friends and visit with our exhibitors in the Warfield’s Ballroom.

STEAM Festival and Conference Opening Speaker

New for MAEOE, our Conference will kick off with a STEAM focused event for anyone to attend on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Our Conference Opening Speaker will share some highlights from his experience teaching with games and interactive technologies. The rest of the evening will be a series of drop-in events that give participants an opportunity to collaborate with one another to solve engineering and design tasks.

Free for all registered Conference attendees. Bring your family and friends. There is a small fee for guests, $5 person or $20 for a family or group up to 6 people. The STEAM Fair will be held in the Fitzgerald Ballroom.

Saturday Conference Events

Meet the Authors!

Our local authors will give a short reading from their books and answer questions. Option to buy book at the end the session. Times and rooms will be on the Saturday Conference Grid.

  • Ned Tillman, author of The Big Melt
  • Bronwyn Mitchell-Strong, author of Roost: Confessions of a First-Time Chicken Chicken Farmer
  • Martin Schmidt, author of Maryland's Geology

Community Meetings

Saturday before lunch, look for a “community” gathering that may benefit you or your organization. This year our “communities” will discuss STEAM and other top priorities. The format is small group, facilitated discussion. This is great way to start and continue discussions with your peers. Choose from the following:

  • Early & Elementary Education
  • Secondary & Higher Education
  • Outdoor Education Centers
  • Young Professionals
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Sustainable Schools

There is no fee, but you must sign up for a group during registration so that we know the numbers for planning purposes.

Por Eco Production Movie Premier at MAEOE!!!

Conservation Kids documentary

After lunch on Saturday, join us for a 30-minute Green STEM documentary entitled, “Conservation Kids.” Children featured will experience real world scenarios using STEM principles as they enjoy Mother Nature and her agricultural lands. Interviews with environmental educators, scientists, and conservationists will be used to help explain the advantages of using Green STEM in today’s global economy. Then get a chance to interact with Conservation Filmmaker Cheryle Franceschi. General Audience.

Saturday Night Trivia

Close out the 2019 MAEOE Conference with new and old friends on Saturday evening! Form a team or join one for an entertaining evening of trivia in the Sheraton restaurant, Rain 903! Grab some food and/or drinks at the bar and join in a great evening full of fun and friends!

Kids' STEAM Model Exhibit

MAEOE is proud to exhibit Maryland students' STEAM models and projects at the 34th Annual MAEOE Conference!

What: Students are invited to submit models, no more than 5lbs, that will fit on a 12” x 12” platform pedestal or projects/posters that can be hung on an art display panel.

How to participate: Students or teachers should fill out the intent to participate form with model details by December 15, 2018. Confirmation and details will be sent after deadline. UPDATE: Applications are closed.

Where: Sheraton North Towson 903 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204

When: February 6-10, 2019 (Drop off February 6th, Pick up February 10th)

Model Drop off: Work should be dropped off on February 6, 2019, at the Sheraton lobby from 3 PM - 8 PM.

Model Pick up: Work can be picked up between 4 PM & 6 PM on Saturday, February 9 and 9 AM - 12 PM on February 10th. Artwork not picked up by the deadline may be recycled.

Note: Participating schools in Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles, St Mary’s and Prince George’s County) may coordinate model drop off and pick up with Rhonda Scott at the William S. Schmidt Outdoor Education Center.

For a printable flyer, download: Steam Model Exhibit Flyer

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