CHESTORY — Center for the Chesapeake Story Project Coordinator
— Joan Clement
The Center for the Chesapeake Story was founded in 1999 by Sara Leeland and the late Tom Wisner, Maryland’s first environmental educator and “Bard of the Chesapeake.” Our purpose is to bring the artist in each of us to express our role in the ongoing story of Chesapeake life and culture; and creating resources for all who want to bring their communities into deeper relationship to the Chesapeake river lands.
CHEL — Chesapeake Environmental Literacy Project Coordinator
— Concetta Laskey
Creating and sharing fun ways learn about ecology and the environment through activities, workshops, and training sessions. Funding by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Dominion Energy's K-12 Education Partnership to support our work with Maryland teachers and students. Home of the Chestory Virtual Archive
, your place to find Tom Wisner's university-tested strategies, activities, and lessons focused on bringing the environment and the arts back together in the classroom and outside.
Home Salons/Parties — Films, Community discussions & Good Chear Parties Project Coordinator
— Eugenia Kalnay
Since its start in 2006, CHEARS has been involved in organizing community building and informational events through films, discussions and parties. Some of these are organized as potlucks with film or shared activities such as the annual Solstice party with a mindful walk and fire circle. See the CHEARS newsletters for information.
GCAN — Greenbelt Climate Action Network Project Coordinator
— Lore Rosenthal
GCAN's mission is to educate residents about climate change, how they can change their behavior and take political action. From September to June monthly meetings are held at the Greenbelt Community Center on the Second Wednesday of the month.
GFF — Greenbelt Food Forest Project Coordinator
— Kimberly Walsh
A permaculture forest garden mimics the architecture and beneficial relationships of a natural forest. Food forests are not ‘natural’, but are designed and managed ecosystems that are very rich in biodiversity and productivity. See our Permaculture
page for more, and get involved with our Forest Stewards Program
Greenbelt Forest Stewardship Project Project Coordinator
— Erin Josephitis
Providing knowledge and care of our remnant woods through community forestry workshops and natural resource management.
The Green Man — Greenman Annual Festival in Greenbelt Project Coordinator
— Richard McMullin
The Green Man Festival in Greenbelt started in May of 2005. It has been held on Mother's Day Weekend for the last seven years. The Green Man came to life in many cultures from the shadowy, forested world of early man. He made his way through the ages in folklore, songs, stone carvings in cathedrals and art in humble cottages. The Green Man is known to many as the Spirit of the Natural World, but takes on many different roles.
HEYCO — Healthy Eco-Yards Co-op Project Coordinator
— Maggie Cahalan
Healthy Eco Yards Cooperative (HEYCO!)
HEYCO is a new co-op that CHEARS is incubating. with a mission to promote the health of all life in the Watershed through implementation of organic Best Management Practices (BMP)and organic land care in residences, businesses and public lands in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. We want to co-learn and help create landscapes which are beautiful to live in, that provide wildlife habitat and a community food harvest in the context of climate change.
Stone Soup — Music and more celebrating the Chesapeake Project Coordinator
— Richard McMullin
Music, arts, crafts, and community engagement that celebrates and enlightens about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Activities include the CHEARS Fall Harvest Festival and Nine Lives Yard Sales.
Three Sisters Demonstration Gardens & Food Forest Project Coordinator
— Maggie Cahalan
Working with the Greenbelt community and Public Works Department, the Gardens offer fun, outdoor spaces that demonstrate sustainable growing practices and healthy food options for a healthier watershed. Aided by permaculture and organic land care principles, we can significantly reduce urban and suburban run off . See our Three Sisters and Food Forest
pages for more information.
Urban and Rural Permaculture Project Coordinator
— Maggie Cahalan
CHEARS sponsors urban and rural Permaculture Design Certificate Courses. Persons interested in potentially attending a permaculture design course should contact Kim Walsh or Lincoln Smith at Forested.
The 2010 and 2011 courses were at Wild Meadows Farm, in rural Bedford County PA near the Eastern Divide. The 2013 and 2014 courses focused on urban-suburban design.
Volunteer Maryland Project Project Coordinator
— Jeannie Belinna
Partnering with the city of Greenbelt Public Works, CHEARS has hosted a Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps volunteer for the last three years. The project is designed to provide hands on experience in volunteer recruitment and co-ordination methods, as well as support for community service projects. Projects assisted by the Volunteer Maryland participant have included the tree survey, forest stewardship, storm water mitigation, Green Man Festival, and the Three Sisters Gardens and Food Forest.
Flows — Water Quality Tracing Project Coordinator
— Robert Cahalan
Place Based Education and Research Project---Follow the water from a spring on Wild Meadows Farm near the Eastern Divide in Pennsylvania as it joins Bobs Creek, then observe its transformations as it joins successively Dunnings Creek, the Juniata River, the Susquehanna River, the Cheseapeake Bay, and finally the Atlantic Ocean. To join, contact Bob
and keep an eye on the Flows Blog