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CHEARS, the CHesapeake Education, Arts and Research Society, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health of all who share the Chesapeake watershed environment. Learn more: What's going on? Who are we? How can you join us?

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Spring Garden Work Has Begun!
March 8, 2015 — Thanks to the 46 volunteers who showed up on Sunday, March 8 at Schrom Hills Park to prepare one of the Three Sisters Demonstration Gardens for spring by starting seeds and spreading compost! We could not have accomplished as much without each and everyone one of you, and we hope to see you next Saturday, March 14 at the Community Center Three Sisters Demonstration Garden from 10 am - 1 pm. Interested in volunteering? RSVP to
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STARTING Tuesday, March 10 --Dynamic Governance Training in Takoma Park
February 20, 2015 — CHEARS is excited and honored to present JOHN BUCK of the international firm, Sociocracy Consulting Group and AILEEN KROLL, Greenbelt consultant. For more information: Click Here

To Register: Click Here.

For scholarships, contact

John and Aileen offer a highly interactive and engaging training designed for everyone who’s ever been in a meeting and wondered, “How can we do this better?” Dynamic Governance (DG), also called Sociocracy, is a consent-based decision making process and a new way of structuring power. Elegantly simple, DG is a profound change from business as usual.

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Read CHEARS eNewsletter - Find out What's Happening!

February 14, 2015 — The best way to find out about CHEARS events for the month is from our Newsletter that we publish around the middle of every month.

Newsletters can be accessed below:

Click Here for the February-March 2015 Newsletter

Click Here for the January-February 2015 Newsletter

Click Here for the Mid-December 2014 Newsletter

Click Here for the Mid-November 2014 Newsletter

Click Here for the Mid-October 2014 Newsletter

Click Here for the September 2014 Newsletter

Click Here for the August 2014 Newsletter

Click Here for the July 2014 Newsletter

Click Here for the June 2014 Newsletter

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Latest Events

Three Sisters Demonstration Garden Bed Preparation Workday
April 4, 2015 at 8:30 AMApril 4, 2015 to 5:00 PM

Seed Starting Workday
April 10, 2015 at 10:00 AMApril 10, 2015 to 1:00 PM

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Center for the Chesapeake Story

Chesapeake Environmental Literacy

Films, Community discussions & Good Chear Parties

Greenbelt Climate Action Network

Greenbelt Food Forest

Greenbelt Forest Stewardship Project

Greenman Annual Festival in Greenbelt

Healthy Eco-Yards Co-op

Music and more celebrating the Chesapeake

Three Sisters Demonstration Gardens & Food Forest

Urban and Rural Permaculture

Volunteer Maryland Project

Water Quality Tracing

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.

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/PartiesFilms, 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.

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.

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.To find out more contact Erin Josephitis, Volunteer Maryland Coordinator, at or (240) 542-2168.
The Green ManGreenman 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.

HEYCOHealthy 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.

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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.

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.

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