Photo of Governor Martin O'Malley with group of children - Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature

Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature


John R. Griffin
MD Department of Natural Resources

Dr. Lillian M. Lowery, Ed. D.
State Superintendent of Schools
MD State Dept. of Education

2013 Partner Contacts

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
John R. Griffin, Secretary (co-Chair)
Staff Coordinator for the Partnership: Britt Slattery, Director of Conservation Education and Stewardship

Maryland Department of Education
Dr. Lillian Lowery, State Superintendent of Schools (co-Chair)
Dr. Henry Johnson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Assessment

Maryland Department of Agriculture
Earl F. (Buddy) Hance, Secretary

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education
Laura Collard, Executive Director
Melanie Parker, Board of Trustees Executive Committee, Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center

Maryland No Child Left Inside Coalition
Don Baugh, Director

Maryland Recreation and Parks Association
Tom Donlin, Executive Director

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission,
Montgomery County Department of Parks
Mary R. Bradford, Director

Montgomery County Public Schools
Erick J. Lang, Associate Superintendent, Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs

Howard County Public School System
Dr. Renee Foose, Superintendent

Chesapeake Bay Trust
Jana Davis, Executive Director

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Lori Arguelles, Executive Director

Audubon Maryland-DC
Jacquelyn Bonomo, Vice President and Executive Director

National Wildlife Federation
Hilary Harp Falk, Regional Executive Director

National Aquarium
John Racanelli, Chief Executive Officer
Nancy Hotchkiss, Senior Director of Visitor Experiences and Education

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Marlene Kaplan, Deputy Director of Education, NOAA

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Genevieve LaRouche, Chesapeake Bay Field Office Supervisor

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Governor Martin O'Malley, Congressman John Sarbanes, Superintendent Dr. Nancy Grasmick and Secretary John R. Griffin kick off the Partnership for Children in Nature.

On August 20th, we kicked off the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature with a rally hosted by the No Child Left Inside Coalition that included more than 150 students, educators and business leaders. During the rally, we introduced the program's 21-member board, who we have tasked with finding creative ways to enable children throughout our State to get outside and learn about nature and  make environmental literacy a part of every curriculum.

This important effort will be chaired by our Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Grasmick, as well as our Department of Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin. At the federal level Congressman John Sarbanes, who sponsored No Child Left Inside, has also been a vital partner in this effort.

- Governor Martin O'Malley
BayStat Newsletter, August 2008